Five plead guilty in criminal cases
Five persons in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Thursday in Carbon County court before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II. Nanovic accepted the pleas and immediately imposed sentences.
Erica L. Neff, 29, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of accidents involving damaged to an attended vehicle (hit and run). She was arrested after being involved in an accident along Susquehanna St. (SR209), in Jim Thorpe on Jan. 9, 2009. After colliding into a car driven by Dr. Richard Miller, she fled the scene but police had obtained the license plate number on her vehicle.
She failed to appear for a court proceeding in the matter and was picked up on a bench warrant and placed in the county prison in Nesquehoning for the past 52 days.
Nanovic placed her on probation for a year and she must pay restitution of $889.55, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) and mental health evaluations and follow any recommendations for treatment. She was given credit for 52 days spent in jail on the charge.
Brenda Neff, 48, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of retail theft. She was arrested by Nesquehoning police for removing $19.29 worth of items from the Turkey Hill store on Catawissa Street without paying for them.
Nanovic placed her on probation for six months.
James Francis Allesch, 54, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested on Dec. 29, 2009, along Summit Avenue in Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .10BAC.
Nanovic placed him on probation for a year and ordered he pay a fine of $300 and get a D&A evaluation.
Misty N. Hyneman, 27, of Nesquehoning, pleaded guilty to one count each of disorderly conduct, as a misdemeanor three, and public drunkenness, a summary offense. She was arrested on March 11 when Jim Thorpe police responded to 66 W. Broadway for a reported landlord/tenant dispute. Hyneman was found causing a disturbance and was visibly intoxicated. It was the second time police responded to the area that night.
On the conduct charge Nanovic placed her on probation for a year and ordered she get a D&A evaluation. She was given credit for eight days spent in jail on the charge. On the drunkenness count she was fined $300.
David McFarland, 41, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count each of DUI and receiving stolen property. He was arrested by Lehighton police for an incident on Aug. 30, 2009, along Third St. McFarland and a co-defendant stole a metal bench from a residence in the area of 212 S. Third. A witness observed the theft and notified police who stopped McFarland's car not far from the scene. He was found to be under the influence and submitted to a blood test, which revealed a .19BAC.
On the DUI charge Nanovic sentenced him to serve 90 days to five years in jail, a fine of $1,500, license suspended for 18 months, and get a D&A evaluation. On the receiving charge he was placed on probation for a year, running concurrent with the DUI charge.
He will serve 30 days straight in prison and then the remaining 60 days in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) with electronic monitoring and pay a daily fee. The jail term begins at 10 a.m. on July 1.
Amy Blocker, 24, of Whitehall, formerly of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of retail theft. She was arrested on Jan. 4 at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township removing $69.50 worth of items without paying for them.
Nanovic placed her on probation for six months and ordered restitution of $69.50.
Each defendant must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.