Charges Held for Court Against Man Accused of Indecent Assault on Greyhound Bus
District Judge Kim M. Hoots handles this case and others in her Wilkinsburg courtroom last week.
Ronald H. Miller Jr., 50, of Philadelphia was held for court last week by District Judge Kim M. Hoots on charges of indecent exposure, harassment-subject other to physical contact and disorderly conduct-engage in fighting after an incident on a Greyhound bus traveling along the Parkway East on Aug. 26.
According to a criminal complaint filed by Pennsylvania State Police, Miller was a passenger on the bus. A woman on the bus accused Miller of standing in front of her in a straddle position with his genitals partially exposed.
She told police he started to pull down the front of his pants. The woman told Miller to get away from her three times and, when he finally moved, she ran to alert the bus driver. Miller was jailed on $50,000 bail but released on Oct. 11 when a judge changed the bail requirement.
In other cases heard by Hoots in her Wilkinsburg courtroom on Dec. 13:
- Paige McMurry, 19, of Butler was held for court on charges of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver, intentional possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. According to a criminal complaint filed by Wilkinsburg police, an officer conducting surveillance due to the high volume of heroin being sold at the McDonald's on Penn Avenue observed two suspicious vehicles on Sept. 15. One vehicle moved to the carwash behind the McDonald's and a woman identified as McMurry exited the passenger side carrying a purse. She then walked back to the other vehicle in the McDonald's lot. The officer approached and asked her to exit the car. A search of her purse turned up a tan plastic bag with 10 bundles of heroin—a total of 100 stamp bags.
- Ann B. Brown, 56, of 170 Scott Road, Plum Borough, waived her right to a preliminary hearing on two counts of conspiracy-intentional possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered and a charge of use/possession of drug paraphernalia filed by Wilkinsburg police. According to a criminal complaint, an officer noticed a car being driven erratically and carelessly near the intersection of Princeton Boulevard and Franklin Avenue on Aug. 18. After a traffic stop, the officer noticed Brown put an object between the driver's seat and console. The officer retrieved a small change purse containing a professional license and two individually wrapped pieces of suspected crack cocaine and seven Ativan pills. After being placed in custody, the officer found two crack pipes in Brown's purse. A passenger in the car attempted to discard a small plastic bag and officers discovered a syringe and spoon in his pocket. The car's glove box contained two bundles (20 stamp bags) of heroin. Also in the car were syringes, spoons, a crack pipe and two prescription bottles in the driver's name.
- Charlene Thompson, 45, of 1409 Summit St., Wilkinsburg, waived her right to a preliminary hearing on a charge of submitting claims for services not rendered to a patient. The Office of the State Attorney General filed the charge after accusing Thompson of submitting fraudulent time sheets to the Department of Public Welfare through Jevs Human Services. According to a criminal complaint, Thompson filed $571.52 in charges between Nov. 9 and Dec. 4 although the patient had died on Oct. 29.
- Marc Kingston Wells, 45, of 805 Churchill Ave., Penn Hills, was held for court on charges of manufacture, delivery or possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, driving under the influence (general impairment/incapable of driving safely, fourth and subsequent offense), blood alcohol content .02 or greater (second offense), driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, intentional possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered, possession of marijuana and duties at a stop sign. According to a criminal complaint filed by Wilkinsburg police, a car driven by Wells failed to stop at a stop sign at the corner of Center Street and Hill Avenue on May 24. After conducting a traffic stop, the officer noticed signs of intoxication including blood shot, glassy eyes; odor of marijuana on his person; the smell of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, and slow and staggered speech. The officer discovered a knotted plastic bag containing suspected marijuana in his shorts pocket. A bottle fell from Wells as he was outside the vehicle. Police said the prescription bottle contained 13 plastic bags with suspected crack cocaine. Wells also had $315 cash on his person. Wells failed field sobriety tests and submitted to a blood alcohol test at Forbes Regional Hospital.
- Naetasha Oshea Williams, 19, of 606 Swissvale Ave., Wilkinsburg, had a charge of receiving stolen property withdrawn. A female Yellow Cab driver accused Williams of stealing her wallet while the driver had exited the cab to smoke a cigarette. During a search of Williams' apartment, police found the wallet and other personal effects. Williams claimed the wallet was stolen by the second person in the cab and given to her.
Look for more court news from Wilkinsburg in the Friday Patch.