2012-01-19 / Local & State

Call Of The List Held Last Tuesday

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

Judge Angela Rosenberry Krom of the 39th Judicial District and the Fulton/ Franklin County Court of Common Pleas presided over call of the criminal trial list on Tuesday, January 10.

 Christopher William Bach appeared for call of the list on charges of the corruption of minors, possession of a small amount of marijuana, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence of a controlled substance. The case was rescheduled for January 17.

 Co-defendants Clifford Jean Brodie and Rockford Brodie both appeared on charges of theft by unlawful taking and conspiracy to commit theft. The Brodies are next slated to appear in court on March 15 for a jury trial. Jury selection in the case is set for January 23.

 Cluadia Esmeralda Cabrera was granted a continuance until the April 10 call of the list. Cabrera is charged with two counts of driving under the influence and two summary offenses.

Alfred Bernard Claggett was given a continuance to April 10 call of the list due to a pending pretrial motion. Claggett faces charges of simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

 Julie Ann Davis appeared in court on two counts of driving under the influence and one summary offense. Davis pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence and will be sentenced on February 21 following the completion of a presentence investigation report by the Fulton County Probation Department.

 William John Decyk III appeared on charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and four summary offenses. Due to pending pretrial motions, the case was continued to April 10.

 William Alexander Diamond appeared for call of the list on two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and one count each of delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Diamond pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence and delivery of marijuana.

The delivery charge, according to Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall, carries a maximum penalty of five years incarceration and a $15,000 fine. Driving under the influence has a mandatory minimum penalty of 90 days in jail.

In an admission of guilt, Diamond said when he pulled over by state police he had THC in his system and was taken to the hospital for blood testing. In addition, there was marijuana inside his vehicle, which he intended to “share with other people” in exchange for money.

Sentencing is scheduled for February 28.

 Co-defendants Marc Dorce and Richard Kearney appeared in court on charges of 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.

Kearney also appeared on two additional cases related to burglary, conspiracy, simple assault, criminal mischief, harassment and recklessly endangering another person.

All cases involving Dorce and Kearney were continued to the April 10 call of the list to allow additional time for pretrial hearings and discovery.

 Donald Frank Ellis is next scheduled to appear in court on February 17 for a jury trial. Charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, Ellis has opted to represent himself during the upcoming trial overseen by Judge Shawn Meyers. Jury selection will be January 23.

 Christine A. Evans was entered into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program on three counts of fraudulently obtaining food stamps or government assistance. Evans will accordingly complete 24 months probation and pay $100 to Fulton County and $28,203 in restitution.

 Harold Lewis Fix Jr. was granted a continuance until the April 10 call of the list. Fix is charged with two counts of driving under the influence and two summary offenses.

 Bruce Alan Foster appeared in court on one count each of driving under the influence, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and four summary offenses. Foster entered a guilty plea to driving under the influence, a first offense with refusal of blood testing. Mandatory minimum in the case is three days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Sentencing has been scheduled for February 21.

 Dustin Evan Hoffman was admitted into the ARD program on two counts of driving under the influence and one summary offense. Hoffman will complete 12 months probation and pay the following amounts: $100 to Fulton County; $100 to the commonwealth; a $25 monthly supervision fee; $25 to EMS; $50 to Catastrophic Fund and money to both the Substance Abuse Fund and to Fulton County Medical Center for blood testing. Hoffman will also complete community service and lose his driving privileges for 60 days.

The charges against Hoffman stem from a traffic stop near the intersection of Route 522 and Lincoln Way West in McConnellsburg on May 8, 2011. His blood alcohol content at the time of his arrest was .178 percent.

 Heather Elaine Johnson appeared in court on two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and three summary offenses. Johnsonís omnibus pretrial hearing was set for January 31.

 Terry Lynn Jukes entered a guilty plea to driving under the influence and driving under a suspended license. Sentencing was set for February 21.

 Douglas Alan Kerlin appeared in court on one count each of unsworn falsification to authorities and false reports. Kerlin initially entered a guilty plea to unsworn falsification and attempted to admit to Judge Krom his involvement in a case dating back to February 2011. Kerlin said in a written statement given to state police that he saw a local man throw a snowball at a vehicle belonging to Jennifer Largent when he actually never saw it thrown.

There was some debate in court as to whether the plea should be accepted given that it didn’t square with Largent’s admission or the police investigation, the district attorney said. As a result, Kerlin’s case was continued to the April 10 call of the criminal trial list.

 Thomas Stuart King will next appear in court for a non-jury trial on January 27 on charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

 Christopher Nathan Koons was granted a continuance to April 10 to obtain the services of a toxicologist. Koons is charged with two counts of driving under the influence and one summary offense.

 Jennifer Elaine Largent appeared in court on one count each of perjury, false swearing, unsworn falsification to authorities and false reports. She pleaded guilty to perjury, a third-degree felony that carries a maximum penalty of seven years in jail and $15,000 in fines.

Largent told the court she lied during a preliminary hearing about an incident that never occurred, that entailed a snowball being thrown at her vehicle by a local man.

Sentencing has been set for March 6.

 Debra K. Marshall appeared in court to enter a guilty plea to possession of a controlled substance and public drunkenness. The charges stem from an incident that occurred at the McDonald’s in McConnellsburg on November 20, 2011. Her sentencing has been set for March 27.

 David Cumming Meadows was granted a continuance until April 10. He is charged with two counts of driving under the influence and four summary offenses.

 Robert Stanley Painter Jr. appeared in court on two unrelated cases, one of which dates back to 2009. Charges against Painter in the cases include escape, theft, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm prohibited, terroristic threats, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment. He was granted a continuance to April 10 due to outstanding pretrial motions.

 Charles Mearl Riley was not in attendance last Tuesday, but at the request of his attorney, Eric Weisbrod, his case was relisted for January 17. Riley is charged with two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance; one count each of delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, the use or possession of a controlled substance; and three summary offenses.

 Co-defendants Justin Paul Robenolt and Mandy Robenolt were granted continuances to the April 10 call of the list. The Robenolts face charges of endangering the welfare of children.

 Reginald Gerard Roundtree will next appear in court on January 25 for a one-day trial to be held on false identification to law enforcement and four summary offenses. Jury selection is set for January 23.

 Edward Scott was granted a continuance to April 10 for call of the criminal trial list. He is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment.

 Sterling Hadley Summers was granted a continuance to April 10 for call of the list. Summers is faced with one count each of possession of a small amount of marijuana and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia as well as one summary offense.

 Kenneth R. Swanger appeared in court last Tuesday with his attorney, Trudy Mintz, who was granted permission to withdraw as counsel. Mintz stated her client had not made any attempts to pay restitution or other items agreed on prior to call of the list. Furthermore, she was unable to get in contact with him after multiple attempts. He is charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

 Trisha Michelle Truax failed to appear in court on charges of bad checks and theft by deception. A bench warrant was issued for her arrest.

 Justin David Wolfe failed to appear in count on four counts of the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of the corruption of minors and one count of possession of a small amount of marijuana. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

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