SHAMOKIN - The following hearings took place Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III. Defendants ordered to appear for plea court Jan. 14 in Northumberland County Court, Sunbury, can plead guilty or no contest, or seek a trial by pleading not guilty.

- Janet M. Dowkus, 50, of 124 Nesterick Road, Coal Township, waived to court two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol relating to an Oct. 13 incident on Trevorton Road.

The charges were filed by Coal Township Patrolman Matthew Hashuga.

- Angela Hopper, 35, of 505 S. Market St., Shamokin, and Rhonda S. Ostrander, 45, of 402 S. Bay St., Coal Township, waived to court charges of retail theft and criminal trespass filed by Coal Township Patrolman Christopher Lapotsky.

Hopper and Ostrander were charged with stealing $254.61 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart Supercenter along Route 61 on Oct. 28.

- Ronald C. Bowman, 33, of 908 W. State St., Coal Township, was held for court on two felony counts of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor of simple assault filed by Zerbe Township Police Chief Robert John.

Bowman, who was taken into custody Nov. 14 for a parole violation, had eluded authorities for approximately six months after a warrant was issued for his arrest in the May 26 assault of Brian Kitchen, 47, of Coal Township, in a mountainous area known as the "Sands" in Zerbe Township. Kitchen suffered two broken eye orbits, a broken nose and two broken ribs that required him to be treated at a local hospital, police said.

Bowman was recommitted to Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury.

- Timothy A. Raab, 24, of 112 Short St., Ranshaw, was held for court on charges of recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment relating to a disturbance at 129 S. Franklin St. on Nov. 22.

The charges were filed by Shamokin Patrolman Raymond Siko II.

Police reported Raab went to the South Franklin Street home at about 12:30 p.m. in an attempt to remove his 1-year-old daughter, who was in the care of her grandmother, Catherine Barrett, 79, of 129 S. Franklin St. Barrett told police Raab pushed her in an attempt to enter the home. Barrett told police she picked up the child and ran outside.

Police said Barrett then attempted to get into her car, but Raab allegedly chased her, pushed her against the vehicle while she was holding the child, grabbed the infant around her chest and pulled her from Barrett's arms.

Police said Raab allegedly shoved Barrett to the ground, causing her to fall onto her right side and suffer injuries to her right leg and right arm.

Raab then fled the scene with the child before being apprehended by Coal Township police about 30 minutes later at his residence.

- Curtis Groom, 23, of 205 Third St., Ranshaw, pleaded guilty to a summary of harassment and was ordered to pay a $100 fine plus costs. An additional charge of simple assault was withdrawn.

Groom was charged by Coal Township Patrolman Jason Adams with assaulting his live-in girlfriend, Felisha Albertson, on Aug. 28 at their residence.

- Erion Beshiri, 24, of New York City, N.Y., pleaded guilty to a summary of not having a valid Class M motorcycle license and was ordered to pay a $25 fine plus costs. Additional charges of illegally operating a vehicle not equipped with ignition and failure to wear protective equipment to operate a motorcycle were withdrawn.

Beshiri was charged by Shamkokin Patrolman Raymond Siko II in connection with a July 11 incident at Market and Commerce streets.

- Marlon Bechtel, 24, of 1703 Mohawk St., Coal Township, pleaded guilty to harassment and was ordered to pay a $100 fine plus costs. An additional charge of simple assault was withdrawn.

Becthel was charged by Coal Township Patrolman Christopher Lapotsky with assaulting his 17-year-old brother causing injury, at 1703 Mohawk St. on Sept. 16.

- Caitlin E. Oshowy, 25, of 138 W. Third St., Mount Carmel, waived to court charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, two counts of driving under the influence of drugs, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, careless driving and driving a vehicle without insurance in connection with a July 28 accident in the 100 block of North Market Street.

The charges were filed by Shamokin Patrolman Raymond Siko II.

- Robert David Bendas, 37, of 101 Fifth St., Ranshaw, waived to court charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under suspension, careless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road, restrictions on alcoholic beverages and a restraint system violation.

The charges filed by Shamokin Patrolman Raymond Siko II relate to an Aug. 8 incident in the 1000 block of East Webster Street.

- Leon R. Vincent, 24, of 209 W. Commerce St., Shamokin, waived to court charges of theft and receiving stolen property involving the July 11 theft of a gold wedding band valued at $1,430, two diamond rings valued at $100 each and approximately $500 in cash from the residence of Angie Arnold, of 1004 E. Sunbury St. He also is accused of stealing a gold wedding band, a turquoise ring, a diamond engagement ring and approximately $150 in cash from his grandmother, Marjory Miller, with whom he resides.

The charges were filed by Shamokin Patrolman Raymond Siko II.