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Strong argument by defense lawyer saves local woman from state prison

Published July 24. 2013 05:02PM

A strong argument presented by Chief Public Defender Michael J. Stine to the court saved Crystal Fegley, 33, of 109 Lafayette St., Tamaqua, from being sent to a state correctional institution.

Fegley appeared Tuesday before Judge James P. Goodman in Schuylkill County court for sentencing. She had been found guilty by a jury of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.

The district attorney was asking for a sentence to be served in a state correctional facility while Stine was seeking a house arrest probation sentence.

His argument won a delay in the sentencing to Friday, Aug. 16, and the court ordered an evaluation made to determine if she qualifies for a special probation sentence.

Fegley was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Brent Getz, when stopped in the 200 block of Elm Street on Nov. 4, 2012.

William Rodriguez, 31, Shenandoah, whose family resides in New Jersey, who was found guilty of selling cocaine to a confidential informant set up by the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force, was sentenced by Goodman to serve one to two years in a state correctional facility.

Rodriguez indicated he was appealing the conviction and sentence and asked for bail to be free while his appeal is heard by the Pennsylvania Superior Court, which could take from months to a year for a decision.

The district attorney's office opposed granting bail, claiming Rodriguez was never on time for his court appearance and was a half-hour late for his sentence.

At one point he was brought to court on a bench warrant after failing to appear before a magisterial district judge for a preliminary hearing.

He made his drug sale in Shenandoah.

Goodman denied bail and Rodriguez was taken to the county prison for later transportation to a state institution.

Dismiss charges

Daniel J. Wylie, of Ringtown, formerly of Beavertown, got a break when the victim, his former girlfriend, no longer wanted to prosecute charges against him.

The commonwealth then made a motion to court to not prosecute the charges against Wylie which was granted by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Wylie was cited after state police were dispatched last April to 40 Main Boulevard, Brandonville, East Union Township, and charged him with simple assault and recklessly endangering Rita Ann Chernesky, who later asked the charges be dropped. Wylie had completed inpatient treatment.

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