Mom pleads in marijuana haul
BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Wyoming County Press Examiner
A 35-year-old Nicholson woman faces a maximum of six years in prison and $15,000 in fines after pleading guilty Friday to possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of children.
Brenda Tobin and her husband Scott, were arrested in June after a raid of their Vic’s Lane home revealed 100 marijuana plants growing in the basement.
The residence also supported three children, who were ages 9, 10 and 12 at the time of the raid.
According to court documents, Mr. Tobin acknowledged he had been growing, manufacturing, cultivating, harvesting and distributing marijuana for about a year. He told police he had been unemployed for a year and he and his wife had gone through their 401K retirement savings, and had to “sell marijuana to survive.”
Mr. Tobin’s charges were bound over to county court on August 10.
A 27-year-old Tunkhannock man faces a maximum of 31 years in prison and $70,000 in fines after pleading guilty Friday in the Wyoming County Court of Common Pleas to his involvement in a crime spree late last year.
Jason Albert Bartsch, of Treetop Lane, appeared before President Judge Russell Shurtleff and entered pleas for four separate incidents.
Under a plea arrangement with District Attorney Jeff Mitchell, Bartsch also faced charges in three additional incidents that would not be prosecuted once Bartsch is sentenced on the other four.
According to court documents, Bartsch admitted on Oct. 11, around 3 a.m. he entered the Towne Plaza Shopping Center, just west of Tunkhannock, and went to the rear of the CVS Pharmacy where he cut the power wires thinking he had deactivated a burglary alarm. He then threw a rock through the front door of the CVS store, causing an alarm system to go off.
Also on Oct. 11, Bartsch is alleged to have unlawfully entered Wayne Automotive & Collison where he pried a door open and took some tools.
On Dec. 23, between 8 and 11 a.m., Bartsch entered two Billings Mill Road properties in Tunkhannock Township. In one incident he took possession of a 1960 Mercury Comet, and in the other he took a utility trailer and riding lawnmower belonging to Amy Carey.
For the burglary at Wayne Automotive Bartsch faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. For a charge of criminal attempt to trespass, and two charges of theft by unlawful taking Bartsch faces a maximum of seven years in state prison and a $15,000 fine on each.
Judge Shurtleff said he would be sentenced at a later date.
Others pleading Friday:
James Louis Barber, 54, of Tunkhannock, pleaded no contest to indecent assault on April 21.
Anthony Marques Brown, 18, of Scranton, pleaded guilty to simple assault on Aug. 5. Additional separate charges of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on Aug. 5 will not be prosecuted at time of sentencing.
Kevin Lee Casselbury, 58, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI on May 18.
Matthew Ryan Drogan, 25, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on Oct. 9.
Kathryn D. Erat, 23, of Factoryville, pleaded guilty to DUI on May 20, 2011.
David C. Farr Jr., 21, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking on May 7. However, when Farr tested positive after a random drug test Friday, Judge Shurtleff vacated the plea and continued the case until Dec. 7.
Kane Kenneth Kintner, 19, of Factoryville, pleaded guilty to harassment on Aug. 16, 2011.
Joseph Edward Klecha, 26, of Montrose, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on Aug. 9.
Norman Joseph Lukac, 69, of Sayre, pleaded guilty to possessing instruments of crimne and recklessly endangering another person on March 29.
Jennifer Marie McIntire, 42, of Susquehanna, pleaded guilty to theft by deception on April 10.
Matthew John Murray, 18, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on July 31.
Luke Anthony Page, 22, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to terroristic threats on Aug. 23. Additional separate charges of terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment on April 16 will not be prosecuted at time of sentencing.
Timothy William Schillaci, 34, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to harassment on Aug. 9, 2011.
Steven Wayne Shoemaker, 42, of Laceyville, pleaded guilty to DUI on May 25.
Christopher Lee Shupp, 30, of Factoryville, pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to commit theft by unlawful taking on April 16.
James Thomas Stark, 23, of Tunkhannock, appeared late in court to enter a guilty plea to possession of drug paraphernalia on Aug. 3. However, when Stark tested positive after a random drug test Friday, Judge Shurtleff continued the case to Dec. 7 and said the drug finding was a violation of his bail arrangement, which he changed from $5,000 unsecured to $50,000 straight. He was taken to the county jail. Judge Shurtleff said, “After one almost fatal overdose, at least we know you will be safe with incarceration.”
Russell Fred Tiley III, 32, of Falls, pleaded guilty to harassment on Feb. 4.
Kevin Wayne Wilcox, 35, of Harveys Lake, pleaded guilty to false identification to law enforcement on June 30.
Robert Kevin Wiles, 44, of Laceyville, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on May 16.
Christopher Stephen Zeravsky, 32, of Frackville, pleaded guilty to DUI on April 7.