California man opts for plea
A California man Wednesday opted to plead guilty to drug charges rather than face a jury.David W. Brown, 37, of 974 Boulder Ave., California, was to go to trial before Washington County Judge John DiSalle. A jury for the trial was selected last week.Brown, however, decided to plead guilty to possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine and possession of crack cocaine. He was sentenced to 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison in exchange for his plea.Brown was charged in connection with an incident Sept. 2, 2010, when he was found by California police attempting to get into a closed bar. Police found him with two bags of crack cocaine and a substantial amount of cash.He also was charged for an incident on March 4, 2011, at the J&J Hotel Bar in West Bethlehem Township. Police went to the bar to serve a warrant on Brown, when he ran through the bar. He was apprehended with crack cocaine in his possession.Brown is scheduled to appear today before District Judge Joshua P. Kanalis on new drug charges.