Northumberland County man waives formal arraignment

MIFFLINTOWN–A 69-year-old man from Northumberland County waived his formal arraignment of five criminal counts in Juniata County on Tuesday, according to court documents.

Michael A. Kerr, originally of Natalie, was charged in June with burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief, after reportedly breaking into and unlawfully entering a Port Royal garage in January 2016, according to court documents. Kerr reportedly gained access into the garage by breaking the rear window, then removed an assortment of tools valued at over $4700, according to court documents. Kerr reportedly sustained an injury during the break-in, as police on scene reported observing blood on the broken window and on a refrigerator inside the garage.

Kerr’s blood was collected and analyzed at the Harrisburg Regional Laboratory, which resulted in finding Kerr’s DNA in the Combined DNA Index System, according to court documents. An investigation determined that Kerr was living in McVeytown at the time of the burglary, but is currently incarcerated at Camphill State Correctional Institution.

Kerr is scheduled for a criminal list review on November 13 before Judge Kenneth Mummah and is being represented by Public Defender Nancy Schrum, according to court documents.