Bradford County Court News 5/1/2011


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Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett announced that the following persons pleaded guilty and were sentenced in Bradford County Magisterial District Courts in April:

John Lochner, 29, Towanda, entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark to harassment, a summary offense, and was sentenced to undergo counseling, and pay court costs. Officer John Werner of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Lochner for the offense in March 2011.

Albert Fenton, 57, Athens, entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to harassment, a summary offense, and was sentenced to 30 days imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility and court costs. Officer Derek Watkins of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Fenton for the offense in April 2011.

Travis Johnson, 22, Waverly, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to harassment, a summary offense, and was ordered to pay a fine of $250.00, restitution in the amount of $507, and court costs. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Johnson for the offense in February 2011.

Garret Dauberman, 23, Sayre, entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to retail theft, a summary offense, and was ordered to pay a fine of $400 plus court costs. Officer Daniel Thomas of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Dauberman for the offense in December 2010.

Darren Daub, 48, Sayre, entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Michael Shaw, to theft, a misdemeanor of the third degree and was sentenced to 12 days and court costs. Officer Richard Horton of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Daub for the offense, following investigation of an incident that occurred in Athens Township.

Roy Bennett, 58, Sayre, entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge, Michael Shaw of Possession of Drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to 15 days and count costs. Deputy Ryan Edsell of the Bradford County Sheriff's Office arrested Bennett for the offense on Feb. 18, 2011, following service of a warrant that occurred in Sayre Borough.

Tricia R. Shaw, 40, Morrisville, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Jonathan Wilcox of possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to three days imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility and sentenced to three days imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility.

Trooper Franklin Harvey of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Shaw for the offense in April 2010, following investigation of an incident that occurred in Burlington Township.

Rodney T. Russell, 47, Towanda, entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Timothy Clark of possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to pay a fine and count costs. Trooper Joseph Mitchell of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Russell for the offense in October 2010, following investigation of an incident that occurred in North Towanda Township.

 

Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett announced that the following persons were sentenced in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda, on April 18:

Donald W. Sharp, 54, Canton, was sentenced to County Intermediate Punishment for 90 days, and a fine of $300, for harassment, a summary offense. The sentence was imposed following the revocation of Sharp's earlier term of County Intermediate Punishment which was revoked because of violation of program conditions. Officer Brian Wibirt of the Canton Borough Police Department arrested Sharp for the offense in March 2010. While on County Intermediate Punishment Sharp will be subject to supervision and monitoring by the Bradford County Probation Department.

Yoghana Mercer-Bey, 31, Athens, was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility of from 15 days to six months, and a fine of $1000, for driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor. Mercer-Bey will also lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 12 months on the basis of his conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol and for an additional 12 months because he refused to submit to chemical testing of his blood at the time of hi arrest. Mercer-Bay was ordered to undergo drug, alcohol and mental health evaluations and to follow recommendations resulting from those evaluations, attend safe driving school, participate in the victim impact panel, complete 24 hours of community service with the DUI litter brigade and pay all costs. The sentence was imposed following an earlier guilty plea. Officer Timothy Cahill of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Mercer-Bay for the offense in November 2010 after an incident in Athens Borough. Mercer-Bey may be eligible for parole after serving the minimum term of imprisonment, and, if paroled, he will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department.

Shirley A. McCormick, 40, Towanda, was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility of from one year to three years, and a fine of $2500, for driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. McCormick will also lose her Pennsylvania driving privilege for 18 months. The sentence was imposed following an earlier guilty plea. Trooper Wayne Dunkling arrested McCormick for the offense in October 2010 after an incident in Sheshequin Township. McCormick may be eligible for parole after serving the minimum sentence, and, if paroled, she will be subject to supervision and monitoring by the Bradford County Probation Department.

Bradley M. Wise, 26, Sayre, was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility of from 15 days to one year, and a fine of $500, for possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Wise will also lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for six months. The sentence was imposed following an earlier guilty plea. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Wise for the offense in November 2010. Wise may be eligible for parole after serving the minimum sentence, and, if paroled, he will be subject to supervision and monitoring by the Bradford County Probation Department.

