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Somerset magistrate reports: Nov. 29

November 30, 2018

Several people are accused of not paying for ambulance services with insurance company funds.

According to probable-cause affidavits, Highmark insurance sent each defendant a check to be paid to the Somerset Area Ambulance Association for services rendered. The money was never given to the association, according to Somerset County detectives.

The association made several attempts to solve the problem. Chief Detective Jason Hunter sent a letter to the accused with no response, police said.

Preliminary hearings for most of the defendants are scheduled for Tuesday morning around 10:30.

The following people have been charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received:

• Charles Edmund Burton, 66, Bunker Hill Road, Central City, for ambulance service on March 25, May 13 and June 4. The insurance checks were for $1,290.50, $1,397 and $1,421, respectively.

• Carla Logue, 57, West Bakersville Edie Road, Somerset, for ambulance service on March 16. The insurance check was for $1,126.

• David Brian Allgood, 23, Red Oak Drive, Friedens, for ambulance service on April 21. The insurance check was for $475.07.

• Amy Jo Lishia, 35, Broadway Street, Rockwood, for ambulance service on Sept. 7. The insurance check was for $1,962.50. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 18 before District Judge Ken Johnson in Somerset.

The following hearings are also among those scheduled Tuesday before Johnson:

Driving under the influence

• Breanna Nashae Williams, 22, Cedar Street, Duquesne, was charged Nov. 1 with driving under the influence of controlled substances, possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, namely a black digital scale, and two summary motor vehicle code violations. State police said Williams drove with marijuana ingredients in her system on Berlin Plank Road in Somerset Township Oct. 22. She was stopped for an inoperable center brake light, and when she handed the officer her documents, he smelled marijuana, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled for 2:50 p.m.

• Daniel Michael Derdich, 66, West Sanner Street, Somerset, was charged Nov. 1 with driving under the influence, possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use and four summary motor vehicle code violations. State police said Derdich drove with a blood alcohol level of 0.16 percent, double the legal limit, on South Columbia Avenue in Somerset Borough Oct. 2. He was stopped for an inoperable center brake light, and when he handed the officer his documents, the officer smelled alcohol and marijuana, according to a probable-cause affidavit. About 20 grams of marijuana was found inside a metal cup in the rear of the passenger compartment, police said. A toxicology test showed ingredients of marijuana in his system, police said. A hearing is scheduled for 10:10 a.m.

• Taylor Michael Whipkey, 26, Leora Avenue, Rockwood, was charged Oct. 12 with driving under the influence of controlled substances, possession of a controlled substance, namely a small bag of methamphetamine, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, namely a black plastic cigarette case with residue, and two motor vehicle code violations. State police said Whipkey was stopped in the middle of Pine Tree Road in Somerset Township Sept. 23. The engine was running, the passenger door was open and Whipkey was curled up in a fetal position, rocking back and forth, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A toxicology test showed that he had multiple controlled substances in his system, police said. A hearing is scheduled for 2:20 p.m.

Resisting arrest

Cody Tyler England, 23, Glades Pike, Somerset, was charged Nov. 2 with resisting arrest, providing false identification to a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and five summary motor vehicle code violations. State police said England drove erratically on Beaver Dam Road in Somerset Township on Nov. 1. He then pulled into a dirt driveway and got out of the vehicle, police said. Initially, he told police that he was Michael Anthony Brown. When he was told that he did not match the physical description of Brown and was ordered to turn around to be detained, he took off running, according to a probable-cause affidavit. The trooper deployed his Taser and placed him into custody. A hearing is scheduled for 10:45 a.m.

The following preliminary hearings before Johnson are scheduled for later in December:

Driving under the influence

• Amanda Lynn Durst, 26, West Catherine Street, Somerset, was charged Oct. 26 with driving under the influence and a summary offense. Somerset Borough police said Durst drove with a blood alcohol level of 0.13 percent on West Patriot Street on Oct. 12. She drove through the red light at South Edgewood Avenue, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14.

• Tia Marie Mull, 37, Uhl Street, Somerset, was charged Nov. 4 with theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception. State police said Mull created a GoFundMe account to help with expenses from the death of a woman’s 4-month-old child. The woman told police that she received $70 from Mull from the fund, which raised $554. When the woman contacted Mull, she avoided her or told her that the money was given to someone else to give to the woman, according to a probable-cause affidavit. GoFundMe told the woman that after processing fees, the total amount available for withdrawal was $532.83, and it showed that Mull withdrew funds six times between June 21 and June 28 for a total of $462.83, according to the affidavit. A hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Dec. 28.

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