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Decisions of the Westmoreland County judges

| Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 1:19 p.m.

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 an admission of guilt, but participants are placed into the program for up to two years. If they satisfactorily complete the program, 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

-- Chasity L. Jones, 35, of 809 Woodward Ave., McKees Rocks, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and possession of a controlled substance. She was sentenced to intermediate punishment for two years.

-- Jibri Anthony Phillips, 19, of 1370 Fifth Ave., Arnold, charged with accident involving death/injury-not properly licensed and driving under a suspended or revoked license, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

-- Arthur Thomas McGuire, 65, of Delmont, pleaded guilty to retail theft. He was sentenced to 15 to 30 months in jail. To a separate charge of criminal conspiracy, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for two years. Sentences are to run consecutively.

-- Ronald Stephen Murphy, 54, of 1524 Monastery Drive, Unity, pleaded guilty to habitual offenders. He was sentenced to probation for two years. To a separate charge of habitual offenders, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for two years. Sentences are to run concurrently.

-- Robert Benson Edwards, 53, of SCI Camp Hill, Cumberland County, pleaded guilty to theft by deception, receiving stolen property and bad checks. He was sentenced to one to two years in jail. To separate charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one to three years in jail. He was ordered to pay restitution of $7,753.80. Sentences are to run concurrently.

-- Dustin E. Newman, 28, of 4971 Old William Penn Highway, Monroeville, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence -- second offense. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for five years with six months of electronic monitoring, was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and his license was suspended for 18 months. He was granted work release.

-- Keith Waugh, 20, of 820 Camp Ave., New Kensington, charged with possession of marijuana and use/possession of drug paraphernalia, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for one year. To separate charges of possession of marijuana and use/possession of drug paraphernalia, he was accepted into the probation without verdict program for six months. Sentences are to run concurrently.

-- Robert Waugaman, 36, of 241 Fourth St. Ext., Saltsburg, charged with use/possession of drug paraphernalia, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for six months.

-- Clinton Dwayne Peterson, 28, of 522 Little Acres Lane, New Alexandria, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for three years with nine months of electronic monitoring. To separate charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to intermediate punishment for three years with nine months of electronic monitoring. Sentences are to run concurrently.

-- John Julius Young, 22, of 102 Curcio Road, Avonmore, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to probation for one year, was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

-- Brandon Henry, 20, of 1701 David St., Scottdale, charged with receiving stolen property and theft by deception, was accepted into the ARD program for two years.

-- Amber Laurea Callen, 26, of 572 Spang Ave., Leechburg, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana. She was sentenced to probation for 30 days and was ordered to continue in drug and alcohol treatment.

-- Michelle Kocher, 34, of 3608 Cambria St., Munhall, 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 and follow all recommended treatment.

-- Joseph Shank, 24, of 1737 Route O56, Spring Church, charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, was accepted into the ARD program for two years.

-- Lon Colby Shaner, 39, of 3608 Cambria St., Munhall, 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 and follow all recommended treatment.

-- Matthew B. Pawlos, 27, of 129 McLanahan Drive, Beaver Falls, charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and 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 and follow all recommended treatment.

-- William Leonard Murphy III, 21, of 526 Pleasant View Drive, Washington Township, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months with 30 days of electronic monitoring, was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and his license was suspended for 12 months. He was granted work release.

JUDGE DEBRA A. PEZZE

-- Joseph Fred Jarmon Jr., 32, of Salem RR4, charged with disorderly conduct, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

-- Victoria Wisniewski, 37, of 1153 Venetia Road, Eighty Four, pleaded guilty to furnish/authorize with information without knowledge. He was sentenced to probation for 12 months.

-- Gregory Lynn Klingensmith, 48, of 194 Trout Town Road, Hunker, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to probation for 12 months.

-- Sarah Lee Bishop, 22, of 425 Henry St., North Belle Vernon, charged with use/possession of drug paraphernalia, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for 12 months. She was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

-- Rodney Lee Bradshaw, 48, of 1916 Offshore Drive, Buena Vista, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

-- Lisa Erin Esachina, 21, of 107 W. Devinney Hollow Road, Blairsville, charged with theft by deception and receiving stolen property, was accepted into the ARD program for six months.

