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Three removed from ARD program for violating conditions

Published June 01. 2010 05:00PM

Three persons who were given a chance to clear their names of a criminal record threw away their opportunity by violating the terms fixed by court and were removed from the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program.

The three now face trial and if convicted of the crime it remains on their record for life. The program is offered only to first offenders who are charged with committing a non-violent crime.

In a busy week in the county court, four people were removed from the probation program and five entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced. President Judge William E. Baldwin, after a hearing, terminated the ARD program for:

Matthew J. Corbacio, 25, Ashland, now faces charges of retail theft from the Rite Aid store in Ashland.

Thomas M. McClusky, 25, Schuylkill Haven, faces two counts each of possession of a a controlled substance, corruption of minors and selling or furnishing alcohol beverages to minors and one count each of possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brandoin P. Miller, 19, Port Clinton, faces charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Sent to prison

Four people on probation or parole removed by county judges for violating the rules were:

Tyler Edward Porter, 19, Pottsville, had his parole revoked by Judge John E. Domalakes and he was committed to the county prison with a loss of 165 days of liberty and his new maximum date when his sentence expires was extended to Nov. 11. Domalakes told Porter he would consider parole after July 12 with the condition he enrolls in the heating and ventilation program at McCann's School of Business and Technology that he expressed interest. Porter pleaded guilty last November to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and after serving 72 hours in prison was released on probation.

Shawn Francis Sukeena, 32, Minersville, had his probation revoked by Domalakes who deferred sentence to a later date. Sukeena had pleaded guilty last February to charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and was placed on probation for 12 months.

Alan Lee Schnitzer, 36, Schuylkill Haven, had his parole revoked by Judge D. Michael Stine and he was re-committed to the county prison to serve his original sentence without credit for time at liberty while on parole. He can reapply for parole after June 1 but first must verify to court his residence and has employment. Schnitzer pleaded guilty to DUI and after serving 72 hours in prison was released on parole.

Tawnya J. Bowman, 33, Hegins, had her probation revoked by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin and she was re-sentenced to serve four to 12 months in the county prison with credit for 34 days spent behind bars. Bowman had pleaded guilty last February to possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in Tremont and was placed on probation 12 months.

The petitions to revoke probations were filed to court by probation officers assigned to supervise their probation.


Four who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and sentenced were:

Raymond Scott Moyer III, 37, Auburn, on a charge of DUI was placed by Judge Jacquelyn Russell in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) for 60 months and ordered to pay a fine of $2,500, pay a $12 fee for each day with electronic monitoring, pay $300 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, enter a long term residential drug and alcohol inpatient treatment, obtain intensive outpatient drug and alcohol treatment, receive intensive supervision for five year period, undergo random drug and alcohol screening throughout the duration of supervision, and perform 40 hours of community service.

Jerrill Scott Sammons, 25, Slatington, pleaded guilty to criminal mischief to property of the Sports Scene Store, Schuylkill Mall, and was sentenced by Judge Russell pay a fine of $200.

Matthew Livingston, 25, of 34 Water St., New Philadelphia, who entered a guilty plea last December to theft of leased property was sentenced by Judge Baldwin. He was given credit for spending 17 days in the county prison and was released on parole for 12 months, pay $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), and make restitution of $1,2174 to Rent-A-Center in Pottsville for a television and sofa.

Alfred Alonzo Mayo, 35, Reading, was sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller on a charge of delivery of cocaine to a confidential informant in Pottsville and criminal use of a cell phone to serve 36 to 72 months in a state correctional institution, pay a fine of $1,000, pay $300 to the SAE fund, pay $50 to CJEA, restitution of $499 to Bethlehem Regional Lab and $100 to the Pottsville Police Drug Task Force.

Brandon Thomas Hollywood, 28, Pottsville, was sentenced to serve14 days to 23 months in the county prison beginning Monday, July 19, at 9 a.m. On a charge of DUI was ordered to pay a fine of $500, pay $50 to Catastrophe fund, $50 to CJEA, $100 to SAE fund, complete the alcohol highway safety school and undergo intensive outpatient counseling. His driver' s license is suspended 12 months.

All defendants must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.

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