Thomas E. Teeter, 49, Athens, was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility of from one year to three years, and a fine of $2500.00, for driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Teeter will also lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 18 months. The sentence was imposed following an earlier plea of Nolo Contendere. Officer Thomas VanFleet of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Teeter for the offense in June 2010. Teeter may be eligible for parole after serving the minimum sentence, and, if paroled, he will be subject to supervision and monitoring by the Bradford County Probation Department.

Sally Jo Johnson, 44, Monroeton, was sentenced to probation for a term of nine months, and a fine of $250.00, for retail theft, a misdemeanor of the second degree. The sentence was imposed following a guilty plea to the offense of retail theft, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Trooper James Dughi of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Johnson for the offense in October 2010 after an incident in Wysox Borough. While on probation, Johnson will be subject to supervision and monitoring by the Bradford County Probation Department.

Brittany N. Brady, 22, Wyalusing, was sentenced to County Intermediate Punishment for six months, with at least nine days in the Bradford County Correctional Facility followed by Probation, and a fine of $1000, for driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor. Brady will also lose her Pennsylvania driving privilege for 12 months. The sentence was imposed following an earlier guilty plea. Officer John Hennessey of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Brady for the offense in March 2010. While on County Intermediate Punishment, Brady will be subject to supervision and monitoring by the Bradford County Probation Department.

Christopher J. Ciavardini, 22, Towanda, was sentenced to a total term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility of from 12 days to 18 months, and a fine of $500.00, for theft by unlawful taking, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Ciavardini was also ordered to pay restitution of $750. The sentence was imposed following an earlier guilty plea. Trooper David Pelachick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Ciavardini for the offense in October 2008 after an incident in Sayre Borough. Ciavardini may be eligible for parole after serving the minimum sentence, and, if paroled, he will be subject to supervision and monitoring by the Bradford County Probation Department.

Matthew D. Smithkors, 18, Sayre, was sentenced to Probation for a term of 12 months, and a fine of $300.00, for possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Smithkors will also lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for six months. The sentence was imposed following an earlier guilty plea. Officer Eric Keir of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Smithkors for the offense in September 2010. While on Probation, Smithkors will be subject to supervision and monitoring by the Bradford County probation Department.

Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett announced that the following persons entered guilty pleas in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda, on April 19:

Carolann Westerfer, 30, Sayre, entered a plea of guilty to prohibited offensive weapon, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Westerfer will be sentenced on June 2, 2011, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, Westerfer faces a maximum sentence of up to five years plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court.

Trooper David Pelachick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Westerfer for the offense in June 2010 following investigation of a firearm violation that occurred in Athens Borough.

Russell Weeks, 32, Gillett, entered a plea of guilty to three counts of unlawful killing of big game, each count a misdemeanor of the first degree. Weeks will be sentenced on June 2, 2011, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, Weeks faces a maximum sentence of up to five months plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, loss of Pennsylvania hunting privilege, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court. Officer Vern Perry III of the Pennsylvania Game Commission arrested Weeks for the offense in October 2010 following investigation of a report of illegal killing of deer in Columbia Township.

Kyle Kennedy, 33, Weatherford, Texas, entered a plea of guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor. Kennedy will be sentenced on June 2, 2011, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, Kennedy faces a maximum sentence of up to six months plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, loss of Pennsylvania driving privilege for at least 12 months, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court. Officer Joshua Lake of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Kennedy for the offense in November 2010.

Eric Koval, 23, Sayre, entered a plea of guilty to disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor of the third degree.

Koval will be sentenced on June 2, 2011, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, Koval faces a maximum sentence of up to one year plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court. Officer Thomas Wilson of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Koval for the offense in April 2010.

Scott Bassett, 24, Troy, entered a plea of guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor.

Bassett will be sentenced on June 2, 2011, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, Bassett faces a maximum sentence of up to six months plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, loss of Pennsylvania driving privilege for at least 12 months, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court. Trooper Scott Renfer of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Bassett for the offense in October 2010 following investigation of an accident that occurred in Smithfield Township.

Jody Allen, 35, Wysox, entered a plea of guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor.

