A Weatherly man admitted to driving under the influence (DUI) and several drug-related charges on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass presided and also accepted pleas from 12 other defendants in pending criminal cases.

Drug counts

Matthew Charles Brown, 31, pleaded to six counts of possession of a controlled substance-heroin, and one count each of DUI, false reports, and driving under suspension.

The drug charges stem from an incident that occurred on Jan. 21 in the area of 318 Plane St., Weatherly.

According to police a confidential informant (CI) made a purchase of 10 bags of heroin from Brown. Two others were charged in connection with the incident and charges are pending.

The DUI occurred on Sept. 9, 2011, in the area of the Gypsy Hill Garden Apartments in Lehighton. At the stop Brown gave a false ID and it was also learned his license was under suspension.

On the DUI charge Serfass sentenced him to serve 90 days to five years in jail, a fine of $1,500, license suspended for a year, ordered him to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and render 200 hours of community service.

On the drug counts Serfass placed him on probation for a total of two years consecutive to the DUI charge. He must also render 50 hours community service. On the driving under suspension he was fined $200.

He was given credit for 54 days spent in jail on the charges.

Other pleas

Other defendants who entered guilty pleas were:

John J. Lamp, 32, of Kunkletown R.3, pleaded to one count each of forgery and criminal attempt-theft. He was charged by Lehighton police with attempting to fill a forged prescription for oxycodone at the First National Pharmacy on Nov. 7, 2011.

On the forgery count Serfass placed him on probation for 36 months and ordered he pay a fine of $100 and render 150 hours of community service.

On the criminal attempt count he was placed on probation for 24 months, consecutive to the first count, and render 100 hours of community service.

Jennifer L. Horos, 36, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of DUI, a first offense. She was arrested on Feb. 1 along First St., in Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .22BAC.

She was placed on probation for six months and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, and render 25 hours of community service.

Benjamin Diaz Jr., 27, of Allentown, pleaded to one count each of driving under suspension-DUI related, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested on Feb. 17 in the 200 block of White St., Weissport, by state police at Lehighton. During the stop a search was made of the vehicle and crack cocaine and other drug paraphernalia was found.

On the suspension count Serfass sentenced him to serve 90 days in jail, a fine of $500, and another one year suspension. On the possession count he was placed on probation for a year consecutive to the DUI charge.

He was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and render 50 hours of community service. He was given credit for seven days spent in jail on the charges.

Tara Jo Hauser, 28, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of DUI. She was arrested on Jan. 10 in Weissport by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .13BAC.

Serfass sentenced her to serve five days to six months in jail, a fine of $300, one year license suspension, get a D&A evaluation, and render 25 hours of community service. She was given credit for 25 days spent in a inpatient rehabilitation program and immediately parole.

Paul Robert Williams, 40, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of theft and possession of a controlled substance-oxycodone. He was arrested by Lehighton police on Sept. 23, 2011, in the area of 42 School St. Police were called to the area for a theft report and arrested Williams for taking the prescription drug of another person.

Sentencing was deferred.

Robert James McGee, 31, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of disorderly conduct, as a summary offense. A charge of theft was dropped. He was arrested on June 20, 2011, by Jim Thorpe police for an incident in which Jennifer Crowley is the listed victim and involved the theft of Nintendo DS charger.

He was fined $300 and ordered to make restitution of $20, which has already been made, it was noted.

Kyle Robert Kubin, 28, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested by state police at Lehighton, along Iron St., in Lehighton, on Sept. 21, 2011, following a vehicle stop.

On the possession of marijuana he was placed on probation for a month and on the paraphernalia count he was placed on probation for a year, with the terms running consecutively. He was also ordered to render 50 hours of community service, and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use.

He is currently in prison on a probation violation.

Christina Ford, 26, of Allentown, pleaded to one count each of DUI and a summary motor vehicle code violation. She was arrested on June 30, 2010, along SR903 in Kidder Township. She refused a blood test.

She was previously placed in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program and was revoked for failure to complete the conditions.

Serfass sentenced her to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, one year license suspension, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and render 25 hours of community service. On the summary offense she was fined $25 and costs.

She will begin the jail term on Friday, July 6, at 9 a.m.

Jennifer Laudenslager, 40, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of DUI and endangering the welfare of a child. She was arrested on Dec. 21, 2011, along First St., in Lehighton. At the time of the stop she had her two twin sons in the car, age seven. Given a test, the result was .29BAC.

Sentencing was deferred.

Steven R. May, 34, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Oct. 15, 2011, along Blakeslee Blvd., in Mahoning Township, by township police. Given a test, the result was .19BAC.

Serfass sentenced him to serve five days to six months in jail, a fine of $300, one year license suspension, get a D&A evaluation, and render 25 hours of community service. He will begin the jail term on July 27 at 9 a.m. and serve three days, then on Aug. 4 at 9 a.m. for the remaining two days.

Joseph Palmentere Jr., 35, of Kingston, Luzerne County, pleaded to one count of DUI, a first offense. He was arrested on March 18 along First St., in Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .11BAC.

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

Judy Louise Shubeck, 38, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of bad check, as a summary offense. She was charged by Jim Thorpe police with writing a check to the L.B. Morris PTA organization for $48 on a closed account.

Serfass imposed a fine of $300. Repayment of the $48 has already been made, it was noted.

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

ARD placements

Two defendants were placed in the county's ARD program for first time offenders. If they successfully complete all conditions of the program their record will be wiped clean. If they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. They do not admit guilt in entering the program.

Deanna Emelia Mangieri, 25, of Easton, was placed for a year on a DUI charge. She was arrested on March 11 along SR903 by Jim Thorpe police. Given a test, the result was .20BAC.

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

Michael A. Meckes, 29, of Jim Thorpe, was placed for a year on a DUI charge. He was arrested on Jan. 14 along Mauch Chunk St., by Mahoning Township police.

He was assessed $400, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, license suspended for 30 days, and render 50 hours of community service.

Both must also pay a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program and addition court costs.