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Verdicts returned in three criminal trials

Published August 29. 2012 05:02PM

Jurors returned verdicts in three criminal trials held in Schuylkill County court and in a fourth case the defendant waived a jury trial and pleaded guilty.

Erik S. Miller, 33, of 321 E. Lloyd St., Shenandoah, was found guilty of two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia but was found not guilty of possession of a small amount of marijuana and three counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

Judge Charles M. Miller deferred sentencing to Wednesday, Oct. 10, and allowed the defendant to remain free on his current bail. Miller was cited by Mahanoy City Patrolman Jonathan McHugh.

William P. Greco, 28, Taylor, Pa., was found not guilty of a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. He did not take the witness stand in his own defense or presented any witnesses.

Greco was cited by Sgt. Scott Taylor of the county sheriff's office. Taylor testified he was on patrol duty during the emergency in Pine Grove last September which had serious flooding conditions. The National Guard set up a checkpoint to block any traffic coming into the borough.

Russell Leymeister, a member of the National Guard, reported a car failing to stop at a checkpoint and identified the driver. He testified he knew Greco, who had dated his sister.

Taylor picked up the radio message and sped in the direction the car was reported traveling and came upon the vehicle parked at a diner and truck stop. He saw a man emerge from the diner and confronted him.

Taylor said Greco failed a field sobriety tests and refused a blood test but he diagnosed from his observation Greco was intoxicated and charged him with DUI. Judge Jacqueline Russell presided over the trial.

Shannon Kiley Reed, 29, Pottsville, was found guilty of delivery and possession of a controlled substance and President Judge William E. Baldwin deferred sentence to a later date and ordered a pre-sentence investigative report prepared by the adult probation department.

Jason Matthew Pukiewicz, 35, Shenandoah, was scheduled to go on trial before Judge John E. Domalakes but changed his mind and entered guilty pleas to two counts of criminal trespass on two Shenandoah homes, 333 W. Mount Vernon St., and 332 W. Mount Vernon St. Domalakes dismissed a jury which came to the courthouse to hear the case and deferred sentencing to a later date. Charges were filed by Chief Joseph Hall.

Brandie Lynn Haluska, 32, Pottsville, pleaded guilty to a charge of public drunkenness and Judge James P. Goodman imposed a fine of $25 and costs. Under a plea agreement charges of DUI, driving while her operating privileges were suspended, reckless driving, involved in an accident by striking the brick wall at Harpers Auto Body Shop in Frackville and failed to give notice of accident to police, were dropped.

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