A Tuscarora man was among nine people who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Jacquelyn Russell.

Edward Matalavage, of 810 Seneca St., pleaded to criminal attempt to commit retail theft at Wal-Mart Store in Hometown, and was placed on probation 18 months, and ordered to pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), and perform 20 hours of community service and shall have no contact with the store while on probation. He was cited by Rush Township Patrolman Richard Bekesy.

William L. Smith, 33, Minersville, receiving stolen property, sentenced to serve one to 23 months in the county prison with credit for spending 13 days in prison, pay $50 to CJEA, perform 20 hours of community service and make restitution of 190 to Kathy and Harold Arndt, Minersville, the victims, and $50 to district attorney for bench warrant. He also shall have no contact with the victims.

Smith was cited by Minersville Patrolman Richard C. Clink. On a charge of defiant trespass on property of Laura Esler, 506 Sunbury St., given a concurrent 12 months probation sentence, pay $50 to CJEA, perform 20 hours community service and shall have no contact with property owned by Minersville Housing Authority. He was cited by Minersville Patrolman Eric C. Sterner.

Christopher F. Huth, 25, Mount Carmel, criminal conspiracy, sentenced to serve one day to 23 months in the county prison,, pay $50 to CJEA, pay $100 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, perform 20 hours of community service and pay a fine of $100. On a charge of possession of a controlled substance sentenced to serve one day in jail and 30 days on probation to run concurrent. Huth was cited by Minersville Patrolman Jeffrey R. Bowers.

Lance Robert Christman, 45, Pine Grove, manufacturing a controlled substance, sentenced to serve two to five years in a state correctional institution with credit for serving 149 days in the county prison, pay $100 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA, perform 100 hours community service and make restitution with four others $998,670.

The police report states Christman was involved with three others in an apartment in Pine Grove last Jan. 12 manufacturing methamphetamine and an explosion occurred causing a fire which damaged several row homes. The restitution is to the property owners and their insurance companies.

Chad Everett Lytle, 36, Pottsville, receiving stolen property, sentenced to serve six to 12 months in the county prison with credit for 78 days served, pay $50 to CJEA, perform 20 hours community service and make restitution of $150 to Travis Kessock, the victim. He also must receive a drug and alcohol evaluation and may participate in the prison's vocational program if he qualifies.

Lytle was cited by Pottsville Capt. Richard Wojciechowsky. On charges of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia was given an additional 11 months on probation and perform 40 hours of community service and pay $100 to CJEA.

Karen Myers, 46, Pottsville, retail theft, given credit for serving 11 days in the county prison and was released on parole for 12 months, pay $50 to CJEA, perform 20 hours of community service and make restitution of $20 to Turkey Hill Mini Mart in Pine Grove and must stay away from the store. Myers was cited by Pine Grove Det. Thomas Trotter IV.

Abbie Elizabeth Mengle, 23, Pottsville, criminal conspiracy to deliver heroin, was sentenced to serve six to 23 months on house arrest, pay $100 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA, make restitution of $113 to Bethlehem Regional Lab and $60 to Pottsville Police Department Drug Task Force, obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation and submit to random urine drug tests.

Michael Angelo Cope Sr., 32, Girardville, criminal conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance, given credit for serving 23 days in the county prison and was released on parole for 12 months, pay $100 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA, perform 20 hours community service and make restitution of $176 to Bethlehem Regional Lab. On a charge of failing to carry car insurance was fined $300 and $63.50 costs. Cope was cited by Trooper Timothy Keating in Butler Township.

Richard Jonathan Malave, 20, Patterson, N.J., simple assault, given credit for serving 92 days in county prison and released on parole for 23 months. On a charge of criminal conspiracy and a second simple assault was given two more years of probation, pay $50 to CJEA, and perform 40 hours of community service. Also he shall have no contact with M&T Bar in Shenandoah or with George Haller and Melissa Elrod, victims. Malave was cited by Patrolman Robert Senape.

Each defendant must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.