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Criminal hearings held for seven defendants

Published August 08. 2012 05:02PM

Hearings were heard in the Schuylkill County Court for defendants who pleaded guilty to criminal charges, violated their probations and who were brought to court on bench warrants

Mark D. Kruppenbach, 44, Palo Alto, was placed in the state run Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) for 24 months by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin on a charge of endangering welfare of children.

A minimum of seven months is to be spent in a state correctional faculty followed by four months in an alcohol and other drug therapeutic community, followed by six months outpatient alcohol and other drug treatment and eight months of reintegration into the community. He pleaded guilty to the charge last April 10.

Other cases

Melvin J. Ohlinger, 67, Ashland, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and was placed on probation 12 months, pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account and a $50 monthly fee for each month on probation.

Senior Judge D. Michael Stine removed three defendants from the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for violating the terms and they now face trial. The program is for first time offenders to give then a chance of clearing their record by completing the conditions of the program.

Brandon Fritz, 26, of 233 Catawissa St., Tamaqua, violated his probation by failing to notify the district attorney's office of a new arrest. His case was placed on the future trial list.

Fritz was placed in the program last January and was to serve 12 months on probation but now he faces trial on charges brought by Tamaqua Patrolman Matthew Houser, of being involved in an accident with a car operated by William Glen at the intersection of W. Broad and Lehigh sts. on July 15, 2011, and failed to stop.

James Michael Mennig, 33, Pottsville, also was removed from the program because he failed to report a new arrest. He was placed in the program last March 29 to serve 12 months on probation for charges of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia as filed by Pottsville Patrolman John H. Mohl. His case was added to a future trial list.

Jared Thomas Stessalavage, 24, Orwigsburg, was removed from the program for failing to report a new arrest and now faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and corruption of a minor which was filed by Schuylkill Haven Patrolman Gregory S. Meisner. He was placed in the program last Jan. 26 to serve 12 months on probation.

To state prison

Tobi A. Metz, 30, Schuylkill Haven, had his parole revoked by Judge John E. Domalakes and was remanded to a state correctional facility to serve the balance of his original sentence which was for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and possession of a controlled substance. This was his third revocation.

His 344 days of liberty were disallowed and added to his maximum sentence which was extended to Nov. 14, 2016.

Susan Rochford, 29, of 125 Coal St., Cumbola, Blythe Township, had her probation revoked by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin and she was re-sentenced on a forgery charge to serve three to 23 months in the county prison with credit for 70 days served. She is eligible for parole on Aug. 22, 2012.

She had pleaded guilty last April 18 on forging a credit card and was placed on probation 18 months. She violated her probation by being arrested last May 22 on a retail theft charge from Walmart Store, Saint Clair.

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