2011-09-01 / Local & State

Court Session Held Aug. 23

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Judge Carol L. Van Horn of the 39th Judicial District of the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas presided over a court session held at the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday, August 23.

 After having received several continuances due to surgery and rehabilitation, Kelly Jo Discher of Oldtown, Md., appeared before Judge Van Horn last week for sentencing related to criminal trespassing.

Van Horn also made reference to the fact that Discher had received a directive from state police not to go to the property in question.

“You did so to retrieve a dog,” said the judge, who ordered Discher to complete between 30 days and 23 months in the Franklin County Prison. She will pay a $150 fine, $250 for DNA testing and a $25-per-month supervision fee. Discher was also reminded to refrain from contacting the victims or the victims’ families and to stay at least 1,000 feet from their residence.

 Warfordsburg resident Danny Lynn Schetrompf was granted a continuance by Van Horn based on unresolved issues, including how participation in the SCRAM program would affect his employment as a corrections officer and the status of his voluntary participation in the Crossroads Center.

Schetrompf, 38, told the court a Crystal Spring man put a finger in his face and allegedly acted aggressively during an incident involving the burning of leaves. Schetrompf stated there was a physical altercation during which he struck the victim.

Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall stated that when Schetrompf entered a plea of guilty to simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct on June 29, the court was concerned about his treatment for alcohol abuse stemming from this incident as well as a driving under-the-influence arrest in West Virginia. Alcohol was determined not to be a factor in an incident here in Fulton County in a more recent case of harassment, Kendall said.

Schetrompf has been enrolled in a program at the Crossroads Center for the issue that spans 26 weeks and requires a participant to be both drug and alcohol free. As of last week, he had only completed multiple weeks of the program. Furthermore, Schetrompf remains concerned if wearing a SCRAM bracelet, which also requires alcohol abstinence,would be allowed at his place of employment.

Van Horn ordered the southern Fulton County man to return to court on September 27 for sentencing. At that time, an updated written report outlining his treatment and completion for alcohol consumption as well as documentation from Schetrompf’s employer outlining their stance on SCRAM must be made available.

 Amanda Jo Souders, 26, of McConnellsburg, was paroled last Tuesday during sentencing proceedings after having already completed 4-1/2 months in the Franklin County Prison in connection with criminal conspiracy to commit robbery.

District Attorney Kendall stated in fairness to the case, it was Souders’ acknowledgement of what happened during that specific evening’s events that led to a guilty plea by codefendant Tracy Jefferson. “ It’s likely we wouldn’t have prevailed without her cooperation,” said the district attorney, who added Souders’ version of the attempted robbery was “substantially truthful” even though the victim’s beating was downplayed.

Defense attorney Fred Lester pointed out his client had recently become employed in vacuum cleaner sales and she was fearful of losing employment. Lester said the incident was not a “traditional robbery,” and pointed out the victim was there to sell drugs.

Souders told the judge she wished the incident hadn’t happened, and she would take responsibility for her actions. Van Horn replied Souders’ prior record was disturbing as was her inability to complete suggested programming.

In addition to ordering a 24 months probationary sentence, the judge ordered the woman to pay a $250 fine, $250 for DNA testing, a $25- per-month supervision fee and restitution to the victim and the Department of Welfare. She will be unable to contact the victim or the codefendant in the case.

 Floyd Stanley Bohrer III, of Warfordsburg, will complete probation through the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program as a result of indecent assault and indecent exposure. Bohrer, according to the district attorney, assaulted a girl to whom he offered a ride home from school in February. During the trip the 19- year-old unzipped his pants, exposed himself and grabbed the victim by the head.

 Beverly Ann Delade, also of Warfordsburg, was entered into the ARD program and probation on charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Delade, 40, resided at 1708 Quarry Hill Road, where a search warrant was executed by Pennsylvania State Police on January 14. A pipe and two baggies containing residue were found in the search, Kendall stated.

 Needmore resident Joseph Adam Mellott was entered into the ARD program and will accordingly complete a probation sentence in conjunction with receiving stolen property. The district attorney stated that in mid-January Mellott reportedly purchased a skid steer loader with $2,000 and some additional scrap metal from his property. The farm equipment was valued at $16,000 and was determined to be stolen when it was taken to a dealer for service. As part of his sentence, Mellott, 37, will pay at least $16,460 to State Farm and $500 to the victims.

 Forty- two-year- old Daniel Spencer Porter appeared in court last Tuesday for arraignment proceedings held on one count each of possession of a small amount of marijuana and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Porter, 42, pleaded guilty to the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, after state police found an item of question at a home searched in mid-January.

Porter was ordered to complete 12 months probation and undergo drug and alcohol treatment. He will pay $50 to the Fulton County Law Library, a $25 monthly supervision fee and a $113 lab user fee.

 Tracy Lynn Sipes, 34, McConnellsburg was permitted entry into the ARD program and will complete a probation sentence as a result of possession of a small amount of marijuana and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sipes, the district attorney said, was stopped near Union Cemetery when a state police patrol officer noticed her vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed both marijuana and a drug pipe.

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