2012-03-29 / Local & State

Judge Van Horn Presides Over Court Session

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Judge Carol L. Van Horn of the 39th Judicial District and the Fulton/ Franklin County Court of Common Pleas presided over a court session held on Tuesday, March 20, at the Fulton County Courthouse.

 John H. Hazle Jr. appeared in court last Tuesday for formal arraignment on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and four summary offenses. Hazle was entered into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program and will accordingly complete a probationary sentence.

Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall noted Hazle was arrested by state police on January 7 after he was involved in a single vehicle crash along Duvall Road in Crystal Spring. Hazle’s Bronco had run off the roadway and struck two steel buildings. His blood alcohol content was recorded at .238 percent.

 Edward Allen Metcalfe waived mandatory arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty to possession of a small amount of marijuana, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and two summary offenses. Metcalfe will next appear in court for the July 10 call of the criminal trial list.

 Joe Donald Powell Jr. was entered into the ARD Program and will complete a probationary sentence in connection with possession of a small amount of marijuana, the use of possession of drug paraphernalia and one summary offense.

District Attorney Kendall said Powell was arrested by state police on March 2, 2011, following a traffic stop. During a pat down, a small bottle of marijuana was found.

 Jeffrey Alan Shaffer was given a probationary sentence through ARD on charges of terroristic threats, stalking, simple assault, harassment, criminal mischief and criminal trespass. The district attorney said that on December 26, 2011, state police received a phone call from a male victim who alleged Shaffer was trying to make him pull over to the side of the road. Later in the day, Shaffer is accused of contacting a woman repeatedly over the phone while using vulgar and threatening language, Kendall added.

It was the noted the female victim was consulted regarding the outcome of the case, and she asked that Shaffer be evaluated to determine if he needed any type of counseling.

 Nicholas Wayne Swope Jr. was resentenced via video conferencing last Tuesday on charges dating back to 2008. Charges against Swope at the time included two counts each of delivery and possession of a controlled substance. Swope, who is also known as Nicolas D. Swope, was also resentenced on 2010 charges of delivery and possession of a controlled substance as well as the use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

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