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Somerset magistrate reports: Nov. 19

November 20, 2018

The following preliminary hearings are among those scheduled for Tuesday before District Judge Ken Johnson in Somerset:

Retail theft

•John Edward Bailey, 49, Hawkins Hollow Road, Connellsville, was charged Oct. 10 with conspiracy to commit retail theft, a second-degree misdemeanor. Somerset County detective Jason Hunter said Bailey and a juvenile took products worth $157.86 from Tobacco Alley in Somerset Township Aug. 20. The juvenile removed items from the display and put them in his pocket while Bailey talked with the clerk, Hunter wrote in a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 9:50 a.m.

• Mark Andrew Bockes, 35, West Patriot Street, Somerset, was charged Oct. 16 with retail theft and receiving stolen property, both misdemeanors. Somerset Borough police said Bockes took seven items valued at $22.65 from Dollar General along East Main Street Oct. 9. His hearing is scheduled at 11:10 a.m.

Driving under the influence

Nathan Fredrick Walker, 28, Emert Road, Somerset, was charged Sept. 28 with driving under the influence and seven motor vehicle code violations. State police said Walker drove erratically with an inoperable middle brake lamp on North Center Avenue at Waterworks Road in Somerset Borough Sept. 26. Walker’s pupils were dilated and he acted in a nervous manner, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A lab report indicated he had LSD present in his blood, police said. A hearing is scheduled at 10:30 a.m.

Criminal mischief

Ryan Engleka, 28, East Mud Pike Road, Berlin, was charged Sept. 11 with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. Somerset Borough police said Engleka kicked a door and broke the door frame to get into an apartment owned by John Coleman. He was not a tenant nor was he on the lease when his paramour refused to let him inside because they were fighting and he was intoxicated, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Once inside, Engleka punched a hole in a bedroom door and wall, police said. The estimated cost to repair the damage was $825. A hearing is scheduled at 10:30 a.m.

Endangering the welfare of children

Danielle Lynn Freeman, 22, and Matthew James Blair, 29, of Village Way in Somerset, were charged Nov. 1 with endangering the welfare of children, a felony, and lesser-graded offenses of possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct. Somerset Borough police said a neighbor of Freeman and Blair called 911 on Oct. 24 to report being disturbed by the couple yelling over drugs. When police arrived at Freeman and Blair’s home, they found a 2-year-old child in the home with drug paraphernalia and numerous prescription medication bottles scattered throughout the residence. The residence had a smell of burnt marijuana, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Both Freeman and Blair fidgeted, stumbled over words and had a flushed appearance, bloodshot, glassy eyes and dilated pupils, police said. Somerset County Children & Youth Services was contacted and custody of the child was turned over to another family member, according to the affidavit. The couple’s hearing is scheduled at 11:20 a.m.

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