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Tamaqua man gets jail term for drunk driving

Published March 30. 2012 05:01PM

A Tamaqua man must spend a short time in the Schuylkill County prison after pleading guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.

William J. Bowman, 24, of 221 Owl Creek Road, was sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller in the county court to serve 10 days in prison beginning Monday, April 4, followed by five months and 20 days in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) under special conditions. The conditions are that he serve 40 days on house arrest with electronic monitoring and pay a $12 daily fee, followed by 40 days strict supervision, followed by three months probation, pay cost of prosecution, pay a fine of $750, pay $100 to the Substance Abuse Education fund, $100 to the Catastrophe fund, a $50 monthly supervision fee, complete the alcohol highway safe driving school, perform 10 hours community service, driver's license is suspended 12 months, and must install an ignition interlock on the car he is driving for12 months after license is restored.

On a summary charge of careless driving was fined $25 and disorderly conduct fined $100 plus costs. Bowman was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Matthew Houser, on April 16, 2011.

Man jailed

Michael Paul Lucas, Auburn, was found severely mentally disabled by Miller and ruled he was in need of long-term treatment pursuant to the Mental Health Procedures Act.

Miller sentenced him to serve three to six years in a state correctional facility after he pleaded guilty to 36 criminal charges pertaining to possession of firearms without a license, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering persons.

Information filed to court by Trooper John Sleboda charged on March 30, 2011, Lucas was found at 81 Deep Creek Road, Pine Grove Township, with two handguns and 20 long guns and numerous rounds of ammunition and threatened state troopers.

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