HOUTZDALE – James B. Glass, magisterial district judge 46-3-04, has released his second annual report to inform the public of the activities of his Houtzdale office.
In 2019, he said there were 1,904 total offenses filed with gross receipts of $218,643.15. He noted total offenses don’t include 37 miscellaneous dockets or 83 video arraignments.
Of the total offenses filed last year, Glass said that traffic citations led the way with 1,187 cases.
Of the gross receipts collected in 2019, he said the following disbursements were made: State Department of Revenue, $151,110.86; Clearfield County, $30,642.90; and municipalities, $6,778.03.
Restitution to businesses and private individuals totaled $2,483.28. And server fees for constable services totaled $15,417.54, according to Glass.
He said the 27 municipalities received the following:
Boroughs: Brisbin Borough, $280.32; Burnside Borough, $300; Coalport Borough, $$365.48; Grampian Borough, $25; Houtzdale Borough, $352.26; Irvona Borough, $310.84; Mahaffey Borough, $159.49; Ramey Borough, $417.61; Wallaceton Borough, $73.18; and Westover Borough, $68.99.
Townships: Beccaria Township, $356.25; Bigler Township, $1,515.99; Boggs Township, $422.95; Burnside Township, $178.73; Ferguson Township, $220.57; Greenwood Township, $25; Gulich Township, $584.79; Jordan Township, $94.08; Knox Township, $199.11; Penn Township, $108.13; Woodward Township, $472.19; and Decatur Township, $247.02 (in accordance with regional police department).
Due to violations of the School Compulsory Attendance Act and use of tobacco in schools prohibited, Glass said the Moshannon Valley and Philipsburg-Osceola school districts received $204.43 and $18.83, respectively.
He said these funds only include fines for violations of summary offenses and local ordinances that occurred within each municipality. He said if a municipality has a local police department, it includes one-half of the traffic fines.
He said traffic violations made by state police are sent to the Department of Revenue, then are partially refunded to the proper municipality once a year.
Glass also noted that he and his staff are paid a set salary from either Clearfield County or commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and don’t directly receive any funds paid to the court.
Glass said his office’s records are subject to auditing by Clearfield County, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the aforementioned political subdivisions.
All trials and hearings are open to the public, and the records are available for public inspection.