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Coaldale man denied bail

Published December 23. 2009 05:00PM

A Coaldale man, who was convicted of moral charges and sentenced to a long state prison term, lost his appeal in the Schuylkill County Court Monday to be free for the holiday until his appeal is disposed.

Karl A. Otto, 77, of 247 East Moser Avenue , wanted to be released from prison pending disposition of an appeal he filed to the Pennsylvania Superior Court from the sentence imposed by President Judge Willliam E .Baldwin. However, Assistant District Attorney Allyn M. Starry, representing the Commonwealth, and who prosecuted the case, opposed Otto being free. She argued to the court that he has not served sufficient time on his sentence and also that he still imposed a danger to the community.

Judge Baldwin denied bail and Otto was remanded to prison. A jury last March found him guilty of charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person under 16 years f age, indecent exposure and indecent assault. He was sentenced last July 8 to serve 20 years to 60 years in a state correctional institution.

Jailed on DUI charge

Emeri A. Ochs, 29, Pottsville, was placed by Judge D. Michael Stine in the IPP (Intermediate Punishment Program for five years on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of drug paraphenalia. His first 29 days were to be served in the Schuylkill County Prison, however, he received credit for spending 29 days as a patient in a rehab center, which allows him to avoid jail. He will begin his long probation sentence on January 11, 2010 serving the first 90 days under house arrest with electronic monitoring and pay a $12 per day fee, followed by 90 days wearing a bracelet which restricts his movements with the remainder of his sentence under regular probation rules. He was fined $1,500 plus court costs, must pay $100 to the SAE (Substance Abuse Education) fund, $100 to the Catastrophe fund, a $50 monthly fee for each month he is on probation, attend alcohol highway safety school, undergo intensive outpatient counseling and make restitution of $60 to the Schuylkill Medical Lab and $113 to the Bethlehem Regional Lab.. On summary charges of failing to wear a seat belt was fined $25, driving while his license was suspended, fined $200 and failing to give notice of change of address in 15 days as required by law was fined $25 plus $150 in costs. Ochs was cited by Trooper Jeffrey A. Hummel when stopped on Route 209 in Reilly Township.

Revoke probation

Cory Matthew Radcliff, 32, of Ashland, admitted in court he violated his probation by being arrested in Pottsville and his current probation was revoked by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin and Radcliff was re-sentenced to serve four months to 12 months n the Schuylkill County Prison. He originally had pleaded guilty to charges of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct last February and was released on probation for 12 months. He received credit for having served 95 days of his sentence.


Anthony Tyrone Crews, 37, of Shenandoah, who was found guilty by a jury of a charge of criminal mischief to a vehicle was sentenced Monday by President Judge Baldwin to serve one month to six months in the Schuylkill County Prison, pay court costs and make restitution of $549.13 to Mark Getz, Shenandoah.

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