Carbon man admits to threats, drug counts; other pleas entered
A Carbon County man pleaded guilty in the county court on Friday to charges of terroristic threats and a drug count. He was one of seven to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.
Thomas Hosler, 42, of Lehighton, pleaded to the threats count and a count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under suspension. In a plea agreement, a more serious charge of firearms not to be carried without a license was dropped.
Hosler was arrested on Sept. 22, 2011, by state police at Lehighton in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart store in Mahoning Township. He had in his possession a Ruger 9mm pistol, which was found in the glove compartment of a vehicle he was in. Troopers said the gun was loaded.
Hosler has been arrested four separate times since the incident, Nanovic noted, and is currently serving a prison term of six to 23 months in the Berks County prison in Reading.
Nanovic sentenced him to 30 days in jail on the suspension count, his seventh conviction for that offense, and ordered he pay a fine of $1,000. He was given credit for 23 days spent in jail on the charge.
On the threats count he was placed on probation for a year consecutive to the suspension count, and on the possession count he was placed on probation for a year, consecutive to the other counts.
He was also ordered to get both drug and alcohol (D&A) and mental health evaluations and follow any recommendations for treatment.
Other defendants entering pleas included:
Ruben Soto, 28, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of simple assault.
He was arrested by Palmerton police for an incident on July 27 at 901 Princeton Ave. where he assaulted Tina Dries, his then girlfriend.
Nanovic sentenced him to serve six to one day less 24 months in prison and ordered he get a mental health evaluation, attend and complete anger management counseling, and have no contact with Dries.
He was given credit for 41 days spent in jail on the charge.
Amy Sue Fritzinger, 32, of Lehighton, pleaded in two pending cases to two counts of retail theft.
She was arrested on Nov. 7, 2011, by Palmerton police for an incident at J&J Coins, Delaware Avenue, where she took nine coins. The second arrest was on April 24 by Palmerton police for an incident at the Family Dollar Store on Delaware Avenue where she took $150 worth of merchandise.
Fritzinger told Nanovic she had a heroin problem, got help, and is continuing counseling.
Nanovic placed her on probation for a year on each count, running concurrently. She was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation.
Keith Weaver, 53, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on Feb. 26 by Palmerton police in the area of 302 Delaware Ave.
Nanovic imposed a fine of $300.
The following defendants entered pleas to DUI charges.
Luis Mendoza, 42, of Palmerton, was arrested on Sept. 29, 2012, along Hahns Dairy Road, in Lower Towamensing Township, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.
Nanovic sentenced him to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, one year license suspension, get a D&A evaluation, and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use.
He will begin the jail term at 8 a.m. on Sept. 16.
Craig Steven Long, 43, of Lehighton, was arrested on June 10 along Mahoning Street by Lehighton police. Given a test, the result was .14BAC.
A first offense, Long was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300, and get a D&A evaluation.
Thomas Joseph Anthony, 35, of Palmerton, was arrested on Feb. 15 along Mauch Chunk Road in Palmerton, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .09BAC.
Sentencing was deferred.
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.