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District Court: Lawrence County Man Waives Hearing in Sealcoating Scam

From the office of Magisterial District Judge David Kovach.

The following people were charged and waived their scheduled June 22 preliminary hearings before

An Lawrence County man will be formally arraigned July 31 on charges he did not pave a driveway on Rose Drive in Cranberry last summer after he was paid $500 to do the work.

James E. Cumberledge, Jr., 52, of Retort Drive, Edinburg, was charged by theft by deception, false impression, in the incident.

According to the criminal complaint filed by , the Rose Drive homeowner paid Cumberledge to fix his driveway after Cumberledge came to his home Aug. 8 to solicit for his company, Three Rivers Paving and Sealcoating.

Cumberledge offered to fix some of the issues the homeowner had with his driveway, the complaint said. After Cumberledge completed a written contract to return to do the work, the homeowner paid him a $500 deposit.

Several weeks went by and Cumberledge did not return to complete the discussed work, the complaint said. He also provided the homeowner with false dates of when he would return to begin the work after the homeowner contacted him several times, the complaint said.

After researching Three Rivers Paving and Sealcoating, police determined it did not appear to be a legitimate business, the complaint said.

Driving with a suspended license

Tiffany Lace Panza, 27, of Walker Lane, Rochester, was charged with having a improper child restraint system in her car, driving with a suspend license and providing false identification to a law enforcement officer. According to the criminal complaint filed by Cranberry police, an officer pulled Panza over at about 9 a.m. May 4 near the Rite Aid on Route 19 after he saw a small child standing up in the rear of the vehicle while Panza was driving it. Panza provided the officer with a false name and date of birth, according to the complaint. She also had a suspended driver’s license, according to police. Police said the child, who is Panza’s son, is about 1 ½ years old.

DUI

  • Christopher Joseph Maurer, 21, of Sherwood Drive, Cranberry, was charged with driving under the influence, driving under the influence at the highest rate of alcohol, speeding, careless driving and disregarding traffic lanes. At about 11:30 p.m. May 9, the car Maurer was driving on Sherwood Drive traveled off the road and struck a mailbox before jumping over a large ditch and shearing off a utility pole. The car came to a stop in the middle of a field, according to the complaint filed by Cranberry police. Maurer was not in the car was police responded to the crash, according to the complaint. He was located at his Sherwood Drive home. Police said Maurer had a blood-alcohol level of 0.146 percent, exceeding the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.
  • Sara Elizabeth Reiser, 22, of Main Street, Harmony, was charged with driving under the influence, driving under the influence at the highest rate of alcohol and speeding. Cranberry police said they found Reiser stuck halfway out of the driver’s side window of the car she was driving on Graham School Road at about 1:30 a.m. March 12. The car was overturned and up against a telephone pole, according to the criminal complaint filed by police. Cranberry EMS workers extracted Reiser from the vehicle. Police said she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.161 percent, exceeding the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.
  • Brendan Thomas O’Donoghue, 23, of Elmhurst Circle, Cranberry, was charged with driving under the influence, driving under the influence at the highest rate of alcohol, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of a combination of alcohol or drugs, tampering with evidence, intentional possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, exceeding the maximum speed limit by 30 mph, disregarding traffic lanes and restrictions on alcoholic beverages. Cranberry police responded to a collision between the car O’Donoghue was driving and another driver at 12:45 a.m. April 8 at the intersection of Route 19 and Route 228. According to the criminal complaint filed by police, O’Donoghue had a clear plastic zip lock bag at his feet containing marijuana. Police also found prescription drugs used to treat depression, anxiety and ADHD inside the car. There also was an open case of beer in the rear of the car O’Donoghue was driving as well as an open bottle of Yuengling beer. Police said O’Donoghue had a blood-alcohol level of 0.254 percent, exceeding the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent. Police said the blood test also showed O’Donoghue had amphetamine and THC in his system. Based on 190 feet of tire marks left behind by O’Donoghue’s car, police estimate he was driving 70 mph in a 40 mph zone prior to the crash.
  • Danielle Marie Kraft, 37, of Cranberry Point Lane, was charged with driving under the influence, driving under the influence at the highest rate of alcohol, speeding, trespass by motor vehicle, failure to keep right, driving a vehicle with a suspended registration and operating a vehicle without the required financial responsibility in a Feb. 7 incident, according to the criminal complaint filed by Cranberry police. Her blood alcohol content was not provided in court documents.
  • Patrick Allen Ring, 41, of Alex Court, Cranberry was charged with driving under the influence and driving under the influence at the highest rate of alcohol in a Dec. 2 incident, according to the criminal compliant filed by Cranberry Police. Ring’s blood alcohol content was not provided in court documents.

Held for Court

Viola Martin, 43, of Columbus Avenue, Pittsburgh, was charged with writing bad checks by Cranberry police in a Dec. 27 incident.

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