Numerous 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:
• Alexander M. Nielsen, 20, of Jefferson Township, Lackawanna County, charged Feb. 18 by Indiana Borough police with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at 10:21 p.m. Jan. 31 at 280 S. Seventh St.
Police responded to a fire alarm at University Square Apartments. No active fire was located, but in the room where the alarm went off, marijuana and paraphernalia was found in plain view, police said. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
• Joshua A. Linner, 21, of Coraopolis, Allegheny County, charged Feb. 18 by Indiana Borough police with possession of drug paraphernalia at 12:51 a.m. Feb. 16 in the 800 block of Church Street.
Police observed a vehicle make a left turn against a solid red light and initiated a traffic stop. When the glove compartment was opened to obtain registration and proof of insurance, police said they saw a blue glass marijuana pipe inside. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
• Deanna M. Bryan, 21, of Water Street, Indiana, charged Feb. 10 by Indiana Borough police with obstructing the administration of law, hindering apprehension and simple assault at 3:32 a.m. Feb. 5 in the 1500 block of Philadelphia Street.
Bryan interfered during a DUI arrest in which she was a passenger. Bryan waived her right to a hearing and opted to face action in Indiana County Court on the charge of obstructing the administration of law. The remaining charges were withdrawn.
• Darius M. Wingo, 20, of Abington, Montgomery County, charged Feb. 12 by Indiana Borough police with public drunkenness, underage drinking and criminal mischief at 2:03 a.m. Jan. 25 at 712 Church St.
Police observed Wingo kick a fence at the rear of Grace United Methodist Church, causing $1,025 in damage. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 9.