WAYNESBURG – Several criminal defendants pleaded guilty last week before Greene County Judge Farley Toothman. They included:
James Leon Roach, 47, of 252 1/2 Bridge St., Waynesburg; offenses – burglary and criminal trespass. Roach was arrested on Nov. 30 after he was found hiding behind his truck inside an Alpha Natural Resources shed on Garards Fort Road in Whiteley Township. Roach told police he was looking for scrap metals to take; he will be sentenced following a presentence investigation.
Valerie Ann Simonetti, 20, address unknown; offenses – forgery and theft by unlawful taking. Simonetti was arrested for stealing and using seven checks to remove $6,550 from the First Federal Savings and Loan checking account of her grandmother, Geraldine Simonetti, without permission in October; sentence – 6 days to 3 years of probation, and 50 hours community service. Simonetti must pay a balance of $1,937.20 restitution, fines, fees and court costs.
Windell Mason, 38, of SCI-Greene; offense – weapons or implements of escape. Mason was participating in the community work program outside SCI-Greene Nov. 19, picking up litter along Interstate 79 in the Mt. Morris area of Perry Township. When he was being processed back into the prison, he set off the metal detector. A search revealed that Mason had a fixed 6-inch knife blade hidden on his person; sentence – 16 months to 5 years in jail concurrent with a sentence of 5 to 10 years received in Philadelphia County in 2008 for carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a firearm in public and possessing an instrument of crime with intent.
Matthew Allen Crocker, 27, of 2017 Danville Road, Kilgore, Texas; offenses – driving under the influence of alcohol incapable of safe driving and four summary violations. Crocker was driving west on Route 21 in Jefferson Township on Sept. 23 when he was observed by police driving in and out of his lane of traffic. Police followed Crocker into the parking lot of the South Branch Muddy Creek Church. He refused to undergo testing for impairment; sentence – 30 days confinement in two-to-14-day increments, followed by two days confinement and 60 days of house arrest. Under a reciprocity agreement with Texas refusal to be tested results in an automatic one year driver’s license suspension for a first offense.
Dale R. McQuillis, 48, of 1146 1st St., Denbo; offenses – theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception. McQuillis, a store manager at Monro Muffler in Franklin Township, was arrested after an audit at the business revealed 21 occasions when he voided an invoice and did not deposit the cash value of it. The thefts took place between July 1, 2008, and Sept. 28, 2010; sentence – two years’ probation, restitution of $4,640.97 to Monro Muffler, $750 fine, plus fees and court costs.
Ashley Breanne Chapman, 24, of 172 Pine St., Jefferson; offenses – driving under the influence of alcohol and a summary violation. Chapman was arrested April 24, 2011, when police found her intoxicated behind the wheel of her car that was parked improperly on Pitt Gas Road in Jefferson Township; sentence –72 hours to 6 months in jail, $1000 fine, plus fees and court costs.
Brittany Lynn Monack, 24, of 140 Chess St., Apt. A., Monongahela; offenses – driving under the influence of alcohol and five summary offenses. Police found Monack’s vehicle high centered on the curb outside the Waynesburg Sheetz Store on June 12. Monack was behind the wheel with the car in drive and refused to submit to testing for impairment; sentence –72 hours to 6 months in jail, 50 hours of community service, $1,110 in fines, plus fees and court costs. Refusal to be tested is an automatic one-year license suspension per PennDot regulations.
Gary A. Anderson, 23, of 1712 Smith Creek Road, Waynesburg; offenses – driving under the influence of alcohol and driving on a suspended license. Anderson was observed driving above the speed limit in Waynesburg Borough on Sept. 14. Police said Anderson failed to stop when they activated the lights of a patrol car. When they activated the siren, Anderson continued driving from south Morgan Street to the parking lot of the Waynesburg Moose Lodge; sentence – 48 hours to 6 months in jail, 75 hours of community service, $700 fine, court fees and costs.
Gary Lee Black, 25, of Lot 6, Eastview Court, Waynesburg; offenses – resisting arrest and public drunkenness. Black was arrested Oct. 22 outside of Mountainview Gardens apartment complex in Franklin Township. Police said Black followed Ryan O’Hara of Waynesburg to the complex yelling obscenities at him. When police attempted to place him under arrest Black fought them and had to be subdued; sentence – 7 days to one year in jail with credit for time served.
Roger Lee Morris, 50, of 120 Fourth St., Waynesburg; offenses – driving under the influence of alcohol and two summary violations. Morris was stopped by police on July 26 in Waynesburg Borough for inoperable running lights and crossing the center line. His blood-alcohol content was 0.232 percent; sentence – 72 hours to 6 months in jail, $1050 fine, court fees and costs.