Twenty-four defendants enter guilty pleas
Twenty-four defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas Thursday in Carbon County court.
Senior Judge Richard W. Webb accepted the pleas.
Plenty of cigarettes
Jonathan T. Creveling, 28, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty to his part in the possession of 101 cartons of cigarettes that did not have the state tax stamp.
Creveling was arrested on Oct. 9, 2009, outside the Beltzville Storage facility in Franklin Township, removing the cartons of cigarettes from a storage shed.
He pleaded to one count each of possession of unstamped cigarettes filed by the state Department of Revenue, and one count of criminal trespass for entering onto the security property, filed by township police.
He was one of at least two charged in the incident. Two weeks ago Michael Stewart, of Freeland, pleaded to his part in the incident.
Webb deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation (PSI) report.
Incident with teens
Randy Highland, 43, of Lehighton, entered guilty pleas to three criminal counts stemming from an incident that occurred on Sept. 30, 2009.
He pleaded to one count each of terroristic threats, indecent assault and furnishing alcohol to minors.
He was arrested by East Penn Township police who said Highland was in the area of Dinkey Memorial Church and encountered two teens, ages 14. He supplied them with alcohol. One teen said Highland played roughhouse with them and touched them inappropriately. After he supplied the alcohol the teens said he threatened them if they told anyone.
Webb deferred sentencing and ordered a PSI. It was noted the indecent assault charge does not fall under the provisions of Megan's Law.
Other defendants who entered guilty pleas included:
Raymond P. Desrosiers Jr., 47, of Weatherly, pleaded to one count each of driving while under suspension and habitual offender. He was arrested on Dec. 24, 2009, along SR209 in Towamensing Township by state police at Lehighton, after being involved in an accident.
Webb deferred sentencing so Desrosiers could apply for placement in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP).
Joshua Frey, 22, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of retail theft. He was arrested on June 3, 2009, by Mahoning Township police for an incident at the Walmart store in which he took $69.84 worth of merchandise, according to the police report.
Webb placed him on probation for a year and ordered he make restitution of $69.84.
Tammy Dawn Williams, 44, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property. She was arrested on Aug. 21, 2009, by Lehighton police for taking $1,000 in cash belonging to Robert Rehrig, with whom she resides. She told Webb she took the money to buy cocaine. She also said she is currently in a drug rehabilitation program.
Webb placed her on probation for a year and ordered zero tolerance on drug or alcohol use.
Dennis Brandau, 23, of Gilbertsville, Montgomery County, pleaded to one count of harassment. He was arrested by Lehighton police for incidents on July 16, 2008, involving Sherry Monk as the victim. He had sent at least 15 text messages to the victim using obscene language, police said.
Webb placed him on probation for a year and ordered he have no contact with Monk and render 25 hours of community service.
Jerry Catalano Jr., 18, of Albrightsville, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-marijuana.
Catalano was arrested on Feb. 18 along Susquehanna St., in Jim Thorpe following a vehicle stop in which he was in the car and had in his possesison nine small baggies of marijuana and $1,092 in cash.
Webb placed him on probation for 18 months and ordered he get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and render three hours of community service per month while on probation.
William Tappan, 19, of Albrightsville, pleaded to one count each of possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was in the vehicle with Catalano.
Webb placed him on probation for a year on the paraphernalia charge and fined him $100 on the possession of marijuana count.
Amy Sue Frohnheiser, 32, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of defiant trespass. She was arrested on Jan. 8 in the area of 527 1/2 Franklin St., Palmerton, by borough police. She was charged with entering the property of Stephen Holmes after being told to leave.
Webb placed her on probation for a year and ordered she get a mental health evaluation and follow any recommendations for treatment and have no contact with Holmes.
Keith Samuel Lawrence, 24, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count each of theft and theft of property lost. He was charged by Palmerton police for an incident on March 14, 2009. He found the lost wallet of Karen Keck, of Palmerton, and then attempted to use her debit card (but could not) to make a purchase and took $60 in cash.
Webb placed him on probation for a year and ordered he make restitution of $60 by June 30.
Ashley Marie Marasiak, 44, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded guilty in two pending cases. She pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance (CS)-heroin for an incident on Oct. 4, 2008, along Interchange Road in Franklin Township, and one count of simple assault for an incident on Aug. 26, 2009, with Mehgan Rae Laybourn the listed victim and occurring at 207 White St., Weissport.
