Drug charges bound over
BY PATRICK LEONARD
and ROBERT L. BAKER
A 26-year-old Montrose man, arrested for allegedly doing drugs with a friend in a Dandy Mart convenience store in Mehoopany, had charges bound over Tuesday morning to Wyoming County Court.
Joseph Klecha, 26, appeared before Magisterial District Judge David Plummer in Factoryville and waived his preliminary hearing on charges of criminal trespass, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to court documents, Klecha and Randy Kinney, 27, of Meshoppen, who had been banned from entering the store were found Aug. 15 in the store’s restroom shooting heroin.
Both men had been told the previous day that they were disruptive to both patrons and employees and were ordered out of the business repeatedly.
Kinney has not yet had a preliminary hearing.
The formal arraignment in the Wyoming County Court of Common Pleas for Klecha was set for Nov. 2.
Judge Plummer set Klecha’s bail at $10,000.
Klecha, represented by attorney William Peters, is presently incarcerated in Lackawanna County.
He is awaiting a hearing on drug charges involving an Aug. 23 transaction in the parking lot of the Viewmont Mall, where Klecha’s vehicle allegedly hit two other cars including a state police cruiser.
According to court documents, he also faces felony drug charges in Susquehanna County for a July 11 incident in Dimock Township.