2009-07-02 / Local & State

Judge Van Horne And Judge Herman Preside Over June 16, June 23 Court Sessions

STAFF REPORT

Judges Carol L. Van Horn and 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, June 16 and 23.

Levi Gene Bisser appeared with his attorney for arraignment proceedings held on charges of theft by unlawful taking. Bisser entered a not-guilty plea. His trial will be held during the July 27 term of court.

George Lorenzo-Lozada failed to appear for arraignment on the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Zachary Michael Pittman appeared with legal counsel and waived arraignment on possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Pittman pleaded not guilty, and his trial has been tentatively scheduled for July 26 term of court.

Edward Eugene Saylor was sentenced by Judge Van Horn to participate in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program on charges of simple assault and harassment. Saylor will complete 18 months probation through the program.

Walter William Shatzer II appeared with legal counsel on charges of accidents involving damage to an attended vehicle and reckless driving. Shatzer pled guilty and will be sentenced on July 14.

Richard Andrew Shelley was admitted into the ARD program on charges of driving under the influence and summary offenses. Shelley will complete 12 months probation.

Brad Criswell Beatty appeared with his attorney and entered a guilty plea to criminal trespassing. Beatty will be sentenced on July 7.

Warren Garland Crawley was sentenced to between two days and six months in the Franklin County Prison for making false reports. Crawley was granted credit for time previously served.

Alfred Bernard Claggett Jr. appeared in court on charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Claggett pled guilty to the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and will complete 60 days in the Franklin County Prison. The sentence will run simultaneously with a sentence imposed in 2007.

Claggett also appeared for arraignment on charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment. He entered a plea of not guilty, and his trial has been tentatively set for the July 27 term of court.

William David Dixon appeared with legal representation on counts involving possession of a small amount of marijuana, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and recreational spot search. Dixon was admitted into the ARD program and will complete 12 months probation.

Howard R. Messerly Jr. appeared with his attorney on charges stemming from theft by failure to make required deposits. Messerly was admitted into the ARD program and will complete 12 months probation.

Randy Mills was sentenced to 12 months probation after entering a guilty plea to harassment.

James Matthew Weaver will also complete 12 months probation through the ARD program in conjunction with driving under the influence.

Joshua Michael E. Weaver appeared for arraignment proceedings held on charges of theft by unlawful taking. Weaver pleaded not guilty. His trial will be held during the July 27 term of court.

Layla Ann Wood appeared with her attorney on charges of forgery, to which she entered a not-guilty plea. Her trial is scheduled to be held during the July 27 court term.

Randy Edward Mills appeared in court for a probation/ parole-violation hearing. Mills admitted to the violations and was recommitted to serve the remainder of his sentence.

Douglas Edward Bragg appeared with legal counsel for sentencing on one count of simple assault. Bragg will complete between nine and 23 months in the Franklin County Prison. The sentence will begin at the expiration of a sentence imposed in 2008. On an additional count of simple assault, Bragg was ordered to complete 12 months probation at the conclusion of his jail term.

Robert Kevin Lyons will complete 12 months probation for defiant trespassing.

An omnibus pretrial motion was held for Michael Frederick Shives Sr., who faces charges of criminal attempt, aggravated assault, possession of an instrument of crime, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief.

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