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Carbon County court — ARD

Published September 27. 2019 11:24AM

Two first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County’s Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Thursday 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, then they would face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Both were placed for a year.

Jahionda Mykier Taylor, 26, of Summit Hill, was placed on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested on April 9 by Lansford police following a vehicle stop along Bertsch Street.

She was assessed $450 for the cost of the program and ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment and render 50 hours of community service.

Alexandria G. Zelinsky, 23, of Palmerton, was placed on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, heroin/fentanyl. She was arrested on July 8 by Lansford police at Bertsch Street and Parkview Road.

She was assessed $450 and ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation, zero tolerance for drug or alcohol use and render 50 hours of community service.

Each defendant must also pay court costs of about $1,000 and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.

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