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Carbon man has parole revoked; other criminal matters heard

Published January 30. 2014 01:35PM

A Jim Thorpe man had his parole revoked and several other criminal cases were disposed by Schuylkill County judges.

Justin Anthony Jacobacci, 31, of 304 Hatchery Road, Jim Thorpe, had his parole revoked by Judge John E. Domalakes and was recommitted to the Schuylkill County prison with loss of 132 days of liberty, which will be added to his current maximum date, creating a new maximum release date of March 20, 2015. The court will allow him to reapply for parole in three months, but can be paroled at an earlier date if he is accepted to the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center or to an inpatient treatment facility.

Jacobacci had entered a guilty plea in February 2013 to charges of retail theft of a television set from Wal-Mart in Hometown, Rush Township, and after serving 52 days in prison was released on parole for 23 months.

Other cases

Dakota Scott Boyer, 20, Wiconisco, Dauphin County, entered a guilty plea before President Judge William E. Baldwin to theft of $500 cash belonging to Jamie Umderkoffor, Tower City. His sentence was deferred to a later date.

Joseph Robert Driscoll, 37, Clifton Heights, Delaware County, and Jason John Sweeney, 32, Port Carbon, both entered guilty pleas before Baldwin to charges of criminal conspiracy and theft.

Both were charged by Trooper Robert Oakley with taking 176 feet of cable from a Verizon building in West Brunswick Township. Driscoll also pleaded guilty to giving false information to law enforcement authorities. Their sentences were deferred to a later date.

Douglas R. Rogers, 53, Myerstown, entered a guilty plea before Baldwin to charges of criminal conspiracy and receiving stolen property. He was charged by Minersville Patrolman Richard C. Cink. Sentence was deferred to a later date.

Ashley Rae Shellhammer, 26, Schuylkill Haven, was brought into court on a bench warrant after failing to keep a court date.

After a hearing Judge Domalakes dissolved the bench warrant and set bail at $2,500 percentage cash and she must reside at 831 Mahantongo Creek, in Dalmatia, Northumberland County, and cannot relocate without the court's permission. She also must pay $50 for the bench warrant. Shellhammer faces prosecution for allegedly delivering illegal drugs in the Auburn area.

Michael James Kirkland, 30, Pine Grove, had his parole revoked by Judge James P. Goodman and was recommitted to the county prison to serve his original sentence without credit of 117 days of liberty while on parole. His new maximum date for release was extended to Oct. 9, 2014.

Kirkland had pleaded guilty last June to possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia when stopped in Pottsville.

Robert and Bethany Bachert, of 1 Bull Run Street, Coaldale, won their appeal when Goodman reversed the decision by a magisterial district judge and adjudged them not guilty of a charge of violating the Coaldale Borough Zoning Ordinance. They were charged for operating a kennel under the name of Red Fern Collies in an R-1 (Single Family Residential) District.

David J. Whipple, 19, Girardville, lost his appeal from a ruling by a magisterial district judge who had found him guilty of driving while his license was suspended. After a hearing in Court Judge Domalakes adjudged him guilty of the offense and sentenced him to serve 60 to 90 days in the county prison with his sentence to begin Monday, Feb. 3.

He was charged with operating an all-terrain vehicle on a highway in Girardville. He also must pay a fine of $500 plus costs.

Ada Wimberly, 39, Ashland, lost her appeal from a conviction by a magisterial district judge who found her guilty of failing to obey a traffic control device in Ashland. Judge Domalakes adjudged her guilty of the offense and upheld the $25 fine and $80 cost imposed by the district judge.

Randall Tyson, of Gilberton, won his appeal from the findings of a magisterial district judge who found him guilty of owning a building in Shenandoah deemed dangerous by the zoning officer. Judge Domalakes overturned the guilty verdict.

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