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Windber magistrate reports: Jan. 17

January 18, 2019

The following preliminary hearings are scheduled before District Judge Bill Seger in Windber:

Aggravated assault

A 36-year-old Windber man has been charged with aggravated assault, strangulation, simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct. According to Windber Borough police, a woman said that Derrick Michael Jaindl, Graham Avenue, threw hot coffee on her, choked her and threatened to kill her during the early morning hours of Dec. 28. Jaindl’s preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Endangering the welfare of children

A Windber pair are facing several charges related to leaving a 5-year-old home alone. Windber Borough police said in a report filed Dec. 18 that they received an anonymous letter stating that 43-year-old Jennifer Ann McKeown, 8th Street, was letting the boy watch himself while she went to work. They went to McKeown’s residence, a duplex, at approximately 2:56 p.m. Dec. 14. Police said they found the 5-year-old there alone. Eric Robert Crookham, 45, who lived on the other side of the duplex, then came over with a 1-year-old. He had a 17-year-old in his residence as well. According to police, Crookham smelled of marijuana. He admitted to smoking some about an hour before they arrived. Police then interviewed McKeown, who said Crookham was to be watching the 5-year-old while she was gone. Both Crookham and McKeown were charged with endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person and corruption of minors. Crookham’s preliminary hearing is set for 10:15 a.m. Feb. 13 and McKeown’s for 10:30 a.m. the same day.

A Windber couple has been charged with endangering the welfare of children for allegedly driving while intoxicated with kids in the vehicle. Windber Borough police said the vehicle, which was driven by 36-year-old Scott Boring, was stopped at approximately 3:29 a.m. Dec. 30 near the intersection of 21st Street and Graham Avenue. It was found to be uninsured. Trista Renee Kinsey, 33, was a passenger, as well as three children. Police said that both Boring and Kinsey appeared to be intoxicated, and that none of the children were wearing seat belts. Children & Youth Services was contacted and the kids were removed from the custody of Boring and Kinsey. Boring has also been charged with driving under the influence, driving without the required financial responsibility, driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked and failure to use occupant protection. His preliminary hearing is set for 11:45 a.m. Feb. 13. Kinsey’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Feb. 13.

Driving under the influence

A 39-year-old Johnstown man has been charged with driving under the influence and several other offenses. State police said in a report filed Jan. 14 that David Martin Walls III, 39, Macridge Avenue, hit a curb while driving swiftly in the 600 block of Main Street in Central City at approximately 1:13 a.m. Oct. 21. He continued to drive erratically and was pulled over. According to police, Walls smelled of alcohol and admitted to having a few drinks. He was taken to the hospital in Windber, where his blood alcohol content was found to be 0.165 percent. Additional charges against Walls are failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic, failure to drive at a safe speed, careless driving and failure to use occupant protection. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Feb. 13.

A 66-year-old Central City man has been charged with driving under the influence and several other offenses. State police said in a report filed Jan. 14 that Randall Lynn Foltz, Strayer Street, was pulled over for driving erratically near his home at approximately 1:37 a.m. Nov. 4. He smelled of alcohol and admitted to drinking. Foltz was taken to the hospital in Windber, where his blood alcohol content was found to be 0.184 percent. Additional charges against Foltz are failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic, careless driving, failure to meet general lighting requirements and failure to use occupant protection. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Feb. 13.

Windber Borough police have charged a 36-year-old Johnstown man with driving under the influence and failure to meet general lighting requirements. According to police, Charles Russell Mahon III, Derby Street, was seen driving erratically and with a rear parking light out at approximately 12:50 a.m. Dec. 20, near the intersection of 11th Street and Graham Avenue. He smelled of alcohol, failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the hospital in Windber, where his blood alcohol content was found to be 0.197 percent. Mahon’s preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. Feb. 13.

A 35-year-old Windber man has been charged with driving under the influence and several other offenses. Windber Borough police said William Raymond Killinger, Grove Avenue, was pulled over after appearing to drive carelessly at approximately 11:29 p.m. Jan. 5. He had slurred speech and admitted to drinking alcohol earlier in the night. Eight empty beer cans were seen in his vehicle. Killinger, police said, was taken to the hospital in Windber, where his blood alcohol content was found to be 0.216 percent. Additional charges against Killinger are careless driving, failure to use required signals, operating a vehicle without an inspection and violating restrictions on alcoholic beverages. His preliminary hearing is set for 11:30 a.m. Feb. 13.A 60-year-old Windber man has been charged with driving under the influence and failure to use required lighted lamps. Windber Borough police said James B. Byrne, Luther Street, was seen driving at approximately 7:02 p.m. Dec. 25 without using headlights. He was pulled over and was found to have slurred speech and slow movements. According to police, Byrne need support to maintain his balance. He was taken to the hospital in Windber, where his blood alcohol content was found to be 0.167 percent. A preliminary hearing is set for 10:45 a.m. Feb. 13.

Criminal trespass

A 37-year-old Windber man has been charged with criminal trespass, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. According to Windber Borough police, James Anthony Pitera, 12th Street, kicked in a woman’s apartment door along 15th Street in the early morning hours of Jan. 13. Pitera’s wife told police she had texts from Pitera stating that he’d gone to the woman’s apartment looking for her, but she was out with the other woman. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

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