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INDIANA DISTRICT COURT DOCKET

by The Indiana Gazette on December 27, 2013 11:00 AM

Numerous defendants have been named in criminal charges filed before Magisterial District Judge Guy Haberl, of Indiana.

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:

• Tiana S. Mathis, 20, of Philadelphia Street, Indiana, charged Oct. 24 by Indiana Borough police with possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, underage drinking and four summary driving infractions at 12:47 a.m. Oct. 20 in the first block of South Fifth Street following a traffic stop for an expired registration sticker. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 30.

• Michael R. Schamus, 20, of Merrick Street, Indiana, charged Oct. 24 by Indiana Borough police with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at 7:32 p.m. Oct. 19 at 35 N. Sixth St. Police responded to a report of the smell of marijuana coming from an apartment.

Schamus pleaded guilty to possession of a small amount of marijuana and was ordered to pay $662 in fines and costs. The drug paraphernalia charge was withdrawn.

• Nestor Nshimiyimana, 27, of North Sixth Street, Indiana, charged Oct. 24 with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property at 7:45 p.m. Oct. 16 at 547 Philadelphia St. Officers responded to a report of a missing Apple iPhone 4S at Boomerang’s bar.

The phone was later found at Piraino’s Used Sales. Nshimiyimana was at the table where the phone went missing and was identified as the person who sold the phone.

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

• Max F. Bizousky, 21, of White Oak Drive, Indiana, charged Oct. 24 by Indiana Borough police with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at 2:09 a.m. Oct. 13 in the 500 block of Shryock Avenue. An officer on patrol detected the smell of marijuana coming from a parked vehicle.

Bizousky pleaded guilty to possession of a small amount of marijuana and was ordered to pay $662 in fines and costs. The drug paraphernalia charge was withdrawn.

• Blake A. Lanious, 19, of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, charged Oct. 25 by IUP police with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at 12:48 a.m. Oct. 25 at University Towers. Officers responded to a report of the smell of marijuana coming from a room.

Lanious pleaded guilty to possession of a small amount of marijuana and was ordered to pay $662 in fines and costs. The drug paraphernalia charge was withdrawn.

• Sean P. Lloyd, 40, of Frech Street, Creekside, charged Oct. 25 by state police with DUI and six summary driving infractions at 8:45 p.m. Aug. 29 on Miller Avenue, White Township. Police determined that Lloyd’s registration was suspended and initiated a traffic stop. Lloyd had a blood alcohol content of 0.196 percent, court papers show. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 29.

• Patrick J. Shipley, 66, of Hood School Road, Indiana, charged Oct. 25 by state police with DUI and two summary driving infractions at 9:46 p.m. Aug. 31 on Old Route 119, White Township. Police observed Shipley swerving from the shoulder of the road over the double-yellow lines and initiated a traffic stop. Shipley had a BAC of 0.148 percent, court papers show. Shipley waived his right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court.

• John C. Maisano, 22, of Monessen, Westmoreland County, charged Oct. 28 by IUP police with DUI, possession of a small amount of marijuana and three summary driving infractions at 10:11 p.m. Oct. 4 at Seventh Street and Wayne Avenue, following a traffic stop. Officers observed an inoperable driver’s side headlight on Maisano’s vehicle. A toxicology report showed Maisano’s blood contained THC, court papers show. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

• Gina M. Stokes, 44, of Olive Street, Indiana, charged Oct. 30 by state police with forgery and theft by deception between June 2007 and May 6. Stokes forged the signature of her estranged husband on a home equity line of credit that totaled $46,000. An analysis by the Harrisburg Regional Laboratory Questioned Documents Section indicated that the signatures were disguised signatures, court papers show. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 28.

• Juwan T. Fitchett, 19, of York, York County; Alfred A. Kwei, 19, of Philadelphia; Joshua S. DeGennaro, 20, of Altoona; and Joshua J. Ratliff, 23, of Laurel, Md., charged Oct. 29 by Indiana Borough police with disorderly conduct, possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at 8:05 p.m. Oct. 5 in the 800 block of Philadelphia Street after a traffic stop of DeGennaro’s vehicle for numerous motor vehicle violations.

Fitchett, Kwei and DeGennaro pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and were ordered to pay $450.50 each in fines and costs. Their remaining charges were withdrawn. Ratliff waived his right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court on the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Ratliff’s remaining charges were withdrawn.

• Britney L. Gett, 22, of Cummins Road, Creekside, charged Oct. 29 by Indiana Borough police with accidents involving damage to attended property at 3:22 p.m. Oct. 24 in the 1200 block of Philadelphia Street. Officers responded to a report of a hit-and-run accident where the victim was following the suspect. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15.

• Lamont Robinson, 18, of Duquesne, Allegheny County, charged Oct. 29 by Indiana Borough police with false identification to a law enforcement officer at 11:50 p.m. Oct. 25 at 1300 Oakland Ave. During a drug investigation at the Carriage House apartments, Robinson provided officers with a false name. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

• David R. Camp Jr., 24, of Valencia, Butler County, charged Oct. 29 by Indiana Borough police with defiant trespass between 3 p.m. Oct. 23 and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at 1156 Grant St. Officers responded to a report of an intoxicated male refusing to leave the complainant’s apartment. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 8.

• Joshua M. Burkhart, 21, of Scottdale, Westmoreland County, charged Oct. 29 by Indiana Borough police with false identification to a law enforcement officer, retail theft and underage drinking at 1:19 a.m. Oct. 27 at 768 Wayne Ave. Officers responded to a report of a retail theft at the Sheetz convenience store. Burkhart took a Take 5 candy bar, valued at $1.79. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 8.

• Joseph D. Hill, 27, of DeHaven Road, Home, charged Oct. 30 by BiLo Market with writing bad checks Sept. 23 and 24 at 420 Old Route 119 North. Hill wrote checks returned due to frozen/blocked account in the following amounts: $23.18, $56.75, $22.69 and $12.04. Fees for the returned checks totaled $224.44.

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

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