Numerous defendants have been named in criminal charges filed in the Indiana district court before Magisterial District Judge Guy Haberl.
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.
Garrett Smith, 18, of Greenville, Mercer County, charged Dec. 13 by IUP police with sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance at 7:55 p.m. Nov. 30 at Ruddock Hall. During a narcotics investigation, Smith admitted selling Vicodin taken from his grandmother.
Smith waived his right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court.
James Shaffer, 54, of Maple Street, Indiana, and Michele Donahue, 43, of Oak Street, Indiana, charged Dec. 11 by Indiana Borough police with prostitution-related charges and disorderly conduct at noon Dec. 7 at 761 Maple St. Shaffer reported to police that Donahue stole a camera while at his apartment. According to court papers, Shaffer told police Donahue was at his apartment to provide a sexual act in exchange for $30. Donahue was also charged with theft by unlawful taking.
Shaffer and Donahue pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and were ordered to pay $199 each in fines and costs. Their remaining charges were withdrawn.
Andrew Pindroh, 21, of Cranberry Township, Butler County, and Aaron Singleton, 20, of York, York County, charged Dec. 13 by Indiana Borough police with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at 10:27 p.m. Nov. 2 at 246 S. Seventh St. Police responded to a report of the smell of marijuana emanating from the Sigma Chi fraternity house.
Pindroh and Singleton pleaded guilty to possession of a small amount of marijuana and were ordered to pay $660.50 each in fines and costs. The drug paraphernalia charges were withdrawn.
Charles Ferguson Jr., 27, of Franklin Street, Clymer, charged Dec. 17 by state police with criminal attempt -- burglary and criminal mischief at 8:15 p.m. Oct. 20 at 18140 Route 954, South Mahoning Township. Police responded to a report that Ferguson had forcibly entered a residence, removed cash, damaged property and was seen running from the scene. Ferguson's fingerprints were taken from a damaged window, court papers show.
Ferguson waived his right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court.
Travis Detwiler, 21, of Vanderbilt Street, Commodore, charged Dec. 17 by Indiana Borough police with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at 9:42 p.m. Nov. 7 in the 00 block of 11th Street, following a traffic stop for not coming to a complete stop at a posted stop sign.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 27.
Simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct charges against Bradley Leroy, 22, of Erie, and Benjamin Druskin, 21, of McKeesport, filed Dec. 13, were withdrawn Feb. 14.