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Tamaqua man pleads guilty to several criminal charges

Published December 01. 2009 05:00PM

A Tamaqua man entered a guilty plea recently in the Schuylkill County court to a number of criminal charges including aggravated assault by a vehicle while driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and delivery of drugs in the borough. He and was sentenced by President Judge Willliam E. Baldwin to be remanded to the custody of the sheriff and delivered to a state correctional instutition for evaluation. He was among seven people who entered guilty pleas and were sentenced.

Three incidents

Damon Wenzel Shoff, 29, of 327 Owl Creek Road, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, DUI, delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a cell phone plus several summary charges.

He will be evaluated to see if he is qualified to be admitted to the state's Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) and will be returned to be sentenced by Baldwin.

Shoff was cited by Cpl. Duane Frederick, Rush Township police, and Patrolman Anthony Stanell, Tamaqua police, for the drug charges and by Trooper James R. Culvey following a one car accident last March 31 when his vehicle went off Cold Run Road in East Brunswick Township and came to rest against a tree. There was a passenger in the car who was injured.

Other pleas

Sean Christopher McFadden, 20, of 100 Spring Garden Street, Lansford, on charges of theft from motor vehicles in Coaldale, was sentenced to serve nine to 18 months in a state correctional institution, pay $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund and cost of prosecution and make restitution of $4 to Anthony Malaski and $790 to Mary Comensky, both of Coaldale.

McFadden was cited by Chief Timothy Delaney last July 11.

On a charge of theft of a laptop computer from Jacobson Companies in the Delano Industrial Park on Sept. 4, 2008, was sentenced to serve an additional three to six months in the state prison and make restitution of $2,000 to the company. He was cited by Trooper Mario Pompei.

Kerry Scott Fulmer, 38, of 242 N. Columbia St., Tamaqua, on a charge of DUIl escaped spending 48 hours in the county prison because he had served two days in a rehab center and is now on probation for six months, pay $50 to CJEA fund, $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center, undergo outpatient counseling, pay $100 to the Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund. A special condition was set that he must complete his rehabilitation program and aftercare treatment which was recommended. Fulmer was cited by Patrolman Robert Minnick. Coaldale police, last June 20.

Jeremy S. Steuber, 21, Reading, on charges of criminal conspiracy, receiving stolen property and fleeing police was sentenced to serve six to 23 months in the county prisonand court costs. On a charge of driving while his license was suspended was sentenced to serve an additional 60 days in prison and pay a fine of $1,000 and court costs. Steuber was cited by Cpl. Marvin Livergood, a state trooper, and charged with taking the car of Joseph Garcia, of Frackville.

Joseph Allen Kllinger, 20, Frackville, on a charge of assaulting John Liptok, Pottsville, was sentenced to serve three to 12 months in the county prison and court costs. Klinger was cited by Cpl. Mark O'Toole, Pottsville police, last March 5.

Robert Walentukonis, 31, Girardville, on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance was sentenced to serve 30 to 60 months in a state correctional institution, pay $200 in fines, $100 to SAE fund and court cost and make restitution of $176 to Bethlehem Regional Lab and $200 to Schuylkill County Drug Task Force.

Bradley William Daley, 25, Ringtown, served 72 hours in the county prison on a DUI charge and is now out on probation for six months. He must pay a fine of $1,000, pay $50 to the CJEA fund, $300 to SAE fund, undergo intensive outpatient counseling, perform 10 hours of community service and pay court costs. Daley was cited by Trooper Arthur Wink Jr. when stopped at Brandonville Flats last May 27.

Each defendant must also pay a $50 monthly supervision fee.

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