Five enter guilty pleas in Carbon
Five persons with pending criminal charges entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court.
Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following:
Harry McLaughlin, 27, of Lansford, pleaded to one count each of criminal trespass, theft and forgery. The trespass and forgery counts are felony threes.
He was charged for taking a checkbook from the home of Regina Kociolek, of Lansford, and writing one out to himself and forging her name on it.
McLaughlin was a neighbor of the victim at the time of the incident.
McLaughlin admitted to a heroin addiction problem.
On the trespass count Serfass placed him on probation for 60 months and ordered he get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance on D&A use, supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, render 72 hours of community service and was given credit for 42 days spent in jail on the charges.
On the theft charge he was placed on probation for 36 months and on the forgery count 60 months. All probation terms run concurrently.
Gerald Van Antonio Pinheiro, 26, of Wilkes-Barre, pleaded to one count of burglary. He was arrested on March 2 by Weatherly police for an incident at 540 W. Main St. with Samantha Anne Marie Sopko the listed victim. Taken in the break-in was two MP3 players.
Pinheiro claimed he was "high" after inhaling bath salts.
Serfass deferred sentencing until the adult probation office can determined the amount of restitution due the victim.
Christopher James Dura, 37, of Drums, Luzerne County, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested on Jan. 8 along Plane Rd., in Weatherly. Given a test, the result was .17BAC.
Serfass placed him on probation for six months and ordered him to pay a fine of $300, get a D&A evaluation and make restitution to Weatherly police for $163.83.
Justin Lawlor, 29, of Andreas, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on Feb. 6 at 128 W. Hazard St., Summit Hill. Police were dispatched to a apartment building for a report of a disturbance. Lawlor was found lying in entrance of the building under the influence. Found on him were needles that had residue of heroin on them.
Lawlor said he was going to D&A counseling for a heroin habit.
Serfass placed him on probation for a year and ordered he continuing the counseling sessions and imposed zero tolerance on D&A use.
All defendants sentenced must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.