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Decision of Westmoreland County judges

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008
 

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 must then file a petition to have the case expunged. Unless otherwise noted, court costs are placed on the defendant.

• Robert Patrick Mahoney, 22, of 320 Dunbar Drive, Penn Hills.

• Joseph Cunningham, 51, of 311 Main St., Youngwood.

• Kassie Jo Wolfe, 21, of 415 Constitution Ave., Hunker.

• Johnathan D. Haase, 27, of 157 E. Second St., Derry.

• Nathaniel R. Hayden, 26, of 319 Chestnut St., Jeannette.

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 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

• Terrance Leroy Denny, 50, of 458 Earl Ave., New Kensington, pleaded guilty to criminal attempt. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Michael John Kosko, 28, of 243 Pheasant Drive, Penn Hills, pleaded guilty to burglary. He was sentenced to 2 12 to five years in jail. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Joseph Daniel Berger, 20, of 538 Blank School Road, Hempfield, pleaded guilty to simple assault. He was sentenced to probation for two years. He was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment. He was also ordered to complete domestic abuse counseling classes.

• Mark Pryor, 27, of 1025 Kenneth Ave. Rear, New Kensington, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. He was sentenced to two to five years in jail. He is eligible for boot camp.

• Phylis Jean Willis, 50, of 441 Kathleen St., Pittsburgh, charged with retail theft and criminal conspiracy, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

• Tobias C. James, 25, of 928 North Ave., Wilkinsburg, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest/other law enforcement. He was sentenced to probation for six months.

Judge Debra A. Pezze

• Melissa Lynn Maline, 21, of 302 Chestnut St., Jeannette, charged with retail theft, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

• Rashaad R. Shepard, 29, of 709 Railroad St., Jeannette, 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.

• Kenneth Joseph Kochis, 54, of 153 Ashbaugh Road, Jeannette, charged with simple assault and terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another, was accepted into the ARD program for six months.

• Allyson Klein, 19, of 439 Ohio Ave., Clairton, charged with receiving stolen property, was accepted into the ARD program for 18 months.

• Christine Joann Davis, 33, of 125 S. 13th St., Jeannette, pleaded guilty to simple assault. She was sentenced to 11 days to 23 months in jail, with credit for time served. She was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Barbara Dodson, 35, of 908 Round St., Charleroi, pleaded guilty to forgery and procure for self or other drug by forgery. She was sentenced to probation for two years.

• Jesse Hassinger, 26, of 508 Patton Ave., Jeannette, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. He was sentenced to two to 23 months in jail, with credit for time served. He was also ordered to undergo drug/alcohol and mental health evaluations and follow all recommended treatment.

• David John Karpinsky, 32, of 1005 Roupe Ave., Brackenridge, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking and criminal conspiracy. He was sentenced to 21 days to 12 months in jail, with credit for time served.

• Justin L. Walak, 25, of 204 W. Broad St., Jeannette, pleaded guilty to retail theft. He was sentenced to three to 23 months in jail, with credit for time served. He was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Robert C. Ament Jr., 49, of 168 Wooster Lane, Punxsutawney, pleaded guilty to altered, forged counterfeit plates. He was sentenced to probation for six months.

• Jonathan Schuffert, 40, of 515 Ridge Ave., New Kensington, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 11 12 to 23 months in jail.

• Carl R. Cargaugh, 56, of 607 Chestwood Drive, North Huntingdon, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months with six months of electronic monitoring. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and his license was suspended for 12 months.

• Michelle Kemp, 39, of 1237 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington, pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance. She was sentenced to one year less one day to two years less two days in jail.

• Brandon Duplinsky, 27, of 2184 Eldersville Road, Follansbee, W.Va., pleaded guilty to criminal trespass. He was sentenced to probation for two years.

• Mariano Contestabile, 49, of 27 Renaissance Drive, Hempfield, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months with 90 days of electronic monitoring. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and his license was suspended for 18 months. He was also granted work release.

Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr.

• Edward Eugene Lukas, 34, of 319 Division St., Jeannette, charged with simple assault, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

• David Wayne Negich, 40, of 6011 Kennedy Ave., Export, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to six months to five years in jail. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 18 months.

