A Palmerton woman admitted to a drug selling count on Tuesday in Carbon County court. She was one of eight defendants to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Sold to agent

Brenda Louise Balak, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. In another case she entered a plea to one count of access device fraud.

Balak admitted selling a controlled substance to an undercover agent of the state Attorney General's office on two occasions in January 2011. Other counts were dropped in a plea bargain.

She was also charged with taking the credit card of Angela McCormick, for her purse and then using it to make purchases at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township, on or about Aug. 19, 2011.

Serfass accepted the pleas but deferred sentencing to a later date.

Other pleas

Other defendants who entered guilty pleas included:

Scott Souders, 43, of Jacksonville, Fla., pleaded in two pending cases. He pleaded to one count of simple assault for an incident on Jan. 1 in Jim Thorpe, along Center Ave., with Chris Fischi the listed victim. He pleaded to a second count of simple assault for an incident on Dec. 18, 2011, along South Ave., in Jim Thorpe, with Randall Perry II the listed victim.

On the first count Serfass sentenced him to serve six to 12 months in prison with credit for 206 days spent in jail on the charge. On the second count he was sentenced to serve six to 12 months in jail, concurrent with the first count, with credit for 201 days.

He was also ordered to make total restitution of $2,004.54 to Perry. Serfass also ordered he render 50 hours of community service.

Lukasz Zapala, 28, of Philadelphia, pleaded to one count each of driving under the influence (DUI), accidents involving damages, and accidents involving personal injury. He was arrested by Franklin Township police after being involved in a hit and run accident on May 28, 2011, along SR2015. Given a test, the result was .29BAC.

On the DUI count Serfass sentenced him to serve 48 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $500, one year license suspension, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and render 25 hours of community service.

On the accidents-damages count, he was placed on probation for a year, and ordered to render 50 hours of community service; and on the accidents-injuries count he was placed on probation for two years and ordered to render 100 hours of community service, and make restitution of $145. All the terms run consecutively.

Andrew Keith Phillips, 47, of Allentown, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Jan. 25 along First St. at Alum St., in Lehighton, by state police. Given a test, the result was .09BAC.

He was sentenced to serve five days to six months in jail, a fine of $300, one year license suspension, get a D&A evaluation, and render 25 hours of community service. He will begin the jail term in Friday, July 27, and serve it on consecutive weekends starting at 9 a.m. each weekend.

Gary V. Caprio, 49, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of persistent disorderly conduct and disorderly conduct, as a summary offense. He was arrested on Feb. 24 by Lehighton police. Police said his son and another juvenile were involved in a altercation and he did not stop it but encouraged it.

Serfass told Caprio that adults are suppose to set a good example for their children, and he did not by his actions.

He was placed on probation for a year and ordered to render 50 hours of community service, and have no contact with the juvenile involved or his family. On the summary charge he was fined $300.

Kerry L. Welch, 44, of Broomall, Delaware County, pleaded guilty to one count of DUI and the summary charge of careless driving. She was arrested on Oct. 1, 2011, along the turnpike in Penn Forest Township, after being found driving northbound in the southbound lanes. Given a test, the result was .23BAC.

Serfass sentenced her to serve five days to six months in jail, a fine of $300, one year license suspension, get a D&A evaluation, and render 25 hours of community service. On the summary charge she was fined $25 and costs. She was given credit for 22 days spent in a rehabilitation inpatient program and immediately paroled. She is current in a recovery house program in New Jersey.

William W. Dickison, 54, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Jan. 7 along SR903 in Penn Forest Township by state police after being involved in a crash. Given a test, the result was .18BAC.

He was sentenced to serve 48 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $500, one year license suspension, get a D&A evaluation, and render 25 hours of community service. He was given credit for 38 days spent in a inpatient rehab program and immediately paroled.

Steven Floyd Storm, 20, of Beaver Meadows, pleaded to one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was arrested by state police at Hazleton for taking the 2004 Jaguar of George and Tamara Shipps, in Banks Township, without their permission.

He was placed on probation for a year and ordered to render 50 hours of community service.

ARD placements

Two defendants, both first time offenders, were placed in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) program for six months on driving under the influence (DUI) charges.

If they both successfully complete the program their record will be wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it they would face trial on the charges. They did not admit guilt in entering the program.

Placed were:

Jose E. Cieza Bergna, 46, of Newark, Del. He was arrested on Sept. 12, 2011, along the turnpike in Penn Forest Township. Given a test, the result was .16BAC.

He was assessed $450 for the program and ordered to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, license suspended for 60 days, and render 25 hours of community service.

Michael J. Bittenbender, 21, of Albrightsville, was arrested on Feb. 26 along SR903 in Penn Forest Township. Given a test, the result was .13BAC.

He was assessed $400 for the program, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, license suspended for 30 days, and render 25 hours of community service.

Each defendant who pleaded and was sentenced, and those placed in the ARD program, must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and a pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.