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March 09. 2013 12:21AM

By - elewis@civitasmedia.com - (570) 991-6116




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WILKES-BARRE — A Fairmount Township man recently pleaded guilty in Luzerne County Court to a charge of child endangerment.


David M. Moser, 26, of Red Hill Road, was accused by state police at Shickshinny in September of having an inappropriate relationship with a mentally challenged woman.


State police charged Moser after the girl claimed she was having sex with him, according to the criminal complaint.


Moser initially was charged with with four counts of indecent assault and four counts of corruption of minors. All but one count of corruption of minors were withdrawn at a preliminary hearing.


Prosecutors amended the corruption charge to endangering the welfare of a child before Judge Michael Vough.


Moser is scheduled to be sentenced May 9.


WILKES-BARRE — Felony arson charges were withdrawn against an Edwardsville man who was accused of intentionally setting a fire in his house.


Luzerne County prosecutors on Monday withdrew two counts of arson and two misdemeanor counts of simple assault against Joseph Lech, 54, of Thomas Street.


Lech pleaded guilty to three counts of reckless endangerment and a single count of criminal mischief.


Edwardsville police alleged Lech set a fire in a bedroom of his home after an argument with a girlfriend on Oct. 18, 2011, according to the criminal complaint.


Judge David Lupas said Lech will be sentenced April 26.


WILKES-BARRE - A man who state drug agents said was manufacturing methamphetamine in a camper was sentenced recently in Luzerne County Court.


Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. sentenced Glen Kocher, 50, of Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre, to two to five years in state prison on charges of manufacture of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine, and one year probation on a charge of corrupt organization.


Kocher also was ordered to pay $4,182 to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for hazardous cleanup of meth waste.


Kocher’s wife, Donna Kocher, 53, was sentenced to 48 months in the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program with the first 15 months on house arrest with electronic monitoring, and one year probation on charges of corrupt organization, criminal conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance and possession of chemicals to manufacture a controlled substance.


Drug agents with the state Office of Attorney General said Glen Kocher was manufacturing meth in a camper on Buck Birch Lane near White Haven, and was using a garage in Hanover Township to store ingredients, according to the criminal complaint.


Donna Kocher was obtaining cold medicine she supplied to her husband in the manufacturing process, the complaint said.




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