Johnstown Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Heroin

JOHNSTOWN, PA—A resident of Johnstown, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty in federal court to charge of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Matthew John Claycomb, 22, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, on January 25, 2013, Matthew John Claycomb along with co-defendants, distributed less than 100 grams of heroin.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Matthew John Claycomb on December 2, 2014, at 10 a.m.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence for Matthew John Claycomb of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie L. Haines is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cambria County Drug Task Force conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Matthew John Claycomb.

  June 12, 2014  

Court Report | June 30

District Judge Carmine Prestia presided over Central Court at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte on Wednesday.

• The following people waived their rights to preliminary hearings. Their cases will proceed toward trial.

Bruce Bechdel, 52, Bellefonte, misdemeanor retail theft and one summary; Emily Black, 19, State College, misdemeanor false identification; Jessica Buerk, 27, Patton, misdemeanor accident involving damage to attended vehicle and two summaries; Mario Cortes Garcia, 23, State College, four counts each of access device fraud, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds, theft by deception and receiving stolen property, all misdemeanors; Taylor Couturiaux, 21, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, and one summary;

Tyler Eline, 19, State College, possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, and one summary; Robert N. Ensminger, 49, Bellefonte, misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking; Jada M. Ferguson, 26, Mill Hall, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, both felonies; Kristie Gallaher, 36, Bellefonte, misdemeanor drug paraphernalia; Lucas D. Garber, 18, Spring Mills, one summary; Kyler Gordon-Rees, 18, State College, misdemeanor drug paraphernalia; Travis L. Hammond, 35, Tyrone, misdemeanor drug paraphernalia;

Aaron F. Harris, 30, Lock Haven, five counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent and one count criminal use of a communication facility, all felonies; Christopher Keister, 27, State College, driving under the influence, DUI 0.1-0.16, both misdemeanors, and one summary; William Lamb, Jr., 23, Bellefonte, felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor simple assault; Jamie L. Little, 28, State College, DUI, DUI over 0.16, both misdemeanors, and one summary;

Justin M. Malloy, 25, State College, DUI, DUI over 0.16, both misdemeanors, and one summary; Emily Mansikka-Weiner, Bellefonte, DUI, DUI over 0.16, both misdemeanors, and three summaries; John B. Martin, 28, State College, DUI, DUI over 0.16, both misdemeanors, and one summary; David P. Mattson, 22, State College, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property; Deaundra McCants, 21, Liberty, DUI and DUI 0.1-0.16, both misdemeanors; Salvatore Monteleone, 27, theft by unlawful taking, escape and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors, and two summaries; Kera Norton, 28, Tyrone, theft by deception, misdemeanor, and two summaries; Joshua Pau, 19, State College, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; Thomas Probst, 25, State College, DUI and DUI over 0.16, both misdemeanors; Andy Rodriguez, 22, Bellefonte, felony manufacture, delivery or possession with intent and misdemeanor possession;

Devon Rodriguez, 21, State College, DUI, DUI over 0.16, both misdemeanors, and two summaries; Stoy L. Sunday, 25, Pine Grove Mills, possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor, and one summary; Benjamin Thompson, 30, Unionville, DUI, DUI over 0.16 and three summaries; Alonna Washington, 21, Philadelphia, DUI, DUI by a minor and three summaries; Shekladia Yarbray, 25, State College, DUI, DUI over 0.16, both misdemeanors, and one summary; and Robert Senft, 72, Johnstown, DUI, DUI 0.1-0.16, both misdemeanors, and three summaries.

• The following people had their cases continued until a later date.

Mark D. Brungart, 28, State College, DUI, DUI over 0.16, both misdemeanors, and three summaries; Grady Dickey, 38, Philipsburg, manufacture of a designer drug, no classification listed; Jesse Dixon, 20, State College, misdemeanor possession of drug para-phernalia; Forrest Gribble, 19, Howard, misdemeanor disorderly conduct; Sara C. Kobe, 18, Halfmoon Township, possession of drug paraphernalia; Robert Kolovich, 56, Northumberland, home improvement fraud and theft by deception; Jason L. Manahan, 34, State College, burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and one summary; Phillip Pondexter, 34, State College, misdemeanor simple assault and one summary.

• The following people were bound over for trial after hearings:

Rama Collier, 30, State College, theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception; Omohogho Ede, 29, Park Forest, Ill., possession of drug paraphernalia and one summary; Rachel Philbin, 20, State College, DUI, DUI 0.1-0.16 and DUI by a minor, all misdemeanors, and one summary.

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  May 29, 2014