Carbon woman admits part in break-ins; other pleas entered
A Carbon County woman admitted her part in a series of burglaries in which varioius items were taken, including copper wiring.
She was one of nine defendants in pending criminal cases to enter guilty pleas Tuesday in the county court before Judge Joseph J. Matika.
Stephanie Keck, 33, of Nesquehoning, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft, two counts of receiving stolen property, and one count of criminal trespass in two pending criminal cases.
Keck was charged with her part in numerous break-ins and theft incidents that occurred in a multiple county area including Carbon, Schuylkill, Northampton, and Lehigh counties.
Some of the thefts occurred in Summit Hill and Lansford.
Part of her plea agreement with the district attorney's office is that she would testify at the trial of her co-defendants. Her co-defendants are listed as Frederick A. Postie, 40, of Rush Township, and Kerry L. Frank, 30, of Summit Hill.
Kech has pleaded guilty to the same type of charges for the same type of incidents in Schuylkill County. She is currently serving a state prison sentence at Muncy.
Matika deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation (PSI) report.
Other defendants who entered guilty pleas included:
Corey Scherer, 21, of Kunkletown, pleaded to one count each of receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy-access device fraud in two pending cases.
The receiving charge stems from a July 18, 2012, incident in Palmerton where a Xbox was stolen. The access device fraud case stems from a July 30, 2012, incident in which a credit card was stolen and used to make three transactions. There is a co-fendeant in the case.
Matika placed Scherer on probation for a year on each count consecutive to each other. He was also ordered to make total restitution of $697.81, render a total of 100 hours of community service, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use.
Scherer is currently in jail on a probation violation and has a hearing pending in that matter.
Danielle Neff, 23, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one of possession of a controlled substance. She was arrested by Nesquehoning police on Feb. 1, 2012, at the county prison. She was brought to the prison on a bench warrant and after being placed in the jail she was found to have brought drugs into the facility, hidden in one of her shoes.
Matika sentenced her to serve four to 12 months in prison and ordered she get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render 50 hours of community service when released on parole. She was given credit for 37 days spent in jail on the charge.
Phillip David Zuber, 50, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested on June 13, 2012, along Industrial Road by Nesquehoning police. Given a test, the result was .22BAC.
Matika sentenced him to serve five days to six months in jail, a fine of $300, one year license suspension, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render 25 hours of community service. He was given credit for time spent in a inpatient rehabilitation program and immediately paroled.
Jerylan Junior Marquez, 21 of Lansford, pleaded to one count of delivery of a controlled substance-crack cocaine. He was arrested on Oct. 23, 2012, by agents of the state Attorney General's office after he sold cocaine to a undercover agent on at least two occasions in the Lansford and Summit Hill areas.
Matika sentenced him to serve three to one day less 12 months in prison and ordered he render 100 hours of community service when released on parole, get a D&A evaluation, and zero tolerance on D&A use.
The prison term runs consecutive to a term he is currently serving in Lehigh County of three to 12 months.
Robbie Alan Eichhorst, 41, of Weatherly, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance-heroin. He was arrested for an incident on Nov. 15, 2012, at his home along Lauderburn St. Police responded to the home to a report of a drug overdose. Eichhorst was found to have overdosed on heroin.
Matika placed him on probation for a year saying he would give the defendant consideration for the fact he successfully completed a inpatient rehab program. He was also ordered to continue his current counseling, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and render 50 hours of community service.
Elizabeth Malarkey, 21, of Palmerton, pleaded in two pending cases to one count each of criminal conspiracy-theft, and receiving stolen property.
She admitted her part in an incident that occurred between Oct. 15 and Dec. 11, 2012, in the 600 block of Lehigh Avenue in Palmerton.
It was noted she has been brought in on four bail revocation proceedings tied to the cases. She also entered an inpatient rehab program but was kicked out of it after two weeks for bringing illegal drugs to the facility.
Malarkey admitted to a heroin addiction.
On the receiving charge Matika sentenced her to serve two to 17 months in prison and orderd her to render a total of 150 hours of community service, supply a DNA sample, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and make restitution of $150. On the conspiracy count she was placed on probation for a year consecutive to the first count. She was given credit for 69 days spent in jail to date on the charges and immediately parole.
She is currently serving a 90 day sentence for a probation violation which runs until Sunday.
Courtney Brooke Hoffert, 23, of Bethlehem, pleaded to one count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested on July 21, 2012, by Nesquehoning police for an incident at the county prison. She was brought to the prison on a warrant and found to have illegal substances on her.
She is facing probation violation charges in Chester County, which has a detainer on her.
Matika placed her on probation for a year on the possession count and six months on the parapheranlia charge, running concurently. She was also ordered to get both D&A and mental health evaluations, and render 50 hours of community service.
Brad Simpson, 42, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property. He was charged by Lansford police for an incident on Oct. 22, 2012, at the Valley Athletic Supply for taking items valued at $55.47.
Simpson is currently in a state prison on a state parole violation serving a nine month term. It was also noted that he will be sentenced for violating parole for the instant case to an additional nine months in a state prison.
Matika sentenced him to serve six to 12 months in a state prison and ordered he get both a D&A and mental health evaluations. He was given credit for 70 days spent in jail on the charge. Matika ran the sentence concurrent with his state term.
Each defendant sentenced must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.