Kline Twp. man gets pro­ba­tion for meth lab-re­lated in­ci­dent

The Republican Herald - - FROM PAGE 1/POLICE/COURT - con­tact the writer: pbort­ner@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570-628-6014 BY peter e. Bortner STaFF WrITer

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.

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