2013-03-07 / Local & State

Judge Herman Presides Over Court Session

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

Judge Douglas W. Herman, president judge of the 39th Judicial District and the Fulton/ Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, presided over a court session held on Tuesday, February 26, at the Fulton County Courthouse.

 David Walter Burkett appeared in court for sentencing in connection with a case that involved theft and receiving stolen property. Burkett was ordered to complete 18 months probation and will pay $150 to Fulton County as well as various fines and fees. Restitution was also ordered in the case.

 John David Hartman was granted a continuance until March 5 when he will be sentenced for driving under the influence of alcohol.

 Antoinette Marie Lowery will complete 24 months in the Intermediate Punishment Program for simple assault. The sentence includes two months of electronic monitoring, two months of intense supervision and participation at the Day Reporting Center. Furthermore, she is not permitted to have contact with the Rhonda Peck family. Restitution includes $134 to the Victim’s Compen- sation Fund and $170.84 to the state Department of Welfare.

 Tyler Vincent Swisher will complete between five days and six months in the Franklin County Jail for driving under the influence of alcohol. Upon his parole, he will participate in the SCRAM program for the remainder of the sentence. Swisher will also pay a $300 fine and complete 30 hours of community service.

 Jayson P. Waite was sentenced to five days and six months in the Franklin County Jail for driving under the influence of alcohol. He will be paroled at completion of the minimum sentence and undergo alcohol monitoring by the Probation Department.

 Gregory Allen Gracey appeared in court last Tuesday for formal arraignment on charges of possession of a controlled substance. He was admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program and will accordingly complete a probationary sentence.

 Stephen William Huger Jr. waived his right to mandatory arraignment on charges of receiving stolen property, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and recklessly endangering another person. Huger pleaded guilty to fleeing and was ordered to 18 months probation and a $150 fine. Restitution in the amount of $2,500 was ordered paid to Blue Knob Auto.

 Jeremy Tyler Rhodes waived his right to arraignment and entered a guilty plea for the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. He will be sentenced on February 26.

 Marshall Robert Richards was admitted into the ARD program on charges linked to the possession of a switchblade knife. Richards will accordingly complete a probationary term.

 Christopher Lynn Shives Jr. waived his right to mandatory arraignment on charges of possession of a controlled substance and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Shives pleaded guilty to the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and will be sentenced on March 26.

 Loren Ryan Stains waived arraignment and pleaded not guilty to two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and one count each of the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a small amount of marijuana and careless driving. He will reappear in court for the April 9 call of the criminal trial list.

 Ali June Washabaugh waived her right to formal arraignment and pleaded not guilty to three counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and two summary offenses. Washabaugh will appear in court on April 9 for call of the criminal trial list.

 Joshua Weaver waived arraignment proceedings held on one count each of burglary, criminal trespassing, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief. Weaver pleaded not guilty and will reappear in court for the April 9 call of the list.

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