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Carbon County court

Published August 23. 2019 12:47PM

Seven defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Thursday before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Clark Tyler Hansler, 34, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of resisting arrest and persistent disorderly conduct.

He was arrested on July 2 when Mahoning Township police responded to the residence of his mother along Mahoning Drive East for an unwanted person. His mother had a protection from abuse order against him and he was at the residence and refused to leave. Police had to use substantial force to take him into custody. A charge of aggravated assault on police chief Audie Mertz was dropped in a plea bargain with the district attorney’s office.

Serfass sentenced him to serve six to one day less 24 months on the resisting charge and three to 12 months on the disorderly conduct with the terms running concurrently. He was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation, zero tolerance for drug or alcohol use and render a total of 150 hours of community service when paroled.

Hansler is currently an inmate in the Bucks County prison awaiting action of a parole violation charge. He began the jail term immediately.

Dora J. Stoeckel, 44, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of hindering apprehension. Palmerton police charged her with not reporting the whereabouts of a person she was previously told had a warrant for his arrest. She was arrested on May 4.

She was sentenced to serve two to one day less 24 months in prison and ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation, zero tolerance for drug or alcohol use and render a total of 100 hours of community service.

She is currently an inmate in the county prison and was given credit for 10 days already served.

Autumn Grace Hall, 22, of Tamaqua, pleaded to one count of tampering with evidence. She was arrested on Aug. 3, 2017, by state police at Lehighton, who responded to a report of a person passed out in a vehicle at Franklin and Forge streets in Weissport. Prior to the arrival of troopers, Hall, who was a passenger, fled the area and took drugs with her, which led to the tampering charge.

She was placed on probation for a year and ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and render 50 hours of community service.

Hall is currently an inmate in the Lehigh County prison on a probation violation charge.

Thomas Allen Tessitore Sr., 61, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of persistent disorderly conduct. He was arrested on July 9 when Lansford police responded to the 200 block of East Patterson Street for a disturbance. Tessitore was the person involved and was found under the influence of methamphetamine, police said, and found with a 2-foot-long sword and a knife.

Serfass sentenced him to time-served (nine days) to one year and ordered he get both a drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations and render 50 hours of community service.

Bobbi Jo Simmons, 38, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of resisting arrest. She was arrested on April 18, by Lehighton police at the intersection of South First and Iron streets. Police responded to assist a probation officer who was trying to take Simmons into custody on a warrant. She struggled with the officers and force had to be used to take her into custody.

Serfass sentenced her to time-served (80 days) to three months in prison and ordered her to get a drug and alcohol evaluation, zero tolerance for drug or alcohol use and render 75 hours of community service.

Jordan Michael Ohl, 23, of Tamaqua, pleaded to one count of theft or lost property. He was charged for an incident on July 2 at the state police barracks in Lehighton where he was there on another matter. While being released, he was given a wallet that belonged to another person by mistake. He later returned the wallet, minus $160 that was in the wallet.

He was sentenced to time-served (seven days) to one year in jail and ordered to render 50 hours of community service.

Georgette Rimsky, 39, of Kunkletown, pleaded to one count of theft. She was arrested on Aug. 15, 2016, by state police at Lehighton, who responded to a disturbance at a Penn Forest Township residence. Rimsky had been involved in an argument with a male and left the premises with his cellphone.

Serfass sentenced her to time-served (14 days) to 18 months in jail, ordered her to make restitution of $180 and render 75 hours of community service.

Each defendant sentenced 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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