Five first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by county judges.
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.
All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.
Placed by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II were:
Jannah Bowles, 30, of Edison, N.J., on various drug possession charges. She was arrested on Aug. 11 by agents of the state Attorney General's office in the area of 351 1/2 N. Second St., Lehighton.
Nanovic placed her for 18 months and ordered she pay $350 for the program, supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, render 15 hours of community service, and forfeit to the state the $2,984 seized when she was arrested.
John Patrick Dunne, 60, of Jim Thorpe, was placed on a charge of forgery-unauthorized act in writing. He was arrested on Sept. 1, 2009, by Jim Thorpe police with an incident involving Robert J. Kupianik as the victim.
Nanovic ordered he pay $350 for the program, render 15 hou