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July 11, 2014

Test: Defendant was high on pot for sentencing

— DANVILLE — A Danville woman was taken away Wednesday to begin serving  her jail term on charges of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver drugs.

Before her sentencing, Melissa Temple-Baker, 32, was tested for drugs by the Montour County Probation Department with the woman testing positive for marijuana which she admitted to using, according to a probation official.

Judge Gary Norton sentenced her to one to two years in jail and gave her credit for 52 days served in jail. He also fined her $500.

The judge requested the drug test after asking the woman what was wrong with her arm. She said she had a nerve disorder.

Her sentencing had been postponed for some time due to medical issues.

She told the judge she has an ovarian cyst disorder and cervical cancer and had undergone surgery.

“I am very sorry for the mistake I made almost a year ago. I am attempting to better myself through spiritual counseling at Geisinger,” Baker-Temple said. She said she wasn’t working, but had registered at Career Link.

Before sentencing, her attorney Ray Kessler requested electronic monitoring.

County District Attorney Rebecca Warren sought jail time, saying the woman had a history of parole revocations and of non-compliance.

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