Allen will be sentenced on June 2, 2011, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, Allen faces a maximum sentence of up to six months plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, loss of Pennsylvania driving privilege for at least 12 months, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court. Trooper David Sweeney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Allen for the offense in November 2010 following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township.

Teresa Hiller, 29, Granville Summit, entered a plea of guilty to hindering apprehension, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Hiller will be sentenced on May 19, 2011, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, Hiller faces a maximum sentence of up to two years plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court.

Trooper Nathan Lewis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Hiller for the offense in August 2010 following investigation of an incident that occurred in Columbia Township.

Matthew Chapman, 29, Sayre, entered a plea of guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor. Chapman will be sentenced on June 2, 2011, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, Chapman faces a maximum sentence of up to six months plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, loss of Pennsylvania driving privilege for at least 12 months, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court. Officer Derek Dekar of the Athens Borough Police arrested Chapman for the offense in January 2011 following investigation of an incident that occurred in Athens Borough.

David Gray, 67, Andover, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to Harassment, a summary offense. Gray will be sentenced on June 2, 2011, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, Gray faces a maximum sentence of up to 90 days plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court. Trooper Benjamin Bigus of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Gray for the offense in December 2010 following investigation of an incident that occurred in Pike Township.

Lisa M. Brassfield, 28, Towanda, entered a plea of guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Brassfield will be sentenced on May 19, 2011, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, Brassfield faces a maximum sentence of up to one year plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, loss of Pennsylvania driving privilege for at least six months, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court. An agent of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Brassfield for the offense in October 2010 following investigation of an incident that occurred in Ulster Township.

Laurinae M. Conkling, 36, Ulster, entered a plea of guilty to two counts of obstructing administration of law or other governmental function, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Conkling will be sentenced on May 19, 2011, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, Conkling faces a maximum sentence of up to four years plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court. Corporal Albert Ogden of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Conkling for the offenses in September 2010 and January 2011 following investigation of incidents that occurred in Bradford County.

Michael S. Webb, 29, Rome, entered a plea of guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Webb will be sentenced on May 19, 2011, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, Webb faces a maximum sentence of up to five years plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, loss of Pennsylvania driving privilege for at least 18 months, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court. Trooper David Sweeney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Webb for the offense in October 2010 following investigation of an incident that occurred in Windham Township.

Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett announced that the following persons were placed in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda, on April 18:

John Watkins, 49, East Smithfield, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in December 2010, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation under the supervision of the Bradford County Probation Department for a term of nine months. While in the ARD Program, Watkins must perform community service with the DUI litter brigade and attend a victim impact panel; he will also lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 60 days.

Trooper David Sweeney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Watkins for the offense following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township.

Casandra Blaney, 29, Canton, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in November 2010, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation under the supervision of the Bradford County Probation Department for a term of nine months. While in the ARD Program, Blaney must perform community service with the DUI litter brigade and attend a victim impact panel; she will also lose her Pennsylvania driving privilege for 30 days. Trooper Bryan Fedor of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Blaney for the offense following investigation of an incident that occurred in Canton Township.

Edward L. Winters, 64, Middlesex, N.J., charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in November 2010, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation under the supervision of the Bradford County Probation Department for a term of 12 months. While in the ARD Program, Winters must perform community service with the DUI litter brigade and attend a victim impact panel; he will also lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 60 days.

Trooper Benjamin Bigus of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Winters for the offense following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wyalusing Township.

Eddie Shelton, 48, Wyalusing, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in October 2010, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation under the supervision of the Bradford County Probation Department for a term of 12 months. While in the ARD Program, Shelton must perform community service with the DUI litter brigade and attend a victim impact panel; he will also lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 60 days. Trooper Joseph Mitchell, of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Shelton for the offense following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wyalusing Township.

Gabriel J. Unger, 21, Athens, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in November 2010, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation under the supervision of the Bradford County Probation Department for a term of 12 months. While in the ARD Program, Unger must perform community service with the DUI litter brigade and attend a victim impact panel; he will also lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 30 days.

Trooper Joseph Mitchell, of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Unger for the offense following investigation of an incident that occurred in Athens Borough.

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