Numerous defendants have been named in criminal charges filed before Magisterial District Judge Guy Haberl in 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.
• Shawna Smicklo, 41; and Randal Jones, 41, both of Ash Street, Josephine, charged March 10 by state police with disorderly conduct, possession of a controlled substance and public drunkenness at 10:30 p.m. March 9 at a residence on Ash Street when officers responded to a report of a domestic dispute.
Smicklo and Jones pleaded guilty to public drunkenness and were ordered to pay $440.50 each in fines and costs. The remaining charges were withdrawn.
• Eric Santiago, 24, of Ridge Avenue, Homer City, charged March 10 by Homer City police with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct at 12:56 a.m. March 10 at a residence on Ridge Avenue, Homer City.
Police responded to a report of a domestic altercation. The case was held for court.
• Patrick Miller, 44, of McIntyre Road, McIntyre, charged March 12 by state police with simple assault and harassment at 11:40 p.m. March 11 at a residence on McIntyre Road, Young Township. Police responded to a report of a domestic altercation.
Miller pleaded guilty to harassment and was ordered to pay $290.50 in fines and costs. The simple assault charge was withdrawn.
• Zachary Stickle, 20, of Edinboro, Erie County, charged March 12 by Indiana Borough police with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, simple assault, underage drinking, harassment and aggravated assault at 2:30 p.m. March 9 at 435 South Seventh St. Officers responded to a report of a fight inside Giant Eagle Express, and Stickle actively resisted arrest.
Stickle waived his right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court. The charges of underage drinking and aggravated assault were withdrawn.
• Deantwan Williams, 22, of Woodbridge, Va., charged March 11 by Indiana Borough police with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and failure of disorderly persons to disperse at 1:33 a.m. March 10 in the 600 block of Gompers Avenue.
Police responded to a report of a fight, and a crowd gathered when an arrest was being made, according to reports. Williams approached officers and was told repeatedly to stay back and wouldn’t comply, police said. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 8.
• Brett Torres, 22, of Freedom, Beaver County, charged March 11 by Indiana Borough police with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness at 12:18 a.m. March 10 in the 500 block of Philadelphia Street. Police observed Torres lying motionless on a snow pile. Torres became disorderly when being taken into custody.
Torres pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and public drunkenness and was ordered to pay $474 in fines and costs. The resisting arrest charge was withdrawn.