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Luzerne man gets time served for series of vehicle break-ins

Published May 18. 2010 05:00PM

A Luzerne County man was sentenced to time served on Monday for a series of break-ins of vehicles that occurred in Jim Thorpe last year.

Shayne D. Balliet, 21, of Freeland, was sentenced by Carbon County Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to serve 28 days to 18 months in prison on one of several counts of receiving stolen property, and immediately paroled him since he had already served the minimum sentence.

Balliet was arrested by borough police for entering cars on April 8-9, 2009, and removing various types of items from the vehicles. Balliet was arrested on similar charges in Luzerne County during the same time span and is currently on supervision in that county after having pleaded guilty.

Webb also ordered Balliet to pay total restitution to the various victims in the amount of $777. Balliet was also ordered to get both drug and alcohol and mental health revalutions and follow any recommendations for treatment, have no contact with any of the victims or co-defendants in the case. The jail term will be followed by one year of probation, it was noted.

DUI case

A Philadelphia man was sentenced on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge after previously pleading guilty.

Thomas John Hayward Jr., 27, was sentenced to serve 90 days to one year in prison. He was arrested on July 15, 2009, after being stopped for speeding (75 miles-per-hour in a 65 zone) along the northeast extension of the turnpike in Kidder Township. State police at Pocono said he was driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Hayward told Webb he spent 24 days in a inpatient drug rehabilitation program.

Webb gave him credit for the 24 days in the program against his prison term. Hayward will spend the remaining 66 days in the Philadelphia County Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) with electronic monitoring. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,500 and his license was suspended for 18 months. On a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia he was placed on probation for a year to run concurrent with the DUI charge. On three summary motor vehicle code violations he was ordered to pay a total of $60 in fines and costs.

Other cases

Other defendants who previously pleaded guilty and were sentenced by Webb included:

Robert J. Novatnak Jr., 30, of Beaver Meadows, was sentenced to time served (55 days) to one year in jail on a charge of receiving stolen property. He was arrested by borough police on April 9, 2009, for the theft of $790 from Lee Ann Holmar, of 68 Tamaqua St.

Novatnak told Webb at the time of the incident he was addicted to drugs. He recently completed 28 days in a inpatient rehabilitation center and continues weekly counseling sessions. He also spent 27 days in jail on the charge for a total of 55 days credit.

Webb also ordered restitution of $790. Novatnak has already paid $500 back and will pay the remaining money in a week, it was noted. He must also continue his counseling sessions, Webb said.

Lisa M. Walck, 27, of Tamaqua, and formerly of Lehighton, was placed on probation for a year on a charge of theft. She was arrested by Lehighton police for an incident on Nov. 16, 2009, in which she took $160 belonging to John Fredericks.

Webb ordered restitution of $160.

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

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