A Rush Township man was placed in a strict and long probation program after entering a guilty plea to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. The motorist was one of 16 who pleaded guilty to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes as follows:

Carly E. Niedert, 22, of 11 Great Oaks Drive, Lake Hauto, Rush Township, was placed in Intermediate Punishment Program for five years with the first 120 days to be served on house arrest with electronic monitoring beginning Wednesday, Nov. 20, and pay a $12 fee each day to defray its costs, followed 30 days wearing a monitoring bracelet, seven months strict probation, and four years regular probation.

He was also ordered to pay a fined $1,500, pay $300 to Substance Abuse Education fund, $100 to Catastrophe fund, attend alcohol highway safety school, perform 20 hours community service, driver's license suspended 18 months and when restored install an ignition interlock on steering wheel for 12 months. Niedert was cited by Trooper Joseph Aponick in Tamaqua.

Other pleas

Thomas Joseph Matukewicz, 34, Orwigsburg, DUI of alcohol, serve 10 days in the county prison beginning Friday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m., followed by five months and 20 days on probation in IPP, fined $750, pay $100 to SAE fund, $100 to Catastrophe fund, $60 to SMC, attend safety school, perform 20 hours community service, driver's license suspended 12 months and ignition interlock installed on vehicle 12 months. He was cited by Orwigsburg Patrolman Matthew J. Fogarty.

Janel Aungst, 31, Schuylkill Haven, harassment of Patricia Reazor, fined $200 and pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA). She was cited by Schuylkill Haven Patrolman Gregory S. Meisner.

Heather Lynn Eichert, 38, Tower City, DUI of alcohol, sentenced to serve 72 hours to six months in county prison beginning Friday, Nov. 22, at 9 a.m., fined $1,000, pay $300 to SAE fund, $50 to MCARE fund, make restitution of $134 to Bethlehem Regional Lab, $125 to Phlebotomist, attend safety school, receive outpatient substance abuse treatment, perform 10 hours community service, and driver's license suspended 12 months. She was cited by Trooper Joel Zimmerman when stopped in Tower City.

Ronald Scott Haslam Jr., 27, Saint Clair, DUI of alcohol, has served 72 hours in the county prison and is now serving six months on parole, fined $1,000, pay $100 to SAE fund, $50 to MCARE fund, $113 to Bethlehem Regional Lab, $460 to SMC, make restitution of $113 to Bethlehem Regional Lab, attend safety school, perform 10 hours community service, and driver's license suspended 12 months. Haslam was cited by Pottsville Patrolman Joseph R. Welsh. On a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia as filed by Trooper Todd W. Heintz he must serve an additional 12 months probation.

Stephen S. Kubeika, 25, Saint Clair, two counts of indecent exposure, placed on probation three years, and pay $50 to CJEA. He was cited by Saint Clair Patrolman Frank J DiMarco.

Anthony Kushmaniic IV, 20, Newmanstown, delivery of 0.94 of a gram of heroine in Saint Clair and possession of drug paraphernalia, sentenced to serve four to 23 months in the county prison beginning Monday, Dec. 2, at 9 a.m., with credit for having served 63 days, pay $200 to SAE fund, $100 to CJEA, and $289 to Bethlehem Regional Lab. He was cited by Schuylkill County Drug Task Force.

Nicholas Haney Lewis, 24, Baltimore, Md., harassment of Michael Pothery, operator of Coney Island Restaurant in Pottsville, fined $300, and pay $50 to CJEA.

Frank James Makowiec, 49, Tresckow, failing to drive on right side of road, careless driving, and failing to have rear light working, fined $75 plus $150 costs. He was cited by McAdoo Patrolman Steven Homankop.

Thomas Joseph Matukewicz, 34, Orwigsburg, criminal trespass, placed on probation 90 days, and pay $50 to CJEA. He was cited by Schuylkill Haven Patrolman David George.

Each defendant must also pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.