A Tamaqua woman was among five defendants who received hearings before Judge John E. Domalakes in Schuylkill County court on motions to reduce bail while they remain free to prepare defenses for criminal charges filed against them.

Alicia Bennett, 23, of 328 Hazle St., Tamaqua, had her bail set at $25,000 unsecured with conditions that she reside at her Tamaqua address and must not relocate without prior permission from the court, must not possess nor consume alcohol or illegal drugs, must not have alcohol at the residence or enter establishments that primarily serve alcohol, must attend all future court proceedings, must undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow up treatment as recommended, and must obtain employment.

She faces charges filed by Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods, of using the credit card belonging to Raymond Bennett and purchasing $6,957.97 worth of jewelry at a Berks County mall.

Bernard G. Appel, 21, who at the time of his arrest gave an address of 118 Springwood Drive, Allentown, had his bail set at $20,000 straight cash with condition he reside at 430 Hazle St., Tamaqua, with a verification signed by the owner, Erin Doughert, giving him permission to reside at this address, must not change addresses without prior permission from court, must not possess nor consume alcohol or illegal drugs at his residence nor frequent taverns where alcohol is served, and must have no contact with the victim in this case.

He faces charges brought by Tower City Patrolman Jason C. Yeager, of robbery and burglary of $500 in cash from the home of Joseph Dietrich, 113 S. Fourth St.; criminal trespass and terroristic threats.

John R. Miller, 46, Port Carbon, had his bail set at $7,500 unsecured with conditions he reside at 19 Pike St., Port Carbon, and cannot relocate without prior court permission, must not possess nor consume alcohol or illegal drugs and must not have alcohol at the residence or enter establishments serving alcohol, and must attend all future court proceedings.

Miller faces charges filed by Trooper Eric Reber with loitering and prowling around the home of Pedro A. Quenone, harassment, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness.

Flora Ptaszkowski, 31, of Shenandoah, had her bail set at $10,000 unsecured and was ordered released from the county prison to be admitted to an inpatient treatment facility, not possess nor consume alcohol or illegal drugs, and must attend all future court proceedings. She faces charges of alleged credit card fraud and theft.

John J. Kamant Jr., 53, Pottsville, had his hearing on setting bail continued because of an apparent heading problem and will need a hearing device available when the proceeding is rescheduled.

He faces charges filed by Port Carbon Chief Jon J. Bowman, with criminal attempt to trespass on property of James and Pamela Taylor, 224 Jackson St.