Thirteen defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas from the following:

Prison incident

Katrina Marie Vandling, 22, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested on Dec. 1, 2011, at the county prison in Nesquehoning. She was brought to the jail on a bench warrant.

During the processing of her into the jail correction officers found illegal drugs in her purse. She admitted to a heroin addiction.

She has been in the county jail for the past four months on a probation violation filed by the adult probation office.

Matika noted that Vandling, a young mother, was getting a big break by the district attorney's office for dropping a contraband into the prison count. He also told her because of her conduct, "your daughter will be enjoying her Easter basket without you."

Matika placed her on probation for six months and ordered she get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and render 25 hours of community service when released from jail

She will remain in prison pending a probation violation hearing.

Other cases

Other pleas accepted by Matika included:

Jody R. Miller, 23, of Weatherly, pleaded to one count driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested on Jan. 10 along Main St. in Weatherly. Given a test, the result was .20BAC.

Miller told Matika that he spent 35 days in a inpatient rehabilitation program for alcohol abuse and entered it a short time after his arrest. He said he realized he needed help and decided to address it.

Matika sentenced him to serve five days to six months in jail, a fine of $300, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, license suspended for a year, and render 25 hours of community service.

Matika gave him credit for the 35 days in the rehab program and he was paroled.

Thomas Robert Drakeford, 34, of Albrightsville, pleaded guilty in two pending cases.

He pleaded to one count each of possession of a controlled substance and DUI. He was arrested on May 7, 2011, along Delaware Avenue in Palmerton. Found in his possession was marijuana during a vehicle stop. He was tested and the presence of marijuana was found in his system.

He pleaded to another count of DUI. That occurred on Nov. 5, 2010, along Patterson St., in Lansford. Given a test, the presence of a controlled substance was found in his system.

On the first DUI count Matika sentenced him to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, license suspended for a year. On the second DUI he was sentenced to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, another $1,000 fine and another year suspension. The jail terms run consecutively.

He was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and render a total of 75 hours of community service.

On the possession count he was placed on probation for a year, concurrent to the DUI charges.

He will begin the jail term on April 12 at 8 p.m.

Vaughn Bennett, 38, of Hazleton, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Oct. 13, 2011, along Hunter St., in Nesquehoning. Given a test, the result was .29BAC.

It was noted Bennett is currently on probation in Northampton County on a DUI charge.

Matika sentenced him to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, one year license suspension, get a D&A evaluation, and render 25 hours of community service.

He will begin the jail term at 5 p.m. on April 20.

Robert Anthony Alberswerth, 21, of Weatherly, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on July 5, 2011, along Lehigh Gorge Drive, in Banks Township, by state police at Hazleton and being involved in a accident in which his vehicle struck a person riding a bicycle. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

Matika deferred sentencing because there is a question of restitution owed the victim.

Timothy Eugene Keiper, 20, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of criminal trespass-as a felony two. He was arrested on Jan. 19, 2010, by state police for entering Pappy's Store in Weissport, and removing 150 in scratch-off lottery tickets and 50 packs of cigarettes.

Matika sentenced him to time served (71 days) to one year in jail followed by two years of probation, ordered restitution of $2,940.50, get a D&A evaluation, supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use.

Amy Lower, 23, of Weatherly, pleaded to one count of unsworn falsification to authorities. She was arrested on Sept. 5, 2011, by Nesquehoning police for giving a false report concerning an investigation of a burglary.

Matika placed her on probation for a year and ordered she render 50 hours of community service.

Kevin M. Fadden, 46, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of altered or forged documents. He was arrested on Nov. 6, 2011, along Broad St., in Beaver Meadows, during a traffic stop. He had a forged inspection sticker on his vehicle.

Matika placed him on probation for a year and ordered he render 50 hours of community service.

Jonathan Brent Semmel, 42, of Scranton, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Aug. 11, 2011, along SR209 in Nesquehoning. He refused to submit to a test.

Matika noted it was Semmel's fourth overall DUI conviction, and second in a 10-year period. Semmel is currently on federal probation for a bank robbery in Maryland in which he said he serve 10 years in a federal prison.

Matika deferred sentencing.

Terry L. Ahner, 56, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Nov. 27, 2011, by state police along Flagstaff Road in Franklin Township. Given a test, the result was .19BAC.

Matika sentenced him to serve five days to six months in jail, a fine of $300, one year license suspension, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and render 25 hours of community service.

Kevin R. Booth Sr., 43, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of harassment, as a misdemeanor two. He was arrested on Dec. 18, 2011, with his wife, Colleen Booth, the listed victim. The police report indicated the harassment occurred via continuous cell phone calls to his wife.

Matika placed him on probation for six months and ordered he have no contact with his wife, and render 25 hours of community service. It was noted there is a pending divorce proceeding and any contact concerning that must be made through legal counsel, Matika said.

Tony Allen Stoeckel, 26, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of DUI, a first offense. He was arrested on Dec. 14, 2011, along Lehigh St., in Summit Hill. Given a test, the result was .09BAC.

Matika placed him on probation for six months and ordered he pay a fine of $300, get a D&A evaluation, and render 25 hours of community service.

Jeffrey J. Tee, 23, of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count of simple assault. He was arrested on Jan. 7 at his residence for an incident in which he assaulted his sister, Haley Tee.

Matika placed him on probation for a year and ordered he get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render 50 hours of community service.

Each defendant sentenced must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.