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Saturday, September 17, 2005     Page: 8A

WILKES-BARRE - Erik McCray, 36, of Midland Court in Wilkes-Barre, pleaded guilty Thursday to stabbing his girlfriend during a dispute.
    Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Thomas F. Burke is scheduled to sentence McCray on charges of aggravated assault and interfering with the custody of children at 9:15 a.m. Nov. 17.
    City police said McCray in March stabbed Monique Murphy in the throat, liver and shoulder before taking three of his children from the home.
    WILKES-BARRE - Colleen Wetherhold, 36, of West Butler Drive in Drums, Butler Township, was paroled Tuesday on charges stemming from the purse snatching of a 77-year-old woman.
    Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael Conahan ordered the parole after sentencing Wetherhold on Tuesday to the amount of time she served in prison on charges of robbery and delivery of a controlled substance.
    State police at Hazleton said Wetherhold on Jan. 24 grabbed the purse from Margaret Stracka outside the Weis market in West Hazleton.
    Wetherhold and another woman used money from the purse to buy drugs.
    WILKES-BARRE - Mark Weston, 44, of East Clay Avenue in West Hazleton, pleaded guilty Tuesday to snatching a purse from a woman.
    Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael Toole is scheduled to sentence Weston on single counts of robbery and theft at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 25. Additional charges were dropped.
    State police at Hazleton said Weston on March 13 grabbed the purse from Olga Duffy in the parking lot of the Pantry Quik on state Route 93 in West Hazleton. Weston said he needed money for food.
    WILKES-BARRE - Neama Abdelmalek, 43, of West Butler Drive in Drums, Butler Township, entered a rehabilitation program on Tuesday for allowing her son to wander out of her home into 12-degree weather.
    Abdelmalek entered the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program on a single count of endangering the welfare of children.
    Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael Conahan ordered Abdelmalek to serve one year in the program, pay costs and fees, perform 35 hours of community service, and complete anger management and parenting classes within 10 months.
    The ARD program is offered to first-time offenders on minor offenses. A defendant who successfully completes the program is eligible to have his or her criminal record expunged.
    Township police said Abdelmalek on March 10 left her 4-year-old son unattended at home. The child left and walked about a half mile in 12-degree weather.
    WILKES-BARRE - Mark David Traver, 42, of Boland Avenue in Hanover Township, was sentenced Friday to the amount of time he has already served in prison to 23 months on child pornography charges.
    Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael Conahan also sentenced Traver to five years of probation on charges of possession of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography.
    State and Hanover Township police said a man from Wisconsin, working for an agency that exposes online sexual predators, was in an Internet chat room posing as a 14-year-old boy in June 2004. Traver sent the man images depicting children engaged in sexual acts.
    Traver later told police he had 30 to 35 images of naked children ages of 8 to 10 stored in his computer.
    WILKES-BARRE - William Muchler Jr., 36, of Stanton Street in Wilkes-Barre, pleaded guilty Thursday to possession of child pornography.
    Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Thomas F. Burke is scheduled to sentence Muchler on a single count of the charge at 9:15 a.m. Nov. 16.
    State and Wilkes-Barre police said Muchler in 2004 had images of naked children stored on his computer.
    WILKES-BARRE - Kasey Daniels, 19, of Riverview Manor in Pittston, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Thursday to the amount of time she had served in prison to one year for her role in a beating.
    Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Thomas F. Burke sentenced Daniels on charges of simple assault and reckless endangerment.
    Police said Daniels helped Mark and Clint Donovan beat a Philadelphia man with a hammer and flashlight at her home in February.
    A jury this week found the Donovans not guilty of all charges in the beating. Daniels was previously charged with more serious charges, but they were dropped in exchange for her testimony against the Donovans.
   
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