CLEARFIELD — Richard L. Warren, 44, of Clearfield, who is accused of assaulting a woman following an argument over a dart game, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Jerome Nevling Wednesday at Centralized Court held at the Clearfield County Jail.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Nov. 22, Lawrence Township police officers Levi Olson and Charles Marshall responded to a domestic incident.
While en route, the caller informed police that Warren had shut off the power in the home.
Upon arrival, the power was still off in the home and the victim said Warren was somewhere outside. Olson went into the basement and turned the power back on and Marshall and officers from Clearfield Borough police arrested Warren outside in the driver’s seat of his vehicle.
Police said Warren appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and he was arrested and placed in the Clearfield County Jail.
The victim said she and the defendant were at a bar playing darts earlier. As he drove her home, she said they got into an argument because she had beaten him at darts. When he parked in the parking lot the argument became physical and he began choking her by pressing his forearm against her neck.
He stopped and the two exited the vehicle. The argument began again once inside and Warren shoved her into the couch. She got up and shoved him and he shoved her back causing her to fall into the television set. Police observed a crack on the left side of the television. The victim also had redness across her neck consistent with her story. She also had broken skin on her left forearm.
Warren was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge James Hawkins, who set bail at $25,000 monetary. Warren posted bail on Nov. 24 and he was released.
Warren waived charges of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person — both misdemeanors of the second degree, disorderly conduct — a misdemeanor of the third degree and harassment and public drunkenness, which are both summary offenses.
On Wednesday the commonwealth dropped the strangulation charge, which is a felony of the second degree.
Nevling kept bail at $25,000 monetary but made it supervised bail, and ordered Warren to undergo counseling as directed by the probation department.
Warren was represented by attorney Josh Maines of Clearfield; the commonwealth was represented by Assistant District Attorney Jendi Schwab.