Wed. 11:07am: A history of violence in Bazetta

BAZETTA – Township police blotters normally consist of petty theft at Walmart and expired vehicle registrations along Elm Road – not murder. In fact, in the past two decades, only a few incidents have even been linked to homicides in the township.

The death Saturday of 4-year-old Charles N. Patin was ruled a homicide by blunt force trauma to the abdomen. Scott Henry Walker, 33, is facing murder charges for punching the child in the stomach, leading to his death.

Before this, the most current incident dates back to 2008.

“We haven’t had a murder in at least 20 years,” Bazetta Detective Joe Sofchek said.

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