Carbon County Court Judge Steven R. Serfass on Monday admitted 15 people into the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition program. The program is for first-time offenders charged with non-violent crimes who waive their right to a trial. In turn, they are placed on probation and may have their records cleared once they complete the program.

Robert A. Terracino, 20, of Weatherly, was charged by Weatherly police on April 30 with driving under the influence on Carbon Street. Testing showed his blood alcohol level to be 0.113 percent. He was placed on ARD for one year; pay $400 toward the cost of the program; and relinquish his driver's license for 90 days and perform 20 hours of community service.

Carlos A. Villanueva, 29, of Lehighton, was charged by Summit Hill police on Aug. 20 for driving under the influence on White Bear Drive after he crashed into a utility pole. Testing showed his blood alcohol level to be 0.30 percent.

Villanueva, who needed an interpreter to help him communicate with the court, was placed on ARD for one year; must pay $450 for the cost of the program and $50 a month probation fee. He must perform 30 hours of community service and undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation abide by the recommendations. His license was suspended for 60 days and he must participate in an alcohol highway safety program.

Cristian A. Castillo, 35, of Hazleton, was charged by Nesquehoning police on Sept. 5 with driving under the influence on Route 209. He, too needed an interpreter. He was placed in the ARD program for one year and ordered to pay the $450 cost plus $50 a month probation fees. Castillo also must surrender his driver's license for 60 days and participate in the alcohol highway safety program and undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and abide by the recommendations.

Michael James Douglas, 18, of Weatherly, was charged by Weatherly police on Aug. 29 with driving under the influence on Main Street. Tests showed his blood alcohol level to be 0.20 percent. Douglas was placed on ARD for one year and must pay the $450 cost of the program. He also must pay $50 a month probation fees and perform 20 hours of community service, participate in the alcohol highway safety program and undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and abide by the recommendations. His license was suspended for 90 days.

Mark Donald Krumenacker, 42, of Chester Springs, Chester County, was charged on Aug. 13 by state police at Pocono with driving under the influence on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Kidder Township. Testing showed his blood alcohol level to be 0.17 percent. Krumenacker was placed on ARD for one year and must pay the $450 cost of the program plus $50 a month in probation fees. He also must surrender his license for 60 days, participate in the alcohol highway safety program and undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and abide by the recommendations.

Nicole S. Allard, 23, of Lansford, was charged by Lansford police on January 18 with corruption of minors after she enlisted a 12-year-old girl to help her shoplift diapers from the Rite Aid drugstore. Allard was placed on ARD for 18 months, during which time she must test for a General Education Development diploma, take parenting classes and have no contact with the girl. She also must pay restitution to Rite Aid, pay the $350 cost of the ARD program and the $50 a month probation fee and perform 15 hours of community service.

Mark Anthony Bauder, 41, of Lansford, was charged by Summit Hill police on Sept. 2 with theft of $85 and bank cards from the Switchback Market. He was placed on ARD for one year and must pay the $450 cost of the program plus $50 a month in probation fees. Bauder must also perform 15 hours of community service. He has already made restitution to the store's owner.

Justin Horinko, 20, of Weatherly, was charged by state police on June 28 with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana and heroin) and drug paraphernalia. Horinko was placed on ARD for one year and must pay the $350 cost of the program plus $50 a month in probation fees. He also must perform 15 hours of community service.

Robert F. Shafer, 25, of Nesquehoning, was charged by Summit Hill police on Oct. 21 with disorderly conduct in fighting at the Lansford Court. Shafer was placed on ARD for one year and must pay the $350 cost of the program plus $50 a month in probation fees. He must also perform 15 hours of community service and undergo anger management evaluation and abide by recommendations.

Bernard J. Stianche Jr., 51, of Nesquehoning, was charged by Nesquehoning police on Sept. 8 with harassment by lewd and threatening communications. Stianche apparently called 911 and used foul language to a dispatcher. His lawyer, Paul Levy, told the judge that "Mr. Stianche was having a bad day."

Stianche was placed on ARD for 18 months and ordered to pay the $350 cost of the program plus $50 in monthly probation fees. He also must perform 15 hours of community service and reimburse Officer Carl Breiner for a $50 pair of gloves. Stianche must have no contact with the victim, and undergo a mental health evaluation.

Kelly Sue Yerger, 38, of Nesquehoning, was charged by Lansford police on Sept. 2 with driving under the influence on Patterson Street. Tests showed the presence of cocaine metabolite in her blood. Yerger was placed on ARD for one year and must pay the $450 cost of the program. She also must pay $50 a month probation fees and perform 3 hours of community service for each month of the program, participate in the alcohol highway safety program and undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and abide by the recommendations. Her license was suspended for 60 days.

Phillip David Zuber, 48, of Nesquehoning, was charged by Nesquehoning police on Sept. 18 with driving under the influence on Route 209. Zuber was placed on ARD for six months; must pay $450 for the cost of the program and $50 a month probation fee. His license was suspended for 60 days. He must participate in an alcohol highway safety program and undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and abide by the recommendations.

Travis Joseph Fanning, 22, of Hazleton, was charged with doing $5,489.54 worth of damage to a loader belonging to the Rossi Coal Co. on Aug. 19, 2007. He was placed on ARD for three months, must pay the $350 cost of the program and $50 in monthly probation fees. Fanning has completed community service and made restitution.

Thomas R. Putzel, 29, of East Haddam, Conn., was charged by Weatherly police on June 27 with driving under the influence on Plane Street. Testing showed his blood alcohol content to be 0.16 percent. Putzel was placed on ARD for one year; must pay $450 for the cost of the program and $50 a month probation fee. He must undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation abide by the recommendations. His license was suspended for 60 days and he must participate in an alcohol highway safety program.

Mark H. Shultz, 22, of Beaver Meadows was charged by Beaver Meadows police on Sept. 18 with possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine and paraphernalia). Shultz was placed on ARD for one year; must pay $350 for the cost of the program and $50 a month probation fee. He must undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation abide by the recommendations. He also must perform 3 hours of community service for each month of the program.