Hancock man arrested on assault charges

by Geoff Fox

A Hancock man was arrested on Thursday, March 21, in Fulton County on multiple charges stemming from a domestic dispute on Thompson Road in Belfast Township.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, officers responded to a residence in the 8800 block of Thompson Road in Needmore for a domestic dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend.

Police said the victim was a 41-year old Needmore woman.

James Adams, Jr., 33, of Hancock, was arrested and charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy R. Mellott.

According to online court documents, Adams was charged with simple assault, a second-degree misdemeanor; terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another, a first-degree misdemeanor; harassment – subject other to physical contact, a summary offense; and strangulation – applying pressure to the throat or neck, which is a second-degree felony.

Online court documents show Adams was confined to Bedford County Jail when he was unable to post bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, April 1, at 1 p.m. in front of Judge Mellott.