WILKES-BARRE — The co-defendant of murder suspect Hugo Selenski will stand trial on homicide charges on Oct. 7, 2013, a Luzerne County judge said Friday.
Paul Weakley, 43, who is serving life in prison on federal racketeering charges related to the 2003 deaths of Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett, was previously scheduled for a trial on April 15 in Luzerne County Court in relation to their deaths.
Police said Kerkowski and Fassett’s bodies were unearthed on the property where Selenski lived in Kingston Township in June 2003.
The trial has been delayed because Selenski has not yet been brought to trial on related charges and Weakley is a witness in the case. Selenski’s case is currently on appeal.
WILKES-BARRE – A Hazleton man charged with illegally possessing a firearm was sentenced Friday to four to eight years in state prison.
Alejandro Concepcion, 41, with no last known address, was sentenced by Luzerne County Judge David Lupas. A jury had found Concepcion guilty of the charge after a one-day trial in February.
According to court papers, Hazleton police were called on Oct. 2, 2011 to an area along North Wyoming Street for the report of a male with a gun. When police arrived, they observed Concepcion and another male and approached them. Police saidthey found a .22-caliber handgun inside Concepcion’s jacket.
Police then ran a background check on Concepcion, revealing he is a convicted felon and not permitted to possess a firearm.
WILKES-BARRE – A man charged with taking items from vehicles parked in Hazle Township was sentenced Friday to six to 12 months in county prison.
Curtis Depuy, 22, with no last known address, was sentenced by county Judge David Lupas on charges of receiving stolen property and loitering/prowling at night. Depuy pleaded guilty to the charges in December.
Lupas said Depuy is eligible for work release and will be immediately paroled upon serving his minimum sentence.
According to court papers, state police were called on May 2 to the parking lots of the Hazlewood Apartments and Mountain City Nursing Home for the report of two males breaking into vehicles. When they arrived, police observed Depuy and another male walking and dropping several items on the ground, they said.
WILKES-BARRE – An Ashley woman charged with taking a $5,000 collection of model trains from one man and switching prices on items at a grocery store was sentenced Friday to 18 months in the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program.
Regina Marie Burge, 32, of Janet Drive, was sentenced by county Judge David Lupas on two counts of theft. Burge previously had pleaded guilty to the charges.
Lupas said Burge must serve the first six months of her sentence on house arrest with an electronic monitor.
According to court papers, Hughestown police said on May 27 that a model train collection valued at $5,500 belonging to John Nosek was stolen.
On June 8, Burge entered the Gerrity’s Supermarket on Union Street in Luzerne and switched a price tag on a bakery item to a lesser value tag from another item, police said.