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Second suspect in home invasion incident pleads guilty

Published November 24. 2010 05:00PM

The second of four suspects in a home invasion incident in Lansford pleaded guilty Tuesday in Carbon County court. He was one of several defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Wanted drugs

Jarred M. Dillman, 20, of Palmerton, pleaded guilty to one count of robbery-inflicting the threat of immediate bodily harm for his part for an incident on Dec. 18, 2009, at the residence of Derek and Ricky Hunsicker, at 214 E. Snyder Ave.

Also charged in connection with the incident is Dillman's brother, Ryan K. Dillman, 22, of Palmerton; Joshua Barlip, 19, of Lansford; and Justin Scott Nahf, 21, of Dublin, Bucks County. Ryan Dillman previously pleaded guilty to his part in the incident and was sentenced by Serfass to serve one day less one year to one day less two years in the county prison.

According to borough police the four arrived at the Hunsicker home about 9:24 p.m. and forced their way inside when Derek Hunsicker answered the door. Hunsicker, 21, told police when he looked out a window to see who was at the door he saw Barlip holding a gun that was pointed at him. He and his cousin, Ricky, 23, attempted to run to a basement area but were stopped and assaulted.

Police said the four also had baseball bats. Hunsicker testified at a preliminary hearing that Nahf asked him where "money and drugs were."

Assistant District Attorney Michael S. Greek told Serfass that the defendant did not strike anyone or made any threats but was a participant in the incident.

Serfass accepted the plea but deferred sentencing since Dillman has other pending felony counts.

Other pleas

Other defendants who entered guilty pleas included:

Christopher A. Nodzo, 48, of Albrightsville, pleaded to one count each of driving under the influence (DUI) and accidents involving damage to unattended vehicle or property.

He was arrested on July 18 by Kidder Township police along SR903 after being involved in an accident with another vehicle.

Police responded to two reported accidents in the same area. An investigation revealed Nodzo was involved in both accidents. In the first accident he caused damages to a PennDOT road sign and on private property. He was given a blood test which revealed a .26BAC.

Greek said sentencing should be deferred because there is a considerable amount of restitution being asked by victims of the crashes. He said defense attorney Paul Levy and the defendant would need time to review the claims for restitution.

Serfass deferred the sentencing to a later date.

Zachary P. Baker, 27, of Weatherly, pleaded to one count each of DUI and possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested on June 19 along Berwick St., in Beaver Meadows, after a vehicle stop.

Found in the vehicle were quantities of heroin and cocaine. A blood test revealed the presence of both drugs in Baker's system.

Serfass deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation (PSI). Baker was on parole in Luzerne County at the time of the incident it was noted.

Joann Coll, 46, of Freeland, pleaded to one count of DUI and a summary motor vehicle code violation. She was arrested on Sept. 13 along Broad St., in Beaver Meadows, at a sobriety checkpoint. Given a test, the result was .14BAC.

Serfass sentenced her to serve five days to six months in prison, a fine of $300, license suspended for a year and must get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment.

On the summary offense she was fined $100 and costs.

She will serve the prison term beginning Nov. 28 at 9 a.m. for two days, then Dec. 6 for two days and Dec. 13 for a day.

Joshua Paul Shoff, 27, of Wilkes-Barre, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on Aug. 7 by Summit Hill police at the Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

Serfass placed him on probation for a year and ordered he get a D&A evaluation and render three hours of public service per month while on probation.

Matthew D. Miller, 28, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of DUI and two summary motor vehicle code violations. He was arrested Aug. 7 at Oak and Ludlow sts. Miller was observed driving at a high rate of speed and almost collided into a police cruiser.

Police attempted to stop him but he did not stop. After a short chase he was stopped and taken into custody. He refused to submit to a test and will lose his license for a year for the refusal.

Serfass sentenced him to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, another one year suspension, get a D&A evaluation and render three hours of community service per month while on parole. On the two summary charges he was fined a total of $50 and costs.

He begins the jail term at 9 a.m. on Nov. 28.

Jamie A. Stevens, 30, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of false indentification to law enforcement. She was arrested on June 28 at Redners Warehouse Market in Nesquehoning. Police responded to a report of a retail theft incident. Stevens was identified by store personnel as being with the person sought for the theft incident. That person fled the store.

When police spoke to Stevens she gave a false name to them, but later admitted to her true identity.

Serfass placed her on probation for six months.

Each defendant sentenced must pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.

ARD placement

David Michael Glasser, 33, of Catasauqua, was placed in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first-time offenders on a charge of possession of marijuana. He was arrested on July 25 by Weatherly police after being stopped for speeding. If he successfully completes the program his record will be wiped clean.

Serfass placed him in the program for a year and ordered he pay $350 for the cost of the program, render 15 hours of community service, pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.

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