Tamaqua woman gets jail term for drunk driving count
A Tamaqua woman was among nine people who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.
Karen Dawn Reed, 52, of 120 Market St., Tamaqua, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI) and was sentenced to serve five days to six months in the county prison beginning Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m., pay a fine of $300, pay $300 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center and receive outpatient counseling.
On a summary charge of careless driving she was fined $25 plus $50 costs. Reed was cited by Patrolman Anthony Stanell, Tamaqua police, last March 5.
Dennis Allen Bennett, 46, Gilberton, involved in a corrupt organization dealing in illegal drugs, was sentenced to serve 21 to 63 months in a state correctional institution with credit for serving 16 days in the county prison. He was ordered to surrender to Sheriff Joseph Groody Thursday, Oct. 28, at 9 a.m. to be transported to a state facility.
On a charge of criminal use of communication facilities (cell phone) was given an additional three to nine months consecutive to his first sentence. He also must pay $50 to CJEA. Bennett was cited by Trooper Troy Greenawald, Reading barracks, on Nov. 16, 2009, whose investigation report claims part of a gang operated in illegal narcotics in the Ashland and Frackville area.
Jason Thomas Teel, 34, Pottsville, DUI of combined drugs and alcohol, sentenced to serve 72 hours to six months in the county prison beginning Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., pay a fine of $1,000, $300 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA, $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center, submit to random drug urinalysis and receive outpatient treatment. On a charge of driving while his operating privileges were suspended was fined $200 plus $50 costs. Teel was cited by Cpl. Mark O'Toole, Pottsville police, last Jan. 5.
John Michael Tym, 28, Shenandoah, DUI, sentenced to serve 72 hours to six months in the county prison beginning Nov. 5 at 9 a.m., pay a fine of $1,000, pay $300 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA and perform 10 hours of community service. On a charge of driving while his operating privileges were suspended was fined $200 and careless driving fined $25 plus $100 in costs. Tym was cited by Trooper Scott Grochowski on June 23 in Pottsville.
Dana F. Walentukonis, 33, Girardville, delivery of a controlled substance, sentenced to serve 30 days to 23 months in the county prison. However, since he had already served 63 days was released on parole, pay a fine of $200, pay $100 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA, $113 to Bethlehem Regional Lab and $50 to Schuylkill County Drug Task Force.
Eliut Antonetty-Santiago, 30, Reading, on a charge of passing a bad check at the Red and White Market was given credit for serving 20 days in the county prison and was released on probation for 12 months, and make restitution of $572.16 to the store.
Bryce Beaver, 35, Shenandoah, disorderly conduct, received credit for spending 23 days in the county prison and was placed on probation for 12 months. Beaver was cited by Patrolman George Carado, Shenandoah police, last Dec. 21.
Jeffrey Thomas Klinger, 44, Tremont, DUI, sentenced to serve 90 days to five years in the county prison beginning Oct. 29 at 6 p.m., pay a fine of $1,500, pay $300 to SAE fund, $200 to Catastrophe fund, $50 to CJEA, and enroll in Group Intervention Class. Klinger was cited by Trooper Thomas Ely on Sept. 29, 2009, in Porter Township.
Kelly M. Eckert, 34, Schuylkill Haven, DUI, sentenced to serve six months on probation, pay a fine of $300, $100 to SAE found, $50 to CJEA, $50 to Catastrophe fund, $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center, and receive outpatient counseling. Eckert was cited by Cpl. Jeffrey Futchko, Pine Grove police, last Feb. 7.
Each defendant must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.