McClure man charged with assault

Police: 42-year-old threatened, harmed behavioral health staff

MCCLURE — A 42-year-old man had a preliminary arraignment Tuesday night before Magisterial District Judge Lori Hackenberg, after having been charged with 12 counts of assault on Oct. 31, following an incident in which he verbally threatened and physically harmed several behavioral health staff members, according to court documents.

Documents state that Jeffrey T. Miller, of McClure, was being treated in a local behavioral health facility and, in an agitated state, punched several staff members, pulled their hair and used his knee to assault them. At least two staff members further reported that Miller threatened to use a weapon against them and expressed fear for their safety and the safety of other staff and patients.

One staff member reported that Miller flipped over a table in the common room and assaulted another patient. A staff member reported that approximately five other employees intervened during Miller’s physical assaults, according to court documents. Miller was ultimately restrained, however he reportedly had hold of two staff members’ hairs while being restrained.

Miller was charged with a total of 18 criminal counts, including four counts of aggravated assault and two counts terroristic threats, according to court documents. Hackenberg set bail at $50,000 and Miller was committed to Snyder County Correctional Facility, unable to post the bail set. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 13.