A New Ringgold woman pleaded no defense to an insurance fraud charge and 13 people pleaded guilty to criminal charges and all were sentenced recently in the Schuylkill County court by Judge John E. Domalakes as follows:

Tammy M. Remphrey, 38, of 520 Pine Valley Road, entered a plea of nolo contendre (no defense) to the charge of workers compensation insurance fraud and was placed on probation for two years, and ordered to pay $250 to the Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority, perform 50 hours of community service, pay costs of prosecution and make restitution of $13,823.18 to Workers Compensation.

She was cited by State Attorney General's Office. According to information filed to court she was charged with making false claim for workmen's compensation while employed full time as an Emergency Medical Technician with the Berwick Area Ambulance Association.

Kyle David Knittle, 29, of 315 W. Water St., Lansford, on charges of possession of an instrument of crime, criminal conspiracy and theft was placed on strict probation for 12 months, pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund, pay court costs and make restitution of $70.67 to Willliam Seladones, West Penn Pike. Knittle was cited by Patrolman Matthew Bynon, Tamaqua police, last March 21.

Thomas Edward Leshko, 30, of 706 Fairview Road, Tamaqua, on a charge of theft by deception was placed on 18 months of strict probation, pay $50 to CJEA fund and make restitution of $700.32 to Frank Creasy, Cumbola. Leshko was cited by Chief Joseph Leskin, Blythe Township police.

Samuel Alexander Pough, 20, Minersville, on a charge of disorderly conduct was fined $100 and on the charge of public drunkenness was fined $25 plus costs. He also must pay $50 to the CJEA fund. Pough was cited by Patrolman Paul Olson, Pottsville police, on Dec. 28, 2008, in Billlie's Bar, Pottsville.

Frank David Vannicolo, 19, Minersville, on charges of terroristic threats and possession of an instrument of crime (a knife), was sentenced to serve two to 23 months in the county prison. On charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and retail theft from Walmart Store, Saint Clair, was placed on strict probation for 12 months to run concurrent with the first sentence. He also must pay $150 to CJEA fund, $100 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, and court costs, make restitution of $113 to Bethlehem Regional Lab. On a charge of harassment pay a fine of $75 and costs. He also must undergo mental health evaluation and follow up any treatment and have no contact with the victims. He was cited by Pottsville, Minersville and Saint Clair Police. He received credit for having served 25 days in prison.

Russell K. Dissinger, 25, Pine Grove Township, on two counts of simple assault was placed on strict probation for 23 months, pay $100 to the CJEA fund, pay $100 in fines plus costs. On two counts of harassment must pay costs of prosecution and make restitution of $3,091.50 to Nicole Correll, of Minersville.

Francis Michael Gulden, 22, Shenandoah, on a charge of making terroristic threats on Gina Slavinsky, Shenandoah, was placed on strict probation for 12 months, pay $50 to CJEA fund and court costs. On the charge of simple assault was placed on 12 months probation but it runs concurrent with the first sentence.

Rodger Knudsen, 44, Mullica Hills, N.J., on a charge of giving false information to police was sentenced to serve 48 hours to six months in the county prison beginning Friday, Dec. 4, at 9 a.m., and is to be granted immediate parole after serving two days, pay a fine of $500, pay $100 to SAE fund, $50 to Catastrophe fund, $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center, undego intensive outpatient treatment and his driver's license is suspended 12 months. On a charge of failing to have a driver's license must serve an additional 12 months on probation and pay a fine of $25 and costs.

Scott Thomas Sajda, Shenandoah, on a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in West Mahanoy Township, was placed on strict probation for 23 months, pay $100 to the SAE fund and $50 to the CJEA fund and court costs. Sajda was cited by Patrolman Shawn Tray, West Mahanoy Township police.

Joshua Lee Zimmerman, 25, Schuylkill Haven, on a charge of driving under the influence (DUII) of alcohol was sentenced to serve 72 hours to six months in the county jail beginning Friday, Dec. 4, at 9 a.m. and is granted immediate parole when his minimum sentence is served. He also must pay a fine of $1,000 and court costs, pay $300 to the SAE fund and $50 to the Catastrophe fund and undergo intensive outpatient counseling and his license is suspended 12 months. He was cited by Trooper Robert Klinger when stopped on SR895 in South Manheim Township last April 29.

Nathan Paul Savadore, 23, of 124 Hollow Road, Ringtown, on a DUI charge was placed in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) for six months with the first 10 days under house arrest with electronic monitoring and pay a daily fee of $12 and also serve four months and 50 days on regular probation. He was fined $500 and assessed court costs, pay $100 to SAE fund and $50 to Catastrophe fund, attend and complete the Group Intervention Program and perform 10 hours of community serivce. His license is suspended 12 months. He was cited by Trooper Joseph Aponick when stopped on Brownsville Road last Jan. 9.

Timothy David McKerns, 29, of 103 Pine St., Mahanoy Township, on a DUI charge was placed in the IPP for six months with the first 15 days under house arrest, followed by 45 days and four months on probation and pay an assessment for the program; pay a fine of $1,000 and court costs, pay $100 to SAE fund and $50 to Catastrophe fund, complete the alcohol highway safety school and perform 10 hours of community service. He also was ordered to continue with current treatment providers and his driver's license is suspended 12 months. McKerns was cited by Lt. John Kaczmarczyk, Mahanoy City police, last March 22.

Mark Alan Kofroth, 42, Pottsville, on a DUI charge was placed in the IPP for five years with the first 30 days spent in the county prison followed by 90 days under house arrest and the remainder under regular probation; pay a fine of $1,500, court costs, $300 to SAE fund, $100 to Catastrophe fund and attend and complete outpatient counseling. He also must pay $60 to the Schuylkill Medical Center and his license is suspended 12 months and when it is restored he must install an ignition interlock on his car for the first 12 months. Kofroth was cited by Patrolman Kenenth Jacoby, Schuylkill Haven police, last May 9.

Robert Joseph Frederick, 35, Schuylkill Haven, on a DUI charge was placed in the IPP for six months with the first 10 days served in the county prison followed by five months and 20 days on regular probation and pay the assessments; also pay a fine of $750 and court costs, pay $100 to SAE fund and $100 to Catastrophe fund and complete outpatient counseling. He also must pay $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center and his license is suspended 12 months and when restored must install an interlock on his car for 12 months. Frederick was cited by Cpl. Jeffrey Futchko, Pine Grove police, last May 21.

Each defendant must also pay a $50 per month supervision fee.