A Luzerne County man pleaded guilty on Thursday in Carbon County court in five pending criminal cases involving break-ins of vehicles in Jim Thorpe. He was one of several defendants in pending criminal cases to enter guilty pleas before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Receiving counts

Shayne D. Balliet, 21, of Freeland, pleaded guilty to three counts of receiving stolen property and one count each of theft from a motor vehicle and firearms not to be carried without a license.

Balliet was arrested by Jim Thorpe police to break-ins of vehicles along Rock St. on April 8-9. The firearms count stems from the same incident when he was taken into custody he had a .38-caliber handgun which he had not license to carry.

Balliet was also charged with similar acts in Luzerne County occurring during the same time period.

Webb deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office prepare a presentence investigation (PSI).

Other pleas

Colin Michael Batarick, 23, of Walnutport, pleaded to one count each of incapable of safely operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol and littering near waterways. He was arrested at Beltzville Lake in Towamensing Township on May 25, 2009, by state fish and game officers. Given a test, the result was .09BAC.

Webb placed him on probation for a year and ordered he pay a fine of $300 and suspended his boating privileges for a year. On the littering offense he was fined $50 and costs.

Benedict Thomas Flynn, 75, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of indecent exposure. He was arrested on Jan. 27 by Palmerton police for an incident at his residence. He exposed himself to a woman who was walking by his home, police said.

Webb sentenced him to time served (58 days) to one day less 24 months in jail and have no contact with the victim.

Robert Hawk, 43, of Bath, pleaded to one count of each of criminal use of a communication device in a drug sale and possession of a controlled substance-marijuana. He was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office for an incident in Albrightsville on Sept. 24, 2008.

Webb deferred sentencing and ordered a PSI.

Robert S. Hunadi, 21, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of criminal attempt-damage to a property. He was arrested by East Penn Township police for an incident on Jan. 4 at 114 Wilk Lane, the property of Alysia Dirkey.

Webb placed him on probation for a year and ordered he pay restitution of $490 to the victim and have no contact with victim or family.

Todd Kostak, 43, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested on Sept. 29, 2009, along SR209 in Summit Hill. Given a test, the result was .28BAC.

Webb placed him on probation for six months and ordered he pay a fine of $300, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and render 10 hours of community service. On a summary offense he was fined $25 and costs.

Daniel Scott Leslie, 47, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Oct. 24, 2009, by state police along White St., in Bowmanstown. Given a test, the result was .25BAC.

Webb placed him on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300, get a D&A evaluation and render 10 hours of community work.

Jason Aaron Palmer, 25, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of defiant trespass. He was arrested on Aug. 21, 2009, for an incident at the residence of Jason Branch, 315 E. Catawissa St.

Webb placed him on probation for a year.

Kimberly S. Schnell, 27, of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count of bad checks. She was arrested by Summit Hill police on Jan. 26, 2007, for an incident involving Hiles Brothers as the victim.

Webb placed her on probation for a year and ordered restitution of $308.55 to the victim.

Dustin Brian Shields, 40, of Tamaqua, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance-cocaine. He was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office on May 5, 2008, in Lansford.

Webb placed him on probation for a year.

Andre Smith-Morales, 29, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of disorderly conduct. She was arrested on Sept. 11, 2009, by Nesquehoning police for an incident at her home.

Webb placed her on probation for six months.

Randy Allen Steckel, 38, of Hopatcong, N.J., pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on June 6, 2009, along Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Blvd., in Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .23BAC.

Webb placed him on probation for six months and ordered he pay a fine of $300 and get a D&A evaluation.

William Javier Tappan, 18, of Albrightsville, pleaded to two counts of theft. He was arrested by Kidder Township police on June 20, 2009, near Split Rock Lodge. He was one of three involved in a robbery at the lodge. The second charge stems from an incident earlier the same day in Lehighton with Vincent McIntosh the victim.

Webb placed him on probation for a year on each count, running concurrently, and ordered he pay restitution totaling $292 for both offenses.

Lawrence A. Upshur, 55, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Dec. 4, 2009, along North St., in Jim Thorpe. Given a test, the result was .31BAC.

Webb deferred sentencing to give Upshur a chance to apply for the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP).

Falon Young, 25, of 523 Coal St., Lehighton, pleaded to one count of recklessly endangering another person. He was arrested on Nov. 20, 2009, by Lehighton police for an incident at his residence with Chris Walk the listed victim. Police said a eight-inch butcher knife was involved in the incident.

Webb placed him on probation for 18 months and ordered Young have a mental health evaluation and have no contact with the victim.

All defendants sentenced were ordered to pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.