Woman involved in meth lab that caused fire, is sentenced
A Pine Grove woman involved in manufacturing methamphetamine in a Pine Grove home which went wrong when chemicals exploded causing a fire which damaged several adjoining buildings, received a long jail term and was ordered to pay an astronomical restittution payment as indicated in the sentence imposed in Schuylkill County court.
On charges of causing a catastrophe and arson, Angela Dawn Singh, 37, was sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell to serve four to eight years in a state correctional institution with credit for spending 174 days in the county prison. She received concurring sentences of three to six years on charges of criminal conspiracy and manufacturing a controlled substance, one to two years concurrent on charges of arson and recklessly endangering another person and six months to 12 months on a charge of criminal mischief.
She and three others involved are liable to make restitution totaling $963,520.30. The payments are to be made to the following:
Jeff Libengood, 6 Red Maple Lane, Pine Grove, $1,796; Motorist Insurance Company (Libengood's insurer) $6,250; Harry and Jennifer Gensemer, Box 166, Pine Grove, $500; Traveler's Insurance Company, Mechanicsburg, $647,800.94; Phyllis Hesser, 245 S. Tulpehocken St., Pine Grove, $60,934; Tuscarora Wayne Insurance Company, Wyalusing, $184,646.77; Darlene and Tiffany Felty, 110 S. Ferguson St., Pine Grove, $6,3438.59; State Farm Insurance Company (Felty insurer) $26,800; Victims Compensation Assistance Program, Harrisburg, $1,055; Matthew and Valerie (Shipman) Olsen, 80 N. Tulpehocken St., Pine Grove, $10,314; Eric Wingard, 83 E. Pottsville St., Pine Grove, $1,375; Alaina Kramer, 69 S. Tulpehocken St., Pine Grove, $810; and John Micklo, 65 S. Tulpehocken Street, Apt. 1, Pine Grove, $5,180.
Others charged were Steven A. Donton, 29, Pottsville; Lance R. Christman, 46, Pine Grove, and Ambver M. Marek-Jolley, 22, Pottsville.
Information filed by Pine Grove Det. Thomas Trotter IV, claimed they were in the process of manufacturing the drug by a shake and bake method when an explosion occurred causing a fire which spread to a number of adjoining buildings and left 11 people homeless last Jan. 11.
Timothy A. Gehres, 23, Donaldson, Tremont Township, pleaded guilty to having an unlawful contact with a minor by transmission of nude photos by computer, was placed in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) to serve 90 days under house arrest with electronic surveillance followed by nine months on strict probation beginning Dec. 10. He shall also be subject to sexual offender conditions for involving a minor and is subject to Megan's Law for the next 10 years. He received credit for spending 24 days in the county prison. He also must complete the Sex Offenders Treatment Program.
The sentence was imposed by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin. He was cited by the State Attorney General's Office.