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Decisions of Westmoreland judges

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Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011
 

The following is a partial list of criminal cases handled by judges in the most recent term of Westmoreland County criminal court. Some of the cases involve first-time offenders being enrolled in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. The ARD program does not require an admission of guilt, but participants are placed in the program for up to two years. If they satisfactorily complete the program, they may then file a petition to have the case expunged. Unless otherwise noted, court costs are placed on the defendant.

Judge John E. Blahovec

• Brian Lee Grazetti, 46, of 100 Pecan Road, Manns Choice, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and driving under a suspended or revoked license. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for two years, with one year of electronic monitoring. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 12 months.

• Kenneth Lee White, 51, of 173 Whites Road, Derry, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months, with 30 days of electronic monitoring, was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school ,and his license was suspended for 12 months. He was granted work release.

Judge Rita D. Hathaway

• Benjamin Lauder Kissel, 20, of 40 Prospect Ave., Washington, pleaded guilty to use/possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Kristen Hall, 24, of 354 Gertrude St., Latrobe, charged with possession of marijuana, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for 30 days.

• Osman Edgardo Mendez, 36, of 429 S. Maple Ave., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to indecent assault and corruption of minors. He was sentenced to eight to 23 months in jail, with credit for time served.

• Scott William Conrath, 22, of 140 Toll Gate Road, Greensburg, pleaded guilty to false reports. He was sentenced to time served to 23 months in jail. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Scott Alan Schmidt, 37, of 17 Madison Ave., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to use/possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to probation for two years.

• Francis Edward Sikora, 24, of 1074 Schultz Road, Unity, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to probation for one year. To a separate charge of disorderly conduct, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for one year. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, follow all recommended treatment and successfully complete anger management classes. Sentences are to run consecutively.

• Stephen Allen Piper, 23, of 125 Davis Lane, Latrobe, pleaded guilty to retail theft. He was sentenced to time served to 23 months in jail.

• Collin Ruffner, 24, of 615 W. First Ave., Derry, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to 48 hours to six months in jail. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and his license was suspended for 12 months.

• Brett E. Stouffer, 57, of 2436 Jodi Ave., Latrobe, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months, with 120 days of electronic monitoring. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 12 months. He was granted work release.

• Ulysses Johnson, 24, of 437 Harrison Ave., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and was sentenced to probation for 30 days.

• Sheldon Barry Faulks Jr., 21, of 49 N. Spring St., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to forgery, access device issued to another who did not authorize use, theft of property and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Daniel A. McManus, 24, of 1026 Orchard Ave., Greensburg, charged with theft from a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property and loitering and prowling at nighttime, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

• Heather Marie Worsham, 29, of Torrance was sentenced to two to four years in jail for the charges of aggravated assault and simple assault.

• Jonathan Francis Rowsick, 31, of 159 Flowers Road, New Alexandria, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to restrictive intermediate punishment for two years, to be followed by probation for two years. To separate charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, he was sentenced to restrictive intermediate punishment for two years. He was ordered to pay restitution of $13,195. Sentences are to run concurrently.

• James William Timko, 38, of 129 Maple St., Bolivar, pleaded guilty to simple assault and harassment. He was sentenced to 29 days to 23 months in jail, with credit for time served. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Glenn M. Speece, 30, of 3000 S. Grande Blvd., Hempfield, pleaded guilty to flight to avoid apprehension/trail or punishment. He was sentenced to 30 days to 12 months in jail. To charges of possession of a controlled substance, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two to 12 months in jail to be followed by probation for one year. He was ordered to be evaluated for the Day Reporting Center and follow all recommendations. Sentences are to run concurrently.

• Anthony William Schaller, 22, of 106 Rear Madison Ave., Greensburg, charged with possession of marijuana and use/possession of drug paraphernalia, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for six months. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Scott Vilsack, 41, of 828 Eighth St., Tarentum, charged with fraud obtaining food stamps/assistance, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

• Aaron Thad Payne, 19, of 219 Burrows St., Pittsburgh, pleaded guilty to escape. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Kevin Eugene Hardison, 18, of 20 W. Monroe St., Latrobe, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking. He was sentenced to 53 days to 12 months in jail, with credit for time served. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• John Wesley Arrington, 26, of 906 Lewis St., Fayetteville, N.C., pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to 60 days to 23 months in jail.

