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Decisions of the Westmoreland County judges

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Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006
 

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 Rita D. Hathaway

• Tina Marie Knuckles, 29, of 147 Haser Drive, New Kensington, pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution. She was sentenced to probation for two years.

• Daniel R. Thomas, 39, of 299 Gravel Hill Road, Latrobe, pleaded guilty to bad checks. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Landon M. Martinkovich, 24, of 1269 Kepple Ave., Vandergrift, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for five years with six months of electronic monitoring. His license was suspended for 18 months and he was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school. He was granted work release.

• Patrick E. Boyd, 43, of 8326 Pennsylvania Ave., North Huntingdon, was sentenced to probation for one year for the charge of driving under the influence. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.

Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr.

• Joshua Roman, 18, of 301 George St., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to escape. He was sentenced to 71 days to 23 months in jail, with credit for time served.

• John George Hohn IV, 22, of 129 Center St., Oakhill, Fla., pleaded guilty to use/possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to probation for one year and was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.

• Carl Carter Jr., 33, of 359 Elm St. Rear, Indiana, charged with possession of marijuana, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for 30 days.

• Kristyn L. Mazinski, 38, of 508 Painter Ave., Natrona Heights, charged with use/possession of drug paraphernalia, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for one year. She was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.

• Juan Manuel Nuno, 19, of 5 Sunbirch Drive, Jeannette, charged with use/possession of drug paraphernalia, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for one year. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.

• Shane Lynn Chambers, 20, of 177 Washington Ave., Vandergrift, charged with possession of marijuana, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for 30 days.

• David James Carnes, 22, of 430 Tremont Ave., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to retail theft and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to 58 days to 12 months in jail. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.

• Steve Anthony Hibbs, 18, of 749 Sydney St., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to escape. He was sentenced to 71 days to 23 months in jail, with credit for time served.

• Wilfredo Soto, 45, of 1079 Third Ave., New Kensington, pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of children. He was sentenced to 71 days to 23 months in jail, with credit for time served. He was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and have no unsupervised contact with any minor child. He was ordered to complete counseling and parenting classes. At a separate charge of corruption of minors, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for three years. Sentences are to run consecutively.

• Adam David Paterchak Jr., 52, of 437 Mary St., Latrobe, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to 72 hours to six months in jail. His license was suspended for 12 months and he was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school.

• Aaron T. Hopkins II, 25, of 129 E. Campbell St., Blairsville, pleaded guilty to false statements. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Terrance L. Mattox, 42, of 1306 Olivat St., Pittsburgh, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance by person not registered. He was sentenced to probation for one year and was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.

• Daniel C. Casko, 41, of 148 Carolina Lane, Greensburg, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to 72 hours to six months in jail. His license was suspended for 12 months and he was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school.

• Dallas Jaeland Fisher, 21, of 2001 15th St., Gartland, Texas, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to 72 hours to six months in jail. His license was suspended for 12 months and he was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school. At a separate charge of simple assault, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for one year. Supervision is to be transferred to the state of Texas.

• Errin Shane Rose, 36, of 743 McKean Ave., Donora, pleaded guilty to accident involving damage to attended vehicle/property. He was sentenced to probation for six months. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,300.

• Diane Susan Bundy, 32, of 294 Hopi Drive, Greensburg, pleaded guilty to use/possession of drug paraphernalia. She was sentenced to probation for one year. She was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.

• Rebecca Lee Connor, 28, of 156 Cedar Ridge Drive, Monroeville, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. She was sentenced to 48 hours to six months in jail. Her license was suspended for 12 months and she was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school.

• David Finley, 29, of 5043 Sequoia Drive, Export, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months with 60 days of electronic monitoring. His license was suspended for 12 months and he was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school. He was granted work release.

• Bernadette E. Tulk, 30, of 120 Village Green Drive, Harrison Township, charged with criminal conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property was accepted into the ARD program for two years. She was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.

• Joseph Pritts, 23, of 10139 Laurel Ave., North Huntingdon, charged with terroristic threats and criminal mischief was accepted into the ARD program for one year. He was ordered to complete anger management classes.

• Lee Edward Rager, 48, of 44 Hillview Ave., Latrobe, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for five years with one year of electronic monitoring. His license was suspended for 18 months and he was ordered to attend a alcohol/driving safety school.

