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Four face hearings today

| Thursday, May 15, 2008

The following defendants are scheduled to appear today before District Judge Ronald J. Haggerty Sr. in Connellsville for preliminary hearings.

= Janice Lynn, 54, of 230 E. Fairview Ave., top floor, Connellsville, is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, providing a false report to law enforcement and tampering with evidence.

City police accuse Lynn of stabbing Louis Brenchi with a kitchen knife during an altercation at 4:24 p.m. May 7 in the pair's apartment. Brenchi received a puncture wound to his chest that required stitches, police reported.

Lynn initially told police Brenchi accidentally stabbed himself and tried to hide the evidence of her involvement, according to court papers.

She is set for a 9 a.m. hearing.

= Michelle Louise Jordan, 37, of 150 Gibson Terrace, Connellsville, is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of children.

City police accuse Jordan of leaving her children in the care of a man "admittedly under the influence of marijuana as well as highly intoxicated" at 9:30 p.m. May 4 so she could purchase beer. Police did not identify the man, who was not charged.

Jordan returned home after 15 minutes, police reported, and also exhibited signs of intoxication.

She is set for a 1:30 p.m. hearing.

= John William Beckett, 23, of Route 711 and County Line Road, Champion, is charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, terroristic threats, criminal mischief and intimidation of a witness.

State police allege Beckett fired a pistol at 6:45 p.m. April 17 at 135 Buttermilk Hollow Road, Springfield, during an altercation with Samuel and Andy Lilley, hitting the victims' all-terrain vehicle.

The altercation started when Beckett drove past the victims at a high rate of speed, causing gravel from the road to be propelled in their direction, according to court papers. The victims allegedly yelled at Beckett, who responded by brandishing a handgun.

Beckett allegedly approached the victims' home April 20 and threatened to kill them if they involved police. He is set for a 9 a.m. hearing.

= William Johnson Jr., 28, of 14 Gibson Terrace, Connellsville, is charged with 10 counts of reckless endangerment, and a count each of disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and discharging a firearm within city limits.

City police allege Johnson fired a pistol at 1:30 a.m. Aug. 18 outside the Mile Marker bar along Third Street. Johnson allegedly fired the gun into the air as a crowd of people surrounded his vehicle, according to court papers.

Police found two handguns at the scene registered to Johnson.

He is set for a 9:45 a.m. hearing.

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