Criminal charges filed:
lRobert Andrew Ross, 49, Franklin.
Charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a first-degree misdemeanor; two counts of recklessly endangering another person, a second-degree misdemeanor; careless driving, a summary offense; and failure to use a safety belt, a summary offense, at 2:40 a.m. Oct. 24, 2019 in Shippenville Borough.
State police Tpr. Jacob A. Knight and Tpr. Patrick Berggren were dispatched to the location of North Street and North Third Street for a report of a vehicle near the backyard of the complainants that had been idle but running for an extended period with the headlights on.
Upon arrival, Knight observed a male asleep behind the steering wheel of the vehicle with his seat belt off and the vehicle running. After knocking on the driver's side window with no response from the operator, Knight opened the door and woke the operator up.
According to the complaint, after identifying himself, Knight immediately detected a strong odor of mouthwash emanating from within the vehicle. Knight asked the driver identified as Ross if he knew where he was, where he was going, and where he lived. Ross did not know the answers to the questions.
According to the complaint, Ross was very confused and exhibited heavily slurred speech. Knight noticed an empty handgun holster in the driver's door and asked Ross if he had any weapons in the car, to which Ross allegedly relayed he did not.
Tpr. Berggren was standing on the passenger side of the vehicle looking in the window and observed Ross reach into the center console after being asked to provide his license and registration.
Berggren yelled "gun" and "put that down." Knight immediately grabbed ahold of Ross's left arm and began to pull him out of the driver's door while yelling "put that down."
Berggren entered the passenger side of the vehicle and retrieved the handgun out of Ross's right hand while Knight removed Ross from the vehicle.
Knight then searched Ross for any other weapons and found none.
While at the front of the patrol vehicle, Knight again detected a strong odor of mouthwash emanating from Ross's breath while Ross was swaying throughout the interaction and unsure of his footing. Ross refused to complete any other field sobriety tests after Knight was able to detect horizontal gaze nystagmus at maximum deviation.
While looking into Ross's vehicle, Knight observed a large bottle of mouthwash on the passenger seat with approximately one inch of liquid left. Knight asked Ross "how much did you have to drink tonight?" Ross allegedly responded "enough to take a nap."
Ross was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and transported to the Clarion Hospital.
Filed by Knight.
The following cases involve summary offenses punishable by up to a $300 fine and 90 days in jail upon conviction.
lMichael P. Greenawalt, 35, New Bethlehem. Charged with writing a bad check ($60 to Tom's Riverside, Knox) Nov. 11 in Beaver Township. Filed by Tom's Riverside, Knox.
lStephanie M. Lizza, age not provided, Shippenville. Charged with writing a bad check ($70 to Tom's Riverside, Knox) Oct. 1 in Beaver Township. Filed by Tom's Riverside, Knox.
lAlex O. Chechak, 47, Seneca. Charged with writing a bad check ($112 to Tom's Riverside, Knox) Oct. 12 in Beaver Township. Filed by Tom's Riverside, Knox.
lMichael A. Jones, age not provided, Knox. Charged with writing a bad check ($171 to Tom's Riverside, Knox) Nov. 2 in Beaver Township. Filed by Tom's Riverside, Knox.
lRebecca Hartzell, age not provided, St. Petersburg. Charged with failure to provide proof of rabies vaccination (failed to provide proof of rabies vaccination or exemption status for three dogs within 48 hours of a request) at 8 a.m. Feb. 3 in St. Petersburg Borough. Filed by dog law enforcement officer Matthew Patrick.
Hartzell is also charged with failure to apply for and obtain current 2020 state dog licenses for three dogs at 8 a.m. Feb. 3 in St. Petersburg Borough. Filed by Patrick.
The following cases were disposed of at Heeter's office.
lShana Martha Ros Veling, 20, Strattanville. Found guilty of harassment/physical contact (pulled victim's hair, punched and slapped victim) at 9 a.m. Oct. 4 in Beaver Township. Fines and costs are $186.
lSherry Lynn Ganci, 41, Knox. Found guilty of trespassing (remained in a residence when told to leave several times by the victim) at 8:17 a.m. Nov. 6 in Beaver Township. Fines and costs are $270.
Ganci was also found guilty of harassment/physical contact (struck the victim in the head when told to leave the residence) at 8:17 a.m. Nov. 6 in Beaver Township. Fines and costs are $210.