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Tamaqua District court

Published June 08. 2018 10:36PM

Four defendants were no shows for their preliminary hearings on May 29 in the court of District Magisterial Judge Stephen Bayer.

Randa Kehl, 30, of the 100 block of West Ridge Street, Coaldale, was due in court to answer to charges of hindering apprehension and making a false report, filed by Coaldale patrolman Anthony Houser. The charges stem from a Dec. 26, 2017, case.

Steven Anthony Fourre, 26, of the 100 block of Haddock Road, McAdoo, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. The charges were filed by Tamaqua patrolman Michael Weaver in connection with an April 24 incident.

David A. Merenda, 59, of Shady Lane, Barnesville, faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license and driving an unregistered vehicle. The charges were filed by Rush Township patrolman Ryan Oldt in connection with a Sept. 7, 2017, case.

Robert James Matlock Jr., 41, of the 300 block of Valley Street, Brockton, was charged with defiant trespass and criminal mischief in connection with a March 7 case. The charges were filed by Tamaqua patrolman Michael Hobbs.

Kehl, Fourre, Merenda and Matlock are now the subjects of bench warrants issued for failure to appear.

William Rizzo, 30, of Lake Ariel, had his preliminary hearing on May 29 on charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving and careless driving. All three charges were held over for trial in the Schuylkill County Court of Common Pleas. The charges were filed by Tamaqua patrolman Jeremy Sborz.

Rizzo was released on his own recognizance.

Defendants who elected to waive their charges directly to the county court included Tihanne Rasheed Wright, 37, of North Railroad Street, Tamaqua, who was scheduled for hearings in four cases. The charges were all drug related and were filed by Tamaqua Police patrolmen Anthony Stanell and Thomas Rodgers.

In all four cases (Dec. 20, 2017, Jan. 18 and two from April 23), Wright was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. In three cases he was also charged with possession of marijuana and criminal use of a communication facility and in one case, he was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bail in three cases was set at $10,000 unsecured. In the December 2017 case, bail was set at $10,000 percentage, but was modified to $10,000 unsecured as of May 29.

Others who waived hearings are:

Craig Filer, 30, of the 100 block of East High Street, Coaldale, was charged by Tamaqua patrolman Thomas Rodgers with two counts each of simple assault and harassment. Charges of aggravated assault and possession of a weapon were withdrawn. The charges stem from a Feb. 24 incident.

Filer was released on $50,000 unsecured bail.

David Bilsak, 41, of Snyder Avenue, McAdoo, will go to court on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct. The charges were filed by Tamaqua patrolman Timothy Walsh after an April 22 incident.

Bilsak was released on his own recognizance.

Nevin Sterling Holben, 22, of Kutztown, faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license, filed by Rush Township patrolman Michael Weaver. The charges stem from an April 21 incident.

Holben was released on his own recognizance.

Kevin Gieniec, 33, of the 100 block of East Walter Street, Summit Hill, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia by Coaldale patrolman Thomas Sabulsky. The charges were filed in connection with a March 10 case.

Gieniec was released on his own recognizance.

Dominic Chickilly, 27, of the 100 block of East Vernon Street, Summit Hill, was charged with robbery, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, simple assault and harassment by Tamaqua patrolman Karl Harig. The charges were filed after an April 18 incident.

Bail was originally set at $25,000 straight, but was modified to $25,000 unsecured as of May 29.

John Cambria-Raygoza, 31, of the 100 block of First Street, Coaldale, was charged with simple assault, resisting arrest, harassment, disorderly conduct, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was charged by Coaldale patrolman Sabulsky in connection with a Feb. 22 case.

Bail was originally set at $15,000 straight, but was modified to $10,000 unsecured on March 6.

Darrell Richard Startzel, 29, of Barnesville, waived a charge of making a false statement while a charge of making a false statement in regard to a handgun were withdrawn. The charges were filed by Tamaqua patrolman Harig after a Nov. 11, 2017, incident.

Startzel was released on his own recognizance.

Tracey Lee McCurdy of Tamaqua had a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle withdrawn, while Micah Zachary Vasquez of Tamaqua had charges of simple assault and harassment dismissed.

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