-- Tuyet Phuong-Thi Bui, 28, of 11 Delrose Drive, Monessen, charged with endangering the welfare of children, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

-- Brandon Thomas, 29, of 628 Broad St., Mt. Pleasant, pleaded guilty to fleeing or attempting to elude officer and recklessly endangering another person. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for two years with 180 days of electronic monitoring. He was granted work release.

-- Joseph Alan Geary, 39, of 1451 Mt. Pleasant Road, West Newton, charged with intercept communications, was accepted into the ARD program for one year.

-- Michele Nicole Miller, 26, of 404 Lookout Ave., Charleroi, pleaded guilty to retail theft. She was sentenced to intermediate punishment for two years with 60 days of electronic monitoring and was granted work release.

-- William Elvin Cochran Jr., 24, of 516 Webster Road, Rostraver, pleaded guilty to corruption of minors. He was sentenced to probation for one year. To a separate charge of corruption of minors, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for one year. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, be evaluated by the Day Reporting Center and follow all recommended treatment. Sentences are to run concurrently.

-- Richard David Garland, 32, of 154 Route 819, Hempfield, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to three to 23 months in jail. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

-- Brian Hill, 20, of 713 Ninth St., Monessen, pleaded guilty to burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy. He was sentenced to one year less one day to two years less two days in jail to be followed by probation for three years. To separate charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nine to 23 months in jail. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment. Sentences are to run concurrently.

-- Bradley Barcus, 39, of 211 Water St., Belle Vernon, pleaded guilty to retail theft. He was sentenced to probation for one year, was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

-- William Duke Berish, 33, of 730 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months with 30 days of electronic monitoring, was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and his license was suspended for 12 months. He was granted work release.

-- Marc Allen Hernley, 24, of 410 S. High St., Scottdale, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and make repairs/sell/etc. offensive weapon. He was sentenced to 72 hours to six months in jail, was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and his license was suspended for 12 months. To separate charges of violation of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, 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 concurrently.

JUDGE ALFRED B. BELL

-- Michael D. Crotti, 24, of 819 Brownstown Road, Larimer, pleaded guilty to retail theft. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

-- Charles J. Minmaugh, 35, of 413 Fifth St., Jeannette, pleaded guilty to access device issued to another who did not authorize use. He was sentenced to nine days to 23 months in jail, with credit for time served. To separate charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for one year. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, be evaluated for the Day Reporting Center and follow all recommendations. Sentences are to run concurrently.

-- Kristopher J. Shaw, 30, of 2202 Keystone Ave., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest/other law enforcement, simple assault and institutional vandalism. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

-- Cory Robert Bryner, 19, of 906 Arlington Ave., McKeesport, charged with theft from a motor vehicle, possession of instruments of crime and receiving stolen property, was accepted into the ARD program for one year. He was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow all recommended treatment.

-- Jason M. Shipely, 26, of 116 Midway Drive, White Oak, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence -- second offense. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for five years with 180 days of electronic monitoring, was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and his license was suspended for 18 months. He was granted work release.

-- Anthony Joseph Marsiglio, 31, of 12400 Herold Drive, North Huntingdon, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence -- second offense. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for five years with 180 days of electronic monitoring, was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school ,and his license was suspended for 18 months. He was granted work release.

-- Arthur Thomas McGuire, 64, of Delmont, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, retail theft and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to one to two years in jail. To separate charges of retail theft and conspiracy, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one to two years in jail. He was ordered to pay restitution of $9,195. Sentences are to run concurrently.

JUDGE RITA D. HATHAWAY

-- Nathan Daniel Ray, 23, of 25 Roberts Place, Blairsville, pleaded guilty to fleeing or attempting to elude officer. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

-- Kevin Christopher Doerfler, 28, of 1262 Maywood Lane, Unity, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for five years with six months of electronic monitoring, was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and his license was suspended for 18 months. He was granted work release.

-- Joshua Ryan Queer, 24, of 786 Route 259, Ligonier Township, pleaded guilty to use/possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under a suspended license. He was sentenced to probation for six months.

-- Steve T. Noble, 24, of 49 Depot St., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to false reports. He was sentenced to probation for two years, was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow recommended treatment.

-- Richard Method Haggerty, 61, of 608 W. Third St., Derry, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to 72 hours to six months in jail, was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school, and his license was suspended for 12 months.

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