A Tamaqua man was among 12 defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin.

Brian Keith Startzel, 42, of 35 W. Union St., Tamaqua, on a charge of loitering was given credit for spending 52 days in the county prison and was released on parole for 12 months, and ordered to pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA). On charges of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness he was fined $200 plus costs. Startzel was cited by Trooper Todd W. Heintz.

Timothy Peter Barnes, 46, Bensalem, Bucks County, on a charge of criminal attempt to commit burglary at Saint Nicholas Breaker, SR54, Mahanoy Township, and defiant trespass on the property, was given credit for spending one month in the county prison and released on parole for 12 months, and pay $50 to CJEA. Barnes was cited by Trooper James Wixted.

Andrew Raymond Whalen, Wells Tannery, Fulton County, on a charge of possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia was placed on probation for 12 months, pay $100 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to CJEA, and make restitution of $113 to Bethlehem Regional Lab. On a charge of driving while his license was suspended was fined $200 plus $50 costs. Whalen was cited by Auburn Chief Anthony M. Kuklinski.

Gregory John Wiliams, 39, Ashland, on a charge of unauthorized use of another person's credit card was placed in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) for a total of 23 months with the following components ordered by the court: serve three months of home confinement with electronic monitoring and the balance of the sentence under strict probation, pay $50 to CJEA, and make restitution of $308.33 to Daniel Shelitsky, Frackville. Williams was cited by Frackville Patrolman George Parnell.

Raymond Jose Bentivegna, 50, Frackville, on three counts of simple assault on police officers was sentenced to serve one to two years in a state correctional institution with credit for serving 135 days in the county prison and pay $50 to CJEA. He was cited by Frackville Patrolman Anthony Kankowski.

Ralph Lance Carrington, Brooklyn, N.Y., on three counts of delivery of a controlled substance in Shenandoah, was given credit for serving 169 days in the county prison and released on parole for 23 months, fined $400, pay $300 to SAE fund, $150 to CJEA, $339 to Bethlehem Regional Lab, and $150 to district attorney's office for bench warrants. Carrington was cited by the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force.

Thomas Joseph Cunningham, 25, Schuylkill Haven , was sentenced on four counts of recklessly endangering another person, three counts of simple assault and two counts each of fleeing police and DUI to serve 3 1/2 to 10 years in a state correctional institution, fined $2,500, pay $400 to SAE fund, $100 to CJEA, $100 to Catastrophe fund and $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center. Cunningham was cited by Pottsville and Minersville police.

Robert R. Fisher III, 23, Coal Township, on a charge of carrying a firearm without a license and trespassing with his all terrain vehicle (ATV) on posted land in Butler Township was placed on probation 23 months, and pay $50. Fisher was cited by Butler Township Chief Edward Tarantelli.

Amanda J. Gill, 42, Pottsville, on a chage of altering or forging her car plate was given credit for spending 104 days in the county prison and was released on parole for 23 months, and pay $50 to CJEA. Gill was cited by Minersville Patrolman Brian Pyle. She previously was placed in the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program but it was revoked for violating conditions.

Stephanie M. Grant, 27, Shenandoah, on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia was given credit for spending 24 days in the county prison and released on parole for 18 months, fined $100, pay $100 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA, $226 to Bethlehem Regional Lab, and $40 to county drug task force.

Daniel Jarvis Grohowski, 20, Mount Carmel, on a charge of theft of merchandise from Uni Mart Store, Ashland, while employed at the store was placed on probation 12 months, pay $50 to CJEA, and make restitution of $92.64 to the store. He was cited by Chief Adam Bernodin Jr.

Samara L. Hoffecker, 22, Minersville, on a charge of theft, was given credit for serving 47 days in a county prison and released on parole for 19 months, pay $50 to CJEA, and make restitution of $35 to Cash and Trading Store, $50 to Michele Sonnon, of Minersville, and $172.33 to district attorney's office. Hoffecker was cited by Minersville Patrolman Ryan Murphy.

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