Numerous 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.
• Robert Ryan Packer, 34, of Clymer, charged Sept. 19 by state police with DUI, drug possession and three traffic violations at 7:03 a.m. Sept. 13 on Route 119 in Center Township. According to police, he refused a blood test to determine his blood alcohol content. The case is still active, according to online court documents.
• Patricia Lynn Burnheimer, 48, of Black Lick, charged by state police Sept. 18 with DUI, two counts of endangering the welfare of children and three traffic violations on Sept. 1 on Route 119, Center Township. Blood test results indicated the presence of a number of drugs in Burnheimer’s system, according to police documents. Charges were waived to court and the case is now closed, according to online court records.
• Alexander Trotter Bieger, 23, of Indiana, charged Sept. 23 by state police with first offense DUI and three traffic violations at 2:10 a.m. Sept. 22 at the intersection of Acorn Street and West Point Circle in White Township. Lab results to determine BAC were pending at the time of the police report. The case is still active, according to online court documents.
• Jack Lloyd Taylor, 59, of Homer City, charged Sept. 27 by state police with aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at 1824 Old Route 119, Center Township. Charges were waived for court and the case is now closed, according to online court records.
• Bradley Adam Adair, 24, of Homer City, charged Sept. 28 by Indiana Borough Police with criminal attempt — homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, first offense DUI, first offense DUI high rate of alcohol, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, simple assault, harassment and aggravated assault at 2:49 a.m. Sept. 28 on South Taylor Avenue in Indiana Borough. Information on Adair’s BAC was not provided by police. Based on information in online court records, the criminal attempt charge was changed and the disorderly conduct, simple assault and harassment charges were withdrawn. According to online court documents, the DUI and reckless endangerment charges were waived for court and the case is closed.
• Sarah Elizabeth Denes, 19, of Pittsburgh, charged by Indiana University of Pennsylvania police Sept. 29 with simple assault, harassment and purchase of alcohol by a minor between 1:11 a.m. and 1:55 a.m. on Sept. 29 at Elkin Hall at IUP. The simple assault and harassment charges were dismissed, according to online court documents. The underage drinking charge was moved to non-traffic court. The case is now closed.
• Michael Dennis Topeka, 22, of Homer City, charged Oct. 1 by state police with receiving stolen property between July 20 and 29 at 39 Ridge Road, Homer City. Charges were waived for court, according to online court documents.
• Alexis Donelle Johnson, 21, of Indiana, charged by state police Sept. 30 with three DUI-related charges, underage drinking and two traffic violations 3 a.m. Sept. 2 at Acorn Street and West Point Circle, White Township. Her BAC was 0.31 percent, police reported. The case, according to court records, is still active. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 18.
• Jacob Thomas Deemer, 27, of Shelocta, charged Oct. 1 by state police with theft and two counts of access device fraud around 11 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Walmart store in White Township. The case is still active, according to online court records. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 13.
• Bret Davis Fennell, 41, of Clymer, charged Oct. 1 by state police with simple assault and harassment at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at 240 Hancock St., Clymer. Charges were dismissed, according to online court records.
• Linda Rotosky, 57, of Indiana, charged Oct. 1 by state police with three DUI first offense counts and two summary traffic offenses at 12:15 a.m. Aug. 21. Lab analysis of Rotosky’s blood samples tested positive for schedule I and schedule II controlled substances, police said. The case remains active, according to nline court documents. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday in Homer City.
• Tyler Don Chresos, 23; Brandon Doyle Henry, 21; and Keely Marie Wardrop, 29, all of Indiana, charged Sept. 30 by state police with theft from a motor vehicle and access device fraud at 4:35 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Indiana Mall parking lot in White Township. Henry also faces one count of retail theft. The cases are still active, according to online court records, with preliminary hearings scheduled for Nov. 18 at Magisterial District Court 40-3-02 in Homer City.
• Nathan Wright Jr., 20, of Philadelphia, charged by Indiana University of Pennsylvania police Oct. 4 with possession of a small amount of marijuana and underage drinking around 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex in White Township. According to online court documents, Wright pleaded guilty to the possession charges and the underage drinking charge was withdrawn.
• Jamie Lynn Painter, 37, of Blairsville, charged Sept. 25 by state police with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana and use/possession of drug paraphernalia on May 20 at Indian Springs Road and Evergreen Road in White Township. Online court records indicate the case is inactive.
• Jennifer Marie Johnson, 32, of Homer City, charged Sept. 25 by state police with forgery, theft, receiving stolen property and access device fraud for incidents spanning July 20 to July 29 at 39 Ridge Ave., Homer City. Charges were waived for court.