Somerset magistrate reports: Aug. 29

August 31, 2018

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


Adam Joseph Bubash, 39, Hawk Lane, Somerset, was charged Aug. 15 with burglary, a first-degree felony, and theft by unlawful taking or disposition and criminal mischief, first-degree misdemeanors.

State police said Bubash took jewelry valued at $1,294.65 from Patricia Ann Vought. He damaged the basement window at Vought’s address, police said.

Vought received a call from Bubash’s girlfriend, who is a friend of Vought’s children. She told Vought that she found a gold ring under her couch and confronted Bubash. An argument ensued. The girlfriend then discovered that Bubash took jewelry to several pawn shops, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 10 a.m.


Michael Ray Cain, 48, 9th Street, Meyersdale, was charged July 24 with seven counts of theft by unlawful taking. State police said Cain used a Critchfield Construction credit card to purchase tools without the company’s permission in June and July.

Cain sold tools he purchased with the credit card at home improvement stores in Somerset and Cambria counties, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 10:10 a.m.

False statement

Jason Paul Eadler, 45, Rogers Mill Road, Normalville, was charged Aug. 14 with sale or transfer of firearms, a third-degree felony, persons not to possession, use, manufacture, control, sell or transfer firearms and unsworn falsification to authorities, both misdemeanors, and a summary count of disorderly conduct.

State police said Eadler tried to buy a .22-caliber rifle at Walmart in Somerset Township. He was not permitted to buy a firearm because he was convicted of domestic battery Oct. 14, 2011, in Hernando County, Florida, according to a probable-cause affidavit. He checked a box on his firearm application indicating he never was convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, police said. A hearing is scheduled at 10:45 a.m.

Driving under the influence

Robert James Nair II, 31, Bromm Road, Somerset, was charged July 17 with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and three motor vehicle code violations.

State police said that at a security checkpoint along Listie Road in Somerset Township on June 18, Nair’s vehicle was found to have an expired inspection and he was not wearing a seat belt. A hypodermic needle and silver spoon were found in his vehicle, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Nair had fentanyl and ingredients of marijuana in his system, according to a toxicology report. A hearing is scheduled at 3:20 p.m.

Marijuana possession

Logan Bradley Smith, 19, South Center Avenue, Somerset, was charged Friday with one count each of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver marijuana, possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, namely a marijuana grinder, digital scale and plastic baggies. He was also charged with three counts of corruption of minors and two counts of recklessly endangering another person.

State police said Smith approached a vehicle at a Somerset Borough laundromat in order to sell marijuana. Troopers activated their emergency lights and approached the vehicle and Smith, who had a bag of marijuana in his hand, according to a probable-cause affidavit. State police asked Smith how much more marijuana he had in his house, and he replied 11 grams. He then led police to his residence. Two children were watching television in the living room, where Smith grabbed marijuana, a marijuana grinder and a glass pipe from a coffee table, police said. The children introduced themselves and said they both smoked with Smith earlier in the night, police said. A hearing is scheduled at 9:30 a.m.

According to another probable-cause affidavit, the trooper then knocked multiple times on the bedroom door in the apartment to contact Rachel Mae Baluch, 47, the mother of one of the girls at the residence. No one answered. He opened the door and shined a light into the room, and Baluch then turned on the light. On the dresser across from the bed was a green bong and a pill bottle containing a baggie of marijuana.

Baluch was charged with one count each of possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use and possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of endangering the welfare of children. A hearing is scheduled at 10:10 a.m. Oct. 2.

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