Carbon County Court Judge Joseph Matika on Monday admonished a young Nesquehoning man to cherish the time he has with his grandmother, from who he had stolen $250 to pay fines.

Rickey Alex Williams, 22, of pleaded guilty to access device fraud. He was arrested on Aug. 31 by borough Police Chief Sean Smith.

Matika sentenced Williams to serve 55 days to one year in jail, giving him credit for the 55 days he has already served. Williams must also perform 50 hours of community service, and pay court costs.

Williams admitted to having taken his grandmother's credit card and using it to withdraw $250 from an automated teller machine at a convenience store. Although Williams grandmother, whom he said had raised him from the age of five months, did not ask for restitution, Williams' lawyer, Greg Mousseau, said his client had repaid the money.

Mousseau told Matika that Williams' grandmother had been visiting him in prison.

Matika warned Williams that his time with his grandmother is limited, and to cherish that time. Matika told Williams that he and his family had made Christmas cookies over the weekend, and that Matika had used his own grandmother's recipe.

The judge advised Williams to go home and spend time with his grandmother, and to appreciate all she's done for him.

Matika also heard guilty pleas from a dozen other people:

Paul J. Biesaideski, 45, of Dupont, Luzerne County, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was arrested by state police at Pocono on Aug. 25 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Kidder Township. His blood alcohol content at the time was 0.35.

Matika deferred sentencing pending completion of a review to determine whether he should be placed on electronic home monitoring.

Damien Michael Ward, 32, of Hazle Township, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (28 packs of heroin). He was arrested by Beaver Meadows police on Sept. 28 after a traffic stop on Broad Street.

Matika sentenced Ward, who is enrolled in a Wilkes-Barre area methadone clinic, to one year of probation; 50 hours of community service; and to pay court costs. Matika also reminded Ward that he would be under zero tolerance for drug use and missed urine screenings. The judge also sentenced ward to the same penalties, to run concurrently, on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thomas Danko, 34, of Wilkes-Barre, pleaded guilty to flight to avoid apprehension. He was arrested on June 19 by park rangers at Hickory Run State Park, Kidder Township. The rangers were helping state parole officers, who had a warrant for Danko's arrest. Danko fled, but was caught.

Matika deferred sentencing.

Kenneth J. Mellor, 50, of Tamaqua, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was arrested by Nesquehoning police on Route 54 on March 6, with a blood-alcohol content of 0.20.

Matika sentenced him to six months probation; a $300 fine; perform 50 hours of community service; and to complete a highway safety school. Mellor also must pay court costs and obey a zero tolerance on alcohol and urine screenings.

Maurice Jamal Hampton, 20, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to failure to disperse upon order and simple assault by mutual consent. He was arrested on April 7 during a melee at the Carbon County prison.

Matika deferred sentencing due to restitution matters.

Joseph M. Rayno Jr., 47, of Weatherly, pleaded guilty to DUI. He was arrested on July 22 by Beaver Meadows police on Tamaqua Street in that borough. At the time, Rayno had a blood-alcohol content of 0.30.

Matika sentenced him to five days to six months in jail (he will be allowed to serve the time on weekends); 25 hours of community service; a $300 fine; have his license suspended for one year; pay court costs; and obey a zero tolerance order on drugs and alcohol and urine screenings.

Willis Fredericks, 45, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty to failing to show up for a prison sentence. He was arrested by the sheriff's department on June 24, 2007. Fredericks told Matika that he thought his employer had paid his fine, and so he didn't have to appear for further proceedings. Fredericks said he then went to Missouri to visit his youngest child.

Matika sentenced him to 12 months probation, 50 hours of community service and court costs. Fredericks also has two cases pending in Schuylkill County.

Robert Clewell, 52, of Palmerton, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and harassment. He was arrested by Palmerton police on Oct. 10. Clewell also acknowledged having been arrested for DUI 11 times.

