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Decisions of the Westmoreland County judges

Thursday, March 31, 2011
 

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 period of license suspension. 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.

» Melissa L. Barkley, 21, of 508 N. Chestnut St., Derry.

» Leonard Louis Bentz, 61, of 317 Markle Road, Allegheny Township.

» Larry B. Brown Jr., 43, of 431 Hotel Road, Ligonier Township.

» Marc C. Cordisco, 25, of 508 Bayberry Drive, Monroeville.

» David John Ferris, 55, of 338 Thomas St., Latrobe.

» Michael James Geracia, 26, of 1420 Third Ave. Rear, Arnold.

» John Stewart Haase, 51, of 2110 Knox Ave., Latrobe.

» Tammy L. Henderson, 41, of 10701 Sophia Court, North Huntingdon.

» Christopher L. Luther, 31, of 108 Dolores Drive, Penn Township.

» Kurt Eric Mertsch, 24, of 7339 Ringertown Road, Murrysville.

» Garrett Lee Richards, 30, of 15 Wren Court, Wheeling, W.Va.

» Brittani Anne Salathe, 22, of 411 Willow Drive, Greensburg.

» Mitchell James Settino, 20, of 2017 High Point Court, Murrysville.

» Daniel Edgar Smith, 29, of 102 Florida Drive, Lower Burrell.

» Kevin E. Spanke, 25, of 108 Yellowstone Drive, Wimmerton, Unity.

» Dennis R. Steiner, 65, of 831 Fellsburg Road, Rostraver.

» Lauren E. Thompson, 30, of 12 Ambler Ave., Jeannette.

» Terry James Throm, 56, of 211A Twin Circle Drive, Mt. Pleasant Township.

» Joseph D. Young, 65, of 1117 Fifth Ave., East McKeesport.

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

» Zachary Zbikowsky, 24, of 225 Sherman Ave., Vandergrift, pleaded guilty to harassment. He was sentenced to probation for three months.

JUDGE ALFRED B. BELL

» Cody Michael Babyak, 19, of 123 Loyalhanna Ave., Latrobe, pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault. He was sentenced to six to 23 months in jail.

» Kathy Lynn Berlin, 47, of 219 Vannear Ave. Rear, Greensburg, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. She was sentenced to intermediate punishment for one year with 30 days of electronic monitoring. To a separate charge of possession of a controlled substance, she pleaded guilty and was sentenced to intermediate punishment for one year with one month of electronic monitoring. Sentences are to run concurrently.

» Nichole Deak, 28, of 208 S. Eighth St., West Newton, pleaded guilty to retail theft and conspiracy. She was sentenced to three to 12 months in jail, was ordered to undergo drug and alcohol evaluation, follow all recommended treatment, watch the "Cinderella Man" and write a letter to the judge.

» Faith A. Fillmore, 44, of 417 Weldon St., Latrobe, pleaded guilty to use/possession of drug paraphernalia. She was sentenced to probation for one year and was ordered to continue in drug treatment.

» Adam Foreman, 20, of 133 Sherman St., Vandergrift, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking. He was sentenced to probation for two years.

» Travis M. Gibson, 26, of 1034 Dallas Drive, Hempfield, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking. He was sentenced to 30 days to 23 months in jail.

» Shane M. Goydich, 23, of 261 Grandview Way, Charleroi, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for five years with six months of electronic monitoring, 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. He was granted work release.

» Pamela A. Hertzog, 36, of 964 Marshall Heights Road, Blairsville, pleaded guilty to retail theft. She was sentenced to probation for one year.

» Billy Joe Hill, 26, of 3236 Route 136, Darragh, pleaded guilty to retail theft. She was sentenced to one to 12 months in jail.

» Guy Nicholas Hopkins, 25, of 1005 Bennett Ave., Jeannette, charged with retail theft and 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.

» Adam Bruce Lucas Jackson, 24, of 638 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, charged with firearms not to be carried without a license, was accepted into the ARD program for two years. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

» William Kennedy, 41, of 6376 Leechburg Road, Penn Hills, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence-second offense. He was sentenced to one to five years in jail, was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and his license was suspended for 18 months. He was ordered to undergo a drug an alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

» Paul Ryan Knopsnyder, 35, of 205 Arch Ave., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to probation for six months, was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

» Ronald James Krautz Jr., 52, of 106 Colorado Lane, North Huntingdon, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. He was sentenced to two to six years in jail. To a separate charge of habitual offenders, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one month to two years in jail. Sentences are to run concurrently.

