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Tamaqua man ready for trial, changes mind, pleads guilty

Published April 13. 2012 05:01PM

A Tamaqua man scheduled to go on trial before a jury changed his mind and entered a plea of guilty to drug charges in Schuylkill County court this week.

Kevin M. Parsons, 23, last known address, 225 Pine St., pleaded guilty before President Judge William E. Baldwin to two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Baldwin ordered a pre-sentence investigation (PSI) by the adult probation department for submission to court and counsel and sentencing was set for a later date. Parsons was cited by the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force.

Split verdicts

A jury found Joseph Michael Evans, 45, formerly of 16 Hemlock Drive, North Manheim Township, and now residing 420 Ridge Road, Orwigsburg, guilty of one count of terroristic threats and harassment but not guilty of two counts of defiant trespass and one count of criminal mischief.

Judge Charles M. Miller ordered a PSI report be prepared and set sentencing date as Wednesday, May 30.

The charges arose over a confrontation between Evans and a neighbor, Kevin J. Fanelli, over Evans' son riding a dune buggy on Fanelli's land and especially across a little league field called "Field of Dreams", named after a classic movie, which he had built for his grandchildren.

Fanelli testified he confronted Evans' son riding the vehicle over his fields and took away the key to the vehicle. The boy's father came over very angry and threatened to kill him. Fanelli also claimed later the windshield on his car was smashed with a brick and that he saw the father running away.

Evans admitted he was upset and that he made sarcastic remarks and yelled at the situation and not directly at Fanelli and denied smashing the windshield.

Norman Kenneth Bensinger, 57, Pottsville, was found not guilty by a jury of charges of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct but Judge Jacqueline Russell adjudged him guilty of three counts of public drunkenness and sentenced him to pay the cost of prosecution and serve a term of imprisonment in the county prison of 45 to 90 days. However, since he had been in jail since Sept. 19, 2011, because he could not post bail he was released on parole.

Changes plea

Mark D. Kruppenbach, 43, Palo Alto, was scheduled to go on trial before a jury but changed his mind and entered a general plea to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin ordered him immediately committed to the Department of Corrections for an evaluation to determine whether the defendant shall be sentenced to the state Intermediate Punishment Program.

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