Woman waives hearing in assault, threats case

A Franklin woman accused of hitting another woman’s car window with a baseball bat and threatening to stab her in the neck waived her preliminary hearing Wednesday in Venango County Central Court.

Jessica Ann Masters, 34, of 186 Titan Lane, is charged with making terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another, two counts of simple assault, reckless driving and other traffic violations.

Franklin patrolman James Harrah filed a criminal complaint in district judge David Fish’s office, stating a woman entered the Franklin police department Oct. 13 to report another woman had hit her vehicle with a bat at the intersection of Thirteenth and Liberty streets.

The woman told Harrah she was picking up her child in the area of the 600 block of Thirteenth and Railroad streets. While attempting to leave the parking lot, the woman’s vehicle was nearly struck by a van driving through the lot, the complaint said.

The two women exchanged words, at which point the woman in the van, later identified as Masters, threatened to stab the other woman in the neck, the complaint said.

The woman told Harrah she drove away from the lot and traveled to the intersection of Thirteenth and Liberty and stopped at a traffic signal. While stopped, Masters pulled up behind the woman’s vehicle and left her own vehicle carrying a bat, the complaint said.

Masters approached the driver’s side of the woman’s vehicle and swung the bat at the driver’s side window and hit it. The woman told Harrah she was in fear for her life, and she waited for Masters to return to her vehicle before getting out of her car to take a picture of Masters’ license plate, the complaint said.

As she was taking the picture, the woman said Masters sped off and nearly hit her.

Harrah identified Masters with the picture of her license plate. She admitted to Harrah she had a confrontation with the woman in the parking lot. Masters then told Harrah she blacked out after the incident and didn’t remember anything for a couple of hours, the complaint said.

Assistant district attorney Brenda Servidio is prosecuting the case, and public defender Allison Hartle is representing Masters.