2011-03-31 / Local & State

Court Session Held Last Tuesday

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

Judge Douglas W. Herman, president judge of the 39th Judicial District and the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas, presided over a court session held last Tuesday, March 22, at the Fulton County Courthouse.

 Represented by defense attorney Shane Kope, McConnellsburg resident Adam Michael Carr appeared in court last week for sentencing in connection with having previously entered a guilty plea to one count of driving under the influence.

In reviewing Carr’s presentence investigation, Judge Herman was informed by Kope that his client had kicked an addiction to pain killers. Carr, 22, was also recently accepted into a school that would coordinate with his background in the Air Force, said Kope. Letters from various members of the community in support of Carr were presented to the court for additional review.

Carr was ordered by the judge to complete six months probation and undergo random drug and alcohol testing. He will also pay a fine totalling $300; a $25 monthly supervision fee; and $100 to the Substance Abuse Fund.

 Hulda E. Drenning, also of McConnellsburg, appeared for sentencing on one count of driving under the influence of a controlled substance after her vehicle crashed into a fence in October 2010.

Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall provided the court with a detailed summary of Drenning’s history involving the abuse of controlled substances. Herman commented that Drenning, 59, had a “fairly remarkable history” dating back to 1974 that has involved possession with intent to distribute, possession of heroin and marijuana and driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Furthermore, she has not had any prior drug and alcohol-related treatment.

Public Defender Tamela Bard provided a letter from Drenning’s physician that indicates the drugs found in her system the day of the crash had been newly prescribed to her. They have since been removed from her schedule of medications.

Speaking on her on behalf, Drenning said the incident in the 1970s involving heroin could be summed up as “being with the wrong person at the wrong time.” She added she helps raise her 5-year- old grandson, and therefore a request was made to do house arrest and electronic monitoring in lieu of part of her required incarceration.

The judge ordered Drenning to complete between 90 days and 60 months in the Franklin County Prison and pay a $1,500 fine, $100 to the Catastrophic Fund, a $25-per-month supervision fee, $100 to the Substance Abuse Fund, $84 to Fulton County Medical Center; and an additional $182 for blood and lab testing fees.

 Appearing in court without legal counsel, Thomas Joseph Mack III, of McConnellsburg was granted a continuance until May 3 for sentencing on one count of driving under the influence of alcohol The continuance was approved in order for Mack, 56, to attend an in-patient treatment program at the Veterans Affairs Hospital beginning March 23.

 Michael Glen Baughman Jr., McConnellsburg, appeared in court on two cases involving the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, aggravated assault and harassment. Having waived arraignment, the district attorney made a motion to admit Baughman, 26, into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. He will complete a combined 12 months probation in connection with the two cases.

 Omar Henry Beiler, 52, appeared in court for mandatory arraignment on two counts of driving under the influence and one count of disregarding a single traffic lane. The Burnt Cabins man was admitted into the ARD program and will complete 12 months probation.

 Emory C. Bishop of McConnellsburg appeared in court on March 22 for arraignment on two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and one count each of failure to wear a seat belt, operating a vehicle without required financial responsibility, reckless driving, driving at unsafe speeds, driving while operating privileges are suspended or revoked, aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and accidents involving death or injury. Bishop, 22, pleaded guilty to the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without required financial responsibility.

A presentence investigation will be completed by the Fulton County Probation Department. Sentencing has been set for May 13.

 Carroll James Brown, of Baltimore, Md., waived mandatory arraignment on two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and one count of careless driving, possession of small amount of marijuana and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Brown was admitted into the ARD program and will complete 12 months probation.

 Huntingdon resident Jessie Allen Haupt was admitted into the ARD program on two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of driving at unsafe speeds, careless driving and disregarding a single traffic lane. Haupt, 40, will complete 12 months probation.

 Michael Shane Kruger, 23, of Mt. Holly Springs waived arraignment last Tuesday on charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, careless driving, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and turning movements/ required signals. Kruger pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence of a controlled substance. He was ordered to complete 72 hours in the Franklin County Prison’s weekender program beginning March 25.

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