Schuylkill County District Attorney James P. Goodman recommended five persons to be entered into the Accelerated Rehabilitated Disposition (ARD) probation program, which is a program reserved for first offenders who committed non-violent criminal acts. At a hearing held before President Judge William E. Baldwin the five were admitted into the program and imposed conditions to be carried out to allow them to clear their names.
All were placed for one year:
Kelly L. Borden, 23, Schuylkill Haven, charged by Schuylkill Haven Patrolman David T. George, with driving under the influence (DUI). She was assessed $500 to defray the cost of the program, pay $100 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $40 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), attend alcohol highway safety school and her driver's license is suspended 30 days.
Michael Eric Canzanella, 24, Clarksburg, N.Y., charged by Schuylkill Haven Patrolman Gregory S. Meisner, with DUI, was assessed $500, pay $300 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA, attend safety school and license suspended 60 days.
Audrey N. Kauffman, 32, Pine Grove, was charged by Pine Grove Cp. Jeffrey Futchko, with passing a bad check and was assessed $350, and pay $50 to CJEA.
Todd Edward Nester, 35, Auburn, charged by Auburn Chief Anthony M. Kuklinskij, with DUI, was assessed $500, pay $100 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA, attend safety school, pay $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center and license suspended 30 days.
Annamarie Romero, 50, Albany, N.Y., charged by Trooper Mark Demko with trying to smuggle cocaine wrapped in a dollar bill into the state correctional institution in Mahanoy Township, was assessed $350, pay $100 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA, and make restitution of $113 to Bethlehem Regional Lab.
Melanie Lynn Rooney, 32, Aristes, charged by Ashland Patrolman Richard Haraschak III, with DUI was assessed $500, pay $50 to CJEA, pay $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center, attend safety school, enroll in Group Intervention Program and license suspended 60 days. On charges of failing to obey a traffic light and careless driving was fined $50 plus $127 in costs.
Each defendant was also ordered to pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.