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

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail complete it, 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.

Thomas Burns, 44, of Nesquehoning, was placed for two years on a charge of simple assault. He was arrested by Lansford police for an incident on Feb. 20 in which his wife, Amy Burns, was the listed victim.

He was assessed $500 for the program, and ordered to attend and complete anger management counseling, get a mental health evaluation and follow any recommendations for treatment, render 100 hours of community service, and have no contact with the victim.

Evan O'Connor Couchman, 23, of Jim Thorpe, was placed on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. He was arrested on Dec. 2, 2011, along SR903 in Kidder Township. Given a test, the result was .14BAC.

He was assessed $400, ordered to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, license suspended for 30 days, and render 50 hours of community service.

John Vincent Dugan, 20, of Philadelphia, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on Dec. 4, 2011, along SR903 in Kidder Township. Given a test, the result was .10BAC.

He was assessed $400, ordered to get a D&A evaluation, license suspended for 90 days, and render 50 hours of community service.

Bruce Howard Gelman, 49, of Allison Park, Allegheny County, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on July 15, 2011, along Interstate 80 in Kidder Township. Given a test, the result was .22BAC.

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

Jeremy Richardson, 19, of Tamaqua, was placed on a charge of theft of property. He was arrested on Jan. 13 by state police at Lehighton charged with the theft of a snowboard at the Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Lower Towamensing Township.

He was assessed $350, and ordered to make restitution of $250, and render 50 hours of community service.

Leonard Michael Ruggiero Jr., 20, of Coaldale, was placed on a simple assault charge. He was arrested on April 26, 2011, by Lansford police for an incident in which Noah Krynock is the listed victim.

He was assessed $350, and ordered to attend and complete anger management counseling, make restitution to the victim of $100, render 50 hours of community service, and have no contact with the victim.

Kenneth Allan Segan, 23, of Slatington, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on April 30, 2011, along SR248 in Palmerton. Given a test, the result was .19BAC.

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

Shirley D. Tegethoff, 46, of Tannersville, was placed on two pending criminal counts. One on a charge of possession of a small amount of marijuana, for an incident on April 10, 2011, along 57 Road, in Lower Towamensing Township. The second was for DUI on June 30, 2011, along 57 Road. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance in her system.

She was assessed $500 and ordered to get both a D&A and mental health evaluations, zero tolerance on D&A use, render 50 hours of community service, and license suspended for 60 days.

Susan Carol Thack, 42, of Lehighton, was placed on a DUI charge. She was arrested on Jan. 27 along Canal St., in Franklin Township, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .11BAC.

She was assessed $400, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, license suspended for 30 days, 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.