2011-02-17 / Local & State

Judge Krom Presides Over February 8 Court Session

Two sentenced, two granted sentencing continuances
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

Two young men from McConnellsburg were sentenced last Tuesday during appearances before Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Angela Krom on cases involving driving under the influence.

Having already entered a plea agreement in connection with driving under the influence, 22-year-old Justin Richard Black of McConnellsburg was ordered by Judge Krom to complete between 30 days and six months in the Franklin County Prison. He will be paroled after completing the minimum sentence.

Krom also made reference during sentencing proceedings to Black wearing a SCRAM bracelet for four months, which would “give him time to deal with any alcohol issues he may have.” Black will pay a daily monitoring fee for the bracelet and complete 30 hours of community service.

. Joseph Len Netz, also of McConnellsburg, appeared in court on February 8 on two separate offenses dealing with driving under the influence. Given the fact Netz, 24, has secured employment that could lead to a full-time welding position, Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall requested that the young man be permitted to participate in the Franklin County Prison’s weekender program.

Netz told Judge Krom he secured the position in late January and even without having a driver’s license he would be able to walk to work. Netz was ordered to report to the prison on February 18 to complete a 72- hour sentence for the first offense of driving under the influence. The second case of drunk driving involved a six-month probationary sentence. Netz will also complete a total of 20 hours of community service.

Randy Edward Mills, 48, of McConnellsburg was granted a continuance and will be sentenced on February 22 for driving under the influence. Fulton County Public Defender Tamela Bard pointed out in court one of the recommendations for Mills is participation in the SCRAM program, which requires him to have a set residence. Mills, said Bard, had located a weekday residence but was still trying to nail down a home to stay at over the weekends.

“He’s had an awful long time to make these arrangements. What’s the magic about one more week?” questioned the judge, who informed Mills that if any activity occurred between him and the state police between now and sentencing, his chances of getting into SCRAM would be lessened.

Needmore resident Nicky L. Strait was granted a sentencing continuance until March 8 due to having been involved in an accident. Appearing in court on crutches, Strait, 22, is currently undergoing medical treatment, according to defense attorney Dwight Harvey.

Relaying a message to the court from jail officials, District Attorney Kendall stated it would not be impossible for Strait to receive care at the prison. However, jail officials would prefer a delay in sentencing, Kendall added.

Strait is charged with theft by unlawful taking.

Joshua Rupert Baker of Saxton appeared in court for arraignment proceedings held on two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana. Baker, 33, was admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program and will complete 12 months probation. His driving privileges were suspended for 60 days, and he will complete 30 hours of community service.

James Aaron Blake, Needmore, was also admitted into the ARD program and will complete 12 months probation. He will also complete 30 hours of community service in connection with the charges of harassment, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, terroristic threats and aggravated assault.

McConnellsburg resident Adam Michael Carr appeared for formal arraignment on charges of two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of careless driving, failure to carry a license and disregarding traffic lanes. Carr, 21, entered a plea of guilty to driving under the influence and will be sentenced on March 22 following the completion of a presentence investigation by the Fulton County Probation Department.

Lyndall Elaine Donegan of Hedgesville, W.Va., was admitted into the ARD program on charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Donegan will accordingly complete six months probation and pay $150 to Fulton County.

Heather Marie Kennedy waived arraignment proceedings held on charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, restrictions on alcoholic beverages and scattering rubbish. The 40- year-old Mercersburg area woman pleaded guilty to possession of a small amount of marijuana and was sentenced last Tuesday to 30 days probation. She will also pay $50 to Fulton County.

A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of Justin Anthony Lapenna of Hollidaysburg, who failed to appear in court for arraignment. He is charged with obedience to traffic control devices, driving under the influence and turning movements and required signals.

Joshua Edward Mankins of Falling Waters, W.Va., was admitted into the ARD program on charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Mankins, 23, will complete six months probation and pay $150 to Fulton County.

Mercersburg resident Michael Scott McGlaughlin appeared before Judge Krom for arraignment on two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance as well as one count each of possession of a controlled substance, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, disregarding traffic lanes, careless driving and restrictions on alcoholic beverages. McGlaughlin pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and will be sentenced on March 15 following the completion of a presentence investigation.

Danny Lynn Schetrompf, Warfordsburg, pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct, harassment and simple assault. Schetrompf’s trial has tentatively been set for the April 25 trial term.

Richard Steward Jr. of Baltimore, Md., pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit theft. A presentence investigation will be completed prior to sentencing on March 29.

James Anthony Will will complete 12 months probation through the ARD program for two counts of driving under the influence and failure to use a seat belt, disregarding traffic lanes and careless driving. Will, of Mc- Connellsburg, will also pay $75 to both Fulton County and the commonwealth. His driving privileges were suspended for 30 days, and he will perform 30 hours of community service.

Terry Eugene Wilson of McConnellsburg waived arraignment proceedings on two counts of driving under the influence and was admitted into the ARD program. Wilson, 47, will undergo 12 months probation and complete 30 hours community service. He will pay $75 to the county and the commonwealth.

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