2011-07-28 / Local & State

County Court Session Held July 19

STAFF REPORT

Judge Shawn D. Meyers of the 39th Judicial District of the Fulton/Franklin County Court of Common Pleas presided over a court session held at the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday, July 19.

Christopher Wade Hoffman, of Hancock, Md., appeared without legal counsel for sentencing on one count of driving under the influence. Hoffman, 22, was ordered to complete six months probation and will pay a $300 fine and $100 to the Substance Abuse Fund.

Needmore resident Jason Lynn Trumpower appeared pro-se and will complete 10 days in the Franklin County Prison weekender program in connection with one count of driving under the influence. The 30-year-old will also participate in the SCRAM program and complete 30 hours community service. Judge Meyers further ordered Trumpower to pay a $500 fine, $200 to the Catastrophic Fund and $100 to the Substance Abuse Fund.

Scott Allen Bennett, of Chambersburg, appeared in court last Tuesday for mandatory arraignment on two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of disregarding a single traffic lane, careless driving and reckless driving. Bennett was admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program and will accordingly complete 12 months probation. He will also surrender his driver’s license to PennDOT for a 30- day suspension.

Steven Craig Carnell, 26, of Warfordsburg, was granted a continuance until August 30, at which time he will be arraigned on two counts of driving under the influence and additional counts of driving an unregistered vehicle, disregarding a single traffic lane, careless driving, accidents damaging an unattended vehicle or property and failure to notify police.

Tyler Don Clark, Rainsburg, appeared in court for arraignment on two counts of driving under the influence as well as purchase of alcohol by a minor, disregarding a single lane of traffic, careless driving and reckless driving. Clark, 19, was admitted into the ARD program and will complete 12 months probation. His driving privileges will be suspended for 90 days.

Paul Shane Michael DeShong, 22, Harrisonville, waived arraignment proceedings held on one count each of accidents involving damage to attended property, following too closely and careless driving. DeShong will complete 12 months probation through the ARD program.

Dylan Lee Ford, of Wells Tannery, waived arraignment on two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of disregarding a single traffic lane, careless driving, reckless driving, restrictions on alcoholic beverages and failure to wear a seat belt. The 22-year-old entered a guilty plea to one count of driving under the influence and was sentenced to complete between 48 hours and six months in the Franklin County Prison’s weekender program.

Charged with two counts or driving under the influence and additional counts involving operating a vehicle without insurance, disregarding a single lane of traffic, driving at unsafe speeds and failure to wear a seat belt, Fort Loudon resident Tesha Grace Keefer waived arraignment last Tuesday. She will complete 12 months probation through the ARD program and lose her driver’s license for a period of 30 days.

Joseph Walter Latherow Jr., Needmore, entered a guilty plea to failure to comply with registration of sex offender requirements. The 47-year-old man will complete between 75 days and 23 months in prison and was granted time previously served. His sentence, which will also include 36 months probation, will run concurrently with a previously imposed sentence. Latherow was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and $100 to Fulton County.

Stewart Wayne Mason, 45, of McConnellsburg, was entered into the ARD program after having been charged with two counts of driving under the influence and one count of disregarding a single lane of traffic, careless driving and failure to wear a seat belt. Mason will accordingly complete 12 months probation and will lose his driving privileges for a period of 60 days.

McConnellsburg resident Jeffrey Lee Sipes waived arraignment proceedings on possession of a firearm prohibited, possession of an instrument of crime, possession of a small amount of marijuana, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of taking or killing big game. Sipes, 52, pleaded guilty to possession of an instrument of crime, possession of a small amount of marijuana and both counts of taking or killing big game. He will be sentenced on August 30 following the completion of a presentence investigation report by the Fulton County Probation Department.

Nathan Lee Skidmore, 22, of Warfordsburg, pleaded guilty to flight to avoid apprehension and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Skidmore will be sentenced on August 9 following a presentence investigation report.

Appearing for call of the criminal trial list, Harrisonville resident Jason Clyde Mellott was granted a continuance until October 11. Mellott, 29, is charged with two counts of driving under the influence and additional counts of driving an unregistered vehicle, driving without a license, operating a vehicle without insurance, turning movements/required signals, driving a vehicle at unsafe speeds, careless driving and failure to wear a seat belt.

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