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Somerset magistrate reports: Nov. 23

November 24, 2018

The following preliminary hearings are scheduled before Somerset District Judge Ken Johnson on Tuesday.

Simple assault

Tony Ray Porterfield, 27, East Arlington Drive, Somerset, was charged Oct. 16 with simple assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, and harassment, a summary offense.

State police said Porterfield squeezed the hand of a child, causing a muscle strain, according to an emergency room doctor.

The incident occurred at a residence along Willow Lane in Somerset Township Sept. 16, according to police.

Porterfield told police that the child grabbed his neck “out of nowhere.” He took the child over to his truck where the child allegedly swung at his genitals, and he grabbed the child’s hand and pulled it away, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

Porterfield is the paramour of the child’s mother. The child was visiting the mother and Porterfield. The child is in foster care, police said.

A hearing is scheduled at 10:10 a.m.

False ID

Chad Richard Borsuk, 41, Sam Street, Johnstown, was charged Oct. 16 with false identification to law enforcement, a third-degree misdemeanor, and two summary offenses of vehicle code violations. Somerset Borough police said Borsuk was speeding on Stoystown Road to East Catherine Street, to the 100 block of East Union Street in Somerset Borough Sept. 22. He told police that he was someone else, and later admitted that he had done so because he is a suspended driver for driving under the influence, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 10:20 a.m.Donald Lee Prinkey Jr., 26, Brown Road, Normalville, was charged Oct. 16 with false identification to law enforcement, a third-degree misdemeanor. Somerset County detective John Loiodici said Prinkey was sitting near a woman who was in the Somerset County Courthouse for a hearing Oct. 16. The county detective told him that he believed that Prinkey had magisterial district outstanding warrants, if he was the woman’s boyfriend. Prinkey told them he was “Nick Smith.” A hearing is scheduled at 11 a.m.

Drugs

Scott Daniel Mariani, 22, Jones Mills, Stahlstown, was charged Oct. 18 with possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, namely a glass marijuana smoking device, driving under the influence of a controlled substance and two summary offenses of motor code violations.

State police said Mariani was driving 20 mph over the posted speed limit on Glades Pike in Somerset Township Sept. 29.

A toxicology test showed he had elements of marijuana in his system and a blood alcohol level of 0.002 percent. The legal limit is 0.08 percent in Pennsylvania. A hearing is scheduled at 2:30 p.m.

Lakayla Julia Irish, 36, was charged Oct. 22 with possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, possession of a controlled substance, possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, namely a small plastic baggie, driving under the influence of a controlled substance and one summary offense of motor code violation.

State police said Irish was driving 17 mph over the posted speed limit at the 106.6 mile marker on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Somerset Township Oct. 20.

When a trooper pulled her over a smell of marijuana came from inside the vehicle, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

Irish had one Oxycodone pill in an unmarked prescription bottle and three grams of marijuana in her wallet, according to the affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 11:20 a.m.

Tanner Drew Williamson, 27, Somerset County Jail, was charged Oct. 28 with drug delivery, possession of a controlled substance and possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, namely clear plastic baggies, endangering the welfare of children and disorderly conduct.

State police said Williamson was a passenger in a vehicle on the 400 block of East Main Street in Somerset Borough Oct. 28, when the driver was stopped and then charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Her 3-year-old child was in the backseat. During the course of the traffic stop, the driver left the vehicle to perform a sobriety test. Williamson asked the trooper if he could take the child into the store to go to the bathroom and get her something to eat, according to a probable-cause affidavit. The trooper then went into the store and told Williamson about the charges against the driver, and told him to stay with the child in the store.

The trooper went back to the vehicle and conducted a consent search and found 1.02 grams of methamphetamine, 22 stamp bags of heroin and four unopened suboxone strips in a bag belonging to Williamson. Also located was an electronic scale, various packaging material and $420 in cash, according to the affidavit.

Williamson had called another woman and told her to come to Sheetz to watch the child because he had to leave, police said. When the woman arrived at the store, Williamson had already fled and left the child unattended, police said.

He is in jail in lieu of a $15,000 secured bond set at his arraignment Nov. 13 before Johnson. A hearing is scheduled at 2 p.m.

Driving under the influence

James Alan Black, 35, 3rd Street, Quecreek, was charged Oct. 18 with driving under the influence and two summary motor vehicle code violations.

State police said Black drove with a blood alcohol level of 0.18 percent on Flight 93 Memorial Highway just south of the Route 601 exit in Somerset Township Sept. 7. At one point the trooper had to accelerate to 121 mph to close the distance between his cruiser and Black’s vehicle when he noticed the speed Black was driving, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 10:40 a.m.

Waived charges

Celeste Tiara Dean, 24, North Center Avenue, Somerset, waived her right to a preliminary hearing Nov. 13 and will face charges of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct in Somerset County court.State police said Dean entered Walmart along North Center Avenue Nov. 9 after she was told not to do so by the store’s management. Several employees recognized her after months of re-occurring incidents, police said. She fled out the rear fire exit with her hood up and into the nearby woods after being ordered to stop numerous times by troopers, according to a probable-cause affidavit.William Lee Hensel, 72, Mill Run, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Oct. 23, three days after he was arraigned on the charges, and will face the offenses of driving under the influence, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and five summary motor vehicle violations in county court.On Oct. 20, state police said they responded to a report of an intoxicated man attempting to drive on Highland Farms Drive to go to a family member’s wedding there. When he was stopped, Hensel told police that he had consumed “an unspecified amount of alcohol,” according to a probable-cause affidavit.

Police said Hensel had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about him. His eyes were glassy and bloodshot and his speech was slurred, according to the affidavit.

He then began to walk away from the troopers. When a trooper brought him back to the police vehicle he resisted being handcuffed, police said.

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