A Rush Township man was scheduled for two preliminary hearings before District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua, last week, facing drug related charges filed by two members of the Tamaqua Police Department.

James William Kunkel, 28, of 72 Ryan Ave., waived both cases to Schuylkill County Court.

Kunkel was charged with possession with intent to manufacture or deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and criminal use of a communication facility related to two alleged drug buys, March 29 and April 6. Charges in the March case were filed by Patrolman Anthony Stanell, while Officer Thomas Rodgers was the arresting officer in the April case.

Kunkel was unable to post the required bail, $5,000 in each case, and was returned to the county prison to await trial.

Dustin Gernert, 27, of 321 Hughes Ave., New Ringgold, also waived his right to a preliminary hearing on drug related charges.

Gernert was charged with possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. The charges were filed by Officer Stanell following an alleged Feb. 16 drug buy.

Gernert was released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

Gino Anthony Cicioni, 44, of 101 W. Rowe St., Tamaqua, was bound over for court trial on a charge of possession of marijuana, filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Matt Bynon. The charges stem from a June 20 incident.

Cicioni remains lodged in the county prison in lieu of $10,000 percentage bail.

Frederick Andrew Postie, 40, of 626 Fairview St., Tamaqua, waived charges of possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended/revoked driver's license. The charges were filed by Rush Township Patrolman Adam Sinton following a Jan. 22 incident.

Postie was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Thomas J. Gaughan Sr., 59, of W. Blaine St., McAdoo, waived a hearing on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness.

The charges stem from an April 28 incident and were filed by McAdoo Police Chief Jeffrey Wainwright. Gaughan also waived a hearing on charges filed by Wainwright in regards to a May 24 incident. Those charges include theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

He was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Karen Rosemarie Boris, 47, of 70 Whitetail Crossing Rd.,Tamaqua R.D., was bound over for trial on charges of defiant trespass, retail theft and disorderly conduct. The charges were filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Matt Bynon following a Dec. 15, 2010 incident.

Boris was released after posting 10 percent of the imposed $10,000 bail.

Jason Allan Weaver, 29, of 28 Market St., Tamaqua, waived a hearing on charges of forgery, access device fraud, criminal conspiracy, theft by deception and receiving stolen property. The charges stem from a Nov. 29, 2010, and were filed by Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods.

Weaver was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Keith A. Washeim, 40, of 212 Center St., Tamaqua, was held for court on charges of driving with a suspended/revoked license and being a habitual offender. The charges were filed by Patrolman Stanell.

Michael A. Flickinger, 36, of 107 Market St., Port Carbon, waived a hearing on charges stemming from a March 8 incident. The charges included theft by deception and receiving stolen property and were filed by Rush Township Sgt. Duane Frederick.

Flickinger was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Charles Mims Jr., 30, of 18 Mauch Chunk St., Tamaqua, was held on charges of simple assault and harassment stemming from a Feb. 17 incident. The charges were filed by Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods.

Mims was released on his own recognizance.

Anthony Pascoe, 41, of 230 Green St., Tamaqua, had an assault charge withdrawn and a harassment charge pled down to a non-traffic citation. The charges were filed by Cpl. Woods following a Feb. 17 incident.