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Somerset magistrate reports: Jan. 14

January 16, 2019

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

Recklessly endangering

Scott James Macintyre, 41, West Race Street, Somerset, was charged Jan. 6 with recklessly endangering another person, possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use and possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia. Somerset Borough police said Macintyre allowed another person to produce methamphetamine in his apartment Dec. 21. There are about 50 other residents in the building, police said. When doing a follow-up on a report of meth production in Macintyre’s apartment, police detected an odor of burnt marijuana. Macintyre told police he had been smoking marijuana. He also showed police two burn marks from meth production in the apartment made by an individual who was no longer residing with Macintyre, police said. During a search of the apartment, police found smoking devices made from soda cans and a filtered bong. A hearing is scheduled at 11:10 a.m. Feb. 19.

Driving under the influence

Dustin James Pugh, 18, Romans Road, Somerset, was charged Jan. 8 with driving under the influence, purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of liquor or malt or brewed beverages, and four summary vehicle code violations. State police said Pugh drove with a blood alcohol level of 0.026 percent on North Center Avenue in Somerset Township Dec. 8. Police stopped Pugh for a tinted license plate cover and an inoperable brake light, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 11:15 a.m. Feb. 12.Keeton Meade Sarver, 19, and Damian Ryniak Jr., 26, both of whom reside along Main Street in Boswell, were charged Jan. 8 with several drug-related charges from a traffic stop. Sarver, the driver, was charged with driving under the influence of controlled substances of marijuana, methamphetamine and amphetamine and four summary vehicle code violations. Ryniak, a passenger, was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct. State police said Sarver drove with controlled substances in his system on Stoystown Road in Somerset Township Nov. 25. Police stopped Sarver’s vehicle for a nonfunctioning center brake light. His eyes were glassy and bloodshot. When he left the vehicle, he appeared sluggish, and he swayed throughout the conversation, according to a probable-cause affidavit. At the stop, Ryniak gave police a plastic container containing a bag of suspected marijuana from his pants pocket, according to the affidavit. Both hearings are scheduled for Feb. 12.Cherish Lynne Hange, 45, Wilson Creek Road, Rockwood, was charged Jan. 8 with driving under the influence of controlled substances and seven summary vehicle code violations. State police said Hange drove on North Center Avenue at Holly Lane in Somerset Township Dec. 4. She was stopped for an expired registration. She had dilated pupils. A toxicology test indicated she had alprazolam and elements of marijuana in her blood system, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 11:25 a.m. Feb. 12.Drew Joseph Wahl, 27, Garrett Shortcut Road, Berlin, was charged Thursday with driving under the influence of controlled substances, possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, namely a glass pipe and a grinder, and four summary vehicle code violations. State police said Wahl drove with elements of marijuana, amphetamine and methamphetamine in his system on East Main Street in Somerset Borough Dec. 18. He was stopped for an expired registration and exhibited drug impairment, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 11:45 a.m. Feb. 12.Kenneth Albert Stonerook III, 27, East 2nd Street, Gray, was charged Thursday with driving under the influence of controlled substances, possession of a controlled substance, possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, namely syringes, firearms not to be carried without a license, altered, forged or counterfeit documents and plates, and six summary vehicle code violations. Five minutes after being released from police custody in that case, he was charged with driving under the influence of controlled substances and six summary vehicle code violations. State police said Stonerook drove on North Center Avenue in Somerset Township Dec. 12. He was stopped for not having operational taillights. In the second instance, he was stopped in the area of North Center Avenue and Gilmour Road in Somerset Township for not having operable taillights or a middle brake light and for failing to use a turn signal when turning into the Lowe’s parking lot, according to a probable-cause affidavit. He told Trooper Matthew Costea “I don’t even feel high” and admitted he was told by Costea he was not permitted to drive in “his state of impairment,” according to the affidavit. Hearings in both cases are scheduled at 11 a.m. Feb. 12.John Edward Scuilli, 52, Fritz Road, Garrett, was charged Thursday with driving under the influence and five summary vehicle code violations. State police said Scuilli drove on West Main Street and Colby Avenue in Somerset Borough Jan. 9. Scuilli was stopped for an inoperable passenger side fog lamp, according to a probable-cause affidavit. State police said Scuilli appeared sluggish and his eyes were glassy and red. He refused to take a blood test, police said. A hearing is scheduled at 11:10 a.m. Feb. 12.

Drugs

Nicole Lee Lickenfelt, 30, East Main Street, Somerset, was charged Jan. 8 with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, namely a small bag of marijuana, 17 Ritalin pills and a straw with residue, disorderly conduct and four summary vehicle code violations. State police said Lickenfelt drove on South Center Avenue in Somerset Borough without headlights at 9 p.m. on Nov. 24. A toxicology report indicates she had elements of marijuana and fentanyl in her system, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 12.Thomas Wayne Lawson, 38, East Main Street, Somerset, was charged Jan. 8 with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, namely two glass pipes with residue — one in the vehicle and one in his pocket — and a summary disorderly conduct charge. State police said Lawson drove on South Center Avenue in Somerset Borough without his headlights on at 9:40 p.m. Nov. 24. A hearing is scheduled at 11:40 a.m. Feb. 12.Brandon Lee Gergely, 34, Jackson Street, Garrett, was charged Thursday with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, namely a glass jar, driving under the influence, recklessly endangering another person and eight summary vehicle code violations. State police said Gergely had elements of marijuana in his blood system while driving with passengers in Somerset Township Dec. 3. The street or road where the incident occurred and the age of the female in the back seat were not mentioned in the criminal complaint. A hearing is scheduled at 11:50 a.m. Feb. 12.Courtney Brianne Horning, 23, Grandview Avenue, Rockwood, was charged Thursday with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, namely tinfoil, and summary disorderly conduct and public drunkenness charges. State police said Horning was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for an expired registration on East Main Street in Somerset Borough Dec. 18. She had active warrants against her, according to a probable-cause affidavit. At the traffic stop Horning handed a trooper a piece of tinfoil containing a small amount of methamphetamine, police said. A hearing is scheduled at 11:35 a.m. Feb. 12.

Theft

Catherine Tims, 58, Piedmont Road, Somerset, was charged Jan. 5 with theft by unlawful taking and disorderly conduct. State police said Tims took a purse with items valued at approximately $200 at the BuckHorn Taverne along Glades Pike in Somerset Township on Nov. 24. The purse’s owner told police she left her purse on the bar while she went to the dance floor, and when she returned to the bar, she noticed it was gone. She said she saw a woman hanging around that area. She ran outside, saw the same woman in the parking lot and confronted her. She took photographs of the license plate. Police later identified Tims as the woman. Tims told police she accidentally removed the purse from the bar but gave it back, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 2:50 p.m. Feb. 19.

Retail theft

Lisa Garletts, 49, Shaeli Drive, Somerset, was charged Jan. 8 with retail theft. State police said Garletts bagged 43 items valued at $304.90 without paying for them at Walmart in Somerset Township on Jan. 6. A hearing is scheduled at 10:40 a.m. Feb. 26.

Warrant

A warrant was issued Monday for Robert Boyd McCartney, 44, Fayette Street, Washington, by District Judge Ken Johnson in response to a request by the state police. He is charged with retail theft, a third-degree felony, and a summary offense of driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked. State police said McCartney took groceries worth $243.54 from Walmart in Somerset Township on Jan. 8. He entered the store again two days later and was later contacted by police, according to a probable-cause affidavit. He told police in a telephone conversation that he would come to the Somerset barracks Friday, but did not show, police said.

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