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Defendants sentenced in county court

on March 26, 2011 3:00 AM

Numerous defendants received sentences in the October and November sessions of Indiana County Court:

Heather Forsell, 41, of Grove Street, Blairsville, was ordered to serve 18 months to five years in a state prison and to pay $2,389.63 in fines, restitution and costs of prosecution for a felony county of conspiracy to theft.

A co-defendant, Candice Baird, 30, of Old Indiana Road, Josephine, was committed to Indiana County Jail for six to 23 months followed by two years of probation and was assessed $3,929.72 in fines, costs and restitution for conspiracy to theft, also a felony.

Baird also was removed from parole for a 2007 conviction for theft.

According to court records, state police charged Baird, Forsell and a third suspect in March 2010, in connection with the theft of wallets from women's purses at several Indiana-area businesses.

Investigators reported surveillance video recordings showed Forsell taking wallets while Baird distracted the victims at GameStop, Kmart, Walmart and Sheetz stores.

Video footage also showed Forsell, Baird and their suspected accomplice using stolen credit cards and debit cards to make purchases at area stores, according to prosecutors.

In plea agreements, prosecutors dismissed 34 charges including 31 felonies and three misdemeanors that Forsell faced. Prosecutors dismissed 21 other counts including 20 felonies and one misdemeanor that had been filed against Baird.

Both were ordered to make restitution to Margaret Horchar, Kathleen John, Margaret Kinter, Arveta Bathurst, Mary Rado, Phyllis Elkin, Norma Stubbe, TRS Recovery Services, a bad check collection service and to the Crime Victims Compensation Assistance Program as reimbursement for compensation to Stubbe for crime-related medical expenses.

The sentencing order for Forsell gave credit for time served in Mercer and Westmoreland counties in unrelated cases.

Jacob Sterling, 18, an inmate at State Correctional Institution Pine Grove, was given 1 1/2 to five years in prison and was assessed $390.25 in fines and costs for aggravated harassment by a prisoner. Sterling was ordered to serve the time consecutive to a sentence issued earlier in Erie County. Court records show Sterling, then 16, threw urine on a corrections officer at 10:10 p.m. Oct. 2, 2009.

Ross Smith, 36, of Pioneer Lake Road, Cherry Tree, was sentenced to one to five years in a state prison and was assessed $4,536.24 in fines, court costs and restitution for his guilty plea to driving under the influence and accident resulting in death or injury.

Court records show Smith was charged June 26, 2004, by state police in Indiana in connection with an accident in Montgomery Township. After being released on unsecured bond, Smith failed to appear for a preliminary hearing scheduled July 14, 2004, in the Blairsville district court and remained a fugitive until May 13.

Records further show Smith again was released on unsecured bond May 17 and appeared as scheduled for court proceedings including a trial date on Aug. 23, when Smith pleaded guilty and prosecutors dropped four summary counts.

Court documents show restitution was to be paid in the amounts of $500 to Franklin Sturgeon, $373.26 to Hoff Chiropractic, and $39.73 to Dr. Ambrose.

Andrew Stewart, 29, of Deckers Point Road, Marion Center, was given one to three years in a state prison and was required to pay $1,957.00 in fines and costs for receiving stolen property.

Stewart also was was removed from probation for a 2008 conviction for acquisition of a controlled substance by fraud, was sentenced to serve 200 days to 23 months in Indiana County Jail and was immediately placed on parole.

Wayne McCaul, 20, an inmate at SCI Pine Grove, was ordered to serve two terms of 18 months to five years in prison, both concurrent with a term for a conviction in Delaware County, and was directed to pay $3,439 in fines and costs of prosecution for two counts of aggravated assault by a prisoner.

Donald Kelley, 18, of Pittsburgh, was ordered to serve one to two years in a state prison and to pay $3,261 in fines and costs of prosecution for delivery of a controlled substance.

Scott Rhodes, 49, of Rochester Mills, was given one to two years in a state prison followed by two years of probation and was assessed $1,402 in fines and court costs for possession of a firearm with an altered number.

Vincent Alvarez, 45, of Tearing Run Road, Homer City, was given one to two years in a state prison and one year on probation and was told to pay fines and court costs totaling $6,178 for manufacture of a controlled substance and making terroristic threats.

