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by The Indiana Gazette on September 20, 2013 11:00 AM

Several 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.

• Christopher Slater, 33, of South Main Street, Homer City, charged Aug. 23 by state police with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property between Nov. 15 and May 1 at a residence along Hoyt Drive. Officers received a report of missing jewelry and a handgun when the residents returned from vacation. During the investigation, the victims identified the jewelry from sales slips in Slater’s name. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 17.

• Daniel Baxley, 30, of Emeigh, Cambria County, charged Aug. 23 by state police with criminal conspiracy, burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property between 1 and 4:30 a.m. Aug. 21 at Rosebud Mine, 435 Railroad St., Starford. Baxley and an accomplice removed 1,000 feet of copper wire, valued at $60,000. An iPhone was found at the scene. Later that day, the accomplice returned to the mine looking for the iPhone. He admitted to removing the copper with Baxley.

The case was transferred to Magisterial District Judge Jennifer J. Rega.

• Matthew Pacconi, 27, of Kauffman Road, Indiana, charged Aug. 24 by IUP police with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, DUI, resisting arrest and three summary driving infractions at 2:45 a.m. Aug. 24 in the 300 block of Pratt Drive.

An officer observed Pacconi riding a motorcycle on the sidewalk. Pacconi attempted to ride through the Oak Grove to escape, but lost control of the motorcycle on grass and crashed. Pacconi was operating the motorcycle with an open container of Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 3.

• Michael Newman, 18, of Media, Delaware County; Matthew Cooper, 19, of Villanova, Montgomery County; and Craig Christian, 19, of Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County; charged Aug. 26 by IUP police with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at 10:15 p.m. Aug. 18 in Wallwork Hall. Officers responded to a report of the smell of marijuana coming from a room. Cooper was also charged with carrying false identification and underage drinking.

Newman, Cooper and Christian have preliminary hearings scheduled for Oct. 17.

• Brandon Watkins, 26, of Lincoln Avenue, Indiana; Damyon McGhee, 24, of Lazor Street, Indiana; and Daymar Furse, 24, of Philadelphia, charged Aug. 29 by Indiana Borough police with disorderly conduct at 2:11 a.m. Aug. 11 in the 500 block of Philadelphia Street. Officers observed Watkins and McGhee fighting with a crowd gathering around them, and Furse would not leave the scene when ordered. Watkins and McGhee were also charged with resisting arrest. Furse was also charged with failure to disperse upon official order.

Preliminary hearings for Watkins, McGhee and Furse are scheduled for Oct. 3.

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