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Criminal trials begin; others are completed

Published March 14. 2011 05:00PM

Three criminal trials got underway this morning in Schuylkill County Court and juries returned verdicts in five trials held last week.

New trials started were as follows:

Kevin Lee Kahler, 58, of Richland, Pa., went on trial before Judge Charles M. Miller facing charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, failing to carry or exhibit a driver's license on demand and exceeding the maximum speed limit as filed by Butler Township Lt. Daniel Holderman, when stopped last May 20 on Fairground Road.

Gregory John Williams, 38, Ashland, went on trial before Judge Jacqueline Russell charged with criminal trespass on private property on Spencer Street, West Mahanoy Township, as filed by Trooper Brian Walters on Jan. 10, 2010.

Phylicia Adanna Phillip, 19, Pottsville, went on trial before Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin charged with three counts of selling or furnishing alcohol beverages to minors as filed by Pottsville Patrolman Eugene Yourey, on Nov. 14, 2009.

Juries returned verdicts in the following cases:

Clyde C. Bachert, 52, of Gettysburg, formerly of Tamaqua, was found not guilty of a charge of theft of his brother's truck.

Wayne Bachert claimed a truck was removed from the garage at his building at 50 Medical Crossing Road, West Penn Township, in March 2009. Clyde Bachert denied stealing the truck claiming he had permission and took a key chain from his pocket containing several keys showing it to the jury. There was testimony that their was financial problems between the two brothers.

Troy Daniel Langtry, 48, Pottsville, was found guilty of charges of fleeing or attempting to elude police, endangering a law enforcement officer by engaging in a high speed chase, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of endangering another person.

The jury could not agree on verdicts on charges of person not to possess a firearm and three counts of simple assault. Judge Miller continued bail at $100,000 and Langtry was returned to the county prison to await a second trial and the court deferred imposing a sentence on the charges which he had been found guilty until April 20.

There was testimony that on Jan. 26, 2010, Langry pointed a shotgun at three volunteer firefighters in Branchdale, Branch Township, and then led police on a high speed chase.

Edmund John Govern Jr., 52, of Frackville, was found not guilty of charges of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, statutory sexual assault and three counts of aggravated indecent assault with person under age 13.

The jury could not agree on a verdict on a charge of corruption of a minor and two counts of indecent assault which remain against him. President Judge William E. Baldwin denied Govern's motion to reduce bail.

John Joseph Guman Sr., 49, of Girardville, was found guilty of charges indecent assault of a child and corruption of a minors. Judge Baldwin ordered Guman to submit to an evaluation with the State's Sexual Offenders Assessment Board and deferred sentencing until a later date.

Dennis D. Yezulinas, 46, and his son, Dennis J. Yezulinas, 23, both of Shenandoah, were found not guilty of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct which arose from a street fight in Shenandoah on July 28, 2009. Before the case went to a jury Judge John E. Domalakes dismissed charges of recklessly endangering another person and ethnic intimidation of the victim, Leo James Jr.

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