Man arrested on cross-burning charges
JAMESTOWN, Pa. -- A borough man is in Mercer County Jail, charged with burning a cross in the yard of a Scipio Street home.
Pennsylvania State Police said Jeffrey M. Barnes, 19, is charged with ethnic intimidation, arson, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
Police said Barnes and a male juvenile set fire to a crude wooden cross they placed in the yard of the home of a white woman in the 200 block of Scipio Street around 12:15 a.m. June 4 and then ran away.
The woman's boyfriend is black, police said.
Police know the identity of the juvenile and said charges are pending against him as well.
Barnes was arraigned before District Justice Lawrence Silvis and was lodged in Mercer County Jail in lieu of bond to await a preliminary hearing, police said this morning.
Authorities said Barnes and the juvenile thought they were pulling a prank and weren't trying to terrorize anyone.
Police took the matter seriously and were able to identify the two suspects the day after the fire.