Four area residents enter pleas; sentenced by court
Four area residents were among nine who were sentenced by Schuylkill County judges on criminal charges.
Joseph James Forster II, 34, of 425 N. Railroad St., Tamaqua, pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin to serve three to 23 months in the county prison with the sentence to begin Friday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m., with credit for having served 21 days. On a charge of criminal mischief was fined $100.
Forster was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Thomas Duarte, who charged Forster grabbed a purse belonging to Jennifer Miller as she was leaving Freddies Pub.
Jamie Lynn Fritzinger, 32, of 332 Clarke St., Tamaqua, entered guilty pleas to charges of criminal use of communication facility, delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, possession, possession of drug paraphernalia.
Judge Charles M. Miller accepted the guilty pleas but deferred sentence to a later date.
The court ordered Fritzinger to be sent to a state correctional institution to be evaluated whether he could be sentenced to the state's Intermediate Punishment Program. Fritzinger remains out on bail but must report on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 9:30 a.m. to be transported to a state facility. He was cited on the drug charges by Tamaqua Patrolman Anthony Stanell.
George Joseph Bonetsky, 34, of 262 Fourth St., Coaldale, pleaded guilty to charges of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person and was sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell to time-served, 10 days in the county prison, and placed him on parole for 24 months less one day, pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund, and perform 50 hours of community service. On a charge of reckless driving he was fined $200 and costs. Bonetsky was cited by Coaldale Patrolman Scott Cramer.
Renee Elizabeth Gibas, 40, of 4 Wiggan St., New Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and was placed by Miller on probation for six months, pay a fine of $300, pay $100 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to CJEA, $50 to Catastrophe fund, attend the alcohol highway safe driving school, and perform 10 hours of community service.
On two summary charges, violating a traffic signal and failing to drive on roadway laned for traffic fined $50 plus $100 costs. Gibas was cited by Trooper Michael V. Ryan when stopped on SR61 in North Manheim Township.
Jason Matthew Pukiewicz, 35, Shenandoah, pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes to serve 21 to 42 months in a state correctional facility and pay $50 to CJEA fund. He was cited by Shenandoah Chief Joseph Hall, and charged with removing copper from homes on W. Mount Vernon St.
Clark Emmanuel Meade Jr., 25, Kulpmont, who was found guilty by a jury of 16 criminal charges, was sentenced by Baldwin to serve 27 1/2 months to 55 years in a state correctional facility. He was found guilty of 12 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, two counts each of corruption of minors and endangering welfare of a child. The charges were brought by McAdoo Patrolman Robert Minnick.
Luis Alberto Haddock, 20, Pottsville, pleaded guilty to theft of a lunch envelope from a teacher's desk at the Schuylkill Intermediate School in Norwegian Township. He was placed on probation for 12 months by Baldwin, and ordered to pay $50 to CJEA fund. The envelope contained $9. Haddock was cited by Trooper Todd W. Heintz.
Jacob Daniel Souchak, 31, Mahanoy City, pleaded guilty to DUI of alcohol and was sentenced by Judge Baldwin to serve nine months to five years in the county prison, fined $1,500, pay $100 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA fund, $50to MCARE fund, and receive outpatient counseling.
On a charge of driving while his license was suspended must serve an additional 60 days in prison and pay a fine of $500 plus $50 costs. Souchak was cited by Mahanoy City Patrolman Christopher Zubris.
Brandie L. Haluska, 32, Pottsville, pleaded guilty to retail theft and was sentenced by Baldwin to serve one to 12 months in the county prison beginning Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 9 a.m., pay $50 to CJEA fund and make restitution of $5 to Walmart Store in Saint Clair. Haluska was cited by Patrolman Joseph J. Leskin Jr.
All defendants sentenced must also pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.