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Due to response efforts to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, the state Supreme Court has closed all courtrooms to the public. Central court on Wednesday was limited to cases for defendants currently incarcerated at the Bedford County Correctional Facility. Scheduled preliminary hearings are closed to the public and will be done via video conference.

The following defendants waived their right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday:

Dwight J. Imler, 26, of New Enterprise, on March 10 was charged with receiving stolen property. Police said Ryan Imler called police on Oct. 10 indicating his brother, Dwight Imler, wanted to turn himself in to police on separate investigations. The Imlers met police in a parking lot along Lincoln Highway in Bedford Township, where Dwight was arrested. Dwight was in possession of a stolen Smith and Wesson M&P Shield .40 pistol, that he had placed in a plastic bag in the bed of their truck. Police said Dwight Imler confessed to multiple crimes in Pennsylvania and the surrounding states. Regarding the stolen handgun, Dwight Imler told police the gun was in a duffel bag he found inside a vehicle he had stolen in either Virginia or West Virginia. He told police he kept the gun after abandoning that vehicle. Bail was set at $25,000 straight.

David A. Rubio, 58, no fixed address, on March 10 was charged with terroristic threats and harassment. The Bedford Police Department said Rubio allegedly threatened to kill a man in Bedford during an incident at 131 S. Juliana St. about 9:30 p.m. March 8. Kenneth Wickel told police that Rubio pounded on the door of his apartment and identified himself as a law enforcement officer. Rubio then allegedly threatened to kill Wickel. Rubio’s wife, Catheryn Rubio, who has a no contact order against her husband, was in the apartment watching television at the time. Bail was set at $15,000 straight.

Jason W. Griffiths, 37, of Buffalo Mills, on March 17 was charged with theft by unlawful taking and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. State police said Griffiths was found in possession of a Nissan Frontier rental vehicle belonging to Enterprise Holdings of Bedford on March 17. Police said Griffiths rented the vehicle for one day on March 6 and never returned it. The vehicle was valued at $22,000. Police responded to Griffiths’ home at 1568 Bard Hollow Road, Buffalo Mills, on March 17 after another man reported hearing two gunshots coming from inside the residence, police said. Bail was set at 10% of $10,000.

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