2011-11-17 / Local & State

Court Session Held November 8

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

Judge Shawn D. Meyers of the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas and the 39th Judicial District presided over a court session held on Tuesday, November 8, at the Fulton County Courthouse.

 Heather Elaine Johnson appeared voluntarily in court last Tuesday on a bench warrant issued October 11 for failure to appear for call of the criminal trial list. Johnson was granted a continuance until the April 2012 call of the list and jury selection. She is charged with two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and three summary offenses.

 Randy G. Remsburg, Warfordsburg, appeared for entry of a plea to one count of driving under the influence of alcohol. In speaking to Judge Meyers regarding the case, Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall stated Remsburg has been participating in the SCRAM program since just after his appearance in Fulton County Central Court. Kendall went on to suggest the 44- year-old man continue with SCRAM after being released from his prison sentence, which could include 30 days in Franklin County Prison’s weekender program. Remsburg’s sentencing date has been set for December 20.

 Hustontown resident Jonathan Nathanial Bakner was sentenced to 24 months in the Intermediate Punishment Program for one count of criminal trespassing. The first 30 days of Bakner’s sentence will include incarceration in the Franklin County Prison during which he will be made eligible for work release. The 20-year-old will also be required to complete 80 hours of community service.

He will be unable to possess a firearm and must refrain from contacting the codefendant or the victim in the case. In addition, Bakner will pay $150 to Fulton County and a $25 per month supervision fee.

 Jerry Ryan Berkstresser, 20, Harrisonville, appeared in court for sentencing on one count of driving under the influence as a minor. Berkstresser will complete 48 hours in Franklin County Prison’s weekender program effective November 11. He will complete 20 hours of community service and pay $500 in fines; $84 to the Fulton County Medical Center; $100 to the Substance Abuse Fund; $50 to the Catastrophic Fund; and a $25 per month supervision fee.

 Scott Francis D’Anna, 19, of McConnellsburg, failed to appear in court for sentencing on two cases involving the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

 Cindi Lee Scott, 32, of Mercersburg, was sentenced to complete 30 days in Bedford County Prison in connection with one count of driving under the influence. She will be eligible for work release and will participate in the SCRAM program upon her release for the remainder of her sentence. Scott will also complete 30 hours of community service and pay $10 to EMS; $750 in fines; $100 to the Catastrophic Fund; $100 to the Substance Abuse Fund; $84 to Fulton County Medical Center; and a $25 monthly supervision fee.

 Christine A. Evans of Big Cove Tannery waived formal arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty to three counts of fraudulently obtaining food stamps or government assistance. She will reappear in court for the January 10, 2012, call of the criminal trial list.

 Jose Louis Gonzalez, 31, Hagerstown, Md., failed to appear for mandatory arraignment on one count each of rioting, hindering apprehension or prosecution, disorderly conduct and criminal solicitation-aggravated assault. A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of Gonzalez.

 Mercersburg resident Leslie Fred Stull waived arraignment proceedings held on one count each of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, burglary and criminal trespassing. Stull, 42, entered a guilty plea to theft and will be sentenced on December 20.

 Amanda Sweeney-Teal, Hagerstown, Md., waived arraignment on one count each of indecent exposure, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and false identification to law enforcement authorities. Sweeney-Teal pleaded guilty to all counts but resisting arrest, which will be dismissed.

 Angela Marie Teal, also of Hagerstown, Md., waived arraignment proceedings and entered a not-guilty plea to resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Teal is scheduled to appear in court on January 10 for call of the criminal trial list.

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