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Bench warrant issued at hearing
Thursday, August 28, 2014

By Josh Woods Staff Writer
A bench warrant was issued for a Karthaus woman after she failed to appear for a preliminary hearing at yesterday's session of Centralized Court at the Clearfield County Jail.
Dawn Irey is charged with six counts of forgery, two counts of theft by unlawful taking, two counts of theft by deception, seven counts of access device issued to another who did not authorize use, six counts of theft by deception, two counts of receiving stolen property and theft from a motor vehicle.
Irey failed to appear before Magisterial District Judge Jerome Nevling, and a preliminary hearing was held in her absence.
Irey stated by phone she was walking to the hearing, but took a wrong turn and ended up in Glasgow Nevling said.
Assistant District Attorney Josh Maines called Corporal Mark McGinnis to the stand. McGinnis confirmed he filed the charges against Irey, he wrote the affidavit of probable cause, and the affidavit was true and correct. Maines offered the affidavit as testimony.
According to the affidavit, the victim reported her wallet was stolen from her vehicle while it was parked on Church Street in Morris Township. Inside the wallet were batteries for a dog collar, a CNB Bank Visa debit card, blank checks, a social security card and driver's license.
The victim also learned her bank card was used to make purchases without her knowledge or permission. Someone used the debit card on June 20-21 to make purchases totaling $677.68. Irey was identified through store video and still pictures as the one using the debit card.
It was also discovered a personal check for $450 was written out to Irey and cashed at CNB's Kylertown branch. Still pictures were used to identify Irey as the one cashing the check while driving her vehicle through the drive thru.
McGinnis interviewed Irey on June 24. Irey said the debit card was given to her as payment of a debt. She acknowledged using the card at Sheetz, Country Garden 6 Pack and McDonalds, the affidavit said.
Nevling held all charges over to the Court of Common Pleas.
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A preliminary hearing for a Clearfield man charged with rape and other offenses was continued for 90 days for a mental competency evaluation.
Ronnie Bass, 22, is charged with rape of a child, indecent assault person less than 13 years of age, corruption of minors, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, disorderly conduct and incest.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, police were dispatched to a Clearfield residence on Aug. 14, 2013 for a domestic incident in progress. The complainant stated her husband and son were fighting. When police arrived, several persons were heard yelling inside the residence.
Officer Ralph Nedza interviewed Art Henry. Henry stated when he returned to the property that night he observed the victim with her pants down sitting on Bass on their couch, the affidavit said.
An argument ensued, and Bass and Henry got into a fight.
Bass gave a voluntary statement to police and admitted to inappropriate contact with the child, the affidavit said.
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Nicole Coleman of Clearfield waived her preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Richard Ireland. Coleman is charged with forgery, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and two counts of theft by deception.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the victim noticed funds were missing from her account when she made a deposit on Aug. 5.
She was advised by Kim Shaw, head of security at CNB Bank to report a stolen check that was forged and cashed. The check was made payable to Coleman in the amount of $50, endorsed with her signature and cashed on Aug. 4.
The victim stated Coleman and her boyfriend didn't have a place to live, so she brought them to her apartment on July 31. The pair was supposed to stay one night, but Coleman made calls and said all of the shelters were full until Monday morning, the affidavit said.
On Aug. 2, the victim noticed someone went through the dresser in her bedroom and took $6 in cash and her mother's ring. She confronted Coleman and told her to find some place else to live, the affidavit said.
Police contacted Zalno Jewelers and found the store bought the mother's ring, a sterling butterfly necklace and a sterling gents ring on Aug. 4. Zalnos provided a copy of the purchase form and a photocopy of Coleman's ID card.


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