A Carbon County man, who assaulted Lehighton's police chief, was given a prison term Monday after pleading guilty in the county court.

He was one of 19 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

AWOL

Luke S. Zetts, 19, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty to one count each of aggravated assault and escape for an incident on Oct. 1, 2012, outside the Lehighton borough police station. He was sentenced to serve a total of three to 12 months in prison on the assault count and one year probation on the escape charge, with the terms running consecutively.

Zetts was charged with the assault of Police Chief Neal Ebert after he was taken into custody on a military warrant. Zetts was Absent Without Leave (AWOL) from the Marines.

While being taken to the station for processing Zetts managed to get his handcuffed hands from behind him to the front, struck Ebert, and fled on foot. He ran into the Lehigh River as police from surrounding areas assisted borough police in the chase. He was finally taken into custody after leaving the river.

Zetts said he panicked when he struck Ebert and fled. He said he had emotional problems dealing with military life and was on a suicide watch while in the service. He left is military base without permission and the warrant was issued.

In addition to the jail term, Nanovic ordered Zetts to get a mental health evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and supply a DNA sample. He was given credit for 211 days spent in jail on the charge and was paroled.

Other pleas

Other defendants who entered pleas included:

Todd James Brown, 26, of Lehighton, entered pleas in two pending cases. He pleaded to theft from a motor vehicle for an incident on Dec. 15, 2012, in Franklin Township. In the second case he pleaded to theft by unlawful taking and terroristic threats for an incident involving his ex-girlfriend that also occurred on Dec. 15 in the township.

In the theft from vehicle incident, which occurred along Interchange Road, Robert Kintz is the listed victim. In the second incident, which occurred at the residence of Nakai Moyer, 13 Court St., identified as his ex-girlfriend. He threatened her not to tell police, the arrest report stated.

Nanovic deferred sentencing to a later date.

Rachael E. Greenzweig, 23, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of theft. She was charged by Jim Thorpe police with taking two diamond rings from the home of Rosemary Fauzio, where she was employed to do housework. The rings were valued at $5,000. The rings were later sold at a pawn shop in Lehighton and never recovered.

Greenzweig told Nanovic she had a serious heroin addiction problem and stole to get money to buy drugs. Reportedly, the rings were sold for $90 which was used to purchase heroin.

She told Nanovic she entered a rehabilitation program and spent 28 days inpatient care and continues after care counseling.

Nanovic placed her on probation for three years and ordered her to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, continue her after care counseling, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and make restitution of $5,000.

Pamela Bowman, 36, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property. She was arrested by Lehighton police for an incident on May 16, 2012, with Corissa Lee Borger-Kemp the listed victim. She took the victim's wallet from a vehicle in the 200 block of First St.

Nanovic placed her on probation for a year and ordered her to get a mental health evaluation.

Nicole Rehrig, 52, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of retail theft. She was arrested by Lehighton police for an incident at the Rite Aid store along N. First St. She took two portable heaters from the store.

Nanovic sentenced her to serve one to 12 months in prison, get both D&A and mental health evaluations, and attend the Stop-Lift program in Allentown. She was given credit for one day spent in jail on the charge.

She is currently in prison on a probation revocation serving a four to 12 month term which runs for 12 more days. The new prison term is concurrent with that sentence.

Denise Lynne Rovinske, 52, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI). She was arrested on July 7, 2012, along East Penn St., by Lehighton police. Given a test, the result was .27BAC.

She was sentenced to serve 48 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $500, one year license suspension, and get a D&A evaluation.

She will begin the jail term on May 13 at 9 a.m.

Floyd Warren Michael, 27, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of criminal conspiracy-manufacture of a controlled substance-methamphetamine. He was arrested after agents of the state Attorney General's office and the county drug task force after they served a warrant at 400 Mahoning St., in Lehighton.

The police report indicated large quantities of materials used to produce meth was found in the home. There is a co-defendant in the case.

Nanovic deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation (PSI) report.

John J. Strett, 46, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Dec. 23, 2011, by state police at Fern Ridge along Stoney Mountain Road in Penn Forest Township, after being involved in an accident. Given a test, the result was .08BAC.

Nanovic sentenced him to serve 48 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $500, one year license suspension, and get a D&A evaluation.

