Two Tamaqua residents enter guilty pleas, are sentenced
Two Tamaqua residents were among nine who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced in the Schuylkill County Court by President Judge Willliam E. Baldwin.
Michael Thomas Boyer, 21, of 211 W. Broad St., was sentenced on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol to serve 72 hours to six months in the county prison, pay a fine of $1,000, pay $300 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to Catastrophe fund, $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center, receive outpatient substance abuse treatment and on a charge of failing to drive at a safe speed was fined $25 plus $50 costs. Boyer was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Thomas Duane.
Mandi S. Gossman, 29, of 336 Reiley Avenue, was sentenced on a charge of criminal mischief to serve 12 months on probation, pay $50 to CJEA, and make restitution of $2,673.12 to State Farm Insurance Company and $1,175 to Perry Gossman.
Gossman also pleaded guilty to access device fraud and received a sentence to serve one to 23 months in the county prison and make restitution of $176.38 to Perry Grossman. She was cited by West Penn Township police.
Franklin John Kunkel III, 20, of 139 Tamanend Road, Quakake, Rush Township, was sentenced on two burglary charges to serve three to 23 months in the county prison with credit for having served three days and must make restitution of $4,831 to Pieracini's Market , Hunter Street, Tamaqua, and $387.50 to Charles Odorizzi. Kunkel was cited by Tamaqua Cp. Henry Woods, for removing cigarettes, candy and cash. On a charge of criminal mischief by damaging windows in the store he was fined $50 and costs.
Sydney Len Pope, 48, Shenandoah, was sentenced on a DUI charge to be entered into the Schuylkill County Restrictive Intermediate Punishment (SCIP) program to serve 60 months under strict probation, pay a fine of $1,500, pay $100 to SAE fund, perform 40 hours of community service and loses his driver's license for 18 months. On two other charges, unauthorized use of a vehicle and involved in an accident with damages, received concurrent 12 months probation sentences. Pope was cited by Trooper Michael Becker.
James Edward Cheety, 26, Bensalem, was sentenced on a charge of theft by unlawful taking to serve six to 23 months in the county prison with credit for having served 71 days, and pay $50 to CJEA. On a simple assault charge received a concurrent sentence and on a harassment charge was fined $50. He was cited by Trooper Edward J. Sanchez for taking a wallet and cell phone belonging to Michael Wagner, of Auburn.
Melissa Ann Bradley, 45, Pottsville, was sentenced on a charge of retail theft to serve one to 23 months in the county prison, and pay $50 to CJEA. She was cited by Trooper Edward J. Sanchez and the store involved was BG's Market, Kings Plaza, Minersville-Pottsville Highway.
Matthew Gerard Cecchini, 33, Port Carbon, was sentenced on a DUI charge to serve 30 days in the county prison followed by four years and 11 months on strict probation in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP), pay a fine of $1,500, pay $300 to SAE fund, $100 to Catastrophe fund, $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center, driver's license suspended 18 months and when restored to install an ignition interlock on his vehicle for 12 months.
Myrl Lamar Troutman, 58, Pine Grove, was sentenced on a DUI charge to serve six months on probation in the IPP, pay a fine of $1,000, pay $300 to SAE fund, $50 to Catastrophe fund, $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center, attend alcohol highway safe driving school, receive outpatient substance abuse counseling and license suspended 12 months. On a charge of restrictions on having an open can of alcohol in her car was fined $100. Troutman was cited by Pine Grove Sgt. Jeffrey Futchko.
Eric David Lehr, 24, Myerstown, Lebanon County, was sentenced on a DUI charge to serve six months on strict probation in the IPP, pay a fine of $500, pay $100 to SAE fund, $50 to Catastrophe fund, attend safety school and license suspended 12 months. On a charge of failing to drive on a roadway laned for traffic was fined $25. Lehr was cited by Trooper David Yearick when stopped on SR209 in Porter Township.
Each defendant must pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.