» Jason Michael Kuzemczak, 35, of 263 Vine St., Blairsville, pleaded guilty to robbery, conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. He was sentenced to five to 10years in jail. To separate charges of burglary and conspiracy, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one to three years in jail. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment. Sentences are to run concurrently.

» Christian Michael Levkus, 22, of 7 Meadowridge Road, Harrison City, charged with receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and defiant trespass, was accepted into the ARD program for two years. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

JUDGE RITA D. HATHAWAY

» Mark Edward Albright, 48, of 1418 Poplar St., South Greensburg, pleaded guilty to defiant trespass and retail theft. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

» Merle John Barkley Jr., 26, of 601 Longview Court, New Derry, charged with use/possession of drug paraphernalia, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for three months.

» Sharon C. Buckley, 45, of 120 College Ave., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance. She was sentenced to intermediate punishment for one year with six months of electronic monitoring. She was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

» Benjamin Jerome Bunker, 22, of 1027 W. Fourth Ave., Derry, charged with use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for six months. He was ordered not to consume drugs or alcohol.

» Matthew J. Demine, 22, of 115 Irving Ave., Latrobe, charged with possession of a controlled substance, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for one year. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

» Carol Ann Foschia, 50, of 1414 Fourth Ave., Latrobe, charged with smell/inhale toxic-releasing substance, was accepted into the ARD program for six months.

» Michelle Ann Hauer, 36, of 1429 Bethel Church Road, Latrobe, charged with theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception and receiving stolen property, was accepted into the ARD program for two years. To separate charges of forgery, theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception and receiving stolen property she was accepted into the ARD program for two years. She was ordered to pay restitution of $6,698. Sentences are to run concurrently.

» Eric Jason Komoroski, 29, of 563 Edward St., Latrobe, pleaded guilty to simple assault and harassment. He was sentenced to four 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. He was ordered to successfully complete domestic abuse counseling classes.

» Loretta Kozemchak, 46, of 213 Maple Drive, Latrobe, pleaded guilty to retail theft. She was sentenced to 30 days to 12 months in jail, with credit for time served.

JUDGE DEBRA A. PEZZE

» James D. Bonish, 24, of 783 Bethel Church Road, Cook Township, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months with four days of electronic monitoring, was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and his license was suspended for 12 months.

» Amanda Sue Bracker, 20, of 39 Fox Glove Drive, Saybrook, Greensburg, charged with theft by deception and forgery, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

» Ronita Lynn Calloway, 41, of 120 Beckman St., Mt. Pleasant, pleaded guilty to simple assault and harassment. She was sentenced to probation for two years and was ordered to complete anger management classes.

» Thomas Joseph Coyne, 21, of 4014 Sardis Road, Murrysville, charged with promoting prostitution, was accepted into the ARD program for six months.

» Robert Earnesty, 69, of 310 Graff St., Everson, charged with robbery, possession of instruments of crime with intent and simple assault, was accepted into the ARD program for two years.

» Andre Grogan, 25, of 765 Ross St., Monessen, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to three to 12 months in jail, with credit for time served.

» Kevin Jon Hawes, 22, of 827 Saul Drive, Hubbard, Ohio, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to 10 days to 12 months in jail, with credit for time served.

» Carol Kennedy, 49, of 135 Pleasant Acres Way, Mt. Pleasant, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. She was sentenced to probation for six months, was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

» Joseph Edward Mattey Jr., 42, of 10 Duvall St., Elco, Washington County, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest/other law enforcement. He was sentenced to probation for six months.

» Nathan Scott McFadden, 26, of 1009 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, charged with access device issued to another who did not authorize use, theft by deception and receiving stolen property, was accepted into the ARD program for two years. He was ordered to pay restitution of $10,731.

» Jonathan D. Metcalf, 29, of 1866 Bethel Church Road, Unity, pleaded guilty to burglary and theft by unlawful taking. He was sentenced to one year less one day to two years less two days in jail. To separate charges of receiving stolen property and theft by deception, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 11 12 to 23 months in jail. Sentences are to run currently. To another charge of use/possession of drug paraphernalia, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for six months. Sentence is to run consecutively.

 

 
 


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