The Republican Herald - - POLICE/COURT - BY PETER E. BORTNER Staff Writer con­tact the writer: pbort­ner@re­pub­li­can­her­; 570-628-6014

POTTSVILLE — A Coal­dale woman will not have to spend time in prison af­ter a Schuylkill County judge sen­tenced her thurs­day in two drug-re­lated cases re­sult­ing from in­ci­dents in June 2015 in Ta­maqua.

Karen Rim­sky, 33, must serve two to 23 months on house ar­rest with elec­tronic mon­i­tor­ing, Judge James P. Good­man ruled in giv­ing both prose­cu­tors and the de­fen­dant some­thing they wanted. He made the sen­tence ef­fec­tive on Nov. 27.

Prose­cu­tors had asked him to send rim­sky to prison for two to 23 months, while Rim­sky’s lawyer, Joseph V. Se­be­lin Jr., Le­high­ton, had asked that his client be placed on house ar­rest in­stead of be­hind bars.

“We feel that some in­car­cer­a­tion is nec­es­sary,” Deputy as­sis­tant District at­tor­ney Jennifer N. Foose said, al­though she nei­ther sup­ported nor op­posed house ar­rest.

rim­sky pleaded guilty on Sept. 13 to de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance, pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tion fa­cil­ity and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance in one case and pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance in the other.

Ta­maqua po­lice had charged rim­sky in the first case with sell­ing $80 worth of mar­i­juana on June 10, 2015, and with pos­sess­ing a sal­able amount of mar­i­juana on June 11, 2015.

“i know what i did was against the law,” Rim­sky said.

Good­man also sen­tenced Rim­sky to pay costs, $200 to the Sub­stance abuse ed­u­ca­tion Fund, $226 resti­tu­tion to the state po­lice crime lab­o­ra­tory in Beth­le­hem and $80 resti­tu­tion to the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force, and sub­mit a DNA sam­ple to law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties.

Also on Thurs­day, Good- man re­voked the pro­ba­tion in one case and pa­role in an­other against Mercedes M. Alexan­der, 20, of Ma­hanoy City, and sen­tenced her to serve three to six months in prison. He made the sen­tence con­cur­rent with the state prison term Judge John e. Do­ma­lakes had im­posed Mon­day in a third case.

Good­man re­voked Alexan­der’s pro­ba­tion and pa­role af­ter the de­fen­dant ad­mit­ted vi­o­lat­ing them by fail­ing to re­port to her su­per­vis­ing of­fi­cer, com­mit­ting new crimes, fail­ing drug tests, us­ing drugs and not mak­ing pay­ments on her costs and fees.

“if you have prob­lems with drugs, hope­fully, you can ad­dress them” in state prison, Good­man told Alexan­der, who wore a prison jump­suit and hand­cuffs dur­ing the hear­ing.

alexan­der pleaded guilty on Set. 28, 2016, to theft and sim­ple as­sault in one case and theft, con­spir­acy and re­tail theft in the sec­ond one. At that time, Good­man placed her on pro­ba­tion for 12 months and also sen­tenced her to pay costs, a $50 fine, $100 to the Crim­i­nal Jus­tice En­hance­ment Ac­count and $2.28 resti­tu­tion.

Min­ersville po­lice charged alexan­der with com­mit­ting the one theft on Dec. 17, 2015, in the bor­ough, while state po­lice at Schuylkill Haven charged her with com­mit­ting the other on the same date in Nor­we­gian town­ship.

On Mon­day, Do­ma­lakes re­voked Alexan­der’s pro­ba­tion in the third case and sen­tenced her to serve one to three years in a state cor­rec­tional in­sti­tu­tion.

alexan­der had pleaded guilty in that case on May 3 to re­tail theft. At that time, Do­ma­lakes had placed her on pro­ba­tion for 12 months, and also sen­tenced her to pay costs and a $50 CJEA pay­ment.

But­ler Town­ship po­lice had charged alexan­der with com­mit­ting that theft on Oct. 14, 2016, in the town­ship.

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