District Court 3/31/12
MOUNT CARMEL - The following hearings took place Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones. Defendants who waived their cases or were held for court were ordered to appear for arraignment at Northumberland County Courthouse, Sunbury, at which time they can plead guilty or no contest, or seek a trial by pleading not guilty.
n Harry N. Bendas, 54, of 1 Main St., P.O. Box 45, Locustdale, waived to court charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving on the wrong side of the road, driving under suspension, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an adulterated or misbranded controlled substance relating to a March 1 incident along Route 901 near Locust Gap.
The charges were filed by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Kelly Campbell.
n Corey R. Yentsch, 27, of 237 E. Avenue, Mount Carmel, pleaded guilty to harassment and criminal mischief and was ordered to pay a $600 fine plus costs and make restitution totaling $395.
Additional charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness were withdrawn.
Yentsch was charged by Mount Carmel Cpl. Christopher Buhay in connection with a March 24 disturbance at Park and Market streets.
n Doris M. Machuzak, 66, of 476 W. Girard St., Atlas, formerly of Marion Heights, pleaded guilty to harassment and was ordered to pay a fine and costs totaling $454. Additional charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct were withdrawn.
Machuzak was charged by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Matthew Filarski with assaulting her husband, Joseph Machuzak, on March 21 at 138 E. Melrose St., Marion Heights.
n A charge of possession of drug paraphernalia filed by Mount Carmel Township Police Chief Brian Hollenbush against Edward K. Davis, 33, of 456 E. Columbia Ave., Atlas, was withdrawn.
The charge was filed in connection with an Oct. 11 incident in the 300 block of East Columbia Avenue in Atlas.
n Shawn W. Johnson, 42, of 148 Steelers Lane, Shamokin, and Kevin Eric Eltringham, 28, of 1423 W. Arch St., Coal Township, waived to court charges of theft and receiving stolen property.
Johnson and Eltringham were charged by Trooper Mark Adams of state police at Stonington with stealing $1,000 worth of scrap metal from Barry L. Libby, of 3220 Upper Road, West Cameron Township, on Jan. 31 and selling it at Stoneroad's Recycling.