Preliminary hearings are scheduled Tuesday at 2 p.m. before Homer City Magisterial District Judge Susanne V. Steffee for two people jailed after allegedly staying without permission in a house along Ash Way that is the property of Saltsburg Borough.

Clarissa Lee Sphon, 43, of Saltsburg, and John Bence, 35, of Clarksburg, were arrested by state police from Indiana on July 31 at 7:42 a.m.

Both were charged with felony criminal trespass and misdemeanor defiant trespass and were placed in the Indiana County Jail in lieu of $5,000 apiece.


Meth, pot bust

The Clymer Borough Police Department reported that Officer Hunter J. Scherf stopped a vehicle Monday night near the 600 block of Franklin Street for running a red light.

Police said Scherf asked the man driving the vehicle, whose name was not released, to step out of it after the officer detected a strong smell of marijuana.

The Clymer department said a subsequent search turned up three bags of suspected methamphetamine, a large bag of marijuana, miscellaneous small and large bags used for packaging the meth, $1,310 in cash, a cellphone and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia.

Police said the suspected meth weighed approximately 20 grams and would have a street value of $2,000. The Clymer department said charges are pending further investigation.

Police said it was not known if Monday’s incident is related to a seizure on Sunday of methamphetamine in the borough. Borough officials said citizens should always report suspected drug activity to Clymer police and the Indiana County Drug Task Force.