Melvin White Jr., 29, of Fourth Avenue, Shelocta, was ordered to serve 11.5 to 23 months in Indiana County Jail followed by two years on probation and was required to pay $3,234.50 in fines and court costs for his guilty pleas to unrelated charges of escape, delivery of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nicholas Marrero, 23, an inmate at SCI Pine Grove, was ordered to serve a term of nine months to three years in prison concurrent with an earlier term ordered in Franklin County and was required to pay $1,079.75 for aggravated harassment by a prisoner.

John Shaw, 39, of Red Bird Drive, Indiana, was removed from intermediate punishment for a 2008 conviction for DUI and was ordered to serve 265 days in Indiana County Jail and was granted immediate release.

Jaison Rusiewicz, 27, of Zehner Road, Indiana, was removed from the intermediate punishment program for his convictions in 2005 and 2008 for possession with intent to deliver drugs and was ordered to serve terms of 267 days to 23 months and 291 days to 23 months in Indiana County Jail. Rusiewicz was granted immediate parole and was placed on probation for two years.

Kimberly Keith, 30, of Stiffler Hill Road, Cherry Tree, was ordered to serve nine to 23 months in Indiana County Jail followed by four years on probation and was required to pay $23,934.50 in fines, costs and restitution for arson.

Keith pleaded guilty to the charge in connection with a fire Aug. 23, 2009, that destroyed the residence of her former boyfriend, Stanley Wyno, along Vanderbilt Street in Commodore.

Brean Buggey, 21, of North Seventh Street, Indiana, was placed in Indiana County Jail for six to 23 months followed by two years of probation and was assessed $803.50 in fines and costs for theft and access-device fraud.

Buggey also was removed from probation for a 2009 conviction for receiving stolen property and was given a concurrent term of six to 12 months in jail.

John Safko, 23, of Johnstown, Cambria County, was given six to 23 months in Indiana County Jail and was told to pay $753.50 in fines and costs for simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Joseph Glambin, 23, of Water Street, Indiana, was sent to the county jail for six to 23 months and was ordered to pay $843.25 in fines and court costs for receiving stolen property.

Steven Marsh, 22, of Second Avenue, Heilwood, was given four to 12 months in Indiana County Jail followed by two years of probation and was assessed fines and costs of $1,307.50 for possession with intent to deliver drugs.

Marsh also was removed from probation for his convictions in 2009 for possession of drug paraphernalia and in 2007 for false identification to law enforcement and was ordered to serve concurrent terms of four to 12 moths in jail.

Daniel Baxley Sr., 27, of Troy Street, Emigh, was ordered to serve three to 23 months in Indiana County Jail and was ordered to pay fines, costs and restitution totaling $800.53 for receiving stolen property.

Charles Lantz, 52, of Lovejoy Road, Commodore, was given 90 days to five years in Indiana County Jail and was required to pay $5,537.50 in fines, costs and restitution for DUI and driving during a DUI-related suspension of his license.

Kevin Latimer Jr., 37, of New Alexandria, Westmoreland County, was given a modification of a sentence originally issued in July 2009, when he was required to serve concurrent state prison terms of three to six months for driving under the influence, incapable of safely driving, second offense; two to five years for driving under the influence, blood-alcohol content of 0.16 percent or greater, second offense; and three months for accidents involving damage to attended vehicle or property.

Granting Latimer's appeal, Indiana County Judge William Martin determined the original sentence was illegal and vacated it, instead sentencing Latimer to three to six months in Indiana County Jail for DUI and three to six months in the county jail for accidents involving damage to an attended vehicle or property. With consideration for time already spent in prison, Latimer was granted immediate parole. He also was required to pay $7,288.44 in fines, court costs and restitution.

Theda Kelly, 28, of Kauffman Road, Indiana, was removed from probation for a 2006 conviction for DUI, was ordered to serve two to six months in Indiana County Jail and was granted immediate parole.

Heidi Dunlap, 37, of West Second Avenue, Derry, was removed from probation for a 2009 conviction for welfare fraud and was committed to Indiana County Jail for two to 12 months.

