Several sentenced in county court

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WAYNESBURG – A Ronco man who pleaded guilty earlier to committing burglaries at two houses in Franklin Township in 2009 was sentenced Thursday by Greene County Judge William Nalitz to 18 to 48 months in prison.


Joseph Lee Milliken, 25, of 598 Magee St., pleaded guilty March 7 to two counts each of burglary, theft and criminal mischief and one count of criminal trespass.


Milliken and two other men broke into the home of Donna Brown on Whites Ridge Road Oct. 6, 2009, and stole a DVD player, computer, printer, cellphone, shotgun and rifle. They also broke into the barn and stole tools.


State police arrested Milliken after finding his finger prints on a window the men had used to enter the house.


Milliken also admitted committing a burglary Nov. 14, 2009, at the home of James McNeely on Garards Fort Road. McNeely had interrupted the burglary but the burglars escaped in a car. Two rifles, a bow, jewelry, rolls of quarters, a grinder, tools, binoculars and a wallet were stolen.


Milliken was ordered to pay restitution to each of the victims. He was recommended to participate in the boot camp program and determined to be eligible for the Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive program, which if he successfully completes could lessen his minimum sentence to 13.5 months in prison.


Danny Edward McElroy, 21, of 159 Wayne Village, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Nalitz to possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.


McElroy, who was on probation for a previous offense, was arrested March 22, 2012, after 48 stamp bags of heroin were found in his home by a probation officer conducting a house check.


McElroy was sentenced to 1 to 5 years in prison. He was recommended to participate in the boot camp program and determined to be eligible for the Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive program, which if he successfully completes could lessen his minimum sentence to 9 months in prison.


Craig Stephen Johnson, 23, of 494 North Eighty-Eight Road, Carmichaels, who earlier pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol, was sentenced to 30 days to 6 months in jail, fined $2,525 and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.


He was permitted to serve the sentence on weekends.


Johnson was charged after he wrecked his pickup truck into an embankment April 15, 2012, on Route 88 in Cumberland Township. He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.185 percent.


Francis Steven Kancir III, 32, of 74 Greene St., Clarksville, pleaded guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of public drunkenness.


State police were called to Kancir’s home Sept. 17 after receiving a complaint Kancir was firing a gun outside his residence. Kancir was intoxicated and told police he was shooting into the woods behind his home. He was told he would be cited.


Police left the house and a few minutes later received a call Kancir was again firing his gun and shouting profanities about police. They returned and called Kancir on the telephone and asked him to leave the home.


Kancir came out, armed with a handgun that police said he only reluctantly dropped to the ground. He was placed under arrest. At the back of the house, police said, they found an assault rifle and casings. A plastic toy also was on the hillside with bullet holes in it.


Kancir was sentenced to 2 years in the county intermediate punishment program, which includes 6 months of house arrest. He also was required to relinquish his firearms.


Jason Lee Jaggie, 29, of 522 Morgantown St., Point Marion, formerly of Waynesburg, pleaded no contest to simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of a child.


His wife, Dorothea Belle Jaggie, 29, of the same address, pleaded no contest to endangering the welfare of a child.


Jason Jaggie was charged for allegedly slapping a child in the face and hitting her on the buttock with a board April 29, 2012, in Waynesburg. His wife was accused of attempting to conceal the slap mark by putting make-up on the child, failing to seek medical attention and providing false statements to school officials.


Each was sentenced to time served to 23 1/2 months in jail, fined $300 and ordered to attend parenting classes. Jail records indicate the couple spent two days in jail.


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