Sale of property

An attempt to stop the sale of an abandoned and blythed property by Foster Township supervisors was denied by Judge John Domalakes, who ruled the township to convey free and clear of all liens and encumbrances the property at 78 Hill Road, Foster Township, to Joseph J. Roperto.

Domalakes also ordered Roperto to rehabilitate the property to the satisfaction of the Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservation Act within two and one-half years from the date of the settlement and to transfer the property to the tax list.

Ruled sex predator

Joseph Curry, 27, Schuylkill Haven, who had pleaded guilty to sexually abusing an eight year old child was sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin, after being ruled a sexually violent predator, to serve seven to 21 years in a state correctional facility and the court recommended the defendant receive counseling while in the prison.

He entered a gulty plea last Nov. 12 to charges of aggravated indecent assault, statutory sexual assault, endangering welfare of a child and corruption of minors. He was cited by Schuylkill Haven Patrolman David T. George, on Feb. 28, 2011.

Business fraud

Edmour A. Giguere, 47, Blakeslee, lost his appeal to have charges against him suppressed pertaining to alleged deceptive business practice and will have to stand trial.

The charge arose out of an agreement to construct a log cabin type building for John Curran in Pottsville for $287,971. Curran is reported to have paid $45,971 at the time of the agreement, of which $28,681.50 was to be paid by defendant's company towards the deposit on a log home kit. But evidence showed he paid only $6,000.

Curran paid an additional sum of $65,426.25. Giguere was arrested in September 2011 by Minersville police. Giguere claimed he is from Monroe County, the agreement was made in Norwegian Township in Schuylkill County, and claimed the Minersville police had no jurisdiction to make the arrest.

Judge John E. Domalakes disagreed, ruling "A duly employed municipal police officer has the power and authority to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania anywhere within the primary jurisdiction as to any offense which the officer views or otherwise has probable cause to believe a crime was commited within his jurisdiction which requires action on the part of the police in order to preserve, protect or defend persons or property or to otherwise maintain the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth. The officer had the power to arrest because the alleged victim, his business and the bank from which the money was drawn was located in Minersville. Such crimes often occur over several jurisdictions."

Divorces granted

Kim E. Millee was granted a divorce from Nicholas J. Millee, both of Pine Grove. They were married Feb. 28, 2004.

William Lindner was granted a divorce from Christa Lindner, both of Pottsville. They were married April 21, 2007.

Revoke ARD

Joseph Victor Kolasa, 37, Mount Carmel, was removed by Senior Judge D. Michael Stine from the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program.

He now has to stand trial on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. Had he completed a 12 months probation while in the program his record would have been cleared. He was placed in the program last April. Kolasa was cited by Trooper Thomas Hornung on Nov. 12, 2010, when stopped on SR183 in North Manheim Township.