Drug and theft related cases dominated last week's scheduled preliminary hearings in the office of District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua.

Michael Joseph Flaherty, 49, of 206 W. Sherman St., McAdoo, waived his hearing on charges filed by McAdoo Patrolman Robert Minnick. The charges include possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy to manufacture/possess a controlled substance. Another count of criminal conspiracy was withdrawn.

The charges stem from a Jan. 20 incident. Flaherty's bail was modified from $25,000 percentage to $25,000 unsecured bail.

Joshua Jimenez, 24, of New York City, had charges of manufacture/possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, criminal conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia held over for criminal court. The charges stem from a Feb. 3 incident and were filed by McAdoo Patrolman Robert Minnick.

Jimenez was released on $25,000 bail.

Harry James Strain, 19, of 25 S. Kennedy Dr., McAdoo, failed to appear for his hearing on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and had the count held over for trial. The charge stems from an April 20 incident and was filed by McAdoo Patrolman Brent Getz.

Dennis R. Yeater Jr., 24, of 3373 Old Post Rd., Slatington, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of possession of marijuana and delivery/intent to deliver drug paraphernalia. He was charged by Tamaqua Patrolman Matt Houser following an April 14 incident.

Yeater was released on his own recognizance.

Lindsey Wilcox, 24, of 136 N. Kennedy Dr., McAdoo, waived a hearing on charges of driving under the influence (DUI), driving without a license, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges stem from an April 27 incident and were filed by McAdoo Patrolman William Curilla.

Wilcox was released on her own recognizance.

David Rockewell Jr., 33, of Girardville, also waived his right and will face trial on charges of DUI, driving without a license, and having an improper sunscreen on his vehicle. He was charged by Rush Township Patrolman Adam Sinton following an April 10 incident.

Rockewell was released on his own recognizance.

Jarred Folweiler, 22, of 59 Jones St., Quakake, waived a hearing on charges of DUI, and driving over a road divider, which were filed by Rush Township Patrolman Corey Herring. The charges stem from an April 21 incident.

Folweiler was released on his own recognizance.

Kimberly Ann Keach, 35, of 256 Brown St., Tamaqua, had a charge of defiant trespass withdrawn, while a charge of driving with a suspended/revoked license was moved to a traffic offense. She was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Matt Houser following an April 9 incident.

William Sipler, of Tamaqua, waived charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. The charges were filed by Rush Township Sgt. Duane Frederick following an Oct. 12, 2010, incident.

Sipler was released on his own recognizance.

Stephen Paul Misto, 41, of Hazleton, waived charges of retail theft and receiving stolen property filed by Rush Township Patrolman Corey Herring. The charges stem from a Feb. 8 incident.

Misto was released on his own recognizance.

Michael Wimer, 22, of 215 E. Elm St., Tamaqua, had a charge of retail theft held over for court following his preliminary hearing. Wimer was charged by Tamaqua Patrolman Matt Houser following a May 5 incident.

Wimer was released on his own recognizance.

Lisa Ann Ketchledge, 48, of Delano, waived a court hearing on charges of conspiracy to commit retail theft, conspiracy to possess a controlled substance and driving without a license. The charges were filed by Rush Township Patrolman Corey Herring following a Feb. 1 incident.

Ketchledge was released on her own recognizance.

George Kolar, 62, of 3002 Wetzel Run Rd., Weatherly, waived a hearing on charges of impersonating a public servant and speeding in excess of 17 miles per hour over the posted limit. Kolar was stopped for speeding on April 17, by Rush Township Patrolman Richard Bekesy, and allegedly told the officer he was a Carbon County Sheriff.

Kolar was released on his own recognizance.

Benjamin Andrew Kuzo, 19, of 4 Dogwood Lane, Nesquehoning, had charges of making an improper turn, unlawfully carrying a paintball gun in a vehicle, DUI of a controlled substance, delivery/intent to deliver drug paraphernalia and manufacture of a controlled substance withdrawn.