By Keith Gushard
Despite being in trouble with Crawford County’s juvenile court system about a half-dozen times in the past 22 months and now facing a felony charge of aggravated assault and other counts, Timothy Bolden’s behavior has improved, according to Brian Swavey, a Crawford County Juvenile Probation Department officer.
The testimony came at the second day of a certification hearing in Crawford County Court on Wednesday before Judge John Spataro to determine whether Bolden, 16, is to be tried as a juvenile or an adult. Judge Spataro said at the start of a two-hour hearing on Tuesday that he intended to take as much time as necessary for the case and would continue it, if necessary, to open times on the court schedule.
The hearing is scheduled to continue this morning.
Bolden is one of two teenagers charged by Meadville Police with the 3 a.m. New Year’s Day beating a Meadville man outside the CVS pharmacy on North Street. The 34-year-old victim sustained multiple facial fractures that have required surgery.
Swavey, who has been Bolden’s juvenile probation officer since May 2011, testified Bolden successfully has passed different behavioral programs like anger management and others imposed on him for various offenses.
Craig Howe, assistant district attorney, asked Swavey how improvement could be shown and considered successful if Bolden keeps committing criminal offenses.
“He understands it,” Swavey said of the programs. “He understands the concepts. He’s well-spoken and knows the stuff. It’s difficult for him putting it from his head to his heart.”
“He was given the knowledge but failed to implement it?” Howe then asked.
“I think that’s why I’m here,” Swavey responded.
Swavey testified that Bolden was placed on probation May 19, 2011, to June 24, 2011, for a burglary as a juvenile but later had gone into short-term placement at Hermitage House, a juvenile housing facility, twice from May 16 to 19 and May 27 to June 1, both in 2011, for failing to comply with house arrest rules.
Bolden was under house arrest July 27, 2011, to Aug. 24, 2011, for violating curfew and was placed back in Hermitage House Aug. 5 to 8, 2011, for violating house arrest rules, Swavey said. Bolden went back into Hermitage House Aug. 25 to 29, 2011, after violating house house arrest rules by walking away from a job he had at the Crawford County Fairgrounds, Swavey testified.
Swavey testified Bolden was given probation by Crawford County Juvenile Court Sept. 28, 2011, for a criminal trespass felony. Bolden was placed under house arrest from Nov. 29, 2011, through Jan. 9, 2012, for school truancy, Swavey said.
Bolden received probation for a simple assault case in Oct. 12, 2012, but was placed under house arrest Jan. 9, 2013, for truancy issues, Swavey testified.
Swavey said Bolden also underwent anger management programs at school twice — from Jan. 31, 2012, through May 17, 2012, a program that met twice per week after school; and from Nov. 8, 2012, through Jan. 4, 2013, that met five times per week during school.
Questioned why Bolden went through the anger management program twice, Swavey said it was two-fold.
“It was to make sure he understood and demonstrated the concepts (of the program) and the Oct. 12 simple assault,” Swavey said.
Bolden is charged by Meadville Police with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, two counts of simple assault, recklessly endangering and two counts of harassment for his alleged role in the early New Year’s Day attack. The alleged assault was filmed by a video from a security camera outside the CVS store.
At the start of the hearing on Tuesday, Wes Rowden, Bolden’s defense attorney, has stipulated to the court that Bolden is in the security camera video and there is enough evidence to establish the charges against Bolden, but that Bolden is not admitting guilt.
The second teen in the case, Tyler Adams, 15, was declared delinquent of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment by Judge Spataro following a juvenile court hearing last week. Adams faces potential penalties of fines, court costs, and house arrest or placement in a juvenile detention facility when he is sentenced by Judge Spataro sometime within the next 30 days.
Wednesday’s hearing was recessed after 45 minutes due to other cases scheduled before Spataro.
Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at email@example.com.
- Local News
Landowner to discuss his plan for bridge replacement
A proposed alternative to the Mead Avenue Bridge will be discussed at a public meeting March 25 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Days Inn, 18360 Conneaut Lake Road, Vernon Township.
'Brutal' pothole problem persists as PennDOT, townships work for fixes
Mother Nature is toying with us. Big time.
Autopsy report key to shaping charge in Venango County killing
Authorities are awaiting completion of an autopsy report before determining what degree of homicide a Titusville area woman will face, Shawn White, Venango County’s district attorney, said Thursday.
Commissioners to pay off assisted-living home loan ahead of schedule
A $1.1 million project loan from 1996 used to upgrade the Quality Living Center in Saegertown is being paid off two years ahead of schedule.
Soil testing needed before Crawford County Courthouse expands
A New York state firm has been hired by Crawford County to do soil testing to determine if a proposed expansion of the county courthouse can be done.
Community garden expected to soon bloom in City of Meadville
A moratorium has been declared on enforcement of two words — “agricultural” and “uses” — of Section 1306.17 of the City of Meadville’s zoning code.
The Story Next Door project part of two-day Allegheny College journalism conference
Allegheny College students will team up with professional journalists and other students from around the country to initiate a sunrise to sunset project, a hands-on multimedia experiment documenting the Meadville area, as part of the upcoming two-day journalism conference, The Story Next Door.
Venango County woman charged in fatal shooting
State police have charged a Venango County woman of fatally shooting a man following a domestic dispute on Tuesday.
Now that winter is nearly over, let's get ready for trout season
With another long and brutal winter hopefully pretty much behind us, many Pennsylvania anglers are already looking ahead to our state’s trout season opener. As in the past several years, opening day of trout season will vary by region. For trout anglers fishing in the eight-county Northwest region, opening day is April 12.
Meadville official: City remains focused on eliminating blight
Fighting blight in the City of Meadville isn’t going to be either quick or easy, but if Gary Johnson has anything to say about it, the city’s effort will be more focused in the future.
- More Local News Headlines
- Landowner to discuss his plan for bridge replacement