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Tamaqua man has probation revoked; sent to state prison

Published July 22. 2010 05:00PM

A Tamaqua man had his probation revoked and sentenced to a state prison on Wednesday. And a MaryD man was given a short prison and long probation sentence in Schuylkill County court proceedings.

Craig York, 25, of 216 Hunter St., had his probation revoked by Judge Charles M. Miller after a hearing and he was resentenced to serve one to two years in a state correctional institution.

York had been found guilty by a jury last September for possessing child pornography on his computer and was placed on probation for 24 months. He violated his probation by failing to carry out a counseling program ordered by the court.

He was cited by Tamaqua police, who found the pornography stored on his computer at his home. York's defense to the charge was he was doing research work to write a book but had no date for its publication.

Michael Vincent Putalavage Jr., 33, of 71 Sunny Drive, MaryD, Schuylkill Township, was sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge to serve 30 days in the county prison followed by four years and 11 months in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) with the first 90 days on house arrest with electronic monitoring and pay a $12 per day fee, followed by 30 days on the SCRAM bracelet program and pay an additional $12 per day fee, followed by seven months strict supervision and four years under regular probation rules.

Putalavage also must pay a fine of $1,500 and court costs, pay $300 to Substance Abuse Education fund, a $100 fee to Catastrophe fund, a $50 monthly supervision fee while on probation, pay $60 to the Schuylkill Medical Center, $176 to the Bethlehem Regional Lab, perform 20 hours of community service and his driver's license is suspended 12 months.

On a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia he received a sentence of 12 months on probation to run concurrent to the DUI count. On a summary charge of operating an ATV on streets and highways was fined $25 and on a careless driving charge fined $25 plus $100 in costs. He was cited by Trooper Michael Becker when stopped near his home on July 5, 2009.

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