Somerset magistrate reports: Sept. 14

September 16, 2018 GMT

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

False reports

Jason Baker, 28, Edwardsville, was charged Aug. 16 with two counts of providing false reports to law enforcement, a misdemeanor.

Somerset Borough police said Baker approached them July 31 near the Super 8 motel and told them he and his paramour were traveling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and decided to get off at the Somerset exit so they could use the restroom at McDonald’s. He said that while he was in the restroom, his paramour walked out to the car, took $500 and his iPhone, and disappeared, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

About 40 minutes later police saw a woman outside McDonald’s who fit Baker’s description. She told them that she and Baker got into a fight while traveling on the turnpike, so when they arrived at McDonald’s she hid in the restroom for about 45 minutes to get away from him. She said that she did not take his money and that he lost his iPhone on the turnpike. Video surveillance showed the woman entering the fast food restaurant by herself, followed several minutes later by Baker, who looked around the restaurant and left. A hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m.


Angelo Valentino Saccamango, 21, Joan Drive, North Versailles, was charged Aug. 6 with possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia and three summary motor vehicle code violations.

State police said Saccamango was pulled over for an expired registration Aug. 6 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lincoln Township. While the trooper was talking to Saccamango, the trooper detected an odor of marijuana. Police found a DayQuil box containing a glass vape pen cartridge. The cartridge contained THC oil, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled for 3:15 p.m.

Retail theft

Benjamin Cody Schmidtetter, 23, Dorothy Avenue, Johnstown, was charged Aug. 12 with one count of retail theft, a third-degree felony, in three incidents.

He took several electronic items from Walmart in Somerset Township on three separate dates, according to police. On July 25, he took items valued at $1,611; on July 30, he took items valued at $2,320.94, and on Aug. 2, he took items valued at $1,991, according to probable-cause affidavits. Schmidtetter has seven prior retail theft convictions, police said. His hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m.