2011-03-24 / Local & State

Judge Van Horn Presides Over Court Session

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Judge Carol L. Van Horn of the 39th Judicial District of the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas sentenced several individuals on infractions ranging from driving under the influence to theft on Tuesday, March 15, in the Fulton County Courthouse.

 Kelly Jo Discher of Oldtown, Md., appeared in court last Tuesday for sentencing but was granted a continuance until May 10 as a result of medical-related conditions. Original charges against Discher, 35, include burglary, criminal trespassing and theft by unlawful taking.

 Lisa M. Goshorn appeared with Fulton County Public Defender Tamela Bard for sentencing on one count of fraudulently obtaining food stamps or assistance. The 36-year-old Mc- Connellsburg woman was entered into the Intermediate Punishment Program for 48 months, which will include six months of house arrest and electronic monitoring. Goshorn will also complete 80 hours of community service and is required to find employment or complete weekly work search forms for the court.

Judge Van Horn also informed Goshorn she would be unable to apply for food stamps for a 12 month period as well as cash assistance for six months. Goshorn will pay $50 to the Fulton County Law Library, $5,987 in restitution to the Department of Public Welfare, and a $25-per-month supervision fee.

The charges against Goshorn stem from failure to disclose accurate income to government agencies between June 16, 2009, and April 27, 2010.

 Having previously entered a guilty plea to driving under the influence of a controlled substance, Mercersburg resident Michael Scott McGlaughlin was ordered to complete 72 hours in the Franklin County Prison in conjunction with the “weekender program.” The charges against McGlaughlin, 22, were filed following a traffic stop by Pennsylvania State Police along Route 655 at 12:43 a.m. on September 16, 2010.

The Franklin County man will also pay a $1,000 fine, $50 to the catastrophic fund, a $25-per-month supervision fee and $100 to the Substance Abuse Fund. In addition, McGlaughlin will complete alcohol highway safety school and drug and alcohol treatment.

 Twenty-year-old Needmore resident Nicky L. Strait was sentenced last Tuesday in connection with a case dating back to mid- July 2009. Strait and two accomplices stole a Honda Recon ATV and a Husqvarna dirt bike from a Layton Road, Brush Creek Township farm, Pennsylvania State Police said in an affidavit of probable cause. The stolen vehicles were loaded onto a truck and then hid in the woods. Eventually, the fourwheeler was moved to a garage, where it was painted and sold.

In conjunction with entering a plea of guilty to one count of theft by unlawful taking, Strait was ordered to complete 36 months of intermediate punishment, which includes three months of electronic monitoring and house arrest as well as 45 days of work release. Strait will also complete 80 hours of community service. Fines to be paid include $150 to the Fulton County Law Library and restitution in the amount of $3,546.67 to Lee Schriever and $1,276.60 to Walt Schriever. Restitution will be shared by the codefendants.

 John Coyle Carbaugh of Big Cove Tannery appeared in court for mandatory arraignment on two counts of driving under the influence. Carbaugh was admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program and will accordingly complete probation.

 Jason Clyde Mellott, Harrisonville, waived arraignment proceedings by mail on charges of two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of careless driving, driving without a license, driving at unsafe speeds, turning movements and required signals, operating a vehicle without required financial responsibility, driving an unregistered vehicle and failure to wear a seat belt.

 Shade Gap resident Derrick Lewis Seibert waived arraignment on charges of two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of failure to carry registration, operating a vehicle without required financial responsibility, disregarding traffic lanes, duties at stop signs, careless driving and restrictions on alcoholic beverages. Seibert, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence and a summary offense. He will be sentenced on May 13 after a presentence investigation is completed by the Fulton County Probation Department.

 David Ryan Plum of Chambersburg was admitted into the ARD program on one count each of disorderly conduct, selling or furnishing liquor to a minor and violation of rules on commonwealth property. Plum will complete probation through ARD.

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