Two Carbon County women admitted stealing jewerly valued at over $5,000 and pawning some of it to get money for drugs.
They were among eight defendants in pending criminal cases to enter guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Thursday before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.
Nicole Bollinger, 23, of Palmerton, and Dillion Nicole Koch, 21, of Lehighton, admitted removing various jewelry valued at $5,525, while they were visiting with the victim, Patrice Bjorkman, of Lehighton. They later sold some of the jewelry at a pawn shop to get cash to buy drugs. The incident occurred on or about Feb. 27, 2010.
Bollinger pleaded to one count of theft, as a felony three, and Koch to receiving stolen property, also a felony three.
Bollinger also pleaded guilty to one count of retail theft for an incident on May 19, 2010, at the Wal-Mart store in Mahoning Township. She admitted taking video games valued at $756.
Both women are currently in prison unable to post bail.
Webb accepted the pleas but deferred sentencing ordering the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation (PSI).
Other defendants in pending criminal cases who entered pleas before Webb included:
Richard K. Cadwallader, 31, of Ashfield, pleaded to one count each of driving under the influence (DUI), persistent disorderly conduct and harassment. The DUI count is a third offense.
He was arrested on Dec. 23, 2010, along South Avenue in Jim Thorpe. His vehicle struck a parked vehicle and he left the scene. While police were at the scene he later returned. After being taken into custody he was transported to the Lehighton hospital for a blood test.
Police said at the hospital he became unruly and refused to submit to the test. He also was combative with the arresting officer, spitting in his face, according to the report.
Webb accepted the plea but deferred sentencing so Cadwallader could apply for placement in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP), with electronic monitoring.
Jennifer M. Pursell, 24, of Emmaus, pleaded to one count of DUI. She was arrested on Oct. 28, 2010, along Mauch Chunk St., in Mahoning Township, after being involved in an accident. Given a test, the result was .23BAC. The police report indicated Pursell had her child in the vehicle at the time.
Webb sentenced her to serve 30 days to six months in jail, pay a fine of $750, license suspended for a year, continue drug and alcohol (D&A) counseling, and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use.
She will serve 10 days in jail beginning Feb. 25 on consecutive weekends and then the balance in the county's IPP program.
Michael Vereen, 30, of Gilbert, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and a summary motor vehicle code violation. He was arrested on May 26, 2010, along SR903 in Penn Forest Township after a vehicle stop.
Webb placed him on probation for a year and on the summary count imposed a fine of $25 and costs.
Josiah T. Bortlick, 27, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on June 27, 2010, along Bridge St., in Lehighton, after being stopped for erratic driving. Given a test, the result was .17BAC. It was a first offense.
Webb placed him on probation for six months and ordered he pay a fine of $300 and get a D&A evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment.
Ronald Christopher Locher, 45, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of DUI, a first offense. He was arrested on Nov. 17, 2010, along Fireline Road in Lower Towamensing Township, by state police after being observed driving erratically. Given a test, the result was .13BAC.
Webb placed him on probation for six months and ordered he pay a fine of $300 and get a D&A evaluation.
Gregory R. Bergman, 22, of Philadelphia, pleaded to one count of simple assault. He was arrested by state police at Lehighton for an incident at the Blue Mountain Ski Area in Lower Towamensing Township. He was charged with assaulting a Alex Caccoma.
Webb placed him on probation for six months and ordered he pay restitution of $397.38 to the victim for medical expenses not paid by insurance.
Each defendant sentenced must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.