Carbon County court
A Carbon County man admitted stealing rent money he was collecting for another person.
He was one of four defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.
Scott Michael Kulp, 48, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty to one count of theft by receiving stolen property. He was charged by Lehighton police for an incident in September 2015.
Kulp agreed to collect the rent for a Lehighton man for apartments he had rented to individuals. Kulp collected $600 in rent money but never turned over the funds to the victim.
Since the incident Kulp has repaid $300 of the money.
Serfass sentenced him to serve six to one day less 24 months in prison and ordered him to make restitution for the remaining $300, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment and render 100 hours of community service when paroled.
Kulp, who is in the county prison, was given credit for 132 days already served on the charge.
Brittani Aylse Gosnear, 28, of Philadelphia, pleaded to one count of disorderly conduct as a summary offense. In a plea bargain with the district attorney’s office a charge of simple assault was dropped.
She was charged by Jim Thorpe police on Sept. 10, 2016, with assaulting a relative at the victim’s residence along Lehigh Street.
It was noted that Gosnear has paid restitution of $2,100 for damages, which was required to be paid before the plea proceeding.
Serfass imposed a fine of $300.
Adam George Reich, 30, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty to criminal trespass, a misdemeanor 3, with a charge of criminal trespass, as a felony 2, dropped in a plea bargain.
He was arrested on Sept. 19, 2017, by state police at Lehighton for an incident along Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township, involving a former girlfriend.
Serfass sentenced him to serve two to 23 months in the county prison with credit for 63 days already served and paroled him. He was also ordered to make restitution of $300, zero tolerance for drug or alcohol use and render 50 hours of community service.
On the two harassment counts he was fined a total of $600.
Joshua Keith Mertz, 41, of Bath, pleaded to one count of persistent disorderly conduct. He was arrested on March 28 by Palmerton police at 360 Lehigh Ave., where police responded to a report of loud music being played.
Mertz was placed on probation for a year and ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation 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.