Meadville Tribune

January 12, 2013

Courts & Blotter


Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — Titusville Area

Magisterial District Judge

-Brandi L. Carr, 20, of Centerville, was held for a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Amy Nicols and was bound over to the next term of court on two counts of driving under the influence and five summary charges. Pennsylvania State Police filed the charges for an incident on Dec. 1 in Rome Township. She was released on her own recognizance.

-Dawn A. Bellinger, 23, of Oil City, was held for a preliminary hearing and was bound over to the next term of court on the charge of retail theft. Pennsylvania State Police filed the charge for an incident on Nov. 17 in Oil Creek Township. She was released on her own recognizance.

-Jennifer L. Gruber, 41, of Titusville, waived her right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over to the next term of court on the charge of theft by unlawful taking. Titusville police filed the charge for an incident on Nov. 9. She was released on her own recognizance.

-Jon M. Bierce Jr., 32, of Centerville, was held for a preliminary hearing and bound over to the next term of court on charges of rape, rape of child, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 years of age, two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, unlawful contact with a minor, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of aggravated indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors, three counts of indecent assault with a person less than 13 years of age and three counts of indecent assault with a person less than 16 years of age. Pennsylvania State Police filed the charges for an incident on Sept. 1, 2011 in Athens Township. His bond is set at $50,000 unsecured.



Vernon Township Area

Magisterial District Judge

-Blake A. Williams, 23, of 502 North St., Meadville, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Michael Rossi and was bound over to the next term of court on charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Vernon Township police filed the charges for an incident on Oct. 25. His bond is set at $2,500.

-Stacy M. Mast, 33, of 19518 Highway 8 and 19, Saegertown, waived her right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over to the next term of court on the charge of theft by deception. Vernon Township police filed the charge for an incident between Aug. 6 and 21. Her bond is set at $5,000 unsecured.

-Betsy M. Frantz, 43, of 359 Walnut St., Meadville, waived her right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over to the next term of court on two counts of identity theft, two counts of theft by unlawful taking, two counts of theft by deception and four counts of receiving stolen property. Vernon Township police filed the charges for an incident between Aug. 24 and Sept. 13. Her bond of $7,500 was posted.



Saegertown Area

Magisterial District Judge

-William M. Muroff, 49, of Meadville, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Lincoln Zilhaver and was bound over to the next term of court on two counts of driving under the influence and three summary charges. Pennsylvania State Police filed the charges for an incident on Nov. 28 in Woodcock Township. He was released on his own recognizance.

-Sandra L. Stepchuck, 38, of Saegertown, waived her right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over to the next term of court on charges of interference with custody of children and concealment of whereabouts of a child. Pennsylvania State Police filed the charges for an incident on Nov. 11 in Woodcock Township. She was released from Crawford County Prison on $5,000 bail.

-Mackenzie T. Leehan, 24, of Edinboro, was arraigned and 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 on May 14 in Cambridge Township. Leehan’s bond is set as nonmonetary.



Crashes

State Police

-Michelle A. Zelasco, 47, of Meadville, was traveling east on State Route 27 when she traveled across a patch of ice and struck a semi-truck that was disabled along the north shoulder at noon Jan. 9, according to state police. She was reportedly taken to Meadville Medical Center for minor injuries.

-Dorothy A. Martin, 70, of Cambridge Springs, was traveling north on Teepleville Road in Athens Township when she lost control of her vehicle as a result of icy conditions and slid sideways off the roadway at 10:06 a.m. Jan. 9, according to state police. The vehicle reportedly struck an embankment and overturned on its left side. She was taken to Meadville Medical Center for moderate injuries, police said. Cambridge Springs Fire Department and Townville Fire Department Ambulance assisted on scene.

-Mildred J. Eastman, 86, of Corry, was traveling east on Route 1032 in Rome Township when her vehicle started to spin as a result of icy conditions and traveled off the roadway, striking a tree at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 9, according to state police. She was treated for minor injuries and released from Corry Memorial Hospital.

-Konstantinos M. Fekos, 23, of McKees Rocks, was traveling south on Old Plank Road in Venango Township when he lost control of his vehicle as a result of icy conditions and left the eastern side of the roadway at 9:40 a.m. Jan. 9, according to state police. The vehicle reportedly traveled down an embankment and struck a ditch, damaging the front end and undercarriage. No injuries were reported. Goodban’s Towing assisted on scene.

-Dylan T. Gaerttner, 18, of Saegertown, was stopped on Grant Street at the intersection of Erie Street in Saegertown when he traveled into the path of driver George A. Galmish, 48, of Cochranton, who was traveling east on Erie Street at 10:35 p.m. Jan. 9, according to police. Galmish reportedly struck the driver’s side of Gaerttner’s vehicle, which subsequently left the roadway and hit a house on the north side of the intersection. Galmish’s vehicle also left the roadway and came to rest in the yard, police said. Gaerttner and his 17-year-old passenger reportedly sustained minor injuries and were taken to Meadville Medical Center for treatment. DUI charges are pending for Gaerttner, according to police.

-Jack A. Shank, 64, of Guys Mills, was stopped along Frenchtown Road at the intersection with Lippert Road in Wayne Township when he struck the vehicle of Maurice R. Reynolds, 60, of Cochranton, on the driver’s side at 11:06 a.m. Jan. 10, according to state police. Reynolds reportedly traveled off the south berm of the roadway and impacted a speed limit sign. Shank’s vehicle suffered moderate damage and Reynolds’ was towed from the scene by Leonard’s Auto and Towing for disabling damage, police said. Reynolds reportedly suffered minor injuries while his passenger Vernon Miller was uninjured, along with Shank.



Crimes

State Police

-Pennsylvania State Police are looking for one or more unknown suspects accused of burglarizing a Pine Township residence between 10:30 p.m. Jan. 8 and 7 a.m. Jan. 9. The suspects reportedly entered a detached garage on South Chestnut Street and removed several electronic devices, gift cards and U.S. currency from vehicles belonging to a 35-year-old Linesville woman and a 60-year-old Linesville male.