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Decisions of the Westmoreland County judges

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By The The Tribune-Review
Monday, Jan. 15, 2007
 

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.

The defendants are:

* Bradley Elliot Kunkle, 24, of 711 S. Shenandoah Drive, Unity Township.

* Renee Kathleen Tarris, 32, of 228 Arch Ave., Greensburg.

* John Lewis Ross Jr., 21, of 2514 Collins St., McKeesport.

* Zachary Theodore Zourelias, 19, of 128 Willow Drive, Plum, Allegheny County.

* Thomas M. Stanek, 21, of 218 N. Eighth St., Indiana.

* Esther Jean Smith, 25, of 7930 Pennsylvania Ave., North Huntingdon.

* Derek L. Tumbleson, 20, of Charles Houck Road, Whitney.

* Jeffrey Alan Teacher, 48, of 410 Wood Duck Drive, Greensburg.

* Matthew Brosk, 20, of 809 N. Pennsylvania St., Penn.

* Andrew James Horwat, 42, of 653 12 Seventh St. Ext., New Kensington.

* Ashley K. Young, 26, of 1034 N. Bluff Drive, New Kensington.

* Amanda Erin Mozuch, 26, of Ruffsdale RR3.

* David Michael Diethorn, 18, of 214 Fourth St., Monessen.

* Cindy Lou Kenney-Wanichko, 41, of 422 Lehmer St., Latrobe.

* Jason Ronald Mastromonaco, 27, of 125 Pittsburgh St., Saxonburg, Butler County.

* Cory S. Bender, 26, of 964 Bridge Ave., Greensburg.

* Erik Francis Banasick, 39, of 2 Kennington Court, West Newton.

* Michelle Puskar, 33, of Mt. Pleasant RD4.

* Charles A. Lichok, 25, of 7 Oakridge Drive, Penn Township.

* John Raffel Mazzoni, 24, of 7676 Pennsylvania Ave., North Huntingdon.

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 defendants to make an admission of guilt, but does require 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 Richard E. McCormick Jr.

* Jamal Shareef Williams, 28, of 129 W. 10th Ave., Homestead, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. He was sentenced to five to 10 years in jail concurrent to his federal sentence.

* Christopher L. Hoak, 34, of 320 Elizabeth Way, Bradenville, pleaded guilty to burglary, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in jail. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $17,112.27.

* Nicole Kwasow, 24, of 238 Dickens St., Unity Township, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy and burglary. She was sentenced to nine to 23 months to be followed by probation for five years. She was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

* Michael D. Miller, 35, of 231 Nicely Road, Ligonier Township, pleaded guilty to robbery. He was sentenced to 18 to 36 months in jail to be followed by seven years of state probation. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment and participate in counseling.

* Jeremy Klejka, 31, of 508 Earl Drive, Derry, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for five years with one year of electronic monitoring to be followed by probation for one year. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and his license was suspended for 18 months. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

* Daniel Joseph Demyan, 19, of 3965 Route 982, Derry Township, charged with possession of marijuana, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for 30 days.

* David Michael Porterfield, 23, of 512 Wenmar Lane, Acme, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking. He was sentenced to probation for one year. To a separate charge of forgery, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for one year. Sentences are to run concurrently.

* Shawn Thomas McGinnis, 39, of 425 Rear Summit St., Derry, pleaded guilty to simple assault. He was sentenced to 32 days to 23 months in jail, with credit for time served. He was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

Judge John E. Blahovec

* Steven Chamberlain, 19, of 302 Duquesne Ave., Trafford, charged with criminal conspiracy, terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another and unsworn false authorized written statement, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

* Richard Bierbower, 20, of 146 Frothingham Ave., Jeannette, charged with possession of marijuana, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for 30 days.

* Jacki Feld, 30, of 1175 Leeds Ave., Monessen, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception and receiving stolen property. She was sentenced to probation for five years and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $18,215.49.

* Christopher L. Vance, 26, of 426 Adalaide Road, Dunbar Township, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, recklessly endangering another person and possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to one to four years in jail. To a separate charge of endangering the welfare of children, he was sentenced to probation for two years. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment and attend parenting classes until successful discharge. Sentences are to run consecutively.

