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Decisions of Westmoreland County judges

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Sunday, July 13, 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.

• Michael Smith, 56, of 1011 Alpen Strasse, Unity.

• Jacqulyn Marie Thomas, 25, of 300 W. 10th Ave., Tarentum.

• William F. Fricke Jr., 44, of 1730 Hancock Ave., Apollo.

• Kelley A. Ross, 37, of 106 Caitlin Ave., East Huntingdon.

• Joshua James Schrum, 21, of 244 Trees Mills Road, Salem.

• Elizabeth Anne Hyland, 35, of 333 Beech St., Vandergrift.

• Gregory S. Belloitti, 41, of 715 Rembrandt Circle, Hempfield.

• Adam H. Pugsley, 26, of 1303 Poplar St., South Greensburg.

• Nathan Steven Forish, 20, of 220 W. Third St., Derry.

• James R. Lucot Jr., 19, of 14266 Jane Clair Drive, North Huntingdon.

• Brian Keith Newman, 38, of 124 Miller St., Latrobe.

• Cali Dalana Parker, 23, of 130 Toll House Road, Hempfield.

• April Dawn Smith, 27, of 415 Forest Road, Acme.

• Richard Reynold Logreco, 53, of 23 Meadowbrook Ave., Greensburg.

• Robert Paul Hanicak, 54, of 10 Franklin Ave., Irwin.

• Zachary Emerson Weston, 29, of 1805 Grandview Ave., Irwin.

• Jason Anthony Pipes, 23, of 537 Fulton St., Greensburg.

• Martin A. Murcek Jr., 48, of 6428 Hilty Road, Murrysville.

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 Richard E. McCormick Jr.

• Samuel E. Stillwagon, 52, of Pennsylvania Ave., New Stanton, was accepted into the ARD program for three months for the charge of terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another.

• Eugene Davis, 37, of 108 Hall Ave., Washington, was sentenced to two to 23 months in jail for the charges of tampering with/fabricate physical evidence, use possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under a suspended license. To a separate charge of robbery, he was sentenced to probation for one year. Sentences are to run concurrently.

• Joseph Michael Swierkosz, 19, of 327 Palmer Ave., Greensburg, charged with simple assault, was accepted into the ARD program for two years. He was ordered to undergo drug/alcohol and mental health evaluations and follow all recommended treatment.

• Robert M. Beatty, 51, of 217 Main St., New Alexandria, was sentenced to 30 days to six months in jail for the charges of accident involving damage and driving under a suspended license.

• Robert Wisdom, 21, of 420 Wood St., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to simple assault and terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another. He was sentenced to seven days to 23 months in jail, with credit for time served. He was ordered to undergo drug/alcohol and mental health evaluations and follow all recommended treatment. He was ordered to have no unsupervised contact with minor children.

• Veronica Leslie Long, 35, of 652 Grove St., Greensburg, 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.

• Christina Biggs, 36, of 18 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant, was sentenced to one year less one day to two years less one day in jail for the charge of aggravated assault. She was ordered to continue in her current treatment.

• Donald G. Anthony Sr., 56, of 1227 Five Pines Road, North Huntingdon, 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.

• Jonathan Lexie, 21, of 1150 Graham Ave., Monessen, pleaded guilty to burglary. He was sentenced to one year less one day to two years less one day in jail. To a separate charge of criminal conspiracy, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for two years. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment. Sentences are to run consecutively.

• Joseph T. Minno Jr., 22, of 716 Front St., Adah, pleaded guilty to burglary. He was sentenced to one year less one day to two years less one day in jail. To a separate charge of criminal conspiracy, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for two years. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment. Sentences are to run consecutively.

• Michael Sean Fitzpatrick, 40, of 33 Division St., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to 48 hours to six months in jail. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 12 months.

• Laurel McFeely, 33, of 38 Elrama Ave., Elrama, pleaded guilty to theft of leased property. She was sentenced to probation for two years. She was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,830.

• James Rathbone, 45, of 536 West Newton St., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana. He was sentenced to probation for 30 days.

