2011-06-16 / Local & State

June 7 Court Session Held

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

Judge Richard J. Walsh of the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas presided over a court session held at the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday, June 7.

 Matthew John Kelly, of McConnellsburg, appeared in court for sentencing on one count each of driving under the influence, accidents damaging an unattended vehicle or property and careless driving. Kelly was found guilty of the offenses during a trial held April 27.

While under the influence of alcohol, the 35-year-old man, according to Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall, drove a vehicle into and pushed a parked vehicle approximately 20 to 25 feet. Kelly also refused to undergo a blood alcohol content test.

Fulton County Public Defender Tamela Bard countered the potential always exists for someone to be injured during a drunk-driving incident. In this case, no one was seated inside the parked vehicle. Bard added that Kelly has worked continuously over the years, often times leaving one position when a higher paying job presented itself.

“He is ready, able and willing to work,” said Bard, who requested Kelly be made eligible for work release. Judge Walsh in turn sentenced Kelly to 60 months participation in the Intermediate Punishment Program, which will get under way with 180 days in the Franklin County Prison and three months of intense supervision. Kelly will complete 50 hours of community service, drug and alcohol treatment and pay $1,500 in fines, a $25-per-month supervision fee, $10 to Emergency Medical Services, $ 300 to the Substance Abuse Fund and $200 to Mcare. An additional $50 in fines were imposed in connection with the two summary offenses.

Jose Espinosa, 27, of Chambersburg, appeared in court without legal representation for a probation-violation hearing. The Franklin County man admitted to failing to maintain contact with the Probation Department and making payments on existing fines. Eligible for work release, he was remanded to the Franklin County Prison to complete between 15 days and six months incarceration. Credit was granted for time previously served.

 McConnellsburg resident Randy Merrill Wible was granted a continuance until Tuesday, June 14, for sentencing on one count of driving under the influence. The continuance was permitted as Wible’s defense attorney, Eric Weisbrod, was unable to attend the court proceeding.

 Joshua Levi Crouse, of Needmore,appeared in court last Tuesday for formal arraignment on two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of driving a vehicle at unsafe speeds, failure to yield to emergency vehicles, careless driving, restrictions on alcoholic beverages and failure to carry a license. Crouse, 24, pleaded guilty to drunk driving and possessing an open alcohol container in his vehicle. He will be sentenced on August 16.

 Colt Aaron Redman waived arraignment proceedings held on two counts of driving under the influence and one count of careless driving, disregarding a single traffic lane, reckless driving and the purchase of alcohol by a minor. The 21- year-old Warfordsburg man was admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. He will accordingly complete 12 months probation.

 Tiffany Laine Remsburg, Harrisburg, waived arraignment on one count of making false reports to law enforcement. Remsburg, 24, was admitted into the ARD program and will complete 12 months probation.

 Casey Tyler Sheeder waived arraignment proceedings related to driving under the influence of a controlled substance, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, possession of a small amount of marijuana, no headlights, careless driving and disregarding a single traffic lane. The Warfordsburg area man entered a guilty plea to driving under the influence of a controlled substance and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was sentenced to three days in the Franklin County Prison, which will be followed by three months probation. Costs imposed include $1,000 in fines; $50 to the Catastrophic Fund; $200 to the Substance Abuse Fund; $176 to the state police; $182 to Fulton County; $84 to Fulton County Medical Center; $10 to Emergency Medical Services; $100 to Fulton County Law Library; $176 in lab user fees; and a $25 monthly supervision fee.

 Richard David Wallace, Mercersburg, appeared in court last Tuesday and pleaded guilty to one count of retail theft. Wallace, 27, will be sentenced on August 16.

 Jeremy Lee Woolford of Warfordsburg waived arraignment proceedings held on two counts of driving under the influence and one count of careless driving, driving at unsafe speeds and disregarding a single traffic lane. The 29-year-old man was admitted into the ARD program and will complete 12 months probation.

 Twenty-three-year-old Joshua Michael E. Weaver, formerly of Hustontown, failed to appear in court for a probation-violation hearing. A bench warrant was issued for Weaver’s address.

 McConnellsburg resident Josiah DeShong entered a guilty plea in two cases involving simple possession of a controlled substance and burglary, a second degree felony. DeShong, 28, will be sentenced on August 16.

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