A Mount Union man is will serve time in state prison on account of a domestic assault in which he tried to strangle his victim.

Elisha Crane, 22, will spend one to three years in state prison for strangulation having pleaded guilty to the charge during a Jan. 31 court appearance.

Crane, who appeared via video feed from the Centre County Prison, offered no comment to the court during sentencing.

Huntingdon County President Judge George Zanic noted the second degree felony offense is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Mount Union Borough Police made the arrest after investigating the domestic assault which occurred Nov. 28, 2018, in an apartment at the Chestnut Terrace federal housing complex.

Police say Crane grabbed the female victim by her neck and slammed her against a wall. Police say the victim relayed that she believed, during the assault, that she was going to die. Police say she did exhibit visible bruising.

Defense attorney Amy Stoak asked the court to consider her client’s lack of criminal history before issuing a sentence. She said under the circumstances, the standard range is 12 to 24 months of incarceration and the mitigated range is less than 12 months.

She also said the victim’s injuries are “neither lasting nor significant” and added her client is “taking responsibility” for his behavior.

The effective start date for Crane’s sentence is Nov. 30, 2018, the date of his arrest and imprisonment. A $500 fine was included in his sentence.

Scott Hanson, 24, of Allenport, received a one- to 23-month sentence on a simple assault charge. The effective date is Nov. 26, 2018, making him eligible for immediate parole.

In addition, Hanson was fined $500 and was order to have no contact with the victims in the case.

State police at Huntingdon responded to a Welch Street home in Allenport Nov. 25, 2018, after the mother of Hanson’s daughter reported the defendant turned the 1-year old child upside down and shook her.

Zanic explained to Hanson his rights as a defendant, including his right to stand trial on charges stemming from the incident.

“I’m not going to take that gamble,” Hanson said.

Zanic noted the first degree misdemeanor offense is punishable by up to five years in prison. At the onset of the case, Hanson was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child, which is a third degree felony offense, and summary harassment. As a result of Hanson’s plea, those charges were dismissed.

Jerome Owens, 45, of Mount Union, was sentenced to one to 12 months in county jail, effective Oct. 31, 2018, on a second degree misdemeanor theft charge.

According to Mount Union Borough Police, Owens stolen cash from a vehicle that was stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of North Jefferson and West Shirley streets in Mount Union Aug. 27, 2018. Police say Owens reached into an open window to grab the cash and, in the process, struck the pregnant driver.

In addition, Owens was fined $100 for misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Mount Union police say they encountered Owens Oct. 31 at North Jefferson and West Water streets and that the defendant did possess a bag of weed, plus a pocket knife and a socket wrench concealed in a tube sock.

Wayne Township resident Ashley Spriggs, 32, will return to court for sentencing April 11 on a first degree misdemeanor forgery charge.

Spriggs’ attorney Lance Marshall said his client’s actions were the result of addiction and noted Spriggs is participating in outpatient therapy.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by state police at Huntingdon, Spriggs forged a friend’s signature at the Orbisonia Pharmacy in order to obtain the woman’s seizure medication. The incident occurred Nov. 1, 2017, police report.

April Aurandt, 42, of Huntingdon pleaded guilty to misbranding a controlled substance and public drunkenness, both stemming from an incident at a Huntingdon tavern.

Aurandt confirmed to the court during her Jan. 31 appearance that she was “extremely” under the influence Oct. 24, 2018, when, according to borough police, she was kicked out of the tavern and attempted to get back inside while staff was closing for the night.

Police say when they encountered Aurandt she was intoxicated and they found a bottle on her person labeled for over-the-counter ibuprofen but discovered it contained lorazepam, a prescription anxiety medication, instead.

For the misbranding offense, she was placed on probation for three months and fined $100. For public drunkenness, she was was fined $200.

Aaliyah Naugle, 20, of Huntingdon, was placed on probation for 12 months and fined $200 for possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also fined $200 for driving under suspension. Both charges stem from a state police traffic stop in Cromwell Township.

