Carbon man sent to state prison after admitting to trespass charge
A Carbon County resident was sentenced to a state prison term on Thursday after pleading guilty to a trespass charge. He was one of 10 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before Carboun County Judge Steven R. Serfass.
Carl Robert Stevens Jr., 30, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of criminal trespass, rated a felony three, for an incident which occurred on Jan. 1 at 6 E. White St., Summit Hill.
Stevens was charged with entering the home with another man and then became involved in an altercation with a female in the residence. Stevens denied that he struck or was involved in an altercation with a female. District Attorney Gary F. Dobias told the court Stevens was not pleading to an assault charge.
Stevens, who was on probation/parole at the time fo the incident and has a pending hearing on the violation, asked to be sentenced to a state prison because he did not like it in the county facility. Serfass accomodated Stevens.
Serfass sentenced Stevens to serve 12 to 24 months in a state prison, supply and DNA sample and pay the costs and make restitution of $450 to the victim, listed as William Hauser.
Stevens was given credit for 72 days spent in jail on the charge.
Christopher J. Miller, 19, of Weatherly, pleaded in three pending cases. He pleaded to two counts of fleeing or eluding police and one of driving under the influence (DUI).
The first fleeing offense occurred on July 4, 2009, in the area of W. Main St., in Weatherly, which Miller fled police on a dirt bike, which he later abandoned an ran on foot. The bike was found to have been stolen, but Miller did not know it was stolen as it was given to him by another person.
The second fleeing incident occurred on Jan. 21, 2009, along Laurytown Road in Packer Township.
The DUI arrest occurred on Sept. 16, 2009, along Broad St., in Beaver Meadows. A test revealed Miller had a controlled substance in his system. Miller was previously placed in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) program for first time offenders but was revoked after being arrest on one of the fleeing charges.
Miller admitted to a drug abuse problem and spent 28 days in a inpatient rehabilitation center.
Serfass placed Miller on probation for a year on each fleeing count with the terms running concurrently. The court initially sentenced Miller on the DUI charge, but later vacated when it was learned that Miller has not been officially revoked by the ARD program since he had a pending hearing. Serfass said he would have to resentence Miller at a later date on the DUI charge.
Frank Miller, 33, of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count of simple assault. He was arrested on Nov. 1, 2009, at his residence to assaulting his then girlfriend, Amy Hayes. Police said Miller punched Hayes in the face several times.
Serfass deferred sentencing so the adult probation office can determine restitution due to Hayes.
James C. Williams, 45, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count each of DUI and possession of a controlled substance-cocaine. Williams was arrested on Jan. 21, 2008, at Coal and Bertsch sts., in Lansford. Given a test, the result indicated the presence of cocaine in his system.
Serfass sentenced him to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, license suspended for a year, and ordered to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment. On the possession count he was placed on probation for a year, concurrent to the DUI charge.
He will begin the jail term at 9 a.m. on June 4.
William J. Watto, 43, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Feb. 5, 2009, along Ridge St., in Lansford. Given a test, the result was .23BAC. The test also showed the presence of cocaine in his system, police said.
Serfass deferred sentencing to give Watto a chance to apply for placement in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP).
Andrette L. Haupt, 50, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property in exchange for a charge of retail theft being dropped. She was arrested on Feb. 3 at Boyer's Market in Lansford with having $50 worth of stolen items in her possession when she left the store.
Serfass placed her on probation for a year and gave her credit for three days spent in prison on the charge.
Peggy Sue Hill, 44, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of retail theft, as a felony. She was arrested on Oct. 22, 2009, by Nesquehoning police for taking items valued at $88.83 for Redners Warehouse Market.
Serfass placed her on probation for 18 months and ordered she supply a DNA sample and pay the cost and continue drug and alcohol counseling.
Casey A. Kreiger, 23, of Beaver Meadows, pleaded to one count each of possession of a controlled substance-heroin and of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on March 2 along Broad St., in Beaver Meadows, after a traffic stop. Kreiger was a passenger in the car.
Serfass placed him on probation for a year on each count, running concurrently, and ordered he get both a D&A and mental health evaluations, render three hours of community service per month while on probation and zero tolerance on D&A use. He was given credit for 13 days spent in jail on the charges.
Donald Brian Kovack, 44, of Philadelphia, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Nov. 26, 2009, along the northeast extension of the turnpike in Kidder Townsihp. Given a test, the result was .18BAC.
Serfass sentenced Kovack to serve five days to six months in jail, a fine of $300, one year license suspension and get a D&A evaluation. Kovack is currently an inmate in the Bucks County prison on other pending charges.
Denise Lee Koons, 47, of Tamaqua, pleaded to one count of DUI. She was arrested on March 4 in a parking lot at Mauch Chunk Lake in Summit Hill. Given a test, the result was .13BAC.
Serfass placed her on probation for six months and ordered she pay a fine of $300 and get a D&A evaluation.
All the defendants sentenced must pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole, unless waived by the court.