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Delano Township man found guilty of selling illegal drugs

Published December 06. 2011 05:01PM

A Delano Township man was found guilty by a jury in drug trafficking following a one day trial Monday in Schuylkill County court.

Ronald L. Kennedy, 32, of 44 Walnut St., was found guilty of delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. President Judge WilliamE. Baldwin deferred sentencing to a later date and fixed bail at $10,000 percentage bail.

The jury did not believe Kennedy. He testified he was never at the scene where the drug sale took place and that he was shopping with his fiancee for birthday presents for their two children.

He could remember vividly his movements on that day, the stores they visited, the presents they bought and even the time he retired for the night. His fiancee, Jessica Wargo, collaborated his testimony, except for the store locations.

Kennedy claim the stores they visited were all in Hazleton while his fiancee said they visited stores in the Schuylkill Mall located near Frackville before going to Hazleton.

Also Kennedy knew all the people the Commonwealth claimed were at the scene of the proposed sale which took place in a garage on Maple Street in Mahanoy City on the evening of Oct. 14, 2010. Kennedy admitted he had been in that garage on three occasions but claimed all his visits were in daylight and were social visits but he was sure that he was not in the garage when the drug transaction took place.

The Commonwealth's key witness was a confidential informant (CI) who testified she went to the garage that evening where there were several people in the garage. She was directed into a small room in back of the garage and testified Kennedy sold to her a small bag of methamphetamine for $100. She knew Kennedy from school days.

Kennedy's special public defender counsel, Attorney Jeffrey Markosky, tried to discredit the Commonwealth's key witness by bringing out four arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) and retail theft and claimed she became a CI to keep from going to prison.

Assistant District Attorney William C. Reiley, who specializes in prosecuting drug cases, in his closing remarks to the jury told them the Commonwealth proved its case by presenting evidence that Kennedy made the sale.

Found not guilty

William James Hannon Jr., 32, of 301 McKnight Street, Gordon, was found not guilty by a jury of charges of disarming a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct. Following the verdict Judge John E. Domalakes dismissed him from custody.

The charges arose when police responded to Hannon's home around 3 a.m. last March when a call came in from neighbors of hearing gun shots inside the home. Hannon who came out of the home and got into a scuffle with police who had to use a Taser gun to subdue him.

The police report stated the shot was fired by Hannon's wife, Carla, during a domestic dispute. The report claims during the argument that her husband told her to go and kill herself. She went upstairs and drew a Tauris 9 mm pistol from a drawer and fired it in the air. She testified that she was surprised the gun went off as she thought it was not loaded.

Police had to search the home to find the gun which was hidden under a sofa.

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