Richard Troup Sr., 63, of Mahoning Road, Home, was placed on intermediate punishment for five years including 45 days in Indiana County Jail and 90 days of electronic-monitored house arrest and was told to pay $2,254.25 in fines and costs for DUI.

Richard Coy Jr., 28, of Barr Slope Road, Clymer, was removed from parole and intermediate punishment for his convictions for resisting arrest, attempted theft and three counts of retail theft in five unrelated cases dating to 2006 and was ordered to serve 26 days to 23 months in Indiana County Jail in two cases, 27 days to 23 months in one case, and was granted immediate parole.

Jason Hartin, 32, of Peanut Street, Derry, was ordered to serve five days to six months in Indiana County Jail, granted immediate parole, placed on probation for two years and directed to pay $1,548.50 in fines and court costs for DUI and resisting arrest.

Shelby Schrecengost, 37, of Parkwood Road, Armstrong Township, was ordered to serve four to 90 days in Indiana County Jail and one year of probation and was required to pay a total of $1,973.75 in fines and costs of prosecution for possession of drug paraphernalia and seven summary traffic infractions in one case and failure to use an ignition interlock system and driving under suspension in another case.

Brian Hippchen, 32, of Edith Street, Homer City, was ordered to serve 72 hours to six months in Indiana County Jail and was assessed $1,880.00 in fines and costs for DUI.

Marissa Salvia, 21, of Owings, Md., was sent to Indiana County Jail for 72 hours to six months and was required to pay fines and costs of prosecution totaling $1,716.00 for DUI.

Frank Scaramouche, 46, of Newport Road, Blairsville, was given 48 hours to six months in Indiana County Jail and was ordered to pay $1,062 in fines and court costs for DUI.

Roxanne Mazzeo, 30, of Brush Valley, was placed on intermediate punishment for four years including nine months of electronic-monitored house arrest and was directed to pay $1,490.00 in fines and costs of prosecution for delivery of drugs.

Mazzeo also was removed from probation for a 2008 conviction for insurance fraud, was ordered to serve 92 days to 23 months in the county jail, and was granted immediate parole.

Hayley Zack, 23, of Luciusboro Road, Homer City, was placed on intermediate punishment for four years including nine months of house arrest and was assessed fines, costs and restitution totaling $7,291.00 for theft.

Brandi Doland, 27, of Marshall Heights Road, Burrell Township, was placed on intermediate punishment for three years including six months of house arrest and was required to pay $1,978.50 in fines and costs for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Patrick Carnahan, 30, of Main Street, Ernest, was placed on intermediate punishment for two years including 20 days on house arrest and was assessed $2,472.50 in fines and costs for DUI

Wayne Lyman, 36, of 101 N. First St., Indiana, was placed on intermediate punishment for two years including 20 days of house arrest and was told to pay $2,472.50 in fines and court costs for DUI.

Nicholas King, 31 of Atwood Road, Creekside, was placed on intermediate punishment for six months including nine days in Indiana County Jail and 11 days on house arrest and was required to pay $1,612.50 in fines and costs of prosecution for DUI.

Daniel Shirley, 22, of Washington Road, Saltsburg, was placed on intermediate punishment for six months including 10 days of house arrest and was told to pay $1,362.50 in fines and court costs for DUI.

Clayton Buzzella, 44, of South Spring Street, Blairsville, was placed on intermediate punishment for six months including 96 hours in the county jail and 32 days on house arrest and was ordered to pay $2,572.54 in fines, court costs and restitution for DUI.

Herman Helm, 27, of Indiana, was placed on intermediate punishment for six months including 96 hours in the county jail and 32 days on house arrest and was told to pay $1,432.50 in fines and court costs for DUI.

Thomas Hall, 44, of Route 286, Saltsburg, was placed on intermediate punishment for six months including 96 hours in jail and 32 days of house arrest and was assessed fines and court costs totaling $1,582.50 for DUI.

Michael Griffith, 34, of Pearce Hollow Road, Home, was placed on intermediate punishment for six months including 10 days of house arrest and was required to pay $1,158.50 in fines and costs for DUI.

Scott Abbey, 24, of South Park, Allegheny County, was ordered to serve six months of intermediate punishment including 10 days of house arrest and was told to pay $1,158.50 in fines and costs for DUI.

