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2 Coaldale women to face forgery related charges

Published July 06. 2011 05:01PM

Two women will face trial in Schuylkill County court on forgery related charges following their preliminary hearings before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, last week.

Barbara Wertman, 51, and Melodie Wright, 54, of 114 W. Phillips St., Coaldale, were charged in connection with an alleged fraudulent time card entry. Coaldale Police Chief Tim Delaney filed the charges.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Wright submitted a time sheet in January to her supervisor, who refused to sign it. Wright then took the time sheet home and told Wertman what had taken place. Wertman allegedly signed the sheet, which Wright then submitted to her employer. A payroll employee noticed a discrepancy with the supervisor's signature and called the supervisor, who then contacted police.

Wright and Wertman were interviewed in February, with both claiming the supervisor had signed the sheet. In April, Wright admitted taking the unsigned sheet home, with Wertman actually signing the supervisor's name.

Wertman was charged with forgery and making a false report to a law enforcement agency.

Wright was charged with making a false report to a law enforcement agency.

Katherine Miller, 43, of 107 E. Moser Ave., Coaldale, had a hearing on charges of issuing a bad check, filed by Coaldale Patrolman Scott Cramer. The charges stem from a Jan. 20, 2011, when Miller allegedly used a check to pay for $405 worth of heating oil from Evans Fuel Oil Inc.

The check was returned due to insufficient funds and multiple attempts were made to have Miller resolve the issue. Those attempts were all unsuccessful.

John C. Premich, 56, of 21 Hurst Rd., Schuylkill Haven, was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and disorderly conduct following an incident in Coaldale on March 5.

Patrolman Jeremy Talanca was on patrol at 11:40 p.m. when he observed a dark Ford pick up parked along the side of SR209, in the area of 209 Auto Sales. Talanca noticed the driver, identified as Premich, exit the Ford, then begin urinating in public. Premich then got back behind the steering wheel and began driving away. Talanca performed a vehicle stop and detected an odor of alcohol coming from Premich. A portable breath test indicated a blood alcohol content of .092 percent.

Jacob Bynon, 30, of 305 E. Patterson St., Lansford, had a hearing on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a prohibited weapon. The charges were filed by Coaldale Patrolman Talanca following a March 7 incident.

The officer was on patrol at 12:30 a.m. that day when he noticed a suspicious person in the area of Second and Ridge Streets. He stopped to speak to the individual, identified as Bynon. A records check indicated Bynon was wanted on a bench warrant issued by the Carbon County Sheriff's Office. A pat down search was conducted and the officer discovered a pocket knife, a set of brass knuckles and two unused needles in his pockets.

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