Bench warrant hearings, other criminal matters
A New Ringgold man was one of six defendants who were brought to Schuylkill County court on bench warrants after failing to keep a previous hearing date.
Steve Miller, 59, received a hearing before Judge Charles M. Miller, who dissolved the bench warrant and released Miller on $5,000 unsecured bail with special conditions. He must reside at 31 B Green House Lane, New Ringgold, with a phone number and must not relocate without a written permission from the district attorney's office.
Miller is waiting trial on two counts of being involved in an accident to attended vehicles which occurred last Feb. 18 on Summer Valley Road (SR895) in New Ringgold, also for failing to display a driver's license and two counts of careless driving brought by West Penn Township Patrolman Corey L. Frey.
Thomas Stoltz, 28, Shenandoah, appeared before Judge James P. Goodman on a bench warrant and after a hearing the bench warrant was dissolved and bail was set at $500 unsecured with special conditions attached. Stoltz must reside at 240 Virginia Avenue, Shenandoah, not relocate without court approval, has to be fingerprinted within seven days when released on bail, and must apply to the public defender's office within seven days to be fingerprinted.
Stoltz faces charges of theft of leased property from a rental store in Shenandoah. The bench warrant was issued because he failed to appear before a magisterial district judge for a preliminary hearing.
Robert Andrew Vandaley, 29, Minersville, was also brought to court on a bench warrant and after a hearing before Goodman the bench warrant was dissolved and bail was set at $10,0000 cash.
He faces charges of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol last May 12 on Lewis Street in Minersville and also for driving while his license was suspended and with no car insurance and an unregistered vehicle. The bench warrant was issued after he failed to appear for a preliminary hearing on the charges before a district justice.
Todd Dennis Dohner, 46, Pine Grove, after a hearing before Miller the bench warrant was dissolved and bail was set at $5,000 unsecured with stipulations. He must reside at 714 Mountain Road, Pine Grove, and cannot relocate without permission from the district attorney, and shall have no contact with the victim.
He faces three counts of harassment of Natalie Zimmerman, Pine Grove, by cell phone voice messages on a number of dates as using obscene language according to the charges made by Pine Grove Cpl. Corporal Christopher Cruz.
Kristen M. McCabe, 19, Shenandoah, appeared before Miller on a bench warrant and after a hearing the bench warrant was dissolved and bail increased to $2,000 percentage cash with special conditions. He must reside at 429 W. Coal St., Shenandoah, shall not possess nor consume alcohol beverages or controlled substances, shall not travel outside Pennsylvania without written permission from the district attorney, shall obtain employment in 30 dates and if failure to do so must immediately notify the district attorney.
McCabe faces charges of taking a jeep owned by Marvin Hoatz on Oct. 10, 2011, without his permission.
Arthur Lee Price, 54, Wilkes Barre, was brought into court on a bench warrant which was dissolved by Goodman after a hearing and bail was set at $5,000 percentage cash with the stipulation he must reside at 44 Harkins Lane, Wilkes-Barre, and apply for a public defender.
Price was cited by Rush Township Patrolman Bradley Hess, last July 23 and charged with criminal conspiracy and retail theft.
Two defendants in criminal cases received hearings seeking modifications of their bail.
Richard S. Sidle, 21, whose address was Railroad Street, Tamaqua, when cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Peter Wysochansky, received a hearing before Miller on petition to modify his bail.
Miller reduced it $10,000 unsecured with special conditions. Sidle must reside at 11 N. Fourth St., Easton, with a phone number and must not relocate without written permission, and must not possess nor consume alcoholic beverages or controlled substance. He faces charges of criminal attempt to commit theft of a bike owned by Howard Boyer, 108 Schuylkill Avenue.
Jacob Alexander Bynon, Lansford, after a hearing had his bail reduced by Miller from $25,000 straight cash to $25,000 percentage with special stipulations. He must reside with his mother Judy Bynon, at 305 Patterson St., Lansford, and must not relocate without written permission from the district attorney; shall not possess nor consume alcohol beverages or controlled substance; shall not travel outside of Pennsylvania without written permission from the district attorney; must submit to random urinalysis or any drug testing requested; and shall secure and maintain gainful employment within 30 days and if employment is not secured during this time he was notify the district attorney immediately.
Bynon was cited by Tamaqua police on drug charges.
Stephen Smith, 41, Auburn, was found guilty by a jury of number of drug charges after a trial in the county court.
He was found guilty of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver oxycodone, possession with intent to deliver dihydrocodeinone, possession with intent to deliver alprazolam, possession of cocaine, possession oxycodone, possession of dihydrocodeinone, possession of alprazolam, possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Testimony was the drugs were found in his bedroom at his home at 38 Rocky Road, Auburn. The prosecuting officer was Trooper Troy S. Greenawalt.
Miller ordered a pre-sentence investigative report be made by the adult probation office and fixed sentencing from Friday, Dec. 7. Smith was remanded to the county prison in lieu of bail to await sentencing.