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New Philadelphia man gets jail time for DUI

Published January 31. 2011 05:00PM

A New Philadelphia man who pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol was sentenced Friday afternoon by Judge Charles M. Miller to serve 48 hours to six months in the county prison.

The plea was entered by Samuel Parker Miller Jr., 51, of 401 Tyson Street. At the conclusion of the hearing Miller was escorted by deputy sheriffs across the street from the courthouse to the county prison to begin his sentence. He also has to pay a fine of $500, pay $100 to the Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center, and when released on probation to attend to alcohol highway safe driving school and receive outpatient substance abuse treatment and his driver's license is suspended 12 months.

On a charge of driving while his operating privileges were suspended he was fined $200 and costs. Miller was cited by Trooper John Carr last May 21 when stopped on SR61 in Deer Lake.

Others who were sentenced recently were:

Jacob Alexander Cook, 25, Tremont, who had been found guilty by a jury last Dec. 9 of DUI but not guilty of homicide by vehicle, was sentenced by Judge Miller to serve 30 days to six months in the county prison, pay a fine of $2,500, pay $100 to SAE fund, $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center, and $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), complete safety school and his driver's license was suspended 12 months. Cook was involved in a two car accident on Dec. 6, 2008, at the intersection of state routes 125 and 209 in Tremont Township and the operator of the other vehicle, Timothy Scheib, suffered fatal injuries.

Michael Thomas Zdiera, 18, Girardville, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and was given credit for Judge Jacqueline Russell for having served 114 days in the county prison and was released on parole for 23 months, pay $50 to CJEA, and perform 40 hours of community service. He was cited by Ashland Officer Richard Haraschak III, of obtain firearms stolen from a private home.

Carissa Danielle Wallace, 23, Pottsville, pleaded guilty to public drunkenness and sentenced by Judge Russell to pay a fine of $300 and costs. She was cited by Schuylkill Haven Patrolman Gregory S. Meisner.

Sherrell Copeland, 40, Pottsville, who pleaded guilty to violating the public welfare code was sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes to serve 48 months on probation, pay $50 to CJEA, and make restitution of $42,902.07 to the Department of Public Welfare. She was cited by the state Attorney General's office.

Each defendant must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.

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