2011-11-10 / Front Page

Men Arraigned In Robbery, Assault Cases

Chambersburg residents Richard Kearney and Marc Dorce appear in county court
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Marc Dorce Marc Dorce Facing a variety of charges ranging from robbery and unlawful restraint to simple assault, two young Franklin County men have waived their right to mandatory arraignment in connection with a series of incidents that got under way this summer when a baggie of suspected drugs was misplaced at a Licking Creek Township home.

Richard Muliek Kearney of 111 Lincoln Way West and Marc Steven Dorce of 434 Pennsylvania Avenue both stood before Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Shawn Meyers on Tuesday, November 8, to enter a plea to the two incidents that occurred along Camp Ridge Road on June 30.

Kearney and Dorce, both age 24, are charged with possession of a firearm prohibited, firearms not to be carried without a license, criminal coercion, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, simple assault and harassment as well as robbery of a motor vehicle, criminal conspiracy to commit robbery and theft by unlawful taking and simple assault.

Richard Kearney Richard Kearney Charges against the co-defendants have been filed by Pennsylvania State Police troopers Gary Hibner and Michael Davis of the McConnellsburg substation. Charges were filed in July through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne.

In charging documents, Trooper Hibner stated he and fellow Trooper Jeff Remeikas interviewed a female who alleged that Kearney pointed a silver handgun at her chest while standing only 10 feet away on June 30 in the kitchen of a home located on Camp Ridge Road. During the 11 a.m. incident, the woman maintained Kearney kept asking where was the stuff she had stolen from him. The item, Kearney told the woman, was dropped in the home’s bathroom.

The affidavit of probable cause further alleges that Kearney proceeded into a bedroom and awakened a sleeping male by yelling and holding a gun three inches from his face. An older-model single shot shotgun was retrieved from under the bed, leaving both men armed..

The missing bag was eventually found in a cabinet below the bathroom sink. The female victim described the bag to police as a “sandwich baggie full of little bags of white stuff.” “She figured that it was drugs. She thought that it could have been cocaine ... ,” the affidavit said.

The male and female victims were forced to sit in the living room while the men made arrangements for and waited for their ride to arrive. “Dorce then demanded her phone and phone charger. She gave them to him. Kearney then wiped the shotgun off with a wet towel. He put the two shotgun shells in his pocket. They both started telling her that they were sorry for the trouble. But, they said that if they saw their sketches in the paper that they would come back and kill them and her kids,” stated Trooper Hibner in the affidavit.

Several hours later, the woman told police she saw the two Franklin County men leave the Licking Creek Township residence in a large, silver vehicle. The men’s ride was reportedly a silver 2011 Chevrolet HHR belonging to the Enterprise rental company in Chambersburg, police said. It was driven by an unidentified woman who later told police, “Kearney reached over her seat and began to choke her while she was driving.”

“Kearney then produced a pistol and placed it to her head and told her to stop the vehicle and get out. The victim related if she didn’t, Kearney told her he would leave her here (along Camp Ridge Road) for dead,” stated the affidavit. The woman was able to free herself as well as her 3-year-old son, and they were left standing along the road between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on June 30.

In appearing alongside defense attorney David R. Breschi, Kearney refused to sign any court documents related to his statement of rights. As a result, Judge Meyers read aloud the statement as well as the charges currently listed against Kearney, who is also known as Benny or Richard M. Taylor.

Kearney entered a plea of not guilty to all charges as did Dorce, aka Tone or Teral Steven Davis, who is represented by attorney Todd Sponseller.

Hearing comment from attorney Breschi, the judge went into detail with Kearney outlining what his defense attorney could and could not do in terms of filing motions in the case. Meyers stated Breschi would not be able to file motions that are unfounded and without factual basis.

Breschi is Kearney’s second defense attorney since his arrest over the summer. Kearney went on record during court proceedings Tuesday, saying he was unhappy with his original counsel and has since been in contact with the Disciplinary Board regarding his prior representation.

In addition to being charged with the incidents in Licking Creek Township, Kearney also appeared in court Tuesday for formal arraignment on two unrelated burglaries that occurred on February 2 and June 29 at a log cabin located along Lincoln Highway behind the Mountain House Bar and Grill. He pleaded not guilty to those charges as well.

The co-defendants will reappear in court on January 10, 2012, for call of the criminal trial list.

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