Palmerton man given jail term on drug counts
A Palmerton man was sentenced to at least one year in jail on drug charges after entering a guilty plea in Carbon County court on Thursday.
He was one of 11 defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.
Robert W. Hosier, 29, entered guilty pleas in two pending cases, both involved forged prescriptions. He was arrested by Palmerton police for an incident on Aug. 4, 2010, at the Rite Aid pharmacy and on March 30 by Lansford police for a similar incident at the Ride Aid in that community.
Hosier admitted altering a prescription issued to a Ashley Tansley and changing the quantity written for the drug percocet.
On both charges Serfass sentenced Hosier to serve 12 to 24 months in prison with the terms running concurrently. He was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee.
Hosier, who began his sentence immediately, was given credit for 22 days spent in jail on the charges.
Other defendants who entered pleas before Serfass included:
Stephen A. Walck Jr., 26, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of arson-reckless burning or exploding-uninhabited places.
He admitted helping to set a fire at a building along Dock Street, in Lansford, on June 4. The unoccupited structure is the property of the Lansford Fire Company and was used as a training facility.
Walck told Serfass he was in the building with two others drinking beer and smoking marijuana when they decided to set the fire.
Serfass sentenced him to serve three to 12 months in prison followed by one year probation. Since he has already served 132 days, he was paroled.
He was also ordered to make restitution of $379.68 in damages, which is one-third of the total due, supply and DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, and render three hours of community service per month while being supervised.
Scott Branz Jr., 28, of West Hazleton, formerly of Weatherly, pleaded to one count each of carrying a loaded firearm and disorderly conduct.
He was arrested on June 25 by Weatherly police during a traffic stop. Branz was a passenger in the vehicle and when told he could leave took a bag out of the trunk and told officers it was clothing. Police checked the bag and found a loaded handgun which Branz did not own or have a license.
Serfass placed Branz on probation for a year on the gun count and ordered he render three hours of community service per month while under supervision. On the conduct charge he was fined $300 and costs.
Kelly Sue Yerger, 39, of Nesquehoning, pleaded guilty to one count of simple assault.
She was arrested on July 7 when police were called to her home for a domestic disturbance. She was charged with assaulting her 15-year-old son.
Serfass placed her on probation for 24 months and ordered she get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use and render three hours of community service per month while being supervised.
Theodore E. Williams, 38, of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI).
He was arrested on May 27 at Chestnut and Hazard streets, Summit Hill. He refused to submit to a blood test and will lose his license for a year for the refusal.
Serfass sentenced him to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, another one year license suspension, get a D&A evaluation, and render three hours of community service per month while supervised.
Williams is currently in the county prison on a probation/parole violation.
Francis P. Kelly, 46, of Philadelphia, pleaded to one count each of DUI and disorderly conduct.
He was arrested on Feb. 20 along SR534 in Kidder Township. Given a test, the result was .14BAC. At the scene Kelly was disorderly with the township officers.
On the DUI charge Serfass sentenced him to serve five days to six months in prison, a fine of $750, one year license suspension and get a D&A evaluation. On the conduct count he was fined $300 and costs.
He will begin the jail term at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 17.
Shawn M. Murphy, 32, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of criminal trespass.
He was arrested on July 22, 2010, for an incident at 237 W. Marconi Ave., in Nesquehoning. Illegal entry was made to the property and power tools stolen. Murphy admitted to his part in the entry.
Serfass deferred sentencing to a later date.
Christina N. Ford, 26, of Albrightsville, pleaded to one count of DUI.
She was arrested on April 24 along SR940 in Kidder Township after being involved in a one vehicle crash. Her car left the road and collided into a PPL pole. She was serioiusly injured and flown by medical helicopter to a Lehigh Valley area hospital. Blood was drawn and the result indicated a .13BAC.
Serfass sentenced her to serve 30 days to six months in jail, a fine of $750, one year license suspension, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use and make restitution to PPL for damages of $10,782.64. Serfass noted if Ford's insurance covered the damages she would not be personally responsible.
She will serve two days in jail beginning Friday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. and the remaining 28 days in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) with electronic monitoring.
Jeffrey Bresnak, 19, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.
He was arrested March 11, at his residence by borough police. Found in his possession of various drug paraphernalia and marijuana.
Serfass placed him on probation for a year and ordered he get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render three hours of community service per month while suspervised.
Edward R. Butterworth, 58, of Lansford, pleaded to one count each of DUI and possession of a controlled substance-marijuana.
He was arrested on July 1 along Mill St., in Nesquehoning. given a test, the result was .15BAC.
Serfass placed him on probation for six months on the DUI charge, imposed a fine of $300, ordered he get a D&A evaluation and render three hours of community service per month that he is supervised.
On the posssession count he was placed on probation for a year, running consecutively to the first charge.
Kevin J. Harte, 26, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance-heroin.
He was arrested on March 11 after Nesquehoning police were called to the home of Jeffrey Bresnak for a drug overdose. Harte was the person who had overdosed.
On the first count Serfass placed him on probation for a year and ordered he get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render three hours of community service per month while supervised.
On the second count another year probation was imposed running consecutive to the first charge with the same conditions.
Each defendant sentenced must also pay all court costs, which average around $1,000, and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.