* Bruno Joseph Liberto, 55, of 834 Highland Ave., Shaler Township, Allegheny County, was sentenced to two to 10 years in jail for the charges of contact/communicate with minor/sexual offenses and criminal use of a communication facility. He was ordered not to use a computer.

* George Joseph Simon, 41, of 1582 Banning Road, Lower Tyrone Township, pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle and recklessly endangering another person. He was sentenced to two to four years in jail. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

* Alfred David Argiro, 20, of 917 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, 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.

* George B. Palmer, 21, of 3 Oak St., Russellton, Allegheny County, pleaded guilty to robbery and retail theft. He was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in jail to be followed by probation for three years. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

* Nora Rose Vanderella, 34, of 228 N. Hamilton Ave., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. She was sentenced to 72 hours to six months in jail. She was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and her license was suspended for 12 months.

* Mark Anthony Stout, 24, of 209 N. Second St., West Newton, pleaded guilty to use/possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to probation for six months.

Judge Debra A. Pezze

* Robert Bailey, 41, of 1621 Leishman Ave., Arnold, was sentenced to four to 10 years in jail to be followed by probation for 10 years for the charges of rape of a child and possession of child pornography.

* Helga Petroff, 44, of 814 W. Vine St., Mt. Pleasant, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. She was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months with 45 days of electronic monitoring. She was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and she was granted work release.

* Lennie O. Anderson, 23, of 221 Linden Ave., Monessen, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest/other law enforcement. He was sentenced to probation for six months.

* Jason Aaron Myers, 31, of 1212 S. Lake Drive, Lexington, S.C., pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

* Shane M. Morrison, 29, of 110 Trolley Ave., Herminie, 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.

* Joshua David Lackey, 19, of 301 George St., Greenburg, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to two to 23 months in jail.

* Clara Bass, 27, of 454 Ivy Drive, New Eagle, charged with retail theft and theft by deception, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

* Melissa Lynn Crawford, 27, of 1410 Penn Ave., Jeannette, charged with receiving stolen property, was accepted into the ARD program for six months.

* Michael A. Santavicca, 36, of 509 Baughman Ave., Jeannette, pleaded guilty to use/possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to probation for one year. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

* Laton Lenzie Merideth, 30, of 226 Good St., Jeannette, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced 72 hours to six months in jail. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and his license was suspended for 12 months.

Judge Rita D. Hathaway

* Timothy Lee McMunn, 20, of 754 Point St., Salina, Bell Township, pleaded guilty to criminal mischief. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for two years with six months of electronic monitoring. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,601.97, and he was granted work release.

* Clair Arbuckle, 20, of 540 Fifth Ave., New Kensington, pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault. She was sentenced to intensive supervision for four years with one year of electronic monitoring. She was ordered not to have unsupervised contact with any minor children and is to complete sex offender's evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

* Patrick John Stout, 30, of 124 Wordsworth Ave., Altoona, charged with receiving stolen property, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

* Thomas David Haught, 22, of 3408 Baker Blvd., Altoona, charged with receiving stolen property, was accepted into the ARD program for one year. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

* Scott Edward Toth, 35, of Normalville, charged with theft by deception, was accepted into the ARD program for two years. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,596.36.

* Patrick Smith, 23, of 534 Highland St., Greensburg, was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in jail for the charge of criminal trespass. To a separate charge of loitering and prowling at nighttime, he was sentenced to probation for one year. Sentences are to run consecutively. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

* Erin Lee Jarosinksi, 22, of 353 North St., Springdale, Allegheny County, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance by person not registered. She was sentenced to probation for one year. To two separate charges of use/possession of drug paraphernalia, she was sentenced to probation for one year each. She was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment. Sentences are to run consecutively.

* John Leonard Aikin, 43, of 4711 Peachtree Court, Murrysville, 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 also granted work release.

* Adam A. Schmidt, 21, of 1646 Second St., Beaver, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to 72 hours to six months in jail. To a separate charge of driving under the influence, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 72 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.

 

 
 


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