Percy Spearman, 20, of DuBois Way, Black Lick, was given six months of intermediate punishment including 10 days of house arrest and was told to pay $1,369.50 in fines and court costs for DUI and five summary traffic violations.

Michael Brothers, 38, of Sylvis Road, Cherry Tree, was placed on intermediate punishment for six months including 96 hours in the county jail and 32 days on house arrest and was told to pay a fine and court costs totaling $955.50 for DUI.

Jeanine Moore-Beskid, 37, of West Third Street, Derry, was directed to pay $ 1,745.53 in fines and court costs and was placed on probation for three years for unrelated convictions for theft and receiving stolen property.

Moore-Beskid also was removed from probation for a 2007 conviction for retail theft, was ordered to serve four to 23 months in Indiana County Jail and was immediately paroled.

Ronnie Henry, 46, of Black Lick Road, Blairsville, was assessed $1,038 in fines and court costs and was placed on two years of probation for simple assault.

Joseph Blattenberger, 21, of East Brown Street, Blairsville, was placed on probation for two years for attempted theft and a concurrent term of three years of probation for an unrelated conviction for retail theft and was assessed a total of $2,987 in fines and court costs in the cases.

Tammy Smith, 38, of Indiana, was placed on probation for two years and was told to pay $1,553.01 in fines, costs and restitution for retail theft.

Kyle Rider, 20, of Ridge Avenue, Homer City, was directed to pay $1,031.00 in fines and costs of prosecution and was placed on probation for two years for criminal trespass, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

Joe Ankney, 19, of Morgantown, W.Va., was required to pay $1,073.50 in fines and costs and was placed on probation for two years for making terroristic threats.

Brenda Palmer, 45, of Ridge Avenue, Homer City, was directed to pay fines and court costs of $1,473.50 and was placed on probation for two years for resisting arrest.

Jason Kelly, 34, of Independence, Ky., was told to pay $2,290.06 in fines, costs and restitution and was placed on probation for two years for simple assault.

Mark Ward, 33, of 34th Street, Northern Cambria, was placed on probation for two years and was required to pay $759.25 in fines and court costs for simple assault.

Ward also was removed from parole for 2007 convictions for criminal trespass and receiving stolen property, was ordered to serve concurrent terms of 231 days to 23 months and 33 days to 23 months in the county jail, and was immediately paroled.

Karl Hockenberry Jr., 42, of Francis Street, Northern Cambria, was told to pay $1,520.83 in fines, costs and restitution and was placed on probation for two years for receiving stolen property.

Kristen Williams, 22, of 27 N. Eighth St., Indiana, was ordered to pay $1,453.50 in fines, court costs and restitution and was placed in probation for two years for simple assault.

Todd Reiter, 22, of Barr Slope Road, Clymer, was assessed $767.98 in fines, costs and restitution and was placed on probation for two years for retail theft.

Derek Reddix, 21, of Pittsburgh, was directed to pay $1,161.81 in fines and costs of prosecution and was placed on two years of probation for false reports.

Britney Frederick, 22, of Route 553, Penn Run, was told to pay a fine and court costs of $1,727 and was placed on probation for two years for possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property.

Aaron Ulish, 19, of Latrobe, Westmoreland County, was ordered to pay $1,473.50 in fines and court costs and was placed on two years of probation for possession of obscene or other sexual materials.

Robert Coy, 25, of 242 Philadelphia St., Indiana, was assessed $1,488.50 in fines and costs of prosecution and was placed on two years of probation for resisting arrest and loitering and prowling.

Tiffany Campbell, 24, of North Stewart Street, Blairsville, was assessed $664.03 in fines, costs and restitution and was placed on probation for one year for theft.

Tracy Bennett, 38, of Grant Street, Indiana, was told to pay $1,614.67 in fines, costs and restitution and was placed on probation for one year for bad checks.

Jamie Wissinger, 27, of Blaire Road, Black Lick, was assessed $1,113.50 in fines and court costs and was placed on probation for one year for theft.

Michael Todaro, 41, of Franklin Street, Clymer, was required to pay $1,203.50 in fines and court costs and was placed on one year of probation for false identification and driving under suspension.