Matika sentenced him to six to 12 months in jail; 50 hours of community service; and fined him $100. He was given credit for the eight days he's served, and must have mental health and drug and alcohol evaluations.

Justin Stevens, 27, of Beaver Meadows, pleaded guilty to persistent disorderly conduct. He was arrested by state police at Hazleton on Aug. 27 for an incident at 31 Penrose St., Beaver Meadows.

Matika sentenced him to six months probation and to have no contact with the victims. He must also pay court costs and fees.

Jeffrey Miles, 49, of Allentown, pleaded guilty to DUI. He was arrested by Mahoning Township police on Mauch Chunk Street on Feb. 19. His blood alcohol content was 0.17.

Matika deferred sentencing.

Lisa Green, 43, of Lansford, pleaded guilty to persistent disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. She was arrested by Lansford police on Sept. 23 in the area of 346 W. Kline Ave., Lansford.

Matika sentenced her to one year of probation; 50 hours of community service; a drug and alcohol evaluation and to pay court costs and fees.

Walter John Koldesko, 27, of Mountain Top, pleaded guilty to DUI. he was arrested on Main Street on May 4 by Weatherly police.

Matika sentenced him to three days to six months in jail; suspended his license for one year; fined him $1,000; and ordered him to perform 25 hours of community service. There will be zero tolerance for unprescribed medications, and he must pay court costs and fees.

Robert Farber, 41, of New Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to DUI. He was arrested by Summit Hill police on May 26 on Route 902. His blood alcohol content was 0.16.

Matika sentenced Farber to five days to six months in jail; fined him $300; suspended his license for one year, and ordered him to perform 25 hours of community service. Farber also must abide by a zero tolerance rule for drugs and alcohol, and missed urine tests.

Matika acknowledged that Farber has successfully sought help for his problems, mentioning positive citations from various rehabilitation programs.

Matika also agreed to place six defendants in the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition program.

Kevin E. Burge, 54, of Old Forge, Lackawanna County, was charged with DUI. He was arrested by state police at Pocono on May 15 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Kidder Township. Burge had a blood-alcohol content of 0.17.

Matika placed him the ARD for one year and suspended his license for 60 days. He must perform 50 hours of community service, pay $450 in administrative costs, and pay court costs.

Trans A. Eckhart, 31, of Lehighton, was arrested for DUI on May 29, 2011, on Route 248 by state police at Lehighton. His blood alcohol content was 0.11.

Matika placed him in ARD for one year, charged him a $400 administrative fee, suspended his license for 30 days, and ordered him to perform 50 hours of community service. he must also pay court costs, obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation, and complete a highway safety school.

John Peters Jr., 57, of Mountain Top, was arrested for DUI on June 17 on I-80 in Kidder Township by state police at Fern Ridge. His blood alcohol content was 0.10.

Matika placed him ion the program for one year and suspended his license for 30 days. Peters must pay a $400 administrative fee, and perform 50 hours of community service, pay court costs, and complete highway safety school.

Cynthia Pittenger, 47, of Effort, was arrested for DUI on Lafayette Avenue, Palmerton, on June 3 by state police at Lehighton. She had a blood-alcohol content of 0.15.

Matika placed her in the ARD program for one year and suspended her license for 30 days. She must pay a $400 administrative fee. Pittenger also must perform 50 hours of community service, pay court costs, and complete highway safety school.

Robert James Rotz, 46, of Saylorsburg, was arrested for DUI by state police at fern Ridge on July 13 on Route 534 in Penn Forest Township. He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.15.

Matika placed him in the ARD program for one year, suspended him license for 30 days, and fined him $400. Pittenger also must perform 50 hours of community service, pay court costs, and complete highway safety school.

Nicole Shoop, 27, of Ashland, was arrested by state police at Lehighton for aggravated and simple assault on April 4. The incident occurred at 39 Lauchnor Rd., East Penn Township.

Matika placed her in the ARD program for two years, for which she must pay $350. Pittenger also must perform 100 hours of community service, and pay court costs.