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by The Indiana Gazette on June 16, 2014 11:00 AM

Several defendants have been named in criminal charges filed before Magisterial District Judge Guy Haberl in Indiana District Court.

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 were:

• Bryan W. Martinez, 28, Philadelphia Street, Indiana, charged April 10 by Indiana Borough police with DUI, resisting arrest and two summary driving infractions at 2:32 a.m. March 1 in the 00 block of South Taylor Avenue.

Police observed a vehicle without activated headlights traveling the wrong direction on one-way street and initiated a traffic stop. After failing field sobriety tests, Martinez resisted when officers tried to place him in the back seat of the police vehicle. Martinez had a BAC of 0.165 percent, court papers show. Martinez waived his right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court. The resisting arrest charge was withdrawn.

• Ethan M. Peterson, 23, Centerville, Ind., charged April 8 by Indiana Borough police with possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and a summary driving infraction at 8:53 p.m. April 1 in the 100 block of North First Street.

Police observed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign and initiated a traffic stop. Police detected the smell of marijuana, and Peterson directed them to its location. Peterson pleaded guilty to possession of a small amount of marijuana and was ordered to pay $658 in fines and costs. The remaining charges were withdrawn.

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