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Magistrate reports: May 14

May 15, 2019

The following preliminary hearings are scheduled before District Judge Susan Mankamyer in Boswell:

Driving under the influence

Timothy Hutchens Jr., 26, Hilltop Road, Friedens, was charged April 2 with four counts of driving under the influence and two summary offenses. According to a probable-cause affidavit, at about 6:20 p.m. March 7 state police stopped a vehicle driven by Hutchens in the parking lot of Martin General Store in Boswell Borough for a warrant. A blood test showed Hutchens had amphetamine, methamphetamine, marijuana and an opioid in his system at the time of the stop, according to the affidavit. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. today.Joshua Kuncher, 27, Boswell Heights Drive, Boswell, was charged April 2 with three counts of driving under the influence, endangering the welfare of children and two summary offenses. According to a probable-cause affidavit, on March 7 Kuncher drove a vehicle with two children in it with drugs in his system. A blood test showed Kuncher had amphetamine, methamphetamine and an opioid in his system at the time, according to the affidavit. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. today.Jacob Shaffer, 27, South Stonycreek Street, Stoystown, was charged April 8 with driving under the influence, drug paraphernalia possession and four summary offenses. According to a probable-cause affidavit, at 4:46 p.m. April 5 Shaffer wrecked a vehicle along Route 219 in Jenner Township. Police found empty stamp bags and needles in the vehicle and on Shaffer, according to the affidavit. Police suspected Shaffer to be intoxicated, but multiple attempts to draw blood were unsuccessful. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. today.David Kris, 43, South Main Street, Davidsville, was charged Monday with two counts of driving under the influence. According to a probable-cause affidavit, at about 11:56 p.m. Thursday Conemaugh Township police responded to Country Manor Living for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Kris was the operator. He had a blood alcohol content of 0.249%, according to the affidavit. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. June 5.

Disturbing waterways

Thomas Campbell, 52, Saylor School Road, Johnstown, was charged Tuesday with disturbing waterways and a summary offense. According to a probable-cause affidavit, in late April Campbell “dug out” a portion of North Fork Bens Creek along Saylor School Road. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. June 5.

Access device fraud

Tiffany Gehman, 26, Kegg Avenue, Johnstown, was charged May 1 with third-degree felony access device fraud, second-degree felony forgery, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. According to a probable-cause affidavit, between March 5 and April 3 Gehman made transactions totaling $791.99 from an account she wasn’t authorized to use. Gehman was arraigned Tuesday before Mankamyer and was sent to the Somerset County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:55 a.m. today.

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

Driving under the influence

Ricky Parson, 64, Somerset Pike, Somerset, was charged May 4 with driving under the influence and 10 summary offenses. According to a probable-cause affidavit, at about 5:03 p.m. April 1 state police stopped a vehicle driven by Parson in the Walmart parking lot in Somerset Township after a report of an erratic driver. Parson refused a blood test, according to the affidavit. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. June 25.David Narea, 41, Paint Street, Windber, was charged Friday with four counts of driving under the influence, drug paraphernalia possession and seven summary offenses. According to a probable-cause affidavit, at about 4:40 a.m. April 2 state police found Narea asleep in a vehicle at Sheetz along North Center Avenue in Somerset Township. Narea had a blood alcohol content of 0.017% and had marijuana in his system, according to the affidavit. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:40 a.m. June 18.Tyler Glover, 18, Middlecreek Road, Rockwood, was charged Friday with three counts of driving under the influence and five summary offenses. According to a probable-cause affidavit, at about 1:41 a.m. March 30 state police stopped a vehicle driven by Glover in the Rhoads Mini Mart parking lot for a burnt-out brake light. A blood test showed Glover had marijuana and an opioid in his system at the time of the stop, according to the affidavit. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. June 18.David Mahler, 44, Tj Avenue, Somerset, was charged Friday with two counts of driving under the influence and five summary offenses. According to a probable-cause affidavit, at about 1:04 a.m. March 23 state police stopped a vehicle driven by Mahler along Marteeny Road in Somerset Township for multiple traffic violations. Mahler had a blood alcohol content of 0.24%, according to the affidavit. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:50 a.m. June 18.Virginia Svirsko, 37, Shaeli Drive, Somerset, was charged Friday with two counts of driving under the influence and six summary offenses. According to a probable-cause affidavit, at about 1:30 am. Feb. 17 state police stopped a vehicle driven by Svirsko along Hickory Hollow Road in Somerset Township for multiple traffic violations. Svirsko had a blood alcohol content of 0.19%, according to the affidavit. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:35 a.m. June 18.Eugene Custer, 50, Pitt Street, Jennerstown, was charged Friday with two counts of driving under the influence and three summary offenses. According to a probable-cause affidavit, at about 12:03 p.m. May 1 state police stopped a vehicle driven by Custer along Revco Road in Somerset Township after receiving a report of a reckless driver. Custer had a blood alcohol content of 0.24%, according to the affidavit. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. June 25.Brian Fitzgibbons, 41, Bryant Drive, Pittsburgh, was charged Friday with two counts of driving under the influence and two summary offenses. According to a probable-cause affidavit, on April 20 state police stopped a vehicle driven by Fitzgibbons along West Union Street in Somerset Borough for a traffic violation. A blood test showed Fitzgibbons had several drugs in his system, including fentanyl, according to the affidavit. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. July 2.Jeremy Bartels, 42, Dodson Road, Somerset, was charged May 6 with two counts of driving under the influence and two summary offenses. According to a probable-cause affidavit, at about 1:48 a.m.March 23 Bartels wrecked a vehicle into a tree limb along Husband Road in Somerset Township. Bartels had a blood alcohol content of 0.21%, according to the affidavit. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:10 a.m. June 25.