Court Session Held November 1
Judge Douglas W. Herman of the 39th Judicial District and the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas presided over a court session held Tuesday, November 1, at the Fulton County Courthouse.
Tierney Star Zeger, of McConnellsburg, appeared in court last Tuesday to enter a plea of guilty to one count of theft by deception. The charge carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and/or $5,000 in fines.
In discussing the case in court, the 22-year-old confirmed she kept $75 given to her by a man. The man, according to Zeger, was paying for babysitting in order for himself and Zeger to go out on a date. The male victim was later charged by police when he alleged the money was taken from him during an armed robbery. Zeger will be sentenced on November 22.
McConnellsburg resident Travis Eugene Welsh appeared in court voluntarily on a bench warrant issued during October. Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall noted Welsh, 32, was previously unable to successfully complete participation in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program due to failing to pay fines and costs and complete community service.
Welsh entered a plea of guilty to driving under the influence and was sentenced to complete 48 hours to six months in the Franklin County Prison. In addition, he will pay a $500 fine, $50 to MCare, $100 to the Substance Abuse Fund, $78 for blood testing and a $25-permonth supervision fee.
Kristopher G. Lauris, 21, of Pittsburgh, was sentenced last Tuesday for driving while operating privileges are suspended or revoked and possession of a small amount of marijuana. The 2011 arrest in Fulton County was Lauris’s sixth or subsequent offense for driving on revoked or suspended privileges.
He was ordered to complete between 30 days and six months in the Franklin County Prison as well as 30 days probation. He will pay $1,000 in fines, $100 to Fulton County, $30 to MCare, $10 to EMS, $113 for lab user fees and a $25 monthly supervision fee.
Lance Joshua Mellott, 26, Harrisonville, was granted a continuance until November 22, at which time he will be sentenced on one count of receiving stolen property.
Hancock, Md. resident Danny Charles Shoemaker was granted a continuance until November 29 on charges of driving under the influence. Fulton County Public Defender Tamela Bard said she recently received a telephone call from Shoemaker’s wife, who indicated her husband would be unavailable for court as he has been in custody of the Washington County, Md., Detention Center dating back to October 8.
Chelsea Sue Barton, of Berlin, waived formal arraignment held on one count each of unsworn falsification to authorities and false reports. The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to unsworn falsification, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and $2,500 in fines.
Barton told the court reports of an alleged kidnapping at knife point were made to the Waynesboro police on March 15. A “massive police response” ensued, said the district attorney, who added a helicopter was also used to help catch the alleged kidnapper. Restitution will need addressed in the matter, Kendall said.
Julie Ann Davis, 47, of Hancock, Md., appeared in court last week for formal arraignment on two counts of driving under the influence and one summary offense. Davis entered a plea of not guilty and will next appear in court on January 10, 2012, for call of the criminal trial list.
Waterfall resident Michael Deavers was entered into the ARD program as a result of two counts of driving under the influence and one summary offense. Deavers, 51, will accordingly complete 12 months probation and pay $75 to both Fulton County and the commonwealth.
Amanda P. Divelbliss, Warfordsburg, was entered into the ARD program on charges involving fraudulently obtaining food stamps or government assistance. The district attorney noted Divelbliss was charged this year after the Office of the Inspector General determined she received food stamps while her husband was employed. Divelblis will complete 12 months probation and community service.
Donald Frank Ellis, of Hancock, Md., waived formal arraignment on one count each of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. The 60-yearold entered a not-guilty plea and will next appear in court for call of the criminal trial list on January 10.
McConnellsburg resident Harold Lewis Fix Jr. appeared for mandatory arraignment one two counts of driving under the influence and two summary offenses. Fix, 59, pleaded not guilty to all charges and will appear for call of the trial list on January 10.
Alanna D. Fletcher, 32, Warfordsburg, was entered into the ARD program and will complete 12 months probation and 30 hours of community service. She will also pay a $200 fine to Fulton County in connection with charges filed earlier this year involving possession of a small amount of marijuana, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of children, the corruption of minors and recklessly endangering another person.
Randy Jean Remsburg, 44, Warfordsburg, waived arraignment and entered a not-guilty plea to two counts of driving under the influence and three summary offenses. Remsburg will next appear in court in January 10 for call of the criminal trial list.
A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of Cherie Lee Spena, 43, of Turtle Creek, Pa., who failed to appear in court for arraignment. Court officials, it was stated, had been unable to confirm that Spena was incarcerated in the Allegheny County Jail as was suggested in a recent telephone call. Spena is charged with two counts of driving under the influence and three summary offenses.
Chambersburg resident James Neil Spoonhour Jr. appeared in court for call of the criminal trial list. Spoonhour, 28, entered a plea of guilty to one count of simple assault in connection with a January 16 episode at the Mountain House Bar and Grill when a bystander was struck in the eye by a shard from a broken glass bottle.
Timothy Allan Truax, Needmore, is scheduled to undergo a trial by judge on January 20. Truax is charged with driving under the influence, possession of a small amount of marijuana and five summary offenses.