Palmerton woman pleads guilty in five criminal cases
A Palmerton woman entered guilty pleas in five pending criminal cases, all involving thefts, in Carbon County court on Thursday.
She was one of 11 defendants in pending cases to enter a plea before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.
Lorene Marie Rice, 34, pleaded guilty to two counts of retail theft and three counts of theft by unlawful taking.
She was arrested and charged as follows: April 16 by Palmerton police for an incident at Pereira Gulf Station; Dec. 23, 2009, by Nesquehoning police for an incident at the CVS pharmacy; Aug. 4 by Palmerton police for an incident in which John Wargo was the victim and U.S. currency taken; June 12 by Palmerton police for an incident in which Christopher Neff is the victim and various prescription medications taken; and May 21 by state police at Lehighton with Joan Blase the listed victim and U.S. currency taken.
Rice indicated that the thefts were to gain money to feed her drug addiction.
Webb deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation (PSI) which will include a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation.
Gets jail time
Travis Schoenberger, 23, of Weatherly, was sentenced to a county prison term after pleading guilty in two pending cases.
He pleaded to one count of simple assault for an incident on Oct. 13 filed by the county sheriff's department. Schoenberger assaulted a Deputy David Midas, who was attempting to serve a warrant on him along Fairyland Road in Franklin Township.
He also pleaded to one count each of persistent disorderly conduct and criminal mischief stemming from the same incident and involving police officers from Franklin Township and Lehighton.
On the simple assault count Webb sentenced Schoenberger to serve six to 12 months in prison and ordered he get a D&A evaluation and zero tolerance on D&A use.
On the conduct and mischief counts he was sentenced to six to 12 months on each count with all terms running concurrently. He was also fined $100.
Other defendants who entered guilty pleas included:
Angelea Nikkole Britton, 19, of Lehighton, who pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested on July 28, 2009, by state police at Lehighton for an incident in East Penn Township.
Webb placed her on probation for six months and ordered to get a D&A evaluation.
Matthew Lewis Brungard, 27, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested on May 22 along Delaware Avenue in Palmerton. Given a test, the result was .09 BAC.
Webb sentenced him to serve 10 days to one year in jail, a fine of $500, one year license suspension, and get a D&A evaluation. He will serve the time on consecutive weekends beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 14.
Hercules W. Green, 26, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count each of simple assault and harassment. He was arrested on July 19 by state police for an incident in Parryville with Michael Barry Fisher the listed victim.
Webb sentenced him to time served (four days) to one year in jail and restitution of $319 to the victim on the assault count and a fine of $100 on the harassment charge.
Carlos Morales, 48, of Allentown, pleaded to one count each of endangering the welfare of children and operating a motorcraft while DUI. He was arrested by Fish and Game Commission officers for an incident on May 31 at Beltzville Lake in which a seven-year-old female was in a boat operated by the defendant while under the influence. He refused to submitted to a blood test, officers said.
Webb deferred sentencing and ordered a PSI.
Beth Anne Owens, 26, of Hanover Township, Luzerne County, pleaded to one count of DUI. She was arrested on July 22 along SR209 in Franklin Township by state police. Given a test, the result was .16 BAC.
Webb placed her on probation for six months and ordered she pay a fine of $300 and must get a D&A evaluation. It was a first offense, it was noted.
Jan P. Racavich, 55, of Kunkletown, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on July 6 along SR209 in Towamensing Township by state police. Given a test, the result was .24 BAC.
Webb deferred sentencing to a later date.
David R. Roth, 23, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of theft. He was arrested on May 10 by Lehighton police with Barbara Eisenhower the listed victim and various jewelry reported taken.
Webb deferred sentencing to a later date.
Daniel Schaub, 29, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of simple assault. He was arrested on Oct. 20 by Franklin Township police for domestic incident in which Tonya Aliota is the listed victim.
Webb sentenced him to time served (79 days) to 18 months in jail and ordered he get both a D&A and mental health evaluations with zero tolerance imposed on D&A use.
David Wayne Trump, 47, of Hanover, pleaded to one count each of persistent disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on the conduct charge on Sept. 27 by Franklin Township police for an incident at Frank's Service Center. The drug charge stems from an incident on Oct. 6 with state police at Lehighton filing the charge.
Webb placed him on probation for a year on each count, running concurrently, and ordered he get a mental health evaluation.
Each defendant sentenced must pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.