The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 26, 2014

New charges put probation revocation hearing on hold

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

— MIDDLEBURG — Jessica M. Curry will have to wait until criminal charges in Columbia County are resolved before she’ll learn whether she’s headed to state prison on a probation violation stemming from a 2010 vehicular homicide conviction in Snyder County.

Snyder County District Attorney Michael Piecuch on Wednesday agreed to wait for the outcome of the new charges and continued her probation revocation hearing in Middleburg.

Curry, 26, of Sunbury, was arrested in Bloomsburg last month and charged with giving police a false name and possession of drug paraphernalia in violation of probation conditions set by Snyder County Court for her conviction in a Jan. 17, 2009, fatal collision on Routes 11-15 in Shamokin Dam.

Killed in that accident was Curry’s friend, Jason J. Noll, 20, of Sunbury. The driver of the other vehicle, Cynthia Scheib, of Herndon, was seriously injured.

In addition to a guilty plea to homicide by motor vehicle, Curry admitted using illegal solvents by huffing dust remover just before the crash. She served a little more than a year in county jail before being released, but got in trouble last year when she violated terms of her probation by failing to keep up with restitution payments.

The violation cost her another 60 months of probation and she was ordered by the court to abstain from drug and alcohol use.

According to court records detailing her arrest in Bloomsburg, Curry said she had relapsed and was using heroin and methamphetamine.

The new charges prompted Piecuch to file a motion to revoke probation and send Curry to state prison for three to six years.

Following a brief in-chambers discussion between Piecuch, defense attorney Matthew Slivinski and Senior Judge Harold F. Woelfel Jr., the hearing was continued.

Since Curry’s 2009 conviction involves an injury offense, she is not eligible to participate in treatment court or a state intermediate punishment program.