Charges of weapons on school property dismissed against Nanticoke teen

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A Nanticoke teenager who faced a trial in Luzerne County Court on allegations he had axes and knives inside his car parked on school property had the charges dismissed Friday.

District Judge Thomas Malloy of Wilkes-Barre presiding in Central Court dismissed four counts of possession of weapons on school property against Dylan Jeffrey White.

White’s attorney, Theron J. Solomon of the Dyller Law Firm, said there was no evidence presented at the hearing.

“Judge Malloy is a fair judge and he made the correct decision,” Solomon said.

White’s criminal case has bounced between district court and county court since his arrest Feb. 22 by Nanticoke police.

According to court records:

White, 19, of West South Street, was charged after Greater Nanticoke Area school resource officer Ray Whittaker spotted an ax with a 35-inch handle on the passenger side floor of a Mazda Protege parked in the rear parking lot near the gymnasium.

The vehicle was registered with a school parking permit to White.

Police searched the vehicle and allegedly found an 11-inch knife in the glove box, a fully extended 9-inch knife in the console and a 13-inch hatchet under the driver’s seat.

White, then 18, was initially charged Feb. 22.

When White was represented by a court-appointed lawyer, he waived his right to a preliminary hearing in February, sending the charges to county court.

A trial was scheduled for June before Judge Michael Vough.

In May, White privately hired Solomon who filed a petition to have the case sent back to district court for a preliminary hearing, which was held Friday.

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By Ed Lewis

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