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by The Indiana Gazette on March 15, 2014 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. Charged are:

• Donte E. Boykin, 24, of South 12th Street, Indiana, charged Jan. 8 by Indiana Borough police with false reports and seven summary driving infractions at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 6 in the 700 block of Grant Street.

Police responded to a report of an abandoned vehicle obstructing the roadway. Boykin told police that a friend was driving and hit a tree. Police found footprints matching Boykin’s going to Giant Eagle Express and returning to the scene. Police say Boykin told Giant Eagle Express employees that he hit a tree. The case was held for court.

• Tyler P. Gallen, 20, of West Chester, Chester County, charged Jan. 13 by state police with DUI, underage drinking and four summary driving infractions at 12:50 a.m. Nov. 5 following a traffic stop at the intersection of 11th Street and South Drive.

Officers observed Gallen traveling at a high rate of speed and turn without signaling. Gallen had a blood alcohol content of 0.163 percent, court papers show. Gallen waived his right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court. The underage drinking charge was withdrawn.

• Patrick A. Formica, 22, of Johnstown, Cambria County, charged Jan. 14 by Indiana Borough police with possession of drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at 847 Wayne Ave.

Police observed a loud party. When attempting to advise residents of the noise ordinance, the smell of marijuana was detected. Formica pleaded guilty to possession of a small amount of marijuana and was ordered to pay $663 in fines and costs. The drug paraphernalia charge was withdrawn.

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