2012-05-24 / Local & State

Court Session Held Last Tuesday

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Judge Shawn D. Meyers of the 39th Judicial District and the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas presided over a court session held on Tuesday, May 15, at the Fulton County Courthouse.

 Loren Andrew Barclay appeared in court last Tuesday for sentencing on one count of criminal attempt theft. The charge stems from the attempted theft of a Christmas tree in December 2011, which has caused Barclay to make numerous appearances in court, defense attorney Philip Harper said about the case. “Whatever lesson was to be learned has been learned over the last six months,” added Harper.

Judge Meyers asked Barclay, “Why would you go do something so absurd and put yourself in this situation?” Hoping his sentence would show that sometimes consequences can sting, including the wallet, the judge ordered the defendant to one month probation plus a $25 monthly supervision fee, a $525 fine and $40 in restitution to Troy Sellers.

 Levi G. Bisser appeared for sentencing on one count of the use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bisser was ordered to spend between three and 12 months in a state correctional institution. Due to his participation in the RRRI program, the minimum sentence was reduced to two months and seven days. He will also pay various fines and costs, including $100 in fines and $239 to the Pennsylvania State Police.

 Brandon Lee Barthalow appeared for formal arraignment on two counts of driving under the influence and two summary offenses. Barthalow entered a guilty plea to driving under the influence as a minor in connection with the incident along Route 915 on March 3. The defendant said he got pulled over for speeding and subsequently submitted to breathalyzer and blood tests. His blood alcohol content was .020.

The district attorney said Barthalow would have been eligible in this case for the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program but had already been placed on ARD for a 2010 drug-related conviction. The judge sentenced Barthalow to 48 hours in the Franklin County Prison. He must complete alcohol highway safety school and pay various costs and fees.

 Glen Merle Covert waived arraignment proceedings and entered a notguilty plea to three counts each of simple assault and harassment. He was entered into the ARD program, which will entail 24 months probation, 30 hours of community service and a psychiatric evaluation. For the time being, he may not have unsupervised contact with the victims.

District Attorney Kendall stated Covert was arrested on April 9 after he pushed a woman, who in turn fell into a male juvenile. Both individuals were injured. Covert also pushed a female juvenile into an appliance during the incident.

 Chad Ryan Souders waived arraignment and pleaded not guilty to the possession of a controlled substance, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts of driving under the influence and three summary offenses. He was entered into the ARD program and will accordingly complete 12 months probation and 30 hours of community service. Various fines and costs were imposed, and Souders relinquished his driver’s license to the court.

The district attorney stated Souders was stopped by state police after the defendant used his high beams on November 11, 2011. During the course of the police investigation, a silver spoon covered with white residue, a can and a substance that would later test positive for cocaine were found.

 Tracey Lynn Branche appeared in court on a petition to terminate her participation in the ARD program due to failure to make payments and complete community service hours. She will next appear in court on July 10 for call of the criminal trial list on charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of a controlled substance and one summary offense.

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