The following defendants waived their right to a preliminary hearing in central court on Wednesday:
Jason A. Harpster, 39, of Bedford, on Oct. 2 was charged with prohibited possession of a firearm and firearms not to be carried without a license. He also was cited for disorderly conduct, unlawful killing or taking of big game, unlawful taking of game or wildlife and unlawful devices. The state Game Commission on Oct. 1 received information about illegal baiting activity. The following day, a deputy wildlife conservation officer observed Harpster in a tree stand in the area with a long gun. Harpster told the deputy that he was hunting coyotes and “anything that was around,” documents said. Harpster then descended from the tree stand and told the deputy he was a felon and not to be in possession of a firearm, documents said. During the investigation, Harpster told officers that he had harvested several deer in the past, including an eight-point buck. He also said he had taken two juveniles hunting in September and held a gun at that time, documents said. Harpster also told the WCOs that he had obtained a .40 caliber handgun from a friend and wanted to kill a coyote with a handgun. Bail was set at $50,000 unsecured.
Jordan R. Kiser, 21, of Hyndman, on July 13 was charged with delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. The state Attorney General’s Office said agents became aware that Kiser was selling crystal meth in Bedford County. On Feb. 28, law enforcement officers met with a confidential informant and arraigned a controlled purchase of crystal meth from Kiser. The informant used Snapchat to set up the drug deal, which was witnessed by officers, along Business 220. Bail was set at $30,000 unsecured.
Travis C. Sloas, 30, of Bedford, on Sept. 28 was charged with firearms not to be carried without a license, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, and Nikole M. Claybaugh, 26, of Bedford, was charged with simple assault. State police said Sloas and Claybaugh were involved in a physical altercation inside a vehicle as the two were on their way home from Rookeez Bar that evening. Police said Claybaugh struck Sloas in the face and body with a closed fist, causing swelling an cuts. Sloas pulled the vehicle onto the side of the road in the area of Six Mile Run and School House Hill roads, exited the vehicle, and approached Claybaugh’s passenger side door, documents said. Another vehicle pulled behind the vehicle and two unidentified men got out and asked if there was a problem, at which time Sloas allegedly told them to “mind their business.” One of the men then stated “Travis, is that you?,” documents said. Police said the two men got back in their vehicle and Sloas pulled out a handgun and kept it behind his back, fearing the men would assault him. The men left the scene and Claybaugh allegedly continued to strike Sloas. During the assault, Sloas’ firearm was fired into the air, police said. The couple then went to Hopewell before returning to Bedford as the physical altercation between the two continued. Police said Claybaugh continued to strike Sloas, and Sloas slapped Claybaugh in the face, documents said. The two went to the home of a relative and asked to contact the police. Police said Sloas did not have a license to carry a concealed firearm. Sloas had bail set at $30,000 unsecured. Claybaugh had bail set at $15,000 unsecured.
Alexis A.L. Lasch, 23, of Breezewood, on Sept. 14 was charged with possession of a controlled substance and a small amount of marijuana. State police were dispatched to 2029 Mountain Chapel Road, East Providence Township, on Sept. 4 to assist Bedford County Children and Youth. During the incident, police found a small amount of marijuana, a blue Alprazolam pill and related paraphernalia in Lasch’s camper. Bail was set at $15,000 unsecured.
Justin A. Grace, 27, of Manns Choice, on Sept. 8 was charged with DUI. State police said Grace was found unconscious in a vehicle parked at Walmart about 8:40 p.m. Aug. 2. Grace told police he was not huffing air duster and did not have any cans of air duster in the vehicle. He showed signs of impairment during field sobriety tests and was arrested for suspected DUI. Police found him in possession of a Walmart receipt showing he had purchased two packs of air duster about an hour prior to their arrival. Troopers searched the vehicle and found five cans of air duster, two of which were empty. Grace then admitted to huffing the air duster, documents said. Bail was set at $10,000 unsecured.
Dyseam B. Graham, 44, of Philadelphia, on July 27 was charged with DUI, possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. State police said Graham was found in possession of marijuana and related paraphernalia during a traffic stop along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in East Providence Township about 6 p.m. June 25. Police detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and Graham told police he had smoked earlier. Graham, who showed troopers the small amount of marijuana he had in the vehicle, showed signs of impairment during field sobriety tests and was arrested for suspected DUI. Bail was set at $10,000 unsecured.
Amanda S. Bottenfield, 38, of Buffalo Mills, on Jan. 28 was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and DUI. State police said Bottenfield was found slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle parked at CoGo’s along Lincoln Highway, Bedford Township, about 11 a.m. Dec. 22. Police said Bottenfield showed signs of impairment and told troopers she had taken suboxone earlier that day, documents said. She was found in possession of a burnt metal spoon with residue, a hypodermic needle and a cotton swab with residue. Bail was set at $7,500 unsecured.
Freddie G. Rhodes, 45, of Hyattsville, on Sept. 9 was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. State police said Rhodes was found in possession of 2 grams of raw marijuana and a half-smoked marijuana cigarette during a traffic stop along Interstate 99 in East St. Clair Township about 6 p.m. Aug. 23. Rhodes took ownership of the marijuana and told police he did not know it was illegal in Pennsylvania, documents said. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.
Nicholas G. Poraczky, 33, of Hopewell, on Aug. 10 was charged with DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia. State police said Poraczky was found asleep in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked at Hoke-E-Geez in Snake Spring Township about 9:20 a.m. July 16. Poraczky had a measuring spoon in his left hand and a syringe between his legs, while the seat belt was wrapped around his left arm, police said. Poraczky showed signs of impairment during field sobriety tests and was arrested for suspected DUI. A blood test showed he had fentanyl in his blood. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.
Kathleen Rulli, 52, of Everett, on Aug. 17 was charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. State police said Rulli allegedly stole a dog from Lesita Bingham and then sold it for $75. Police spoke to Bingham about the theft on June 27, at which time Rulli said the dog had gone missing on May 9. She said she later learned from her daughter that Rulli had stolen the dog, documents said. Rulli told police she had spoken to Bingham about re-homing the dog, but never gave her permission to take or sell it. Rulli was released on her own recognizance.