Tamaqua man sentenced to state prison term on assault charges
A Tamaqua man was one of two who was found guilty by a jury last February of criminal charges and were sentenced in Schuylkill County court to serve time in state prison facility.
David Rudy Cipko, 36, of 175 Penn St., who was found guilty of two counts of simple assault and one count of recklessly endangering another person, was sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman.
On one of the simple assault accounts he was sentenced to serve 12 to 24 months in a state correctional facility and was given credit for time served in the county prison from Aug. 16, 2012, to the present. The second count of simple assault merged and on the charge of recklessly endangering another person he was given a concurrent sentence. When released on parole must have no contact with Shannon Quinn or her mother, the victims. Cipko was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Karl Harig.
Samuel Thomas Steffie, 41, of Schuylkill Haven, who was found guilty by a jury of theft of veterans grave markers removed from a cemetery was sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller to serve 16 to 32 months in a state correctional institution and must make restitution of $524 to the Schuylkill County Veterans Department. Steffie was cited by Trooper Bernard S. Spece.
Judge Charles Miller conducted hearings on appeals taken from rulings of Magisterial District Judges on motor violation charges and issued orders in the following cases:
Michael C. Linkchorst, 32, of Mount Olive Blvd., West Mahanoy Township, lost his appeal as the court upheld the ruling of the district judge who had found Linkchorst guilty of driving while his license was suspended and imposed a $200 fine and cost.
Mary K. Witty, 39, Girardville, withdrew her appeal and the court accepted her guilty plea to driving while her license was suspended-DUI related, and sentenced her to imprisonment in the county prison for 30 days with the sentence to begin Sunday, April 21, at 10 a.m. She also must pay all fines and costs imposed by the district judge. Witty was cited by Trooper Timmy Harsh when stoped on Interstate 81 in Ryan Township.
Patrick Eugene Schartel Jr., 25, Saint Clair, withdrew his appeal and entered a guilty plea to the charge of driving while his operating privileges were suspended-DUI related, and the court placed him on probation for 60 days in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) and imposed a fine of $500 plus $98 costs. He was stopped on SR443 at the intersection to Blue Mountain Area High School in North Manheim Township.
Braxton J. Moore, 30, of 135 Coal St., Apt. C, Cumbola, Blythe Township, failed to appear in court for his hearing and the court dismissed the appeal and ordered the sentence imposed by the district judge to stand.
Moore was sentenced to serve 90 days in the county prison and ordered to report to the prison on Saturday, April 20, at 9 a.m. He was cited by Minersville Patrolman Jason Alan Klouser, of driving while his license was suspended-DUI related. He also must pay a fine of $500 and costs.
Trista Marie Lecher, South Street, Minersville, withdrew her appeal and entered a guilty plea to a charge of disorderly conduct and the court ordered payment of $200 in fine and costs.