INDIANA DISTRICT COURT DOCKET
January 04, 2013 10:45 AM

Numerous defendants have been named in criminal charges filed in the Indiana district court before Magistrate 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.

Charged are:

James Pike, 31, of Water Street, Indiana; and George Blouse, 34, of Lilac Street, Indiana, charged Sept. 24 by Indiana Borough police with tampering with a boot device at 1:13 p.m. Sept. 20 in the 500 block of Philadelphia Street. The boot had been installed on Blouse's car for unpaid fines, police said. Pike was also charged with criminal mischief. Blouse was also charged with obstructing the administration of justice, hindering apprehension and disorderly conduct. Pike pleaded guilty to tampering with a boot and was ordered to pay $579 in fines and costs. The criminal mischief charge was withdrawn. Blouse pleaded guilty to tampering with a boot and disorderly conduct and was ordered to pay $852.50 in fines and costs. His remaining charges were withdrawn.

Gregory Gardner, 34, of Washington Street, Indiana, charged Sept. 24 by Indiana Borough police with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at 10:17 p.m. Sept. 19 at 1280 Washington St. Officers detected the smell of marijuana after reporting to the location for a separate incident.

Gardner pleaded guilty to possession of a small amount of marijuana and was ordered to pay $660.50 in fines and costs. The drug paraphernalia charge was withdrawn.

Derek Latino, 24, of Wernersville, Berks County, charged Sept. 25 by Indiana Borough police with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at 11:33 p.m. Aug. 31 in the 700 block of Grant Street after an officer observed Latino smoking a pipe.

Latino pleaded guilty to possession of a small amount of marijuana and was ordered to pay $660.50 in fines and costs. The drug paraphernalia charge was withdrawn.

Jonathan McLaurine, 30, of Walnut Street, Indiana; and Jamie Day, 28, of Washington Street, Indiana, charged Sept. 26 by Indiana Borough police with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia at 8:29 p.m. Sept. 19 at 238 Washington St. McLaurine was also charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana. Police observed Day's car obstructing a sidewalk and went to her residence to notify her. McLaurine answered the door and police detected the odor of marijuana.

McLaurine waived his right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court. A preliminary hearing for Day is scheduled for Jan. 10.

Wesley Regan, 18, of Verona, Allegheny County; Matthew Sheehan, 20, of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County; and Richard Boggess, 19, of Verona, Allegheny County, charged Sept. 26 by Indiana Borough police with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and underage drinking at 12:14 a.m. Sept. 21 at 429 S. Fisher Ave. after officers responded to a report of damaged property. The victim had followed Regan, Sheehan and Boggess to a fraternity house at 296 S. Seventh St., where officers arrested Boggess. Boggess was also charged with public drunkenness.

Regan and Sheehan waived their rights to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court. Their underage drinking charges were withdrawn. A preliminary hearing for Boggess is scheduled for Feb. 21.

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