OC couple waive hearings in connection to drug case

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By JIM MEYER
Staff writer

An Oil City couple waived preliminary hearings Wednesday on charges the man conspired in a drug case and the woman hindered his apprehension.

Derek Kramer, 42, is facing a felony count of conspiracy of criminal use of a communication facility for allegedly conspiring with Jeffrey Goodman, 21, of Oil City, to sell large quantities of marijuana between February and March.

Kramer’s wife, Michelle, 44, is facing a felony count of hindering apprehension and a misdemeanor count of obstructing administration of law.

On April 7, Oil City police traveled to the Kramers’ home on Washington Avenue and made contact with Michelle Kramer, according to a criminal complaint. Upon being told that her husband was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant from Missouri, Michelle Kramer said her husband was living at a residence on Butler Alley, the complaint said.

When police arrived at the Butler Alley home, a man told them that Derek Kramer lived at the Washington Avenue residence with his wife, the complaint said.

Officers traveled back to the Kramers’ home and observed footprints in the snow leading from the back door that hadn’t previously been there, the complaint said.

Michelle Kramer then told police her husband had been there and had fled after police had left the first time, the complaint said.

Police were unable to locate Derek Kramer and traveled back to the Washington Avenue home. Michelle Kramer told officers she had been in contact with her husband, and he would turn himself in at the Oil City Police Department, the complaint said.

Derek Kramer remains lodged in the Venango County jail on $25,000 bail.

Michelle Kramer is free on a $5,000 unsecured bail.

Goodman was taken into custody March 21 after a police search of his Manning Street home, where young children also live, turned up drugs and a firearm, according to police. Goodman was charged with multiple felony and misdemeanor counts involving penalties for sales involving firearms, drug manufacturing and endangering the welfare of children.

He waived his March 28 preliminary hearing and remains free on $25,000 unsecured bail.