Kline Twp. man gets probation for meth lab-related incident
POTTSVILLE — Already on parole for throwing sulfuric acid at his girlfriend, Gerald R. Fisher Jr., will not have to spend more time in prison after admitting Tuesday to a Schuylkill County judge that he possessed chemicals used in making methamphetamine.
Fisher, 49, of McAdoo, Kline Township, pleaded guilty to possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance. Prosecutors withdrew charges of operation of a methamphetamine laboratory, conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Judge Charles M. Miller accepted the plea and, pursuant to an agreement between prosecutors and the defendant, placed Fisher on probation for three years. Miller also sentenced Fisher to pay costs, $300 to the Substance Abuse Education Fund, $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account and $2,400 restitution to the Pennsylvania State Police, and submit a DNA sample to law enforcement authorities.
Miller made the probation consecutive to the parole Fisher is serving in his other case.
Kline Township police charged Fisher with possessing red phosphorous, which is used to make meth, on Aug. 15, 2016, at his 17 Snyder Ave. residence.
Police were at the house to investigate the other incident, which they allege occurred earlier the same day.
They said Fisher threw sulfuric acid on Lorraine Searfoss while they were arguing on Aug. 15, 2016, at the residence. Searfoss, 49, of McAdoo, suffered injuries to her left arm, right shin and back, and had to be taken to the hospital for examination, police said.
In that case, Fisher pleaded guilty on Sept. 27, 2017, to recklessly endangering another person, with prosecutors withdrawing charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief.
Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin accepted the plea and, pursuant to an agreement between prosecutors and the defendant, sentenced Fisher to time served to 12 months in prison with immediate parole, and to pay costs, a $50 CJEA payment and a $50 bench warrant fee.
Kline Township police also filed the charges against Fisher in that case.
Charges are still pending against Searfoss in the case involving the purported meth lab.