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Verdicts reached in four trials held in Schuylkill County Court

Published August 28. 2013 05:01PM

Juries returned verdicts Tuesday in four criminal trials in the Schuylkill County Court.

Ronald Robert Hartz, 50, who resided at 130 Hollow Road, Ringtown, when he was arrested Jan. 31, 2012, but listed his residence as Sheppton, East Union Township when he took the witness stand to testify in his own defense, was found not guilty of the most serious charges, eight counts of a person not to possess firearms.

However, he was found guilty of 11 counts of unlawful killing or taking game out of season and possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Trial Judge William E. Baldwin deferred sentence to a later date and ordered a pre-sentence investigative report prepared by the adult probation department.

Testimony showed state police and agents of the Pa. Game Commission on the above date entered his home on Hollow Road and found four rifles, two shotguns and two revolvers and carcasses of deer on his property.

Hartz claimed after he had completed a probation period he was told by state police officer he could have his guns but to stay out of trouble. The police officer on the witness stand denied making such a statement, but the jury believed the defendant.

As to the carcasses, the jury did not buy his story that there was a hunting party on his ground whose members killed the deer, and not him.

Thomas John Elliot, 46, Schuylkill Haven, was found not guilty of a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was stopped at the entrance to the Cressona Mall on April 17, 2012. Elliot was tried before Judge Jacqueline Russell.

A jury brought in a mixed verdict in the trial of Christopher Lee Collins, Minersville, who was tried before Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin. He was found not guilty of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in the area of Sunbury Street, Minersville, last March 14, and not guilty of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. However, he was found guilty of criminal conspiracy with an accomplice to deliver the drugs. The court deferred sentence to a later date.

Tameeka Rochelle Hawkins, 41, Philadelphia, was found guilty of charges of delivery of a controlled substance in the area of Sunbury Street in Minersville and also guilty of possession of a contraband of controlled substance and possession of a small amount of marijuana. She was captured on a video camera. She did not take the stand in her own defense.

Trial Judge Charles M. Miller deferred sentencing to Tuesday, Oct. 18, and released her on her current bail.

Testimony revealed she attempted to pass the drugs to an inmate in the visiting room at the state correctional facility in Mahanoy Township.

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