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by The Indiana Gazette on February 25, 2014 11:00 AM

Numerous defendants have been named in criminal charges filed in the Clymer district court before Magisterial District Judge George Thachik.

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 during preliminary hearings in the district court and at trials in the county court of common pleas.

Charged were:

• John T. Kennedy, 48, of State Route 156, Shelocta, charged Jan. 28 by state police with possession of a firearm prohibited and seven summary driving infractions at 5:15 p.m. Nov. 21 along Lingenfelter Road, Rayne Township. Police investigated a single-vehicle hit-and-run accident. The vehicle was still at the scene with airbags deployed.

A flare gun was found in the vehicle, and Kennedy is prohibited from possessing a firearm. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 11

• Catherine L. Wells, 40, of Pickering Run Road, Marion Center, charged Jan. 21 by state police with DUI and two summary driving infractions at 2 a.m. Jan. 4 along Route 85, Rayne Township. Police observed Wells’ vehicle weaving across the white and yellow lines and initiated a traffic stop. Wells had a BAC of 0.155 percent, court papers show. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 25.

• Ryan M. Strickland, 24, of Brown Street, Blairsville, charged Jan. 22 by the Pennsylvania Game Commission with possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 17 along Chestnut Ridge Road, Cherryhill Township. A Wildlife Conservation Officer heard a gunshot and encountered Strickland while investigating. When asked about the smell of marijuana, Strickland admitted to having it in his vehicle. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for today.

• Joseph A. Karpacs, 25, of Hood School Road, White Township, charged Jan. 23 by state police with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property between Oct. 15 and Dec. 1 at a barn along Route 85 North, South Mahoning Township.

Police say Karpacs removed four lawn tractors, two filing cabinets, a dryer, a stove and a boat motor from a barn. He later sold the boat motor and attempted to sell the tractors as scrap metal. Karpacs waived his right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court.

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