Eight enter guilty pleas
Eight defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas Thursday afternoon in Carbon County court before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.
Those pleading included:
Gregory Alan Lazorick, 40, of Jim Thorpe, entered pleas in two pending cases. He pleaded to one count each of theft, access device fraud, and forgery.
The theft count stems from an incident in which he entered the vehicle of David Kresge and removed a Walmart credit card. The incident occurred on May 12, 2011.
On the same day he went to the Walmart and Giant stores in Mahoning Township and forged Kresge's name while using the card to make purchases totaling $353.93.
On the access device and forgery charges Nanovic sentenced him to serve one to 18 months in prison on each count running concurrently, followed by two years of probation. On the theft charge he was placed on probation for a year concurrent to the other counts.
Lazorick was also ordered to supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee.
He will begin the jail term at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 25.
Trudy L. Freeman, 36, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of disorderly conduct, as a summary offense. She was arrested on May 12, 2011, for an incident at the Walmart store. She was involved in the incident with Lazorick.
Nanovic imposed a fine of $300.
Mark Allan Nichols, 30, of Whitehall, pleaded to one count each of theft, forgery, identity theft, and driving under suspension-DUI related. He was arrested by state police at Lehighton for an incident in which he took the credit card of Michael Meckes and used it at Walmart. He was later stopped and charged.
Nicholas is currently serving a 18 to 36 months prison term in Northampton County on theft and related counts.
Nichols said his crime spree was due to an addiction to methamphetamine.
On the theft count Nanovic sentenced him to serve nine to 24 months in prison. On the forgery charge he was sentenced to serve one to two years and on the driving under suspension 90 days in jail. All the sentences are concurrent to the Northampton term.
He was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation, make restitution of $155.51, and pay a fine of $500 on the suspension count.
Stacy Lynn Behler, 26, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of harassment, as a summary offense. A simple assault count was dripped in a plea bargain.
She was arrested for an incident on July 5, 2011, in Lehighton with Kelly Hoffman the listed victim.
Nanovic imposed a fine of $300.
Glennis Edward Park, 27, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property. He was arrested by Palmerton police for an incident on Aug. 17, 2011, when he took various jewelry, including rings, a necklace, and earrings from the home of Paula Kuntzman.
Nanovic deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation (PSI) due to the extensive prior criminal record of Park.
Pamela L. Bowman, 36, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of retail theft. She was arrested by Jim Thorpe police for an incident at the Turkey Hill Market on Susquehanna St., which occurred on March 1, 2011. She took items valued at $17.51.
Nanovic warned her another conviction for retail theft, no matter how much value is involved, would escalate the count to a felony three and the real possibility of a long jail term.
Nanovic placed her on probation for six months and ordered restitution of $17.51.
John W. Neville, 53, of Albrightsville, pleaded to one count of retail theft. He was arrested by Jim Thorpe police for an incident on April 19, 2011, at the Jim Thorpe Market. He took items valued at $6.99.
Nanovic deferred sentencing so Neville could apply for the county's intermediate punishment program (IPP).
Michael Francis Frey, 42, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested on June 25, 2011, along Bridge St., in Weissport, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .28BAC. Nanovic noted that Frey had three prior DUI convictions, but all were more than 10 years ago making the instant case a first offense for sentencing purposes.
Nanovic placed him on probation for six months and ordered he pay a fine of $300, and get a D&A evaluation.
Each defendant sentenced must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.