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Carbon County court

Published September 12. 2018 12:18PM

A Carbon County woman, who brought drugs into the county prison, hidden in her shoe, was sentenced recently to a county prison term.

She was one of nine defendants who previously pleaded guilty and were sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Fentanyl patch

Lori Fatzinger, 53, of Palmerton was sentenced to serve six to 18 months in prison on a charge of possession of a controlled substance — fentanyl.

She was arrested on Aug. 21, 2017, by Nesquehoning police, who were called to the county prison after contraband was found.

Upon arrival, prison staff turned over a fentanyl patch, which was found in Fatzinger’s shoe. Fatzinger was an inmate and was reporting back from work release at the time. She admitted that she brought the patch into the prison.

In addition to the prison term, Matika ordered Fatzinger to get both drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations and follow any recommendations for treatment, zero tolerance imposed on drug or alcohol use and render 50 hours of community service.

She was given credit for 171 days spent in jail on the charge and will serve the remaining time on consecutive two-day weekends that began on Sept. 9 at 5 p.m.

Drug counts

Nicole Kwasniak, 23, of Lansford, was sentenced to serve six to 24 months, less a day, in the county prison on charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. She was arrested on April 20, 2017, by Mahoning Township police.

She was also ordered to get a mental health evaluation, zero tolerance for drug or alcohol use and render 75 hours of community service. She was given credit for 49 days spent in jail on the charge.

Linette A. Lesher, 37, of Jim Thorpe, was placed on probation for a year on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested on Oct. 1, 2017, along Route 443 following a vehicle stop by Mahoning Township police. She must also pay a fine of $150, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and render 50 hours of community service.

DUI cases

The following were sentenced on DUI charges.

Michael Severa, 43, of McAdoo, was sentenced to serve one to five years in prison, pay a fine of $2,500, his license was suspended for 18 months, zero tolerance for drug and alcohol use and when paroled render 100 hours of community service.

He was arrested on June 12, 2017, by Weatherly police. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance.

He was given credit for 28 days spent in prison on the charge and will begin serving the sentence at noon on Sept. 21.

Maria Gelsomina Alfeo, 28, of Lansford, was sentenced to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, her license was suspended for a year, zero tolerance for drug or alcohol use and render 25 hours of community service.

She was arrested on May 24, 2016, by Lansford police along Patterson Street.

She will begin serving the sentence at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21.

Jason Lewis Bellitts, 35, of Weatherly, was sentenced to serve 48 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,500, one-year license suspension, zero tolerance for drug or alcohol use. On a charge of endangering the welfare of a child he was on probation for a year, concurrent with the DUI count. He must also render a total of 100 hours of community service.

He was arrested on Sept. 13, 2017, along Spring Mountain Road in Banks Township by state police at Hazleton. He had a female juvenile in the vehicle at the time. A test revealed a 0.08 BAC.

Christopher Eli Blevins, 47, of Tamaqua, was placed in the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program for 24 months with the first 90 days on electronic monitoring. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,500, his license was suspended for 18 months and he must render 100 hours of community service.

He was arrested on Feb. 14, 2015, after being involved in a crash in Mahoning Township.

The case took a long time coming through the system with at least 17 continuances granted and a bench warrant issued for Blevins for failure to appear.

The IPP will be supervised by Schuylkill County adult probation office.

Brandee Holly Boroznoff, 25, of Pittston, Luzerne County, was sentenced to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, her license was suspended for a year and she must render 25 hours of community service.

She was arrested on July 26, 2015, by Mahoning Township police along North First Street. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance.

She was given credit for 10 days already served and paroled.

Roland Albert Vega Coellar, 21, of Hazleton, was sentenced to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, his license was suspended for a year, zero tolerance for drug or alcohol use and render 25 hours of community service.

He was arrested on June 13, 2017, along Second Street by Weatherly police. A test showed the presence of a controlled substance.

He will begin the jail term at 9 a.m. on Sept. 15.

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

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