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$80K in drugs, $42K in cash confiscated, Lehigh DA says

He faces numerous charges after searches of him, his car and his home, the district attorney’s office says.

Coplay man who had nearly $80,000 in illegal drugs, more than $40,000 in cash and four handguns faces numerous charges, the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office reports.

Michael Louis Frasier, 27, of the 100 block of Front Street, was picked up Friday on a state parole violation, the district attorney’s office said in a news release.

Due to drugs he was carrying, he was arraigned before District Judge Wayne Maura on charges of possession with intent to deliver drugs, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, the district attorney’s office said.

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Bail was set at $150,000 and Frasier was sent to Lehigh County Jail, court papers say.

After a search of Frasier’s home and car, he was charged with five more counts of possession with intent to deliver drugs, six more counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of receiving stolen property — two handguns reported stolen to the Easton Police Department — another count of possession of drug paraphernalia and 12 related conspiracy counts, the district attorney’s office and court papers said.

The county Drug Task Force investigation recovered 215 grams of heroin worth $70,000, 70 grams of cocaine worth $5,000, 35 grams of methamphetamine worth $3,500 and 350 ml of liquid Fentanyl worth $1,000, the district attorney’s office said. Officers found $42,000 in cash and the four guns in Frasier’s home, the district attorney’s office said.

Two vehicles were also seized, the district attorney’s office said.

Frasier was arraigned Tuesday afternoon before District Judge Robert C. Halal in the remaining two cases — the searches of the house and the car — and in each $250,000 was added to his bail, court papers say.

He has preliminary hearings are tentatively scheduled 1:45 p.m. Thursday in Maura’s court in the initial case and 2:15 p.m. Tuesday in Central Court in front of Halal in the other two, court papers say.

District Attorney Jim Martin praised the Drug Task Force and saluted assists from the Coplay Police Department and the Bethlehem Police Department’s Vice/Intelligence Unit, the news release said.

The investigation continues, the district attorney’s office said.

Tony Rhodin may be reached at arhodin@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyRhodin. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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‘He left this kid in the road to die,’ prosecutor says of drunk driver

“He is by definition a monster,” Northampton County Assistant District Attorney Richard Pepper said of Kendell Ritz.

Kendell Ritz had learned of his cancer diagnosis shortly before he nearly took the life of an innocent bystander.

The 30-year-old Coplay man said he was having a “very bad day” when he drove drunk and plowed into 30-year-old Jeremy Magditch, leaving the Fountain Hill man with a skull fracture.

samantha anthonySamantha Anthony and Jeremy Magditch. (Courtesy photo | For lehighvalleylive.com) Nick Falsone | For lehighvalleylive.com 

Magditch pushed his girlfriend Samantha Anthony out of the way of the speeding truck Sept. 26, 2015. They were crossing West Fourth Street in Bethlehem after a date at Sotto Santi pizza.

Ritz had been released from state prison two weeks earlier. He served six years for robbery and drug delivery. Northampton County Judge Samuel Murray sent him back to state prison for three and a half to six and a half years after Friday’s sentencing hearing.

Magditch was a well-regarded chef at Corked Wine Bar, but all that changed after Ritz struck him. He suffered a broken skull, back and ankle, and a liver injury. His condition put him in a medically-induced coma for two weeks.

The 30-year-old Fountain Hill man was forced to move back in with his parents. He had to relearn skills that are basic to most children, including how to speak. He is still recovering.

“While the accident didn’t kill me, it took away the way my life used to be,” Magditch said through tears, unable to continue with his statement before the judge.

In a lehighvalleylive.com story, Anthony’s father called Magditch a “knight in shining armor” for pushing Samantha Anthony out of the way of Ritz’s truck.

“To this day I cannot recall what happened that night,” Magditch said.

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Ritz made the same claim. He was accused of striking Magditch and driving away, but claimed in court he doesn’t remember what happened.

He said he was upset with his diagnosis of stage 2 bone cancer so he was drinking heavily. He said he knows he’s an alcoholic and wants to stop drinking.

“That day was a very bad day for me,” Ritz said. Had he known he hit Magditch, he would have stopped, he said.

“I pretty much blacked out for the rest of the day,” Magditch said, later adding “I’m not a monster, Your Honor. No way.”

Assistant District Attorney Richard Pepper said Ritz not only failed to stop after hitting Magditch, but kept driving while being pursued. When he finally stopped he jumped into the back seat and tried to pretend he wasn’t driving, Pepper said.

Bystanders ripped the license plate off of Ritz’s car so he would be held accountable, Pepper said.

“With all due respect to the court, everything he said is crap,” Pepper said. “He is a monster. He says he blacked out. That’s utter nonsense. … He is by definition a monster. He left this kid in the road to die.”

Pepper said Ritz blood-alcohol content was 0.12, hardly enough to make him forget everything that happened.

