2011-11-24 / Local & State

Judge Van Horn Presides Over November 15 Court Session

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Judge Carol L. Van Horn of the 39th Judicial District and the Fulton County Courthouse presided over a court session held at the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday, November 15.

 Angela Teal, of Hagerstown, Md., appeared in court last Tuesday for entry of a plea to one count of disorderly conduct, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and $2,500 in fines. An additional count of resisting arrest was dismissed.

In explaining to the judge the circumstances surrounding her July 24 arrest, Teal stated she was yelling and screaming at a law enforcement officer who allegedly almost struck a little girl with a vehicle at Cowans Gap State Park. Asked to calm down, Teal said she continued to speak in a loud manner with another officer. Her sentencing is set for December 6.

 Scott D’Anna, 19, of Mc- Connellsburg, appeared voluntarily on a bench warrant after failing to appear in court the prior week for sentencing on two counts of the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Busy working two jobs plus completing supervision requirements through the Franklin County Day Reporting Center, D’Anna told Judge Van Horn the missed court date was a “miss scheduling” on his part.

He was sentenced to a total of eight months probation, community service and will undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and treatment at his own expense. D’Anna will also pay $176 in crime lab fees, $100 in fines, $200 to the Substance Abuse Fund and a monthly supervision fee through Act 35.

 McConnellsburg resident Karen Renee Hege appeared in court for mandatory arraignment proceedings on two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and four summary offenses. According to Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall, Hege, 52, was stopped by state police troopers while operating a white van that was observed veering off the roadway and turned without the use of a signal. Her blood alcohol content was recorded at .168 percent.

Hege was admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program and will accordingly complete 12 months probation and 30 hours of community service. She will pay various fines and costs including $100 to both Fulton County and the state. Her driving privileges were suspended for 60 days.

 Charles Leroy Rhodes, 67, McConnellsburg, waived arraignment held on two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and four summary offenses. A plea of guilty was entered to one of the counts of drunk driving.

Rhodes stated he was arrested by state police in the McConnellsburg Borough on August 18 after he drank some beer in Chambersburg and drove home. He reportedly did not come to a full stop at a stop sign, which prompted the traffic stop. His blood alcohol content was .177 percent. Rhodes’ sentencing is set for January 3.

 Mark K. Walls, of Lewistown, waived arraignment proceedings held on two counts of driving under the influence and three summary offenses. Walls, 43, entered a guilty plea to one count of drunk driving.

The district attorney stated the Mifflin County man would be ineligible for participation in the ARD program because at the time of the traffic stop he had a female juvenile passenger as well as his wife in the vehicle. In addition, if a guilty plea had been entered to the other drunk driving offense, Walls would lose his license and his ability to support his family, he said. His sentencing has been scheduled for January


 Joshua Rupert Baker, 34, of Saxton, was granted an additional six months probation in order to complete the necessary requirements of the ARD program. In recent months, Baker allegedly failed to report regularly to the Probation Department and complete community service.

 Tracey Lynn Branche, of Waynesboro, was also granted an additional six months probation to complete ARD requirements. The 42-year- old allegedly failed to complete community service, pay fines and complete alcohol highway safety school.

The district attorney said community officials, who have had prior experience with the defendant, refuse to allow her to participate in their community service projects due to to her refusal to work on-site and follow instructions.

 Daniel James Brigham, 22, of Hagerstown, Md., was given an additional 12 months probation retroactive to November 9. Brigham, the judge announced, had failed to report to Probation, failed to pay on fines, failed to complete a drug and alcohol evaluation and has had new criminal charges brought against him.

Brigham stated he had been unemployed for the last year and was recently able to obtain employment.

 Twenty-three-year-old Wells Tannery resident Joshua Michael Weaver appeared for a probation/ parole violation hearing last Tuesday after failing to report to probation and pay fines. Weaver was recommitted to the Franklin County Prison to complete a sentence of 19 months and 25 days. He was given credit for time previously served and will be considered for parole after two months and approval of a home plan. Following his release, he was ordered to complete 24 months probation.

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