Woman’s dogs shot and killed, police in search of suspects


CLEARFIELD, Pa (WTAJ) — State Police are actively searching for a wanted man after filing charges relating to a woman’s two dogs being shot and killed.

James Potts, 18, of Fallentimber is being searched for after State Police have already arrested Joseph Brown, 23, of Fallentimber and William Cochran, 33, of Coalport.


Charges come after the three men allegedly went to a home on Oak Ridge Road in Jordan Township after 1 a.m. on September 5, with bandanas covering their faces. Potts reportedly held a shotgun at the woman living there when she released the two dogs for her protection. The release states Potts then shot and killed both dogs.


On October 2, 2019, police reportedly interviewed a witness who reported they saw the shooting and indicated that the three men said to “keep your mouth shut or we’ll hurt you and your family.”

On Monday, October 21, charges were filed and warrants put out for the arrest of the three men.

Cochran and Brown are currently in the Clearfield County Jail.


If you have any information on the whereabouts of James Potts, you’re asked to call the Clearfield County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-376-4700.

On October 21, 2019, Trooper Matthew Peacock, of the Pennsylvania State Police, Woodland Barracks filed Criminal Complaints charging Potts with: 1) Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, F3; 2) Terroristic Threats, M1; 3) Simple Assault, M2; 4) Recklessly Endangering Another Person, M2; 5) Intimidation of Witness, M2; 6) Cruelty to Animals, M2; and 7) Criminal Conspiracy to Commit these Offenses.

Similar Complaints were filed against Cochran and Brown charging: 1) Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, F3; 2) Conspiracy to Commit Terroristic Threats, M1; 3) Conspiracy to Commit Simple Assault, M2; 4) Conspiracy to Commit Recklessly Endangering Another Person, M2; 5) Conspiracy to Commit Cruelty to Animals, M2; 6) and Intimidation of Witness, M2.

MADERA, Pa. (WTAJ) — Police in Clearfield are searching for several people accused of shooting two dogs with a shotgun.

The incident happened after an alleged fight that took place about an hour beforehand, when local resident April Lockett says the same people came by accusing her boyfriend of breaking into their property.

They left, then came back with a shotgun, demanding to come into the house.

To defend herself, April let her dogs out to protect her.

Both dogs were shot, one was shot dead on the spot and the other had to be put down later from injuries related to the shooting.

The suspects were driving a brand new dark colored Ford with bright lights.

Anyone with more information is asked to call the Clearfield Police Department.

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