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Four placed in probation program

Published September 10. 2010 05:00PM

Four first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program this week by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program or they are revoked from it then the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Place for one year were the following:

Dennis Donald Diefenderfer, 63, of Lehighton, was placed on a charge of false indentification to law enforcement. He was arrested on April 3 by state police along SR248 at the Palmerton exit. Troopers said he gave a false ID at the stop.

Webb ordered he pay $350 for the program.

Todd Messinger, 23, of Lehighton, was placed on a charge of criminal conspiracy-aggravated assault. He was arrested on March 21 by Lehighton police for an incident involving Tanya Farber as the victim.

He was ordered to pay $350 for the program.

Jennifer Janelle Tell, 24, of Northampton, was placed on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). She was arrested on Feb. 4 along Blue Mountain Drive in Lower Towamensing Township. Given a test, the result was .20BAC.

She was ordered to pay $450 for the program, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, render 20 hours of community service and her license was suspended for 60 days.

Kyle J. Wenner, 21, of Emmaus, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on May 2 along SR209 in Franklin Townsihp. Given a test, the result was .12BAC.

He was ordered to pay $400 for the program, get a D&A evaluation and license suspended for 30 days.

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

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