Five first time offenders placed in probation program
Five first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by county judges.
If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, 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.
Placed by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II were:
Jannah Bowles, 30, of Edison, N.J., on various drug possession charges. She was arrested on Aug. 11 by agents of the state Attorney General's office in the area of 351 1/2 N. Second St., Lehighton.
Nanovic placed her for 18 months and ordered she pay $350 for the program, supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, render 15 hours of community service, and forfeit to the state the $2,984 seized when she was arrested.
John Patrick Dunne, 60, of Jim Thorpe, was placed on a charge of forgery-unauthorized act in writing. He was arrested on Sept. 1, 2009, by Jim Thorpe police with an incident involving Robert J. Kupianik as the victim.
Nanovic ordered he pay $350 for the program, render 15 hours of community service, and make restitution to the victim in an amount to be determined by the adult probation office.
Megan Lee Major, 26, of Pittston, was placed on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). She was arrested on June 25 along the turnpike in Penn Forest Township. Given a test, the result was .10BAC.
She was ordered to pay $400 for the program, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and her license was suspended for 30 days.
Stanley A. Nowicki, 23, of Albrightsville, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on July 17 along SR903 in Penn Forest Township. Given a test, the result was .11BAC.
He was ordered to pay $400 for the program, get a D&A evaluation and his license was suspended for 30 days.
Placed by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb was:
Howard James Zellner, 47, of Palmerton, was placed for six months on a charge of indecent assault. He was arrested by Palmerton police on July 27 for an incident involving a female, no age given.
He was ordered to pay $500 for the program, supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, and render 15 hours of community service.
Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average near $1,000, and a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.