2011-09-22 / Local & State

Herman Presides Over Sept. 13 Court Session

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Judge Douglas W. Herman, president judge of the 39th Judicial District and the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas, presided over a court session held at the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday, September 13.

 Julie Ann Harbaugh, of McConnellsburg, appeared in court last Tuesday for sentencing in connection with a guilty plea to one count of criminal mischief. Judge Herman noted he had read a presentence investigation report as well as a victim impact statement submitted in connection with Harbaugh’s case. It was further noted there is an active protective order that maintains Harbaugh, 21, cannot come in contact with the victim.

The judge ordered Harbaugh to complete 24 months probation; seek and maintain employment; and complete 30 hours community service. She will pay $50 to Fulton County and a $25- per-month supervision fee.

 Liza Louise Mixell, 34, St. Thomas, was granted a continuance as requested by her attorney, who noted his client was unable to attend sentencing as a result of being voluntarily enrolled at an in-patient facility. Original charges against Mixell include driving under the influence, careless driving, no rear lights and failure to wear a seat belt. The sentencing proceeding was rescheduled to October 18.

 Kellie Jo Reese, of Chambersburg, appeared for sentencing on one count of theft by unlawful taking. Reese, 46, was ordered by Herman to refrain from having contact with Cindy and Susan Naugle and pay $1,000 in restitution to Cindy Naugle. She will complete 36 months probation and pay $75 to Fulton County and a $25 monthly supervision fee.

 Jason Allan Dearmitt, 22, Mt. Union, appeared in court for formal arraignment on one count of bad checks. The charge stems from a bad check totalling more than $80 written to MacDonald’s Pharmacy in Mc- Connellsburg for medication and retail items. Dearmitt entered a plea of guilty to his third bad check offense and will accordingly complete 18 months probation. He will pay restitution in the amount of $119.89, a $25-permonth supervision fee and a $25 fine.

 Timmy Lewis Fix, 48, Hustontown, was granted a continuance for a health emergency. Fix is charged with two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of disregarding a single traffic lane and careless driving.

 Dustin Evan Hoffman, of McConnellsburg, waived arraignment proceedings held on two counts of driving under the influence and disregarding a single traffic lane. Hoffman, 33, entered a notguilty plea and will reappear in court on January 10 for call of the criminal trial list.

 Pittsburgh resident Kristopher G. Lauris appeared in court for mandatory arraignment held on one count each of possession of a small amount of marijuana, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while operating privileges are suspended, exceeding a 55-mileper hour speed limit by 40 miles per hour and failure to wear a seat belt. The 21-yearold pleaded guilty to possession of a small amount of marijuana and driving while operating privileges are revoked, his sixth offense since 2009. Lauris will be sentenced on November 1.

 A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of Windber, Pa., resident Johnathan Patrick Mandel, who failed to appear for arraignment on charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

 Brenda Joyce Stine, 63, McConnellsburg, was entered into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program and will complete a probationary period for unsworn falsifications to authorities and false report. She will complete 30 hours of community service and pay $200 to Fulton County and a $25-per-month supervision fee.

In connection with the case, Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall stated Pennsylvania State Police received a report from a Mc- Connellsburg area home regarding an alleged assault with a knife. Stine, Kendall said, told police her boyfriend had cut up a tablecloth and a puzzle book and threatened her with a knife. Police later discovered it was Stine who sliced up the items in question.

 The court issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Trisha Michelle Truax, 24, of McConnellsburg, who failed to appear in court of charges of bad checks and theft by deception.

 An extradition hearing was held for Washington, D.C., resident Larry Pickett, who was stopped along Interstate 70 by state police troopers for speeding. It was determined Pickett had been wanted in Howard County, Md., since November 4, 2010.

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