2013-05-16 / Local & State

Court Session Held May 7

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

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 at the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday, May 7.

Rebecca Lynn Burke was granted a continuance until June 4 for sentencing on one count of the corruption of minors. Charges against Burke stem from the theft of more than 20 DVDs from the Fulton County Library. Also charged in the matter was a female juvenile.

James Keith Bradley waived his right to formal arraignment on two charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and four summary offenses. Bradley was entered into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program and will complete a probationary sentence. Charges against Bradley were filed by state police after he was stopped along Great Cove Road on February 16 for swerving over the centerline. His blood alcohol content was recorded at .197 percent.

Matthew Richard Gordon waived his right to arraignment on one count each of possession of small amount/distribute, not sell; possession of a small amount of marijuana; and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Gordon was entered into the ARD program and will complete 12 months probation. Gordon, according to court records, was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by state police on December 22, 2012, for speeding along Interstate 70. Police reportedly smelled marijuana coming from the passenger side of the vehicle.

Charles W. Richards waived his right to mandatory arraignment on two counts of aggravated assault by vehicle, one count of fleeing or attempting to elude police, six counts of recklessly endangering another person, one count of accidents involving death or injury, accidents involving damage to attended property and 16 summery offenses. Richards entered a guilty plea to one count each of fleeing or eluding and driving while operating privileges are suspended and three counts of reckless endangerment. Maximum penalty is a combined 13 years incarceration and $30,200 in fines.

Richards told the court last Tuesday the police tried to pull him over on December 23, 2012, but he took off. Speeds in the chase, which ended in a crash, were recorded at 115 miles per hour. There were three passengers in the vehicle at the time of the accident, with two of those individuals flown from the area with serious injuries.

Kristie Ann Longenecker appeared in court last Tuesday for a post-sentence motion hearing. Longenecker requested an early release from the Franklin County Jail based on various health issues and asked that in lieu of jail time to be placed under electronic monitoring.

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