Eight first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program this week by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record will be 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.

Tom Elmer Costenbader, 43, of Palmerotn, was placed on a charge of obstructing the administration of law. He was arrested on Nov. 2, 2011, by state police at Lehighton for an incident along Little Gap Road, in Lower Towamensing Township. He reportedly interfered with police who were investigating another incident.

He was assessed $350 for the cost of the program and ordered to render 50 hours of community service.

Patricia Ann Desousa, 37, of Palmerton, was placed on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). She was arrested on Jan. 29 along Little Gap Road in Lower Towamensing Township. Given a test, the result was .17BAC.

She was assessed $450, and ordered to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, license suspended for 60 days, and render 50 hours of community service.

Jared Charles Henrie, 25, of Bethlehem, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on Dec. 17, 2011, along the turnpike in Parryville. Given a test, the result was .14BAC.

He was assessed $350, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, license suspended for 60 days, and render 50 hours of community service.

Mercedes C. Reithoffer, 22, of Jupiter, Fla., was placed for six months on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested on May 2 at Boyer's Market in Lansford.

She was assessed $350, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, and render 25 hours of community service.

Taylor James Shramko, 20, of Bethlehem, was placed on a charge of possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was arrested on April 6 at Broad and Rose streets., in Beaver Meadows, following at traffic stop.

He was assessed $350, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, and render 50 hours of community service.

Jolene Skwait, 46, of New Philadelphia, was placed for 18 months on a charge of stalking. She was arrested on Feb. 16 by Franklin Township police for an incident along Airport Road with Allen Starr the listed victim.

She was assessed $350, and ordered to get a mental health evaluation, have no contact with Starr or his family, and render 75 hours of community service.

Theodore L. Spiryda, 67, of Blakeslee, was placed on a charge of DUI. He was arrested on Feb. 26 along SR940 by Kidder Township police. He refused a blood test and will lose his license for a year for the refusal.

He was assessed $450, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, license suspended for an additional 60 days, and render 50 hours of community service.

Andrew S. Tabino, 25, of Brockton, Schuylkill County, was placed on a charge of DUI. He was arrested on March 11 along White Bear Drive, in Summit Hill. Given a test, the result was .08BAC.

He was assessed $350, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, and render 50 hours of community service.

Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.