Mistrial declared in theft case vs. Philipsburg woman

Proceedings against a Philipsburg woman accused by state police of planning thefts of gasoline in Port Matilda ended in a mistrial Thursday.

Frankie Maines, 41, was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, corruption of minors, driving with a suspended license and other offenses over a June 11 incident.

Maines is accused of taking two males, including a 15-year-old, to three locations in Port Matilda so they could break in to sheds and steal gas cans, according to the criminal complaint. Maines waited in the vehicle while they took the cans and put the gas in her car, police said.

Maines’ public defender, Deborah Lux, filed a pretrial motion with Judge Jonathan Grine requesting that the status of her client’s driving privileges not be mentioned during the trial.

“The court granted that motion and the prosecution deliberately and intentionally violated that order by bringing up the status of her driving privileges,” Lux said.

Assistant District Attorney Adam Morris, who prosecuted the case, declined to comment.

Jury selection for a new trial is scheduled for next month, Lux said, but she plans to file a motion to dismiss the charges because another trial would violate Maines’ double jeopardy rights.