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Somerset magistrate reports: Nov. 12

November 13, 2018

The following preliminary hearings are scheduled for Tuesday (today) before Somerset District Judge Ken Johnson:

Unsworn falsification

Vernon Callahan, 33, Hyasota Hill Road, Hollsopple, was charged Oct. 8 with unsworn falsification to authorities. The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office said Callahan applied for a concealed carry permit Sept. 24. He indicated on the application form that he did not have any misdemeanor convictions. A criminal history check showed Callahan had two second-degree misdemeanor convictions. He told Deputy Sheriff Todd Sherle that he did not believe he had been arrested because the police did not put him in handcuffs, according to a probable-cause affidavit. His hearing is scheduled at 10:15 a.m.Amanda Beth Blumentritt, 41, Hyasota Hill Road, Hollsopple, was charged Oct. 8 with unsworn falsification to authorities. The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office said Blumentritt applied for a concealed carry permit Sept. 24. She indicated on the application form that she did not have any misdemeanor convictions. A criminal history check showed second-degree misdemeanor convictions. She told Deputy Sheriff Todd Sherle that she did not spend any time in jail, only house arrest, for her driving while under the influence convictions, according to a probable-cause affidavit. She became belligerent about the form not being clear and said she would have no way to protect herself from others, Sherle wrote in the affidavit. Her hearing is scheduled at 10:10 a.m.

Theft

Derick Ryan Shroyer, 20, Keystone Street, Meyersdale, was charged Oct. 5 with theft by unlawful taking. State police said Shroyer took a container with $32 in change that belonged to Andrew Leydig’s mother at a residence along Vulcan Street in Friedens Sept. 17. Shroyer was at the residence with Leydig when the container came up missing, police said. They both were filling out applications for employment, police said. Leydig told police he found the empty container in Shroyer’s vehicle the following day. A hearing is scheduled at 3 p.m.

Retail theft

Celeste Tiara Dean, 24, North Center Avenue, Somerset, was charged Oct. 10 with retail theft and defiant trespassing. State police said Dean took $170 worth of merchandise without paying from Walmart in Somerset Township Sept. 8-30. She was told by the store’s manager on Sept. 8, Sept. 10 and Sept. 30 that she was not to be on the premises, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 2:45 p.m.Jesse James Livengood, 20, Glade City Road, Meyersdale, was charged Oct. 17 with retail theft, a third-degree felony. State police said Livengood took about $88 in merchandise, DVDs, CDs, socks and underwear from Walmart in Somerset Township Oct. 16. This is his fifth retail theft charge with four prior convictions of the same, according to the probable-cause affidavit. His hearing is scheduled at 9:30 a.m.Rebecca Wild, 35, Harrington Lane, Somerset, was charged with retail theft, a third-degree felony. Somerset Borough police said Wild took three pairs of sunglasses from Sheetz along South Rosina Avenue Aug. 30. A hearing is scheduled at 10:30 a.m.

Driving under the influence

Chad Adam Flick, 31, Harrison Avenue, Somerset, was charged Oct. 10 with driving under the influence of a controlled substance and a summary charge of careless driving. State police said Flick went to the state police station in Somerset Township Sept. 1 to report suspicious activity at his residence. He told police there were people in his walls and in his crawl space. He appeared confused, according to a probable-cause affidavit. He drove to the police station. A toxicology report indicated a positive result for methamphetamine, police said. A hearing is scheduled at 10:50 a.m.

Strangulation

Michael David Swartzwelder, 46, Houston Street, Somerset, was charged Oct. 8 with one count each of terroristic threats, strangulation, simple assault and harassment and two counts of disorderly conduct. Somerset Borough police said Swartzwelder harassed and threatened three individuals in the parking lot at his residence Oct. 7. He allegedly grabbed one man and shoved him against a vehicle. The man, Justin Turner, had red marks on his neck and a scratch across the front of his neck, police said. Turner told police that he punched Swartzwelder in self-defense. Swartzwelder had a small cut on the bridge of his nose and his right eye was swollen, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 9:50 a.m.

Waived

Peggy Shaffer, 58, East Main Street, Somerset, waived her right to a preliminary hearing and will face charges of driving under the influence and two vehicle code violations in county court. Somerset Borough police said Shaffer drove with a blood alcohol level of 0.19 percent on East Catherine Street June 29.Bernadette Lucy Lytle, 33, Jubilee Street, Rockwood, waived her right to a preliminary hearing and will face charges of driving under the influence and six motor vehicle code violations in county court. State police said Lytle drove with a blood alcohol level of 0.16 percent on Harrison and Tayman avenues in Somerset Borough on Aug. 30.

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