MERCER COUNTY Dog attack nets probation

MERCER, Pa. -- A Greenville woman whose dog attacked a neighbor last summer was placed on one year's probation by Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Dobson.
Laurie Koren, 37, of Clarksville Street, Greenville, pleaded guilty in December to attacks by dangerous dog, a misdemeanor.
Koren's son, Justin Holler, was walking Koren's 4-year-old Rottweiler/Labrador mix on Clarksville Street on July 12 when the dog attacked a neighbor who was walking with another woman.
The victim, Amanda Watt, suffered seven severe puncture wounds on her right leg and required treatment at a local hospital emergency room.
Several years earlier, the dog was declared dangerous under Pennsylvania's dangerous dog law because of biting. Because of this, it was required to be muzzled when outside the residence. Koren's dog was unmuzzled when it attacked Watt.
Several others were also sentenced Wednesday:
URichard Courteau, 51, of Franklin Road, Jackson Center, was placed on three years' probation for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a felony. In June 2003, he sold OxyContin to a confidential informant or undercover agent at a Bean Road, Perry Township, address, court documents state.
UJamma Gill, 19, of Jamestown was sentenced to one to two months in jail followed by one to 12 months' probation for escape, a misdemeanor. On June 24 he shook open a cell door at the Greenville lockup, where he was being held for driving under the influence, and exited the cell block area. He was sentenced to 72 hours to six months in jail and fined $1,000 for the DUI.
ULeonard Gill Sr. of Warren-Sharon Road, Masury, was sentenced to six to 12 months in jail followed by 24 months' probation and ordered to make restitution for criminal conspiracy/forgery, a felony. Last July, he and another man conspired to forge and cash checks totaling $1,130 on the victim's account at First National Bank, Hickory Plaza, Hermitage.
UTobye Hughes was placed on two years' probation for carrying a firearm without a license, a misdemeanor. He was arrested in Sharon on June 18 with a .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol in his motor vehicle, according to court documents.
UDanielle Jones, 32, of Dutch Lane, Hermitage, was placed on two years' probation for retail theft, a felony. On March 9, she stole a $6.47 fountain pen from Wal-Mart, 3300 Shenango Valley Freeway, Hermitage. The offense is a felony because it is the third or subsequent conviction.
UMichael Mayerchak, 18, of Lamor Road, Mercer, was placed on 12 months' probation for possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. He was apprehended June 19 in Mercer with a pipe commonly used for smoking marijuana, court documents state.
UJodi Shaffer, 34, of Kayser Lane, Stoneboro, was sentenced to 30 days in jail followed by 14 months' probation and ordered to make restitution and pay insufficient fund charges for 14 counts of bad checks. In May, she wrote more than $500 worth of bad checks to BiLo Market, 111 Mill St., Grove City.

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