Punxsutawney Man Accused of Shoving Woman, Caught With Drugs, Paraphernalia

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (EYT) – A Punxsutawney man is behind bars after being arrested for a domestic assault, then being found in possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

Court documents indicate the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department filed criminal charges against 41-year-old Jamie A. Painter, of Punxsutawney.

According to a criminal complaint, on Thursday, August 8, Officer Ryan Miller, of Punxsutawney Borough Police Department, received a request to respond to a residence on Cherry Street, in Punxsutawney Borough, Jefferson County, for a report of a domestic disturbance.

It was reported that a male at the residence pushed a female injuring her leg.

Officer Miller noted that he is familiar with the residence that is occupied by Jamie Painter and a known female.

According to the complaint, Officer Miller arrived at the location and observed Painter standing by his vehicle. The known female was holding an infant child and was distraught. She appeared to have blood running down her leg and a fresh injury to her shin.

The complaint notes the female victim reported that she argued with Painter and then he pushed her onto the concrete stairs outside the residence, causing injury to her leg.

A medic unit was summoned to attend to the victim.

She was subsequently transported to the Punxsutawney Area Hospital for treatment.

According to the complaint, Painter denied putting his hands on the victim and when asked how she obtained her injury, he reported to the effect that she was kicking stuff.

Painter was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock at 9:20 p.m. on Thursday, August 8, on the following charges:

– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

Unable to post $20,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

According to a second complaint, after Painter was arrested and placed into custody, among his possessions, during an initial search, was found a pack of cigarettes, a wallet, a lighter, and loose change.

However, after being transported to the Jefferson County Jail, a second search was conducted, and a syringe and a spoon, indicative of narcotic use, were discovered in a pocket inside of another pocket in the cargo shorts Painter was wearing.

The complaint notes a search of Painter’s wallet also revealed a plastic bag containing a crystal substance, suspected to be methamphetamine, and Painter acknowledged the narcotic and stated he had paid $100.00 for it.

The following charges were also filed against Painter in Judge Mizerock’s office on Thursday, August 8:

– Contraband/Controlled Substance, Felony 2
– Possession of Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

Preliminary hearings on both cases are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20, with Judge Mizerock presiding.

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