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News From District Judge Michael J. Smith - 4/23/14

The following is a compilation of action in cases filed before District Magistrate Michael J. Smith.

Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law.

Withdrawn 

A citation for criminal mischief against Barry M. Plaunt, 33, of the 100 block of C Lane, Harrisburg, was withdrawn. The citation stemmed from an incident on Feb. 26. 

 

Guilty plea

Kevin J. Coleman Jr., 21, of the 2000 block of Swatara St., Harrisburg, pleaded guilty to a citation for disorderly conduct that was filed following an incident on Feb. 18.

 

Jamell Holton, 27, of the 400 block of Muench St., Harrisburg, pleaded guilty to a criminal mischief citation that was filed following an incident on Feb. 15.

 

Breonna Dabney, 18, of the 200 block of Clinton Ave., Middletown, pleaded guilty to a traffic citation for careless driving. Dabney had been charged with criminal charges of careless driving but the charge was lowered. In addition, charges of  driving with a suspended license and involved in an accident involving damage to another vehicle were withdrawn. The charges were filed following an incident on Feb. 9.

 

Waived

Leonard R. Harris, 33, of the 20 block of Jury St., Highspire, waived into Dauphin County Court charges of DUI, DUI-highest rate of alcohol, DUI-controlled substance (two counts), failure to use turn signals and failure to stop when emerging from alley. Harris was arrested on Feb. 15.

 

Alexander G. Ruhl, 25, of the 6000 block of Norfolk Place, Harrisburg, waived into Dauphin County Court charges of DUI, DUI- highest rate of alcohol, DUI-controlled substance (two counts), careless driving, disregard traffic lane and operating a vehicle with unsafe equipment. Ruhl was charged following his arrest on Jan. 16.

Held for court

Charges of DUI, DUI-highest rate of alcohol, driving an unregistered vehicle and disregarding lane of traffic were held for action in Dauphin County Court against Patrick R. Hughes, 24, of the 6000 block of Blue Bird Ave., Harrisburg. The charges followed Hughes’ arrest on Jan. 30.