TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

90-year old Indiana County man allegedly punches trooper

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A 90-year-old Indiana County man allegedly punched a state trooper who was trying to check on the welfare of an elderly woman in his home, state police said.

Russell Stiffler of 7889 Donelson Road, East Wheatfield allegedly threatened to shoot any state trooper or medical personnel who came to his home, police said.

State police received a call about 5:45 p.m. Friday to check on the welfare of an elderly woman who lives at the home.

When police arrived, Stiffler met them outside but refused to obey their requests to show his hands, come off the porch or get on the ground, police said.

As troopers approached, Stiffler allegedly punched Trooper Scott Mackanick in order to resist arrest, police said.

Mackanick was not injured, police said.

Stiffler was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest and harassment.

The incident occurred the day after his 90th birthday.

Stiffler was arraigned by Homer City District Judge Susanne Steffee. He is lodged in the Indiana County Jail after failing to post $25,000 bond, according to court records.

Stiffler faces a preliminary hearing on the charges on March 25.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Indiana

  1. Indiana County seeks grants to help with upgrades at Conemaugh manufacturing plant
  2. Homer-Center scales back proposed school tax hike to 1.3 mills
  3. Community-owned grocery store considered for Blairsville
  4. Indiana woman’s savings savvy a boon for family, friends, charities
  5. All-star student combo tunes up for Indiana jazz and blues festival
  6. Blairsville woman injured in motorcycle accident
  7. Grant Township in Indiana County to pursue home rule charter
  8. Indiana May Mart in 40th year, has blossomed into major event
  9. Riding, charity drive growing cycle club chapter in Westmoreland, Indiana