Local Man Accused of Repeatedly Trespassing at Clarion Borough Church Waives Hearing

A local man faces a defiant trespassing charge stemming from an incident in Clarion Borough on March 8.

Jacob Deemer

Jacob Deemer

Published March 28, 2024 12:26 am
Last Updated: March 28, 2024 7:56 am
Local Man Accused of Repeatedly Trespassing at Clarion Borough Church Waives Hearing

CLARION BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – A local man accused of trespassing multiple times at a Clarion Borough church waived his hearing on Tuesday.

Court documents indicate the following criminal charge against 51-year-old Richard Blair Schilling II, of Clarion, was waived for court during a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, March 26, with Magisterial District Judge Jarah Lee Heeter presiding:

– Defiant Trespass Actual Communication To, Misdemeanor 3

He remains lodged in the Clarion County Jail on $1,000.00 monetary bail.

Details of the case:

According to the criminal complaint, Clarion Borough Police received a phone call from a known female around 9:18 a.m. on Monday, March 8, regarding Richard Shilling trespassing on a church property on Wood Street in Clarion Borough.

The complainant further told police that she observed Shilling at the blessing box located on the church property and that he was advised on January 24, 2024, by church personnel that he was no longer permitted on the property, the complaint states.

The complaint notes that Clarion Borough Police found Shilling on the property on February 10. Officer Justin O’Neil advised Shilling that he was not permitted on the church property, which included going to the blessing box, and Shilling stated that he understood.

Video surveillance of the incident showed Shilling going on church property to the blessing box. He appears to remove an item and then leave, the complaint indicates.

Shilling was arraigned at 11:24 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, in front of District Judge Heeter.

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