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Tamaqua man has probation revoked; sentenced to jail term

Published March 24. 2010 05:00PM

A Tamaqua man was one of six people who had their probations or paroles revoked by judges following hearings held in Schuylkill County Court.

Seth Valentine, 29, of 323 Washington St., had his probation revoked by Judge D. Michael Stine for violating terms fixed by the court. Stine found Valentine failed to notify his probation officer within 48 hours after a new arrest and possessed a controlled substance. He was resentenced to serve nine to 23 months in the county prison, receiving credit for having served 169 days.

Valentine had pleaded guilty in October 2008 to theft of a four-year-olds birthday money and also his probation was revoked on charges of being involved in a car accident when his vehicle went off SR902 in East Brunswick Township in July 2007 and struck a tree with several passengers injured. On this charge he was placed on probation to run concurrent with the other sentence.

Charles Daniel Ankney, 40, Mount Carmel, had his participation in the Intermediate Punshiment Program (IPP) terminated by President Judge William E. Baldwin and he was resentenced on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol to serve six months to five years in the county prison with credit for serving 99 days in prison.

Leon Christ Sr., 35, Pottsville, had his parole revoked by Baldwin and he was resentenced on a charge of resisting arrest to serve four to 12 months in the county prison with crecit for 109 days served in prison. On a charge of disorderly conduct he received a concurrent sentence of four to 12 months. He had pleaded guilty to the charges last August.

Duane Edward Kanger, 41, Pottsville, had his probation revoked by Baldwin and was recommitted to the county prison to serve the balance of his sentence. He receives credit for 79 days served in prison. He was made eligible for work release. He had pleaded guilty in May 2007 to possession of a controlled substance.

Jeffery D. Capiga, 25, Shenandoah, had his probation revoked by Stine and he was resentenced to serve six to 12 months in the county prison. He received credit for 44 days served in prison. Capiga had pleaded gulity in February 2009 to a charge of selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors.

Dennis M. Hubler, 44, Pottsville, was removed from the Accelerated Rehabilative Dispostion (ARD) probation program by Baldwin and now must stand trial on charges of DUI. The ARD program is for first offenders to allow them to clear their name.

Withdraw pleas

Charles Welna, 23, Shenandoah, who had entered guilty pleas last December to criminal charges, has withdrawn his pleas and seeks a jury trial. He faces eight related drug charges and also charges of alleged forgery of prescriptions to obtain drugs.

Jason J. Pesavage, 31, Shenandoah, withdrew his guilty plea to chargs of burglary, theft and criminal trespass which he entered last December.

When they entered their guilty pleas they were accepted by Baldwin who deferred sentence in order for the adult probation office to prepare a presentence report.

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