Judge Debra A. Pezze

• Frank J. Chain, 31, of 111 Mayapple Lane, Mt. Pleasant, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for two years, with six months of electronic monitoring. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Marie E. Pappasergi, 58, of 805 Park Manor, Monessen, pleaded guilty to conspiracy-acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance.

She was sentenced to restrictive intermediate punishment for two years.

• Erich L. English, 35, of 1407 Walnut Ave., Monessen, pleaded guilty to conspiracy-acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance.

He was sentenced to restrictive intermediate punishment for two years.

• Martin J. McGrogran, 50, of 705 Skyline Drive, Rostraver, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months with 60 days of electronic monitoring. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and his license was suspended for 12 months. He was granted work release.

• Isaac Mark Deitt, 21, of 956 Academy Heights Drive, Hempfield, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and conspiracy. He was sentenced to probation for three years. To a charge of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for two years. Sentences are to run concurrently.

• Jonathan Michael Bennett, 41, of 2112 Candee St., Hempfield, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months, with 30 days of electronic monitoring. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 12 months. He was granted work release.

• Nicholas J. Vogle, 32, of 1421 Broad St., South Greensburg, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for five years, with six months of electronic monitoring. To a separate charge of driving under the influence, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to intermediate punishment for five years, with six months of electronic monitoring. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and his license was suspended for 18 months. He was granted work release. Sentences are to run concurrently.

• Norman W. Ferguson Jr., 49, of 2509 Portland St., Grapeville, was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months with 30 days of electronic monitoring for the charges of driving under the influence. To a separate charge of driving under the influence, he was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months with 30 days of electronic monitoring. To another charge of driving under the influence, he was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months with 30 days of electronic monitoring, was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, follow all recommended treatment and attend alcohol highway safety school. He was ordered not to drive a motor vehicle. Sentences are to run consecutively.

• David Joseph Ruscak II, 32, of 727 Heplers Circle, Ruffsdale, charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

• Bonnie Lynn Mino, 55, of 2008 Ondik St., Scottdale, charged with retail theft, was accepted into the ARD program for one year. She was ordered to have no direct/indirect contact with Giant Eagle.

• Nathan L. Grippo, 20, of 108 Yellow Pike Lane, New Stanton, charged with retail theft, was accepted into the ARD program for one year. He was ordered to have no direct/indirect contact with K-Mart.

• Nathan S. Smith, 18, of 611 Scottdale Ave., Scottdale, pleaded guilty to robbery, theft and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to one to two years in jail.

• Shawn James Gouker, 24, of 208 S. Eighth St., West Newton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy-retail theft. He was sentenced to probation for two years.

• Erica Dawn Sanner, 21, of 617 S. 12th St., Connellsville, charged with retail theft, was accepted into the ARD program for one year. She was ordered to have no direct/indirect contact with Wal-Mart or Sam's Club.

• Lisa A. Aquilina, 35, of 1204 Howard St., West Newton, pleaded guilty to retail theft. She was sentenced to probation for five years, was ordered to complete substance abuse treatment and have no contact with Sears.

• Richard L. Bisel Jr., 36, of Norvelt, pleaded guilty to disseminate explicit sexual material minor and corruption of minors. He was sentenced to probation for one year and was ordered to follow the directives of the Children's Bureau.

• Ernest L. Majors, 27, of 58 Schoonmaker Ave., Monessen, pleaded guilty to criminal trespass. He was sentenced to 9 12 to 23 months in jail. To separate charges of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and criminal use of communication facility, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 9 12 to 23 months in jail. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment. Sentences are to run concurrently.

• Derrick Tyrone Hilliard, 28, of 7304 Bertram Drive, Fayetteville, N.C., pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and theft by unlawful taking. He was sentenced to six to 23 months in jail.

• Kenneth L. Johnson, 45, of 315 Forest St., Monessen, pleaded guilty to false identification to law enforcement officer and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to time served to 12 months in jail. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Stanley West, 66, of 510 Chestnut St., Monessen, pleaded guilty to stalking, harassment and habitual offenders. He was sentenced to intensive probation for three years, was ordered to undergo sex offenders and mental health evaluations and follow all recommended treatment. He was ordered to have no unsupervised contact with minors.

