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Carbon man sentenced for DUI; Northampton man admits to gun count

Published May 14. 2013 05:02PM

A Carbon County resident was sentenced to a prison term on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge while a Northampton County resident got jail time for a gun possession count.

Second offense

Terry Scott Fisher, 62, of Weissport, who previously pleaded to one count of DUI, was sentenced to serve 10 days to six months in prison by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Fisher was arrested on Sept. 16, 2012, along Forge St., in Weissport. Given a test, the result was .14BAC.

Fisher will not have to serve any prison time because Nanovic gave him credit for 21 days he spent in an inpatient rehabilitation facility operated by the Veterans Affairs program. The conviction was Fisher's second for sentencing purposes.

Nanovic also ordered he pay a fine of $1,000, license suspended for a year, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and continue his current aftercare counseling program.

Gun count

Jason Nowinski, 42, of Pen Argyl, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm without a license (as a misdemeanor one). In a plea agreement the charge was downgraded from a felony three.

Nowinski was arrested on Oct. 19, 2010, when state police at Fern Ridge were dispatched to a home in the Indian Mountain Lakes development in Penn Forest Township for a domestic dispute.

On scene Nowinski was found to have in his possession a .45-caliber handgun, which was in his vehicle. The gun actually was the property of his wife, Abigail Marci Nowinski, who was the second half of the domestic dispute.

Because of a prior conviction, which was over 20 years ago, Nowinski was not allowed to have possession of a firearm, which he said he only used for target shooting.

Nanovic rejected a request for probation stating that Nowinski "got a significant break when the commonwealth reduced the count to a misdemeanor one."

Nanovic sentenced him to serve one to 12 months in prison followed by two years of probation. He must also get a D&A evaluation, and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use.

He will serve the prison term on consecutive weekends beginning May 25, at 8 p.m.

Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.

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