UPDATE: 17 Await Preliminary Hearings Following Jefferson County Drug Sweep

jefferson-drug-mugs.001JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – Seventeen individuals are awaiting preliminary hearings following a drug sweep that occurred earlier this week.

On April 13, Captain Bernard J. Petrovsky, Commanding Officer, Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Punxsutawney, along with the Jefferson County District Attorney, Jeff Burkett announced the issuance of 17 drug-related arrest warrants for offenders from Jefferson County and the surrounding areas.

The arrest warrants are the result of an investigation by Troop C, Vice Unit members that lead back to 2014.

The investigations’ focus was comprised of several items of contraband that includes: Heroin, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and Misused Prescription Medications.

The following individuals are all charged with Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Felony), along with additional related offenses:

Eric Kerestesy, 34, Punxsutawney, PA – Heroin

May 11, 2015 Offense

Location: Punxsutawney Borough
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 11:42 a.m. on April 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $50,000.00 Monetary
Preliminary Hearing: 11:00 a.m. on April 25, Judge Chambers

May 13, 2015 Offense

Location: Punxsutawney Borough
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 11:42 a.m. on April 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $50,000.00 Monetary
Preliminary Hearing: 11:00 a.m. on April 25, Judge Chambers

May 18, 2015 Offense

Location: Punxsutawney Borough
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 11:42 a.m. on April 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $50,000.00 Monetary
Preliminary Hearing: 11:00 a.m. on April 25, Judge Chambers

May 22, 2015 Offense

Location: Punxsutawney Borough
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 11:42 a.m. on April 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $50,000.00 Monetary
Preliminary Hearing: 11:00 a.m. on April 25, Judge Chambers

June 1, 2015 Offense

Location: Punxsutawney Borough
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 11:42 a.m. on April 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $50,000.00 Monetary
Preliminary Hearing: 11:00 a.m. on April 25, Judge Chambers

Unable to post bail, Kerestesy is lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

Mary Lou Smith, 48, Rossiter, PA – Cocaine

July 14, 2015 Offense

Location: Punxsutawney Borough
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 10:40 a.m. on April 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $50,000.00 Monetary
Preliminary Hearing: 10:00 a.m. on April 25, Judge Chambers

July 16, 2015 Offense

Location: Punxsutawney Borough
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 10:40 a.m. on April 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $50,000.00 Monetary
Preliminary Hearing: 10:00 a.m. on April 25, Judge Chambers

July 22, 2015 Offense

Location: Punxsutawney Borough
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 10:40 a.m. on April 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $50,000.00 Monetary
Preliminary Hearing: 10:00 a.m. on April 25, Judge Chambers

July 30, 2015 Offense

Location: Punxsutawney Borough
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 10:40 a.m. on April 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $50,000.00 Monetary
Preliminary Hearing: 10:00 a.m. on April 25, Judge Chambers

Unable to post bail, Smith is lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

Adam Lowmaster, 32, Mahaffey, PA – Methamphetamine

May 18, 2015 Offense

Location: Punxsutawney Borough
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 12:10 p.m. on April 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $75,000.00 Monetary
Preliminary Hearing: 1:00 p.m. on April 26, Judge Chambers

July 10, 2015 Offense

Location: Punxsutawney Borough
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 12:10 p.m. on April 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $75,000.00 Monetary
Preliminary Hearing: 1:00 p.m. on April 26, Judge Chambers

Unable to post bail, Lowmaster is lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

Lowmaster is also facing the following offense from January 12, 2016, that was served via a first class summons:

January 12, 2016 Offense

Location: Punxsutawney Borough
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney Boro Police Department

Charges:

– DUI: Controlled Substance – Schedule 1 – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
– DUI: Controlled Substance – Schedule 2 or 3 – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
– DUI: Controlled Substance – Metabolite – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
– Driving While Operator’s Privileges Suspended Or Revoked, Summary
– Fail To Keep Right, Summary

Preliminary Hearing: 1:00 p.m. on April 26, Judge Chambers

Stephen Randall Bouch, 24, Punxsutawney, PA – Heroin

May 19, 2015 Offense

Location: Henderson Township
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 10:57 on April 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge David
B. Inzana

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $25,000.00 Monetary
Preliminary Hearing: 1:00 p.m. on April 21, Judge Inzana

May 29, 2015 Offense

Location: Henderson Township
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 10:57 a.m. on April 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge David
B. Inzana

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $25,000.00 Monetary
Preliminary Hearing: 1:00 p.m. on April 21, Judge Inzana

June 1, 2015 Offense

Location: Henderson Township
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 10:57 on April 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge David
B. Inzana

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $25,000.00 Monetary
Preliminary Hearing: 1:00 p.m. on April 21, Judge Inzana

Unable to post bail, Bouch is lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

David Walker, 32, Pittsburgh, PA – Cocaine

Walker’s case is still working its way through the system.

