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MERCER COUNTY Man gets probation in accident



Published: Fri, November 9, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



MERCER, Pa. -- A Greenville man was placed on 15 months' probation Thursday for causing a traffic accident that killed a woman last October.

Richard Minor, 28, of Donation Road, was initially charged with homicide by vehicle and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of recklessly endangering another person, a second-degree misdemeanor. He failed to stop for a red light at U.S. Route 62 and Smith Avenue in Sharon on Oct. 9, 2000, and struck a car driven by Gertrude Buzga, 60, who died from her injuries.

Common Pleas Judge Thomas Dobson said any traffic violation will be considered a violation of Minor's probation.

Minor, who has worked as a truck driver for several companies and has a good safety record, contended when arrested that he thought the light was green and did not see the other vehicle. He could have been sentenced to two years in jail and fined $5,000.

Additional cases: Others sentenced include:

U Michael Bailey, 23, of Washington Road, Sharon, was sentenced to six to 24 months in prison. The sentence will be concurrent with a sentence on another charge for selling 24.9 grams of marijuana to an informant for $180 and possession of an additional 84.9 grams last February. He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver and unlawful delivery, both felonies. He was given credit for 106 days already served.

U Christopher Dorogy, 26, of Darr Avenue, Farrell, was placed on 15 months' probation and ordered to pay restitution, which will be determined, for receiving stolen property. He pleaded guilty to receiving numerous stolen items, including a bicycle, stereo and sound equipment, compact discs and CD players between January 2000 and January 2001.

U Lisa Marie Foore, 23, of Kirkland Drive, Mercer, was placed on 18 months' probation for recklessly endangering another person through disorderly conduct and for public drunkenness. She was also placed on 60 days' house arrest and was ordered to pay $300 to the victim and undergo alcohol monitoring for six months. She threw a beer bottle at an employee of a bar, striking her in the face and injuring her, March 17 when the victim told Foore to stop shouting at another customer.

U Paul Horvath, 33, of 2920 Foster Drive, Warren, was placed on one year's probation and ordered to make restitution of nearly $3,000. He pleaded guilty to simple assault and disorderly conduct in a March 18 case in which he fought with security guards from the Hot Rod Cafe on Chestnut St., Sharon.

U Damon Hulley, 23, formerly of Sharon and now of the Mercer County Jail, was sentenced to three to 18 months in jail followed by 12 months probation for delivery of a controlled substance. Hulley sold cocaine to an informant on three separate occasions. He was given credit for 148 days already served in jail.

U Christopher Joseph, 23, of Charles St., Clark, was placed on one year's probation and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service for theft. He failed to make $4,547 worth of night deposits for East of Chicago Pizza, of East State Street, Hermitage, where he was employed. He has already paid restitution.

U Michael T. Polite, 22, formerly of Farrell and now of the Mercer County Jail, was sentenced Thursday for delivery of a controlled substance for selling cocaine to an undercover agent in the parking lot of a Hermitage restaurant. Polite was sentenced to four to 12 months in jail followed by one year's probation. Polite was resentenced because he had violated the terms of his original probation. He was given credit for 56 days served and will be let out on house arrest to work.

U David Roqueplot, 24, of Campground Road, West Middlesex, was placed on one year's probation and ordered to perform 25 hours' community service for altering a prescription for OxyContin.

U Sonya Townsend, 33, of 926 Market Ave., Farrell, was sentenced to two consecutive six- to 23-month jail terms for writing a series of bad checks last February through April. She will serve two years' probation after the jail terms and make $237 restitution to First National Bank, $736 to a private victim, $650 to Sky Bank, and $73 to the Hollywood & amp; Vine Video in Hermitage.




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