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Authorities file charges in Homer City district court

by By The Indiana Gazette on November 08, 2013 10:59 AM

Numerous defendants have been named in criminal charges filed before Magisterial District Judge Susanne Steffee, of Homer City.

Criminal complaints and affidavits of probable cause are not evidence of guilt in a criminal case. Defendants are entitled to legal representation and have the right to question the witnesses and evidence presented against them during preliminary hearings in the district court and at trials in the county court of common pleas.

Charged were:

• Scott O. Short, 29, of Robinson, charged Sept. 1 by state police with aggravated assault, simple assault, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, harassment and disorderly conduct at 12:40 p.m. Sept. 1 at 475 Penrose Hollow Road, West Wheatfield Township. The case was transferred to the court of common pleas, according to court records online, and is now closed.

• Alejano Jose Colon-Reyes, 19, of Indiana, charged Sept. 3 by state police with DUI, three underage drinking citations and two traffic violations after a car crash at 10:24 p.m. Aug. 24 at 1635 S. 13th St., White Township. Colon-Reyes had blood tests done but police did not provide additional information in their report. Charges were waived for court and the case is closed, according to online court documents.

• Anthony James “A.J.” Lauer, 21, of Homer City, charged Sept. 3 by state police with two counts of DUI and four traffic violations at 1:39 a.m. Aug. 4 on Route 3056 in Center Township. Lauer had a blood alcohol content of 0.237 percent, according to court documents. Charges were waived for court and the case is closed, according to online court documents.

• Eric John Valuchuck, 30, of Aultman, charged by state police Sept. 3 with burglary, theft and receiving stolen property sometime between July 26 and July 31 at 695 Graham Road, Center Township. Bradley P. Kovach, 36, of Indiana, was charged with burglary and receiving stolen property for a July 29 incident with Valuchuck at the same address. Valuchuck’s charges were waived to court. Kovach’s burglary charge was withdrawn; the receiving stolen property charged was waived to court. The cases are now closed, according to online court documents.

• Amanda Lee Hartzog, 26, and Zachary Christian Reed, 23, both of Blairsville, charged by state police Sept. 4 with retail theft and theft by deception between 2:07 and 2:52 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Walmart store in White Township. Based on online court records, Hartzog’s case was waived for court. Reed’s case remains active, according to online court documents, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 9.

• Lawrence Harold Banks, 46, address listed as the Indiana County Jail, charged Oct. 3 by state police with conspiracy and removing stolen property at 2:25 p.m. July 26 at Regency Square Apartments in White Township. The case is still active, according to online court records.

• Joshua Daniel Walker, 22, of Kittanning, charged by state police Sept. 23 with possession of a controlled substance, two counts of first offense DUI and two traffic violations at 1:40 a.m. Aug. 20 on Kolter Drive at Rose Street in White Township. Police said that blood tests were positive for a schedule I narcotic. The case is still active, according to online court documents.

• Jess Allan Fairman, 25, and Nicholas Matthew Novak, 27, both of Homer City, charged by the Pennsylvania Game Commission with possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 near Neal Road in Center Township. Based on online court records, the case is still active.

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