Guilty pleas entered
Several defendants who were scheduled to go on trial this week in Carbon County court instead entered into plea bargain agreements with the district attorney's office and entered guilty pleas.
Those who pleaded included:
Joseph W. Oliver, 40, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to two counts of recklessly endangering another person before Judge Steven R. Serfass.
He was arrested by Jim Thorpe police for an incident on March 26, 2010, in the area of 1198 Center Ave. Police said Oliver fired a shot from a pistol out of a bedroom window.
Police said James Yaich and Frank Foster were in the area at the time Yaich was attempting to remove a boat he had at the site which Oliver claimed he jointly owned. Oliver said he did not fire the shot in the direction of anyone but only fired to keep Yaich and Foster at the scene until police arrived.
Serfass placed him on probation for 24 months on each count with the terms running consecutively. He was also ordered to render a total of 200 hours of community service.
Raymond C. Lombard Sr., of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property. He was arrested by Franklin Township police for an incident on Dec. 3, 2010. Police found Lombard in possession of a trailer which was previously reported stolen.
Serfass placed him on probation for a year and ordered he render 50 hours of community service.
Amanda Lefort, 30, of Wilkes-Barre, pleaded to one count of hindering apprehension. She was arrested for an incident on June 19 filed by park rangers at the Hickory Run State Park in Kidder Township.
Park rangers went to a campsite rented by Lefort with state parole officers who were seeking Thomas Dornko, who was wanted for a parole violation and who was believed to be in Lefort's company.
She denied his presence but later admitted he had been with her. He fled in a vehicle when authorities arrived at the campsite.
Serfass placed her on probation for 48 months and ordered she render 200 hours of community service, supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, and obtain a mental health evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment.
Heather A. Mastroddi, 47, of Catasauqua, pleaded to one count of DUI. She was arrested on March 23, 2011, along Old Stage Rd., in Kidder Township, by township police. She refused to submit to a blood test.
Serfass sentenced her to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, one year license suspension, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and render 25 hours of community service.
Beth Ann Hoiser, 28, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of false reports. She was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office o May 7, 2010, along S. Second St., Lehighton, on various drug counts.
In a plea bargain the criminal complaint was amended to add the charge of false reports. In exchange the district attorney's office dropped drug charges including criminal attempt to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
Hoiser was placed on probation for two years and ordered to render 100 hours of community service.
Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.