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Tamaqua district court

Published May 09. 2018 12:20PM

There was a bit of everything in the court of District Magisterial Judge Stephen Bayer on April 24. Three defendants had hearings on multiple cases, all of which were waived to court. Five defendants chose not to appear for their hearings. Several waived their hearings directly to county court, and three chose to have the judge hear their cases.

Joseph Brian Frantz, 30, of Lombard Street, Tamaqua, had hearings scheduled for cases from Feb. 15 and Feb. 28. While he waived the cases, several charges were withdrawn and his bail was reduced.

For the Feb. 15 case, he was charged with felony counts of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit theft, all filed by Tamaqua patrolman Richard Bekesy.

Bail in that case remained at $10,000 unsecured.

In the second case, charges of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal trespass and conspiracy to commit criminal trespass were all withdrawn by the arresting officer, which was Tamaqua patrolman Jeremy Sborz. Charges of theft by unlawful taking, conspiracy to commit theft and receiving stolen property were waived to court.

Bail was reduced from $15,000 cash to a nominal bail of $1, earning him a release from the Schuylkill County Prison.

Jacob Vincent Goralewski, 21, of Weatherly, remains confined in the county prison after waiving two cases from March 12.

He was charged with a felony count of retail theft by McAdoo patrolman Anthony Divirgilio and with possession of a controlled substance, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness by Kline Township patrolman Frederick Lahovski.

Bail in each case was set at $10,000.

Allison J. Sanders, 38, with addresses in Coaldale and New Ringgold, also had two cases before Judge Bayer.

She was charged with retail theft on Jan. 19 by Tamaqua patrolman Karl Harig, and with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia on Feb. 8 by Coaldale patrolman Thomas Sabulsky.

She was released on her own recognizance in both cases.

The no shows included:

Dominic Chickilly, 27, of East Vernon Street, Summit Hill, who was charged with forgery and theft by deception in a Jan. 14 case. The charges were filed by Rush Township patrolman Frederick Lahovski.

Robert Killian, 32, of Berwick, was charged with resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless endangerment and making a false report. The charges were filed by McAdoo patrolman Divirgilio in connection with a Dec. 18, 2017, case.

Zachary Allen Zimmerman, 26, of East Broad Street, Tamaqua, faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance, filed by Pennsylvania State trooper Jordan Seiler in connection with a Feb. 6 case.

Angelo Victor Maldonado, 28, of Pitt Street, Tamaqua, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license by Tamaqua patrolman Michael Weaver. The charges were filed after a March 13 incident.

Gemile Bejtullah Mehmeti, 29, of East Patterson Street, Lansford, faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, providing false identification and selling a controlled substance. The charges were filed by Tamaqua patrolman Timothy Walsh after a Feb. 25 incident.

Bench warrants could be issued for the arrest of those who failed to appear at their hearings.

Colin Frank King, 46, of Philadelphia, didn’t have any charges withdrawn or dismissed after his hearing on charges of possession of a prohibited firearm, possessing a firearm without a license, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, carrying a loaded weapon, driving with a revoked license and speeding. The charges were filed by Tamaqua patrolman Bekesy in conjunction with a March 23 case.

While bail was modified from $20,000 cash to $20,000 percentage, King was returned to the Schuylkill County Prison.

Jacob Ryan Gaburick, 30, of Dock Street, Schuylkill Haven, had his bail reduced after a hearing on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, criminal mischief, possession of an instrument of crime, making repairs/selling an offensive weapon, theft by unlawful taking and providing false identification to law enforcement. All of the charges, which were filed by Tamaqua patrolman Harig on April 10, were held for court.

Bail was reduced from $20,000 cash to $5,000 percentage, which he was unable to post.

Kim Leary, 52, of North Railroad Street, Tamaqua, had charges of burglary, criminal trespass and criminal attempt to commit theft all held for court. The charges were filed by Tamaqua patrolman Thomas Rodgers in connection with a Nov. 2, 2017, case.

Leary was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

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