A Carbon County woman admitted to a drug dealing charge while defendants in pending driving under the influence (DUI) cases entered pleas, with some getting long prison terms because of prior convictions.

The pleas were heard by Carbon County President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II during a daylong session of court on Thursday.

Search of home

Jennifer Lynn Steigerwalt, 30, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

She was arrested after agents of the state Attorney General's office served a search warrant at her W. Lizard Creek Road home in East Penn Township on Oct. 26, 2012.

Found in the home were controlled substances and drug paraphernalia, including 40 bags of heroin.

At the time of her arrest, Steigerwalt admitted having various customers who she sold the drugs.

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

Drunk drivers

Several defendants entered guilty pleas to DUI charges.

Russell P. Shannon, 46, of Lansford, was arrested on Sept. 23, 2011, along Mill Road by Mahoning Township police after being involved in a one vehicle accident. Given a test, the result was .17BAC.

The conviction was Shannon's fourth overall and third for sentencing purposes. He previously spent a one to two year prison term in another jurisdiction for DUI.

Nanovic sentenced him to serve 10 and a half to one day less 24 months in the county prison. He was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, pay a fine of $2,500, and his license suspended for 18 months.

He will begin the jail term at noon n June 19 and was granted work release eligibility.

Kevin Warner, 48, of Saylorsburg, was arrested on July 7, 2012, along Spruce Hollow Road in Towamensing Township by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .21BAC. He also pleaded to driving under suspension-DUI related, a second conviction for that offense. The DUI conviction is a fourth overall.

On the suspension count Nanovic sentenced Warner to serve six to 12 months in the county prison and pay a fine of $2,500. On the DUI count he was sentenced to serve six to 24 months, running concurrently, and pay another fine of $1,000. His license was suspended for a year on the DUI charge and he will get another year suspension for the second count. He was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation.

He began the jail term immediately.

Walter Krick Freundt, 56, of Lehighton, was arrested on Feb 23 along First St., by Lehighton police. Given a test, the result was .25BAC.

He was sentenced to serve 10 days to six months in jail, fined $1,000, one year license suspension, and get a D&A evaluation.

He will begin the jail term at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 31, and serve it on consecutine weekends.

Jerylan Marquez, 22, of Lansford, was arrested on Sept. 28, 2012, along Mauch Chunk St. by Mahoning Township police. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

He was sentenced to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, one year license suspension, and get a D&A evaluation.

He will begin the jail term at 11 a.m. on June 7.

Jamin E. Rushing, 25, of Slatington, was arrested on June 14, 2012, along Iron St., by Lehighton police. Given a test, the result was .25BAC.

Nanovic sentenced him to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, fined $1,000, one year license suspension, and get a D&A evaluation.

He will begin the jail term at noon on June 20.

Luther G. Carwell Jr., 59, of Slatington, was arrested on Dec. 8, 2012, along SR209 in Franklin Township by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .21BAC.

As a first offense, he was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300, and get a D&A evaluation.

Gary Lee Reed, 54, of Lehighton, was arrested on Jan. 10 along Canal St., in Franklin Township, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .11BAC.

He was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300, and get a D&A evaluation.

Other pleas

Other defendants who entered pleas included:

Steven Michael Mika, 27, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of defiant trespass and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on Aug. 13, 2012, at 228 Canal St., by Franklin Township police.

Police were called to the home for a reported overdose. On scene they were told by Tiffany Scott that Mika was in the home when he was previously told not to enter the home. Police found him in the basement and when taking him into custody found drug paraphernalia.

Nanovic placed him on probation for a year on each count, running consecutively, and ordered he get a D&A evaluation, and zero tolerance on D&A use.

Mika is currently an inmate in the Northampton County prison on unrelated charges.

Edwin Mertz, 53, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of defiant trespass, receiving stolen property, and theft. He was arrested by Lehighton police for taking a mountain bike and riding lawn mower from the property of Patrick McLaughlin, at 424 Mahoning St.

Nanovic placed him on probation for a year on each count with two running consecutively and one concurrent for a total of two years probation.

Rhashon Thomas Williams, 19, of Philadelphia, pleaded to one count of theft. He was arrested on June 22, 2012, for taking money from a petty cash box at Child First Services in Penn Forest Township, where he had been placed by another court.

Nanovic sentenced him to time served (45 days) to one day less 24 months in prison and ordered him immediately paroled. He must also make restitution of $357.

James Anthony Ahner, 18, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of criminal trespass, as a felony three, and theft. He was arrested on Feb. 26 by Mahoning Township police for an incident at the property of Suzanne Ebbert, 760 Ashton Drive. He entered the property with two others and took a golf club, old recordings, and other items.

Nanovic noted that Ahner has a juvenile record.

He was sentenced to serve one to 12 months in jail on the trespass count and given seven days credit for time spent in prison on the charge. On the theft count he was placed on probation for a year consecutive to the other charge. He was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation, supply a DNA sample, and make restitution of $225 for his share in the items taken.

He will begin the jail term at 7 p.m. on June 14 and servie it on consecutive three-day weekends.

Wayne A. Seaberg, 53, of Madison, N.J., and formerly of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of terroristic threats. He was arrested by Lehighton police for an incident at 124 S. Third St., with Lori K. Fatzinger the listed victim. He and Fatzinger once had a relationship, it was noted.

Nanovic placed him on probation for two years and ordered he get both a D&A and mental health evaluations, and have no contact with Fatzinger.

Cody Queen, 19, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on Jan. 6 in Kemmerer Park by Jim Thorpe police.

He was placed on probation for six months and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, and pay a fine of $300.

He was previously placed in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders but was revoked.

Roseann J. Crissy, 63, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count each of receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. She was arrested on April 17, 2012, by Jim Thorpe police for taking prescription medication and jewelry from the home of Dawn Miller, 90 North Ave., where she was employed as a house cleaner.

Nanovic placed her on probation for a total of 18 months on the two counts and ordered her to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and make restitution of $210 to the victim.

Charles William Wiley, 29, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count each of persistent disorderly conduct, and a summary offense of harassment. He was arrested on April 23, by Jim Thorpe police for an incident at 10 W. Sixth St., with Sanmi Jo Green the listed victim.

He was placed on probation for a year and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, and zero tolerance of D&A use. On the summary offense he was fined $250.

Guy Allen Kotansky, 48, of Hazleton, pleaded to one count of criminal mischief. He was arrested on June 4, 2011, by Hickory Run State Park rangers for spray painting with orange paint decorative rocks in the park in Kidder Township. A total of 60 rocks were damaged in the incident.

He was placed on probation for a year, and ordered to make restitution for cleaning up the damage of $3,065.62.

He was previously placed in the ARD program but was revoked.

Kasara Shields, 20, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested on May 21, 2011, by Lansford police for an incident at S. Walnut and Water sts.

She was placed on probation for a year and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, and zero tolerance on D&A use. The term runs consecutive to a probation term she is currently serving in Schuylkill County.

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