2013-08-24 / News

Busy day in Cameron County Court

A long slate of criminal cases came before Judge Richard Masson in Cameron County Court on Tuesday.

Thomas M. Lipinski appeared for sentencing after pleading guilty to charges of stalking, making false reports to law enforcement authorities without knowledge, and accessing a device issued to another. He was sentenced to 101 days to 12 months incarceration, with credit for time served of 101 days; received fines in the amount of $200; was given four years of probation, and was ordered to pay court costs.

Judge Masson also ordered Lipinski, 33, to submit himself for a forensic mental health evaluation program at Dickinson Center.

Lipinski was involved in a series of bizarre incidents in Emporium Borough last year in which he accused two Emporium residents of illegal behavior. One of the victims received a letter at her place of employment and phone calls at her home from the defendant.

In a separate case, Joyce Lyons pleaded guilty to unlawful sale of liquor to settle a case brought by the State Attorney General’s Office.

Lyons, 58, owner of the Allegany Pub on East Allegany Avenue in Emporium, was assessed a $1,000 fine, agreed to forfeit property seized as evidence by the Liquor Control Board and will not be permitted to reopen the bar or apply for liquor licenses in Pennsylvania.

In other court action:

• Jessica L. Grovanz, 28, of Emporium, pleaded guilty to two counts of simple assault and received a total of 24 months probation. Charges stemmed from an incident May 6 in Emporium.

• Jerald Glover of Emporium was sentenced to 12 months probation and levied a $300 fine after being found guilty of disorderly conduct.

• Jody Wiltrout, 28, of Emporium was sentenced to five days to six months in jail, received 12 months probation, and was ordered to surrender her driver’s license for 12 months. Wiltrout also must pay a $500 fine and complete 35 hours of community service. She was convicted of driving while imbibing and careless driving. As a condition of her probation, Wiltrout must participate in the forensic mental health program at Dickinson Center.

• Jury selection was scheduled for Nov. 19 in the case against Robert Macmillan, who is charged with simple assault and harassment.

• Laura L. Silfies, 40, of Mt. Jewett pleaded guilty to two counts of driving under the influence stemming from an incident on Dec. 1, 2012, in Shippen Township. Her blood alcohol level was almost four times the legal limit. Sentencing is scheduled Sept 17.

• William A. Putt, 44, of Emporium, appeared on a contempt petition for not honoring payment arrangements with Cameron County Probation. Putt entered into a new agreement and will pay $50 per month on fines totaling over $4,600.

• Kathleen Macmillan, 67, of Emporium, entered the accelerated rehabilitative disposition program. She received six months probation, was ordered to pay administrative fees of $400 and faces a 30-day loss of license.

• A continuance was granted in the case of James A. Grovanz, 60, of Emporium, who faces charges of driving under the influence.

• Arraignments were held for Yvonne Gleason on a charge of driving under the influence; Anna Smith on charges of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana; Anthony Marciglio for resisting arrest, and Jody Wiltrout for obstruction of a police officer.

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