Somerset magistrate reports: Jan. 3

January 4, 2019

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

Corruption of minors

An 18-year-old Somerset Township woman is accused of posting a nude photo of a 17-year-old female on a social media site and then texting and sending the photo via cellphone to that individual.

Shaylie Faith Augustine, Coxes Creek Road, was charged Dec. 28 with corruption of minors, harassment and disorderly conduct. State police said Augustine was arguing with the younger female over boyfriends in late September. Later, on Sept. 23, the female said Augustine sent her a nude photo of herself to her phone. The female gave police a transcript of her conversations with Augustine and the nude photo, according to a criminal complaint. She told police she knew of the photo but was unaware how Augustine obtained it. The same photo was posted on Augustine’s Instagram account but was later removed, police said.

On Nov. 10, during an interview with police, Augustine denied she was responsible for all of the text messages and denied knowing of or sending the photo, according to police.

A hearing is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 12.

Driving under the influence

• Matthew Steven Wegert, 35, Chestnut Avenue, Harrisburg, was charged Wednesday with driving under the influence and three summary vehicle code violations. State police said Wegert drove with a blood alcohol level of 0.14 percent on South Rosina Avenue in Somerset Borough Dec. 29. A hearing is scheduled at 10:40 a.m. Feb. 12.

• Cynthia Bennett Swartz, 68, Catawba Lane, Ligonier, was charged Monday with driving under the influence of controlled substances and two summary vehicle code violations. State police said Swartz drove erratically on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Somerset Township Dec. 18. At the traffic stop, Swartz appeared incoherent and had unstable footing. Several witnesses said she was unable to keep her vehicle on the road and she nearly struck another vehicle, police said. Swartz refused chemical testing, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 9:40 a.m. Feb. 19.

Accident involving damage

James David Warner, 37, Gilman Avenue, Marietta, Ohio, was charged Dec. 26 with accident involving damage to attended vehicle and summary offenses of duty to give information and render aid and limitations on backing. State police said Warner backed his vehicle into another vehicle twice in the parking lot of Starbucks along North Center Avenue in Somerset Borough on Dec. 22. He left the scene without providing insurance information to the other motorist, police said. A hearing is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 12.

False ID

Donald Eugene Hibbard, 41, Clover Street, Brownsville, was arraigned Thursday on a charge of providing false identification to a law enforcement officer. He was placed on an unsecured $5,000 bond. Somerset Borough police said Hibbard provided a false name and date of birth during a traffic stop Thursday on West Patriot Street. He was wanted on a felony warrant out of Fayette County, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 1:20 p.m. Jan. 15.


Seth Michael James Rugg, 28, Pine Hill Road, Berlin, and Elaina Nicole Mowery, 35, Main Street, Rockwood, were charged Wednesday with drug paraphernalia possession and other drug-related charges. Rugg was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and Mowery with driving under the influence of controlled substances.

State police served an arrest warrant Dec. 12 at a residence along East Catherine Street in Somerset Borough. Rugg was a passenger in a vehicle that pulled up to the residence at roughly the same time. Police said he had a black lockbox containing two green baggies of white crystal, one pink baggie of white powder and a silver container with a buprenorphine pill in his jacket pocket. He also had a digital scale, rubber bands, razor blades and hypodermic needles.

Mowery, the driver, showed signs of impairment, police said. In a search of her vehicle, police said they found a rubber container and plastic baggie in the glove compartment. A toxicology report indicated Mowery had amphetamine, methamphetamine and norbuprenorphine-free in her blood system, according to the affidavit. Hearings are scheduled at 10:10 a.m. Feb. 19.

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


Howard Finnigan Jr., 50, Stoltz Road, Bethel, has been charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, both second-degree felonies. According to a probable-cause affidavit, on Thursday a woman arrived at her Brotherton Road, Stonycreek Township, home to find that Finnigan had stolen a rifle and $500. A preliminary hearing had not yet been scheduled Thursday evening.

Failure to comply

Eric Sager, 69, Hemlock Road, Boswell, has been charged with three counts of failure to comply and dogs not validly registered. According to a probable-cause affidavit, Sager failed to register a dangerous dog from Feb. 5 to the current date. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 30.

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