2010-11-11 / Front Page

Four Appear In Fulton County Central Court

Christopher Spriggs, Ryan Jefferson waive preliminar y hearings; Beverly Spriggs, Dale Newton granted continuances
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Four people facing criminal charges were in Fulton County Central Court on Monday, November 1 and November 8, for preliminary hearings.

Christopher J.C. Spriggs, 37, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Monday in an appearance before Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne. Spriggs, of 102 Lincoln Way West, Apt. E, Mc- Connellsburg, is charged with one count each of criminal attempt, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

An affidavit of probable cause filed in the case against Spriggs maintains he was given $500 by a confidential informant on October 22 in exchange for crack cocaine. Spriggs allegedly told the informant he would make a trip to Harrisburg for the drugs and return with them as soon as possible.

Spriggs took the money but never returned to the Estate Drive, McConnellsburg, town house with the cocaine, the charging documents state.

In addition, the informant went on to contact Spriggs on October 29 in an attempt to purchase Oxycontin tablets. One hundred dollars was reportedly used to pur- chase a total of two pills.

Also on Monday the Fulton County Central Court grantied a continuance for Beverly Louise Spriggs of 131 Heritage Drive, Mc- Connellsburg. Beverly Spriggs, 64, was arrested on October 29 at her home after she allegedly sold a total of six Oxycontin tablets on two occasions to an informant working in conjunction with undercover Pennsylvania State Police troopers. The buys reportedly occurred on the front porch and inside the Spriggs’ residence.

As a result of action taken Monday, Beverly Spriggs’ preliminary hearing has been rescheduled to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, December 13. Charges against Beverly Spriggs currently include two counts each of delivery and possession of a controlled substance.

County residents Dale Arnold Newton and Ryan O’Neil Jefferson appeared last Monday, November 1, for their scheduled appearances before Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson in Fulton County Central Court.

Newton, of 15427 Buck Valley Road, Warfordsburg, was arrested on October 22 on allegations he physically assaulted and abused a 2- year-old boy and the boy’s 4- year-old sister with a broken wooden stick and his hands. He faces six counts of simple assault; two counts each of aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person; and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Newton is currently being held in the Franklin County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail. His preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for Monday, November 22, at 1:30 p.m.

The 25-year-old man is also accused of punching the children’s mother in the chest, pushing her onto the floor, kicking her in the head and side of the body, and striking her in the face with a pack of cigarettes.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Ryan Jefferson, of 640 East Maple Street, McConnellsburg, opted to waive his right to a preliminary hearing on November 1 in connection with one count of contraband and three counts of violating the controlled substance, drug, device and cosmetic act.

Jefferson, who has been certified as an adult in the case, was arrested on August 27 after his bail was revoked and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest earlier in the day by Judge Carol Van Horn of the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas.

State police Trooper Blaine Henderson stated in an affidavit of probable cause that Jefferson was searched by both state police representatives and members of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office prior to his transport to the Franklin County Prison on August 27. No weapons, drugs or contraband were located in either search, but a follow-up strip search performed at the jail allegedly netted a clear baggie inside Jefferson’s pants. The baggie, the affidavit states, contained 13 individual baggies of suspected crack cocaine.

When asked about the suspected drugs, the affidavit said that Jefferson confessed, “I got caught, bro. I got caught ... . I ain’t no jake.”

Mandatory arraignment for Christopher Spriggs and Jefferson has not yet been scheduled in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas. Spriggs and Newton are both represented in court proceedings by Fulton County Public Defender Tamela Bard, and Jefferson is being represented by defense attorney Royce Morris.

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