Meadville Tribune

February 2, 2013

Courts and Blotter


Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — Meadville Area

Magisterial District Judge

-Christopher F. Williams, 24, of 17320 Theuret Hill Road, Saegertown, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge William Chisholm and bound over to the next term of court on charges of criminal trespass, two counts of simple assault and one summary charge. Meadville police filed the charges for an incident on Jan. 31. He was placed in Crawford County jail on $2,500 bond.

-Matthew P. McKinnis, 18, of 20559 Devore Road, Meadville, was arraigned and bound over to the next term of court on two counts of aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault, corruption of minors, indecent exposure and indecent assault without consent. Meadville police filed the charges for an incident on Jan. 10. He was released on his own recognizance.



Saegertown Area

Magisterial District Judge

-Mackenzie T. Leehan, 24, of Edinboro, waived her right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Lincoln Zilhaver and was bound over to the next term of court on three counts of theft by unlawful taking. Pennsylvania State Police filed the charges for an incident in Cambridge Township. She was released on nonmonetary bond.



Linesville Area

Magisterial District Judge

-Thomas L. Beish, 53, of 133 Wadsworth Ave., Meadville, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Rita Marwood and was bound over to the next term of court on charges of theft by unlawful taking and criminal conspiracy. Pennsylvania State Police filed the charges for an incident on Oct. 15 in South Shenango Township. He was recommitted to Crawford County jail on $20,000 bond. His arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 22.



Crashes

State Police

-Jennifer D. Smith, 40, of Guys Mills, was traveling east on Morris Road in Woodcock Township when her vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole on Feb. 1 at 2:47 p.m., according to state police. No injuries were reported. Her vehicle suffered disabling damage and was towed by Hayden’s Towing, police said. Meadville EMS and West Mead VFD assisted on scene. DUI charges are pending.

-Tamara Badalova, 24, of Pittsburgh, was traveling west on Route 285 in Greenwood Township when she failed to stop at the intersection of Perry Highway and entered into the path of driver Matthew Kiska, 52, of Meadville at 5:25 p.m. Jan. 27, according to state police. Kiska’s front end reportedly struck the driver’s side door of Badalova’s vehicle. Both drivers suffered injuries of unknown severity and were taken to Meadville Medical Center for treatment, police said. Greenwood Fire Department assisted on scene.

-Scott Reffner, 24, of Meadville, was traveling west on Geneva Road in Union Township when he lost control of his vehicle as a result of snowy conditions at 6:40 p.m. Jan. 27, according to state police. The vehicle reportedly traveled 180 feet off the north side of the roadway and struck a tree head on. He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Meadville Medical Center for treatment, police said.

-James Kemp, 63, of Spartansburg, was traveling west on Fish Flats Road in Sparta Township when he lost control of his vehicle and left the roadway, traveling down an embankment and striking a tree at 11 p.m. Jan. 27, according to state police. No injuries were reported.

-Keith D. Rerko, 38, of Saegertown, was traveling east on Route 198 in Hayfield Township when he lost control of his vehicle as a result of snowy conditions and left the roadway at 3:05 a.m. Jan. 28, according to state police. The vehicle reportedly hit a ditch and traveled over an embankment until striking a tree. No injuries were reported. His vehicle sustained major front-end damage and was towed by West End Towing, police said.

-Matthew T. Fuller, 26, of Corry, was traveling west on Reed Road in Rome Township when he lost control of his vehicle, rotating clockwise and sliding sideways until striking a ditch off the intersection of Reed Road and Fish Flats Road at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 26, according to state police. The vehicle reportedly rolled onto its driver’s side and struck a telephone pole with its roof. The driver allegedly fled the scene uninjured and failed to notify police.

-Rachel A. Byler, 22, of Corry, was traveling south on Route 89 in Oil Creek Township when she hit the accelerator instead of the brake and left the roadway at 10 a.m. Jan. 26, according to state police. Her vehicle reportedly traveled off the west side of the road and struck a barn before coming to rest in a grass lot. No injuries were reported.

-Theodore G. Wilder, 61, of Titusville, was traveling west on Main Street in Spartansburg when he struck the open rear door of a parked vehicle as pedestrian Laura Beckman, 30, of Corry, was placing her 1-year-old son in a car seat at 8:10 p.m. Jan. 26, according to state police. Wilder reportedly fled the scene and was later arrested for DUI. Beckman sustained minor injuries after being struck with a piece of debris, police said. Her child, Wilder and his passenger, Paul Fultz, 55, of Centerville, were uninjured.