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HOMER CITY DISTRICT COURT DOCKET

by The Indiana Gazette on July 08, 2014 11:00 AM

A number of 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:

• Romman P. Dilts, 28, address unknown; Britney L. Frederick, 26, address unknown; and April M. Boucher, 28, Willow Street, Heilwood, charged April 17 by state police. Dilts and Frederick were charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property between noon and 2:30 p.m. April 2 at 280 Watertower Road, Burrell Township. Boucher was charged with conspiracy — receiving stolen property at 3:30 p.m. April 2 at 1170 Wayne Ave., White Township.

Police investigated a robbery involving jewelry, old coins and a PlayStation 3 video game console, valued at $2,000. Police say Dilts and Frederick carried out the burglary. Then Dilts, Frederick and Boucher attempted to exchange these items and more from another burglary for cash and drugs.

Dilts, Frederick and Boucher waived their right to hearings and opted to face action in Indiana County Court.

• Michael G. Mussomeli, 30, Laurel Run Road, Penn Run, charged May 1 by state police with habitual offenders and a summary driving offense at 4:35 p.m. April 9 along Route 422, White Township.

Police recognized Mussomeli’s vehicle and upon making a positive identification of him, initiated a traffic stop. Mussomeli’s license had been suspended, and he had been cited four times for driving with a suspended license, police said. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will face the charges in court.

• Joseph M. Schroeder, 29, Centennial Drive, Indiana, charged May 7 by state police with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia at 12:42 p.m. April 25 at 475 S. Ben Franklin Road, White Township.

Police responded to a report of a white male having a seizure in the Giant Eagle parking lot. Schroeder was found with a syringe and five stamp bags of heroin, police said. Schroeder waived his right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court.

• Courtney T. Reed, 25, Route 217, Blairsville, charged May 8 by state police with conspiracy — retail theft between 12:32 and 1:01 p.m. April 22 at 3100 Oakland Ave., White Township.

Police said Reed and two other individuals removed a dog collar valued at $100 from Walmart without paying and later returned it in exchange for a gift card. Reed waived her right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court.

• Jonathan S. Ferguson, 22; Amanda J. Ferguson, 29; and Janie R. Coleman, 26, all of Curley Drive, Penn Run, charged May 7 by Homer City police with possession with intent to distribute a small amount of marijuana and disorderly conduct at 3:21 p.m. Oct. 15 along Route 56, Homer City.

Police observed a vehicle stop at a residence with numerous complaints for drug activity. Due to a broken exhaust, police initiated a traffic stop when the vehicle left the residence. The occupants voluntarily turned over the marijuana. Each pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. Jonathan and Amanda Ferguson were ordered to pay $441 each in fines and costs, and Coleman was ordered to pay $427. Their marijuana charges were withdrawn.

• Felicia C. Gonzalez, 27, Twolick Drive, Homer City, charged May 9 by state police with materially false statement — sale or transfer of firearms and unsworn falsification to authorities at 1 p.m. June 10, 2013, at 3100 Oakland Ave., White Township.

Police say Gonzalez falsely answered a question on a background check when she attempted to purchase a firearm at Walmart. Gonzalez waived her right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court.

• Joshua A. Painter, 31, Hood School Road, Indiana, charged May 12 by state police with retail theft between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. April 10 at 2334 Oakland Ave., White Township.

While inspecting sales receipts at Penny Pinchers Pawn Shop, police observed that Painter had sold a drill and garage door opener. With Painter having been involved in other retail theft incidents, police investigated. When questioned, Painter confessed to removing the items from Sears without paying and selling them to Penny Pinchers.

Painter waived his right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court.

• John L. Barto, 20, Cobblestone Drive, Indiana, charged May 11 by state police with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and a summary driving infraction at 12:50 p.m. May 11 at 15 Regency Square, Indiana.

Police responded to a report that Barto had taken a vehicle without permission, and the owner had located Barto and the vehicle at Regency Square Apartments. Barto was hiding from police in an apartment closet and resisted when police found him.

Barto pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was ordered to pay fines and costs. The remaining charges were withdrawn.

• Timothy L. Patterson, 32, Willow Road, Dixonville, charged May 13 by state police with materially false statement — sale or transfer of firearms and unsworn falsification to authorities at 5:50 p.m. Jan. 31 at 2340 Airport Road, White Township.

Police say Patterson falsely answered a question on a background check when he attempted to purchase a firearm at Gillen’s Gun Shop. Patterson waived his right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court.

• Kenneth J. Carifi II, 21, Effort, Monroe County, charged May 14 by state police with theft by unlawful taking between 4:15 and 4:45 p.m. Feb. 11 at 1830 Oakland Ave., White Township.

Police investigated a theft incident at the Ironwood Grill. Police say Carifi, a former employee of the bar, took an Apple iPhone 5S that belonged to an employee. He later admitted to another former employee that he took it, according to court papers. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 28.

Case Adjudicated

• An escape charge against Steven A. Mitchell, 20, Philadelphia, filed May 13, was withdrawn June 16.

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