2011-09-15 / Local & State

Court Session Held September 6

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

Judge Angela Rosenberry Krom of the 39th Judicial District of the Court of Common Pleas presided over a court session held at the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday, September 6.

 Sebastian David Santibanez, of Union City, N.J., appeared in court last week for sentencing on one count each of false reports and driving while operating privileges are suspended or revoked. The charges, according to Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall, stem from a false report made to Pennsylvania State Police regarding an armed robbery. Another individual spent 29 days in the Franklin County Prison as a result of Santibanez’s statements, but investigators eventually learned the story was in part false, Kendall said. The individual was then able to make bail once the felony armed robbery charge was dropped.

The district attorney stated that due to the false report, the county of Fulton incurred $1,885 in prison fees which Santibanez was ordered to repay in the form of restitution. In addition to paying restitution, the 28- year-old man will undergo 12 months probation and pay $500 in fines, a $25-permonth supervision fee, $10 to EMS and $10 to JCP.

 Mercersburg resident Paul Edward Warfield was ordered by Judge Krom to spend between one and 18 months in the Franklin County Prison in connection with one count of burglary. Among the items taken by Warfield, 61, from the local home were a tackle box and a box of wrenches.

Warfield will be paroled upon the approval of a home plan and is eligible for work release. He will pay a $300 fine, $250 for DNA testing and a $25-per-month supervision fee.

 Robert D. Bortzfield, 20, of Mont Alto, was sentenced to a probationary period through the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. Bortzfield was charged with possession of a controlled substance, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and the purchase of alcoholic beverages by a minor.

The charges are linked to an incident that occurred at Cowans Gap State Park on June 10 when park rangers checked a campsite with a party in progress around a campfire, the district attorney said. During the investigation it was determined the man possessed an unopened case of alcoholic beverages, a smoking device and Hydrocodone pills.

 Scott Francis D’Anna appeared in court last Tuesday for formal arraignment on two unrelated cases involving possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, turning movements/required signals and failure to wear a seat belt. The 19-year- old Mc- Connellsburg resident waived his right to arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty to all charges. He will next appear in court on October 11 for call of the list.

 William Alexander Diamond, 41, of Greencastle, was granted a continuance due to an untimely fall the prior week. Diamond is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, turning movements/ required signals, careless driving and two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

 Fort Loudon resident Harry Dwayne Kellerstapf Jr. appeared on two unrelated cases involving theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit theft. Kellerstapf pleaded guilty to conspiracy and the remaining charges were dismissed.

A companion case to two other cases in court last Tuesday, Kellerstapf, 43, told the judge on July 22 he was riding around the Mc- Connellsburg area when he saw a boiler. “It took all of us to load it,” said Kellerstapf, who added an official from Palmer Construction followed and detained them until state police arrived.

Sentencing in the case was set for October 18 following the completion of a presentence investigation report by Fulton County Probation Department.

 Douglas Alan Kerlin, 40, of McConnellsburg, waived arraignment by mail in connection with unsworn falsification to authorities and making false reports. Kerlin entered a not-guilty plea and will appear in court for call of the list set for October 11.

 Jennifer Elaine Largent, McConnellsburg, also waived arraignment by mail. Largent is charged with perjury, false swearing, unsworn falsification to authorities and making false reports. She entered a not-guilty plea to all counts and will be required to appear at call of the list on October 11.

 Chambersburg resident Stephon James Marsh waived arraignment proceedings held on one count each of burglary, theft, crim- inal mischief and two counts of criminal trespassing. Marsh pleaded guilty to burglary and informed the court he had been drinking prior to entering the home of an acquaintance on July 22.

Marsh, 24, was committed to the Department of Corrections, which will determine his eligibility in the State Intermediate Punishment program.

 A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of Joseph Charles Occhino, of Kent, Ohio. Occhino is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

 Robert Stanley Painter, 48, of Needmore, waived arraignment proceedings linked to escape, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief. He entered a plea of not guilty to all charges and will reappear in court for call of the list on October 11.

 Neil Allen Peck II, of Harrisburg, entered a notguilty plea to all charges linked to two unrelated cases. Peck, 25, is charged with escape, resisting arrest and flight to avoid apprehension. He is scheduled to appear for call of the list set for October 11.

 McConnellsburg resident Joshua D. Ramsey waived arraignment proceedings held on one count each of possession of a small amount of marijuana, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness. The 27-year-old man pleaded not guilty and will appear in court on October 11 for call of the list.

 Justin Paul Robenolt, 31, and 25-year-old Mandy Robenolt, both of McConnellsburg, waived arraignment proceedings last Tuesday and entered a plea of not guilty to one count each of endangering the welfare of children. The Robenolts will appear on October 11 for call of the list.

 Twenty-two-year- old Michael Joseph Rohm Jr., Breezewood, waived arraignment and pleaded not guilty to theft by unlawful taking and selling firearms without a person’s knowledge. Rohm is next scheduled to appear in court on October 11 for call of the criminal trial list.

 Anthony Dwayne Sowers, of Mercersburg, entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to commit theft. Sowers, 41, told the court on July 22 he was riding through Mc- Connellsburg with friends when they spotted a boiler. Sowers stated no one was around so they took the boiler even though they didn’t have permission. He will be sentenced on October 18 following the completion of a presentence investigation report.

 David Earl Younglove, 49, of St. Thomas, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking during arraignment proceedings last Tuesday. Younglove told the judge he helped load a stolen boiler into a vehicle on July 22. The Franklin County man will be sentenced on October 18 after a presentence investigation report is completed by the Probation Department.

 Christina Lynn McDaid, of Hustontown, was granted the services of Fulton County Public Defender Tamela Bard during a probation/ parole-violation hearing.

 Twenty-three-year-old Big Cove Tannery resident Billy Joe Pittman appeared for a probation/parole-violation hearing on allegations he failed to pay court costs, didn’t complete community service and drug and alcohol treatment and failed to maintain contact with the Probation Department. The judge sentenced Pittman to an additional 12 months probation in order for him to complete the necessary program steps.

 Crystal Leigh Rogers, 25, Warfordsburg, appeared for a probation/parole-violation hearing. The judge stated Rogers had failed to make required payments or complete community service hours. She was given an additional 18 months probation to complete the payments and service hours.

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