2011-03-03 / Local & State

Burglars Fail To Appear In Court

Court session held February 22
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

Two Crystal Spring residents convicted of burglary by a jury of their peers failed to appear for sentencing last Tuesday.

Crystal Lee Johnson, 29, and Joshua Clayton Johnson, 29, were set to be sentenced on one count each of burglary, criminal trespassing, theft by by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property by Judge Douglas Herman of the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas. Joshua Johnson was also to be sentenced on one additional count of criminal mischief and for a second case involving careless driving, driving under the influence, possession of a small amount of marijuana, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and various summary offenses.

Joshua Johnson’s defense attorney, Todd Sponseller, informed the court he is currently unclear about the whereabouts of his client. Sponseller stated he could be living in Crystal Spring, Breezewood or at another location in Bedford County.

Meanwhile, Fulton County Probation Officer Jodi Keefer said her office received a telephone call from the mother of Crystal Johnson, alleging her daughter had been kidnapped. Crystal Johnson was being held against her will in a hotel room by a friend of her current boyfriend, Keefer said the mother told her. Bench warrants were issued for the arrest of the Johnsons.

 Previously charged with two counts of driving under the influence and one count of reckless driving, Angel Luis Lopez-Nunez of McConnellsburg was ordered to complete between 72 hours and six months in the Franklin County Prison. Nunez, 55, had entered a guilty plea on January 11 and can be paroled at the completion of the minimum sentence. He will pay $1,000 in fines.

 David Wayne Mahala Sr. from Baltimore, Md., was unable to attend the February 22 court proceedings due to the inclement weather. He was granted a continuance. Mahala, 44, previously entered a guilty plea to reckless burning or exploding in connection with an incident that occurred at the Warfordsburg Welcome Center along Interstate 70.

 Forty- eight-year- old Randy Edward Mills of Mc- Connellsburg, was sentenced to complete 72 hours and six months in the Franklin County Prison in conjunction with entering a plea of guilty to driving under the influence. Mills will be paroled after having completed the minimum sentence and will follow up with four months participation in the SCRAM program.

Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall noted that taking into account counseling and sobriety, this is the best chance for Mills to receive proper treatment.

 McConnellsburg resident Walter Andrew Rasp was granted a sentencing continuance due to his defense attorney, Eric Weisbrod, being snowed in out of state. Rasp, 34, was initially charged with driving under the influence, careless driving and disregard of traffic lanes.

 Also having obtained the services of attorney Weisbrod, 46-year-old Tina Marie Clark of Hustontown will be granted a continuance until a later date. Clark will be arraigned on charges of burglary and theft by unlawful taking.

 Aaron Edward Hahn, 19, of McConnellsburg appeared for mandatory arraignment on charges of a loaded firearm in a vehicle, unlawful use of artificial light, possession of a small amount of marijuana and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Having entered a plea of guilty to the game code violation and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, Hahn was sentenced to complete 12 months probation and 20 hours of community service. He will also pay $150 to Fulton County, a $25 monthly supervision fee and a $75 fine to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

 Thomas Joseph Mack III of McConnellsburg will be sentenced on March 22 after having entered a plea of guilty last Tuesday to driving under the influence. The offense carries a maximum incarceration of six months in prison and a fine of $1,000. The district attorney announced Mack has the opportunity to participate in an in-patient treatment for a period of 45 to 90 days after completing the prison term.

Mack, 56, told Judge Herman prior to the offense on September 18, 2010, that he had been clean and sober for a period of five years.

 Due to snowy weather, Gary E. Malott of Warfordsburg was granted a continuance until March 1. Malott, 29, is charged with eight counts each of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy-theft.

 McConnellsburg resident Antonio Everette Mc- Near appeared in court for arraignment on one count of the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. McNear was charged with and pleaded guilty to the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to complete 12 months probation.

 Twenty-one-year-old Shane William Meck, Mc- Connellsburg, waived arraignment proceedings held on charges of harassment, criminal mischief, simple assault and disorderly conduct. Meck pleaded guilty to simple assault and admitted to the court he was drinking and struck a man during an argument. Meck will be formally sentenced on March 29, but was given preliminary approval to begin monitoring alcohol consumption through the SCRAM program.

 Juan Antonio Nipper Sr., Needmore, was granted a continuance until March 1. According to District Attorney Kendall, Nipper was recently taken into custody by law enforcement officials and transported to Franklin County Prison. Unaware of his incarceration, officials did not plan for his transport to court last Tuesday. He is charged with harassment and simple assault.

 Warfordsburg resident Daniel Spencer Porter was arraigned on charges of theft by unlawful taking, criminal conspiracy-theft and receiving stolen property. Porter pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking in connection with stealing a diesel fuel from the Mellott Co. The 41- year-old man stated he took the fuel so he could use it to heat his home. The maximum penalty in the case is five years in jail and a $10,000 fine. He will be sentenced on March 29.

 Nicholas Lynn Price of Three Springs appeared for mandatory arraignment on charges of two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of careless driving and failure to use safety belt system. Price entered a guilty plea to driving under the influence and will be sentenced at a later date.

 Twenty-two-year-old Tiffany Nicole Swope of Warfordsburg waived arraignment held on one count each of failure to notify police of accident or damage, authorized use of a motor vehicle, driving without a license, disregarding traffic lanes and driving at unsafe speeds. Swope was entered into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program and will accordingly complete 12 months probation.

 Burnt Cabins resident Hunter Eldon Lloyd Heckman was admitted into the ARD program on charges of restrictions on alcoholic beverages, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a small amount of marijuana and two counts of driving under the influence. Heckman, 40, will complete 12 months probation and pay $75 to Fulton County as well as the commonwealth.

 Matthew Lynn Deller of Fannettsburg entered an open plea of guilty to resisting arrest. Additional charges of theft, receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking will be dismissed. He will be sentenced on May 3.

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