Four people who entered guilty pleas this week to criminal charges were placed in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP), a special probation program, by Judge Jacqueline Russell in Schuylkill County Court.

Renee Smith, 32, Shenandoah, sentenced on five counts of forgery, was placed for 36 months. His residential drug and alcohol inpatient treatment, length to be determined by treatment staff and transitional living facility to be arranged by the Schuylkill County Drug and Alcohol Agency and he will be subject random drug screen and breathalyzer test per week. He also must pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) and perform 20 hours of community service. Smith was cited by Shenandoah police of forging a pension check.

Melissa Jane Butler, 28, Pottsville, sentenced on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol was placed for six months on and also serve 10 days on house arrest, 50 days on strict probation followed by four months probation, pay a fine of $500, pay $100 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to Catastrophe fund, $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center, perform 20 hours of community service and driver's license suspended 12 months. She was cited by Patrolman Kenneth Jacoby, Schuylkill Haven police, last Nov. 14.

Myron Andrew Trunick, 30, Schuylkill Haven, was placed for 60 months which includes 12 months on house arrest and undergo intensive supervision for duration of program, complete the alcohol highway safety school, pay a $2,500 fine, $300 to SAE fund, $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center, perform 40 hours of community service and driver's license is suspended 18 months. Trunick was cited by Cpl. Mark O'Toole, Pottsville police, on July 25, 2009.

Marlene Carol Nagel, 47, Doylestown, was placed for six months in with the 10 days under house arrest, followed by 50 days of strict supervision and four months of regular probation, pay a fine of $500, $100 to SAE fund, $50 to Catastrophe fund, $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center, perform 20 hours of community servicer and her driver's license is suspended 12 months. Nagel was cited by Patrolman Brandon Alexander, Mahanoy Township police, last Dec. 14.

Each defendant must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.