Decisions of Westmoreland County judges
Published: Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004,
Correction:Charles M. Dohey, 65, of 27 Barnhart Road, Greensburg, pleaded guilty to corruption of minors and was sentenced to probation for two years. His address and the length of his sentence were listed incorrectly Thursday in Decisions of Your Judges. (08/31/2004 at 11:58 p.m.) 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.
Justin E. Shaw, 23, of Old Pittsburgh Pike, Ruffsdale RD1, pleaded guilty to indecent deviate sexual intercourse person with mental disability. He was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in jail. At a separate charge of indecent assault person with mental disability, he also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for two years. Sentences are to run consecutively. He was also ordered to complete sex offender's treatment.
Vincent A. Taylor, 37, of 344 Murray Ave., Arnold, pleaded guilty to simple assault. He was sentenced to intensive supervision for two years with six months of electronic home monitoring.
Charles M. Dohey, 65, of 27 Barnhart Road, Luxor, pleaded guilty to corruption of minors. He was sentenced to probation for two years. He was also ordered to complete sex offender's treatment.
Judge John E. Blahovec
Cynthia Kay Geary, 48, of 712 Irving St., Vandergrift, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver. She was sentenced to intermediate punishment for two years with six months of electronic monitoring. She was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.
David R. Sepesky, 25, of 60 Pennsylvania Blvd. Monessen, was sentenced to intermediate punishment for two years with one year of electronic monitoring for the charge of possession with intent to deliver.
Judge Rita D. Hathaway
Gregory Paul Snyder, 26, of 899 Alpine Forest Drive, Bayfield, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for two years with six months of electronic monitoring. His license was suspended for one year and he was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school.
Randolph W. Thomas, 35, of 220 Parkfield St., Pittsburgh, charged with interfering in custody of committed person and corruption of minors, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.
Edith J. Barkefelt, 49, of 109 Chestnut St., Jeannette, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. She was sentenced to intermediate punishment for two years with five months of electronic monitoring. Her license was suspended for one year and she was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school. She was also granted work release.
Christopher L. Wilkirson, 23, of 1923 St. Clair Ave., Greensburg, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for 30 days.
Bruna M. Vesco, 33, of 15 Tipple Row, Luxor, pleaded guilty to forgery, theft by deception and theft by unlawful taking. She was sentenced to intermediate punishment for two years with six months of electronic monitoring. She was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and pay restitution of $2,185.
Robert Thompson, 19, of 125 Tippencanoe Drive, Greensburg, charged with forgery and theft by deception, was accepted into the ARD program for two years. He was ordered to pay restitution of $2,100.
David Paul Poland, 36, of 137 Harrison Ave., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and retail theft. He was sentenced to probation for one year and ordered to continue in his current treatment.
Jeremy Frank Toth, 22, of 105 Valley Stream Drive, Delmont, charged with furnishing liquor to minors, was accepted into the ARD program for six months.
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:
John C. Bowman, 36, of 152 Nice St., Waynesburg.
Mark F. Schulte, 39, of 814 Scott Ave., Jeannette.
Joseph D. Jones, 40, of 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg.
Ronald C. McBeth, 19, of 219 Columbia Court, Jeannette.
Jamie C. Smith, 36, of 1272 Clay Pike Road, North Huntingdon.
Mark R. Johnston, 36, of 1601 Josephine St., Scottdale.
Nicholas R. Behun, 57, of 15 Lorrie Drive, Irwin.
A charge of defiant trespass actual communication was dismissed against Leonard Byron, 86, of 141 Leeper Road, Belle Vernon.
Charges of theft from a motor vehicle, retail theft, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and defiant trespass were dismissed against Eugene Fisher, 50, of Greensburg.
Charges of bad checks were dismissed against Robert B. Winston, 59, of 1803 Evans Ave., McKeesport.
Charges of simple assault and harassment were dismissed against Joseph L. Jobe II, 80, of 25 Oak St., Manor.
Charges of bad checks were dismissed against James D. Uncapher, 36, of 501 Rear N. Sixth St., Youngwood.
A charge of simple assault was dismissed against Robert S. Conrad, 24, of 1823 Leishman Ave., Arnold.
Charges of receiving stolen property, tampering with public record and alteration/destruction of VIN were dismissed against Danne McCutcheon, 36, of Yukon.
Charges of theft by deception and bad checks were dismissed against John E. Yandora, 31, of 22 Or Road, West Newton.
Charges of violation of the controlled substance drug device cosmetic act and criminal conspiracy were dismissed against Sarah Elizabeth Pfiel, 22, of 101 Catalina Drive, Pittsburgh.
A charge of driving under the influence was dismissed against George N. Wise, 25, of 01036 Brackenridge, Brackenridge.
Charges of criminal conspiracy and driving under a suspended license were dismissed against Ralph Kenneth Snyder, 35, of Pipetown Road, Hostetter.
A charge of theft of leased property was dismissed against John M. Truxal, 30, of New Alexandria Route 981.
A charge of bad checks was dismissed against John M. Kennerly, 44, of 412 Jack St., Greensburg.
Charges of terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment were dismissed against Lawrence K. Gwillim, 43, of 10881 Kelso Drive, North Huntingdon.
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