Ashley Vega, 28, Falls Creek, PA – Heroin

Vega’s case is still working its way through the system.

Kayla Gianvito, 32, White Oak, PA – Heroin

July 22, 2015 Offense

Location: Young Township
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 2:05 p.m. on April 13 Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $50,000.00 unsecured
Preliminary Hearing: 10:30 a.m. on May 3, Judge Chambers

July 28, 2015 Offense

Location: Young Township
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Preliminary Hearing: 10:30 a.m. on May 3, Judge Chambers

Bobbie Jo Wright, 40, Rossiter, PA – Subutex (pills)

Wright’s case is still working its way through the system.

Tyler Siple, 21, Reynoldsville, PA – Methamphetamine

April 10, 2015 Offense

Location: Winslow Township
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 2:05 p.m. on April 13 Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Status: Awaiting Preliminary Hearing

May 14, 2015 Offense

Location: Winslow Township
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP

Charges:

– Sell Non-controlled Substances Represented Substances Controlled, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Status: Awaiting Preliminary Hearing

Siple is currently lodged in SCI Camp Hill on unrelated offenses.

William E. Hutchins, Jr., 34, Brookville, PA – Marijuana

July 18, 2014 Offense Offense

Location: Winslow Township
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 10:00 a.m. on April 14 in front of Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $20,000.00 Monetary
Preliminary Hearing: 1:45 p.m. on April 21, Judge Inzana

Unable to post bail, he was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

Derek Hillebrand, 19, DuBois, PA – Marijuana

January 5, 2015 Offense

Location: Reynoldsville Borough
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: Scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on April 18 in front of Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Michael Lee Bussard, 40, Reynoldsville, PA – Methamphetamine

April 17, 2015 Offense

Location: Winslow Township
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 12:15 p.m. on April 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $25,000.00 monetary
Preliminary Hearing: 1:30 p.m. on April 21, Judge Inzana

April 28, 2015 Offense

Location: Winslow Township
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 12:15 p.m. on April 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony, three counts
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $25,000.00 monetary
Preliminary Hearing: 1:30 p.m. on April 21, Judge Inzana

Unable to post bail, Bussard was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

Cole Thomas Johnson, 20, Brockway, PA – Heroin

November 10, 2014 Offense

Location: Snyder Township
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 10:15 a.m. on April 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $25,000.00 monetary
Preliminary Hearing: 12:30 p.m. on April 21, Judge Inzana

Unable to post bail, Johnson was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

Melissa A. Rubba, 50, Punxsutawney, PA – Xanax (pills)

February 23, 2015 Offense

Location: Punxsutawney Borough
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 10:05 a.m. on April 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $45,000.00 monetary
Preliminary Hearing: 9:30 a.m. on April 25, Judge Chambers

Unable to post bail, Rubba was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

Christian C. Cummings, 24, Brookville, PA – Marijuana

February 23, 2015 Offense

Location: Brookville Borough
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 3:30 p.m. on April 14 in front of Gregory M. Bazylak

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $25,000.00 unsecured
Preliminary Hearing: 3:00 p.m. on April 28, Judge Bazylak

Raymond Guy Marsh, 31, Punxsutawney, PA – Heroin

July 22, 2015 Offense

Location: Punxsutawney Borough
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Status: Awaiting Preliminary Hearing

August 12, 2015 Offense

Location: Punxsutawney Borough
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Status: Awaiting Preliminary Hearing

August 20, 2015 Offense

Location: Punxsutawney Borough
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Status: Awaiting Preliminary Hearing

Marsh is currently lodged in SCI Camp Hill Correctional Facility on a 2 to 5 year sentence on a Felony drug charge.

Ronald Lee Cook, 46, Punxsutawney, PA – Hydrocodone (pills)

November 2, 2015 Offense

Location: Punxsutawney Borough
Arresting Agency: Punxsutawney PSP
Arraignment: 11:42 a.m. on April 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers

Charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Bail Set: $50,000.00 monetary
Preliminary Hearing: 10:30 a.m. on April 25, Judge Chambers

Unable to post bail, Cook was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.


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