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Decisions of Westmoreland County judges

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Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008
 

The following is a list of defendants charged with a first offense of driving under the influence in Westmoreland County criminal court. These defendants receive a standard sentence that includes enrollment in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for one year, attendance at an alcohol highway safety school and a one-month driver's license suspension. The ARD program does not require defendants to admit guilt, but does require that they be placed on probation. If they satisfactorily complete the probation, they may then file a petition to have the case expunged. Unless otherwise noted, court costs are placed on the defendant.

• Thomas Wayne Sutton, 44, of 14 Harris St., West Newton.

• Kurt Thomas Stewart, 38, of 364 Elm Drive, Greensburg.

• Krista Cathleen Raneri, 19, of 3 Stoden Drive, Greensburg.

• Robert C. Atkinson Jr., 40, of 434 Chapeldale Road, Apollo.

• Adam Eric Tokar, 24, of 104 Rear N. Sixth St., Youngwood.

• Justin J. Tenerovich, 29, of 517 Chestnut St., Latrobe.

• Kevin Joseph Salandra, 33, of 192 Bortz Road, Saltsburg.

• Michael H. Ross, 54, of 39 Zeller St., Greensburg.

• Bethany Dawn Miller, 22, of 129 Artesian Lane, Mt. Pleasant.

• Joshua A. Miller, 30, of 207 S. Maple Ave., Greensburg.

• Sandra Lee Hessedence, 46, of 32 Fairview St., Delmont.

• Jereme Joseph Dudzinski, 26, of 380 Lutz Run Road, Belle Vernon.

• Matthew J. Stavros, 21, of 206A North Main St., Slippery Rock.

• David Patrick Simpson, 38, of 313 Wheat Ridge Drive, Jeannette.

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 requires that they be placed on probation for up to two years. If they satisfactorily complete the probation, 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

• Joseph Robert Taylor, 25, of 148 Roaring Run Road, Champion, pleaded guilty to burglary, theft by unlawful taking, fleeing or attempting to elude officer, retail theft and access device issued to another who did not authorize use. He was sentenced to one year less one day to two years less two days in jail to be followed by probation for two years.

• Kenny Ray Yeckel, 35, of New Alexandria, pleaded guilty to habitual offenders. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for one year with 180 days of electronic monitoring.

• Robert German, 62, of 261 Wesley Chapel Road, Scottdale, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for five years with 180 days of electronic monitoring. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 18 months. He was also granted work release.

• Steven Strutt, 36, of 970 Castleview Drive, North Huntingdon, pleaded guilty to retail theft. He was sentenced to 39 to 78 days in jail, with credit for time served.

• Jarrett Scott Nicely, 22, of 915 Chestnut St., Latrobe, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to three days to six months in jail. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 12 months.

• Aaron Alexander Luzier, 38, of 220 Mickey Lane, Latrobe, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for five years with 180 days of electronic monitoring. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 18 months. He was also granted work release.

• Michael Allen Assad Jr., 25, of 113 Firestone Road, Greensburg, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to nine days to 23 months in jail, with credit for time served. To a separate charge of theft by deception, he also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for five years. Sentences are to run consecutively.

• James R. Snyder, 64, of 9245 Route 982, Blairsville, was sentenced to probation for seven years for the charges of stalking, harassment and contact/communication with minor-sexual offenses. He was ordered to undergo a sex offender's evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• John Douglas Stammely, 36, of 220 Tanery Road, Champion, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to probation for one year. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $3,700.

• Manuel J. Recasens, 25, of 46 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

• William Bryan Palmer, 23, of 5809 Grant Ave., Export, pleaded guilty to theft from a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy. He was sentenced to 14 days to 12 months in jail, with credit for time served.

Judge Rita D. Hathaway

• Lee Michael Bullard, 23, of 140 Canaveral Drive, Pittsburgh, charged with possession of marijuana, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for 30 days.

• Jason Holmes, 26, of 2147 Keystone Ave., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to false identification to law enforcement officer. He was sentenced to three to 12 months in jail.

• Eugene Victor Hunter, 56, of SCI-Camp Hill, Camp Hill, was sentenced to two years of state intermediate punishment for the charge of criminal conspiracy. To separate charges of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, possession of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy, he was sentenced to probation for five years. Sentences are to run consecutively.

• Debra Sue Hunter, 50, of Mt. Pleasant RR4, was sentenced to two years of state probation for the charge of criminal conspiracy. To a separate charge of criminal conspiracy, she was sentenced to probation for three years. Sentences are to run consecutively.

