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Somerset district judge presides over cases

December 20, 2018

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

Retail theft

Savanna Jordan Oakes, 27, East Main Street, Somerset, was charged Nov. 27 in two cases with retail theft. State police said Oakes took merchandise from Walmart in Somerset Township Nov. 13 and 19. In both incidents Oakes took packs of Pokemon cards valued at $84.76 and $68.86, respectively, according to probable-cause affidavits. A hearing is scheduled at 11:10 a.m. Jan. 8.

Driving under the influence

Morgan Clay Woy, 22, Cannery Road, Somerset, was charged Nov. 27 with driving under the influence, possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, namely a metal grinder, and four summary vehicle code violations. State police said Woy drove with a blood alcohol level of 0.102 percent and elements of marijuana in his blood system on Highland Park Drive in Somerset Borough Oct. 27. He failed to stop completely at a stop sign and then turned left, police said. A hearing is scheduled at 9:45 a.m. Jan. 8.Seth James Michael Rugg, 28, Pine Hill Road, Berlin, was charged Nov. 23 with driving under the influence of controlled substances, possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, namely cellophane baggies with traces of white crystals, and two summary vehicle code violations. Somerset Borough police said Rugg was in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with the motor running along South Rosina Avenue Oct. 23. He was not awoken easily. The officer then opened his door to wake him. Rugg appeared to be drowsy, sluggishly reacting to questions and his eyes were glassy and bloodshot, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 9:20 a.m. Jan. 15.Amy Renee Stanczyk, 34, East Main Street, Somerset, was charged Nov. 15 with driving under the influence of controlled substances and five summary vehicle code violations. State police said Stanczyk drove erratically on Sagamore Street and Byers Road in Somerset Township Oct. 31. She told the trooper that she had been crying because her life is a mess and she needed to go to Somerset Tire to get her tire fixed, according to a probable-cause affidavit. She told police she was playing with her cell phone and that was the cause for her poor driving, police said. While Stanczyk was speaking, the trooper wrote, that he saw she had red, glassy, bloodshot eyes and constricted pupils, slow and sluggish actions and slurred speech. A toxicology report indicated Stanczyk had elements of marijuana and Methadone in her blood system, according to the affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 10:10 a.m. Jan. 8.Steven Baraniak Jr., 34, Carlson Drive, Boswell, was charged Nov. 19 with driving under the influence of controlled substances and seven summary vehicle code violations. State police said Baraniak was pulled over for driving on West Main Street in Somerset Borough on Oct. 26 while his driving privilege was DUI-suspended. At the traffic stop, the trooper wrote in a probable-cause affidavit that Baraniak had bloodshot eyes and other signs of drug impairment. A toxicology report indicated he had Amphetamine, Methamphetamine and Oxymorphone Free in his blood system. A hearing is scheduled at 9:50 a.m. Jan. 8.Courtney Amber Helmick, 19, East Mud Pike, Berlin, was charged Nov. 20 with driving under the influence and two summary vehicle code violations. State police said Helmick drove past the asphalt and into the grass front of the State Police Barracks along Sagamore Street in Somerset Township July 31. She was stumbling and had trouble maintaining her balance once in the lobby of the barracks, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A toxicology report indicated she had Alprazolam and elements of the ingredients in marijuana in her blood system, police said. A hearing is scheduled at 10:20 a.m. Jan. 22.Thomas Len Aultz, 49, Sipesville Road, Sipesville, was charged Nov. 27 with driving under the influence and four summary vehicle code violations. State police said Aultz drove with a blood alcohol level of 0.14 percent on Stoystown Road at Route 219 in Somerset Township Nov. 2. According to a probable-cause affidavit, Aultz told police he fell asleep coming off the ramp from Route 219, ran through a stop sign, went across Stoystown Road, over an embankment, hitting a tree and a fence. A hearing is scheduled at 10:10 a.m. Jan. 22.Amanda Sue Bergamasco, 24, South Ankeny Avenue, Somerset, was charged Nov. 29 with driving under the influence of controlled substances and endangering welfare of children, both misdemeanors, and five summary vehicle code violations. State police said Bergamasco drove with Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, Buprenorphine and Norbuprenorphine in her blood system on East Main Street in Somerset Borough Oct. 28. She had a young girl in the backseat, police said. A hearing is scheduled at 9:55 a.m. Jan. 8.

Bad check

Lorrie Barta, 45, Village Road, Friedens, was charged with a private criminal complaint filed Nov. 20 for writing a check for $306.43 for veterinary care for two dogs to Animal Medical Center Oct. 15 and not having funds to cover it, according to the complaint. A hearing is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 8.