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Somerset magistrate to hear cases

December 19, 2018

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

Vandalism

John Lee Peters, 62, Stern Street, Friedens, was charged Nov. 19 with institutional vandalism and criminal mischief. Somerset Borough police said Peters cut a cable disabling a video surveillance camera in the Somerset County parking garage in Somerset Borough Oct. 15.

Peters, a former county employee, was walking around the lower level of the parking garage looking inside a pickup truck owned by the county. He turned to the camera and made a derogatory gesture, walked slowly to the camera, placed his middle finger over the camera and with his other hand cut the wire to the video feed, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

Peters told police that he was walking in the garage during “a cool down period when he and a family member had an argument,” according to the affidavit.

A hearing is scheduled at 9:40 a.m. Jan. 15.

Drugs

Michael Logan Greathouse, 22, East Main Street, Somerset, and Geraldine Lee Maus, 48, Pine Springs Road, Boswell, were charged Nov. 20 with possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop on Glades Pike for an inoperable headlight on Sept. 29. Somerset Borough police said Maus, a front-seat passenger, had three glassine stamp bags, two empty and one containing suspected heroin, in her purse, along with two cellophane bags with a small amount of a crystal substance, which tested positive as methamphetamine. Maus also had small, cut straws, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Greathouse, a rear-seat passenger in the vehicle, had a concealed 25-caliber Model MP-25 Raven Arms pistol with six rounds of ammunition in the magazine and no round in the chamber, in a backpack. He did not have a gun permit. He also had drug paraphernalia in the backpack, including a glass smoking device with residue, a cut straw, a syringe and light bulbs with the screen housing broken off, which is commonly used to inhale crystal methamphetamine, according to an affidavit. Maus was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and a summary charge of violations concerning licenses. Greathouse was charged with firearms not to be carried without a license. Hearings for Maus and Greathouse are scheduled around 9:30 a.m. Jan. 15.

Driving under the influence

Donald Franklin Shaffer, 52, South Center Avenue, Somerset, was charged Nov. 25 with driving under the influence and a summary vehicle code violation. Somerset Borough police said Shaffer drove with a blood alcohol level of 0.19 percent on the 200 block of South Center Avenue Nov. 5. He was initially stopped for an inoperable headlamp. He appeared to slur his words, his eyes were glassy and he was in good spirits at the stop, police said. A hearing is scheduled at 9:55 a.m. Jan. 15.Scott Ryan Kennedy, 27, Water Street, Hooversville, was charged Nov. 25 with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, namely a syringe, packaging and a glass smoking device with burnt residue. Somerset Borough police said Kennedy parked along East Patriot Street in Somerset Borough and was slumped over inside the car Nov. 8. When he was awoken by a police officer knocking on his window, he seemed confused with a flushed face and constricted pupils, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

He told police he had injected crystal methamphetamine when he arrived at that location after he and his girlfriend had been fighting, according to police.

A hearing is scheduled at 9:45 a.m. Jan. 15.

Terroristic threats

A 40-year-old Butler man was accused of making homicidal threats toward multiple people and specifically named employees while he was on the Somerset Hospital Behavioral Health Unit Dec. 14 and Dec. 16, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

Somerset Borough police charged Christopher Charles Geibel, Center Avenue, with two counts each of terroristic threats and harassment, misdemeanors.

According to the police complaint, nurses reported that Geibel, a patient on their unit since October, made threats of violence, terrorizing the staff.

Geibel was arraigned on the charges Monday and is now in Somerset County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bail. A hearing is set at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 28.

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