Decisions of Westmoreland County Judges

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The following is a list of defendants charged with a first offense of driving under the influence in Westmoreland County criminal court. These defendants receive a standard sentence that includes enrollment in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for one year, attendance at an alcohol highway safety school and a one-month driver's license suspension.

The ARD program does not require defendants to admit guilt, but does require that they be placed on probation. If they satisfactorily complete the probation, they may then file a petition to have the case expunged. Unless otherwise noted, court costs are placed on the defendant.

The defendants are:

* Stephen J. Slyman, 36, of 607 Oak Ridge Drive, Hempfield.

* Ira G. Trout, 63, of 519 St. Andrews Drive, Hempfield.

* Jeffrey M. Gaddis, 22, of 1 Gaddis St., Hopwood.

* Benjamin L. Zerbe, 31, of 14319 Michael Drive, North Huntingdon.

The following is a partial list of criminal cases handled by judges in the most recent term of Westmoreland County criminal court. Some of the cases involve first-time offenders being enrolled in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. The ARD program does not require defendants to make an admission of guilt, but does require that they be placed on probation for up to two years. If they satisfactorily complete the probation, they may then file a petition to have the case expunged. Unless otherwise noted, court costs are placed on the defendant.

John H. Blahovec

* Jason G. Gunter, 20, of 425 Chestnut Ridge Road, Derry Township, was sentenced to intermediate punishment for one year with five months of electronic monitoring for the charges of burglary, theft by unlawful taking and criminal conspiracy. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,411.58.

* James Laughlin Carns IV, 39, of 221 Main St., Latrobe, was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months with 100 days of electronic monitoring for the charge of driving under the influence. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 12 months. He was also granted work release.

* Danielle Ann Taylor, 32, of 110 Meadow St., Sarver, was sentenced to five days in jail, with credit for time served, for the charge of harassment.

* Richard Cutia, 27, of 142 Westminster Ave., Greensburg, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to intermediate punishment for five years with six months of electronic monitoring. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 18 months.

* Thomas Keith Fruechtel, 60, of 476 Bell Point Road, Bell, was accepted into the ARD program for one year for the charges of receiving stolen property and dispose of vehicle altered/illegally obtained.

* Thomas John Moon, 42, of 1109 Hancock Ave., Vandergrift, was sentenced to intermediate punishment for six months with 40 days of electronic monitoring for the charge of driving under the influence. He was ordered to attend an alcohol highway safety school and his license was suspended for 12 months. He was also granted work release.

* Raymond Lee Edwards, 24, of 449 College Ave., Greensburg, was sentenced to probation for one year for the charge of resisting arrest/other law enforcement.

* Christy Marie Skaggs, 23, of 2130 Candee St., Hempfield, was sentenced to probation for one year for the charge of receiving stolen property.

* Kevin Wagner, 48, of 104 Willow Drive, Lower Burrell, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to one to three years in jail.

* Misty Boyd, 23, of 1238 McMahon Ave., Monessen, pleaded guilty to corruption of minors. She was sentenced to probation for one year.

* Amanda Jo Baker, 26, of Carpenter Town Road, Southwest, charged with possession of a controlled substance, was accepted into the probation without verdict program for six months. …