Five first time offenders 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. If they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.
All were placed for a year.
Stone Bear Acevedo, 22, of Nesquehoning, was placed on a charge of persistent disorderly conduct. He was arrested on Sept. 7, 2012, by Nesquehoning police for an incident along W. Railroad St.
He was assessed $450 for the cost of the program, and ordered to attend and complete anger management counseling, and render 50 hours of community service.
William Joseph E. Hydro, 19, of Nesquehoning, was placed on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on Jan. 12 along Hudsondale St., by Weatherly police.
He was assessed $450, and ordered to render 50 hours of community service.
David Kemmerer, 39, of Lehighton, was placed on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested on June 9, 2012, along Fireline Road, in Lower Towamensing Township, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .11BAC.
He was assessed $500, and ordered to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance for D&A use, and license suspended for 30 days.
Ashly Ann McArdle, 22, of Andreas, was placed on a DUI charge. She was arrested on Jan. 12 along SR902 by Summit Hill police. Given a test, the result was .16BAC.
She was assessed $550, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, render 50 hours of community service, and license suspended for 60 days.
Sahara Ann Welfel, 21, of Tamaqua, was placed on a charge of retail theft. She was arrested on Dec. 24, 2012, at the Family Dollar Store by Lansford police, for taking items valued at $12.
She was assessed $450, and ordered to render 50 hours of community service, and not go on the store property. No restitution was ordered as the taken items were recovered.
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.