Six first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday.
If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.
Those placed by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II included:
Pamela L. Bowman, 35, of Jim Thorpe, was placed for a year on a charge of retail theft. She was arrested on March 1 by Jim Thorpe police for an incident at the Turkey Hill Market on Susquehanna St. It is alleged she took $17.27 worth of merchandise.
Nanovic ordered her to pay $350 for the cost of the program, make restitution in an amount to be determined by the adult probation office and render 15 hours of community service.
Brenda D. Fritzinger, 40, of Albrightsville, was placed for six months on a charge of simple assault. She was arrested by state police at Fern Ridge for an incident on April 29 at her residence with her husband, Dennis J. Fritzinger Jr., as the listed victim.
She was ordered to pay $350 for the program and render 15 hours of community service.
Deshawn Dontell Herbert, 19, of Ambler, was placed for six months on a charge of false identification to law enforcement. He was arrested on March 13 by state police at Lehighton following a vehicle stop along SR209.
He was ordered to pay $350 for the program, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and render 15 hours of community service.
Joseph D. Pepe, 22, of Albrightsville, was placed for a year on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on Dec. 24, 2010, along SR903 by state police at Lehighton.
Nanovic ordered he pay $350 for the program, get a D&A evaluation and render 15 hours of community service.
Ryan Rymdeko, 23, of Albrightsville, was placed for a year on a DUI charge. He was arrested on April 4 by Jim Thorpe police in the 300 block of W. Broadway. Given a test, the result was .17BAC.
He was ordered to pay $450 for the program, get a D&A evaluation, license suspended for 60 days and make restitution, if any, in an amount to be determined.
Placed by Senior Judge D. Michael Stine was:
Paul Matthew Tyahla, 24, of Palmerton, for a year on a charge of theft. He was arrested for an incident on Oct. 1, 2010, in which various firearms were taken from Bernard Tyahla, of Palmerton.
Stine ordered he pay $500 for the program, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use and render 15 hours of community service.
Each defendant must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.