July 11, 2017

Three sentenced to prison for crimes in Pike County

MILFORD – Defendants guilty of crimes involving guns, someone else’s credit card, and breaking into a store, were ordered to do time in a state prison.

Shawn Vannatta, 19, of Honesdale, PA, was sentenced to 4 ½ years to nine years in a state correctional institution and fined $2,000 for two counts of Criminal Attempt and two counts of Aggravated Assault.  Vannatta and another individual were involved in a long-standing dispute.  On February 27, 2016, Vannatta and the individual agreed to meet at a business parking lot in Lackawaxen Township to engage in a fight.  During the dispute, Vannatta shot a firearm into the individual’s vehicle in disregard of the two occupants’ safety.

Kevin O’Rourke, 32, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to three to six in a state correctional facility and charged a fine of $800 for Burglary, Access Device Fraud (two counts) and Forgery.  Between June 10, 2016 and June 13, 2016, O’Rourke used an individual’s debit card, without the individual’s permission, to obtain in excess of $2,000 cash from various ATMs located in Westfall Township. While an individual acted as a look-out, O’Rourke used a pry bar to break into a residence in Milford Borough on June 17, 2016, and took $2,000 in U.S. currency. Between June 16, 2016 and June 17, 2016, O’Rourke took checks and a debit card from a parked car in a business parking lot located in Westfall Township, without the owner’s permission.  O’Rourke forged the owner’s signature to the check and attempted to use the debit card to obtain cash from the individual’s account.

Andrea Smith, 52, of Lords Valley, PA, was sentenced to 14 months and 90 days to six years in a state correctional facility, charged $4,100 and had her driver’s license suspended for a duration to be determined by PennDOT for Burglary, Driving Under the Influence, Criminal Mischief and Driving While Operating Privilege is Suspended or Revoked.  Smith broke into a retail store in Lackawaxen Township on March 27, 2016 and took five pair of shoes with a retail value in excess of $50.  Smith lost her vehicle key when she illegally entered the retail store and was found sitting in vehicle in front of the store when the state police arrived to respond to the burglar alarm. In speaking with Smith, the trooper observed Smith to have bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.  A blood test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .159%.


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