• John E. Huffman, 30, of 167 Peanut St., Derry, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for five years with one year of electronic monitoring. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and his license was suspended for 18 months.

• Charity Marie Conrad, 34, of 210 McArthur St., Blairsville, charged with theft of property and receiving stolen property, was accepted into the ARD program for six months.

• Jason Andrew Dunn, 25, of 415 N. Second St., Jeannette, pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of children. He was sentenced to probation for one year and was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Adam Allshouse, 31, of 316 N. First St., Jeannette, charged with stalking and harassment, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

• Thomas Fredrick Wickham Sr., 64, of 5 W. Harrison Ave., Latrobe, charged with criminal attempt, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for one year.

• Bruce Alan Laughlin, 55, of 152 Peanut St., Derry, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, use/possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to three to six years in jail. He was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• David M. Bevan IV, 29, of 1215 Darlington Road, Ligonier, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for five years with seven months of electronic monitoring. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and his license was suspended for 18 months. He was also granted work release.

• William James Zerfoss, 26, of 204 N. Shenandoah Drive, Wimmerton, Unity, charged with firearms not to be carried without a license, was accepted into the ARD program for two years. He was also ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Michelle Lynn Gray, 34, of 1113 Fifth Ave., New Kensington, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. She was sentenced to probation for two years.

• Richard Zahorchak, 29, of 431 Earl Ave., New Kensington, pleaded guilty to use/possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Anna M. Munden, 40, of 722 Blue Hole Lane, Ligonier Township, charged with theft by unlawful taking, was accepted into the ARD program for six months.

• Vernon Wayne Ulery Jr., 42, of 152 Kline Road, Ligonier Township, charged with indecent exposure and open lewdness, was accepted into the ARD program for one year. He was also ordered to stay 100 yards away from the victim's residence.

• James Levi Mears Jr., 32, of 111 Elgin Drive, Hempfield, pleaded guilty to criminal mischief. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Kris Matthew Norman, 35, of 142 Wagon Trail Road, Latrobe, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to 48 hours to six months in jail. He was also ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for one year.

• Joseph F. Griffin, 42, of 822 Mt. Pleasant St., Greensburg, was sentenced to probation for one year for the charge of use/possession of drug paraphernalia. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Lee Joseph Caranese, 23, of 316 Cedar St., Jeannette, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest/other law enforcement, use/possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to probation for two years. He was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment. He was also ordered to attend and complete parenting classes.

• Anthony Kopetsky, 20, of 112 Northwind Lane, Derry, charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of motor vehicle, was accepted into the ARD program for one year. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,142.04.

• Thomas L. Kinsey Jr., 22, of 231 Tiffany Drive, North Huntingdon, 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 undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and his license was suspended for 18 months. He was also granted work release.

• Nicholas Carl Ruozzi, 26, of 724 Graham St., North Belle Vernon, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for two years with three months of electronic monitoring.

• Christopher Lee Chambers, 26, of 2800 Duquesne Place Drive, Duquesne, pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of motor vehicle. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Robert Milburn Jr., 47, of 507 Sunset Drive, Trafford, pleaded guilty to recklessly endangering another person. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Charlynn Rae Durham, 29, of 638 Forest Ave., Johnstown, pleaded guilty to retail theft. She was sentenced to probation for one year. She was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Justin Thomas Holden, 21, of 109 St. Joseph Drive, Wilmerding, charged with criminal attempt and criminal conspiracy, was accepted into the ARD program for six months.

• David Dwayne Cass, 36, of 543 Catskill Drive, Pittsburgh, pleaded guilty to use/possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to probation for one year. He was also ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Joseph Edward Patterson, 28, of 408 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to make repairs/sell/etc. offensive weapons. He was sentenced to probation for two years. He was also ordered not to carry or have any knives or weapons.

• Brooke Zawacki, 30, of 6500 Beatty Drive, Irwin, charged with retail theft, criminal conspiracy and corruption of minors, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

• Michael Edward Proctor, of 14370 Route 993, Trafford, pleaded guilty to defiant trespass. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

 

 
 


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