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:

• Alan W. Shipley, 28, of Mt. Pleasant RD4.

• Shane Datz, 20, of Ruffsdale RD2.

• Joshua Hemmerle, 21, of 19 N. High St., Scottdale.

• Terrance M. Shields, 48, of Mt. Pleasant RD5.

• Anthony Michael Trongo III, 27, of 232 Trongo Road, Unity Township.

• Aaron Michael Pahel, 22, of 118 Clinton St., Loyalhanna.

• John Alan Shrum, 55, of 118 Clinton St., Loyalhanna.

• Richard A. McCurdy, 38, of 212 W. Third St., Derry.

• Richard J. Ohara, 53, of 619 Macfarland Road, Derry Township.

• Chad A. Hubert, 27, of 311 First Ave., Hyde Park.

• Shawn Del David, 32, of 5829 Washington Ave., Export.

• Daniel L. Fox Jr., 18, of 735 Leighty Hollow Lane, Ruffsdale.

• Robert A. Dreistadt, 23, of 319 Silvis St., Jeannette.

• Angela B. Sethman, 35, of 1905 W. Park Road, Scottdale.

• Travis Shawn Malek, 19, of 36 Clover Drive, Latrobe.

• Jody R. Krinock, 31, of 130 Armstrong Road, Latrobe.

• Charles Joseph Doucette, 52, of 2150 Oak Road, Port Republic, Md.

• Valvet L. Majorsky, 42, of 111 Owens Ave., Derry.

• Richard Lawrence Repko, 56, of 1057 Carbon Road, Hempfield Township.

• Michelle Renee Chambers, 36, of 307 Venable St., West Newton.

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 John E. Blahovec

• Curtis D. Waugaman, 38, of 233 Murray Lane, Export, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking. He was sentenced to 20 days to 23 months in jail. At a separate charge of simple assault, he also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for two years. He was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation. Sentences are to run consecutively.

• Kenneth Knight, 47, of 732 Stanton St., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to insurance fraud, criminal attempt-theft by deception and forgery. He was sentenced to two to four years in jail. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,281.

• Patrick Edward Stouffer, 21, of Route 981, Alverton, charged with possession of marijuana and use/possession of drug paraphernalia was accepted into the probation without verdict program for six months.

• Leos Darquin Smith, 29, of 307 Walnut St., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, receiving stolen property, make repairs/sell/etc. offensive weapons, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm with manufacture number altered, etc. He was sentenced to 11 12 to 23 months in jail. He was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.

• Andrea Moffa, 46, of 131 Longsplain Road, New Alexandria, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property. She was sentenced to probation for 90 days.

• Larry W. Skoloda, 32, of Turnpike Road, Norvelt, pleaded guilty to terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for two years with four months of electronic monitoring. He was also ordered to continue in his current treatment.

• Richard A. Walker Jr., 23, of 160 Kifer Hill Road, Penn, charged with possession of marijuana and use/possession of drug paraphernalia was accepted into the probation without verdict program for 90 days.

• Gregg Lane Snyder, 42, of 1125 Murray St., Latrobe, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to probation for one year. He was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.

• Adam Michael Portik, 20, of 353 Carnegie Road, West Newton, charged with disorderly conduct, was accepted into the ARD program for six months.

• Matthew Curtis Linden, 24, of 158 Jacobs Drive, Pittsburgh, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. He was sentenced to intensive probation for two years with one year of electronic monitoring. He was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.

• Ronald Hunt, 48, of 1900B Main St., Allenport, 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.

• Ermin Ronald Mikels II, 23, of 1228 Lookout Ave., Charleroi, charged with criminal conspiracy was accepted into the ARD program for six months.

• Christina Behanna, 18, of 1228 Lookout Ave., Charleroi, charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, was accepted into the ARD program for six months.

• Jacob Matthew Painter, 22, of 641 Bells Mills Road, West Newton, charged with receiving stolen property, theft by unlawful taking and criminal conspiracy was accepted into the ARD program for nine months.

• Jason William Thompson, 25, of 10109 Pitts Road, Showell, Md., pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance by person not registered and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to probation for nine months. He was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.

• Thomas E. Sultzer Jr., 43, of Scottdale RD1, 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.

