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Tamaqua man goes on trial on assault counts

Published September 07. 2011 05:01PM

A Tamaqua man went on trial this week in Schuylkill County court.

Ricky C.Nelson, 33, of 103 N. Lehigh St., went on trial before Judge Jacqueline Russell on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm into an occupied building, terroristic threats, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment as brought by Rush Township Patrolman Adam Sinton, following alleged firing of a 38-calbre pistol at 665 Pine Creek Drive, Barnesville, on Nov. 14, 2010.

Robert Eugene Barry, Donaldson, Tremont Township, went on trial before President Judge Willilam E. Baldwin charged with 55 criminal accounts, including indecent assault on person under 13, corruption of minors and indecent exposure lodged by Trooper Mary Rogers for alleged incidents which occurred from Jan. 1, 1990, to Dec. 31, 1998.

Jorge Diaz, 40,of 228 E. Washington St., McAdoo, went on trial before Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin on charges of terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment filed by McAdoo Patrolman Joseph David, which alleged occured on Aug. 16, 2010 at 226 E. Washington St., with Amy Zapotosky, the victim.

Brandan Seth Rosado, 23, Shenandoah, went on trial before Judge Charles M. Miller on charges of criminal conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia as charged by County Detective Leo Securda, a member of the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force.

Jury verdicts

Robert Thomas O'Brien II, 42, of Tower City, who bit the nose of a man he had a brawl in a tavern, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of simple assault although he claimed self defense. Judge John E. Domalakes set sentence for another day.

The brawl occurred in Corky's Bar, Tower City, last September. The victim, Steven Theodore Worhacz Jr., claimed he was assaulted when they can across each other in the bar. O'Brien claimed Worhacz had a grudge against him dating to an incident which happened 12 years ago.

The two men swung at each other, wrestled to the ground, where O'Brien claimed "he lost it" and bit Worhacz on the nose. O'Brien also claimed he was cut on the arm with a knife but no knife was found.

Anthony Moton, 38, an inmate at the state correctional institution in Mahanoy Township, was found guilty by a jury of assaulting a correctional officer, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person. The incident occurred in the day room at the prison on Dec. 14, 2010.

Judge Charles Miller immediately sentenced Moton to a second life in prison.

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