Man fined for hammer threat
He also has to stay away from victim
February 11, 2013
A man who threatened his then girlfriend with a hammer before hiding from police on a golf course and some woods in Middlesex Township will pay for his crime. Butler County Judge William Shaffer on Tuesday sentenced 30-year-old Richard B. Cranmer of Pittsburgh to pay a $300 fine. The judge also ordered the defendant to stay away from the victim. Cranmer learned his sentence after pleading guilty last month to a summary charge of disorderly conduct. Prosecutors in exchange for the plea withdrew a misdemeanor charge of simple assault and a summary count of harassment. Middlesex Township police went looking for Cranmer about 4:50 p.m. Aug. 10 after Kelly Jackson, his girlfriend at the time, reported he pushed her to the ground and threatened to kill her. She claimed the defendant, holding a hammer, told her he was going to “beat her into the ground,” court documents said. Cranmer, following the altercation, ran into the woods near Jackson’s home on Cruickshank Road, which is also near Rittswood Golf Course. Police from Penn and Adams townships assisted in the search. One officer used a golf cart to reach the edge of the woods. Police combed the woods for about an hour later but could not turn up the suspect. Police eventually caught Cranmer walking north on Route 8 — nearly eight miles from Jackson’s house.