After several weeks of relative calm, Indiana County’s courts get very busy in the coming days.
Today at the county courthouse, there are about four dozen formal arraignments scheduled for a variety of defendants on charges ranging from DUI, to drug offenses, to burglaries and thefts.
One of the cases involves Lonnie Turner Jr, of Indiana. He goes before Judge Tom Bianco this afternoon ofor arraignment on eight third-degree felony charges of receiving stolen property. The case dates back to last April.
Another multiple felony case before Judge Bianco this afternoon is that of Thomas Shaffer of Indiana, who faces two felony counts each of theft, receiving stolen property, and conspiracy, plus misdemeanor disorderly conduct and loitering or prowling at night, and summary defiant trespass, all for an incident in October.
Tomorrow, it’s another busy day with dozens of criminal call cases. Also, the prosecution and defense in the Shaun Fairman homicide case are scheduled to appear in court for a motions hearing as that case works its way toward an April 22nd trial date.
In Westmoreland County, the Clayton Mibroda trial is scheduled to begin on Monday. He’s the Bolivar man accused of causing the death of his twenty-day-old daughter in December of 2011.