Four placed in probation program
Four first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.
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, then they would face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.
Robert W. Moore, 47, of Hamilton, New Jersey, and formerly of Lake Harmony, was placed for two years on charges of aggravated assault and related counts. He was arrested by Kidder Township police for an incident on Dec. 3, 2011, in Split Rock, Lake Harmony, with his daughter the listed victim.
He was assessed $600 for the costs of the program, ordered to render 100 hours of community service, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, have no contact with the victim, continue mental health counseling, zero tolerance for D&A use, and must pay counseling fees for his daughter.
Douglas Paul Pierno, 51, of Weatherly, was placed for two years on a charge of possession of a firearm prohibited. He was arrested by Weatherly police for possession of a handgun which, by law, he was not allowed to possess due to a prior conviction.
He was assessed $650 and ordered to render 100 hours of community service, and must give up all firearms in his possession.
Amanda Skripnek, 34, of New Ringgold, formerly of Jim Thorpe, was placed for a year on a charge of possession of marijuana. She was arrested in October 2013 by Nesquehoning police.
She was assessed $650, and ordered to continue drug counseling.
William Edward Young, 45, of Glenside, Montgomery County, was placed on a charge of driving under the influence. He was arrested on March 8 along Route 1003 by Kidder Township police. He refused to submit to testing.
He was assessed $600, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, license suspended for 60 days, and render 50 hours of community service.
Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.