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ST. MARYS — Magisterial District Judge Mark Jacob presided over several preliminary hearings last week.

Hearings waived

The following defendants waived their rights to preliminary hearings:

  • Brandon Michael Nelson, 33, of Kane, who is charged with manufacturing, delivering or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. Nelson is confined in the Elk County Jail and his formal arraignment is scheduled for May 31.
  • Bryan Jonathon Harberberger, 25, of St. Marys, who is charged with driving under the influence, reckless and careless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and several other traffic violations. Harberberger’s formal arraignment is scheduled for May 31.
  • Brittany E. Feronti, 32, of Ridgway, who is charged with criminal intent to acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance, forgery and intent to posses a controlled substance. Feronti’s formal arraignment is scheduled for May 31.
  • Robert Charles Hoffower, 33, of Emporium, who is charged with manufacture, delivery or possession, use and possession of drug paraphernalia, intent to posses a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Hoffower’s formal arraignment is scheduled for May 31.
  • Karl Anthony Frederoski, 23, of Ridgway, who is charged with driving under the influence, careless driving and other traffic violations. His formal arraignment is scheduled for May 31.
  • Todd Mitchel Barnes, 23, of St. Marys, who is charged with driving under the influence, careless and driving and not using low beams. Formal arraignment is scheduled for May 31.

Held for court

As a result of preliminary hearings, sufficient evidence was established to send the following cases to the Elk County Court of Common Pleas for further disposition.

  • Harold Eugene Carr, 61, of St. Marys, who is charged with rape, indecent assault, aggravated indecent assault, involuntary servitude, invasion of privacy, prostitution, criminal use of a communication facility and obscene and other sexual materials and performances. Carr is confined in the Elk County Jail, and his formal arraignment is scheduled for May 31.

Bail hearings held

  • Kristen Lynn Mertz, 25, of St. Marys, who is charged with several counts of endangering the welfare of children, intent to posses a controlled substance and use of a controlled substance. Mertz is confined in the Elk County Jail after unsecured bail was set at $10,000. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 11.