Fifteen first time defendants in criminal cases were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program recently.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Placed by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb were:

Paul David Barkholz, 25, of Palmerton, was placed on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. He was arrested on Sept. 22, 2011, along Little Gap Road, in Lower Towamensing Township, by state police. Given a test, the result was .16BAC.

He was ordered to pay $450 for the cost of the program, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, license suspended for 60 days, and render three hours of community service per month while in the program.

Debra Lu Berresford, 55, of Whitehall, was placed on a charge of DUI. She was arrested on Sept. 3, 2011, along SR248 in Lower Towamensing Township by state police. Given a test, the result was .10BAC.

She was ordered to pay $400 for the cost of the program, license suspended for 30 days and get a D&A evaluation.

Cody Ray John Bowman, 21, of Lehighton, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on Aug. 10, 2011, along SR248 in Palmerton by state police. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

He was ordered to pay $450 for the cost of the program, license suspended for 90 days, get a D&A evaluation and render three hours of community service per month while in the program.

Matthew T. Long, 41, of Lake Harmony, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on Dec. 16, 2010, along Canal St., in Franklin Township, by township police. No BAC result was listed.

He was ordered to pay $450 for the program, license suspended for 60 days, get a D&A evaluation, and render 20 hours of community service.

Thomas William Marchetty, 51, of Cherry Hill, N.J, was placed on a charge of DUI. He was arrested on July 29, 2011, along Little Gap Road, in Lower Towamensing Township, by state police. Given a test, the result was .11BAC.

He was ordered to pay $400 for the program, get a D&A evaluation, license suspended for 30 days and render three hours of community service per month while in the program.

Mark Anthony McKeown, 43, of Stroudsburg, was placed on a charge of DUI. He was arrested on June, 11, 2011, along SR209 in Franklin Township, by state police. Given a test, the result was .16BAC.

He was ordered to pay $450 for the program, license suspended for 60 days and get a D&A evaluation.

Higgins Reyes, 25, of Palmerton, was placed on a DUI count. He was arrested on Oct. 18, 2011, by state police at Lehighton.

He was ordered to pay $350 for the program and get a D&A evaluation.

George E. Roberts IV, 22, of Lehighton, was placed on a charge of theft. He was arrested by Franklin Township police on Sept. 4, 2011, for an incident at the Country Inn in which he allegedly took 31 pillow cases and 23 bed sheets.

He was ordered to pay $350 for the program and render 15 hours of community service.

George Dennis Schmidt, 61, of Palmerton, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on July 29, 2011, along Mauch Chunk Rd., in Palmerton, by state police. Given a test, the result was .21BAC.

He was ordered to pay $450 for the program, license suspended for 60 days and get a D&A evaluation.

Allyse L. Van Zee, 24, of Lehighton, was placed on a DUI charge. She was arrested on Nov. 4, 2011, along Interchange Road, in Franklin Township by township police. Given a test, the result was .15BAC.

She was ordered to pay $400 for the program, license suspended for 30 days and get a D&A evaluation.

Meagan Ann Wentz, 23, of Palmerton, was placed on a DUI charge. She was arrested on July 20, 2011, along Delaware Avenue in Palmerton by borough police. Given a test, the result was .14BAC.

She was ordered to pay $400 for the program, license suspended for 30 days and get a D&A evaluation.

Placed by Judge Steven R. Serfass were the following:

Jason Alan Boerner, 25, of Larksville, Luzerne County, was placed on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on Sept. 10, 2011, along Interstate 80 in Kidder Township by state police following a traffic stop.

He was ordered to pay $350 for the program, get a D&A evaluation, and render three hours of community service per month while in the program.

Stephen Danowski, 19, of Stroudsburg, was placed for 18 months on a charge of corruption of minors. He was arrested on Aug. 25, 2011, by Lehighton police who allege he sent inappropriate text messages to a 12-year-old girl.

He was ordered to pay $350 for the program, render 50 hours of community service and have no contact with the victim.

Jon Lavelle Knight, 44, of Northampton, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on April 8, 2010, along SR248 in Lower Towamensing Township by state police. Given a test, the result was .21BAC.

He was ordered to pay $450 for the program, license suspended for 60 days, get a D&A evaluation, and render three hours of community service per month while in the program.

Paul J. Philiposian Jr., 33, of Chadds Ford, Delaware County, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on June 12, 2011, along SR534 in Penn Forest Township, by state police. Given a test, the result was .15BAC.

He was ordered to pay $400 for the program, license suspended for 30 days, and get a D&A evaluation.

Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.