One defendant had two preliminary hearings recently scheduled before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, while another failed to show up.

James Englert, 37, of 1011 Lehigh St., Newkirk, appeared before Judge Bayer for two cases related to domestic violence.' The cases stem from incidents that happened on Dec. 29, 2013 and June 29, 2013. In both cases, Englert was charged with simple assault and harassment. Englert waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will await a formal hearing in Schuylkill County Court.

His bail, initially assessed at $10,000 percentage, was reduced to $10,000 unsecured in both cases.

Michael J. Atkinson, 23, of 12 E. Columbus Ave., Nesquehoning, didn't make it to court for his preliminary hearing on charges of possession of marijuana, retail theft, disorderly conduct and littering/scattering rubbish. He was charged by Rush Township Patrolman Ryan Rehatchek following an Oct. 5, 2013 incident.

A warrant may be issued for his arrest.

Zachary E. Klinger, 23, of Temple, waived his hearing on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a license and exceeding the speed limit by 21 miles per hour. He was charged by Tamaqua Patrolman Richard Bekesy following a Feb. 28 incident.

Klinger was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Darrin Gonzalez, 47, of 1004 W. Fifteenth St., Hazleton, waived a hearing on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, filed by McAdoo Patrolman Steven Homanko. The charges stem from a Dec. 29, 2013 incident.

Gonzalez was released on his own recognizance.