2009-04-23 / Local & State

Judges Walsh, Herman Preside Over Court Sessions

STAFF REPORT

Judge Richard J. Walsh of the 39th Judicial District of the Court of Common Pleas presided over a court session held on March 17 at the Fulton County Courthouse.

Owen Thomas Evans appeared with his attorney and was admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program on charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Evans will complete 12 months probation in conjunction with the program.

David Alan McCusker appeared with legal counsel and entered a guilty plea to indecent assault. A pre-sentence investigation will be conducted prior to sentencing on May 5.

Lance Joshua Mellott failed to appear in court on charges of unauthorized use of motor vehicles and driving under a suspended license. A bench warrant was issued for Mellott's arrest.

Neil Allen Peck appeared with his attorney and waived arraignment proceedings on two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of possession of a small amount of marijuana and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Peck was admitted into the ARD program and will complete 12 months probation.

James Edward Shank appeared pro-se on one count each of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment. Shank pled not guilty, and his trial has been scheduled for April 27.

Quentin DeShong appeared pro-se and waived arraignment proceedings on charges of driving under the influence. DeShong entered a not-guilty plea, and his trial has been set for April 27.

Antonio Everette McNear appeared with his attorney for sentencing on driving under the influence. McNear was ordered to complete between five days and six months in the Franklin County Prison and pay $500 in fines.

Andrew Robert Skidmore appeared with legal counsel for sentencing on driving under the influence and will be required to complete 72 hours in the Franklin County Prison.

Alice Michelle Younker appeared for sentencing on forgery and theft by unlawful taking. Younker will complete a total of 72 months probation.

Judge Douglas W. Herman of the 39th Judicial District of the Court of Common Pleas presided over a series of court sessions held at the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday, March 24 and March 31.

Kirk Edward Danfelt appeared with legal counsel for arraignment proceedings held on charges of receiving stolen property. Danfelt pled not guilty. His trial will be held during the April 27 term of court.

Daniel Brock Flowers appeared with his attorney on charges of burglary, criminal conspiracy, criminal trespassing and theft by unlawful taking. Flowers entered a not-guilty plea, and his trial will be conducted during the April 27 term of court.

Shawn Phillips Guilfoy appeared with his attorney and waived arraignment on charges of theft by deception and forgery. Guilfoy pled not guilty, and his trial is scheduled to be held during the April 27 court term.

David Louis Stauffer appeared with legal counsel on charges of aggravated assault, escape, resisting arrest, false identification and disorderly conduct. Stauffer entered a notguilty plea. His trial will be conducted during the April 27 term of court.

Aaron Michael Gracey appeared with his attorney and waived arraignment on charges of driving under the influence and turning movements. Gracey pled guilty to driving under the influence and will complete between 72 hours and six months in the Franklin County Prison.

Lance Mellott appeared with legal counsel and entered a guilty plea to unauthorized use of automobiles. Mellott was sentenced to complete six months probation at the conclusion of a previously imposed sentence.

Jeffrey Brian Berkstresser appeared without counsel for sentencing on driving under the influence. Berkstresser was ordered to spend 48 hours in the Franklin County Prison.

Dwayne Alan Lewis appeared with legal counsel and was sentenced to 36 months in the intermediate punishment program for the corruption of minors.

Bobby Lee Stotler will complete 48 hours in the Franklin County Prison for driving under the influence and an additional one month prison term for institutional vandalism.

Bobby J. Bigaman appeared with his attorney on charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, violating rules or regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and hunting without a license. Bigaman was admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program and will complete 12 months probation.

David Aaron Burton appeared without an attorney and waived arraignment on theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Burton pled not guilty, and his trial has been scheduled for the July 27 term of court.

Joshua Levi Crouse appeared with his attorney for possession of a small amount of marijuana; the use or possession of drug paraphernalia; two counts of driving under the influence; purchase, consumption or transportation of alcohol by a minor; and disregard of traffic lane. Course was admitted into the ARD program and will complete 12 months probation.

Nicholas Alan Sherlock appeared with his attorney and will complete 12 months probation through the ARD program for driving under the influence and summary offenses.

Dustin Roger Sowers appeared with legal counsel and entered a guilty plea to driving under the influence. He will be sentenced on May 12 following a pre-sentence investigation by the Fulton County Probation Department.

Daniel Adam DeGroff will spend 90 days in the Franklin County Prison for driving under the influence of a controlled substance and an additional 12 months probation for the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and the corruption of minors.

Zachary Michael Pittman was ordered to complete 12 months probation for simple assault.

Brandon Eugene Shoop was granted 19 days credit for time previously served and will spend between 19 days and 23 months in the Franklin County Prison for theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief.

Brice Gentry admitted to violating the terms of his probation/ parole. He was recommitted to prison to serve the remainder of a previously imposed sentence. Gentry was also ordered to spend between four and 12 months in the Franklin Coun-

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