• John David Kowinksy, 44, of 1382 Marguerite Lake Road, Unity Township, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to probation for one year. He was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.

• Andrew Michael Murphy, 22, of Mt. Pleasant RD6, charged with possession of marijuana and use/possession of drug paraphernalia was accepted into the probation without verdict program for 90 days.

• Amy Lynn Griffin, 26, of 125 Jefferson Ave., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to forgery. She was sentenced to 13 days to 23 months in jail, with credit for time served. She was also ordered to continue in her current treatment.

• Austin Mitchell Robinson, 20, of 2902 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, charged with possession of marijuana was accepted into the probation without verdict program for 30 days.

• Todd E. Anderson, 22, of 325 Walnut St., Greensburg, was sentenced to intensive probation for two years with nine months of electronic monitoring for the charge of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. He was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.

• Jeffery Shoaf, 30, of Fitz Henry Road, South Huntingdon Township, 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.

Judge Rita D. Hathaway

• David B. Speranza, 33, of 304 Clearfield Ave., Avonmore, 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.

• Eric Stephen Klepack, 22, of 428 Bella Vista Drive, Johnstown, charged with use/possession of drug paraphernalia was accepted into the probation without verdict program for one year.

• Michael J. McDermott, 45, of 306 Harrison Ave., Vandergrift, 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 also granted work release.

• Shawn M. Spillar, 32, of 1206 Wood St., Latrobe, was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months with 60 days of electronic monitoring for the charge of driving under the influence. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 12 months. He was also granted work release.

• Brandon Edward Smartnick, 19, of 219 Main St., Latrobe, was sentenced to three to eight years in jail for the charge of criminal conspiracy. He was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.

• Frederick Brennan, 40, of 1508 Fourth Ave., Arnold, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. He was sentenced to 15 to 30 months in jail. He was also ordered to obtain drug treatment while incarcerated.

• James Johnson, 37, of 370 Davis Road, New Alexandria, pleaded guilty to use/possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Justin David Cecchini, 27, of 120 Railroad Ave., Apollo, pleaded guilty to use/possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to probation for one year and was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.

Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr.

• Patricia Sanner, 43, of New Stanton, charged with escape, endangering welfare of children and resisting arrest/other law enforcement was accepted into the ARD program for six months.

• Terry P. Fairbanks, 44, of 4435 Sardis Road, Murrysville, pleaded guilty to burglary. He was sentenced to 18 to 36 months in jail. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $100,000.

• Elizabeth Cassarino, 22, of 621 Park St., California, was accepted into the ARD program for one year for the charge of simple assault.

• Anthony W. Lippencott, 21, of 1108 McMahon Ave., Monessen, was sentenced to probation for one year for the charge of simple assault.

• Brenda Lippencott, 47, of 516 Fourth St., Monessen, was sentenced to probation for one year for the charge of simple assault.

• John J. Lewis, 51, of 301 Third Ave., Pittsburgh, was sentenced to three to 23 months in jail for the charge of unauthorized use of motor vehicle. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,601.10.

• Martin Quinton Anthony, 19, of 124 Middle St., Fayette City, was sentenced to three to six months in jail for the charge of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. At a separate charge of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, he also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three to six months in jail. At another charge of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, he was sentenced to electronic home monitoring for six months. Sentences are to run consecutively. He was also granted work release.

• Shawn Martin, 22, of 960 Grant St., Monessen, was sentenced to intermediate punishment for one year with one year of electronic monitoring for the charge of criminal conspiracy.

• Jonathan William Biller, 30, of Mt. Pleasant RD4, was sentenced to nine to 23 months in jail for the charge of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. At a separate charge of criminal conspiracy, he also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for two years. Sentences are to run consecutively.

• April May Cooper, 45, of 848 Donner Ave., Monessen, was accepted into the ARD program for six months for the charge of bad checks.

• Edward A. Marrabell, 45, of 850 Beech St., Washington, was sentenced to intermediate punishment for five years with 180 days of electronic monitoring for the charge of driving under the influence. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 18 months. He was also granted work release.

• Erica L. Taylor, 38, of 1705 Ligonier St., Latrobe, was sentenced to three to 12 months in jail for the charges of promoting prostitution and access device issued to another who did not authorize use.

 

 
 


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