Local man charged with burglary

MOUNT UNION–Mark Christopher Stapleton, 47, of Mount Union, was charged Tuesday with burglary, criminal trespass and harassment.

According to court documents, Stapleton unlawfully entered the home of a Mount Union resident while intoxicated and threatened the resident with bodily harm. The victim reported to police that Stapleton damaged a screen door, disturbed items in the residence, and left his cell phone, some cigarettes, a tank top and a half-filled bottle of brandy on the living room coffee table.

Officers on scene observed Stapleton on the victim’s porch and asked him why he was at the victim’s residence. Stapleton allegedly said he wanted to see some friends. The victim told police that nobody else resides in the home. Officers observed Stapleton’s speech was slurred and an odor of alcoholic beverage was emanating from his breath and that he became argumentative and combative throughout the course of their interview.

Stapleton was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Douglas Gummo and committed to Huntingdon County Correctional Facility, unable to post the $100,000.00 bail set. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 6.