Carbon County court — DUI
A total of five defendants, who previously pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and related charges, were sentenced Thursday in Carbon County court.
President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II imposed sentences on the following:
Brad R. Bowman, 40, of Bowmanstown, sentenced in three cases, two DUI, and a third vehicle code violation.
On the first DUI he was placed in the county’s Restrictive Conditions of Probation program (house arrest) for five years with the first 90 days on electronic monitoring, pay a fine of $1,500 and license suspended for 18 months. On the second DUI he was sentenced to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, pay a fine of $1,000 and another license suspension of one year.
On the charge of possession/sale/use display of documents, he and an altered inspection sticker on his vehicle, he was placed on probation for a year and on a possession of drug paraphernalia charge he was placed on probation for a year, with all the terms running concurrently.
He was also ordered to supply a DNA sample and complete an intensive outpatient drug treatment program.
He was arrested on the first DUI of a controlled substance on Jan. 8, 2018, along Delaware Avenue by Palmerton police. The second arrest occurred on Sept. 6, 2020, by state police at Lehighton along Bank Street in Bowmanstown.
The count of possession, sale, use or display of documents occurred after a vehicle stop on Jan. 25, 2019, by Palmerton police along Delaware Avenue. In that case charges of DUI (two counts), firearms not to be carried without a license and possession of drug paraphernalia were dropped in a plea deal with the district attorney’s office.
Eric James Buskirk, 36, of Danielsville, was sentenced placed in the house arrest program for five years with 30 days in jail followed by 60 days on electronic monitoring, pay a fine of $1,500 and license suspended for 18 months. He was given credit for 30 days already served and paroled.
He was arrested on Sept. 1, 2018, by state police at Lehighton along Route 209 in Franklin Township, for DUI of a controlled substance.
William Frederick Jones, 63, of Effort, was placed on 30 days of monitoring. He had previously been sentenced to serve five days and other conditions, which were all completed but the five days.
He was arrested on June 2, 2018, by state police at Fern Ridge.
Jose L. Morales Jr., 45, of Summit Hill, was sentenced to serve five days to six months in jail, pay a fine of $1,000, license suspended for a year and ordered to get a mental health evaluation.
He arrested on Feb. 17, by Lehighton police at Route 443 and Ninth Street. He refused a test.
He will begin serving the jail term at 4 p.m. on Aug. 6.
Joshua Eichler, 45, of Lehighton, was sentenced to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, pay a fine of $1,000 and license suspended for a year. On a driving under suspension count he was fined $200.
He arrested on Nov. 26, 2016, by state police at Lehighton along East Alley in Lehighton for DUI of a controlled substance.
He was previously placed in the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program but was revoked from it for violating conditions.
He will begin the jail term at noon on July 28.
Coleen Elaine Kissling, 31, of Tuscarora, Schuylkill County, was placed on probation for a year on a retail theft charge.
She was arrested by Mahoning Township police on Dec. 3, 2019, at the Walmart store where she attempted to steal a total of 180 items.
She was also ordered to get both a drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations, supply a DNA sample, get her GED diploma and make restitution to Walmart for $1,935.65. She is currently an inmate in the Schuylkill County prison on other pending criminal charges and her sentencing was done via video from the prison.
Each defendant must also pay court costs of about $1,000 and a $50 per month supervision fee while on parole or probation.