• Timothy Allen Cole, 35, of 949 Highpoint Drive, California, pleaded guilty to false identification to law enforcement officer. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Saverio Joseph Marino, 23, of 110 West Hempfield Drive, Hempfield, charged with criminal trespass, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for two years. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• William P. Bittner Sr., 29, of 112 Wood St., West Newton, charged with use/possession of drug paraphernalia, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for one year.

• Bruce R. Brummitt, 68, of 4317 Twilight Lane, Hamburg, N.Y., charged with trademark counterfeiting, was accepted into the ARD program for six months.

• Charles Michael Carpinelli, 34, of 19 Cycle St., Uniontown, pleaded guilty to retail theft and defiant trespass actual communication. He was sentenced to probation for 12 months.

• Kenneth W. Carini Jr., 29, of 35 Pacific Blvd., Monessen, pleaded guilty to retail theft. He was sentenced to time served to 23 months in jail. To charges of possession of a controlled substance, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to time served to 12 months in jail. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment. Sentences are to run concurrently.

• Ronald Paul West, 49, of 2 Lakeview Drive, Vanderbilt, pleaded guilty to harassment. He was sentenced to probation for one year, was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Heather A. Barnhart, 26, of 1508 Route 481, Charleroi, pleaded guilty to bad checks. She was sentenced to probation for one year.

• David J. Trentin, 55, of 818 Cleardale Drive, Hempfield, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months, with 30 days of electronic monitoring, was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and his license was suspended for 18 months. He was granted work release.

Judge Alfred B. Bell

• Justin Raymond Helfrich, 25, of 13505 S. Eagle Valley Road, Tyrone, pleaded guilty to use/possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to probation for one year and was ordered to continue in treatment.

• Sean Michael Howard, 21, of 1301 California Ave., White Oak, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to one to 23 months in jail, was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Susanne M. Nestor, 55, of 1123 10th St., Irwin, charged with retail theft, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

• Kathie A. Schade, 30, of 108 S. Second Ave., Elizabeth, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and was sentenced to probation for 30 days.

• David Robert Kelly, 63, of 1368 Samantha Way, North Huntingdon, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to 72 hours to six months in jail, was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and his license was suspended for 12 months.

• Nathan A. Herrera, 24, of 109 Good St., Jeannette, charged with possession of marijuana and use/possession of drug paraphernalia, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for six months. He was ordered to undergo a drug evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Larry Edward Ramsey, 37, of 48 Depot St., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of motor/other vehicles. He was sentenced to probation for six months, was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Jessica Mary Strasser, 20, of 319 Wendel Road, Hempfield, pleaded guilty to access device issued to another who did not authorize use. She was sentenced to time served to 23 months in jail. To a separate charge of theft by unlawful taking, she pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for two years. She was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment. Sentences are to run consecutively.

• Cameran Redman, 21, of 742 Hill Ave., Wiklinsburg, pleaded guilty to terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another. He was sentenced to 62 days to 23 months in jail, with credit for time served.

• David Michael Stefan, 34, of 659 Main St., Irwin, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. He was sentenced to seven days to six months in jail. To a separate charge of driving under the influence, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 120 hours to six months in jail. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 12 months. Sentences are to run consecutively.

• Breck Alan Smalley, 51, of 1117 Circle Drive, North Huntingdon, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for five years with six months of electronic monitoring. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 18 months.

• Colton James Macierowski, 22, of 3131 Oak St., Murrysville, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months with 60 days of electronic monitoring, was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and his license was suspended for 12 months.

• Ian Scott Elms, 20, of 10660 Crestview Drive, North Huntingdon, charged with use/possession of drug paraphernalia, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for six months. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Shane Sullivan, 22, of 658 Butterfield Drive, North Huntingdon, charged with use/possession of drug paraphernalia, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for six months, was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• John Thomas Bucar, 62, of 507 Sunset Drive, Trafford, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to 72 hours to six months in jail, was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and his license was suspended for 12 months.

 

 
 


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