2009-04-30 / Local & State

Judge Walsh Presides Over Tuesday Court Session


Judge Richard J. Walsh of the 39th Judicial District of the Court of Common Pleas presided over a court session held at the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday, April 7.

Jordan Lynn Castle appeared with his attorney for mandatory arraignment on charges of simple assault and harassment. Castle pleaded not guilty, and his trial has been scheduled for the May 12 term of court.

Melissa Ann Helm appeared with legal counsel and pled guilty to theft. A presentence investigation will be conducted by the Fulton County Probation Department prior to sentencing scheduled for June 2.

Joshua Eugene Jones appeared with his attorney and waived arraignment on charges of retail theft. Jones entered a not-guilty plea and will be sentenced following a presentence investigation on May 19.

Phillip Joseph Secrist appeared with counsel for arraignment on driving under the influence and various summary offenses. Secrist pleaded not guilty. His trial has tentatively been set for July 27.

Alfred Bernard Claggett Jr. failed to appear for probation/ parole-violation hearing. A written court order was issued in the matter.

Michael Atkins appeared in court on April 7 on several different cases, including the delivery of a controlled substance; selling or furnishing liquor, malt or brewed beverages to minors; and harassment. Atkins was ordered to complete a total of 48 months probation and pay $300 in fines.

Matthew Buterbaugh appeared with his attorney on charges of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault. Buterbaugh was sentenced to complete between seven and 23 months in the Franklin County Prison.

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