Austin Teen Sentenced on Paraphernalia Charges

COUDERSPORT – An Austin teen has been sentenced in Potter County court for possession of drug paraphernalia and purchase of alcoholic beverages by a minor.

Skyler “Clubby” Shaffer, age 18, was sentenced to 12 months of probation on one count of possession of drug paraphernalia(M). Shaffer was also ordered to serve a 90 day drivers license suspension on one count of purchase alcoholic beverages by a minor(S). He was also ordered to pay $600 in fines, perform 15 hours of community service, subject to drug and alcohol evaluation, attend NA and/or AA meetings and take part in the Potter County DUI Victim Impact Panel Presentation.

Shaffer was arrested by Austin Boro police in May of last year after Austin Chief of Police Kyle Day observed the teen slip into a car located in Ritsick’s Garage parking lot. Upon confronting Shaffer, Chief Day stated he noticed the teen’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot, and he smelled of alcohol. A subsequent search yielded a glass marijuana pipe. Shaffer was taken into custody and later turned over to his step-father. Field testing of the pipe confirmed it had been used to smoke marijuana.

Shaffer pleaded guilty to the charges in September of 2011.

According to court documents, Shaffer is free on $5,000 bail in an unrelated matter involving charges of theft.

This case was prosecuted by the Potter County District Attorney’s office. Shaffer was represented by Public Defender Brent Petrosky. Judge Stephen Minor presided.

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  1. Chuck Lee says:

    Cops hate it whewn you buy dope that didn’t come out of their property room. Too much competition drives down their profits.

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