Criminal charges filed:

lCollin David Polka, 27, New Bethlehem.

Charged with flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest, and three counts of recklessly endangering another person, all second-degree misdemeanors, at 9:35 a.m. June 10 in New Bethlehem.

According to court documents, Clarion County deputy sheriffs and Clarion County Adult Probation officers were attempting to serve two bench warrants on Polka for retail theft and failure to appear.

A woman answered the door at Polka's apartment and allegedly said Polka was in the bathroom.

Deputy sheriff Damien Avery entered the bathroom and told Polka he was under arrest. Polka allegedly replied, "This isn't right. I was supposed to go to treatment for this, not jail."

Polka allegedly fled via a fire escape and ran to and entered Redbank Creek where he began to swim away.

Other law enforcement officers arrived at the scene and Polka was taken into custody when he exited from the creek.

One deputy sheriff had to be rescued by boat from the creek bank.

Filed by New Bethlehem Borough Police Chief Robert Malnofsky Jr.

lBryce William Dittman, 21, East Brady.

Charged with possession of prohibited weapons, a first-degree misdemeanor and resisting arrest, a second-degree misdemeanor, at 11:20 a.m. June 9 in East Brady Borough.

Clarion County Deputy Sheriff Justin Swartzfager contacted New Bethlehem police after made an bench warrant arrest of Dittman.

Swartzfager encountered Dittman as Dittman was seated in a vehicle. Dittman allegedly refused to identify himself. Identification was made by a photograph sent to the county adult probation office.

Dittman allegedly refused to exit the vehicle and locked the doors. Dittman was eventually taken into custody and was found to be in possession of a set of black metal knuckles.

Filed by Malnofsky.

lRobert Allen Pittman, 32, Pittsburgh.

Charged with forgery, a second-degree felony, Aug. 7, 2019, in Sligo Borough.

Filed by state police Tpr. Nicholas D. Gray.

lMitzy Sue Ealy, 34, Parker.

Charged with two counts of prohibited acts by a care provider, a third-degree felony; and two counts of theft by deception, as a third-degree felony, at various times between Sept. 29, 2017, and Sept. 12, 2018, in Madison Township.

lDavid Joseph Young, 47, Rimersburg.

Charged with two counts of prohibited acts by a care provider, a third-degree felony; and two counts of theft by deception, as a third-degree felony, at various times between Sept. 29, 2017, and Sept. 12, 2018, in Madison Township.

lTravis Carl Young, 29, Rimersburg.

Charged with two counts of prohibited acts by a care provider, a third-degree felony; and two counts of theft by deception, as a third-degree felony, at various times between Sept. 30, 2018, and July 6, 2019, in Madison Township.

The Pennsylvania State Attorney General's office opened an investigation into potential fraud by the three defendants based on unspecified information the office received.

The investigation allegedly revealed Ealy, acting as an authorized and paid personal care assistant for Young billed Medicare for services she did not render, totaling $14,257.

The investigation allegedly revealed Runyan, acting as an authorized and paid personal care assistant for Young billed Medicare for services she did not render, totaling $9,495.

The investigation allegedly revealed Young accepted part of the fraudulent payments from Ealy and Runyan in exchange for going along with the scheme.

Filed by state attorney general agent Austin J. Kaminski.

lRobert Michael Friedl, 39, Ford City.

Charged with harassment by communication as a third-degree misdemeanor May 29 in East Brady.

Filed by New Bethlehem Police Officer Taylor T. Smith.

lAaron Christian Barr, 24, Emlenton.

Charged with harassment by communication as a third-degree misdemeanor and disorderly conduct (fighting) as a summary offense June 22 in Rimersburg.

Filed by New Bethlehem Police Officer Christopher E. Airgood.

The following cases involve summary offenses punishable by up to a $300 fine and 90 days in jail upon conviction.

lDenise Merryman, 44, Rimersburg. Charged with failure to vaccinate a dog in her care June 8 in Rimersburg. Filed by Malnofsky.

lAlexander Michael Libecco, 31, East Brady. Charged with disorderly conduct June 12 in East Brady. Filed by Clarion County Deputy Sheriff Justin C. Swartzfager.

Libecco pleaded guilty to the charge. Fine and costs total $186.

lEarl F. Gamas Sr., 41, New Bethlehem. Charged with violating a borough ordinance regulating open burning June 9 in New Bethlehem. Filed by Malnofsky.