A drug dealer and persons charged with driving under the influence (DUI) entered guilty pleas on Thursday in Carbon County court, with prison terms imposed in several cases.

They were among a total of 15 defendants to enter guilty pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

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Jeffrey Steigerwalt Jr., 31, of Shenandoah, and formerly of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin.

He was arrested on Oct. 26, 2012, when agents of the state Attorney General's office and the county drug task force served a warrant on his then residence at 378 W. Lizard Creek Road, Lehighton. Found in the search was 27 bags of heroin and pill bottle.

According to the arrest report Steigerwalt admitted the bags of heroin were his and he was selling the drugs.

In a plea bargain with the district attorney's office, and with the approval of the arresting AG office, Steigerwalt was sentenced in the mitigated range of state sentencing guidelines.

Nanovic sentenced him to serve one day less 12 to one day less 24 months in the county prison followed by two years of probation. 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, and was granted work release privileges.

He was given credit for 12 days spent in jail on the charge and will begin the jail term on April 1 at 1 p.m.

DUI cases

Several defendants entered pleas to DUI charges.

Jerome M. Murphy, 36, of Lansford, pleaded guilty to three counts of DUI and two of possession of drug paraphernalia, in separate incidents.

He was arrested for the first DUI on June 6, 2011, along Blakeslee Blvd, in Mahoning Township, he was also found with drug paraphernalia; the second on Feb. 12, 2012, along Blakeslee Blvd., in Mahoning Township, again drug paraphernalia was found; and the third on April 23, 2012, along Market St., in Summit Hill. In all three arrests he submitted to a blood test with the result showing the presence of a controlled substance in his system.

Nanovic imposed the following sentences.

On the first DUI, one to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, and one year license suspension; second DUI, two to six months in jail, $2,000 fine, and another year suspension; third DUI, three to six months in jail, a fine of $3,000, and another year suspension. The terms run consecutive to each other for a total of six to 18 months in jail, fines totaling $6,000, and three years of license suspensions.

On the possession counts he was placed on probation for a year on each, consecutive to each other and to the jail terms, for a total of two years.

Murphy is currently serving a nine to 18 months prison term in Lehigh County for a probation violation. That term began in February.

Nanovic ruled the Carbon sentence would run concurrent with the Lehigh term.

John Heine, 48, of Lehighton, pleaded to two counts of DUI. He was arrested on Feb. 5, 2011, along Cherry St., by Mahoning Township police. Given a test, the result was .29BAC. The second arrest occurred on May 8, 2011, along Race St., by Jim Thorpe police. Given a test, the result was .32BAC.

On the first count Nanovic sentenced him to serve 90 days to two years in jail, a fine of $1,000, and one year license suspension. On the second DUI he was sentenced to serve four months to two years in jail, a fine of $2,000, and another year suspension. The terms run consecutively.

He was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation.

Heine spent 67 days in jail on the charges and 262 days in a Salvation Army inpatient program for a total of 329 days.

Nanovic gave him credit of the 329 days and immediately paroled him. Heine is still in the Salvation Army program residing at a halfway house in the Harrisburg area and working full time. Nanovic also ordered he stay in the program until released by the Salvation Army.

Terry Scott Fisher, 62, of Weissport, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Sept. 16, 2012, along Forge St., in Weissport. Given a test, the result was .14BAC. It was noted this is a second offense for sentencing purposes.

Sentencing was deferred.

Glenn A. Flecknoe, 58, of Coaldale, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on July 6, 2012, along Mill Road by Mahoning Township police. Given a test, the result was .12BAC.

Nanovic sentenced him to serve five days 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 6 p.m. on April 5 and serve the term on consecutive weekends of two, two, and one day.

Keith Michael Evert, 23, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Oct. 18, 2012, at First and Iron sts., Lehighton, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

Nanovic sentenced him 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 was given credit for 18 days spent in a rehab inpatient program and immediately paroled.

Jeffrey J. Tee, 24, of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Dec. 1, 2012, at Third and Mahoning sts., by Lehighton police. Given a test, the result was .14BAC.

Nanovic sentenced him 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 was given credit for 36 days spent in jail on the charge and immediately paroled. The term also runs concurrent with a four month jail term he is serving for a probation violation.

Other pleas

Other defendants who entered pleas included:

Tyler Hawk, 20, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of accidents involving death or injury, and failure to report an accident.

He was arrested by Lehighton police following an incident on Sept. 9, 2012, along Blakeslee Blvd. He was involved in an accident and fled the scene on foot. He was later apprehended. The other driver in the accident was injured. It was noted a civil suit has been filed as a result of the accident.

He is currently serving a jail term for a probation violation.

On the accidents count Nanovic placed him on probation fore two years and ordered he get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and pay a fine of $500. He was fined $25 and costs on the summary failure to report charge.

Douglas James Ahner II, 31, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was arrested on Jan. 29 in the area of 124 S. Second St.

Nanovic imposed a fine of $500.

Frank Edgar Borges, 20, of Lehighton, pleaded in two pending cases to one count each of simple assault, criminal trespass, and theft.

He was arrested on the assault count for an incident on Sept. 28, 2012, at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe. He admitted punching Cotton Robbins in the face in a dispute involving a female.

He also admitted his part in the Feb. 1 entry to D&D Cigarettes Shop in Penn Forest Township, filed by state police at Fern Ridge, in which cartons and individual packs of cigarettes were taken. A 16-year-old male juvenile was involved with Borges.

On the assault count Nanovic sentenced him to serve 30 days to one day less one year in jail. On the trespass and theft counts he was sentenced to serve 30 days to one day less one year, with the term running consecutive to the assault charge for a total of 60 days to two years, less a day. He was given credit for 48 days spent in jail to date on the charges.

He was also ordered to get both a D&A and mental health evaluations.

Tory Schlier, 18, of Weatherly, and formerly of Lehighton, pleaded in two pending cases to two counts of theft.

She was arrested by Lehighton police on Oct. 13, 2012, for stealing money from her grandmother, Doreen Schlier. The second theft charge stems from a March 4 incident in which she took a Ipad and another item from Tracey Keefer in Mahoning Township.

On the first theft count Nanovic sentenced her to time served (18 days) to 18 months in jail. On the second count she was placed on probation for 18 months with the terms running consecutive.

She was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, get her General Education Diploma (GED), and make total restitution of $400.

Jessalyn Rider, 20, of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count of criminal conspiracy to commit retail theft. She was charged for her part in an incident on Sept. 20, 2012, at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township, in which items valued at $258.80 were taken.

Nanovic placed her on probation for two years and ordered her to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, not go on Walmart property, and make restitution of $86.27, a one-third share with two co-defendants in the case.

Todd Brown, 25, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of flight to avoid apprehension. He was charged for an incident on Nov. 5, 2012, in the area of 13 Canal St.

Sheriff deputies went to the area to serve a warrant on Brown. He fled despite being told by the deputies they had a warrant for his arrest.

Nanovic deferred sentencing.

John J. Vacaro III, 34, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of theft. He was arrested by Palmerton police for an incident on July 3, 2010, involving Ada A. Romig as the victim.

Vacaro is currently in the Northampton County prison on a probation violation charge. He also spent 175 days in jail on the charge and also three months in a inpatient rehab program.

Nanovic sentenced him to time served (265 days which includes the rehab program) to one day less 12 months. He was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation and make restitution of $575 to the victim. The term runs consecutive to his Northampton sentence.

Paul Charles Walck, 27, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of simple assault. He was arrested by Lansford police on Jan. 21, 2011, for an incident in which he assaulted his father, Steven Walck, during a dispute.

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

Nanovic placed him on probation for six months.

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