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Pennsylvania Bar Association Video Offers Insights on Courtroom Interviews of Children in Custody Cases
President Judge Thomas J. Doerr, Butler County Court of Common Pleas
At a meeting Monday night, James ...
At a meeting Monday night, James Lokhaiser Jr. was given the oath of office by Butler County President Judge Thomas Doerr.
Butler County to monitor drug abusers on probation
At the recommendation of Butler County Common Pleas President Judge Thomas Doerr, the county salary board voted 4-1 in favor of creating a new probation officer position with a pay of $17.67 an hour, plus benefits and retirement.
said the county has about 160 people on electronic monitoring on any given day.He
said the house-arrest program is a money saver to the county, which is struggling with jail crowding.The price tag for housing overflow prisoners at out-of-county facilities has hovered around $1 million the past several years.
While the county has to pay the salaries of the probation officers who supervise those on house arrest, Doerr
said the client pays a $30 monthly supervision fee plus an electronic-monitoring fee of $10 to $15 a day, depending on the type of unit used.
could not have implemented the new program without boosting probation office staff, noting that the department staff supervises about 3,300 people.
The new program will run through June 30.
Commissioners said they would not commit to funding the two new positions after the state grant is spent.Doerr and Carmine Scotece, director of human resources and supervisor of the new case manager, will reapply for state funding next year if the program is successful.
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There also are interviews with eight different county judges - including Butler County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Thomas J. Doerr and seven other Court of Common Pleas judges from across the state of Pennsylvania.
Fifty-six-year-old Robert Atkinson, of Brackenridge, is scheduled to appear before Butler County Judge Thomas Doerr this morning.
The Attorney General's office says he
could be sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Prosecutors say Atkinson ran the scam to pay gambling debts.
More than 30 of Atkinson's victims were age 60 or older, and each of those cases require he
spend at least a year in prison under state law.