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Carbon County court

Published October 16. 2019 12:09PM

Four defendants who previously entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court were sentenced on Friday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Three cases

Francis W. Chambers, 31, of Lansford, was sentenced on charges of burglary, flight to avoid apprehension and persistent disorderly conduct to a total of one to 23 months in prison on the burglary and flight to avoid apprehension counts and one year probation on the conduct charge with all the terms running concurrently.

He was arrested on the burglary charge by Lansford police for entering a home along West Water Street on Aug. 29, 2018. The conduct charge stems from a Jan. 29, 2018, incident in Lansford along West Patterson Street. The flight to avoid apprehension occurred on Sept. 5, 2018, in Lansford when he fled police along West Abbott Street when they attempted to serve a warrant on him.

He was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, supply a DNA sample, have no contact with victim in the burglary and render 75 hours of community service.

He was given credit for 15 days already served.

He will begin serving the remaining 15 days starting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18 and serve it on consecutive weekends.

Fleeing police

David G. Miller, 31, of Weatherly, was sentenced to time-served (80 days) to 18 months in prison on a charge of fleeing or attempting to elude police and 72 hours to six months in jail on a charge of driving under the influence. The sentences run concurrent to each other. He was given credit for three days served on the DUI count and paroled. He also pleaded to driving under suspension in the first case and was fined $200.

Weatherly police said on July 12, 2017, that Miller refused to pull over his vehicle after an officer initiated a traffic stop on a gray Mazda on the 1000 block of East Main Street.

During the ensuing chase, police said Miller and his passenger flipped off the officer and shined lights into his car. The car eventually stopped on a dirt road off South Lehigh Gorge Drive. Police said Miller complied with police and got out of the vehicle.

While the officer was placing Miller under arrest, he allegedly started fighting him and telling his passenger to flee into the woods. The officer subdued him with a stun gun, but the passenger fled into the woods.

The officer searched Miller and found four yellow pills and a blue pill suspected to be Xanax. They also found eight packets of Suboxone in his wallet. They also saw an open bottle of beer in the center console.

He was arrested on the DUI charge on June 22, 2017, following a traffic stop by state police at Fern Ridge.

On the DUI county he was ordered to pay a fine of $1,000 and his license was suspended for a year. He was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation, supply a DNA sample and render 75 hours of community service.

Drug case

Cameron G. Dickson, 22, of Jim Thorpe, was placed on probation for two years on a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, marijuana. On a charge of possession of a controlled substance, heroin, he was placed on probation for a year, concurrent with the first count.

He was arrested on Dec. 2, 2018, when Kidder Township police responded to the area of the Hickory Run Tavern along Route 534 in Albrightsville for an unresponsive man in a vehicle. Dickson was found in the vehicle.

He was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation, supply a DNA sample and render 100 hours of community service.

Bench trial

Jason Gagliardo, 51, of Summit Hill, was placed on probation for a year on a charge of harassment. On a charge of disorderly conduct, a summary offense, he was fined $100.

Gagliardo was arrested by Summit Hill police on Aug. 3, 2016, for an incident involving his neighbor along Mountain Top Road. He was originally charged with two counts each of terroristic threats and disorderly conduct and three counts of harassment. Matika found him guilty of the harassment and conduct count at a bench trial on July 9.

Gagliardo admitted to mental health issues and have been receiving counseling on a regular basis.

Matika also ordered him to get a mental health evaluation (stating his current evaluation four be sufficient), have no contact with the victim and render 25 hours of community service.

The four defendants each 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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