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March 19. 2013 11:53PM

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WILKES-BARRE — A county prison guard charged with providing drugs to inmates at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility and who was scheduled to stand trial on related charges this week instead will face a trial in May.

Jason Fierman, 37, of Hayes Lane, Wilkes-Barre, was scheduled for a March 18 trial on charges of criminal conspiracy, delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

The trial was continued at the request of the state Attorney General’s Office after learning a witness in the case was out of state and unavailable to be present at the trial. Judge Fred Pierantoni rescheduled the trial to begin May 6 with jury selection beginning at 10 a.m.

Fierman was one of several prison workers charged in March 2011 after a 13-month investigation into alleged drug activity at the prison.

Prosecutors say Fierman, while working as a prison guard, would provide to inmates prescriptions of Suboxone, a drug used to treat opiate addiction.

Fierman remains on unpaid suspension pending resolution.

WILKES-BARRE — A Lancaster County woman charged with taking items from a Luzerne County grocery store was sentenced Tuesday to one to two years in state prison.

Melissa Ann Allan, 50, of Hillside Drive, Mountville, was sentenced on a charge of retail theft by county Judge Lesa Gelb. Allan, who was represented by attorney Ferris Webby, pleaded guilty to the charge in June 2012. Assistant District Attorney Jim McMonagle prosecuted the case Tuesday.

According to court papers, Sugarloaf Township police said that on Nov. 5, 2011, a woman was reported to have been shoplifting from the Gould’s ShurSave Supermarket along state Route 93.

On two different occasions, a woman, later identified as Allan, used an Access Card to check out, police said. Court papers do not indicate the items alleged to have been taken from the store.

Gelb said Allan is prohibited from entering the store.

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