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Six from the area among 19 who entered pleas

Published December 29. 2011 05:01PM

Six area people were among 19 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in the Schuylkill County Court and most of them were sentenced to jail terms by Judge John E. Domalakes.

Michael Charles Hill, Jr., 20, of 700 Spruce Drive, New Ringold, on a charge of criminal conspiracy and burglary of the Petritch Lawn and Garden Store, 1901 West Penn Pike, West Penn Township, on Aug. 19, 2010, was sentenced to serve14 days to 23 months in the Schuylkill County Prison and make restitution of $230 to the store. Hill also pleaded guilty to theft of currency from the home of Anthony Hill, 221 Pine Hill Road, New Ringold, and was placed on probation for 12 months to run concurrent to the burglary sentence and make restitution of $444 to Anthony Hill.

He also pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of of an automobile owned by Christopher Redner, 80 Pine Hill Road, New Ringgold, on Oct. 18, 2010, and was placed on probation 12 months also to run concurrent. Hill also must pay $150 to CJEA (Criminal Justice Enhancement Account) and a $50 monthly fee for each month on probation.

All charges were brought by Patrolman Dale Osenbach, West Penn Township police.

Richard Lowell Lehr, Jr., 42, of 293 Blue Mountain Drive, New Ringgold, on a DUI (driving under the influence charge) was sentenced to to serve 90 days to five years in the Schuylkill County Prison and may participate in the work schedule program. Lehr must report to the warden at the prison in Pottsville on Jan. 9, 2012 at 9 a.m. to begin serving his jail sentence.

He also must pay a fine of $1,5000, pay $300 to the SAE (Substance Abuse Education) fund; $50 to Catastrophe fund; enroll in the highway safety school; undergo intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment; and pay $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center. His driver's license suspended 18 months. Before he can resume driving, he must install an ignition interlock on his car for 12 months to monitor if he has any alcohol intake in his system.

On a charge of driving while his license was suspended, he was fined $500 and undergo imprisonment of an additional 60 days to the 90 days. Lehr was cited by Patrolman Jeffrey Wainwright, Tamaqua police, on Aug. 2, 2010.

Alfred Sebastian, 31, of 174 Bernhard Road, Tamaqua, on a DUI charge, was placed in the Intermediate Punishment Program for six months, with the first 15 days to be served under house arrest with electronic surveillance. He must pay a $12 per day fee followed by five months and 45 days on strict probation, pay a fine of $1,000, pay $300 to SAE fund, $50 to Catastrophe fund, $113 to Bethlehem Regional Lab, complete safety school, submit to random drug screens, and complete intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment.

His driver's license is suspended 12 months. Sebastian was cited by Chief John Petrilla, Kline Township police, on Aug. 6, 2009. He had previously been placed in the ARD (Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition) Program to serve 12 months on probation. Had he finished, the sentence his criminal record would have been cleared but the program was revoked for violating the terms fixed by court.

John Yanchura, 56, of 31 Park Avenue, Nesquehoning, on a charge of simple assault on a person in the Emergency Room at Saint Luke's Miner's Hospital, Coaldale, was placed on probation 18 months. He must also pay $50 to CJEA and a $50 monthly probation fee. On a charge of disorderly conduct he was fined $100. Yanchura was cited by Sgt. Keith Krapft, Coaldale police, last April 11.

William C. Manness, 30, of 326 West Rowe Street, Tamaqua, on a charge of criminal attempt to possess drug paraphernalia when stopped on Heckman Street, Rush Township, last March 19, was given credit for having served 95 days in the county prison and was placed on parole for 12 months. He also must pay a fine of $200, pay $50 to CJEA and a $50 monthly probation fee. He was cited by Corporal Duane Frederick, Rush Township police.John Lee Rentschler, 24, of 58 Third Street, Oneida Village, East Union Township, on a DUI charge, was sentenced to serve 72 hours to six months in the county prison and the sentence to begin Jan. 2, 2012 at 9 a.m., and must pay a fine of $1,000, $300 to SAE fund, $50 to Catastrophe fund, and $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center. He must attend safety school and his driver's license is suspended 12 months. When released on probation he must pay a $50 monthly fee.

On a summary charge of failing to drive at a safe speed, he was fined $25 plus $50 costs. He also was ordered to make restitution of $32,057.65 to Leslieann Shoup, an injured party in an accident. Rentschler was cited by Trooper Stephen Kleeman when stopped on Route 54 in West Mahanoy Township.

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