• Tammy Kopetsky, 36, of 1102 Avenue B, Latrobe, pleaded guilty to retail theft. She was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Larenda Smith, 37, of 564 Euclid Ave., Greensburg, charged with harassment, was accepted into the ARD program for six months.

• Jonathan William Biller, 32, of 127 Hammondsville St., Mt. Pleasant, pleaded guilty to forgery. He was sentenced to three to 23 months in jail, with credit for time served.

• Lisa L. Martin, 45, of 735 S. 14th St., Monessen, pleaded guilty to theft of property and receiving stolen property. She was sentenced to probation for two years.

• Colleen Ann Martin, 43, of 155 Ridge Road, Monongahela, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. She was sentenced to probation for one year and was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• John Joseph Kukonik II, 19, of 507 Canary Lane, West Newton, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to probation for two years.

• Lance Christopher Appleby, 25, of 7 Walnut Road, Laughlintown, pleaded guilty to retail theft. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

• Brad Alan Davis, 47, of 145 Brown St., Waltersburg, pleaded guilty to retail theft and criminal conspiracy. He was sentenced to probation for six months.

• Joseph W. Simon, 19, of 825 N. Main St., Greensburg, 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 18 months. He was granted work release.

• Robert A. Polo, 36, of 419 E. Second St., Derry, pealed 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 attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 18 months. He was granted work release.

• Patrick Thomas Picinotti, 22, of 713 Meadow Ave., Charleroi, charged with retail theft, was accepted into the ARD program for one year. He was ordered to continue in his current treatment.

• Raymond R. Harr, 32, of 168 Red Arrow Road, Ligonier Township, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. He was sentenced to probation for two years. He was ordered to undergo drug/alcohol and mental health evaluations and follow all recommended treatment.

• Victor Michael McCurdy, 21, of 425 S. Maple Ave., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

• John Russell Clarke, 21, of 809 Park Harbor Drive, Boardman, Ohio, pleaded nolo contendere to theft by unlawful taking and criminal conspiracy. He was sentenced to probation for two years and was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $3,203.

• Michael R. Olshansky, 45, of 229 Campbell Ave., Leechburg, 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.

• Charles Edward Tinsley, 28, of 111 Westmore Ave., New Stanton, 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.

• Eric A. Armstrong, 19, of 3 Couches Road, Latrobe, charged with accident involving damage attended vehicle/property, was accepted into the ARD program for six months. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $7,500.

• James D. Nace, 36, of 516 Railroad St., Derry, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to 66 days to 23 months in jail, with credit for time served. To a separate charge of simple assault, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for two years. He was ordered to undergo drug/alcohol and mental health evaluations and follow all recommended treatment. Sentences are to run concurrently.

• Melissa Buchinsky, 21, of 2337 Raymond Ave., Latrobe, charged with defiant trespass actual communication, was accepted into the ARD program for six months.

• Patrick Joel Irwin, 31, of 310 Third St., Irwin, pleaded guilty to harassment. He was sentenced to nine to 23 months in jail. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Beth Ann Graff, 27, of 948 Hulton Road, Verona, pleaded guilty to retail theft. She was sentenced to probation for one year.

Judge Debra A. Pezze

• Patrick Edward Altman, 23, of 482 Saxman Road, Unity, pleaded guilty to simple assault. He was sentenced to probation for one year and was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Ryan K. Slater, 28, of 121 Slater Lane, Unity, was sentenced to five to 10 years in jail for the charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

• Erik Suppers, 35, of 147 Community Park Road, Vandergrift, was sentenced to one to two years in jail for the charges of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and possession of a controlled substance.

• Mark Fink, 36, of 506 N. Sixth St., Altoona, pleaded guilty to retail theft and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to probation for three years. He was ordered to continue in his treatment.

• Jennifer Lavonn Bartley, 22, of 4013 Washington St., Murrysville, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. She was sentenced to six to 12 months in jail.

• Brittney Ann Lehman, 19, of 200 Malone Road, Derry Township, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and contraband/controlled substance. She was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in jail. She was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

 

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