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Carbon County court — guilty pleas

Published January 17. 2019 12:42PM

An Albrightsville man was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday after pleading to a resisting arrest charge.

He was one of four defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Penn Forest incident

Andrew J. Pavlischak, 50, was sentenced to serve six to one day less than 24 months in prison on the resisting charge. He also pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, stemming from the same incident, and was placed on probation for a year, consecutive to the first count. Serfass noted that Pavlischak has a history of resisting arrest convictions.

He was arrested on July 1, 2018, when state police at Fern Ridge responded to a residence along Beaver Drive in Penn Forest Township for a suspicious man. Officers found Pavlischak and learned that there was an active warrant for his arrest issued out of Monroe County. When troopers attempted to take him into custody, he resisted and had to be subdued by the officers. After getting him under control, troopers found drug paraphernalia on him.

Pavlischak said he was not the suspicious person mentioned in the police report. He said it was his residence troopers responded to and there was another man at the scene.

Pavlischak is currently an inmate in the Monroe County prison in Snydersville. He told Serfass he was going to be sentenced on another criminal charge in February in Monroe.

Other pleas

Slavomir Tomaska, 38, of Colonia, New Jersey, pleaded to one count each of flight to avoid apprehension, reckless driving, careless driving and stop sign violation.

He was arrested on Aug. 1, 2018, by Lehighton police. Officers responded to South Street at Second Street area for a suspicious man in the area. Officers saw Tomaska in a vehicle and attempted to stop him. Officers activated their emergency lights and siren, but Tomaska refused to stop. A chase then began with speeds reaching 80 mph before he was stopped in the area of the Carbon Plaza Mall in Mahoning Township.

He told the court he has had mental health issues and was off his medication at the time. After his arrest he entered a hospital for a month and is now back on his meds.

Serfass sentenced him to time-served (seven days) to 23 months in prison and ordered he get a mental health evaluation and render 100 hours of community service.

On the other counts he was fined a total of $250 and costs.

Matthew D. Muchmore, 50, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of possession/sale/use or display of documents and driving under suspension, per the motor vehicle code.

He was arrested following a vehicle stop on March 13, 2018, along Route 443 by Lehighton police. Police found the license plate on the vehicle was not for that vehicle along with an expired inspection sticker. Also, Muchmore had no insurance and his license was under suspension.

Serfass sentenced him to time-served (48 days) to one day less than 24 months in prison on both counts with the terms running concurrently. He was also ordered to render a total of 200 hours of community service.

Muchmore is currently an inmate in the county prison on other pending charges.

Margaret Marie Breiner, 44, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of persistent disorderly conduct. In exchange for the plea, a charge of terroristic threats was dropped.

She was arrested on Aug. 6, 2018, when Lehighton police responded to Griff’s Bar along South Second Street, for a patron threatening other patrons in the bar.

Police found Breiner in an intoxicated condition.

The police report indicated she had made threats to three patrons, but she told the court it was one man, with whom she had a prior involvement.

Serfass placed her on probation for a year and ordered her to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment and render 50 hours of community service.

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

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