Paul Monte Jr., 21, of Roslyn, Montgomery County, was required to pay $764.09 in fines, costs and restitution and was placed on probation for one year for retail theft.

Keith Milner, 45, of Keystone Drive, White Township, was assessed $683.50 in fines and costs and was placed on probation for one year for recklessly endangering another person.

Samuel Charles Adams II, 21, of North Fourth Street, Indiana, was told to pay $1,063.50 in fines and costs of prosecution and was placed on one year of probation for disorderly conduct.

Joshua Loenzio, 19, of Chestnut Ridge Road, Blairsville, was directed to pay $1,213.11 in fines and court costs and was placed on probation for one year for defiant trespass.

Reginald Harris, 51, of Greenville, S.C., was required to pay $973.50 in fines and costs and was placed on probation for one year for disorderly conduct.

Sharon Caroll, 53, of 427 Burns Ave., Indiana, was assessed $1,063.50 in fines and court costs and was paced on one year of probation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cruze Davis, 21, of Spruce Grove Road, Clymer was placed on probation for one year and was required to pay a total of $1,417 in fines and court costs for two unrelated counts of retail theft.

Tarren McConville, 24, of Penn Street, Cherry Tree, was required to pay $1,063.50 in fines and court costs and was placed on probation for one year for disorderly conduct.

Jacquelyn Mehalic, 21, of Quarry Street, Blairsville, was told to pay fines and court costs of $1,158.75 and to serve one year of probation for disorderly conduct.

John Szentmiklosi, 24, of Catherine Street, Homer City, was assessed $1,203.25 in fines and court costs and was placed on probation for one year for making false reports.

Shirley Weston, 23, of Red Lion Road, Creekside, was required to pay $1,083.25 in fines and costs and was placed on one year of probation for possession of a controlled substance.

Donald Coy, 34, of Carlisle Street, Homer City, was told to pay a fine and court costs of $1,522.50 and was placed on probation for one year for possession of a controlled substance.

Kody Altman, 23, of West Pike, White Township, was assessed $1,112.50 in fines and court costs and was placed on probation for six months for DUI.

Brandon Walker, 24, of Philadelphia Street, Indiana, was required to pay $983.50 in fines and costs and was placed on probation for six months for disorderly conduct and harassment.

Raymond Langham, 32, of Barr Slope Road, Clymer, was assessed $1,279.50 in fines and costs and was placed on probation for one year for theft, defiant trespass, harassment and criminal mischief.

Michael Bernd, 36, of Route 240, Cherry Tree, was directed to pay a fine and court costs of $503.50 and to serve six months of probation for disorderly conduct,

Byron Ferrier, 57, of Grandview Avenue, Indiana, was placed on probation for six months and told to pay $1,112.50 in fines and court costs for DUI.

Kayla Mazzoni, 24, of East Burrell Street, Blairsville, was told to pay $996.50 in fines and costs and was placed on probation for six months for each count of possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mario Sandolfini, 42, of Holly Drive, Saltsburg, was required to pay $996.50 in fines and costs and was placed on probation for six months for two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Glenn Watkins, 47, of Store Hill Road, Ernest, was told to pay a fine and costs totaling $733.50 and was placed on six months of probation for unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Johnathan Barr, 18, of Barr Road, Clymer, was assessed $883.50 in fines and court costs and was placed on six months of probation for possession of drug paraphernalia and retail theft.

Fred Dilts, 54, of Entry Road, Aultman, was assessed $533.50 in fines and costs and was placed on probation for three months for furnishing alcohol to a minor and disorderly conduct.

Dylan Cassidy, 22, of West Avenue, Indiana, was required to pay fines and costs of $846.50 and was placed on probation for 30 days for possession of a small amount of marijuana.

David Gresh, 24, of Brookville, Jefferson County, was removed from parole for a 2008 conviction for criminal trespass.

Jeremiah Sullivan, 21, of Fifth Street, Clune, was removed from the accelerated-rehabilitative disposition program for a 2008 conviction for DUI.

Nathan Deitman, 23, of Hoyt Drive, White Township, was removed from parole for a 2006 conviction for simple assault.

Kayla Stiver, 25, of Route 119, Punxsutawney, was removed from the accelerated rehabilitative disposition program for a 2009 conviction for DUI.

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