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Decisions of our Judges

| Friday, April 4, 2008

The following is a partial list of criminal cases handled by Judge Joseph A. Nickleach at a sentence court on April 1. Unless otherwise noted, court costs and supervision fees are to be paid by the defendant:

• Brenda Lee Johnson, 29, of Garin Street, Worthington, was sentenced to nine months and two years less one day and 12 months probation on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility, possession with intent to deliver drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was ordered to pay $1,800 in fines and costs, and to complete a drug and alcohol evaluation and Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

She was credited with nine days served. She was ordered to perform 30 hours of community service.

• Dennis Lee Downey, 50, of Spruce Hollow Road, Brush Valley, was sentenced to 30 days followed by 60 days under house arrest with electronic monitoring on charges of driving under the influence and careless driving. He was ordered to pay $1,975 in fines and costs, to complete a highway safety course, a drug and alcohol evaluation and a victim impact program.

He was ordered to perform 30 hours of community service.

• Devin Lee Moore, 26, of 308 McCargo St., New Kensington, was sentenced to 10 days to 12 months on a charge of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). He was ordered to pay $250 in fines and costs and must complete a drug and alcohol evaluation.

He was credited with 10 days served. He was ordered to perform 25 hours of community service.

• Jonathan D. Kurtz, 23, of 121 Oak Ave., Kittanning, was sentenced to 30 days followed by 60 days under house arrest with electronic monitoring on a charge of driving under the influence. He was ordered to pay $1,900 in fines and costs, and to complete a highway safety course, a drug and alcohol evaluation and a victim impact program.

He was ordered to perform 30 hours of community service.

The following is a partial list of criminal cases handled by Judge James J. Panchik at a sentence court on April 1. Unless otherwise noted, court costs and supervision fees are to be paid by the defendant:

• Scott Stiffy Maldonado aka Scott Vernon Stiffy, 28, of 102 Stullwille Road, Leechburg, was sentenced to five days to six months on a charge of driving under the influence and three vehicle code summary offenses. He was ordered to pay $725 in fines and costs, and to complete a highway safety course, a drug and alcohol evaluation and a victim impact program.

He was ordered to perform 30 hours of community service.

• Cynthia F. McElhatten, 30, of 166 Old Pike Road, Freeport, was sentenced to 72 hours to six months and one year probation on charges of driving under the influence, unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession and driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked. She was ordered to pay $1,800 in fines and costs, and to complete a highway safety course, a drug and alcohol evaluation and a victim impact program.

She was ordered to perform 30 hours of community service.

• Debbie Ann Russo, 30, of 1037 Johnston Ave., Kittanning, was sentenced to 30 days to two years less a day on charges of retail theft and public drunkenness. She was ordered to pay $420 in fines and costs and must complete a drug and alcohol evaluation.

She was ordered to perform 25 hours of community service.

• Cheryl Lynn Spindler-Hart, 53, of 1343 Brownstown Road, Apollo, was sentenced to 72 hours to six months on a charge of driving under the influence. She was ordered to pay $1,350 in fines and costs, and to complete a highway safety course, a drug and alcohol evaluation and a victim impact program.

• Kelly Lee Truelove, 37, of 337 Frenchs Corners Road, Adrian, was sentenced to one year probation on a charge of receiving stolen property. She was ordered to pay $300 in fines and costs.

She was ordered to perform 30 hours of community service.

• Misty L. Corbett, 23, of 1162 Wilson Ave., Kittanning, was sentenced to three months to 23 1/2 months on a charge of possession with intent to deliver. She was ordered to pay $500 in fines and costs and $100 in restitution and must complete a drug and alcohol evaluation.

She was credited with eight days served. She was ordered to perform 30 hours of community service.

• Joseph R. Martin, 28, of 1720 Crestview Drive, Apollo, was sentenced to 30 days followed by 60 days under house arrest with electronic monitoring on a charge of driving under the influence. He was ordered to pay $1,900 in fines and costs and $718.99 in restitution, and must complete a highway safety course, a drug and alcohol evaluation and a victim impact program.

He was credited with 10 days served. He was ordered to perform 30 hours of community service.

• Jason Edward Snyder, 31, of 804 Third Ave., Brackenridge, was sentenced to three months to 12 months followed by one year probation on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. He was ordered to pay $400 in fines and costs and must complete a drug and alcohol evaluation.

He was ordered to perform 30 hours of community service.

• Berton Laverne Reefer, 86, of 566 Route 1041, Dayton, was sentenced to 18 months probation on a charge of indecent assault. He was ordered to pay $300 in fines and costs and must complete a sexual offender evaluation.

• Daniel Kevin Wolfe, 44, of Ford City RD3, was sentenced to 18 months probation on a charge of recklessly endangering another person. He was ordered to pay $200 in fines and costs and must complete a drug and alcohol evaluation.

He was ordered to perform 30 hours of community service.

• Robert Freeman Jr., 34 , of 437 Caruso St., Kittanning, was sentenced to 90 days to 23 1/2 months on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was ordered to pay $500 in fines and costs and $3,091.30 in delinquent fines and costs and must complete a drug and alcohol evaluation.

He was ordered to perform 30 hours of community service.

• Shawn William Nickel, 24, of Beagle Run Road, Cowansville, was sentenced to one month to 23 1/2 months and three years probation on charges of criminal trespass and receiving stolen property. He was ordered to pay $500 in fines and costs and $1,499.42 in restitution, and must complete a drug and alcohol evaluation and attend Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

He was ordered to perform 30 hours of community service.

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