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Case ID: 5816
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: cat, dog (non pit-bull)
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Friday, Sep 23, 2005

County: Lebanon

Disposition: Alleged

» Troy Scott Heist, Jr.
» Darlene Mae Heist-Growney

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

Two Annville Twp. residents waived their preliminary hearings and face trial on charges related to their alleged assault on a police officer and an officer from the Lebanon County Humane Society.

Police say Troy Scott Heist Jr., 19, and Darlene Mae Heist-Growney, 43, assaulted the Humane Society officer, who was removing animals from their home on Sept. 23. The officer went to the house in the 200 block of North Lancaster Street to investigate complaints of the strong stench emanating from the house.

Annville Twp. police Chief Michael Burdge was dispatched to the house to assist and also was assaulted, according to police. Both officers were treated at Good Samaritan Hospital and have returned to work.

Heist is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, cruelty to animals and terroristic threats. Heist-Growney was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, cruelty to animals and public drunkenness.

They remain out on bail. No trial date has been set.

Case Updates

Prosecutors dropped the most serious charges filed against an Annville Twp. woman accused of assaulting a police chief and a Lebanon County Humane Society officer.

The district attorney's office withdrew charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest and obstruction lodged against Darlene Mae Heist-Growney, 43, though she still must answer to one count each of disorderly conduct and cruelty to animals.

Annville police Chief Michael Burdge said Heist-Growney's son, Troy Scott Heist Jr., 19, has agreed "to take full responsibility" for the scuffle with Burdge and Humane Society Officer Carl Johnson.

The mother and son were arrested Sept. 23, the day someone reported unsanitary conditions at the home they shared in the 200 block of North Lancaster Street. The caller told police that the home had urine-soaked carpets covered with feces.

Johnson, alerted by police, went to conduct an animal-cruelty investigation and was removing a dog and cat from the home. As Johnson was putting the dog in a van, Heist-Growney tried to snatch it away and eventually took the dog, Burdge wrote in his report.

Heist approached the officers and told them to leave Heist-Growney alone. He then began to shove the officers, police said.

Burdge warned Heist before restraining and arresting him, according to police.

Burdge then arrested Heist-Growney on the same charges.

As a result of the struggle, Burdge said, he injured his left shoulder and was treated at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Last week, Heist waived his preliminary hearing on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, obstruction, disorderly conduct and terroristic threats.

Heist and Heist-Growney remain free on bail while awaiting trial.
Source: PennLive - Pct 25, 2005
Update posted on Oct 30, 2005 - 6:37AM 


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