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Carbon County court

Published April 26. 2019 12:23PM

A Carbon County man pleaded guilty in the county court on Thursday morning to two felony counts in pending criminal cases.

He was one of eight defendants to enter a plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Lehighton incident

Scott Albert, 24, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of receiving stolen property and fleeing or attempting to elude police, both felony 3s.

Albert was arrested on May 11, 2018, when Lehighton police attempted to stop him along the Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge while he was operating a motorcycle. Police had previously received information about the theft of a bike matching the description of the one Albert was operating.

A short pursuit ensued with Albert eventually stopping.

Sentencing was deferred so Albert can apply for placement in the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program - house arrest.

After the proceeding was finished, Albert was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies on an active domestic relations warrant.

Other pleas

Tyler Jordan Frantz, 28, of Lansford, pleaded in two pending cases to one count each of resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and summary charges of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

He was arrested on the drug charge on Jan. 11 by Lansford police along East Kline Avenue where police served a warrant on him. When taken into custody, marijuana was found.

He was charged for the other counts on Feb. 1 by Lansford police for an incident along East Kline Avenue where police responded to a report of a man causing a disturbance.

On the resisting charge, Serfass placed Frantz on probation for two years, and on the drug charge, one year probation, with the terms running consecutively. He was fined a total of $800 on the two summary offenses. He was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendations for treatment and render a total of 150 hours of community service.

Austin Ray McBride, 24, of Lansford, pleaded to two counts of theft in two separate incidents, both occurring at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township.

On Aug. 21, 2018, McBride entered the store, took items and then went to the customer service area and exchanged them for cash. He did the same thing later the same day.

McBride is currently an inmate in the county prison on a parole violation petition filed by the adult probation office.

On the first count Serfass sentenced him to serve one to 12 months in prison and on the second one year probation, with the terms running consecutively. He was also ordered to make total restitution of $109.35 to Walmart, render 100 hours of community service when paroled and stay out of the store. He was given credit for one day spent in jail on the charges.

Alicia Kachmar, 29, of Lansford, pleaded to one count each of resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia in two pending cases.

She was arrested on the resisting count on Nov. 6, 2018, by Lansford police along West Patterson Street. Police responded to the area to a report of a neighbor’s dispute. Kachmar was involved, and when police placed her under arrest, she struggled with the officers. The drug count resulted from an incident on Nov. 4, 2018, along East Bertsch Street in Lansford.

On the resisting charge, Kachmar was placed on probation for 18 months and six months on the drug charge, with the terms running consecutively. She was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and render a total of 100 hours of community service.

Kyle Hagenbuch, 25, of Lehighton, pleaded to a summary offense of harassment. He was arrested on April 30, 2018, by Franklin Township police for an incident along Canal Road involving his girlfriend. It was noted the district attorney’s office gave Hagenbuch a huge break by dropping aggravated and simple assault charges. Serfass told Hagenbuch if convicted of those counts, based on his prior record score, it could have led to a state prison term.

Serfass imposed a fine of $300.

Calysta Arielle Tucker, 28, of Allentown, pleaded to one count of tampering with/fabrication of physical evidence. She was arrested on Jan. 11 by Summit Hill police during a traffic stop at Pine and Ludlow streets. She was a passenger in the vehicle and was observed throwing a bag from the vehicle. The bag was found which contained illegal substances.

Serfass placed her on probation for a year and ordered her to render 50 hours of community service.

Joshua Louis Perez, 25, of Bethlehem, pleaded to one count each of loitering or prowling at night and false identification to law enforcement. He was arrested on Feb. 7 by Jim Thorpe police at a residence along West Broadway. Police were called to the area for a burglary in progress and found Perez had attempted to enter the property. He then gave them a false name.

Perez is currently an inmate in the Lehigh County prison on a warrant.

On the two counts Serfass sentenced Perez to serve one to 12 months in prison, with the terms running concurrently, and ordered he make restitution for damages to a door of $100 and render a total of 100 hours of community service when paroled.

Shaina Marie Poshefko, 32, of Walnutport, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance. She was arrested by Lansford police on May 30, 2018, for having illegal drugs in her possession.

Sentencing was deferred as she has three other pending criminal cases.

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

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