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by The Indiana Gazette on April 20, 2017 10:59 AM
Homer City, PA

The following defendants have been named in criminal charges filed before Magisterial District Judge Susanne Steffee, of Homer City. 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.

Named were:

• Devyn M. Thomas, 21, Pittsburgh, charged March 21 by state police with two counts of driving under the influence and four citations at 12:35 a.m. Feb. 19 at Route 119 and Hazley Lane, White Township. Police said they saw Thomas’ vehicle weaving across the road and conducted a traffic stop. During the stop, police said they saw alcohol and that Thomas showed impairment during a field sobriety test. He was transported to Indiana Regional Medical Center and court records show his blood alcohol content was 0.165 percent.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 8.

• Halim R. Thrower, 25, Philadelphia, charged March 23 by state police with felony and misdemeanor drug possession at 9:14 p.m. Feb. 22 at 470 Philadelphia St., Indiana.

Police said Thrower sold $100 worth of crack cocaine to an undercover officer and confidential informant. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 22. Thrower was charged by state police in a separate filing on March 23 with felony and misdemeanor drug possession at 3:19 p.m. March 17 at Fifth and Grant streets in Indiana. Police said Thrower sold $50 worth of crack cocaine to an undercover trooper and confidential informant.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 22.

• Daniel K.A. Commey, 20, Erie, charged March 24 by state police with three misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, flight to avoid apprehension, false identification to law enforcement and underage drinking at 7:30 p.m. March 24 in the area of South Sixth and Washington streets in Indiana. Police said they stopped Commey and another man after they were seen carrying liquor bottles. Troopers said Commey did not provide ID, but gave his real name and a birthday of Sept. 5, 1995. A check of police databases revealed his birthday was one year later, making him under 21 years old. Commey gave officers consent to search his backpack, and police said they found marijuana, drug paraphernalia, Xanax pills and suspected cocaine. Commey then took off when police attempted to place him under arrest and was soon captured in a foot chase.

Commey waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

• Tyler R. Gaskill, 18, Jeannette, and Ahmad E. Ghanem, 22, Pittsburgh, charged March 30 by Indiana Borough police with felony burglary and criminal trespass breaking into a structure and misdemeanor loitering and prowling at night and criminal mischief at 3:29 a.m. March 30 at 888 Wayne Ave. Police said Gaskill and Ghanem entered an apartment and took a laptop, PlayStation 4, video games and shoes and fled when confronted by the resident. The felony criminal trespass charge was changed to criminal trespass entering a structure and both men waived their rights to a preliminary hearing on the charges.

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