The following defendants were held for court during a preliminary hearing in central court on Wednesday:
Thomas M. Buchan, 61, of Everett, on June 5 was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance. State police responded to the Bedford Diner, 4292 Business 220, about 10:50 a.m. April 25, on reports of two patrons appearing to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Tpr. Rusty Hays testified that Buchan admitted to driving to the establishment. He was taken to UPMC Bedford Memorial for a blood test after showing signs of impairment during field sobriety tests. The test showed Buchan had alprazolam, THC and methadone in his blood. The preliminary hearing for Buchan was held in his absence after he failed to show up for court. District Judge Tonya Osman bound the charges to the Court of Common Pleas.
Brant L. Odom, 40, of Doerun, Georgia, on June 4 was charged with theft of services. State police said Odom on May 13 left the Quality Inn, 16621 Lincoln Highway, East Provident Township, without paying for his room. Police said Odom’s credit card was declined, but he told the staff at the inn it was because he was outside the state of Georgia. He told staff he was spreading his mother’s ashes along the East Coast. The next morning, Odom left without paying for the $128 room. The preliminary hearing was held without Odom, who failed to appear. Osman bound the charges to the Court of Common Pleas.
The following defendants waived their right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday:
Thomas Kearney, 39, of Altoona, on April 17 was charged with felony retail theft, theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief. State police said Kearney allegedly stole two GPS systems valued at $721 from the Gateway Travel Plaza in Breezewood on March 21. Police said Kearney and Kristy A. Hicks, 40, of Bedford, entered the store about 11:15 a.m. and attempted to break into several coin-operated machines. Video surveillance shows Kearney successfully breaking into a photo booth and stealing about $30 in change, according to court documents. He then allegedly stole the GPS units from Radio Shack while the store attendant was distracted, documents said. Police said about $500 in damage was done to the machines. Hicks also was charged with theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief. Kearney had bail set at $50,000 straight. Hicks had bail set at $10,000 straight.
Angela L. Dunn, 35, of Hollidaysburg, on April 4 was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance. State police said Dunn was charged after she crashed her car near 707 Beaver Dam Road, Kimmel Township, about 11 a.m. March 3. Police said Dunn showed signs of impairment and told troopers she had used marijuana and Xanax over the past few days. She was taken to UPMC Bedford Memorial for a blood test, which showed she had alprazolam and THC in her blood. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.
Kyle A. Felix, 26, of New Paris, on May 14 was charged with DUI. State police said Felix was stopped along Shawnee Road about 1:45 p.m. April 23. Police detected an odor of alcohol coming from Felix and he showed signs of impairment during field sobriety tests. A blood test showed Felix had a blood-alcohol content of .143 percent. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.
David L. Gonsman, 36, of Osterburg, on April 30 was charged with defrauding secured creditors, and on May 20 was charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. State police said constables Melvin Dermer and Howard Hinish on Feb. 26 notified Gonsman that there was a levy against his Ford Super Duty pickup truck, a Chaparral Eliminator boat, a Kawasaki jet ski and several other items. When the constables returned to Gonsman’s home on March 11, the items had been moved and Gonsman was not home. Police on March 29 learned through an anonymous tip that Gonsman had moved the items to a friend’s home on Dibert Road. Gonsman’s second set of charges in Bedford County were filed after state police went to his home at 184 Beards Lane on May 15 to serve an arrest warrant on felony theft charges filed by Freedom Township police. Police found Gonsman in possession of a hypodermic needle and a small plastic baggie of methamphetamine. Bail was set at $5,000 straight in both cases.
Eric Marsch, 19, of Depew, New York, on May 16 was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. State police said Marsch was found in possession of smoking device with marijuana residue and a marijuana grinder during a traffic stop along Interstate 99 in Bedford Township about 10:15 a.m. May 7. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.
David J. Miller, 31, of Manns Choice, on June 6 was charged with DUI. State police said Miller was charged following a traffic stop along Lincoln Highway in Snake Spring Township about 2:30 a.m. May 11. Miller admitted to consuming multiple alcoholic beverages that night, documents said. A blood test showed he had a blood alcohol content of .102 percent. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.
Jeremy E. Prohonic, age not available, of Indian Land, South Carolina, on May 2 was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance. State police said Prohonic was charged following a traffic incident about 11 a.m. April 1 at 13315 Lincoln Highway, West Providence Township. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.
Russell A. Wolfe, 47, of Cumberland, Maryland, on April 29 was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance. State police said Wolfe was arrested during a traffic stop about 6:30 p.m. March 15 along Clarence Street in Hyndman. Police said Wolfe had slow speech and appeared to be “nodding off.” Wolfe told police he had taken oxycodone earlier that morning, documents said. A blood test showed Wolfe had hydrocodone and oxycodone in his blood. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.
Jamy L. Lacomb, 44, of Hyndman on Feb. 25 was charged with accidents involving damage. State police said Lacomb was allegedly the driver of a vehicle that side-swiped a vehicle driven by Vinniese Fernandez along Hogback Road about 12:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Fernandez told police she took a photo of Lacomb after both vehicles stopped after the crash, and Lacomb had given her a bank card with his name on it before he fled the scene. Lacomb also allegedly had an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, documents said. Police questioned Lacomb two days later and he denied being in the crash, documents said. Police observed left front-end damage to Lacomb’s sedan. Bail was set at $2,500 unsecured.
Susan E. Walker, 48, of Berlin, was charged with retail theft. State police said Walker allegedly stole a shirt valued at $108 and three rings valued at $20 apiece from Juli’s Wearable Art, 100 E. Pitt St. Police said video surveillance in the store showed Walker placing the items into her purse on April 29. Walker had a customer account with the store, so her identifying information was on a receipt for her purchase of a $21 shirt, documents said. Walker admitted to stealing the items to police and apologized, police said. Bail was set at $2,500 unsecured.