Criminal charges filed:
lGarrett Allan Zerbe, 24, Marble.
Charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor, and disregarding traffic lanes, careless driving and reckless driving, all summary offenses, March 17 in Shippenville Borough.
State Tprs. Ryan M. Drayer and Kyle Freeman were on patrol near Shippenville when they got behind a vehicle operated by Zerbe.
The vehicle weaved in and out of its lane before pulling into the parking lot of a local bar which was closed at that time to let the patrol car pass.
Drayer observed Zerbe pull back onto the road behind the patrol car. Drayer turned down a street to get behind Zerbe again. When Zerbe saw the patrol car waiting near the road, he pulled into the Shippenville Volunteer Fire Department and parked.
Drayer conducted a traffic stop to see if Zerbe was in distress. Zerbe alleged he thought Drayer probably wanted to talk to him.
Drayer observed Zerbe's eyes were glassy and blood shot. He also detected an alcoholic odor. Drayer asked Zerbe if he had a drink. Zerbe alleged he had two beers about an hour before the stop.
Drayer conducted field sobriety tests, during which Zerbe displayed signs of intoxication. A preliminary breath test established Zerbe had alcohol in his system. He was taken into custody and transported to Clarion Hospital.
A blood test established Zerbe's blood alcohol content was .188 percent.
Filed by Drayer.
lMichael James Himes, no age provided, Marble.
Charged with driving under the highest rate of alcohol, a misdemeanor, and disregarding traffic lanes, driving at an unsafe speed and operating a prohibited vehicle on streets and highways April 6 in Elk Township.
State Tpr. Dylan Jarrett was on patrol in Elk Township when he observed and followed a cloud of dust. Jarrett arrived at the scene of a recent vehicle crash in which a side-by-side utility vehicle hit a group of mailboxes.
Jarrett made contact with Himes, who was operating the vehicle, and detected an alcoholic odor on him. Jarrett noticed several beer cans at the scene and asked Himes about them. Himes alleged he had a few beers. Jarrett observed Himes had trouble keeping his balance.
Jarrett conducted field sobriety tests, during which Himes showed signs of impairment. Himes alleged he knew he was over the limit.
Himes was taken into custody and transported to Clarion Hospital for a blood test.
Filed by Jarrett.
lCasey Michael Cotherman, 43, Knox.
Charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors, and disregarding traffic lanes and careless driving, both summary offenses, March 25 in Shippenville Borough.
State Tpr. Dylan Jarrett was on patrol on State Route 322 near Shippenville when he observed a vehicle operated by Cotherman failing to stay in its lane. After the vehicle weaved in and out of its lane several times, Jarrett conducted a traffic stop.
Cotherman was slow to respond to Jarrett's activated emergency lights and sirens. When he did stop, Cotherman submitted to field sobriety tests and showed signs of impairment. Following the tests, Cotherman allegedly admitted to consuming alcohol earlier.
Cotherman was taken into custody and transported to Clarion Hospital.
Filed by Jarrett.
lAnthony Michael Pilotta, 45, McKees Rocks.
Charged with resisting arrest, a second-degree misdemeanor; disorderly conduct, a third-degree misdemeanor; and public drunkenness or similar misconduct, a summary offense, May 18 in Beaver Township.
State Tpr. Kevin M. Doverspike, Jr. responded to a report of a man identified as Pilotta running around Wolf's Campground acting crazy, screaming obscenities and taking off his clothes. The witness also said the man had ripped his kids off a golf cart for no apparent reason.
Doverspike responded to the campground with other state police and saw Pilotta walking toward a camper. Doverspike ordered Pilotta to stop moving, but Pilotta continued walking.
Police attempted to arrest Pilotta for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. Pilotta became aggressive and tried to escape, but was handcuffed and put in the back of Doverspike's patrol car.
Doverspike seat belted Pilotta in the patrol car, but Pilotta unbuckled himself several times and tried to get out. Pilotta allegedly admitted to taking too much of his prescribed medical marijuana. Pilotta allegedly claimed he was being an idiot.
Filed by Doverspike.
lBlake Irvin Hinderliter IV, 28, Knox.
Charged with child pornography, a third-degree felony, and intentionally possessing a controlled substance as an unregistered person and using or possessing drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, at 11:40 a.m. March 13 in Knox Borough.
Hinderliter stopped by the Knox Borough Police Department to report someone from Adult Probation was attempting to get inside his residence.
Knox Borough Police contacted Adult Probation, which reported no agent was sent to Hinderliter's residence.
Hinderliter allegedly admitted to Knox Borough Police Chief Joab W. Orr he had been using methamphetamine earlier that day and still had some on his kitchen table. Hinderliter also alleged he used his cellphone to set up a purchase for the meth.
Police searched Hinderliter's residence and discovered a small amount of meth, plastic straws cut for snorting, a crack pipe and a pipe with marijuana residue.
While searching Hinderliter's phone for drug information, pictures and videos of child pornography were discovered.
Filed by Orr.
The following cases involve summary offenses punishable by up to a $300 fine and 90 days in jail upon conviction.
lJensen R. Sloan, 19, Knox. Charged with littering while hunting or furtaking (transported garbage to public land) at 1 p.m. April 29 in Ashland Township. Filed by Northwest Game Commission Officer Ethan R. Beale.
lHeidi Marie Belisky, 24, Clearfield. Charged with harassment (pushed, shoved and grabbed the victim) at 10:40 a.m. May 17 in Beaver Township. Filed by state Tpr. Timothy J. Reilly.
lKimberly Mae Belisky, 22, Meadville. Charged with harassment (pushed, shoved and grabbed to victim) at 10:40 a.m. May 17 in Beaver Township. Filed by state Tpr. Timothy J. Reilly.
The following cases were disposed of at Long's office.
lJensen R. Sloan, 19, Knox. Pleaded guilty to littering while hunting or furtaking (transported garbage to public lands) at 1 p.m. April 29 in Ashland Township. Fines and costs are $342.
lErica D. Shick, 29, Cranberry. Charges of violating compulsory school attendance codes at Keystone Elementary March 13 in Knox Borough were dismissed.