Barnesville man headed to trial on charges he assaulted officer
A Barnesville man will have the opportunity to explain to a Schuylkill County jury why he was charged with assaulting a police officer, after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua.
Howard I. Painter III, 54, of 52 Bernhard Road, was charged with simple assault, resisting arrest and harassment by Rush Township Patrolman Brian Thompson. The charges stem from a May 19 incident in which Painter allegedly used a cane to strike out at an officer, then struck an officer with his motorized wheelchair. A felony count of aggravated assault was withdrawn by the officer.
Other cases scheduled to be heard before Bayer last week included:
Robert M. Bann, 59, of 2 W. Oak St., Box 307, Tuscarora, also elected to forego a preliminary hearing. He was charged with driving under the influence (DUI), operating a motor vehicle without the required headlights and restrictions on alcoholic beverages. The charges were filed by McAdoo Patrolman Robert Minnich following a May 14 incident.
Steven Berger, 21, of 14 W. Broad St., Apt. 3, Tamaqua, waived a hearing on charges filed by Rush Township Patrolman Brian Thompson, of conspiracy, retail theft and receiving stolen property. The charges stem from a March 26 incident.
Tiffany Binder, 28, of 600 E. Patterson St., Lansford, failed to appear for a hearing on charges of retail theft and receiving stolen property. The charges were bound over for court trial and a bench warrant was issued for her arrest. The charges were filed by Rush Township Patrolman Brian Thompson following a May 14 incident.
Zane F. Brobst, 20, of 450 W. Butler Drive, Drums, will face trial on charges of DUI, failure to stop at a red light and underage drinking. The charges were filed by Tamaqua patrolman Thomas Duarte following an April 26 incident.
Edward A. Bumbulsky, 44, of 65 W. Church St., Hazleton, was charged with DUI, driving with a suspended or revoked license, faiure to use the requiring headlights, restrictions on alcoholic beverages and driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.02 percent or greater. He waived the charges, filed by McAdoo Patrolman Robert Minnich, to court. The charges stem from a Feb. 24 incident.
Rexvalore Ellison, 31, of 14 W. Broad, Apt. 4, Tamaqua, waived his right on charges of conspiracy to commit retail theft and receiving stolen property. A single count of retail theft was withdrawn by Rush Township Patrolman Brian Thompson following a March 26 incident. A second case against Ellison, filed by Rush Township Patrolman Duane Frederick, was aslo waived. That case stemmed from a March 28 incident and the charges included retail theft and attempted retail theft.
Alexis Goldberg, 19, of 112 W. Phillips St., Coaldale, waived a hearing on charges of defiant trespass, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. A count of burglary was withdrawn by the arresting Officer Scott Cramer of the Coaldale police. The charges were filed following a May 10 incident.
Michael A. Gomez, 28, of 35 Bridge St., McAdoo, waived a hearing on charges of DUI, filed by McAdoo Patrolman Robert Minnich after an April 27 incident. Charges of driving an unregistered vehicle and driving without insurance were withdrawn.
Edward Matalavage, 33, of 810 Seneca St., Tuscarora, will face court trial on a charge of attempted theft by unlawful taking. The charge stems from a May 9 incident and was filed by Rush Township Patrolman Richard Bekesy.
Timothy R. McGowan, 41, of 102 N. Church St., Robesonia, had a charge of theft by unlawful taking withdrawn.
Crystal J. Milner, 24, of 210 E. Ridge St., Coaldale, elected to waive a charge of endangering the welfare of children to court. The charge was filed by Tamaqua police Chief Dave Mattson following a May 20 incident.
Greg M. Muffley, 26, of 27 Jones St., Lansford, had charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief withdrawn by arresting officer Karl Harig of the Tamaqua police.
Kenneth R. Richards, 71, of 235 N. Second St., Apt. 1, Saint Clair, also waived his preliminary hearing. He was charged with DUI and failure to keep right, by State Trooper Joseph Aponick, following an April 30 incident.
Andre J. Smith Morales, 29, of 125 W. Railroad St., Nesquehoning, failed to appear for a hearing on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, retail theft and harassment.The charges, filed by Rush Township Patrolman Brian Thompson, were bound over for court trial and a warrant was issued for his arrest. The charges stem from an Oct. 23, 2009 incident.
Peter J. Sorokaput, 31, of 307 E. Ridge Terrace, Coaldale, will appear in court to answer a charge of receiving stolen property after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing. The charge stems from an April 18 incident and was filed by Coaldale Police Chief Timothy Delaney.