A Tamaqua man and Coaldale woman had their bails greatly reduced, and another Tamaqua man pleaded guilty to three motor code violations following Schuylkill County Court hearings.
Judge James P. Goodman reduced the bail of David R. Cipko, 34, of 175 Penn Street, Tamaqua from $100,000 straight cash bail to $25,000 straight cash bail. But the reduction came with conditions: Cipko must reside at 175 Penn Street, Tamaqua, and may not move without prior court approval. Further, he is barred from contact with the victim while he awaits trial in this case.
Cipko was charged with burglary, aggravated, simple assault, false imprisonment and terroristic threats of the victim, Shannon Quinn, by borough patrolman Karl Harig. The incidents happened at 336 Lincoln Street, Tamaqua, on Aug. 15.
April L. McGeehan, 24, of 46 East High Street, Coaldale, had her bail reduced by Goodman from $25,000 straight cash to $500 unsecured bail, also with conditions: McGeehan must reside at the Coaldale address, and may not move without prior court approval.
McGeehan was charged with theft of checks belonging to her parents and forging their names to obtain $670 in cash by borough Investigator Todd Weiss.
In other cases, Judge Charles Miller modified bail for Rachael Schaeffer, 31, of Minersville, to $10,000 percentage cash. Schaeffer must reside at 1013 West Main Street, Valley View, and may not move without written permission from the district attorney's office. Further, she may not consume alcoholic beverages or controlled substances; have no contact with her boy friend, John Heffner, and shall have no unsupervised contact with anyone under 18 years of age. She faces a charge of endangering the welfare of children filed by Minersville patrolman Jeffrey Bowers.
Miller denied a request by Lisa Maria Hinkle, 48, of 210 West Sherman St., McAdoo, to reduce her bail from $25,000 straight cash bail. She awaits trial on charges of possession with intent to delivery a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and criminal use of a cell phone. Hinkle was charged by McAdoo Police Chief Jeffrey Wainwright.
Tracy Shide, 57, of 214 West Sherman St., McAdoo, had his bail reduced by Miller from $25,000 percentage cash bail to $25,000 unsecured bail. He was charged by McAdoo patrolman William Curilla with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Luis Manuel Merced, 49, of Minersville, had his motion to modify his bail denied by Miller. He faces charges of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance filed by Minersville patrolman Jeffrey Bowers.
Mark J. Schriner, Jr., 22, of Shenandoah, had his bail reduced by Goodman from $35,000 percentage cash to $500 percentage cash with the condition he reside at his grandmother's home at 1044 West Coal Street, Shenandoah, and cannot relocate without prior court order. He was charged with fleeing police, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while his license was suspended and eight summary motor vehicle code violations by Shenandoah patrolman Christopher Zuber.
Franklin R. Sterner, 26, of Shenandoah, was denied by Goodman to have his bail reduced. He was charged with theft, receiving stolen property, and fleeing police. Sterner was sought on an arrest warrant and found at 334 South Jardin Street, Shenandoah. When police arrived, he leaped through an upstairs window, landing on a porch roof, but was apprehended, according to police.
Robert Alan Anguish, 49, of 301 1/2 Pine Street, Tamaqua, pleaded guilty to three motor vehicle code violations and was fined by Goodman. On the charge of careless driving, he was fined $25; failing to drive at a safe speed, $25, and driving while his license was suspended, $200. Anguish also must pay $150 in costs and $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account. He was cited by Tamaqua patrolman Joseph Krebs.
John Kenneth Davidovich, 37, of 1361 South Church Street, Hazleton, pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful theft of property belonging to Reading Anthracite Company. He was placed by Miller on probation for 23 months, and must pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account, a $50 monthly fee for each month he will be on probation. He also must make restitution, jointly and several, with an accomplice in the amount of $35,000. He was cited by Trooper Scott M. Grouchowski.
Bench warrant hearings:
Donnalee M. Collins, 66, of Wiconisco, had her bench warrant dissolved by Goodman and her bail restored, under the condition that she must reside at 735 East Pottsville Street, Lykens, and not relocate without prior court approval as she awaits trial on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, which were filed by Tower City police Sgt. John Boyer. Collins was stopped in the 600 block of East Grand Avenue. The bench warrant was issued when she failed to appear for a preliminary conference in county court on March 30.
Zachery A. Kadingo, 24, of Schuylkill Haven, had his bench warrant dissolved by Goodman, and his bail reinstated under the conditions that he must reside at 429 Schuylkill Street, Schuylkill Haven, and is not to relocate without prior court approval. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to appear in court on March 25 for a pretrial conference before Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin. Kadingo is awaiting trial on a charge of failing to furnish a drug free sample to his probation officer.