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DISTRICT COURT DOCKET

by The Indiana Gazette on July 28, 2011 3:00 AM

Numerous defendants have been named on criminal charges filed in the Homer City district court before Magisterial District Judge Susanne Steffee.

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.

  •  Zachary W. Valek, 21, of Gastown Road, Shelocta, charged June 13 by state police with access device fraud and theft from a motor vehicle March 12 through 22 in connection with a stolen Sheetz fuel card belonging to Gazette Printers in White Township, where he had once worked. He is accused of using it at Sheetz locations throughout the county. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 29.
  •  Ryan Alan Irwin, 31, of Riverview Road, Clarksburg, charged June 14 by state police with theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and forgery on June 14 at Luther Ford in Center Township. Charges were waived for court June 20.
  •  Thomas H. McDermott, 36, of McIntyre Road, McIntyre, charged June 16 by state police with retail theft and theft by deception Dec. 19 and Feb. 20 at Verizon Wireless in White Township. Charges were waived for court June 27.
  •  Jacob Leroy Kirk, 21, of Byron Court, Indiana, charged June 16 by state police with possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence and careless driving at 8:58 p.m. April 25 at Shelly and Whittier drives in White Township. A blood test revealed traces of marijuana, according to court papers. The drug charges were withdrawn on July 18 when the DUI and driving charge were waived to court.
  •  Joseph Ernest Valenti, 20, of Route 403, Clymer, charged June 16 by state police with accidents involving damage to a vehicle and five summary violations at 2:39 p.m. June 7 at Cambridge Street and Mansfield Avenue in White Township. The hit-and-run charge and three summary violations were withdrawn Monday.
  •  John Michael Foreback, 42, of Adams Street, Clymer, charged June 21 by state police with theft at 9:05 p.m. May 8 at Martin's in White Township. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 12.
  •  Joseph Phillip Cruz, 22, of Spring Hollow Court, Rural Valley, charged June 22 by state police with theft at 9:01 p.m. May 22 at Walmart in White Township. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 12.
  •  Rudolph V. Pandullo Jr., 49, of East Brown Street, Blairsville, charged June 23 by Homer City Borough police and the Indiana County Drug Task Force with three counts each of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of with intent to deliver Dec. 27, Jan. 3 and Jan. 5 in White and Burrell townships. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 12.
  •  Sherri Lynn Simoncini, 50, of Old Route 119, Homer City, charged June 24 by Homer City police with issuing bad checks and theft by deception May 4 and 9 at Mistretta Beer Distributor. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 8
  •  Ryan Francis Dunchack, 21, of Ridge Road, Nicktown, charged June 27 by Indiana University of Pennsylvania police with DUI and one summary violation at 2:44 a.m. June 14 at Wayne Avenue and Pratt Drive. His blood alcohol content measured 0.11 percent. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 8.
  •  Pamela Jean Jones, 22, of Newport Road, Clarksburg, charged June 28 by state police with theft at 12:35 p.m. June 24 at Vennard's in White Township.
  •  Travis Lee Zanick, 22, of Indiana, charged June 29 by state police with theft and access device fraud June 6 at Subway in White Township. Charges were held for court Monday.
  •  Raymond J. Rakowski Jr., 35, of Oak Hill Road, Shelocta, charged June 30 by state police with access device fraud at Sheetz in White Township. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 19.
  • Charges of terroristic threats, unlawful restraint and harassment filed against Casey Lynn Mohney, 40, of Route 580, Cherry Tree, were withdrawn June 27. Charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct were waived for court.

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