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Tamaqua man found guilty of drug charges

Published September 13. 2011 05:00PM

A Tamaqua man was found guilty by a jury of attempting to sell illegal drugs in the borough. The verdict was one of several recorded following trials in Schuylkill County Court.

George J. Bonetsky, 33, of 214 Brown St., was found guilty of charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin deferred sentence to a later date.

Tamaqua Sgt. Richard Weaver, prosecutor in the case, testified he was on regular patrol on Nov. 3, 2010, and when he arrived at the Schickram Car Wash at Washington and Rose streets. He observed a truck in one of the bays. He watched it for several minutes and when there was no attempt to wash the truck he got out of the vehicle and walked to the truck.

He identified the driver as the defendant who was in the truck with his wife. After a brief conversation he asked Bonetsky, who had stepped out of his vehicle, to empty his pockets. After turning over several items he was asked again what was in his pocket because Weaver noticed there was a bulge.

Bonetsky reached in and came out with his fist closed and at first refused to open it but finally did and it was revealed he had two plastic baggies in his hands containing a white powder later identified as methamphetamine. The laboratory results showed it contained 12.7 grams of the drug.

Det. George Securda, a member of the district attorney's drug task force, who also testified, estimated the street value around $4,000.

Also found in the truck was a sum of money totaling $1,356.24 which Bonetsky claimed was money taken from his and his wife's bank account the day before because they were going Christmas shopping. A roll of small plastic baggies were also found in the vehicle.

Not guilty

George Diaz, 40, of 228 E. Washington St., McAdoo, was found not guilty by a jury of a charge of simple assault.

After the verdict was brought in the district attorney made a motion for judgement of acquittal on a charge of terroristic threats which was granted by Judge Dolbin. The court found Diaz not guilty of a summary harassment charge. The prosecutor was Patrolman Joseph David, McAdoo Police.

Damon L. Oliver, 35, Shenandoah, was found not guilty by a jury of charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person. The case was tried before Judge Jacqueline Russell. Charges were brought by Shenandoah Patrolman Robert Senape.

Guilty of assault

Robert Thomas O'Brien II, 42, Tower City, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of simple assault but not guilty of a more serious charge of aggravated assault.

After the verdict Judge John E. Domalakes found O'Brien guilty of the summary charge of harassment and set sentencing for Nov. 1.

Trooper Jeffrey Hummel charged O'Brien with enganging in a fight in Corky's Bar, Tower City, and biting off the tip of the nose of Steven Theodore Workhacz Jr.

Nonjury trial

Scott Walter Kershetsky, 32, Mahanoy City, waived a trial by jury and chose to have a judge hear his case but it didn't help as Judge Dolbin found him guilty of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. He will be sentenced Oct. 27.

He was cited by Corporal Richard Nesbitt, a state trooper, when stopped on East Mahanoy Avenue in Mahanoy City.

Pleads guilty

Tyeke James Holcomb, 20, Lancaster, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia when stopped by Schuylkill Haven Patrolman David T.George.

He was sentenced by Senior Judge D. Michael Stine to serve 20 days to 12 months in the county prison, however, since he had already served 24 days was placed on parole for the balance of his sentence. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $150, pay $100 to the Substance Abuse Education fund, $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account and a $50 monthly supervision fee while on parole.

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