2012-11-28 / Local & State

Hess Sticks With Not- Guilty Plea

Drug delivery case headed to call of the list
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

A McConnellsburg man accused of selling hydrocodone pills to a Pennsylvania State Police informant twice in 2011 reappeared in court last Tuesday as part of a list of defendants awaiting formal arraignment.

Albert “Jake” Hess of 111 Woodside Drive, Apt. A-11, had previously appeared in county court on November 6 for arraignment along with his wife and codefendant, Gayle L. Hess. At the time it was noted Albert Hess was interested in changing legal counsel and had already spoken with defense attorney Eric Weisbrod about future representation in court proceedings.

Albert Hess, 65, was accompanied by attorney Weisbrod on November 20 and will be moving forward with a not- guilty plea to two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy for the alleged controlled buys that occurred on October 24 and October 28, 2011.

He and his wife are next scheduled to appear in court on January 15, 2013, for call of the criminal trial list.

The duo were charged by an undercover officer with the Pennsylvania State Police in Hollidaysburg on October 3 through the office of Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne. In the charging documents, the trooper maintains the controlled buys occurred in northern Fulton County at the intersection of Waterfall and North Hess roads and at a location along Route 913.

The affidavit of probable cause indicates in both instances the Hesses arrived at the scene in a white 2002 Chevrolet Silverado truck with Gayle behind the wheel. The confidential informant was handed a pill bottle each time containing 50 hydrocodone tablets in exchange for $350. Furthermore, Albert Hess told the informant he put three extra tablets in both bottles, police said.

Documents said during the October 28 buy last year, Albert Hess’s name was listed on the pill bottle.

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