The following defendants waived their right to a preliminary hearing in central court on Wednesday:
William R. Greenwald, 54, of Everett, on Dec. 25 was charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment. State police said Greenwald allegedly chased his girlfriend and her daughter in his vehicle during an altercation in Everett on Dec. 25. Margaret L. Plyes told police she and her daughter, Kari L. Mitchell, both left Greenwald’s home in separate vehicles following a verbal dispute between Greenwald and Plyes. Police said Greenwald allegedly followed the two in his pickup truck and cut in front of Plyes’ vehicle, causing a collision. The three vehicles continued out of Everett onto Lincoln Highway, where Greenwald allegedly continued to cut Plyes off multiple times, police said. Bail was set at $25,000 unsecured.
Harold Shipe, 47, of Defiance, on Jan. 1 was charged with simple assault and harassment. State police said Shipe allegedly struck his girlfriend, Loretta Lynn Parker, in the face with a closed fist during an altercation about 1 a.m. Jan. 1. Police said the two were drinking alcohol and playing games at the dinner table at the time of the assault. Parker told police Shipe struck her after she had a conversation with Shipe’s mother. Bail was set at $25,000 unsecured.
Jonathan G. Thompson, 25, of Saxton, on Dec. 19 was charged with strangulation and harassment. State police said Thompson allegedly grabbed Marie Miller by the throat during an altercation about 7:15 a.m. Dec. 19 at 905 Lower Main Street, Saxton. Miller told police she was in an altercation with Thompson’s wife, Kimberly Thompson, when the defendant grabbed her by the throat and pushed her against a bedroom door. Miller told police Thompson lifted her up from the floor while choking her with both hands, documents said. Thompson told police he was abruptly awakened by Miller physically attacking his wife. Thompson told police he had to pull Miller off of his wife twice. Police said Miller had a bruise beside her right eye and a cut on the inside of her lip. Thompson had a scratch on his neck. Bail was set at $25,000 unsecured.
Keia L. Bush, 27, of Hopewell, on Dec. 29 was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and recklessly endangering another person, while Gunner L. Coy, 24, of Hopewell was charged with simple assault and harassment. State police said Bush allegedly drove her vehicle while under the influence of alcohol with her 2-year-old son inside. The complainants, who were not identified, in court documents, told police that Bush arrived at their home about 1:45 a.m. and asked if her son and her could spend the night. The complainants went to Bush’s vehicle to get the child, but the boy was not in the vehicle. Police later learned that Bush had left the child at a family member’s home at 509 Station Street, Saxton, about 1 a.m. after she had driven there intoxicated. She left that residence after getting into a altercation with Coy, her boyfriend, police said. Bush allegedly slapped Coy in the face and he allegedly retaliated by striking her with a closed fist, causing a bloody lip, police said. Both had bail set at $20,000 straight.
Kyle A. Van Pelt, 24, of New Paris, on Dec. 23 was charged with firearms not to be carried without a license. State police responded to the Alum Bank Pitt Stop, 4187 Quaker Valley Road, Pleasantville, about 8:30 p.m. Dec. 22 for a welfare check on Van Pelt. Police said Van Pelt told troopers he had driven to the shop, and that he showed signs of impairment, including bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Van Pelt was arrested for suspected DUI and taken to UPMC Bedford Memorial for a blood test. Police said Van Pelt also was found in possession of a loaded .22 caliber pistol for which he did not have a concealed carry permit. Bail was set and posted at $15,000 straight.
Corey E. Burkey, 36, of Canfield, Ohio, on Dec. 3 was charged with DUI, possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Burkey’s vehicle was stopped along Route 30 on Oct. 19 after police were contacted about an erratic driver on Mile Level. Police said Burkey had an odor of alcohol coming from his vehicle and multiple empty alcohol bottles on the floorboards. He showed signs of impairment during field sobriety tests and was taken to UPMC Bedford Memorial for a blood test, which indicated he had a blood alcohol content of .178 percent. A baggie containing 1.5 grams of suspected marijuana was found in the vehicle along with two glass smoking devices. Bail was set at $10,000 unsecured.
Tyler J. Matthai, 23, of Bedford, on Dec. 10 was charged with DUI. State police said Matthai crashed his vehicle into a utility pole along Allegheny Road about 12:15 a.m. Nov. 17. Matthai told police he had smoked marijuana that evening. He showed signs during field sobriety tests and was taken to UPMC Bedford Memorial for a blood test, which showed he had THC, Lorazepam and Tramadol in his blood. Bail was set at $10,000 unsecured.
Rex A. Sheetz, 35, currently incarcerated at the Bedford County Correctional Facility, on Dec. 9 was charged with possession of a controlled substance. The Bedford County District Attorney’s Office said Sheetz was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine when he was arrested on a bench warrant about 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at 120 S. Wood St. Bail was set at $10,000 unsecured.
Christian G. Wright, 18, of Six Mile Run, on Dec. 3 was charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, and criminal mischief. State police said Wright’s stepmother reported that he caused damage to her interior basement door and kitchen counter top about 9:15 p.m. Oct. 15. The woman, who was not identified by name in court documents, told police Wright broke the door and threw a red drink on the counter top that required professional cleaning. Police found suspected methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia in Wright’s bedroom, documents said. Police spoke with the defendant on Oct. 28 and he admitted to using meth recreationally. Bail was set at $10,000 unsecured.
Thomas E. Myers III, 29, of Altoona on Oct. 29 was charged with providing false identification to law enforcement. State police said Myers was a passenger in a vehicle stopped along Interstate 99 near mile marker 7 about 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Police asked Myers for his identification, and Myers said he did not have it on him. Myers allegedly told police his name was Jude Michael Myers with a false birthday. When police ran the name through the National Crime Information Center, the photo of the person matching that name was not Myers. Myers told police he used his brother’s name because he believed he had an active warrant. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.