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Decisions of the Westmoreland County judges

Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010
 

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 into 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

• Lorn Michael Brooks, 28, of 3000 S. Grande Blvd., Hempfield, pleaded guilty to theft from a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to two to four years in jail.

• Kevin Buchanan, 46, of 1708 Ridge Ave., Arnold, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months with 40 days of electronic monitoring and was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school. His license was suspended for 12 months. He was granted work release upon verification of employment.

• Ronald Edward Hunter, 37, of 1915 Victoria Ave., Arnold, pleaded guilty to fraud obtaining food stamps/assistance. He was sentenced to probation for two years and was ordered to pay restitution of $1,942.

• Edward D. Richardson, 56, of 902 Winter St., Jeannette, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. He was sentenced to probation for one year. To a separate charge of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for one year. Sentences are to run concurrently.

• Kenneth Jess Mack, 46, of 169 Kirkman Lane, Apollo, pleaded guilty to two counts of retail theft. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Brian G. Gillingham, 41, of 2916 Chestnut Ridge Road, Pittsburgh, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to probation for one year. To another charge of use/possession of drug paraphernalia, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for one year. Sentences are to run consecutively.

• Michael A. Ross, 55, of 723 Cloverleaf Circle, Delmont, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He 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.

• Evelyn M. Kemerer, 36, of 218 Community Park Road, Vandergrift, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, and possession of a controlled substance. She was sentenced to intermediate punishment for two years with three months of electronic monitoring. She was ordered to continue in drug and alcohol treatment and attend two NA/AA meetings per week.

Judge Rita D. Hathaway

• Cody Robert Hulse, 18, of 1811 Creekside Lane, Latrobe, charged with theft from a motor vehicle, conspiracy and receiving stolen property, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

• Christina Marie Nedz, 25, of 878 Stevendale Drive, Pittsburgh, pleaded guilty to retail theft and receiving stolen property. She was sentenced to 14 days to 23 months in jail, with credit for time served. She was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow recommended treatment.

• Michael Andrew Boyce, 20, of 1033 Marguerite Lake Road, Unity, charged with conspiracy and retail theft, was accepted into the ARD program for one year. He was ordered to pay restitution of $3,000.

• Richard Lee Sauers, 71, of 2050 Shaw St., North Huntingdon, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months, with 90 days of electronic monitoring and was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school. His license was suspended for 12 months.

• Mary Jo Dalton, 49, of 923 Lori Lane, Derry, 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.

• Brenda J. Comunal, 46, of 217 Richmond St., Loyalhanna, pleaded guilty to retail theft. She was sentenced to probation for six months.

• Terri Jo Webb, 43, of 118B Old Bell Point Road, Apollo, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. She was sentenced to probation for one year. To a separate charge of possession of a controlled substance, she pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for one year. She was ordered to continue in mental health treatment. Sentences are to run consecutively.

• Michele Loughner, 40, of 415 S. Fifth St., Jeannette, pleaded guilty to retail theft. She was sentenced to six to 23 months in jail.

• Bryan Jeffrey Toman, 31, of 450 Edwards St., Latrobe, 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.

• Toni Marie Loughner, 29, of 32 Country Estates, Greensburg, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. She was sentenced to 72 hours to six months in jail and was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school. Her license was suspended for 12 months. To charges of access device issued to another who did not authorize use, theft of property and receiving stolen property, she pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for one year. She was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment. Sentences are to run concurrently.

• Raymond J. Baughman, 47, of 2119 Raymond Ave., Latrobe, was sentenced to three months to two years less one day in jail for the charge of terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another.

• James Edward Craft, 46, of 1502 Penn Ave., Jeannette, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months, with 45 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.

• William E. Krobe, 47, of 143 Sunrise Drive, Irwin, 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.

Judge Debra A. Pezze

• Allan B. Fulmer Jr., 45, of 198 Mikel Lane, West Newton, pleaded no contest to endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors. He was sentenced to probation for five years. To a separate charge of indecent assault against a person less than 16 years of age, he was sentenced to probation for two years. He was ordered to have no unsupervised contact with minors under the age of 16. Sentences are to run consecutively.

• Marissa Shipley, 25, of 280A Silvis Farm Road, Greensburg, pleaded guilty to criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. She was sentenced to probation for 12 months.

• Jason Aaron Martin, 36, of 410 N. Third St., Clairton, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking. He was sentenced to three to 23 months in jail. To a separate charges of theft from a motor vehicle and loitering and prowling at nighttime, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three to 23 months in jail. Sentences are to run concurrently.

• Cordaro L. Jackson, 22, of 518 Second St., Monessen, pleaded guilty to recklessly endangering another person. He was sentenced to 14 days to 12 months in jail, with credit for time served.

• Justin Povlik, 20, of 332 Boy Scout Camp Road, Smithton, charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and conspiracy, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

• Robert A. Cramer, 42, of 535 Tukosh St., Tarrs, pleaded guilty to corruption of minors. He was sentenced to probation for 12 months. He was ordered to undergo a sex offender's evaluation and follow recommended treatment.

• Michael McDougall, 23, of 1018 Plummer School Road, West Newton, charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

• Joseph Michael Forsythe, 24, of 521 Scottdale Ave., Scottdale, charged with receiving stolen property and theft from a motor vehicle, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

• Matthew Earl Taxacher, 19, of 117 Hotel St., Tarrs, charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, conspiracy and criminal solicitation, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

• Ronald Lee Keefer, 47, of 148 Lowber Road, West Newton, pleaded guilty to three counts of simple assault. He was sentenced to two to 23 months in jail, with credit for time served, and was ordered to undergo drug/alcohol and mental health evaluations and follow all recommended treatment.

• Jason T. Jones, 28, of 111 N. Second St., West Newton, pleaded guilty to terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another and obstruction of administration of law/other government function. 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.

• John M. Pisula Jr., 20, of 650 N. Geary St., Mt. Pleasant, charged with criminal mischief, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

• Tiffany L. Grogan, 28, of 1246 Knox Ave., Monessen, pleaded guilty to two counts of retail theft. She was sentenced to time served to 12 months in jail.

• Daniel J. Thomas Jr., 28, of 53 Race St., Manor, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to 48 hours to six months in jail, was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and had his license suspended for 12 months.

• Nicole T. Petrulak, 40, of 619 Wendel Road, Hempfield, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. She was sentenced to intermediate punishment for one year, with 120 days 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.

• Robert Ellis, 23, of 100 Reed Ave., Monessen, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Robert W. Kinney III, 24, of 601 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, pleaded guilty to retail theft. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Beth Ann Treece, 32, of 231A Second St., Smithton, charged with accident involving damage attended vehicle/property, was accepted into the ARD program for one year. She was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Robert H. Morrison, 39, of 1806 Greensburg Ave., North Versailles, pleaded guilty to terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another, stalking, simple assault and harassment. He was sentenced to 20 days to 23 months in jail, with credit for time served, was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, follow all recommended treatment and complete domestic abuse counseling classes.

• Joan Ann Thomas 32, of 927 Mulberry St., Scottdale, charged with retail theft and criminal conspiracy, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

• Heather Hoffman, 22, of 1721 Flagler St., McKeesport, pleaded guilty to retail theft, criminal conspiracy and defiant trespass. She was sentenced to probation for one year. She was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Falaksher B. Najam, 24, of 6 Marlborough Drive, Rostraver, pleaded guilty to sell/furnish liquor to a minor. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Ronald Lee Yesko, 35, of 373 Stewart St., Turtle Creek, 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.

 

 
 


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