Nine defendants respond to bench warrants
Nine defendants who were brought to court on bench warrants received hearings before Schuylkill County judges recently.
Larry William Martin, 59, Pottstown, had his bench warrant dissolved and bail reinstated by Judge Charles M. Miller. He faces charges brought by Trooper Matthew Barrett of attempting to bring illegal drugs into the state correctional facility in Ryan Township last Dec. 16.
Jose DeJesus Pena-Herrera, 30, Shenandoah, had his bench warrant dissolved by Judge James Goodman and bail set at sum of $5,000 unsecured with special conditions: he shall reside at 501 W. Centre St., Shenandoah, and not relocate without getting permission from the district attorney and must stay in touch with the Public Defender's Office, who represents him, and attend all court proceedings.
He faces charges filed by Shenandoah Patrolman Michael O'Neill, of possession illegal drugs and engaged in fighting and public drunkenness.
Charles Allen Weidenhammer, 32, Kutztown, had his bench warrant dissolved by Judge Goodman with the stipulation he must reside at 84 Nobel St., Kutztown, and not relocate without court approval.
A bench warrant was issued when he failed to appear in court for a guilty plea. He faces charges brought by Pottsville Patrolman Paul Olson, of striking a pedestrian with his vehicle, failing to stop and render aid, and driving while his license was suspended.
Brandi Nicole Benjamin, 23, Shenandoah, had her bench warrant dissolved by Judge Goodman and bail reinstated with stipulation she must reside at 712 Centre St., Apt 2, Ashland, and not relocate without court approval.
A bench warrant was issued when she failed to appear in court for a preliminary hearing. She faces charges brought b y Trooper Michael J. Keating of forging a bank card belonging to Rebecca Nicole Sterner, Wayne Township.
Aggron Rusinovci, 24, Cressona, had his bench warrant dissolved by Judge Goodman and bail reinstated with stipulation he must reside at 131 W. Market St., Apt 1B, Orwigsburg. A bench warrant was issued when he failed to appear in court for pretrial conference.
He faces charges brought by Pottsville Patrolman Renee R. Galle, of criminal mischief by striking a bicycle operated by Jason Fowler in the 600 block on West Race Street and damaging an iPad and other electrical equipment totaling $1,773.10 in damages.
James Joseph Harris, 27, Mahanoy City, had his bench warrant dissolved by Judge Goodman and bail reinstated with specification he must reside at 1400 E. Centre St., Mahanoy City, and cannot relocate without court permission. A bench warrant was issued for failing to appear at a pretrial conference in court.
Harris was charged by Pottsville Patrolman Joseph H. Murton Jr., with theft of leased property from Strictly Formal Shop by failing to return a rented tuxedo valued at $506.
Robert Bonaccolta, 44, Lebanon, had his bench warrant dissolved by Judge Goodman and bail set at $5,000 unsecured with stipulation he reside at 917 Sycamore Lane, Lebanon, and is not to relocate without permission from the district attorney.
A bench warrant was issued when he failed to appear before a district justice for a preliminary hearing. He was charged by Ashland Chief Adam Bernodin Jr., with public nuisance after being cited by the borough's Deputy Code Enforcement Officer Barbara Lyden who claimed she found the property he owns at 1425 Centre St., deplorable and a person who died in the home was found days later.
Thomas Jacob Kehl, 23, Park Place, Mahanoy Township, had his bench warrant dissolved and bail reinstated with stipulation he reside at 123 Park Place Road, Mahanoy Township, and cannot relocate without district attorney's permission.
A bench warrant was issued when he failed to appear to pick a jury for his trial. He was charged by Rush Township Sgt. Duane Frederick, with criminal conspiracy, criminal attempt to commit theft by removing copper from a cellular phone tower located at Skyview Cemetery, or Progress Avenue.
Bradley Leo Merwine, 34, Tremont, had his bench warrant dissolved by Judge Goodman and remanded to the county prison to be held without bail pending revocation hearing with Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin. Merwine pleaded guilty in November 2010 to making a false statement that his car was stolen and was placed on probation.