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Nesquehoning man sent to state prison

Published October 26. 2011 05:01PM

A Nesquehoning man was sentenced to a state prison term on Tuesday in Carbon County court after pleading guilty in two pending criminal cases. He was one of several defendants to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.


Jared Diacheysn, 23, was sentenced to serve a total of six months and one day to 24 months in a state prison on charges of harassment and possession of a controlled substance.

In an unusual request Diacheysn asked Serfass to send him to a state facility because he did not want to remain in the county lockup.

Diacheysn was arrested by Nesquehoning police for incidents in the borough that occurred on April 26 near his home along Allen street. Police were called to the area for a disturbance involving Diacheysn. He was charged with repeatedly shouting and using obscene language despite being told to stop. Later the same day Police Chief Sean Smith received a call from the county communications center reporting that Diacheysn called the center to complain about his neighbor and made threats over the phone and was loud and used obscene language despite being told to stop.

Smith was then dispatched to 302 W. Coal St., the home of Mary Hicks. Hicks told Smith that Diacheysn came to her residence and made threats against her and used obscene language and all this was in front of her 13-year-old daughter.

Smith later returned to the Hicks home at which time Hicks reported receiving a harassing phone call from Diacheysn when he again made threats.

In addition to the jail term Serfass ordered Diacheysn to have no contact with Hicks or her family and imposed zero tolerance on drug and alcohol use. He was given credit for 126 days spent in jail on the charges.

Other pleas

Other defendants who entered guilty pleas included:

Herbert Jay Gasker, 30, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of criminal trespass, prohibited offensive weapon and simple assault, and was sentenced to serve one to 23 months in the county prison.

Gasker was arrested by Summit Hill police for an incident on Aug. 21 in the area of E. Fell St. He entered a home and confronted Lindsie Wirth with a shotgun. He fled the home and was later located by police and taken into custody after threatening to shoot himself with a 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun.

Gasker told Serfass he has received counseling for a long-time bought with depression and is on medication.

Serfass told him his conduct in the case was "unacceptable" since Wirth was attempting to help him with his mental health problems.

The jail term will be followed by a year of probation. Gasker was also ordered to make restitution of $1,758.30, have no contact with the victim, supply a DNA sample, and get a mental health evaluation.

Gasker, who began the jail term immediately, was given credit for eight days spent in jail on the charges.

John Charles McCole, 40, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property. He was charged with an incident on Feb. 7 in Nesquehoning in which he admitted his part in the entry of the residence of Mary Ann Fanelli of Stock St., and removing items. In a plea bargain a charge of burglary was dropped.

Serfass sentenced him to serve 15 days to one day less 24 months in prison followed by one year probation. He was also ordered to make total restitution of $1,450. He was given credit for 10 days spent in jail on the charge and will begin serving the remaining five days on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 9 a.m.

Joseph Edward Snyder, 46, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property. He was arrested by Lansford police for the theft of a Ipod belonging to a John Krynock on or about March 9, 2010.

Serfass placed him on probation for a year and ordered restitution of $45 and render 25 hours of community service.

Stacie M. (Fisher) Wise, 42, of Tamaqua, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance-zolpiden.

She was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office for an incident on April 13, 2009, in Lansford.

Serfass placed her on probation for a year and ordered she render 25 hours of community service.

Ronald Edward Kircher Jr., 46, of Albrightsville, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI), a first offense. He was arrested on July 16 along SR903 in Kidder Township, by state police at Fern Ridge. Given a test, the result was .24BAC.

Serfass placed him on probation for a year and ordered he pay a fine of $300 and get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment.

Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.

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