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INDIANA DISTRICT COURT DOCKET

by The Indiana Gazette on March 29, 2014 10:59 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.

• Savannah J. Swenson, 20, of North Huntingdon, Westmoreland County, charged Feb. 12 by Indiana Borough police with DUI, underage drinking and two summary driving infractions at 12:10 p.m. Feb. 9 in the 1000 block of Wayne Avenue.

Police responded to a motor vehicle accident. Swenson was unable to stop at a red light due to slippery conditions and hit a vehicle traveling west on Maple Street.

Swenson refused to submit to a chemical test of blood, court papers show. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 9.

• Karlyn C. Graff, 22, of Airport Road, Indiana, charged Feb. 12 by Indiana Borough police with possession of drug paraphernalia at 9:03 p.m. Feb. 7 in the 900 block of Wayne Avenue.

Police observed a vehicle at a steady red light make a left turn and initiated a traffic stop. Officers detected the smell of marijuana and seized the vehicle for a search warrant application. Graff, a passenger in the vehicle, had Zig Zag rolling papers in her purse. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

• Katharine A. Braithwaite, 25, of Cranberry Township, Butler County, charged Feb. 10 by Indiana Borough police with DUI and a summary driving infraction at 2:49 a.m. Jan. 9 in the 500 block of Church Street.

Police observed a vehicle traveling with snow-covered side and rear windows and initiated a traffic stop. Braithwaite had a BAC of 0.177 percent, court papers show.

Braithwaite waived her right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court on the DUI charge. The summary driving infraction was withdrawn.

• Matthew E. Danko, 25, of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, charged Feb. 18 by Indiana Borough police with simple assault, harassment and theft by unlawful taking at 2:30 a.m. Feb. 15 in the 200 block of South Seventh Street.

Police say Danko was driving the victim’s car during an argument and pulled over. He then pulled the victim out of the vehicle by her hair and stole her iPhone. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 7.

• Chad E. Smyers, 21, of Deckers Point Road, Marion Center, charged Feb. 18 by Indiana Borough police with simple assault, defiant trespass, disorderly conduct, harassment and public drunkenness at 2:08 a.m. Feb. 15 at 642 Philadelphia St.

Police say Smyers was escorted out of The Coney for disorderly behavior. He tried to enter the bar again and assaulted a bar employee. Smyers waived his right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court.

• Heaven S. Whitaker, 24, of Fairview Avenue, Indiana, charged Feb. 19 by state police with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia at 6:35 a.m. Feb. 19 at a residence along Fairview Avenue.

While serving a search warrant at the residence, police found marijuana, paraphernalia and U.S. currency in plain view. Whitaker waived her right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court on the charge of possession of a small amount of marijuana. The remaining charges were withdrawn.

• Zachary A. Casteel, 19, of South Park, Allegheny County, charged Feb. 20 by Indiana Borough police with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct at 11:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at 935 Oakland Ave.

Police investigated a report of an assault at an apartment. Witnesses say Casteel punched the victim with no warning, breaking his nose, fracturing an eye socket and chipping a tooth. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 23.

• Shawn D. Harris-Cordoba, 21, of Vandergrift, Westmoreland County, charged Feb. 20 by Indiana Borough police with providing false identification to a law enforcement officer and a summary driving infraction at 7:32 p.m. Feb. 17 in the 100 block of South Fourth Street.

Police observed a faulty brake light on a vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Harris-Cordoba had a suspended license and provided police with his brother’s name. The case was held for court.

• Erica L. Leonardo, 23, of School Street, Indiana, charged Feb. 21 by state police with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance at 8:25 p.m. Sept. 4 at Long Avenue and Philadelphia Street.

Leonardo sold two bundles of heroin to a confidential informant and an undercover state police officer for $225.

Leonardo waived her right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court.

• Takeal D. Clemons, 18, of Chestnut Street, Indiana, charged Feb. 21 by Indiana Borough police with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at 10:16 a.m. Feb. 19 at a residence along Chestnut Street.

While taking Clemons into custody for a probation violation, probation officers found marijuana in his possession and notified police. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 24.

• Nicholas B. Dabney, 19, of Philadelphia, and Jaelin H. Yellock, 18, of New Brighton, Beaver County, charged Feb. 21 by IUP police with possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to deliver drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance at 6:52 p.m. Feb. 21 in Wallwork Hall.

Police responded to a report of the smell of marijuana coming from a room. During a search, police found more than 80 grams of marijuana and 41 blue pills later determined to be Alprazolam. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for April 24.

• Jacob T. Sharp, 19, of Blandon, Berks County, charged Feb. 23 by IUP police with simple assault, DUI, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of a small amount of marijuana, disorderly conduct, harassment, underage drinking and two summary driving infractions at 3:09 a.m. Feb. 23 in the 900 block of Garman Avenue.

Police responded to a report of a male breaking into a vehicle. Sharp was driving at a high rate of speed when police arrived. He then exited the vehicle and ran. The victim, who is known to Sharp, said he attacked her. Sharp refused to submit to a chemical test of blood, court papers show.

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

The charges of simple assault, criminal mischief, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and harassment were withdrawn.

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