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

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

Leanna M. Altemose, 26, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of recklessly endangering another person. She was arrested on Nov. 29, 2011, by Palmerton police when they went to the residence along Delaware Avenue where they suspected illegal drug activity.

Police said they found drugs in the home and drug paraphernalia. Also found in the home were Altemose's two children, ages one and four.

Charges of endangering the welfare of a child and a drug count was dropped in a plea bargain with the district attorney's office.

Matika told Altemose due to her efforts to "clean up your life" by getting counseling for a drug addiction problem, he would spare her a jail term.

He placed her on probation for a year 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 50 hours of community service.

Wayne A. Hoherchak, 46, of McAdoo, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested on Dec. 14, 2011, along SR209 in Nesquehoning. Given a test, the result was .30BAC.

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

He begins the jail term on April 27 at 6 a.m.

Barry A. Tindula, 30, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Aug. 11, 2011, along SR248 westbound in Lower Towamensing Township by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the results showed the presence of a controlled substance-cocaine, in his system.

Matika sentenced him to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, license suspended for a year, and render 25 hours of community service.

He begins the jail term on May 4 at 9 a.m.

David Carlton Corbett, 67, of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count of criminal attempt-simple assault. He was arrested on Dec. 23, 2011, by Summit Hill police for an incident at his residence.

Two men came to his home to repossess a pickup truck and he pointed a handgun at them and threatened them, police said. In a plea agreement charges of recklessly endangering and terroristic threats were dropped.

It was noted the truck was returned to him.

He was placed on probation for a year.

Joseph Pellegrino, 72, of Kresgeville, pleaded to one count of persistent disorderly conduct. He was arrested on Jan. 1 for an incident at his home and later at the Palmerton Hospital.

State police responded to his home for a domestic incident involving Pellegrino, his wife and son. At the hospital, where police took him for a mental health commitment, he caused a disturbance. He was not committed to the facility.

He told Matika he was sorry he took out his frustrations over a family matter on police at the hospital staff.

Matika placed him on probation for six months and ordered he get a mental health evaluation, and render 25 hours of community service.

Dylan Smith, 22, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property. He was arrested on Oct. 3, 2011, by Nesquehoning police for entering a vehicle along Coal St. and removing $5.

Smith was on probation at the time and is currently in the county prison on a probation violation petition filed against him by the adult probation office.

Matika placed him on probation for six months and ordered he repay the $5, and render 25 hours of community service.

He remains in custody pending a probation revocation hearing.

Ray Calvin Latshaw, 44, of Stevens, Lancaster County, pleaded to one count of DUI and a summary motor vehicle code violation-careless driving. He was arrested on Nov. 17, 2011, by state police at Fern Ridge at the intersection of state routes 902 and 534 in Kidder Township. Given a test, the result was .19BAC.

A first offense, for sentencing purposes, he was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render 36 hours of community service. On the summary offense he was fined $25 and costs.

Josiah T. Bortlik, 28, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Oct. 1, 2011, along SR895 in East Penn Township, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .35BAC.

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

He will serve the prison term beginning May 6 to 9 at 9 a.m. (three days) and then May 13 to 15 (two days), also starting at 9 a.m.

Anthony Napolitano, 26, of Lansford, pleaded to one count each of disorderly conduct, as a summary, and possession of a controlled substance-heroin.

He was arrested on Feb. 3 in the parking lot of the Turkey Hill Minimart in Lansford. Found on his person was 14 bags of heroin.

Matika placed him on probation for two years and ordered he get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render 100 hours of community service. On the summary charge he was fined $100 and costs.

He is currently in the county prison on a parole violation and will remain in custody pending a revocation hearing.

James M. Acevedo, 44, of McAdoo, pleaded to one count each of DUI and recklessly endangering a child. He was arrested on Oct. 23, 2010, along SR902 in Lansford. Given a test, the result was .18BAC. At the time of the stop he had two children, ages five and eight, in the vehicle.

Matika deferred sentencing so Acevedo could apply for admittance into the county's Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP).

Victoria Ann Argott, 33, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of DUI. She was arrested on Jan. 7, 2011, along E. Bertsch St., in Lansford. Given a test, the results showed the presence of cocaine in her system.

Sentencing was deferred.

Keith Else, 29, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of simple assault. He was arrested on Dec. 18, 2011, by state police at a residence in Parryville. He and Justin Fritz engaged in a mutual fight, troopers said.

Matika placed him on probation for a year and ordered zero tolerance on the consumption of alcohol, and render 50 hours of community service.

Carl Franklin Kopack Jr., 44, of Lansford, pleaded in two pending cases, both DUI arrests. He was arrested on Feb. 12, 2011, along SR209 in Lansford. Given a test, the result was .21BAC. The other arrest occurred on March 17, 2010, along SR209 in Nesquehoning. Given a test, the result was .16BAC.

Sentencing was deferred so Kopack could apply for entrance in the IPP.

Edward John Przybyszewski, 23, of Williamstown, N.J., pleaded to one count of DUI, a first offense. He was arrested on Oct. 9, 2011, along SR940 in Kidder Township by state police at Fern Ridge. Given a test, the result was .19BAC.

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.

Wade Robert Sexton, 39, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of simple assault. He was arrested on March 3 by Franklin Township police for an incident at 984 Main Rd. The listed victims of the domestic incident was his sister and mother.

Matika placed him on probation for a year and ordered he get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, have no contact with his mother or sister, and render 50 hours of community service.

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