A Carbon County woman was sentenced by a Schuylkill County judge to serve a state prison sentence because of her criminal record. In other criminal matters, jurors returned verdicts in two criminal cases at trials held this week.

Lansford woman

Stephanie Lynn Keck, who resided at 280 W. Snyder Ave.., Lansford, on her last citation, entered a guilty plea on May 25, 2011, to a charge of retail theft from Walmart Store in Saint Clair and was sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin to serve one to two years in a state correctional facility and make restitution of $348 to the store.

She had previously resided in Nesquehoning and Summit Hill and in February 2011 was sentenced for forging a check belonging to Shane Batenope, of 332 Ridge Street, Coaldale, and cashing it at We R Cigarette store in Tamaqua. She was placed on probation 23 months and ordered to make restitution of $1,218.70.

In January a warrant was issued for her arrest for failing to appear in court for a hearing on revocation of her probation.

Jury trials

Brian T. Stravinsky, 27, of 329 W. Mahanoy St., Mahanoy City, was found not guilty of charges of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and terroristic threats. Judge John E Domalakes then ruled he was not guilty of the summary offenses of failing to drive at a safe speed, careless driving, and disorderly conduct.

Charges were brought by Shenandoah police who claimed Stravinsky threatened a police officer after being stopped.

Clark Emmanuel Meade, 24, Kulpmont, was found guilty by a jury of six counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with children ages four and five years, six counts of indecent assault, and two counts each of corruption of minors and endangering welfare of children after a trial before President William E. Baldwin.

The court ordered Meade shall be subject to an evaluation with the state's Sexual Offenders Assessment Board, ordered a pre-sentence investigative report be prepared by the adult probation department, and deferred sentencing to a later date.

Another plea

Mark A. Yacovelli, 43, of 326 E. Pine St., Mahanoy City, was scheduled to go on trial before a jury but changed his mind and pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

He as given credit by Judge John E. Domalakes for serving170 days in the county prison and was placed on parole for 23 months, pay $100 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund, $50 to district attorney's office for bench warrant, and a $50 monthly supervision fee while on probation. Yacovelli was cited by Mahanoy City Cpl. Michael Dissinger.