A Carbon County man admitted to two armed robberies on Tuesday in the county court. He was one of 23 defendants to enter guilty pleas before Judge Joseph J. Matika during a daylong session of court.

Faces long time

Timothy Eugene Keiper, 20, of Lehighton, is facing a long state prison term when he is sentenced after entering pleas yesterday to two counts each of robbery and theft and one count of receiving stolen property.

He admitted to entering the Friendly Food Mart, Patterson St., Lansford, on April 28, and confronting store clerk Edward Rehatcheck Jr. with a weapon. Police said Keiper used a BB gun, but was the type that resembled a real handgun.

He also admitted entering the Square One Market along Interchange Road, in Franklin Township, on May 7, and confronting employee Michael Fox with the same BB gun.

He further admitted stealing cash and jewelry from the home of Maggie Appleby, of Summit Hill, on May 12. Appleby was identified as the mother of Keiper's then girlfriend.

Keiper told Matika that he robbed to get money so he could feed a drug addiction problem. Keiper has been in custody since his arrest.

Matika accepted the plea but deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation (PSI) report.

State prison

James Michael Serafine, 48, of Hazleton, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and asked to be sentenced to a state prison. Matika went along with the request.

Serafine was charged with entering the property of Robert Terracino, of 1458 Hudson Drive, Packer Township, on or about July 17, and removing various items. He then sold some of the items at a Hazleton pawn shop. Terracino was identified as Serafine's brother-in-law.

Serafine told Matika he has struggled with drug abuse for about 20 years and asked to be sent to a state prison because there are better drug programs available in the state system. Serafine said he had made arrangements to enter a Salvation Army program in the Harrisburg area but had to go there by Oct. 7.

Matika said that was not possible because of the sentence pending against him would either put him in county prison or state prison well past the October date. That was when Serafine asked for the state term.

Matika sentenced him to serve one to two years in a state prison, with credit for 59 days spent in jail to date on the charge.

He was also ordered to render 100 hours of community service when released on parole, make total restitution of $4,150, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use.

Other pleas

Other defendants who entered guilty pleas included the following:

Kayla M. Crostley, 21, of Lehighton, pleaded to four theft counts. She was arrested by Nesquehoning police for incidents on Oct. 2, 2011, in the borough for her part in entering various vehicles and removing items.

On the first theft count Matika sentenced her to serve 30 days to one year in jail but gave her credit for 69 days already spent in prison and immediately paroled her. On the three remaining theft counts she was placed on probation for a year on each with the first running consecutive to the prison term, and the other two concurrent.

She was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation, render 50 hours of community service, zero tolerance on D&A use, and make total restitution of $693.

Danielle Elizabeth Dagostino, 28, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of theft, as a felony three. She admitted taking various jewelry belonging to Valerie Marie Gilbert, of Lower Towamensing Township, on March 19 and then selling it at a pawn shop. Gilbert is Dagostino's mother.

Matika sentenced her to serve three to 18 months in prison on the charge, but it runs concurrent to a nine month prison term she is currently serving in Northampton County on parole/probation violations.

She was also ordered to render 75 hours of community service when paroled, make restitution to her mother for $6,000, get both D&A and mental health evaluations, zero tolerance on D&A use, and supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee.

Scott D. Bosworth, 46, of Lansford, pleaded to one count each of criminal mischief and institutional vandalism. He was arrested by Nesquehoning police for an incident on April 24 along Industrial Road where he damaged three motor homes and other vehicles. After being taken into custody and transported to the police station, he damaged a camera in the holding cell area of the station.

Matika placed him on probation for a year and ordered total restitution of $5,686.23, render 50 hours of community service, and continue with his mental health counseling.

Dylan Brett Danko, 20, of McAdoo, pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property. He admitted to having in his possession items stolen from the residence of Ann and Rocco Petrone Sr., of Weatherly. The incident occurred around June 14.

Matika placed him on probation for a year and ordered he make total restitution of $3,000, get a mental health evaluation, and render 50 hours of community service.

Jeremy L. Johnson, 29, formerly of Summit Hill and now residing in Georgia, pleaded to one count of theft. He admitted taking two checks belonging to his father, Fredrick Johnson. The victim has since died.

Matika placed him on probation for a year and ordered he make total restitution of $1,200, and render 50 hours of community service.

Michael Keith Crockford, 27, of McAdoo, pleaded to one count each of driving under the influence (DUI) and driving under suspension-DUI related. He was arrested on Nov. 12, 2011, by state police at Hazleton along Oak St., in Banks Township. Given a test, the result was .20BAC.

On the DUI charge Matika sentenced him to serve 10 days to 24 months in prison, a fine of $500, one year license suspension, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render 100 hours of community service.

