Failure to appear for their scheduled preliminary hearings before District Judge Stephen Bayer last Tuesday didn't stop their cases from proceeding for two defendants.

Shayne Nelson Earle, 30, of 120 Mahanoy St., Tamaqua, was scheduled to be in court for a hearing on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He didn't appear and the case was sent to Schuylkill County Court for trial. The charge stemmed from a March 7 incident and was filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Matthew Houser.

Nicholas John Dangelo, 21, of 405 Pine St., Tamaqua, also missed his court date and had the charges held over for court trial. He was charged with defiant trespass by Tamaqua Patrolman Michael Hobbs. The charge stems from a Nov. 12, 2011 incident.

Blair Terry Kranch, 66, of 187 Owl Creek Rd., Tamaqua, chose to waive his right to a preliminary hearing before Judge Bayer. Kranch was charged with making terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct following a Jan. 5 incident. The charges were filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Karl Harig.

Blair was released on his own recognizance.

Eric Schmidt, 20, of Schwenksville, waived a hearing on charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges were filed by Patrolman Harig following a Sept. 5, 2011 incident.

Schmidt was released on his own recognizance.