The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 10, 2013

Court roundup | Driver will serve time for deadly accident

Patrick Buchnowski

SOMERSET — A Maryland man will serve time in the Somerset County Jail for a motor vehicle accident that killed a man last year.

President Judge John M. Cascio on Wednesday sentenced Ronald Lee Streets Jr., 29, of Frostburg, to nine to 23 months in jail for the June 2012 crash that killed Anthony Michael Winter, 26, of Michigan.

Streets pleaded guilty in April to charges of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and failing to immediately notify authorities of an accident.

State police said Streets lost control of the vehicle while rounding a curve on Route 160 in Wellersburg. He and Winter were ejected.

Streets then walked to a neighborhood home to call his father and an ex-girlfriend for a ride before he called 911.

An accident reconstructionist determined Streets was traveling between 66 and 69 mph in a 55 mph zone.

“At the time, you were exceeding the speed limit,” Cascio told Streets in April. “You failed to give immediate notice of the accident.”

Streets also was ordered to pay $2,644 in restitution, serve three years on supervised probation and perform 100 hours of community service following his release from jail.

District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser called the sentence appropriate.

“The defendant is extremely remorseful and has been from the beginning,” she said.

Assault defendant waives hearing

In other court news, the Somerset County man who once faced homicide charges in the 2009 shooting death of his estranged wife will appear in county court on charges that he assaulted a woman.

William McTonic, 77, of Jerome, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Susan Mankamyer of Boswell.

Conemaugh Township police alleged that McTonic refused to allow a tenant to remove her belongings from an apartment in the duplex he owns in the 100 block of Railroad Street on April 7.

McTonic allegedly assaulted the woman, then threw water at the officer who responded and kicked him in the shin.

McTonic is charged with simple assault and harassment. A charge of aggravated assault was withdrawn.

In March, McTonic settled a lawsuit against two township officers. He received $4,000 to cover legal fees in his 2012 lawsuit accusing police of violating his civil rights. He had been seeking $300,000.

McTonic was arrested and detained for 10 months as a suspect in the April 3, 2009, shooting death of his estranged wife, Ruth Ann Henderson, 73.

The Somerset County district attorney’s office withdrew the criminal homicide charge in February 2010 after a judge threw out a statement McTonic gave to police.

Pair face trial in Richland burglary

Two men face trial on charges that they stole items worth more than $7,000 from a Richland Township home in March.

Travis Bradley Baumgardner, 33, of Chrysler Avenue in Richland, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday before District Judge Max Pavlovich of Richland.

His co-defendant, Jeramey T. Johnson, 22, whose address was not available, was ordered to stand trial following a preliminary hearing.

 Richland police accused the two of burglarizing a home on Chrysler Avenue. The owners discovered silver coins, electronics and jewelry missing on March 20 when they returned from a lengthy vacation, police said.

The thieves exchanged the items for drugs and money, police Detective Thomas Keirn said in a telephone interview Wednesday.

“It was all drug-related,” Keirn said.

Some of the stolen items turned up at Johns­town Gold Buyers in the Richland Plaza.

Baumgardner is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property.

Johnson is charged with receiving stolen property and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

Both are free on bond.

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