MOUNT CARMEL - The following hearings took place Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones. Defendants ordered to appear for plea court March 17 at Northumberland County Courthouse, Sunbury, can plead guilty or no contest, or seek a trial by pleading not guilty.

n Charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia filed by Patrolman Justin Stelma against Brian B. Horan, 35, of 213 S. Oak St., Mount Carmel, were dismissed due to insufficient evidence at a preliminary hearing.

The charges were filed in connection with an Oct. 13 vehicle stop in the 300 block of East Fifth Street.

Matthew Patrick Kern, 21, of 1139 Chestnut St., Kulpmont, who was charged by Stelma with the same offenses in connection with the incident, was held for court when he failed to appear for his hearing.

Police reported that officers responded to a tip that Kern, a wanted person from Lancaster County, was residing on East Fifth Street. When they arrived on scene, they observed Kern walking over to two individuals, one of them being Horan. When searched, officers found a substance, later field-tested to be marijuana, on Kern's person. Kern then told police that he received the marijuana from Horan, who had walked away from the scene but was apprehended a few blocks away.

n Two men charged by Patrolman Kerry Parkes in connection with thefts that occurred between Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 at 1302 Avenue F, Riverside, waived to court multiple offenses.

Corey M. Hummel, 19, of Muncy, waived nine counts of theft from a motor vehicle, three counts of receiving stolen property and one count each of criminal conspiracy and corruption of minors.

Elijah M. Jones, 20, of Danville, waived one count of receiving stolen property.

The two men and Dustyn Kolenda, 18, of Muncy, are accused of being involved in the thefts of an iPod Touch 32 GB owned by Jillian Johnson; a cooler full of beer belonging to John Weller; an iPod Nano owned by Courtney Zampetti; cash belonging to Joshua Poticher; cash and a purse owned by Ruth Browneller; cash and a wallet owned by Lynn Reichen; cash, cigarettes and a wallet belonging to Matthew Mitchell; CDs and a case owned by Vincent Zampetti, and cash belonging to Timothy McQuiston.

n Steven Ennis, 30, of 222 S. Beech St., waived to court charges of possessing a firearm while being a former convict, carrying a firearm without a license, simple assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness relating to an altercation with another individual on North Oak Street on Dec. 28.

Patrolman William Adamski reported in court documents that while on patrol, he observed Ennis in the first block of North Oak Street punch another individual twice. After being taken into custody and searched, Ennis informed police he was carrying a firearm in his back pocket, but was not licensed to do so because of his past criminal record.

n James M. Koronkiewicz, 32, of Mount Carmel, waived to court charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment and recklessly endangering another person in connection with an Oct. 21 assault of his girlfriend's handicapped father at 128 S. Center St.

n Charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment filed by Mount Carmel Patrolman Justin Stelma against Daniel J. Renn, 33, of 431 E. Avenue, Mount Carmel, were dismissed when the alleged victim refused to testify.

Renn was accused of assaulting his mother, Colleen Renn, at 420 E. Avenue Nov. 6.

n Coleen M. Lowry, 32, of 465 Mountain Road, Shamokin, waived to court two counts of issuing bad checks totaling $384.40 to Zlocki Body Works in Marion Heights between June 5 and June 19.

n James W. Haynes, 24, of 227 S. Poplar St., Mount Carmel, waived to court multiple drug charges involving four alleged heroin deals with confidential informants.

Haynes was charged by members of the Northumberland-Montour Drug Task Force after he sold a total of 14 packets of heroin to four confidential informants between Aug. 23 and 28.

In each of the cases, police said Haynes contacted the confidential informants to see if they wanted to purchase heroin.

The informants then received money from the task force to make the purchase.

Under surveillance, Haynes met with the informants and they followed him to the pickup point, where they received the drugs.

At a price of $20 per heroin package, Haynes allegedly sold two packs on Aug. 23, four packs on Aug. 24, six packs on Aug. 26, and two packs on Aug. 28.

He faces multiple felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility, and misdemeanors of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Filing the charges were Mount Carmel Patrolman Matthew Dillman, borough Police Chief Todd Owens, Mount Carmel Township Patrolman David Stamets and Kulpmont Officer-in-Charge Patrick McAndrew.