The following defendants waived their right to a preliminary hearing in central court on Wednesday:
Brandon L. Sollenberger, 30, of Bedford, and Geena S. Davis, 29, no known address, on March 8 were charged with possession of a firearm with an altered manufacturer’s number and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Agents with the attorney general’s office on March 8 met with officers of the Bedford Police Department, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and the Bedford County Drug Task Force to make a controlled buy of crystal meth from Sollenberger, according to court documents. A confidential informant arranged the deal through Facebook and made plans to meet Sollenberger at the McDonald’s in Breezewood. According to the criminal complaints filed against the defendants, agents watched Sollenberger leave a room at the Breezewood Motel and drive to the McDonald’s, where he met with the informant. After the drug deal was made, agents, who were assisted by the Drug Task Force and the Bedford County District Attorney’s Office, stopped Sollenberger in a fully marked patrol vehicle and arrested Sollenberger. He was searched and found in possession of the prerecorded funds police designated for the controlled buy. Law enforcement then went to Sollenberger’s room at the motel, where Davis answered the door and consented to a search of the room, documents said. Investigators found multiple containers of suspected crystal methamphetamine and liquid methamphetamine and related paraphernalia. Agents also found an Israeli Military Industries pistol that had its serial number obliterated under a mattress, marijuana, heroin and nearly $1,000 in cash. Both had bail set at $100,000 straight.
Kathryn E. Laber, 30, and Mark J. Smithmyer, 38, both of Hyndman, on March 29 were charged following an alleged altercation. State police were dispatched to 3065 2nd Ave., Hyndman, for a reported domestic disturbance. On scene, police spoke with Laber, who was bleeding from the head, documents said. Laber told police Smithmyer had locked her out of the house and, after she demanded to be let in, he allegedly opened the door and hit her with a metal speaker, documents said. When police questioned Smithmyer, he told troopers that he locked Laber out of the home because she had threatened to kill him while holding a knife, documents said. Laber was charged with terroristic threats and harassment and had bail set at $25,000 unsecured. Smithmyer was charged with simple assault and harassment and had bail set and posted at $25,000 straight.
Brooke A. Martin, 35, of Everett, on Feb. 19 was charged with DUI. State police said employees at the Wine and Spirits store in Snake Spring Township reported an intoxicated driver about 6:20 p.m. Nov. 10. The driver was identified as Martin, who had placed an online order at the store but was denied service due to her level of intoxication, documents said. Police located Martin at the Sheetz in Everett, where Martin allegedly showed signs of impairment during field sobriety tests. She was taken to UPMC Bedford for a blood test, which showed she had a blood alcohol content of .248%. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.
Roland G. Murray, 42, of Johnstown, on Feb. 18 was charged with DUI. State police were dispatched for a reported of an erratic driver near the Chestnut Ridge High School about 9:40 a.m. Nov. 18. Troopers stopped Murray’s vehicle and detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, documents said. Murray told police he had smoked marijuana in his vehicle about an hour earlier, police said. He showed signs of impairment during field sobriety tests and was taken to UPMC Bedford for a blood test. Lab results showed he had THC in his blood. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.
Jessica M. Showalter, 27, of Everett, on March 5 was charged with attempted escape, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office said Showalter allegedly broke free of sheriff deputies following a preliminary hearing in central court on March 3. After District Judge Kathy Calhoun bound her charges of false reports to the Court of Common Pleas, Showalter allegedly caused a disturbance at the counter of the central court office on the second floor of the courthouse and refused to sign her bail paperwork, according to court documents. Showalter, who had been taken into custody on a probation detainer, allegedly made statements about not going back to jail. Showalter continued to cause a disturbance as two sheriff deputies attempted to take her back to the sheriff’s office holding cells on the first floor of the courthouse to await transportation to the Bedford County Correctional Facility. While in the elevator, she allegedly jerked her right arm away from one of the deputies, causing the deputy to lose her grip. Deputies said Showalter then slipped her right hand from the handcuff behind her back, lunged, and ran toward an exit of the courthouse. The deputies were able to stop her a short distance later, documents said. Bail was set at $5,000 straight.