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Somerset magistrate reports: Jan. 18

January 19, 2019

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

Driving under the influence

Elaina Nicole Mowery, 35, Main Street, Rockwood, was charged Monday with possession of a controlled substance, namely a stamp bag of suspected methamphetamine labeled “stay high,” possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of a controlled substance and a summary careless driving offense. State police said Mowery was sitting in her vehicle with the headlights on and the engine running behind the Ear, Nose and Throat Associates building along South Center Avenue in Somerset Borough Dec. 31. When a trooper checked on her, he noticed her eyes were glassy and bloodshot. She said she had been in a fight with her mother at the Sheetz along South Rosina Avenue and had driven to where the police found her to calm down, police said. A baggie with a suspected controlled substance was found in the side of the front right passenger’s side door. Mowery said she was unaware that the baggie was inside the vehicle, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A toxicology report found meth metabolite and buprenorphine metabolite in her blood system. A hearing is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 26.Jason Charles Slack, 48, Ream Road, Rockwood, was charged Monday with driving under the influence and three summary vehicle code violations. State police said Slack drove erratically with a blood alcohol level of 0.17 percent on Route 281 at Indiantown Road in Somerset Township Dec. 1. A hearing is scheduled at 11:25 a.m. Feb. 19.Dallas Hunter Lepley, 18, Jill Renee Drive, Stoystown, was charged Monday with driving under the influence, purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of liquor or malt or brewed beverages, and three summary vehicle code violations. State police said Lepley drove erratically with a blood alcohol level of 0.21 percent on the Route 219 ramp in Somerset Township Nov. 25. A hearing is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 19. Samuel Wayne Watterson, 23, Bishop Lane, Somerset, was charged Monday with driving under the influence and two summary vehicle code violations. State police said Watterson, while driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.12 percent, failed to stop at a stop sign at West Ridge and Antram roads in Somerset Township Nov. 22. He was stopped at Highpoint Drive and Felgar Road by state police. A hearing is scheduled at 11:40 a.m. Feb. 19. Denis Craig Sechrist, 64, Cannery Road, Somerset, was charged Monday with driving under the influence and two summary vehicle code violations. State police said Sechrist was stopped with a blood alcohol level of 0.20 percent in the 100 block of North Center Avenue in Somerset Borough Nov. 8. A hearing is scheduled at 11:45 a.m. Feb. 19. Lynn Kimmel, 53, Revco Road, Somerset, was charged Monday with driving under the influence of controlled substances and three summary vehicle code violations. State police said Kimmel pulled in front of a vehicle that had the right of way, nearly causing a collision at Revco Road and North Center Avenue in Somerset Township Dec. 15. A toxicology report indicated he had elements of marijuana in his system, police said. A hearing is scheduled at 11:40 a.m. Feb. 26.Jose Maria Clarke Paulakos, 24, Main Street, Berlin, was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence and two summary vehicle code violations. State police said Paulakos drove on South Center and Griffith avenues in Somerset Township Dec. 30 with elements of marijuana in his blood system. He was stopped for an inoperable rear tail light, police said. He smelled of alcohol, his eyes were glassy and bloodshot, and his pupils were dilated, police said. He had a blood alcohol level of 0.07 percent. A hearing is scheduled at 10:25 a.m. Feb. 26.Kenneth John Nist, 60, Brotherton Road, Berlin, was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence and five summary vehicle code violations. State police said Nist lost control of his vehicle, drove off the shoulder of Glades Pike at South Dominion Drive in Somerset Township and struck a large rock while his blood alcohol level was 0.25 percent Jan. 12. A hearing is scheduled at 10:35 a.m. Feb. 26.

Drugs

Kyle Reese Peters, 28, Diamond Street, Berlin, was charged Monday with possession of a controlled substance, suspected crystal methamphetamine, and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, namely a glass smoking device, baggies, hypodermic needles, razors and a butane lighter. State police said Peters was sitting in a vehicle in a driveway along Maust Road in Somerset Township Dec. 28. Police were at that residence preparing to serve an arrest warrant for another man. Peters told police he bought the meth in that house after officers found a black lockbox in the back seat of his car containing meth and drug paraphernalia, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 10:15 a.m. Feb. 19.Ian James Quinn, 36, Thomas Street, Meyersdale, was charged Wednesday with firearms not to be carried without a license, possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence and four summary vehicle code violations. State police said Quinn was stopped for a traffic code violation on South Franklin Avenue in Somerset Borough Dec. 28. The trooper said he smelled marijuana inside the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, he found marijuana and a loaded revolver. Quinn told police about both, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Quinn had a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent and elements of marijuana in his system, according to police. A hearing is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 29.Timothy Lee Petersheim, 30, St. Paul Road, Meyersdale, was charged Wednesday with driving under the influence and two summary vehicle code violations. State police said Petersheim drove with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 percent on Plank Road at Oak Street in Somerset Borough at 1:22 a.m. Dec. 2. At the stop, Petersheim emitted an odor of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes and dilated pupils, police said. A hearing is scheduled at 11:15 a.m. Feb. 19.Jack Henry Lowery III, 35, East Mud Pike, Rockwood, was charged Wednesday with driving under the influence, illegally operating a motor vehicle not equipped with an ignition interlock and seven summary vehicle code violations. State police said Lowery drove erratically on Berlin Plank Road near Timberlane Drive in Somerset Township Nov. 25. A strong odor of alcohol came from him, and his speech was slurred. He refused to submit to a blood alcohol test, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 11:35 a.m. Feb. 19.Jacob Eugene Baer, 25, White Horse Road, Berlin, was charged Thursday with driving under the influence and six summary vehicle code violations. State police said Baer drove with a blood alcohol level of 0.23 percent on East Main Street at Musselman Avenue in Somerset Borough Dec. 23. He was stopped for driving at 3:36 a.m. without headlights, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Police said he had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and his speech was slurred. A hearing is scheduled at 10:45 a.m. Feb. 26.Tiffany Marie Hottle, 29, West Sanner Street, Somerset, was charged Thursday with driving under the influence and two summary vehicle code violations. State police said Hottle drove with a blood alcohol level of 0.16 percent on Harrison Avenue in Somerset Borough Nov. 24. A traffic stop was initiated because Hottle failed to use a turn signal when turning left onto Tayman Avenue, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 11:05 a.m. Feb. 26.

Retail theft

Lisa Anne Wooley, 40, Brownstown Road, Larimer, was charged Monday with retail theft. State police said Wooley took groceries valued at $243.73 from Walmart in Somerset Township Jan. 8. A hearing is scheduled at 10:10 a.m. Feb. 26.

Criminal mischief

Jason Howard Stephens, 33, West Main Street, Somerset, was charged Thursday with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. State police said Stephens damaged a water sprinkler system and flooring at Lutheran Commons along Berlin Plank Road Jan. 7. The cost of the damage was estimated at $3,542.97, according to a probable-cause affidavit. He allegedly broke a sprinkler head off the ceiling using a snow shovel. He told police he did so to gain their attention. He said he wanted to speak with them because he “swallowed a bug that is listening to me,” according to the affidavit. A hearing is scheduled at 10:50 a.m. Feb. 26.