Police standoff

In this file photo, members of the Sandy Township Volunteer Fire Department assisted Sandy Township Police on March 8 by blocking off roads near the Oklahoma-Salem Road, where police were involved in an hours-long standoff involving a man with a gun threatening to harm himself inside his residence. As a result of the accident, Kevin Alexander Kear of DuBois has been charged with misdemeanor counts of making false statements/under penalty, assault, defiant trespass, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct.

A 27-year-old DuBois man charged in connection with a March 8 police standoff in Sandy Township waived his rights to a preliminary hearing Friday before District Judge Patrick Ford of DuBois.

Sandy Township Police charged Kevin Alexander Kear, 2067 Oklahoma-Salem Road, DuBois, with misdemeanor counts of making false statements/under penalty, assault, defiant trespass, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct.

Unable to post $25,000 bail, Kear remains incarcerated in the Clearfield County Jail. His formal arraignment has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on April 17 in the Clearfield County Courthouse Annex.

Kear is accused of threatening to shoot himself with a gun inside his home, creating a state of emergency in the area of 2067 Oklahoma-Salem Road for several hours.

As a precaution for the safety of others due to a firearm being involved and the possibility of shots being fired, residents of adjacent homes were evacuated, a business had to be evacuated and closed, state and local roads were closed, a state police Special Emergency Response team was activated, an expanded municipal police presence was necessary from two departments, fire departments were called to the scene, transportation in the form of public school buses were re-routed and caused a public inconvenience, annoyance and alarm among local residents, reports say.

Prior to the standoff, Kear is accused of going to a woman’s home and trying to gain entry to the residence by kicking in the door.

While the woman was telling Kear to leave from behind the locked door, he allegedly produced a handgun and showed it to her and said, “I didn’t go buy this for nothing,” affidavit of probable cause said. This reportedly happened while she was holding a child.

Kear was already on bail for a prior charge stemming from an incident with the woman and under the conditions of the bail, he was to have no contact with her, the article stated.

Kear is also accused of going to a local sporting goods store within an hour prior to his arrival at the woman’s residence, and after falsely answering a question during the background check to purchase a handgun, and signing the document acknowledging it to be true and correct under penalty, he had purchased a handgun that was in his possession when he went to the woman’s residence, the affidavit said.

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