A New Ringgold man was one of five defendants who chose not to go on trial and entered guilty pleas in Schuylkill County court to criminal charges filed against them.

James Leon Ulrich, 44, of 82 Hecla Road, entered a general plea of guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, driving an unregistered vehicle, unauthorized transfer of vehicle registration, failing to have a driver's license, failing to have car insurance, failing to drive on roadway laned for traffic, involved in an accident causing damage to a parked vehicle, failed to give immediate notice of accident to police, and operated a vehicle without an official inspection certificate. Judge James P. Goodman deferred sentencing to Tuesday, March 5, and ordered a pre-sentence investigative (PSI) report prepared by the adult probation department.

Megan McCabe,19, Shenandoah, entered a general plea to charges of delivery of a controlled substance in the borough, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Goodman deferred sentencing to March 5 and asked for a PSI.

Warren J. Riley, 33, an inmate in the state correctional institution in Ryan Township, pleaded guilty to two counts of simple assault of a correctional officer. Goodman accepted the guilty plea and deferred sentence to Tuesday, March 5, and ordered a PSI.

Christine Nichole McCabe, Shenandoah, entered a general plea of guilt to two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance in Shenandoah, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. Sentence was deferred to March 5 and bail wa set at $10,000 unsecured bail with stipulation the defendant must reside at 429 W. Coal St., Shenandoah, must not possess nor consume alcohol or illegal substances, and must submit to random drug and alcohol testing.

Samuel Thomas Steffie, 41, Schuylkill Haven, entered a general plea of guilty to charges of criminal mischief and the Commonwealth agreed to nolle pros the charge of recklessly endangering another person. Goodman ordered a PSI and set sentencing for March 5.

Bail hearings

Bail hearings were held by county judges for the following:

Anthony Louis Kehl, 41, of 27 Tuscarora Park Road, Tamaqua R.D., failed to appear in court for his hearing and Judge Charles M. Miller revoked and forfeited his bail. Kehl, when apprehended, will be brought to prison to await disposition of charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Michael Hobbs.

John Kyle Smith, 27, Schuylkill Haven, had his bail revoked and forfeited and he was remanded to the county prison by Miller until his case is resolved. He has been charged by Pottsville Patrolman Renee R. Galle, with the theft of a television set from the Market Square Apartments.

Robert James Welsh, 49, Pottsville, had his bail set at $1,000 unsecured bail by Miller with stipulation he must reside at 409 E. Arch St., Pottsville, and cannot relocate without permission from the district attorney and not consume alcohol beverages, controlled substances. or possess drug paraphernalia. Welsh was charged by Pottsville Cpl. Dennis G. Wiederhold, with theft from a motor vehicle.

Michelle Marie Miller, Shenandoah, had her bail set at $10,000 unsecured bail by Senior Judge D. Michael Stine. She faces charges of retail theft filed by New Castle Township Patrolman Ryan P. Murphy.

Suppress charges

Criminal charges filed against Robert F. Seigel, 24, Mahanoy City, were dismissed by President Judge William E. Baldwin after a hearing on Seigel's motion to suppress the evidence because they were illegally obtained by police.

At the hearing there was testimony Shenandoah police responded to a domestic dispute at an apartment on North West Street last May 30 and found Seigel on the scene and although there were no outstanding charges lodged against him he was padded down by the police who found a knife and a baggie containing green vegetable matter.

He was taken into custody and after the substance was tested they obtained a warrant for his arrest and filed criminal charges against him. Baldwin dismissed charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a prohibitive weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance.