Seven area residents among seventeen to enter guilty pleas
Seven area residents were among 17 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell as follows:
Michael J. Stewart, 30, of 42 William St., Barnesville, two counts of violation of rules of Commonwealth property, fined $600 and costs. Under a plea agreement charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were dismissed. He was charged by Ranger Chad Woleslagle, Tuscarora State Park Complex, with violating camp rules.
Blair Terry Kranch, 28, of 187 Owl Creek Road, Tamaqua, disorderly conduct, fined $300 and costs. Under a plea agreement charges of terroristic threats and harassment were dismissed. Kranch was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Karl Harig.
Robin Lee Swartz, 54, Pottsville, formerly of New Ringgold, driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, placed on probation for five years in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP), with one year under house arrest with electronic monitoring and pay a $12 daily fee, fined $1,500, pay $300 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $200 to Catastrophe fund, $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center (SMC), attend alcohol highway safety school, perform 40 hours of community service, driver's license suspended 18 months and when restored must install ignition interlock on vehicle for 12 months. Swartz was cited by Rush Township Patrolman Bradley Hess.
Samuel Parker Miller, 24 of 401 Tyson St., New Ringgold, simple assault on Brian Jacoby, Schuylkill Haven, 12 months probation, pay $50 to CJEA fund, and perform 20 hours community service. A second charge of simple assault and terroristic threats were dismissed. Miller was cited by Schuylkill Haven Sgt. Robert W. Phillips. He also was charged by Phillips with criminal mischief to vehicle of Michael Gustis and must serve an additional 11 months on probation, pay $50 to CJEA fund, perform 20 hours community service, and make restitution of $809.97 to Gustis.
Anthony Powell, 43, of 14 East Adam St., McAdoo, harassment of Kevin Lindenmuth, 145 E. Adam St., fined $300 and costs. Charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct dismissed. Powell was cited by Patrolman Willliam Curilla.
Angelo V. Maldonado, 23, of 110 Greenwood St., Coaldale, public drunkenness, fined $300 and costs. Charges of simple assault on EMS personal who responded a call and disorderly conduct were dismissed. He was cited by Coaldale Patrolman Joseph Krebs.
Calvin Charles Miller, 53, of 201 Hunter St., Tamaqua, harassment of Tia Wick, 201 Hunter St., fined $300 and costs. A charge of simple assault was dismissed. Miller was cited by Patrolman Thomas Rodgers.
Eric David Lehr, 26, Pine Grove, DUI of alcohol, 30 days in the county prison followed by four years and 11 months on probation in the IPP, fined $1,500, pay $300 to SAE fund,$100 to MCare fund, attend safety school, complete outpatient treatment, perform 20 hours community service, and driver's license suspended 18 months. On a summary charge of failing to have car insurance fined $300, driving an unregistered vehicle, fined $75, and failing to drive on roadway laned for traffic, fined $25 plus $150 in costs. Lehr was cited by Trooper Eric L. Reber on Oak Grove Road in Pine Grove Township.
Matthew Gerard Balulis, 36, Minersville, DUI of alcohol, placed in the IPP for six months, fined $300, pay $100 to SAE fund, $100 to MCARE fund, perform 20 hours community service, complete safety school and outpatient counseling, and driver's license suspended 12 months. On summary charges, failing to drive on roadway laned for traffic, stop sign violation, failing to drive at safe speed and careless driving, fined $200 plus $200 costs. Balulis was cited by Minersville Patrolman Jason A. Klouser.
Ryan Charles Forgotch, 20, Shenandoah, windshield obstruction, fined $25 and costs. Charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a vehicle with unsafe equipment dismissed. He was cited by Shenandoah Patrolman Michael O'Neill.
Patrick Robert Shay, 30, Pottsville, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (CS) at his home and making repairs, selling or furnishing offensive weapons, five to 23 months in county prison with credit for serving 16 days with the sentence to begin Friday, Aug. 30, at 9 a.m., pay $100 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA fund, perform 20 hours community service, and make restitution of $113 to Bethlehem Regional Lab. Shay was cited by Pottsville Cpl. Dennis G. Wiederhold.
Robert Warren McFarland, 41, Pottsville, retail theft from Walmart Store, Saint Clair, 11 1\2 to 23 months in the county prison, pay $50 to CJEA fund, perform 20 hours community service, and make restitution of $1,793.76 to Walmart. McFarland was cited by Patrolman Joseph J. Leskin.
Jeffrey Dargis, 40, Shenandoah, criminal trespass on property of Charles Zebraitis, 112 N. Emerich St., Shenandoah, three to 12 months in county prison, pay $50 to CJEA fund, perform 20 hours community service, and make restitution of $2,475 to Zebraitis. Dargis was cited by Patrolman Christopher Zuber.
Kyle Thomas Putalavage, 24, Pottsville, DUI of alcohol, 48 hours to six months in the county prison, fined $500, pays $100 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA fund. $50 to MCARE fund, $60 to SMC, perform 20 hours community service, attend safety school, complete outpatient substance abuse treatment, and driver's license suspended 12 months. He was cited by Trooper Robert Kluge on SR901 in Branch Township.
Gordon Harry Devine, 21, Pottsville, possession of drug paraphernalia, 12 months probation, $100 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA fund, and perform 20 hours community service. He was cited by Pottsville police.
Joseph Henry Sadusky, 44, Pottsville, two counts of criminal mischief to two vehicles, 18 months probation, $50 to CJEA fund, perform 40 hours community service, and make restitution of $2,853.63 to Michelle Reed, and $865.27 to David Anderson. Sadusky was cited by Pottsville Patrolman Richard J. Pugh.
Amber Anne Menne, 24, Ashland, possession of a controlled substance at her home, 12 months probation, $100 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA fund, and perform 20 hours of community service. Menne was cited by Butler Township Chief Edward Tarantello.
Each defendant must also pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.