A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday on drug related charges on Monday. He was one of several defendants who previously pleaded guilty and were sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass.
James Richard Jones, 33, of Lehighton, was sentenced by Serfass to serve a total of 21 to 60 months in a state prison on two counts each of acquiring or obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, and theft by deception.
Jones was arrested by police in Lehighton and Mahoning Township for incidents involving his girlfriend, Naomi Turner Ellison, 30, of Lehighton.
Police said the pair used false names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers during emergency room visits at various hospitals throughout Carbon, Lehigh and Schuylkill counties to obtain prescriptions for painkillers. The incidents occurred in the Carbon area on Oct. 10, 12, and 14, 2012, at the Wal-Mart Pharmacy in the township and the emergency room at the Blue Mountain Health Systems-Lehighton Campus.
Ellison previously entered guilty pleas to two counts of theft and one of criminal conspiracy. She was sentenced in July to serve 45 days in jail followed by 20 months and 45 days in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP).
Serfass imposed the state time on the two drug charges running concurrently. On the theft counts he was placed on state probation for a year on each count running consecutively to each other and consecutive to the jail term. He was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance on D&A use, and supply a DNA sample. He was given credit for a total of 284 days spent in jail to date on the charges.
Two defendants were sentenced on driving under the influence (DUI) charges.
Tyler C. Klotz, 29, of Lehighton, was sentenced on two DUI charges. He was arrested on Oct. 28, 2012, by Lehighton police along First St. Given a test, the result was .11BAC. The second arrest occurred on Feb. 24 by Lehighton police along Bridge St. He refused to submit to a test and lost his license for a year for the refusal.
On the first count Serfass sentenced him to serve 90 days to 60 months in the county prison and ordered he get a D&A evaluation, pay a fine of $1,500, license suspended for 18 months, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render 150 hours of community service.
On the second DUI he was sentenced to serve five days to six months in jail, concurrent to the first count. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $300 and render an additional 25 hours of community service.
He will begin the jail term at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 13, and serve the 90 days on consecutive three-day weekends.
Jamie L. Ruggiero, 36, of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced on two DUI counts. He was arrested on Dec. 15, 2011, along First St., by Lehighton police. Given a test, the result was .16BAC. The second arrest occurred on Center St., in Jim Thorpe, on March 30. Given a test, the result was .24BAC.
On the first count he was sentenced to serve 90 days to 60 months in the county prison and ordered to pay a fine of $1,500, license suspended for 18 months, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance for D&A use, and render 150 hours of community service. He was given credit for 198 days on the charge and paroled.
On the second count he was sentenced to serve five days to six months in jail, concurrent with the first count, and pay a fine of $300, one year license suspension, and render an additional 25 hours of community service.
Other defendants who were sentenced included:
Carlos Degado, 30, of Lehighton, was sentenced to serve a total of nine to one day less 24 months in the county prison on one count each of simple assault and criminal mischief. On a charge of public drunkenness he was fined $100.
Degado was arrested for an incident on Oct. 25, 2011, outside Ruby's Saloon in Lehighton. Borough police were dispatched to the area for a report of a fight in progress. On scene officers learned that Degado had assaulted a female, Tanya Hoiser, and damaged a vehicle near the bar. He fled the scene on foot but was later located.
Serfass also ordered him to get both mental health and D&A evaluations, attend and complete anger management counseling, have no contact with Hoiser, and make restitution to Hoiser for damages of $5,750.30.
He was given credit for 272 days spent in prison to date on the charges.
Lori Bobarsky, 47, of Ashland, and formerly of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced on a charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested on May 31, by Lehighton police for an incident in the area of 300 Mahoning St. Police were looking in the area for a woman who was spotted removing a purse from a vehicle. Bobarsky matched a description given of the woman. She was later located and while being taken into custody the drug items were found on her.
On the possession of a controlled substance count she was sentenced to serve three to one day less 24 months in the county prison. On the possession of drug paraphernalia she was placed on probation for a year, consecutive to the jail term.
She was also ordered to render a total of 150 hours of community service, get both a mental health and D&A evaluations, and zero tolerance on D&A use. She was given credit for four days spent in jail on the charges.
She will begin the jail term on Oct. 1 at 9 a.m.
All the defendants must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.