A Tamaqua man had three hearings scheduled before District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua, recently, waiving the charges to county court in two incidents, catching a break when charges were withdrawn in the third.
Michael Todd Brode, 20, of 24 Lower Rd., Tamaqua, Walker Township, will be headed for trial in Schuylkill County court on charges of aggravated and simple assault, resisting arrest, escape and disorderly conduct stemming from a Sept. 25 incident. Brode allegedly assaulted Tamaqua Police Sgt. Richard Weaver when the officer attempted to question him regarding an armed robbery in Hazleton. Bail for those charges was set at $75,000 straight bond.
Brode was also charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, failure to stop at an accident, operating a motor vehicle without insurance and purchase/use of alcohol by a minor. Those charges were filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Thomas Rodgers following a March 19 incident.
In the third case, charges of simple assault, reckless endangerment, making terroristic threats, harassment and reckless driving were withdrawn by Tamaqua Patrolman Anthony Stanell. The charges were part of the Sept. 25 incident. The alleged assault victim was a passenger in Brode's vehicle at the time of his arrest.
Other preliminary hearings scheduled before Bayer in recent days included:
Travis Cheslock, 36, of 35 Center St., Tamaqua, was bound over for court trial following his preliminary hearing. Cheslock was charged with burglary, simple assault, and three counts of harassment stemming from a Sept. 21 incident. The charges were filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Anthony Stanell.
Bail was set at $1,000 percentage bond. Unable to post the required 10 percent, Cheslock was incarcerated in the county prison, Pottsville.
Scott M. Boyer, 34, of 113 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, had charges of DUI and failure to keep right bound over for court trial. The charges were filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Thomas Duarte following an Aug. 30 incident.
Boyer was released on his own recognizance.
Allison Rose Tonkin, 20, of 212 High St., Tamaqua, waived her right to a hearing on charges of DUI, accidents involving an unattended vehicle and purchase/use of alcohol by a minor. The charges stem from a July 14 incident and were filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Thomas Rodgers.
She was released on her own recognizance.
Curtis M. Defebo, 27, of 113 Second St., Coaldale, failed to show for his hearing on charges of false sale/transfer of a firearm and making false written statements. The charges were filed by State Trooper John Powis following a Sept. 3 incident.
Henry L. Lesher Jr., 38, of 3201 Village Rd., Orwigsburg, waived a hearing on charges of DUI, which were filed by State Trooper Joseph Aponick. The charges stem from an Aug. 27 incident.
Lesher was released on his own recognizance.
Miranda Mooney, 21, of 1560 Penn Drive, Andreas, elected to waive her right to a hearing on charges filed by Coaldale Patrolman Joseph David. Mooney was charged with eight counts each of simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment following an Aug. 23 incident.
Bail was set at $15,000. Mooney posted the required 10 percent.
Mark J. Toth, 43, of 310 Market St., Tamaqua, waived a hearing on charges of DUI and making an illegal turn. The charges were filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Thomas Duarte following a Sept. 24 incident.
Toth was released on his own recognizance.
Dmitriy Partin, 21, of 2040 Evergreen Dr., Tamaqua, Rush Township, waived a hearing on charges of consiracy to manufacture/deliver/possess an illegal substance, DUI, failure to keep right and disobeying a traffic control device. He was charged by Rush Township Patrolman Corey Herring following an Aug. 25 incident.
Bail was set at 10 percent of $500.