Woman sent to jail for resisting arrest
A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a jail term on Friday in the county court for resisting arrest. She was one of several defendants to be sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.
Dana Getz, 44, of Palmerton, was sentenced to serve 60 days to one year in the county prison.
Getz was arrested by Palmerton police for an incident on Feb. 6 at a residence along Mauch Chunk Road.
Police responded to a distubance complaint. On scene Getz refused to cooperate with officers and resisted arrest.
Matika noted that Getz has a history not having respect for police or any type of authority. He noted prior arrests for resisting.
In addition to the jail term Getz was ordered to continue mental health counseling, attend and successfully complete an anger management course, and render 50 hours of community service.
She will begin the jail term at 9 a.m. on Dec. 4.
Other defendants sentenced by Matika included:
Lee Michalick, 28, of Summit Hill, was sentenced to serve 30 days to six months in jail on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. Michalick was arrested on Dec. 31, 2011, along Patterson St., in Lansford. Given a test, the result was .26BAC.
He was also ordered to pay a fine of $750, license suspended for a year, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, make restitution of $840, and render 25 hours of community service.
He will spend two days in the prison and the remaining 28 days in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) with electronic monitoring. The jail term began at 9 a.m. on Dec. 1.
Stephen Wayne Gallahger, 29, of Lake Harmony, was sentenced on two counts of DUI and one of harassment.
On the first DUI count he was sentenced to serve 90 days to two years in jail followed by three years of probation, a fine of $1,500, and one year license suspension. He was given credit for 111 days spent in jail on the charge and paroled.
On the second DUI count he was sentenced to serve 30 days to six months in jail, concurrent with the first count, pay a fine of $750, and another year suspension. He was given credit for 71 days spent in jail on that charge.
On a count of harassment he was fined $100 and costs.
He was also ordered to render 100 hours of community service, zero tolerance on D&A use, and continue mental health counseling.
The first DUI occurred on Sept. 9, 2011, along Moseywood Road, in Kidder Township. Given a test, the result was .24BAC.He was arrested on Dec. 17, 2011, for the second DUI along SR903 in Jim Thorpe after being involved in an accident. Given a test, the result was .21BAC.
The harassment count was for an incident on Nov. 21, 2011, at his residence with his mother the listed victim.
Cody Scott Kmetz, 21, of Nesquehoning, was sentencced on counts of theft and terroristic threats.
On the fheft charge he was sentenced to serve 30 days to 18 months in the county prison and on the threats count the same term. Both terms run concurrent. He was given credit for 107 days spent in jail on the theft charged and 39 days on the threats charge and was paroled.
He was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation, continue current D&A counseling, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and render 75 hours of community service.
He was arrested on the theft charge for an incident on Feb. 28 in Nesquehoning. He was charged with entering the vehicle of Danielle Thomas and James Albaugh and removing a Sirus satellite radio.
The threats count stems from a Feb. 11 incident at his residence. Police responded to the home to a report of an assault. Police said Kmetz was involved in an altercation with a family member.
Kmetz told Matika he spent two weeks in a inpatent rehabilitation facility and continues counseling.
Two defendants entered guilty pleas.
Scott William Caffrey, 46, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of persistent disorderly conduct. He was arrested on Sept. 19 by Palmerton police for an incident in the area of 43 Lafayette Ave. which was reported to be a domestic incident.
He was sentenced to time served (73 days) to a year in jail. He was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render 50 hours of community service.
Jeremy Hahn, 32, of Norristown, and formerly of Lansford, pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property. He was arrested on July 31 by state police at the Pocono barracks following a vehicle stop along the Northeast Extension of the turnpike. He was operating a vehicle with a stolen registration plate on it.
Matika placed him on probation for a year and ordered he render 50 hours of community service.
All the defendants must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.