Windber magistrate reports: March 19
The following preliminary hearings are scheduled before District Judge Bill Seger in Windber:
Driving under the influence
Fifty-year-old Thomas C. Hull Sr., of Highland Avenue, Johnstown, is facing several marijuana-related charges. Windber Borough police said Hull was stopped after he was seen turning into the Sheetz parking lot along Graham Avenue without using his turn signal at approximately 2:38 a.m. Feb. 10. According to police, he smelled of marijuana and failed field sobriety tests. Testing revealed that he had traces of marijuana in his bloodstream. Police said marijuana and paraphernalia were also found in his vehicle. Hull was charged with driving under the influence, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to use required signals on March 11. His preliminary hearing is set for 9:15 a.m. April 24.A 43-year-old Windber woman was charged Thursday with driving under the influence, reckless driving and failure to meet general lighting requirements. Windber Borough police said Alana Druscilla Norton, Jackson Avenue, was pulled over at approximately 2:34 a.m. March 12 after she stopped in the middle of a roadway in Paint Borough, revved her engine and peeled out. She also had a cracked taillight. Police said she smelled of alcohol and had open beer bottles in the vehicle. Her blood alcohol level was found to be 0.176 percent. A preliminary hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. April 10.Twenty-seven-year-old Boswell resident Joshua George Kuncher, Boswell Heights, is facing several charges after his vehicle became stuck on railroad tracks. State police said they found Kuncher, a woman and two children along a Benson Borough roadway on Feb. 16. Kuncher told police he pulled his vehicle off the road because the kids were screaming and it became stuck accidentally. Asked if he was under the influence of anything, Kuncher said he’d taken Suboxone and that he didn’t have a prescription for it. Blood testing at UPMC Somerset revealed that he had traces of amphetamine and methamphetamine in his system. He was charged Thursday with driving under the influence, failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic, careless driving, reckless driving and operating a vehicle without official certificate of inspection. His preliminary hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. April 10.Twenty-four-year-old Riley James Alexander, of Maken Drive, Johnstown, was charged March 11 with driving under the influence and failure to stop at a stop sign. Windber Borough police said Alexander ran a stop sign off the Route 56 ramp at approximately 1:24 a.m. March 9. He smelled of alcohol and showed signs of intoxication, but refused blood testing. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. April 24.
Forty-three-year-old Richard T. Wade, of 19th Street, Windber, was charged March 12 with strangulation and simple assault. Windber Borough police said they were dispatched to a report of a domestic dispute at approximately 10:48 p.m. March 11. A woman was found to have a red mark on her neck. Both she and Wade admitted they were arguing but said there was no physical altercation. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Wednesday (today).