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Windber magistrate reports: Jan. 4

January 5, 2019

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

Driving under the influence

A 62-year-old Central City man has been charged with driving under the influence and several other offenses.

State police said John Maga, Bunker Hill Road, crashed his truck into a ditch along Rock Cut Road in Shade Township on Dec. 14. They found him holding a beer in the garage of his nearby home. According to police, Maga could barely stand and was swaying back and forth. He said he had crashed trying to avoid hitting a deer on his way home from the bar.

Police said Maga was taken to the hospital in Windber, where his blood alcohol content was found to be 0.272 percent. He’s facing charges of failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic, failure to drive at a safe speed, careless driving, reckless driving and failure to use occupant protection in addition to driving under the influence. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 23.

Endangering the welfare of children

A 37-year-old Windber woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of children.

According to Windber Borough police, Amanda Kathleen Havrilla, Stadium Terrace, was aware of sexual acts occurring between a boy and a girl in her care. The boy admitted to the acts, which occurred between Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, police said. He told police he couldn’t help himself.

Police said a witness told them that Havrilla witnessed inappropriate touching and yelled at the boy to stop. Her preliminary hearing is set for 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. A warrant has been issued for Havrilla’s arrest.

Driving under the influence

A 51-year-old Cairnbrook man has been charged with driving under the influence and several other offenses.

State police said Timothy Lee Leventry, Meade Street, struck a tree along Horn Road in Paint Township with his vehicle at approximately 5:38 p.m. Dec. 21. He was taken to a hospital in Johnstown as a precaution. According to police, Leventry was questioned while at the hospital. He had glassy, bloodshot eyes and told police he’d taken four shots of vodka before leaving his office in Richland Township that day. His blood alcohol content was 0.188 percent.

In addition to driving under the influence, Leventry was charged with failure to drive on the right side of the roadway, failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic, failure to drive at a safe speed, careless driving, reckless driving and operating a vehicle without official certificate of inspection. His preliminary hearing is set for 9:15 a.m. Feb. 27.

Drug possession/driving under the influence

A pair of Somerset County residents were charged Wednesday in relation to the possession and use of methamphetamine this summer.

State police said they found 29-year-old Charles James Reed, of Faidley Road, Somerset, slumped over the steering wheel of a car parked along Central Avenue in Central City at approximately 5:10 p.m. Aug. 13. They found a plastic bundle of suspected methamphetamine in his left pocket and paraphernalia in his right pocket.

According to police, Reed had called 31-year-old Madeline Elaina Mostoller, Susquehanna Street, Boswell, for a ride prior to his arrest. When she arrived, she was sweating, had a dry mouth and was making erratic body movements. She admitted to being on methamphetamine when asked. Police said Mostoller was taken to the hospital in Somerset, where meth was found in her system.

Reed was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia. His preliminary hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Feb. 13. Mostoller was charged with driving under the influence, careless driving and reckless driving. Her preliminary hearing is set for 9:45 a.m. Feb. 13.

Driving under the influence

A 23-year-old Windber man has been charged with driving under the influence and several other offenses.

State police said Michael Joseph Pallone, Ashtola Drive, left the scene after crashing his vehicle into a tree near the intersection of Verla Drive, Crum Road and Ashtola Drive in Ogle Township at approximately 7:15 p.m. Dec. 29. They found a half-empty bottle of Bird Dog blackberry whiskey on the passenger side floor.

According to police, Pallone was found in his bedroom in his parents’ home. He was unable to stand, and was taken to the hospital in Windber. His blood alcohol content was found to be 0.25 percent.

In addition to driving under the influence, Pallone was charged with failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic, failure to drive at a safe speed, careless driving, failure to use occupant protection and operating a vehicle without official certificate of inspection. His preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Feb. 27.

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