The following defendants were held for court during a preliminary hearing on Wednesday:
Joseph W. Thomas, 27, of Hopewell, on Nov. 18 was charged with DUI. The Bedford Police Department stopped Thomas’ motorcycle along North Chamberlain Street about 8:15 p.m. Aug. 24. Officer Ryan Patterson testified that Thomas had bloodshot and glassy eyes during the stop and reported he had taken suboxone that day. He showed signs of impairment during field sobriety tests and was taken to UPMC Bedford for a blood test. Once at the hospital, Patterson said Thomas admitted to using heroin earlier that day. The hearing was held without Thomas, who did not appear for court. District Judge Tonya Osman bound the charges to the Court of Common Pleas.
Dustin Moyer, 20, of Bedford, on Nov. 4 was charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. State police said Moyer’s vehicle was stopped along Interstate 99 near mile marker 1.7 on Oct. 13. During the stop, police learned Moyer had hypodermic needles in a pencil case within the vehicle, documents said. Police searched the vehicle and found the needles, as well as a glass jar of suspected heroin. The hearing was held without Moyer. District Judge Tonya Osman bound the charges to the Court of Common Pleas.
The following defendants waived their right to a preliminary hearing in central court on Wednesday:
Robert W. Ware, 62, of Bedford, on Jan. 2 was charged with simple assault and terroristic threats. State police said Ware allegedly scratched his ex-wife in the face after telling her he was a “demon” and threatening to “scratch her eyes out” during an incident at a home along Buck Haven Drive, Cumberland Valley Township, on Jan. 2. The woman told police she pulled blankets over her head and Ware struck her with a closed fist about five times, documents said. Ware also allegedly told his ex-wife he was going to drag her to Gordon Lake Dam and roll her into the water, documents said and threatened to kill her if she called police. Bail was set at $25,000.
Steven A. Price, 28, of Milford, Delaware, on Oct. 15 was charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. State police said Price was a passenger in a vehicle stopped along Lincoln Highway near Lutzville Road about 9:40 a.m. Sept. 30. During the traffic stop, police learned there were drugs and related paraphernalia in the vehicle. Price, who was a front seat passenger, was found to have three baggies of suspected heroin and six baggies with suspected methamphetamine residue in his pants pocket. Price told police the baggies found in his pocket were his. Bail was set at $10,000 unsecured.
Anthony M. Tirpak, 27, of New Paris on Dec. 2 was charged with simple assault. State police said Tirpak allegedly pointed a gun at Clayton C. Claar during an altercation about 1 a.m. Oct. 30 along Quaker Valley Road in East St. Clair Township. Claar told police he and Tirpak met along the side of the road “to fight,” according to court documents. A witness at the scene took the gun from Tirpak and put it in a vehicle, police said. When questioned, Tirpak admitted to meeting Claar alongside the road and taking a pistol out of his waistband, police said. Bail was set at $10,000 unsecured.
Richard Crawford III, 50, of Bedford on Dec. 2 was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The Bedford Police Department said Crawford was found in possession of a smoking device allegedly used for marijuana during an incident at 400 W Pitt St. on Nov. 8. Crawford told police he used the pipe to smoke marijuana, documents said. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.
Raymond S. Harclerode, 63, of Bedford on Sept. 21 was charged with DUI. State police said a vehicle driven by Harclerode crashed along Younts Road in Bedford Township about 4:20 p.m. Witnesses said the Ford F-150 crashed into a fence, overturned on an embankment, landed on its wheels and fled the scene. Police made contact with Harclerode at his home nearby and found a pickup truck with damage consistent with a rollover crash, documents said. Harclerode told police another vehicle ran him off the road and that he drove home after the crash because he lived nearby, police said. Troopers detected an odor of alcohol and said he showed signs of impairment during field sobriety tests. He was taken to UPMC Bedford for a blood test, which showed he had a blood alcohol content of .215%. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.
George L. Hubbard, 64, of Artemas on Dec. 1 was charged with DUI. State police said Hubbard was under the influence of alcohol when he drove to meet with troopers conducting a theft investigation. Police responded to 650 Silver Mills Road, Mann Township, on July 30 to investigate a theft. Hubbard was identified as a suspect of the theft and contacted by cellphone, according to court documents. He told police he was returning to the address, and when he arrived, police found him to be under the influence of alcohol, documents said. He was taken to UPMC Bedford for a blood test, which showed he had a blood alcohol content of .120%. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.
Ethan J. Strait, 22, of Everett on Nov. 30 was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. State police said Strait’s vehicle was stopped along Interstate 99 in King Township about 4:30 p.m. Oct. 21. During the stop, police learned there was possibly a small bag of marijuana in the vehicle. Strait gave troopers permission to search the vehicle and police found a smoking device and grinder with suspected marijuana residue. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.
Dawn M. Tenley, 30, of Bedford, on Nov. 30 was charged with DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia. State police said Tenley crashed a pickup truck into a utility pole along Valley Road in Napier Township about 1 p.m. Nov. 1. After arriving on scene, police said Tenley showed signs of impairment and she told troopers she had smoked marijuana earlier that day, according to court documents. She was found in possession of a glass smoking device and a straw with a white powder residue. She was taken to UPMC Bedford for a blood test, which showed she had active and inactive metabolites of marijuana. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.
Charles A. Roberson, 22, of Bedford, on Oct. 6 was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. State police said Roberson was charged after police and state parole officers responded to his apartment at 637 E. Pitt St. due to suspected drug activity. Roberson was found in possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.
Kaylin A. Ringler, 30, of Hyndman, on DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia. State police responded to 295 Schellsburg St., Hyndman, about 9:20 p.m. Sept. 6 to investigate a disturbance. Ringler was found sitting in her vehicle that was parked in front of her home. Police said she was acting erratically and told them she had used marijuana and a prescription medication recently. She showed signs of impairment during field sobriety tests and was taken to UPMC Bedford for a blood test. Lab results showed she had THC, amphetamine and alprazolam in her blood, police said. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.
Robert T. Lynch, 48, of Everett, on Dec. 2 was charged with accidents involving damage. State police said Lynch fled the scene of a crash at the intersection of Pitt and Penn streets in Bedford about 12:30 p.m. Oct. 16. A witness at the scene provided police with the registration information for the white pickup truck involved in the crash, documents said. Police said Lynch initially reported fleeing the scene because his daughter was having a medical emergency, but the story was determined to be false. He then told investigators he fled because he panicked, documents said. Lynch was released on his own recognizance.