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Two area men sentenced to county prison terms

Published November 16. 2011 05:01PM

Two area men received jail sentences from judges in the Schuylkill County court.

George J. Bonetsky, 33, of 214 Brown St., Tamaqua, who had been found guilty last Sept. 12 of drug charges, was sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin to serve six to 12 months in the county prison begining on Monday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m on the charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. The prison term will be followed by an additional 12 months on probation on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bonetsky also has to pay $100 to the Substance Abuse Education fund, $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account and a $50 monthly supervision fee while on probaton or parole.

Bonetsky was cited by Tamaqua Sgt. Richard Weaver, on Nov. 3, 2010, in the area of Washington and Rose streets.

Lee F. Dermo, 26, of 29 Mush Dahl Road, New Ringgold, who pleaded guilty last Aug. 17 was sentenced by Judge John J. Domalakes on a charge of indecent assault by forcible compulsion to serve six to 23 months in the county prison with the sentence beginning at noon Monday, Nov. 14. He was also ordered to pay $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account, a $50 monthly supervision fee, must undergo a sex offender evaluation and follow-up treatment as recommended.

Domalakes also ordered that Dermo shall have no contact with the victim and must register under Megan's Law for a period of 10 years. Dermo was cited on Nov. 29, 2010, by Mahanoy City Lt. John Kacmarczyk.

Other defendants

Scott Walter Kershetsky, 32, Mahanoy City, who was adjudged guilty by Judge Dolbin after a non-jury trial last Sept. 9 of a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol was sentenced to serve a flat 30 days in the county prison beginning Monday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. followed by four years and 11 months on probation in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP), with 90 days under house arrst with electronic monitoring and pay a required fee of $12 per day. He was also orderd to pay a $1,500 fine, $300 to Substance Abuse Education fund, $100 to Catastrophe fund and a $50 monthly supervision fee.

He also must enroll in the alcohol highway safe driving school and undergo intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment. His driver's license is suspended for 18 months and when he resumes driving he must install an ignition interlock system on his car for 12 months, which monitors whether he has consumed any alcohol beverages before driving.

Keshetsky was cited by Cpl. Michael Nesbitt of the state police when stopped in Mahanoy City on March 20, 2010.

Joseph David Owens, 39, Bernville, pleaded guilty to a charge of DUI and was sentenced by Dolbin to be placed in the IPP for five years including 90 days under house arrest and pay a $12 daily fee, plus a $1,500 fine, $300 to Substance Abuse Education fund, $100 to Catastrophe fund and a $50 monthly supervision fee.

Owens must enroll in a safety school, receive outpatient counseling, his license is suspended 18 months and for 12 months must install an ignition interlock on his car when he resumes driving. On a summary charge of failing to drive on a roadway laned for traffic was fined $25 plus $50 costs.

Owens was cited by Trooper John B. Carr when stopped last March 18 on Bear Creek Road in Wayne Township.

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