Ritz said the blood draw came three hours after the crash and his blood-alcohol level was much higher than the test shows.

The judge ordered Ritz to pay more than $500,000 in restitution. He faces a civil suit from the Magditch family. Ritz said he’s a certified forklift operator and will find work to start making restitution when he’s released from prison.

Defense attorney Ed Andres said Ritz was treated for bipolar disorder as a teenager. Ritz pleaded guilty to driving drunk and causing an accident with injuries, driving drunk and driving with a suspended license.

Ritz faces more prison time for violating his parole on the robbery and drug charges. No matter how much prison time he gets, Magditch said it won’t be enough to make him or his family whole again.

Pepper read Magditch’s indictment of Ritz after the young victim was too emotional to finish reading it himself.

“He is a danger to the community and has no regard for human life,” the statement said.

His father agreed.

“I don’t think society needs a person like Mr. Ritz among us,” Magditch’s father said in court.

Rudy Miller may be reached at rmiller@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @RudyMillerLV. Find Easton area news on Facebook.

‘He left this kid in the road to die,’ prosecutor says of drunk driver

“He is by definition a monster,” Northampton County Assistant District Attorney Richard Pepper said of Kendell Ritz.

Kendell Ritz had learned of his cancer diagnosis shortly before he nearly took the life of an innocent bystander.

The 30-year-old Coplay man said he was having a “very bad day” when he drove drunk and plowed into 30-year-old Jeremy Magditch, leaving the Fountain Hill man with a skull fracture.

samantha anthonySamantha Anthony and Jeremy Magditch. (Courtesy photo | For lehighvalleylive.com) Nick Falsone | For lehighvalleylive.com 

Magditch pushed his girlfriend Samantha Anthony out of the way of the speeding truck Sept. 26, 2015. They were crossing West Fourth Street in Bethlehem after a date at Sotto Santi pizza.

Ritz had been released from state prison two weeks earlier. He served six years for robbery and drug delivery. Northampton County Judge Samuel Murray sent him back to state prison for three and a half to six and a half years after Friday’s sentencing hearing.

Magditch was a well-regarded chef at Corked Wine Bar, but all that changed after Ritz struck him. He suffered a broken skull, back and ankle, and a liver injury. His condition put him in a medically-induced coma for two weeks.

The 30-year-old Fountain Hill man was forced to move back in with his parents. He had to relearn skills that are basic to most children, including how to speak. He is still recovering.

“While the accident didn’t kill me, it took away the way my life used to be,” Magditch said through tears, unable to continue with his statement before the judge.

In a lehighvalleylive.com story, Anthony’s father called Magditch a “knight in shining armor” for pushing Samantha Anthony out of the way of Ritz’s truck.

“To this day I cannot recall what happened that night,” Magditch said.

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Ritz made the same claim. He was accused of striking Magditch and driving away, but claimed in court he doesn’t remember what happened.

He said he was upset with his diagnosis of stage 2 bone cancer so he was drinking heavily. He said he knows he’s an alcoholic and wants to stop drinking.

“That day was a very bad day for me,” Ritz said. Had he known he hit Magditch, he would have stopped, he said.

“I pretty much blacked out for the rest of the day,” Magditch said, later adding “I’m not a monster, Your Honor. No way.”

Assistant District Attorney Richard Pepper said Ritz not only failed to stop after hitting Magditch, but kept driving while being pursued. When he finally stopped he jumped into the back seat and tried to pretend he wasn’t driving, Pepper said.

Bystanders ripped the license plate off of Ritz’s car so he would be held accountable, Pepper said.

“With all due respect to the court, everything he said is crap,” Pepper said. “He is a monster. He says he blacked out. That’s utter nonsense. … He is by definition a monster. He left this kid in the road to die.”

Pepper said Ritz blood-alcohol content was 0.12, hardly enough to make him forget everything that happened.

Ritz said the blood draw came three hours after the crash and his blood-alcohol level was much higher than the test shows.

The judge ordered Ritz to pay more than $500,000 in restitution. He faces a civil suit from the Magditch family. Ritz said he’s a certified forklift operator and will find work to start making restitution when he’s released from prison.

Defense attorney Ed Andres said Ritz was treated for bipolar disorder as a teenager. Ritz pleaded guilty to driving drunk and causing an accident with injuries, driving drunk and driving with a suspended license.

Ritz faces more prison time for violating his parole on the robbery and drug charges. No matter how much prison time he gets, Magditch said it won’t be enough to make him or his family whole again.

Pepper read Magditch’s indictment of Ritz after the young victim was too emotional to finish reading it himself.

“He is a danger to the community and has no regard for human life,” the statement said.

His father agreed.

“I don’t think society needs a person like Mr. Ritz among us,” Magditch’s father said in court.

Rudy Miller may be reached at rmiller@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @RudyMillerLV. Find Easton area news on Facebook.