A Tamaqua man went on trial this morning in the Schuylkill County Court facing 51 criminal charges arising out of burglaries of homes in Hometown, Rush Township, as the summer term of criminal court got underway. Four of 17 cases in which juries were selected last Friday got underway this morning.

Frederick Andrew Postie, 42, whose home address is listed as 626 Fairview St., Tamaqua R.D., faces seven counts each of burglary, criminal trespass into a building, criminal trespass by entering and remaining in a building, theft of moveable property, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief to property, and loitering and prowling at night; and two counts of criminal conspiracy with accomplices.

The charges were brought by Rush Sgt. Duane Frederick. He charged that Postie, with two accomplices, entered properties in Hometown. They removed copper piping, wiring, heating units and components of oil burners and electrical equipment from the basements of the homes. The case is being tried before Judge John E. Domalakes.

Other trials

Three other criminal trials also got underway this morning.

Ronald Robert Hartz, 50, of 130 Hollow Road, Ringtown, went on trial before President Judge William E. Baldwin facing 27 criminal charges filed by agents of Pennsylvania Game Commission which includes 11 counts of unlawful killing or taking game out of season, eight counts of a person not to possess or use a firearm, three counts of retrieval and disposition of killed or wounded game, and one count each of possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife, using unlawful devices and methods of hunting, and unlawful taking and possession of wounded birds.

Christopher Lee Collins, Minersville, is on trial before Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy, possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges were brought by Minersville Patrolman Jeffrey R. Bowers.

Chad Jamal Phillip, 23, of 919 Mount Hope Avenue, Pottsville, is on trial before Judge Jacqueline Russell on charges of delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, criminal use of a cell phone, and possession filed by Pottsville Sgt. John R. Morrow.