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January 11, 2017

Milford man sentenced for child porn possession

MILFORD – A Milford man will spend up to five years in prison, was one of several sentenced in Pike County Court

Rashaad Taylor, 20, was sentenced to 18 to 60 months in a state correctional facility and fined $2,000 for two counts of Sexual Abuse of Children and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility.  The Computer Crime Unit of the Pennsylvania State Police was advised that Taylor was receiving child pornography on his computer.  A search warrant was issued and exacted at Taylor’s residence on Indian Run Court in Dingman Township on November 20, 2016, where it was found Taylor had been receiving child pornography on his computer in November of 2015.  Taylor will be subject to registration under Pennsylvania’s version of Megan’s Law.

 

Other criminal sentences were issued by the Pike County Court of Common Pleas Judge Gregory Chelak:

Jonathan Edward Clayton, 21, of Hawley, PA, was sentenced to 6 months in the Intermediate Punishment Program which will include 30 days under house arrest, a $1,000 fine and a suspension of his driver’s license for 12 months for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance.  The state police observed Clayton traveling along Route 6 in Palmyra Township without an operational registration light.  In speaking with Clayton, the trooper detected the smell of Marihuana and observed his eyes to be glossy and bloodshot.  A consent to search his vehicle revealed Marihuana and a glass pipe.  A Field Sobriety Test was conducted which showed impairment and a blood test confirmed the presence of THC in his blood.

Christopher John Young, 25, of Hawley, PA, was sentenced to 5 years less 32 days in the Intermediate Punishment Program which will include 32 days in the Pike County Jail, 90 days under house arrest, a fine of $1,500 and the suspension of his driver’s license for 18 months for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  The state police were dispatched to Mountain View Road in Blooming Grove Township on July 15, 2015, to assist public safety with a traffic stop where Young was believed to be intoxicated.  The trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage in speaking with Young, who admitted he had too much to drink.  A Field Sobriety Test indicated impairment and a chemical breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .183%.  Young was also found to be driving on a suspended license from a prior DUI.

Jennifer Joan Vargas, 47, of Bushkill, PA, was sentenced to 5 days to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, followed by 6 months of probation, fined $800 and had her driver’s license suspended for a length of time to be determined by PennDOT for 2 counts of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  The state police responded to a distress call from Vargas on December 27, 2014, who had followed her GPS and was lost and stuck on a road in Lehman Township.  In speaking with Vargas, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed her eyes to be glassy and bloodshot.  A Field Sobriety test showed impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .08%.  The state police were dispatched to Milford Road in Delaware Township on June 18, 2015, where Vargas had driven her vehicle into a tree.  The trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage when speaking with Vargas, and observed her eyes to be bloodshot and glassy.  Vargas admitted to drinking several beers prior to driving.  A Field Sobriety Test could not be conducted due to her inability to stand.  A blood test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .291%.

Christina Elizabeth McBride, 39, of Port Jervis, NY, was sentenced to 20 days to 5 years in the Pike County Jail, fined $2,500 and had her driver’s license suspended for 18 months for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance.  The Eastern Pike Regional Police were dispatched to a retail store parking lot in Westfall Township where McBride was intoxicated.  McBride advised the officers that she had driven from Port Jervis and that her license was suspended. A blood test confirmed the presence of Methadone, Marihuana, Diazepam, Nordiazepam, Oxazepam and Temazepam in her blood.

Peter Wardell, 31, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, was sentenced to 9 months and 72 hours to 24 months less 1 day, fined $2,500 and had his driver’s license suspended for 18 months for the crimes of Delivery of a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance.  On March 10, 2014, while investigating an unrelated matter, the state police observed Wardell sell Heroin from a vehicle parked at a restaurant parking lot in Greene Township.  A Field Sobriety Test was conducted on Wardell who stated he had consumed Heroin prior to the stop.  A blood test confirmed the presence of Heroin in Wardell’s blood.

Jesse C. Kitchen, 30, of Stroudsburg, PA, was sentenced to 1 month to 12 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $200 for Resisting Arrest.  The state police responded to a residence in Lehman Township on July 26, 2015, where Kitchen was observed skulking around the complainant’s residence.  Kitchen refused to identify himself to the trooper and became agitated and argumentative. Kitchen refused to put his hands behind his back and ran off.  Following a foot pursuit by the state police, Kitchen was apprehended and resisted arrest.

Carmelo Giovanni Rosa, 47, of Bushkill, PA, was sentenced to 2 years in the Intermediate Punishment Program which will include 90 days under house arrest, a fine of $1,500 and a suspension of his driver’s license for 18 months.  The state police were alerted to Rosa who was driving erratically on February 17, 2016.  The trooper observed Rosa swerving across Milford Road into the oncoming lane of travel.  In speaking with Rosa, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage.  Rosa admitted to consuming alcohol prior to driving.  Rosa was incapable of partaking in a Field Sobriety Test.  A breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .212%.

Joseph Morgan Big, 49, of Shohola, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of probation and fined $450 for the Summary Offenses of Disorderly Conduct, Harassment and Public Drunkenness.  On August 15, 2015, at a bar in Westfall Township, Big was acting in a threatening manner to an individual at the bar and became belligerent when asked to leave the bar.  When Big refused to leave, the police were called to remove him.

Jarrod Louis Coleman, 26, of Irvington, NJ, was sentenced to a $200 fine for the Summary Offense of Harassment.  The state police responded to a residence in Lehman Township on February 21, 2015, where a domestic disturbance had occurred prior between Coleman and another individual, during which Coleman threatened physical harm to the other individual.

Patrick Thomas Sutton, 24, of Greeley, PA, was sentenced to 68 days to 12 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $300 for Theft.  Sutton took a television from a residence in Lackawaxen Township on October 29, 2016, without permission.

Faith Hope Chapman, 19, of Matamoras, PA, was sentenced to 1 month to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, followed by 6 months of probation and fined $400 for the crimes of Theft and Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Chapman took jewelry valued at $50 from a vehicle in Matamoras.  When questioned regarding her attempt to sell the jewelry at a business in Matamoras, Chapman was found in possession of Heroin.

Alfred Brown, 54, of Bushkill, PA, was sentenced to 6 months to 12 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $200 for Harassment.  The state police were dispatched to a domestic dispute at Brown’s residence in Lehman Township on May 3, 2016, where during a verbal disagreement with another individual, Brown pushed, attempted to punch and threatened an individual.

Kevin Howard Burris, 21, of Ellenville, NY, was sentenced to 49 days to 12 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $400 for the crimes of Retail Theft and False Identification to Law Enforcement Authorities.   On October 23, 2016, Burris took $799 worth of merchandise from a retail store in Westfall Township.  When questioned as to his identity, Burris provided the officer with false information.

Vanessa Hannick, 42, of Lords Valley, PA, was sentenced to 72 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,000 and had her driver’s license suspended for 12 months for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  On August 12, 2016, the state police were dispatched to SR 590 in Lackawaxen Township where Hannick was involved in a one vehicle crash.  In speaking with Hannick the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage.  Hannick was unable to perform a Field Sobriety Test as instructed and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .171%.

 


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