Man gets probation in burglaries

BY ROBERT L. BAKER

One of two Susquehanna County men who admitted to a role in stealing money, vehicles and firearms in a string of 2010 burglaries was sentenced to five years probation last Thursday morning.

Scott Arthur Evans, 28, of Forest City, had entered guilty pleas to three burglary counts and one theft count – all felonies – in September in Susquehanna County Court.

He had faced a maximum prison sentence of 37 years. As part of the plea deal, however, District Attorney Jason Legg said it was agreed that both men would receive concurrent sentences.

In May 2010, Lehr and Evans and another man, Joel Lehr Jr. of Hallstead stole two ATVs and a dirt bike from a garage in Franklin Twp.

On June 7-8, 2010, they took about $200 in cash from the North Main Grill and the business sustained about $500 worth of damage.

A 1995 Jeep Cherokee was stolen June 28, 2010, from Jerry’s Garage, in Clifford Twp. The vehicle was later found burned in Lackawanna County.

The following day, June 29, 2010, firearms and cash were stolen from the Beacon Bar & Grill in Uniondale.

Each of four sentences was to five years probation, to be served concurrently, and a $150 fine for an aggregate sentence of $600 in fines as well as restitution to each of the victims in the four incidents.

In other cases on a light Dec, 21 docket were:

*Joshua Bennett, 25, of Montrose, was sentenced to five days-six months in county jail and $300 for a DUI in Rush Township on June 2.

*Michael H. Seeley, 53, of M,eshoppen, was sentenced to five days-six months in county jail and $300 for a DUI in Rush Township on June 10.

*Sandy M. Theobald, 33, of Susquehanna, was sentenced to 15 months probation and a $150 fine along with restitution to the victim for theft by unlawful taking on March 22.

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Katrina Sue Merritt was also on the docket to be sentenced for charges of disorderly conduct stemming from an incident in September 2011. She did not appear in the courtroom, and President Judge Kenneth Seamans issued a bench warrant for her arrest.

Merritt’s attorney Bernard J. Brown filed a petition to withdraw counsel in the matter.