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Schuylkill court news

Published June 15. 2012 05:01PM

Revoke probation

Tammy Cougle, 44, Pine Grove, was found by Judge Domalakes to have violated her IPP and it was revoked and the court ordered she be evaluated to be placed in the state IPP. Sentence was deferred until an evaluation is received. She was placed in the program after pleading guilty to DUI.

Bail hearings

Robert Valentine, 44, formerly of 408 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, had his bail reduced from $5,000 cash by Domalakes to $500 unsecured and must reside at 41 Rocky Lane, New Ringgold, cannot relocate without court approval and must not possess nor consume alcohol or illegal substances. Valentine faces trial of passing bad checks to purchase beer.

David Rich, 38, Mahanoy City, had his bail reduced by Judge James P. Goodman from $50,000 percentage to $5,000 unsecured plus abide by certain conditions, must undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and not possess nor consume alcohol or illegal substances while awaiting trial on charges of aggravated assault and recklessly endangering Lisa Russell and his small child by swinging a knife in their presents. He was cited by Mahanoy City Patrolman Jonathan McHugh.

Hubert Wakefield, 33, no address, had his bail reduced by Judge Goodman from $25,000 cash to $15,000 cash with certain conditions, must reside at 123 W. Buttonwood St., Reading, and cannot relocate without a court order and must seek employment. He is awaiting trial on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender.

Michael Flaherty, 49, of 206 W. Sherman St., McAdoo, had his bail reduced from $25,000 cash to $25,000 unsecured by Goodman with special conditions, must reside at the McAdoo address, must obtain employment, must refrain from criminal activity and not possess nor consume alcohol or illegal substances. Flaherty faces charges of selling illegal drugs to a confidential informant and possession of a controlled substance.

Seeks clear title

A disputed parcel of land located between two property owners is the basis for a civil suit filed in the county court.

Cynthia A. Boris, 8 Lincoln St., Tamaqua, is putting a claim on a disputed property located in Hometown, Rush Township, which is also claimed by Terry and Karen Kupres, 49 Red Oak Terrace, New Ringgold.

In her suit Boris claims she holds title to the property by adverse possession since April 1, 2002, and claims neither party had been in possession of land since April 1, 1981. Boris claims she uses the property for storage of cut wood, propagating plant life, recreation, social and family use, cutting, trimming and otherwise caring for the grass and landscape and building a tree house for family use.

Boris claims she maintains the property in a high state of cultivation, cutting and trimming, thereby establishing a clearly defined boundary line on the ground between the disputed property and other property owned by the Kupres' which she claims the other property has been uncultivated, uncut, covered with rock, weeds and low lying scrub bushes

Boris is asking the court to declare her the legal and equitable owner and that the Kupres be forever prevented from claiming the property.

Gets probation

Chad Alan Edwards, 31, Gordon, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and was placed by Judge John E. Domalakes in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) to serve six months on probation with the first 25 days on house arrest with electronic monitoring and pay a daily fee of $12, pay a fine of $300 and court costs, pay $60 restitution to the Schuylkill Medical Center, $100 to Substance Abuse Education fund, $100 to MCARE program, a $50 monthly supervision fee, complete alcohol highway safe driving school course, driver's license suspended for a year, and when restored must install an ignition interlock on his car for 12 months. Edwards was cited by Butler Township Patrolman Raymond Horan, on Biddle Street, on March 4, 2011.

Bench warrants

Adam D. Wilhelm, brought to court on a bench warrant had it dissolved by Judge Goodman after a hearing and bail was set at $5,000 unsecured on each charge, criminal conspiracy to commit theft from a motor vehicle and computer trespass by removing data from a computer. His mother must specify in writing that she will allow him to live with her at 12 W. Pottsville St., Pine Grove, and must notify the court in advance if he intends to relocate.

He was brought in on a bench warrant after failing to appear for a court hearing. He previously had been admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program and placed on for 12 months but violated conditions fixed by court and was removed from the program because of a new arrest.

Neil M. Moyer had his bench warrant dissolved by Judge Goodman and bail set at $5,000 unsecured and he must reside at 1590 W. Market St., Pottsville, and notify court in advance before moving and must contact the public defender's office to resolve his case.

The warrant was issued because he failed to appear in court for a hearing. He faces a charge of passing a bad check to pay rent on an apartment.

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