A Tamaqua area man was one of four defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced as follows:
Joseph Franz, 24,of 190 Lincoln Drive, Tamaqua R.D., on two counts of simple assault and one count each of criminal trespass, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct was sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin to serve 17 days to 23 months in the county prison, however, since he served the minimum time was released on parole.
He was also ordered to pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA). Franz was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Anthony Stanell. The victims were Alicia Bennett and Patrick Smith, 328 Hazle St.
Derrick Lee English, 28, Bloomsburg, on a charge of receiving stolen property from Walmart Store in Saint Clair was sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin to serve eight to 24 months with the sentence to run concurrent with sentences imposed by Lehigh and Lycoming counties. He also must make restitution of $798 to Walmart.
Douglas C. Homewood, 37, Landingville, on a charge of having an unlawful contact with a minor through lewd images over a computer, was given credit by Judge John E. Domalakes for serving 100 days in the county prison and released on parole for 23 months,
Luke Aaron Reber, 30, Schuylkill Haven, on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol was placed by Judge Baldwin into the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) with the first 30 days to be spent in the county prison followed by four years and 11 months on probation, fined $1,500, pay $300 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $100 to Catastrophe fund, $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center, attend alcohol highway safe driving school, receive outpatient substance abuse counseling, driver's license suspended 18 months and when restored must install an ignition interlock on the wheel of his car for 12 months for monitoring if he had consumed alcohol beverages. On a summary charge of carrying an unsigned registration card was fined $25 plus $50 costs. He was cited by Trooper Mark Knock when stopped on Schuylkill Mountain Road in Landingville.