2009-11-05 / Police Reports

Multiple Court Sessions Held

STAFF REPORT

Judges Douglas W. Herman, Richard J. Walsh and Carol L. Van Horn of the 39th Judicial District of the Fulton/Franklin County Court of Common Pleas presided over court sessions held at the Fulton County Courthouse on September 15, 22, 29 and October 6 and 13.

George Herbert Carpenter appeared with legal counsel on September 15 for arraignment proceedings held on charges of driving under the influence and summary offenses. Carpenter entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to six months probation.

Anthony Shane DeShong appeared with his attorney and waived arraignment on two counts of driving under the influence and summary offenses. DeShong was admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program and will accordingly complete 12 months probation.

Joey Russell DeShong appeared pro-se on two counts of driving under the influence and various summary offenses. DeShong was admitted into the ARD program and will complete 12 months probation.

Billy Joe Pittman appeared with legal counsel on charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition and pleaded not guilty. His trial was tentatively scheduled for the October 26 court term.

Amber Lynn Shatzer failed to appear for possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, purchase of alcohol by a minor, public drunkenness and violation of rules of commonwealth property. A bench warrant was issued on September 15 for Shatzer’s rest.

Thomas Riley Wills Jr. appeared with his attorney for interference with custody of children, statutory sexual assault and the corruption of minors. Wills pled guilty to all charges and will be sentenced on November 17.

Dennis Oliver Chism was sentenced to 60 to 120 months in a state correctional institution for the delivery of a controlled substance.

Jonathan Lee Kauffman was sentenced to complete 24 months probation for burglary. On an additional count of burglary, Kauffman was granted time served.

Joshua Michael E. Weaver was ordered to between four and 23 months in the Franklin County Prison for theft by unlawful taking. On a second count of theft by unlawful taking, Weaver will complete a total of 24 months probation.

Damion Womble appeared with his attorney for two probation/ parole-violation hearings. Womble admitted to the violations.

Debra Lee Jones appeared in court on September 22 for arraignment proceedings on charges of the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Jones entered a guilty plea and was ordered to complete 12 months probation.

Ronald Lee Kahn II appeared with legal counsel and entered a guilty plea to terroristic threats. Kahn will be sentenced on November 24.

Keith Allen Keebaugh appeared with his attorney and waived arraignment on one count of driving under the influence and summary offenses. Keebaugh was admitted into the ARD program and will complete 12 months probation.

Christine Marie Kerlin Mellott appeared with legal counsel on charges of driving under the influence and various summary offenses. Mellott pleaded not guilty, and her trial was tentatively set for the October 26 court term.

Cindy S. Naugle appeared with her attorney and pleaded guilty to criminal mischief. A presentence investigation by the Fulton County Probation Department will be completed prior to sentencing on November 24.

Susan Marie Naugle appeared with counsel to enter a guilty plea on charges of terroristic threats. A pre-sentence investigation will be conducted, and she will be sentenced on November 24.

Derek Charles Mentzer appeared with his attorney on a motion to terminate his participation in the ARD program. Mentzer admitted to the violations, and a written court order was issued in the matter.

Terry Lee Defibaugh appeared with his attorney for sentencing on one count of simple assault. Defibaugh was ordered to complete 24 months probation.

Douglas Leroy Black appeared in court on September 29 for arraignment on one count each of possession of a small amount of marijuana and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Black was admitted into the ARD program and will complete 12 months probation.

Christie Klein Dick appeared with her attorney and waived arraignment on charges of driving under the influence and various summary offenses. Dick was admitted into the ARD program for a period of three weeks.

Brett David Fitzgerald appeared with legal counsel on one count each of false identification to law enforcement authorities, violations of rules on commonwealth property and the purchase of alcohol beverage by a minor. According to court records, Fitzgerald is scheduled to appear in court at a later date to enter a guilty plea.

Dennis Lynn Fox appeared with his attorney and waived arraignment on one count of possession of a firearm prohibited. Fox entered a guilty plea and is scheduled to be sentenced on November 10.

Eric Christopher Funk appeared in court on charges of false identification to law enforcement authorities, possession of a small amount of marijuana, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under a suspended license and violation of rules on commonwealth property. Funk pleaded not guilty. His trial has tentatively been arranged for the January 2010 term of court.

Jacob Franklin Myers was admitted into the ARD program on charges of the possession of a small amount of marijuana and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. In conjunction with his participation in the program, Myers will complete 12 months probation.

Zachary Michael Pittman pleaded not guilty to possession of a small amount of marijuana and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia as well as an unrelated charge of theft by unlawful taking. Pittman’s trial has tentatively been set for the January 2010 term of court.

Chris Alan Snyder appeared with his attorney and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. A pre-sentence investigation will be conducted prior to sentencing on November 10.

Gregory Lee Souders appeared with counsel and waived arraignment proceedings on one count of driving under the influence and multiple summary offenses. Souders pleaded not guilty. His trial has been set for the January 2010 court term.

Kourtney Lee Branche appeared in court on October 6 on charges of burglary and theft by unlawful taking. Branche waived arraignment and entered a notguilty plea. His trial has been set for the January 2010 court term. Branche also appeared in court on an unrelated incident involving theft by unlawful taking, forgery and identity theft as well as a third incident of retail theft. Branche pled not guilty to the additional charges.

Jason Briggs failed to appear for a contempt hearing held on charges of criminal mischief. A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of Briggs.

Daniel Brock Flowers appeared with legal counsel for a hearing to terminate participation in the ARD program. Flowers admitted to the violations.

Joe William Ausherman appeared in court on October 13 on charges of driving under the influence and driving under a suspended license. Ausherman entered a guilty plea and will be sentenced on December 29.

Faced with two different incidents involving of criminal conspiracy

– the manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled

substance, Roger Lee Barnett entered a not-guilty plea. His trial has been set for the January 25, 2010, term of court.

Gerald Allen Bitner was granted a continuance until November 17. A petition has been filed with the court to terminate Bitner’s participation in the ARD program.

Sterling Jerome Branche appeared with legal counsel and waived arraignment proceedings on one count of receiving stolen property. Branche entered a guilty plea and will be sentenced on December 8.

Christie Klein Dick appeared with her attorney and was admitted into the ARD program on charges of driving under the influence. She will complete 12 months probation.

Charged with false identification to law enforcement authorities, Andrew Leslie Johnson pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on November 24.

Darrin Woodring appeared with his attorney and entered a plea of guilty for driving under the influence. Woodring will be sentenced on December 15.

Derek Travis McCumbee appeared in court on one count each of simple assault and harassment. McCumbee pleaded guilty, and his trial has been set for the January 25 term of court.

Leon James Mumma pleaded not guilty to operating a vehicle without interlock ignition and a summary offense. Mumma’s trial has been tentatively scheduled for the January 25 court term.

A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of Robert Stanley Painter Jr., who failed to appear in court on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm and terroristic threats.

Carolyn Marie Spoonire appeared with her attorney and pleaded not guilty on counts of criminal conspiracy – the manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance. Spoonire’s trial has been set for January 25.

Justin Veryl Sward was admitted into the ARD program and will complete 12 months probation on the use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Joshua James Lindsey was sentenced to 24 months probation for fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

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