It’s not the first time 35-year-old George Lucas Lane has been in court accused of stalking his ex-wife.
Police are hoping it will be the last.
The Portage man was ordered on Monday to stand trial on a felony charge of stalking following a preliminary hearing before District Judge John Barron of Stonycreek Township.
Lane cursed at a newspaper reporter as a correctional officer escorted him into the building.
He then pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Michael Emerick of Hollidaysburg.
Richland Township police allege that in violation of his probation, Lane showed up May 28 at Aspen Woods Apartments, where his ex-wife, Nancy Lane, lives.
Lane had been released from the Cambria County Prison for less than a month when he arrived at the apartment complex to visit a woman who he had met on the Internet.
Nancy Lane testified she was with her two children and boyfriend. They were walking back to her apartment from the complex playground.
“Someone yelled to me,” she said. “I said, ‘Oh my God, that’s George.’ ”
She spotted him two buildings away.
“I was shocked,” she said. “I said, ‘You are not supposed to be here.’ ”
Lane reportedly said he was now living at the complex.
Police Sgt. Jerry Martin testified that Lane was eating dinner with his girlfriend when he looked out and saw Nancy Lane walk past.
“He saw her go by, so he went outside,” he said. The couple exchanged words.
Emerick said their was no evidence of stalking, because it was Nancy Lane who confronted her ex-husband.
A probation violation was another issue, he said.
“That’s a different proceeding for a different time,” Emerick said.
Assistant District Attorney Beth Bolton Penna said the stalking has been ongoing.
“He was there for one reason – to stalk her,” she said. “Enough is enough.”
Martin said it is not the first time Lane was accused of stalking.
On July 30, 2013, West Hills Regional Police charged Lane with stalking Nancy Lane. He pleaded guilty in the case.
On Feb. 6, police again charged Lane with stalking his ex-wife, and he again pleaded guilty.
In July 2013, Lane and three others allegedly vandalized his ex-wife’s car and six company vehicles in the parking lot of Forever Broadcasting Corp. on Plaza Drive in Lower Yoder Township.
Authorities believed the vandalism was responsible for Nancy Lane losing her job with Forever Broadcasting.
Lane is being held in the Cambria County Prison.
Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on twitter.com/PatBuchnowskiTD.