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JASON KIZER


BY MICHAEL J. RUDOLF

Wyoming County Press Examiner

TUNKHANNOCK – Former Falls Township Police Chief Jason Kizer, 36, of Scranton, was sentenced in Wyoming County Court on Wednesday to 12 months probation and a $5,000 fine.

Kizer was charged with tampering with public records. He pleaded no contest to the charge in April.

Judge Russell Shurtleff also ordered Kizer to put in 100 hours of community service working at the county’s firewood lot.

Neither Kizer nor his attorney offered any comments during the sentencing hearing.

District Attorney Jeff Mitchell told the judge that Kizer should be held to a higher standard than other defendants.

“Obviously, we expect more from a police officer,” Mitchell said.

Shurtleff concurred.

“The defendant through his action violated the public trust bestowed upon police officers,” the judge said.

According to Mitchell, between January and August 2007, Kizer turned in false time sheets to the township, claiming he worked hours when he was not actually on duty.

Around the time of his arrest, Kizer had been serving as a police officer at area communities including Clarks Summit, Duryea and Avoca. He also worked as a security officer at Lackawanna College

Kizer resigned as Falls Township police chief on Aug. 22, 2007.

As part of Kizer’s plea agreement, he would pay restitution of $2,500 to Falls Township.

Also on Wednesday, a Montgomery County man was sentenced to 12 months probation on a charge of interference with the custody of children.

Jeffrey Leinheiser, 22, of Jenkintown, had pleaded guilty on Friday to taking a 15-year-old boy from New Hope Academy, a residential counseling facility in Clinton Township, near Factoryville.

According to the criminal complaint, on Oct. 28, 2008, police in Jenkintown stopped a New Hope van with Leinheiser and the boy in it.

Police confirmed that Leinheiser was a New Hope counselor, but he was not authorized to take the vehicle or the boy to suburban Philadelphia.

When police questioned the boy, he said that Leinheiser told him the Philadelphia Phillies were about to win the World Series, and Leinheiser asked the boy to accompany him.

Leinheiser’s probation will be concurrent to a prison sentence he is now serving on theft charges in Montgomery County.

Others sentenced on Wednesday included:

Holly Milliron, 20, of Douglasville, 96 days to 12 months and a $250 fine for possession of drug paraphernalia. She was given credit for 96 days served.

George Steer, 20, of Tunkhannock, one to 12 months and a $500 fine for possession of a controlled substance. He was given credit for three days served.

Thomas Evans, 25, of Tunkhannock, 181 days to 12 months and a $200 fine for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was given credit for 181 days served.

Jason Stevens, 37, of Port Byron, N.Y., 18 days to 12 months, a $200 fine and $2,000 restitution for theft by unlawful taking. He was given credit for 18 days served.

Jessiah Winters, 32, of Mehoopany. 48 hours to six months and a $500 fine, plus 30 days house arrest, five months probation and a $750 fine on two separate driving under the influence charges. The sentences are to be served consecutively.

Andrew Cook, 26, of Tunkhannock, 15 days to six months and a $1,000 fine for driving under the influence.

Three people were accepted into treatment programs through the Wyoming/Sullivan Counties Drug Court. If they complete the programs, their sentences will be suspended. They are:

David Drake, 29, of Clarks Summit, nine to 24 months and a $1,000 fine for driving under the influence.

Stacey Simmons, 22, of Scranton, six to 24 months and a $500 fine for possession of a controlled substance.

Bruce Thompson, 31, of Falls, 12 to 36 months and a $2,500 fine for driving under the influence.