A Lansford man pleaded guilty on Thursday in Carbon County court to criminal charges pending in three separate cases. He was one of six defendants to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.
John Bartenope, 34, entered guilty pleas to counts of receiving stolen property, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bartenope was arrested for the receiving count on Sept. 13, 2010, by Jim Thorpe polcie for having in his possession stolen power tools. The theft count was for an incident on Sept. 9, 2010, in which power tools were stolen from the back of a truck parked in Jim Thorpe. One of the items taken was a chop saw.
The drug count stems from a vehicle stop that occurred on June 23, 2009, also in Jim Thorpe. During the stop drugs were found on Bartenope.
Sentencing was deferred and a presentence investigation (PSI) report was ordered by Nanovic to be prepared by the adult probation office. It was noted that Bartenope is currently serving a one to two year state prison sentence imposed in Schuylkill County.
Other defendants who entered pleas included:
Taiwan C. West, 32, of Patterson, N.J., and formerly of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.
He was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office after a warrant was served on a home along Second St., in Lehighton, on Aug. 11. Found in the home were two bags of cocaine, which West admitted belonged to him. There was another person in the home at the time.
Nanovic deferred sentencing and ordered a PSI.
Mark S. Gingles, 47, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty to one count each of resisting arrest, persistent disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested for an incident that occurred on Aug. 17 along Bridge St. in Lehighton.
Officer Robert DeFuso was on patrol in the area when he heard a man yelling profanities. The man was Gingles. When told to stop, Gingles continued to use profane language and made threats toward DeFuso and Officer Matthew Bender, who arrived on scene to assist.
When the officers attempted to place Gingles under arrest he resisted. During a patdown search while taking him into custody, police found drug paraphernalia on him.
Gingles told Nanovic he was under the influence of alcohol at the time.
On all three counts Nanovic placed Gingles on probation for a year with the resisting and conduct terms running concurrently and the drug count consecutively for a total of two years probation. He was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment. He was given credit for 14 days spent in jail on the charges.
Gary Degennaro, 53, of Levittown, pleaded to one count each of driving under the influence (DUI) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested on April 23 along SR209 in Jim Thorpe. He refused to submit to a blood test. At the stop while being taken into custody police found a marijuana cigarette in the vehicle.
On the DUI charge Nanovic sentenced him to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, one year license suspension, and get a D&A evaluation. On the drug count Degennaro was placed on probation for a year, consecutive to the DUI charge.
He will begin the jail term at noon on Thursday, Oct. 27.
Richard Fedrigo, 47, of Jim Thorpe, entered guilty pleas in two pending cases. He pleaded to one count of DUI and a summary offense for an incident on March 18 and to a count of false reports for an incident on June 9.
The DUI count stems from a traffic stop made along Center St., in Jim Thorpe. Given a test, the result was .25BAC. The false reports occurred along Blakeslee Blvd. at Mill Road. Mahoning Township police responded to an accident. At the scene Fedrigo denied being a driver in the crash, but later admitted he was driving a vehicle involved.
On the DUI charge, a first offense, Fedrigo was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300 and get a D&A evaluation. On the false reports charge he was placed on probation for a year, consecutive to the DUI charge. On the summary offense he was fine $25 and costs.
Dominique Ra-Kim Parker, 19, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal conspsiracy to committ simple assault.
He was arrested by state police at Lehighton for an incident at the Youth Services Camp Adam in Penn Forest Township, where he was placed by a county juvenile court. Parker admitted his part in the assault of another detainee at the camp. Three others were charged in the incident.
Nanovic placed him on probation for a year, giving him credit for seven days spent in prison on the charge.
Each defendant sentenced must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.