She was previously placed in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Dispositon (ARD) probation program for first time offenders for the drug count but was revoked for violating conditions.
On the assault count Webb placed her on probation for two years and ordered she have no contact with Laybourn. On the drug count she was placed on probation for a year, concurrent with the assault charge.
Katelyn Anne Roth, 21, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of retail theft. She was arrested on Nov. 16, 2009, by Mahoning Township police for attempting to remove $492.85 worth of groceries from the Giant Market.
Webb placed her on probation for a year and ordered she make restitution for any of the $492.85 worth of merchandise that could not be resold.
Daniel Cody Kane, 19, of Weatherly, pleaded to one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor. He was arrested on Jan. 21, 2009, by state police at Hazleton for supplying alcohol to a 18-year-old male along Laurytown Rd. in Packer Township.
Webb placed him on probation for a year and imposed the mandatory fine of $1,000.
Anna Marie Rehrig, 37, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of access device fraud. She was arrested by Mahoning Township police for an incident on Oct. 5, 2007, in which she stole the credit card of Allane Kistler, from a locker at the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton, and used it at various stores in the township including Walmart, Radio Shack and Payless Shoes totaling about $1,317.09.
Webb deferred sentencing so the adult probation office can determine the exact amount of restitution due in the case. It was noted Rehrig has similar charges pending in Lehigh County.
Robert McGee, 30, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property. He was arrested on June 11, 2008, by Weissport police for taking a credit card of Eileen McGee, his mother, and using it to make a purchase at a local convenience store totaling $24.66. He was previously placed in the ARD program but was revoked from it.
Webb placed him on probation for six months. It was noted restitution has been made to the victim.
Tara E. Wentz, 26, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of possession of a CS-cocaine. She was arrested on March 12, 2008, by Lehighton police for an incident in the area of 252 S. First St.
Webb deferred sentencing and ordered she get a D&A evaluation.
David Gordon Betz Jr., 27, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property. He was arrested on March 7, 2008, by Lehighton police for removing 30 catalytic converters from a shed owned by his sister, Lynette Betz. The converters were valued at $3,000.
Webb placed him on probation for a year and ordered he continue D&A treatment and counseling.
Kimberly Andrews, 28, of Slatington, pleaded to one count of welfare fraud. She was charged by the Department of Welfare with receiving $1,703 in food stamps at a time she was not entitled to receive the benefit.
Webb placed her on probation for a year and ordered to make restitution to the state for the stamp funds.
Robert Schmoyer, 24, of Klingerstown, Schuylkill County, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on June 5, 2008, at the Grove Park in Lehighton, by agents of the state Attorney General's office.
Webb placed him on probation for a year.
The following pleaded to driving under the influence (DUI) charges.
Shaimar Isacc Williams, 28, of Lansford, was arrested on Aug. 23, 2009, along Mill St., in Nesquehoning. Given a test, the result was .16BAC.
Williams also pleaded to one count each of resisting arrest and driving while under suspension for an incident on Oct. 14, 2009, by Lansford police at Springgarden and E. Bertsch sts.
On the DUI charge he was sentenced to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, and one year license suspension. On the resisting count he was placed on probation for a year, concurrent with the DUI charge. On the suspension count he was fined $200 and costs.
He was given credit for 14 days spent in jail on the charges and immediately paroled.
John J. Eisenhower, 54, of Summit Hill, was arrested on July 11, 2009, by Mahoning Township police along Mill St. Given a test, the result was .20BAC.
Webb placed him on probation for six months and ordered he pay a fine of $300.
John Hammond Stansbury, 55, of Lehighton, was arrested on April 18, 2009, along SR209 in Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .18BAC.
Webb placed him on probation for six months and ordered he pay a fine of $300. On a summary offense he was fined $75 and costs.
Albert N. Bickowski II, 48, of Aquashicola, was arrested on Oct. 9, 2008, along Third Ave., in Palmerton. Given a test, the result was .10BAC.
Webb placed him on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300.
Nicole Suzanne Shuck, 37, of Breinigsville, Lehigh County, was arrested on May 1, 2009, along Bridge St., in Lehighton. She refused to submit to a blood test and will lose her license for a year for the refusal.
Webb sentenced her to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000 and another one year license suspension. She is currently in jail on a parole violation and has a DUI charge in Northampton County.
All defendants must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.