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Somerset magistrate reports: Feb. 26

February 27, 2019

The following preliminary hearings are scheduled before District Judge Ken Johnson in Somerset:

Driving under the influence

Christopher Lynn Hoover, 45, Kelly Road, Garrett, was charged Saturday with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, namely four used hypodermic needles, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest, fleeing or attempting to elude police and 12 summary vehicle code violations. State police said Hoover drove at a high speed followed by a cruiser at Walters Mill Road and Garrett Shortcut Road in Somerset Township on Friday. The vehicle “was all over the roadway” and at one point ran another vehicle off the roadway, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Hoover then drove on Snake Path Road for several miles before making a sharp left turn onto posted private property and a snow-covered path through the woods. When the vehicle was stopped by the snow, Hoover jumped out and ran. Trooper Levi Dively ran after him and used a Taser to gain compliance, according to the affidavit. Hoover was arraigned by on-call District Judge Sandra Stevanus and placed on a $25,000 bond. He remains in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of the bond. A hearing is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. March 5.Joel Paul Bergamasco, 24, South Ankeny Avenue, Somerset, was charged Feb. 19 with driving under the influence of a controlled substance and seven summary vehicle code violations. State police said Bergamasco drove erratically on North Center Avenue, north of West Main Street, in Somerset Borough on Feb. 15. A hearing is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. April 9.David Alan Mahler, 44, Edie Road, Somerset, was charged Monday with driving under the influence of alcohol and four summary vehicle code violations. State police said Mahler drove erratically with a blood alcohol level of 0.24 percent, three times the legal limit, on Neilan Road in Somerset Township Feb. 16. A hearing is scheduled at 3 p.m. April 9.Anthony Wade Sarsfield Jr., 23, Baxter Drive, Somerset, was charged Monday with driving under the influence of alcohol and two summary vehicle code violations. State police said Sarsfield drove with a blood alcohol level of 0.12 percent on Trinity Lane near Tayman Avenue in Somerset Borough on Feb. 20. He was stopped for a snow-covered registration plate. A hearing is scheduled at 2:50 p.m. April 9.Ryan Schrock, 23, Emerson Street, Rockwood, was charged Monday with driving under the influence of alcohol and five summary vehicle code violations. State police said Schrock drove erratically with a blood alcohol level of 0.27 percent on West Ridge Road near Hickory Hollow Road in Somerset Township on Feb. 15, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 3 p.m. April 9.Susan Frances Burnsworth, 33, Scullton Road, Rockwood, was charged Monday with driving under the influence of a controlled substance and three vehicle code violations. State police said Burnsworth drove on West Main Street in Somerset Borough on Feb. 21. She was stopped for an expired registration. Her eyes were glassy and her pupils constricted while the trooper spoke to her, according to a probable-cause affidavit. She told police that she was a heroin user and that she used a couple of stamp bags of heroin and smoked marijuana a couple hours before the stop, according to the affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 2:40 p.m. April 9.

Bad check

Gregory Wynkoop, 35, Chickadee Road, Kittanning, was charged with writing a bad check in a private criminal complaint filed by Dumbauld’s Tire Service, of Somerset, and approved by District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser Feb. 20. Wynkoop purchased two tires on Jan. 8 and paid $341.20 for them by check, which was returned for nonsufficient funds, according to the complaint. A hearing is scheduled at 11 a.m. April 2.

Drugs

Connor Wilson Christner, 21, Alice Street, Somerset, was charged Monday with possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use and possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, namely a glass Mason jar. State police said that during an investigation of an event along Sager Pond Road Feb. 10, Christner was detained and then transported to his girlfriend’s residence along Village Road in Somerset Township. The girlfriend gave police consent to search the apartment. During the search, marijuana and THC vape oil were found, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Christner told police the items belongedto him. A hearing is scheduled at 11:20 a.m. April 2.