Man gets state prison term for assault, theft; others enter pleas
A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term Thursday in the county court after entering guilty pleas to assault and theft charges.
He was one of 12 defendants in pending cases to enter a plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.
Andrew Jason Tyahla Sr., 44, of Palmerton, pleaded guilty to one count each of theft and assault by a prisoner stemming from incidents in Lehighton.
He was arrested on the theft charge for an incident on March 10, 2013, in which he took three gold diamond rings from the home of Lisa Caplan, Gypsy Hill Gardens.
The assault occurred on March 14, 2013, when Lehighton police picked him up on a warrant. After being placed under arrest he struggled with police, assaulting officers Mathew B. Bender and Scott S. Prebosnyak.
On the assault count Serfass sentenced him to serve 36 to 72 months in a state prison with credit for 188 days. On the theft charge he was sentenced to serve 24 to 48 months in a state prison, concurrent with the assault charge.
He was also ordered to render 150 hours of community service when released on parole, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance for D&A use, supply a DNA sample, and make total restitution in the theft case of $2,050.
Michael Taschler, 27, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty in three pending cases.
He pleaded to one count each of endangering the welfare of a child and theft. He was arrested on June 30, 2012, by Lehighton police following an incident in the area of 320 N. First St. following a vehicle stop. Taschler was charged with injecting heroin while his daughter was present.
He pleaded to one count of criminal trespass for an incident on Aug. 4, 2013, at the residence of Zachary Hoffman at 130 Jamestown St.
In the third case he was charged for an incident on Aug. 3, 20123, with taking $600 from Danny Edgar of Lehighton. In that case he also pleaded to false statements to police.
Taschler admitted to a long-term drug addiction problem. His defense attorney, Adam Weaver, said Taschler was attempting to enter the Salvation Army inpatient program in Harrisburg.
Serfass deferred sentencing.
Other defendants who entered pleas included:
Randall Douglas Perry, 23, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded guilty in two pending cases. He entered a plea to three counts of receiving stolen property.
He was charged by Jim Thorpe police for an incident on Oct. 28, 2013, with the Insurance Evidence Services the victim. He admitted having in his possession a Shrinkfast heat gun belonging to the victim. He was charged for an incident on Oct. 20, 2013, with James Yaich the victim and taken were two Tonka trucks and an air tank.
On the first case Serfass sentenced him to serve one to 12 months in prison with credit for 64 days already served and immediately paroled him.
On the second count he was placed on probation for a year consecutive to the first count.
He was also ordered to render 150 hours of community service, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance for D&A use, and make total restitution of $216.60.
Beth Ann Hosier, 29, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property. She was arrested on Oct. 26, 2012, by Lehighton police for having in her possession jewelry stolen from the home of Marisol Magabet. She later pawned the items at a Lehighton business.
She was placed on probation for 24 months and ordered to render 100 hours of community service, and make total restitution of $1,000.
Brian Kehl, 30, of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count of simple assault. He was arrested on Jan. 2, 2010, for an incident at the county prison were he assaulted a fellow inmate, Andrew Tyahla Sr.
Serfass placed him on probation for 24 months.
David Cummings, 48, of Lehighton, pleaded one count of retail theft for an incident on Oct. 24, 2012, at the Giant Market in Mahoning Township. He and a co-defendant filled two shopping carts with various items and left the store without paying for them.
Sentencing was deferred.
Jeanne Thorpe, 41, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of retail theft. She is the co-defendant with Cummings in the above stated incident.
She was placed on probation for 24 months and ordered to render 100 hours of community service, and make restitution of $552.39, her share of the items taken.
Tammy Sue Mills, 43, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of bad checks, a summary offense. She was arrested by Franklin Township police on Dec. 13, 2012, for issuing two bad checks to Ohl Fuel Oil Company totaling $959.75. The money has already been paid to the victim.
Serfass imposed a fine of $300.
Matthew Thomas Smale, 27, of Bowmanstown, pleaded to one count of unsworn falsification. He was arrested on March 13, 2012, at Shea's Hardware where he gave false information when attempting to purchase a gun.
He was placed on probation for two years and ordered to render 100 hours of community service.
Stephen Keach, 21, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of simple assault and harassment. He was arrested on Aug. 13, 2012, by Lehighton police for an incident in the area of 115 N. First St. with Daryl Behler the victim.
On the assault count he was sentenced to time served in prison (44 days). On the harassment count he was fined $300.
Ashley Nicole Matz, 20, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of obstruction of administration of law. She was arrested for an incident on Nov. 13, 3013, in Franklin Township.
State police at Lehighton attempted to stop her vehicle and she fled and finally pulled into the parking lot of the Boatyard tavern where she was arrested.
She is currently in the county prison on a probation violation.
Serfass placed her on probation for 24 months and ordered her to render 100 hours of community service.
Geovanni Greer, 19, of Reading, pleaded to one count of unlawful restraint. He was arrested on Sept. 30, 2012, by state police at Lehighton for an incident at Camp Adams, Penn Forest Township, a camp for juvenile offenders.
He was placed on probation for 36 months and ordered to render 150 hours of community service.
Each defendant sentenced must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee.