Six area residents were among 21 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges recently in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller.

James J. Bennek Jr., 36, of 180 Claremont Avenue, Tamaqua (Rush Township), on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge was placed on probation six months, fined $300, pay $100 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center, complete alcohol highway safety school and driver's license is suspended 12 months. On a charge of failing to drive on roadway laned for traffic was fined $25 plus costs. Bennek was cited by Patrolman Charles Blesse, Coaldale police, last Dec. 8.

Dustin Robert Gernert, 26, of 321 Hughes St., New Ringgold, for disposing a vehicle illegally obtained was placed on probation three years, pay a fine of $200 and pay $50 to CJEA.

John Sienkiewicz, 39, of 215 Bowe St., Tamaqua, on a charge of disorderly conduct was fined $100. A charge of threats to improper influence in official matters nol prosed. He was cited by Patrolman JeremyTalanca, West Penn Township police on Sept. 4, 2007.

Diane E. Kline, 54. of 301 E. Main St.,Tamaqua, for theft of household products valued at $22.65 from Walmart Store, Rush Township, was placed on probation 12 months, pay $50 to CJEA and perform 10 hours of community service.

Thomas Michael Drum, 36, of 139 W. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, on a DUI charge was sentenced to serve 90 days to five years in the county prison beginning Sept. 21 with the sentence to run concurrent with one imposed by Carbon County Court . He must pay a fine of $1,500, pay $300 to SAE fund, $100 to Catastrophe fund, $50 to CJEA, $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center and attend safety school. He was cited by Patrolman Thomas Rodgers, Tamaqua police.

Eugene Joseph Knelly, 32, of 838 Pine St., Freeland, resisting arrest by Ashland police was placed on probation 12 months and pay $50 to CJEA.

Daniel Louis Schwertfeger, 41, Annadall, N.J., for assaulting Melodie Wright, ex-wfe, of Coaldale, was placed on probation 12 months, pay $50 to CJEA and make restitution of $1,713 to the victim.

Andre Victort Seritti, 24, Mahanoy City, conspiring to commit a burglary was sentenced to serve three to 23 months in the county prison and pay $50 to CJEA fund. He reports to prison on Sept. 10 at 9 a.m.

Stephen Zendrosky, 22, Ashland, for delivery of a controlled substance in Ashland was placed in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) for 24 months with the first six months spent in a rehab center followed by electronic monitoring for the remainder of the probation period, pay $100 to SAE fund, $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center, $50 to CJEA and make restitution of $113 to Bethlehem Regional Lab.

Jenine L. Barry, 34, Ashland, for forging a doctor's prescription was placed in the IPP for 24 months with the first six months to be spent in a rehab center folllowed by the remainder served under house arrest with electronic monitoring and must perform 40 hours of community service.

Amy Lynn Boppel, 32, Ashland, for DUI was sentenced to serve 30 days in the county prison followed by four years and 11 months on various probation conditions, pay a fine of $1,500, pay $300 to SAE fund, $100 to Catastrophe fund, $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center, attend safety school and license suspended 18 months. On a charge of failing to drive at a safe speed was fined $25.

Faith Ann Herring, 37, Mount Carmel, on a DUI charge was placed in the IPP for 60 months, fined $2,500, pay $300 to SAE fund, attend safety school, undergo intensive outpatient counseling and make restitution of $8,466.18 to State Farm Insurance Company and $437.17 to Westfield Insurance Company.

Dennis Scott Cope Jr., 35, Girardville, pleaded guilty to four charges - criminal conspiracy, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and giving a false identification to police. He received credit for 23 days spent in prison and released on parole for 12 months, pay $100 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA and make restitution of $113 to Bethlehem Regional Lab.

Jason Thomas Kerstetter, 21, Pottsville, theft from Turkey HIll Market, Ashland, placed on probation 12 months, pay $50 to CJEA and make restitution of $8.06 to the store.

Erik Zendrosky, 24, Ashland, for delivery of drugs in Ashland was placed in the IPP for 24 months with the first six months to be spent in a rehab and the balance on strict probation, pay $100 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA, perform 40 hours community service and make restitution of $113 to Bethlehem Regional Lab.

Jospeh John Yanochko, 27, West Hazleton, on a charge of criminal trespass on property in the Valley of Lakes Development, North Union Township, received credit for spending 22 days in jail and placed on parole for 23 months, pay $50 to CJEA, make restitution of $562 to Bethlehem Regional Lab and $50 to Bernard Kulkusky, 23 Arapohoe Circle, Valley of the Lakes.

Lacy L. Davidheiser, 22, Saint Clair, criminal mischief by breaking eye glasses of Ashley Renninger, Schuylkill Haven, fined $50 and make restitution of $387.45 to victim.

Brian John Deeter, 25, Ashland, criminal mischief to personal property, sentenced to serve three to 23 months in county prison effective at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 3 and make restitution of $2,824.93 to Mary Jo and Kyle Wall, Frackville.

George Carl Haller Jr., 39, Shenandoah, on a DUI charge was sentenced to serve 72 hours to six months in the county prison effective Sept. 2 at 9 a.m., pay a fine of $1,000, pay $300 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA, attend safety school, receive intensive outpatient counseling, pay $50 to Schuylkill Medical Center and license suspended 12 months.

Robert Thomas Monkoski, 37, Hazleon, on a DUI charge was placed in the IPP for six months, pay a fine of $1,000, pay $300 to SAE fund, $50 to catastrophe fund, complete safety school, perform 10 hours community service and license suspended 12 months. He was cited by Patrolman Robert Minnick, McAdoo police, last New Year's Day.

Ryan Sibel, 24, Hegins, for manufacturing a controlled substance was sentenced to serve one to two years in a state correctional institution with the sentence to begin Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. He also must pay $100 to SAE fund and $50 to CJEA.

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