On the suspension count he was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

He was given credit for a total of 113 days spent in jail on the charges and immediately paroled.

Christopher Lee Albertson, 32, of Drums, Luzerne County, pleaded to two counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count of escape. He was arrested by Weatherly police for an incident on Feb. 16 along First St. where police said he had two, two-year-old children in the backseat of his vehicle but not in safety seats. When police arrived he fled the scene leaving the children alone.

Matika deferred sentencing to a later date.

Adam Christopher Berger, 20, of Bowmanstown, pleaded to one count of theft. He was charged in connection with a burglary at 422 Ore St., Bowmanstown, the residence of Robert Scott and family.

Berger admitted taking money from the Scott family, who he said were a family to cared for him and he betrayed them. He express remorse to Scott and his family.

Matika placed him on probation for a year and ordered restitution of $300, render 50 hours of community service, and zero tolerance on D&A use. It was noted Berger has already reimbursed the victim for $1,500.

Troy Darren Dubois, 20, of McAdoo, pleaded to one count or DUI. He was arrested on May 28 along SR248 in Parryville, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .13BAC.

Matika 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 render 25 hours of community service.

He will begin the jail term at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28.

Anthony Philip Borelli, 26, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on Jan. 4 by state police at Lehighton at 621 White St., Bowmanstown. Police found a pipe used to smoke crack cocaine in the residence and Borelli admitted it was his.

Matika placed him on probation for nine months and ordered he must enter and successfully complete a inpatient rehabilitation program. Matika also imposed zero tolerance on D&A use.

George Francis Minnich, 62, of Philadelphia, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Dec. 30, 2011, along SR903 by Kidder Township police. Given a test, the result was .10BAC.

He was placed on probation for six months and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, and render 25 hours of community service.

Felicia Bigg-Carr, 21, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested on July 27 by Franklin Township police for an incident in the area of 1380 Interchange Road.

Sentencing was deferred to a later date.

Louis Anthony Zielinski, 21, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Feb. 27 along Strohl's Valley Road, in Towamensing Township, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

Matika sentenced him to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, one year license suspension, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and when released on parole render 25 hours of community service. The prison term is concurrent with a 3-12 prison term he is currently serving in the county prison on a drug conviction. That term began last week.

Marytheresa Gutosky, 51, of Weatherly, pleaded to one count of DUI. She was arrested on Dec. 11, 2011, along E. Main St., in Weatherly. She refused a blood test and lost her license for a year for the refusal.

Matika sentenced her to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, another year suspension, get a D&A evaluation, and render 25 hours of community service.

She begins the jail term at noon on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Stephen W. Gallagher, 29, of Lake Harmony, pleaded guilty in three pending cases. He pleaded to two counts of DUI and one of harassment, as a summary offense.

A DUI occurred on Dec. 17, 2011, along SR903 in Jim Thorpe. He was involved in an accident. Given a test, the result was .21BAC. The other DUI occurred on Sept. 9, 2011, along Moseywood Road, in Kidder Township. Given a test, the result was .24BAC.

The harassment incident occurred on Nov. 21, 2011, at his residence with his mother the listed victim.

Sentencing was deferred to a later date.

Lee Michalick, 28, of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Dec. 31, 2011, along Paterson St., in Lansford, after being involved in an accident. Given a test, the result was .26BAC.

Sentencing was deferred so Michalick could apply for the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) with electronic monitoring.

James Mehefko, 44, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on June 22 by Summit Hill police in the area of 243 E. Hazard St.

Matika placed him on probation for six months and ordered zero tolerance on D&A use, and render 50 hours of community service.

David Yenser, 30, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on May 9 along Delaware Avenue in Palmerton. Given a test, the result was .19BAC.

Matika sentenced him to serve five days to six months in jail, a fine of $300, one year license suspension, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render 25 hours of community service.

He will serve two days of the sentence beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 and the remaing three beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 11.

Carrissa Whateley, 23, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of criminal mischief. She was arrested on Sept. 16, 2011, for an incident in which she damaged the 2003 Buick of Sara Mitchell, of Lansford.

Matika placed her on probation for a year and ordered her make total restitution for damages to the vehicle of $1,976.62, get both a D&A and mental health evaluations, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render 50 hours of community service.

Lanaya Hayes, 31, of Edgewater, N.J., who previously pleaded guilty to one count of theft but failed to appear for sentencing, was sentenced to one year probation by Matika.

She was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, make restitution of $140, and render 50 hours of community service.

She is currently in the county prison on a warrant issued for her failure to appear.

David Hermanofski, 25, of Hanover Township, Luzerne County, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Nov. 22, 2011, in Beaver Meadows. 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, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render 25 h ours of community service.

He was given credit for three days spent in jail on the charge and immediately paroled.

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