A Nesquehoning man faces a minimum term of one year in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of driving under the influence (DUI). He was one of several defendants in pending cases to enter a plea on Tuesday before Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass.
Charles Kaukaoh Misawic, 41, was arrested on Sept. 22, 2009, along SR209 in Lansford after being observed driving erratically.
The second arrest occurred on Nov. 28, 2009, in Nesquehoning. He was observed driving a vehicle at the intersection of state routes 209 and 93 and striking a PennDOT sign. He did not stop but a motorist reported the incident to police who found Misawic at his home. He admitted driving the car under the influence but denied hitting the road sign.
In the first incident he was given a blood test and the result indicated a .19BAC. The second arrest test result was .34 BAC. In both cases the test results also showed the presence of marijuana in his system.
Under state mandatory sentencing guidelines Misawic faces a minimum of one year up to five years in jail plus fines and license suspensions.
Serfass accepted the pleas but deferred sentencing to Sept. 21 at the request of defense Atty. Joseph D. Perilli.
Other defendants who entered guilty pleas included:
Timothy Robert Cantando, 19, and Keith Andrew Greismer, 20, both of Harleysville, Montgomery County, both pleaded to one count each of theft and criminal mischief.
The two were arrested for an incident on April 13 in Kidder Township. The two were accused for taking a 32-inch television owned by Thomas Kechandser, of Albrightsville. Police responded to a report of a burglary and found the two nearby.
Both were under the influence of drug and alcohol at the time and have since addressed their problem, according to their defense counsel.
Serfass placed the two on probation for two years on the theft count and one year on the mischief charge with the terms running concurrently. Both were ordered to render three hours of community service per month while on probation. The TV was recovered and returned to the owner.
Jesse Allen Anthony, 25, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of default in required appearance. He was arrested when he failed to report to the county prison on Dec. 11, 2009, to begin serving a three to six month term for assault. He was picked up on a warrant and jailed.
Serfass imposed no further penalty as in the plea bargain with the district attorney's office.
Jeffrey George Singer, 26, of Dallas, Luzerne County, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Feb. 5 along the Northeast Extension of the turnpike in Kidder Township after being stopped for speeding. Given a test, the result was .19BAC.
Serfass placed him on probation for three months and ordered he pay a fine of $300 and get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment.
Krystal Mary Derhammer, 23, of Forty Fort, Luzerne County, pleaded to one count of DUI of a controlled substance. She was arrested on Oct. 28, 2009, along the turnpike in Kidder Township.
Serfass deferred sentencing to Sept. 21.
Kenneth L. Conley, 36, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of default in required appearance. He was arrested when he failed to report to the county prison to begin a 48 sentence for DUI.
Conley was later found in jail in Delaware County serving another DUI sentence.
Serfass placed him on probation for six months and ordered he pay a fine of $300. The sentence runs concurrent with Delaware County.
William Roy Marsh, 39, of McAdoo, pleaded in two pending cases tied to the same incident. He pleaded to one count each of persistent disorderly conduct and terroristic threats. He was arrested on March 25 by Summit Hill police following a vehicle check incident along S. Market St. He became unruly at the stop with officers.
Serfass placed him on probation for a year on the threats count and six months on the conduct charge, running concurrently which each other and concurrent with a jail term imposed in Luzerne County. On a summary offense of driving under suspension he was fined $200.
Charles M. Haupt III, 32, of Lansford, pleaded in two pending cases. He pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance for an incident on Jan. 22, 2009, in Lansford with the arrest made by agents of the state Attorney General's office. He also pleaded to retail theft for an incident on Sept. 4, 2009, at Redners Warehouse Market in Nesquehoning for taking items valued at $42.26.
Serfass placed him on probation for a year on each count, running concurrently, and ordered he render 25 hours of community service. He was given credit for four days spent in jail on the charges.
Michelle Mercy Dakumuo, 21, of Bushkill, pleaded to one count each of identity of theft, theft and receiving stolen property. She was stopped by police in Lansford on Dec. 11, 2009, and gave the driver's license of another person. She also operating a vehicle without the owner's permission.
Serfass placed her on probation for two years on the ID theft count and one year each on the other two, all running concurrently. She was also ordered to render three hours of community service per month while on probation.
Each defendant must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.