Fifteen pleaded in Greene
WAYNESBURG – Fifteen criminal defendants pleaded guilty Wednesday before Greene County Judge Farley Toothman. They included the following:
Justin Don Herrod, 24, of 310 Meadowbrook Road, Waynesburg; offenses – driving under the influence of alcohol incapable of safe driving, driving under the influence of alcohol second offense, and four summary traffic violations. Police stopped Herrod Jan. 27 at Circle K gas station in Carmichaels after witnessing him changing lanes in a no-passing zone without signaling, driving across the center line in the roadway and peeling tires. His blood-alcohol content was 0.184 percent; sentencing will follow a presentence investigation.
Timothy Allen Hilverding, 24, of 312 Tollgate Run Road, Waynesburg; offense – theft by unlawful taking. Police said Hilverding stole a lawn mower from a shed at 246 East St. in Franklin Township May 16. He was stopped by Waynesburg Borough Police officer Tom Ankrom who found him pushing it through the borough. Hilverding admitted to stealing the mower, owned by Elizabeth Tennant, from the shed; sentence – 23 days to 23 ½ months in jail, 150 hours of community service, $300 in fines plus court costs and fees.
Steven Eugene Hodgson, 24, 683 ½ E. Greene St., Waynesburg; offenses – access device fraud and theft by unlawful taking. Hodgson found a debit card that was lost by Deborah Lynn Rohanna and used it Aug. 7 without her permission to purchase cigarettes at the Belko Foods store in Waynesburg. A store employee who knew Hodgson and Rohanna became suspicious and phoned police; sentence – 40 days to 23 ½ months in jail, restitution of $73.46, 125 hours of community service, and $350 in fines plus court costs and fees. The sentence is to be served consecutively to a previous sentence.
Ian Michael Wise, 30, of 129 Alicia Main St., Greensboro; offenses – DUI and a summary traffic violation. Wise was traveling east on Route 21 Feb. 17 in Cumberland Township when police said he crossed the double yellow line three times within one mile and had an inoperable registration light. His blood-alcohol content was 0.166 percent; sentence – 72 hours to six months in jail, 125 hours of community service, and $1,000 in fines plus court costs and fees.
Nathan Arthur Smith, 26, of 363 Moffitt Road, Dilliner; offenses: DUI second offense and three summary traffic violations. Smith was arrested May 1 when police stopped him on Fordyce Road in Franklin Township for weaving in and out of his lane of traffic. His blood-alcohol content was 0.144 percent; sentence: 48 hours to six months in jail and $810 in fines plus court costs and fees.
Tyler Kirk Zollars, 26, of 478 Dillie Road, Sycamore; offenses: driving under the influence of a controlled substance, driving after imbibing alcohol or a controlled substance and two summary traffic violations. Zollars was arrested June 8 after his truck rear ended another vehicle in Franklin Township near Bortz Chevrolet. Zollars was found to be under the influence of Nordiazepam, Hydrocodone, Alprazolam and Oxycodone; sentence: 72 hours to six months in jail, 100 hours of community service, restitution of $86.98, and $2,050 in fines plus court costs and fees.
Chad Allen Todd, 32, of 134 Plant Road, Dilliner; offenses: driving under the influence of a controlled substance and four summary traffic violations. Todd was arrested Oct. 20, 2012 after striking a guard rail along Route 88 near Holbert Stretch and leaving the scene. Police said Todd was under the influence of Lorazepan, Clonezam, Oxycodone, Methadone, THC, and Alprazolam at the time of the accident; sentence: 72 hours to six months in jail, 75 hours of community service, $742.45 restitution to PennDOT, and $1,100 in fines plus court costs and fees.
Kathryn Elaine Phillips, 34, of 113 Circle Alley, Waynesburg; offense: theft by unlawful taking. Police said Phillips stole more than $25,000 while employed as an assistant manager at the BFS Foods, Inc. The thefts were found after an internal audit was performed in response to irregularities observed in deposits of monies from an instant lottery ticket machine. Phillips told police she stole random amounts of cash from the deposits she made. She was arrested Oct. 26, 2012; sentence: five years of probation and $500 in fines, plus court costs and fees.
Bradley Scott Neal, 38, of 100 W. Cherry Ave., Washington; offenses: fleeing or attempting to elude police and seven summary traffic violations. Neal was arrested July 14. Police said he almost hit a northbound vehicle head-on when he attempted to turn onto Long Street from Route 88. When Neal pulled into a car wash on Long Street, he exited out the back and fled from police before stopping on Route 188 in Jefferson Township; sentence will be determined following a presentence investigation.
Melanie Marie Staley, 37, of 6 Riverview Ave., Crucible; offense: retail theft. Staley was arrested Aug. 2 for stealing belts, bras, shirts, underwear, sunglasses, earrings, shorts, lighters, candle wax and warmers from the Waynesburg Walmart store, valued at $163.87. Police said she took empty bags from the checkout, placed the items in the bag and exited the store; sentence: three days to 23 ½ months in jail, 100 hours of community service, and $300 in fines plus court costs and fees.
Thomas Charles Burroughs, Jr., 43, of 240 S. Cumberland St., Waynesburg; offenses: theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief. Burroughs was arrested June 23 for stealing 126 feet of copper wire from ten West Penn Power utility poles in Waynesburg Borough; sentence: 11 days to one year in jail, $1,351 in restitution to West Penn Power for the copper and cost to reinstall it, 125 hours of community service, and $300 in fines plus court costs and fees.
Robert James Bell, 32, of 52 Clark Darrah Road, Fairview, W.Va.; offenses: DUI and two summary traffic violations. Bell was arrested March 10 in Cumberland Township after he was speeding and crossed the yellow line in the road on Route 19 south. His blood-alcohol content was 0.199 percent; sentence: 72 hours to six months in jail deferred until Jan. 17, 50 hours of community service, and $1,107 in fines plus court costs and fees.
Kent D. Armstrong, 54, of 235 3rd St., Crucible; offenses: possession with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance. Armstrong was arrested Dec. 5, 2012 after he sold a bag of marijuana to a confidential informant for the police in the parking lot of Brodak’s Shop ’n Save in Carmichaels; sentence: three years in the county intermediate punishment program, $175 restitution to the state attorney general’s office, 225 hours of community service, and $750 in fines plus court costs and fees.
Zachary Edward Pringle, 30, of 501 Pringle St., Smithfield; offenses: resisting arrest, harassment with physical contact, public drunkenness, and disorderly conduct. Pringle was arrested Aug. 9 when police were called to a domestic dispute at the residence Pringle shares with his girlfriend, Shelby Henderson. Police said Pringle and Henderson were involved in a verbal dispute that ended with Pringle physically restraining her; sentence: one year of probation, 50 hours of community service, $550 in fines plus court costs and fees.
Christopher Dale Moyers, 30, of 230 Titus St., Bobtown; offenses: accidents involving personal injury, accident involving damage to an attended vehicle, and nine summary traffic violations. Moyers was arrested Aug. 28, 2011 after he struck a vehicle driven by Angeline Dille that was stopped for a stop sign on Bald Hill Road in Perry Township and left the scene; sentence–21 days to 23 ½ months in jail, 250 hours of community service, $660 in fines plus court costs and fees.