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Carbon man given jail term for theft and related counts

Published May 15. 2012 05:01PM

A Carbon County man, who previously pleaded guilty in five pending criminal cases involving theft and related counts, was sentenced to a county prison term Monday.

He was one of several defendants who previously pleaded guilty to appear before Carbon Judge Steven R. Serfass for sentencing.

Various incidents

Scott Heffelfinger, 24, of Lehighton, was sentenced to a total of 10 to 23 months in prison on three counts of receiving stolen property and two counts of authorized use of a automobile. Receiving falls under the theft statute.

Heffelfinger was arrested for incidents that occurred on Aug. 6 and 9, 2011, in Lehighton, and Aug. 15, in Jim Thorpe. The unauthorized use charges stem from incidents on Aug. 9 and 16 in Palmerton and Jim Thorpe, respectively.

The jail term will be followed by one year of probation.

Serfass also ordered Heffelfinger to supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, get a both a drug and alcohol (D&A) and mental health evaluations and follow any recommendations for treatment, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, have no contact with any of the victims, and make total restitution of $2,165,86.

He was given credit for 265 days spent in jail on the charges.

Other sentencings

Other defendants who appeared before Serfass for sentencing included:

Lori A. Kipikasa, 39, of Weatherly, was sentenced on two driving under the influence (DUI) charges. She was sentenced to serve 30 days to six months on each count, running concurrently. She was arrested Dec. 23, 2010, along Main Street, in Weatherly, after her vehicle struck to parked cars. Given a test, the result was .16BAC. The second arrest was on Feb. 6, 2012, also in Weatherly.

She was also ordered to pay total fines of $1,050, license suspended for a year on each count, consecutive, get a D&A evaluation, not possess any alcohol, and render 50 hours community service. She will serve two days in prison beginning May 17 at 9 a.m. followed by 28 days in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) with electronic monitoring.

Trevor Shawn Strohl, 31, of Palmerton, was sentenced to time served (28 days) to one day less 24 months in prison on a charge of simple assault, followed by two years probation on a charge of recklessly endangering another person.

Strohl was arrested by Nesquehoning police on Dec. 30, 2010, as the result of a domestic incident involving Rochelle Wilson as the victim.

Police said the two were involved in an altercation during which Wilson had a bread knife and a struggle ensued. As Strohl attempted to get the knife from Wilson she sustained a cut to her arm.

He was also ordered to render 100 hours of community service, have no contact with Wilson, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and attend and complete an anger management course.

Brandice Boner, 31, of Lansford, was placed on probation for a year on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested by Summit Hill police on Nov. 16, 2010, at 303 Lansford Court in the Lansford Townhouses. On that date police went to the residence to serve a search warrant. During the search a pipe was found that was used to smoke cocaine. Boner admitted the pipe was hers.

She was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation, and render 50 hours of community service.

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

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