He will begin the jail term at 6 p.m. on May 3.

Michael Allen Richardson, 20, of Weissport, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-marijuana. He was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office and the county drug task force on March 22 at 407 Bridge St.

Agents served a search warrant at the residence and found various amounts of marijuana in the home.

Nanovic sentenced him to serve one to 18 months in prison and ordered he get a D&A evaluation, supply a DNA sample, and zero tolerance on D&A use.

He was given credit for 39 days spent in jail to date on the charge and was paroled.

Gregory Scott Ward, 52, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of harassment, as a summary offense. He was arrested on Oct. 5, 2012, at 2093 Mahoning Drive East, by Mahoning Township police. Judy Summers is the listed victim.

Nanovic imposed a fine of $300.

Robert Betz, 44, of Hershey, Dauphin County, pleaded to one count each of DUI and theft. He was arrested for an incident on July 31, 2012, by state police at Fern Ridge along Lecretius Lane in Penn Forest Township.

Troopers were looking for a vehicle matching Betz's for a theft of a tip jar from a local business. When stopped Betz was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. The tip jar was later found at a home in the township where he was staying at the time.

On the DUI charge Nanovic placed him on probation for six months and ordered he pay a fine of $300 and get a D&A evaluation. On the theft count he was placed on probation for a year, consecutive to the DUI charge, and ordered to pay a fine of $500, and make restitution of $50 for money taken from the tip jar.

Benjamin Stewart Godown, 28, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of DUI and a summary offense of driving without a license. He was arrested on Nov. 22, 2012, along Hill Road by Franklin Township police. Given a test, the result was .24BAC.

Nanovic sentenced him to serve 48 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $500, one year license suspension, get a D&A evaluation, and zero tolerance on D&A use.

On the summary offense he was fined $200 and costs.

Godown is currently in the county prison serving a 90 day term for non-support.

Linda A. Kerns Benson, 39, of North Wales, Montgomery County, pleaded to one count of DUI and a summary offense of restrictions on alcoholic beverages in a vehicle. She was arrested on April 8, 2011, along Main St., by Weatherly police. Given a test, the result was .08BAC.

She was sentenced to serve five days to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, one year license suspension, get a D&A evaluation, and zero tolerance on D&A use. On the summary offense she was fined $25. It was noted this was her third overall DUI conviction.

She will begin the jail term on May 6 at 10 a.m. and was given credit for two days spent in jail on the charge.

Jonni Efrain Farias Rayo, 21 of Yonkers, N.Y., and formerly of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of DUI and three summary motor vehicle code violations. He was arrested on March 20 along SR903 in Penn Forest Township by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

On the DUI count 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 three summaries he was fined a total of $250. He was given credit for 15 days spent in jail on the charges and paroled.

Amy Lynn Tessitore, 26, of Weissport, pleaded guilty to one count of delivery of a controlled substance-oxycodone. She was arrested on Sept. 9, 2011, after she sold the drug to a confidential informant of the state Attorney General's office in the area of 218 White St., Weissport.

Nanovic deferred sentencing and ordered a PSI.

Timothy Hue O'Brien, 24, of Coaldale, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on Jan. 12 along Ashtown Drive by Mahoning Township police.

He was placed on probation for a year and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and continue is current drug counseling.

Barry Rausch, 42, of Weissport, pleaded to one count of disorderly conduct, as a summary offense. A retail theft charge was dropped. He was arrested for an incident on Nov. 20 by Lehighton police and occurring at Mallard's Market along Second St.

Nanovic imposed a fine of $300.

Colleen M. Smela, 51, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of disorderly conduct as a summary offense for an incident on Sept. 30, 2012, in the rear of 209 Center St. by Jim Thorpe police.

She was fined $300.

Lizandy Antonio Trejo, 22, of Hazleton, pleaded to one count each of DUI, possession of a small amount of marijuana, false identification to law enforcement, and careless driving.

He was arrested on Feb. 10 by state police at Lehighton along SR248 in Franklin Township. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

On the DUI charge he was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300, get a D&A evaluation, and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use. On the false ID count he was placed on probation for a year, consecutive to the DUI charge; on the possession count he was fined $500; and on the careless driving count fined $25.

Each defendant sentenced must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation for parole.