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Somerset magistrate reports: Feb. 28

March 1, 2019 GMT

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

Drugs

Anthony Mishler, 38, Somerset, was charged Wednesday with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, a felony, and lesser-graded offenses of possession of a controlled substance, namely Zanax, possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, namely syringes, a scale, packaging material and owe sheets, and possession of an offensive weapon.

The day before, Somerset Borough police assisted the Somerset County Probation Department in locating Mishler at the Budget Inn along North Center Avenue. During the investigation, information came to light that Mishler possessed illegal contraband, according to police.

A search warrant was obtained and the room was searched with the assistance of a state police K-9. A navy blue backpack was located between the bed and the wall containing prescription medication, scales, packaging material, syringes and owe sheets documenting drug transactions, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Other items found were brass knuckles and knives along with electronic devices.

Mishler was arraigned by Johnson and housed in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond. A hearing is scheduled at 9:20 a.m. March 12.

Driving under the influence

Amanda Sue Bergamasco, 25, South Ankeny Avenue, Somerset, was charged Tuesday with hindering apprehension or prosecution, a third-degree felony, and lesser-graded offenses of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, namely two syringes, driving under the influence of controlled substances and three summary vehicle code violations. State police said Bergamasco drove into the Sheetz parking lot along Rosina Avenue in Somerset Borough on Nov. 9. She got out and went into the store, while her passenger was arrested on a felony warrant.

The syringes were found in her purse in the back seat of the vehicle, police said. A toxicology test indicated that Bergamasco had amphetamine, methamphetamine, buprenorphine-free and norbuprenorphine-free in her blood system.

She waived her right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday at her arraignment. She was awaiting trial in the Somerset County Jail, where she was being held in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

Driving under the influence

Kevin Earl Miller, 45, Snyder Lane, Millmont, was charged Tuesday with driving a tractor-trailer while under the influence of a controlled substance and two summary vehicle code violations. State police said Miller was stopped for a seat belt violation on North Center Avenue in the area of Lake Road in Somerset Township on Tuesday. Miller appeared to have trouble keeping his eyes open during field sobriety testing, according to a probable-cause affidavit. He told police he took an “unknown” pain pill the night before. He refused chemical testing, according to police. A hearing is scheduled at 11:10 a.m. April 9.

Drug paraphernalia

Devene Ashley Matthews, 31, Technology Drive, Somerset, was charged Feb. 18 with possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia. Somerset Borough police stopped a vehicle in the 100 block of West Patriot Street on Jan. 31 and arrested the driver on drug-related charges. Matthews was a passenger in the vehicle. During a search, police found a digital scale, which was linked to Matthews, according to a criminal complaint. A hearing is scheduled at 10:10 a.m. April 16.