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Merenda facing other charges

Published June 12. 2018 11:40AM

As Kyle J. Merenda, 23, of Barnesville, listened to testimony at his trial on charges that he sold a deadly dose of fentanyl to a Tamaqua woman in 2016, news surfaced that he is facing yet another set of drug-related charges.

Merenda is on trial in the April 2, 2016, death of Alexandria “Alex” Sienkiewicz. According to online court records, state police at Reading on May 30 filed two felony charges of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance; a felony charge of criminal use of communication facility; and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance against Merenda.

The charges, which stem from an incident in Ryan Township on Dec. 18, 2017, were filed with District Judge Christina E Hale of Frackville.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:20 a.m. June 20. Bail was set at $25,000 cash.

Merenda remains in the county jail after Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin in January revoked his bail in the Sienkiewicz case after he sat in his car in front of Sienkiewicz’s house on Jan. 14, pointing his finger at her father. Two days earlier, he had been charged by Hazleton police with another drug offense.

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