Woman waives hearing on assault, resisting arrest charges

From staff reports

A Franklin woman accused of biting a police officer and making threats to her mother and authorities last month waived her preliminary hearing Wednesday in Venango County Central Court.

A criminal complaint filed through district judge Matthew Kirtland’s office said Sugarcreek Borough police were sent to a Warren Road residence in Franklin on Feb. 16 for a report of a woman threatening other individuals.

Officers had visited the residence the previous day for a similar issue, the complaint said.

Police spoke with the mother of 30-year-old Hannah Renamed, who said Rennard had been making continuous threats and throwing items, the complaint said.

While speaking with the woman, officers could hear Rennard making threats and either throwing items or throwing herself into items, the complaint said.

Police decided to take Rennard into protective custody, but she initially refused, the complaint said.

When police grabbed her arms, she began to flail around, and officers took her to the ground, according to the complaint.

Rennard ignored verbal commands to stop resisting, and she reportedly bit one of the officers in the left calf, the complaint said.

She was eventually taken into custody and continued to make threatening remarks to officers and about her family members, the complaint said.

Rennard later apologized to police and said she didn’t intend to bite or kick anyone, the complaint said.

Rennard was charged with a felony count of aggravated assault, misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and a summary count of harassment.

She was released from the Venango County jail Wednesday on $25,000 unsecured bail.