• Eric Mihelich, 33, of 106 Old Gate Road, Trafford, pleaded guilty to indecent assault person less than 16 years of age. He was sentenced to intensive probation for two years with three months of electronic monitoring. To a separate charge of corruption of minors, he also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for one year. He was ordered to undergo sex offender's and drug/alcohol evaluations and follow all recommended treatment.

• Scott A. Matuszky, 37, of 109C Froggy Lane, Loyalhanna, pleaded guilty to acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to probation for five years. He was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Mary Beth Kusic, 25, of 117 Tippecanoe Drive, Greensburg, pleaded guilty to retail theft. She was sentenced to intensive probation for two years with three months of electronic monitoring. To a separate charge of retail theft, she also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 days to 12 months in jail. Sentences are to run consecutively.

Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr.

• Michael P. Haller, 23, of 612 N. Third St., Jeannette, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to probation for one year. He was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Eric Knopsnyder, 22, of 266 North Drive, Somerset, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to five days to six months in jail, with credit for time served. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 12 months.

• Matthew B. Dervin, 23, of 10 E. Bethel Road, North Huntingdon, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for five years with 180 days of electronic monitoring. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 18 months. He was also granted work release.

• Mark A. Henderson, 60, of 3404 Knights Road, Bensalem, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months with 40 days of electronic monitoring. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 12 months. He was also granted work release.

• Joanna Johnson, 23, of 2776 Springfield Pike, Connellsville, pleaded guilty to retail theft. She was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Ernest James Genetin III, 33, of 514 Mill St., Jeannette, pleaded guilty to retail theft. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Joshua Michael Zvara, 22, of Mcllvaine Road, Greensburg, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for two years with 90 days of electronic monitoring. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 12 months. He was also granted work release.

• Scott Thomas Gathers, 21, of 2 School St., Delmont, charged with use/possession of drug paraphernalia, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for six months. He was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Crystal Marie Norris, 23, of 440 Brown St., Everson, pleaded guilty to accident involving damage attended vehicle/property and driving without a license. She was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Joshua Dillinger, 18, of 114 Fury St., Connellsville, charged with possession of marijuana and make repairs/sell/etc. offensive weapon, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

Judge Debra A. Pezze

• Rendell Lee Kemp, 22, of 1730 Victoria Ave., Arnold, pleaded guilty to access device is counterfeit, altered or incomplete and theft by unlawful taking. He was sentenced to three to 23 months in jail, with credit for time served.

• Frederick Adams, 37, of 1500 Victoria Ave., Arnold, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and false identification to law enforcement officer. He was sentenced to restrictive intermediate punishment for three years with nine months of electronic monitoring.

• Kasmin Maria James, 24, of 1243 Victoria Ave., New Kensington, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. She was sentenced to one to two years in jail.

• John Sessi Jr., 19, of 412 School St., Bradenville, pleaded guilty to false identification to law enforcement officer. He was sentenced to probation for one year and was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Scott Bowser, 20, of 300 Craigdell Road, New Kensington, charged with firearms not to be carried without a license, was accepted into the ARD program for six months.

• Keith R. Clark, 27, of 2050 Paintertown Road, North Huntingdon, pleaded guilty to false reports and false identification to law enforcement officer. He was sentenced to three to 23 months in jail. He was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Stephen Stedrak, 24, of 316 Longfellow St., Vandergrift, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking. He was sentenced to probation for 12 months.

• Sarah Rose Jorgensen, 27, of 1370 Fifth Ave., Arnold, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. She was sentenced to intermediate punishment for five years with six months of electronic monitoring. She was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and her license was suspended for 18 months. She was granted work release.

• Garritt Frank Vandenheuvel, 42, of 365 N. Washington Road, Apollo, 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. He was granted work release.

• Staci N. Vanyo, 29, of 331 Maple St., Mt. Pleasant, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. She was sentenced to intermediate punishment for five years with 12 months of electronic monitoring. She was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and her license was suspended for 18 months. She was also granted work release.

• Joshua Scott Hornock, 19, of 1193 Hancock Ave., Vandergrift, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to probation for 12 months. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 90 days.

• Monique Sonner, 25, of 8 Linden St., Natrona, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking and use credit card without authorization. She was sentenced to intermediate punishment for three years with six months of electronic monitoring.

• Brian Douglas Steele, 23, of 5301 Sardis Road, Murrysville, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and access device issued to another who did not authorize use. He was sentenced to restrictive intermediate punishment for two years.

• Vanessa Lynn Hartsfield, 22, of 2032 Constitution Blvd., New Kensington, pleaded guilty to retail theft and criminal conspiracy. She was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Gregory Lambert, 33, of 443 Freeport St., New Kensington, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to one to five years in jail. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 18 months.

 

 
 


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