State police at Huntingdon stopped Naugle on Route 522 Sept. 19 and the arresting trooper discovered heroin-related items, including syringes and a spoon, in Naugle’s vehicle.

Naugle’s plea and sentencing in the Sept. 19 case resulted in the revocation of her parole in an April 2, 2017, case stemming from an incident at the Walmart store in Smithfield Township. In that case, Naugle originally received one year of probation through the ARD (accelerated rehabilitative disposition) program on charges of receiving stolen property and retail theft.

Rachel McCaffrey, 25, of Lewistown, was placed on probation for six months and fined $100 for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. State police at Huntingdon report McCaffrey had marijuana-related items in her vehicle Sept. 13, 2018, in an SCI parking lot.

Cody Coy, 28, of Bedford, was placed on probation for three months, effective Jan. 31, and fined $100 for receiving stolen property, a third degree misdemeanor. State police report that June 11, 2018, Coy was using a stolen vehicle registration plate which he’d taken from a Wood Township resident.

Bench Warrant

A bench warrant was issued for Brandon Shoop, 31, of Neelyton, who failed to appear in court for a revocation hearing on a possession charge. He entered a “no contest” plea to possession of drug paraphernalia Aug. 2, 2018, relative to a traffic stop by state police in Dublin Township March 7, 2018. Police said Shoop had a bong in his vehicle.

A bench warrant was issued for James Nearhood, 26, of Three Springs, who also failed to appear in court for a revocation hearing. Nearhood entered a guilty plea to a theft charge June 18, 2015. State police reported Nearhood had taken items from a Cassville home June 20, 2014.


The following individuals were placed on probation through the ARD program:

Derick Ames, 60, of Pittsburgh, was placed on probation for two years for contraband and possession of paraphernalia, charges stemming from a state police arrest in the parking lot of SCI Huntingdon June 9, 2018. Police said Ames had marijuana and related items in his vehicle.

Sean Beck, 62, of Ford City, Armstrong County, was placed on probation for six months as a result of a boating under the influence charge. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officers encountered Beck Sept. 2 on Raystown Lake near the Weaver Falls boat launch in Hopewell Township. The officers report they stopped Beck after he was observed operating his speed boat too close to another vessel, thus jeopardizing its occupants. According to the affidavit of probable cause, Beck’s BAC was .094 percent. In addition, the court fined Beck $75 for violating boating regulations and suspended his boating privileges for one year.

Paige Brode, 27, of Huntingdon, was arrested by state police for possession for a small amount of marijuana June 7, 2018, at 407 Mifflin St., Huntingdon. She received one year of probation.

Noah Hess, 20, of Williamsburg Mountain Road, was placed on probation for one year for possession of drug paraphernalia. State police at Huntingdon met up with Hess Oct. 21, 2018, at a residence on Fairgrounds Road in Walker Township and found marijuana and smoking pipes on the premises.

Emily Ramper, 20, of Trough Creek Valley Pike, was placed on probation for one year for possession of drug paraphernalia. State police say they stopped Ramper for speeding in the early morning hours of Aug. 31 on Trough Creek Valley Pike in Union township. Police say she had marijuana and related items in her vehicle.

Justin Swartz, 25, of Duncansville, was placed on probation for one year for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was stopped for speeding by state police Aug. 31, 2018, on Route 22 in Morris Township and was found to have marijuana and related items in his vehicle.

Destiny Walker, 20, of Mount Union was charged with forgery for giving a fellow Mount Union resident fake currency. The court placed her on probation for two years. Mount Union Borough Police report that a man tried to use a fake $50 bill to purchase items at the Puff N Snuff tobacco shop in Mount Union Aug. 1, 2018. Other parties present realized there was something amiss with the bill and took it to a nearby bank where it was confirmed as a fake. The man told police he’d lent Walker $50 and she repaid him with the fake bill.


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