2011-07-14 / Local & State

Court Session Held Last Tuesday

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

Judge Douglas W. Herman, president judge of the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas, presided over a court session held at the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday, July 5.

 Andy E. Johnson, 29, of Doylesburg, appeared in court last week for sentencing on driving-under-the-influence related charges. Johnson will spend five days in the Franklin County Prison and undergo necessary drug and alcohol treatment. Johnson will also pay a fine totalling $300 as well as a $25-per-month supervision fee.

 Christopher William Bach, of Chambersburg, appeared for mandatory arraignment on charges of the corruption of minors, possession of a small amount of marijuana, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Back, 20, was admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program and will accordingly complete 12 months probation. He will also have his driving privileges suspended for 60 days.

 Charles Lee Mathis Jr., 28, of McConnellsburg, failed to appear in court for mandatory arraignment on one count each of burglary, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief and theft. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

 Jacob Colby Mellott, McConnellsburg, was granted a continuance. Mellott, 20, will be arraigned in the near future on charges of burglary and simple assault.

 Liza Louise Mixell, 34, of St. Thomas, appeared for arraignment on one count each of driving under the influence, careless driving, no rear lights and failure to wear a seat belt. Mixell pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and will be sentenced on September 13.

 Shannon May Wood, of Lititz, appeared for ARD court last Tuesday. The 23- year-old was granted a 12- month extension for program participation.

 William Stanley Burriss, 19, of Waynesboro, was granted a continuance until July 11 when he will appear for call of the criminal trial list.

 Mercersburg resident John William Decyk II entered a plea of guilty to delivery of a controlled substance. Following the completion of a presentence investigation by the Fulton County Probation Department, the 26- year- old Franklin County man will be sentenced on August 9.

Decyk also appeared in court on unrelated charges involving possession of a small amount of marijuana, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, driving an unregistered vehicle, operating a vehicle with suspended registration, operating a vehicle without insurance and operating a vehicle without a valid inspection sticker. Decyk was granted a continuance in the case.

 Kenneth Shawn Farley, 42, appeared in court for call of the criminal trial list and maintained a plea of not guilty on two separate cases involving terroristic threats, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment. Both cases have been scheduled for trial on July 29 at 9 a.m.

A third case involving the Needmore resident was granted a continuance until the October trial term. Charges against Farley in the case include aggravated assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person.

 Susan Eileen Larson, 52, of Neelyton, appeared for call of the list on charges that included firearms not to be carried without a license, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, following too closely and careless driving. Larson pleaded guilty to firearms not to be carried without a license, which was reduced from a third-degree felony to a misdemeanor one. Larson will be sentenced on August 9.

 Tracy Sue Lewis, of Greencastle, was granted a continuance until the October trial term. Lewis is charged with false identification to law enforcement authorities and flight to avoid apprehension.

 Harrisonville resident Jason Clyde Mellott was granted a continuance until the October trial term. The 29-year-old faces charges of driving under the influence, driving an unregistered vehicle, driving without a license, operating a vehicle without insurance, turning movements/ required signals, driving at unsafe speeds, careless driving and failure to wear a seat belt.

 Kellie Jo Reese, 45, of Chambersburg, pleaded guilty to theft. She will be sentenced on September 13.

 David Scot Ritchey, Bedford, entered a guilty plea to driving under the influence and reckless driving. The 31-year-old man was immediately sentenced to 72 hours in the Franklin County Prison’s weekender program. He was also ordered to pay $1,000 in fines, $10 to emergency medical services and $30 to the catastrophic fund.

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