District Court 6/8/12
MOUNT CARMEL - The following hearings took place Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones. Defendants who waived their cases to court or were held for court were ordered to appear for plea court July 23 at Northumberland County Courthouse in Sunbury, at which time they can plead guilty or no contest, or seek a trial by pleading not guilty.
n Michael R. Shinskie, 18, of 720 N. Shamokin St., Shamokin, waived to court charges of criminal conspiracy, burglary, criminal trespass, loitering and prowling at night and underage drinking relating to a May 28 burglary and assault at 313 S. Vine St., Mount Carmel.
The charges were filed by Mount Carmel Patrolman David Donkochik.
n Joseph J. Witkowski, 25, of 640 Chestnut St., Apt. 4, Kulpmont, was held for court on charges of unsworn falsification to police and false reports in connection with a Dec. 28 incident at his home in which he falsely reported being robbed by a male with a gun who stole his prescription pills.
Witkowski, who failed to appear for his preliminary hearing, was charged by Kulpmont Patrolman Michael Pitcavage.
n Scott D. Cronce, 41, of Pottsville, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus costs and placed on supervised probation for 12 months. Additional charges of criminal mischief and public drunkenness were withdrawn.
Cronce was charged by Mount Carmel Patrolman William Adamski with using a tire-iron to smash out two windows on a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee owned by Carla Wolak on June 2 in the 200 block of South Beech Street.
n Gregory T. Lees, 42, of Danville, waived to court two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and one count of careless driving relating to an April 12 incident on Orange Street in Elysburg.
The charges were filed by Ralpho Township Cpl. Bryon Chowka.