Lehigh woman given jail term for retail theft count
A Lehigh County resident was given a Carbon County prison term on Tuesday for her third retail theft conviction. She was one of several defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.
Dorothy Mika, 36, of Emerald, admitted taking a cellular phone from the Walmart store in Mahoning Township on Jan. 21, 2008. The phone was valued at $104.75 and was recovered by store security.
The retail theft count is a third conviction for Mika who also has prior convictions for driving under the influence (DUI). She told Nanovic she was intoxicated when she took the phone.
Mika is currently serving a three to six month prison term in Lehigh County for DUI.
Nanovic told her because it was a third conviction the retail theft count is now considered a felony and any more convictions means more jail time.
Nanovic sentenced her to serve six to 12 months in prison and ordered her to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment and supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee.
The prison term runs concurrent with the Lehigh sentence, Nanovic ruled.
Other defendants who entered guilty pleas included:
Kathleen Reas, 47, of Albrightsville, pleaded to one count of reckless burning.
She was charged by state police with setting fire to her home at 132 Mansi Drive in the Indian Mountain Lakes development in Penn Forest Township on March 8. Police said Reas had an argument with her boyfriend and went into a bedroom at the home and set love letters on fire. The fire got out of control and caused severe damages to the home. Reas attempted to put out the fire but could not.
Nanovic told her she faced a jail term under sentencing guidelines. He deferred sentencing and ordered a presentence investitgation (PSI) be prepared by the adult probation office.
Stone-Bear Acevedo, 19, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to two counts of disorderly conduct. He was arrested on Sept. 7 along W. Fifth St. in Jim Thorpe. Police made a vehicle stop and Acevedo became unruly with the arresting officer and caused a disturbance at the scene.
Nanovic placed him on probation for six months on each count with the terms running concurrently and ordered he pay a fine of $300 on each count.
Michael Richard Hydro, 42, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested on Sept. 18 along Bridge St. in Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .24BAC.
A first offense for sentencing purposes, Nanovic placed Hydro on probation for six months and ordered he pay a fine of $300 and costs. Hydro had a prior conviction for DUI but it was over 10 years ago.
Cynthia Marie Getz, 38, of Weatherly, pleaded to one count of retail theft. She was arrested on Sept. 25 for an incident at Redner's Market in Nesquehoning where she took items valued at $6.66. A third offense and rated a felony, in a plea bargin, the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.
Nanovic placed her on probation for a year and ordered she get a mental health evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment and render three hours of community service per month while on probation. The term runs consecutive to a one year probation term she is currentlly serving for her second retail theft which occurred in Luzerne County.
Michael John McFadden, 21, of Nesquehoning, entered pleas in three pending cases. He pleaded to one count each of simple assault, receiving stolen property and loitering or prowling at night.
The assault case occurred on June 10 in Lansford and involved his mother, Diane McFadden, as the victim. The receiving count is for an incident on Feb. 18 in which he took a bottle of cologne from a vehicle owned by Nicholas Kokinda, also in Lansford. The loitering incident occurred on July 5 along W. Kline Ave. in Lansford with Nicholas Degilio the listed victim.
McFadden told Nanovic he is presently undergoing counseling for a drug and alcohol problem.
Nanovic placed him on probation for two years on the assault and receiving charges and one year on the loitering count with all terms running concurrently. He was also ordered to continue his counseling. He was given credit for nine days spent in jail on the charges.
Seth Reinhart, 30, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Aug. 2, 2008, at Patterson and Springarden sts., in Lansford. Given a test the result was .16BAC. The test also showed a controlled substance in his system.
Nanovic sentenced him to serve 90 days to five years in jail, a fine of $1,500 and costs, license suspended for 18 months, ordered to get a D&A evaluation and zero tolerance on D&A use. On two summary motor vehicle code violations he was fined a total of $225 and costs.
The sentence runs concurrent with one he is serving in Schuylkill County for DUI.
Marretta McGeehan, 24, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of DUI. She was arrested on Nov. 16, 2008, in the 200 block of E. Patterson St., Lansford. Given a test, the result was .19BAC.
Nanovic sentenced her to serve five days to six months in jail, a fine of $750 and costs, and one year license suspension. She must also get a D&A evaluation.
She will begin the jail term on Friday, Dec. 18, at 11 a.m.
Larry Knapp, 32, of Pittston, formerly of Albrightsville, pleaded to one count of default in required appearance. He was charged by Nesquehoning police when he failed to report to the county prison on July 18, 2008, to begin serving a prison term for DUI. Knapp is currently in prison serving a three to six months term. He also has pending charges in Potter County.
Nanovic placed him on probation for six months, which runs consecutive to his current sentence, and ordered he render three hours of community service per month while on probation.
All defendants must also pay a $50 per month supervision fee and court costs.