South Side man faces multiple charges

Responding to a domestic disturbance, South Williamsport police were forced to twice Taser an enraged out-of-control man, who allegedly struck an officer on his torso and right arm with a metal pipe, according to an affidavit.

Heath Popolow, 33, of 204 W. Southern Ave., was “holding a pipe like a baseball bat in a menacing and threatening manner,” and was yelling and hollering when officers arrived at his home about 10:30 p.m. July 4, police said.

The apartment “was in shambles with overturned furniture, clothing lying around, damaged walls and a door, and shattered glass on the floor,” Sgt. James Taylor said in the affidavit.

Popolow’s girlfriend, Ashlee Blum was “holding the couple’s 6-year-old son, who was crying hysterically,” Taylor said.

Half of Blum’s faces was covered with blood, Taylor said, but police determined the blood was that of Popolow.

Officers ordered the man to drop the pipe, but he refused and instead charged at them, forcing one of them to use his Taser gun on him, Taylor said.

“In a drunken rage, Popolow punched walls, shattered glass, overturned furniture and broke various items in numerous rooms,” all before police arrived, Taylor said.

“He swung a large metal pipe and assaulted officers in front of his son,” Taylor said of Popolow.

A Taser had to be used a second time and it took four officers to get control of the man, Taylor said.

Popolow was arraigned hours later before District Judge James H. Sortman on charges of aggravated and simple assault, endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

He remains jailed in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

He waived his preliminary hearing on Monday.