The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

May 23, 2013

Man waives hearing on 2nd home break-in

Patrick Buchnowski

PORTAGE — A Portage man who police said tried to break into a woman’s home but fled after she confronted him will answer criminal charges in Cambria County court.

Kenneth Terry Claar Jr., 41, of the 800 block of Main Street, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Galen Decort of Portage.

Borough police said Claar broke the door handle at the woman’s Johnson Avenue home on May 13 but fled after she threatened to call police.

The judge had ordered Claar to stay away from the woman after he allegedly broke into her home on Feb. 17.

“This individual needs to understand there are bond conditions that he’s to have no further contacted with victim,” Assistant District Attorney Beth Bolton Penna said. She is seeking to have Claar’s bond revoked and have him sent to the Cambria County Prison.

Claar is charged with defiant trespass, disorderly conduct, harassment and public drunkenness. His attorney, Michael Sossong of Ebensburg, did not return a telephone call for comment.

In the Feb. 17 incident, police charged Claar with criminal trespass after the woman and two others arrived home and found Claar hiding in a closet surrounded by beer cans.



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