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HOMER CITY DISTRICT COURT DOCKET

by The Indiana Gazette on May 24, 2014 10:58 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:

• Derek E. Lehman, 22, Waynesboro, Franklin County, charged March 10 by state police with theft by deception at 6:38 p.m. March 8 at 3100 Oakland Ave., White Township.

Police responded to a report of retail theft at Walmart. Surveillance video showed Lehman put two packs of Fusion razors in his pocket and leave the store. Later, he returned the merchandise to Walmart in exchange for a $65.66 gift card. Lehman waived his right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court.

• Adam M. Duffy, 29, Ash Street, Josephine, charged March 11 by state police with theft by deception Sept. 30 at 3100 Oakland Ave., White Township.

Police say Duffy wrote a $500 check to the victim and asked her to cash it at First Commonwealth Bank. The check later bounced, and Duffy didn’t pay back the victim. The case was held for court.

• Joshua A. Painter, 31, and Danielle L. Dilts, 29, both of South Stewart Street, Blairsville, charged March 10 by state police with theft by deception at 5:16 p.m. Feb. 25 at 3100 Oakland Ave., White Township. Dilts was also charged with conspiracy — theft by deception and retail theft.

Dilts removed merchandise from Walmart without paying, according to court documents. A few minutes later Dilts re-entered the store with Painter, and he returned the items in exchange for a $107.70 gift card. Painter and Dilts waived their right to hearings and opted to face action in Indiana County Court.

• Christian P. Gabor, 22, Ebensburg, Cambria County; and Derek M. Kovach, 25, Johnstown, Cambria County, charged March 18 by state police with conspiracy — retail theft at 11:05 a.m. Dec. 16 at 3100 Oakland Ave., White Township.

Police responded to a report of retail theft at Walmart. Gabor took a container of Muscle Milk valued at $19.96 without paying, police said. Kovach took a Playstation 3 and a Crossfire BB gun, totaling $248.99. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for June 23.

• Kimberly D. Fry, 22, Hillside Drive, Clymer, charged March 18 by state police with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and retail theft at 2 p.m. Dec. 20 at 3100 Oakland Ave., White Township.

Police responded to a report of retail theft at Walmart. Fry concealed items on her person valued at $137.32. Fry turned over dihydrocodeinone tablets and Fentanyl patches to police. Fry waived her right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court.

• Joshua M. Baker, 23, Greensburg, Westmoreland County, charged March 18 by state police with driving under the influence and three summary driving infractions at 2:50 a.m. Feb. 13 along Route 119 South, near the Homer City Sheetz, Center Township.

Police clocked a vehicle on radar traveling 75 mph in a 65 mph zone. The vehicle also crossed over the lines for its lane of travel, and officers initiated a traffic stop. Baker had a BAC of 0.149 percent, court papers show. The case was held for court.

• Brandon A. Eck, 22, Northern Cambria, Cambria County, charged March 18 by state police with possession of drug paraphernalia and three summary driving infractions at 5:04 p.m. March 14 along Route 422, White Township.

Police clocked a vehicle on radar traveling 72 mph in a 65 mph zone. Officers also observed the vehicle travel past the right fog line onto the shoulder before returning to the roadway. Police then initiated a traffic stop. Police detected the smell of marijuana in the vehicle, and Eck consented to a search of the vehicle. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 2.

• Jared A. Pounds, 25, West Pike, Indiana, charged March 18 by state police with DUI and two summary driving infractions at 3:05 a.m. Feb. 27 at the intersection of Ben Franklin Road and Shelley Drive, White Township.

Police observed a vehicle twice cross over the center yellow line and initiated a traffic stop. Pounds had a BAC of 0.189 percent, court papers show. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 16.

• Joel W. Nelson, 25, Freeport, Armstrong County, charged March 18 by state police with DUI and four summary driving infractions at 9:40 p.m. Dec. 31 along North Ben Franklin Road, White Township.

Police responded to a report of an erratic driver and initiated a traffic stop. Nelson advised officers that he had used Percocet and marijuana, police said. A chemical test of blood found oxycodone and Delta-9 THC in Nelson’s system, according to court papers. Nelson waived his right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court.

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