Six placed in probation program
Six first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabiliation Disposition (ARD) probation progam on Thursday morning by Judge Steven R. Serfass.
If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending chargs. A person does not admit guilty in entering the program.
All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.
Donna Marie Randall, 48, of Lansford, was placed for 18 months on a charge of neglect or care-dependent person. She was arrested by Jim Thorpe police for an incident on Nov. 5, 2011, at 726 Lehigh St. She worked for a service caring for an elderly woman at that address. Video surveillance installed by family members of the victim showed Randall inappropriately caring for the woman by slapping her, police said.
Serfass said he would reluctantly place her in the program and assessed her $500, and ordered her to render 100 hours of community service.
Laura Kay Andrews, 29, of Palmerton, was placed for six months on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). She was arrested on June 19, 2011, along Bridge St., in Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .21BAC.
She was assessed $450 for the program, ordered to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and license suspended for 60 days.
Ronald W. Bjornsen, 38, of Albrightsville, was placed on a charge of simple assault. He was arrested by state police at Fern Ridge for an incident on March 13 at his residence with his wife, Jane May Bjornsen, the listed victim.
He was assessed $350, and ordered to get a mental health evaluation, and render 50 hours of community service.
Benjamin Stewart Godown, 27, of Lehighton, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on Nov. 22, 2011, along Indian Hill Road in Franklin Township. Given a test, the result was .24BAC.
He was assessed $500, ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, license suspended for 60 days, and render 50 hours of community service.
Andrew W. Mosher, 23, of Lehighton, was placed for six months on a DUI charge. He was arrested on Oct. 20, 2011, along Blakeslee Blvd., in Mahoning Township. Given a test, the result was .08BAC.
He was assessed $500, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, license suspended for 60 days, and render 25 hours of community service.
Mark J. Pavlosky, 33, of Jim Thorpe, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on Jan. 7 along Behrens Road, in Penn Forest Township, by state police. Given a test, the result was .08BAC.
He was assessed $350, ordered to get a D&A evaluation, and render 50 hours of community service.
Each defendant placed must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.