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

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

Alisen Vanger, 23, formerly of Coaldale and a inmate in the county prison, pleaded to one count each of possession of a controlled substance-heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arrested on Aug. 21, by Nesquehoning police at the county prison. While being processed into the prison on other charges, illegal substances and paraphernalia was found on her.

She was on probation at the time in Carbon County on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge.

Matika sentenced her to time served (27 days) to one year in jail, on the possession count, and one year probation on the paraphernalia charge, with the terms running concurrently. She was also ordered to 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 when released on parole.

Althrough she has served her minimum she will not be released from jail as the adult probation office has filed a detainer against her for the probation violation.

Randy Scott Nielson Jr., 32, of Lansford, pleaded in two pending cases.

He pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia for an incident on June 7 along Ridge St., in Lansford, where he was stopped for erratic driving. Given a test, the result was .19BAC. However, the DUI charge was dropped in a plea bargain.

He also pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on June 23 along SR902 in Summit Hill. Given a test, the result was .16BAC.

On the DUI count 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 25 hours of community service.

On the possession count he was placed on probation for six months, consecutive to the DUI charge.

Ricky Allen Hunsicker Jr., 27, of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count of criminal conspiracy to commit theft.

He admitted his part in the taking jewelry from the home of Mary Yusella, E. Amidon St., in Summit Hill, on June 13. The jewelry was later sold at a pawn shop in Lehighton.

Matika placed him on probation for 18 months and ordered he make total restitution of $1,180, which is half the total as there is a co-defendant in the case. He must also render 75 hours of community service, get a D&A evaluation, and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use.

Todd M. Messinger, 25, of Parryville, pleaded in two pending cases.

He pleaded to one count of simple assault for an incident on May 6 in the 700 block of Mahoning St., Lehighton, with Adam Reich the listed victim.

He peladed to another count of simple assault for an incident on March 21, 2010, in the 300 block of N. First St., Lehighton, with Terry Williams Jr. the listed victim. In that case there are two co-defendants.

On each count he was placed on probation for a year, running concurrently, and ordered to render 50 hours of community service, have no contact with either victim in the cases, and attend and complete a anger management course.

Victoria A. Black, 27, of Ambler, Montgomery County, pleaded guilty in two pending cases.

She pleaed to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested on July 24, 2011, at the county prison where she was taken on charges filed by Jim Thorpe police. During the possess of entering the prison a pipe was found with drug residue.

She also pleaded to one count of simple assault. This incident occurred the same day and was the reason she was at the prison. While in custody for a incident in Jim Thorpe, she was charged with assaulting a borough police officer at the police station while being processed.

On the assault count she was placed on probation for 18 months and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render 75 hours of community service.

On the possession count she was placed on probation for six months, concurrent to the assault charge.

Dante Matos, 24, Nesquehoning, pleaded to three counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested on Sept. 9, 2011, by Nesquehoning police when they went to his residence. Police were called to the home by a member of the adult probation office who was serving a warrant at the home.

Various illegal drugs and paraphernalia were found in the home.

On the three possession counts he was placed on probation for a year and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render 75 hours of community service.

On the paraphernalia charge he was placed on probationa for six months, consecutive to the other counts.

Nicole M. Lavoie, 36, of Hellam, York County, pleaded to one count each of possession of a controlled substance. She was arrested on Feb. 23 by Summit Hill police in the area of 221 E. McMurtie St. Police went to the scene to assist ambulance personnel for a drug overdose. Lavoie was found to have drugs with no prescription.

She was placed on probation for a year and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render 50 hours of community service. The probation runs concurrent with one she is serving in York County on a DUI charge.

Brandie E. White, 26, of Kunkletown, pleaded to one count each of hindering apprehension, and corruption of a minor.

She was charged by Lansford police with hiding the whereabouts of a teen who left a facility for teens without permission. She later transported the teen back to York County, where he lived. She was employed at the facility at the time and was fired.

Matika placed her on probation for a year on each count, running concurrently, and ordered her to continue mental health counseling, and render 50 hours of community service.

Bruce Allen Laub, 46, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on April 14 along Canal St., in Franklin Township, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .23BAC.

Sentencing was deferred.

Mark A. Ruch, 50, of New Tripoli, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on May 26 along Delaware Avenue in Palmerton, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .30BAC.

He was sentenced 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 on D&A use, and render 25 hours of community service.

He will begin the jail term at 8 a.m. on Oct. 30.

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