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August 7, 2017

Man, claiming to have been kidnapped, gets up to four years in prison

MILFORD – Two defendants, recently sentenced in Pike County Court, are heading to state prison.

Charles Wahnon, 25, of Hawley, PA, was sentenced to 16 months to 4 years in a state correctional facility and fined $1,000 for Theft by Extortion and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility.  Between January 14, 2017 and March 7, 2017, Wahnon pretended to have been kidnapped and held for ransom.  Wahnon extorted over $2,000 from an individual through the use of a cell phone, by giving the individual the impression that if payments were not made, Wahnon would be killed, his house burned and family harmed.

Gerald Rozsay, 52, of New Rochelle, NY, was sentenced to 1 year to 4 years in a state correctional facility, fined $1,500 and had his driver’s license suspended for length of time to be determined by PennDot for Escape and Driving Under the Influence.  The state police responded to a report of Rozsay slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle which was partially blocking Pine Grove Road in Greene Township on July 28, 2014. Upon the state police arrival, Rozsay fled into the woods. Once retrieved from the woods, Rozsay was observed to have bloodshot, glossy eyes, slurred speech and an odor of alcohol emanating from his breath.  Rozsay was placed under arrest and secured in the police vehicle.  Rozsay unbelted himself and fled the patrol car. 

 

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

Christopher Van Tuyl, 42, of Port Jervis, NY, was sentenced to 72 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,000 and had his driver’s license suspended 12 months for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance.  Eastern Pike Regional Police responded to a report of a driver under the influence leaving a business in Matamoras Borough on February 21, 2016.  In speaking with Van Tuyl, the driver, the officer observed Van Tuyl to be nodding off, his speech slurred and eyes glassy. Van Tuyl admitted to consuming Oxycodone.  A blood test confirmed the presence of Oxycodone, Alprazolam and Methadone in his blood.

Sara Cohen, 25, of Elizabeth, NJ, was sentenced to 131 days to 23 ½ months in the Pike County Jail and fined $400 for Theft.  Cohen took jewelry with a value over $2,000 from a residence in Lehman Township in mid-June of 2016, without the owner’s permission and sold it at a pawn shop in Stroudsburg knowing it had been stolen.

Anthony Nardone, 21, of Dunmore, PA, was sentenced to 1 year of probation and fined $300 for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The state police responded to a residence in Greene Township on November 15, 2016, for a report of a domestic disturbance.  Upon arriving at the residence, the trooper detected the smell of Marihuana.  A consent to search the residence revealed a Marihuana pipe, grinder and scale.

Kenneth Shaw, 36, of Ozone Park, NY, was sentenced to 6 months of probation and fined $300 for Institutional Vandalism.  Shaw threw a large rock at a county vehicle parked at the Pike County Administration Building on June 23, 2016, causing $1,018.75 in damages to the vehicle. 

Christina Boyce, 46, of Port Jervis, NY, was sentenced to 1 year to 2 years in a state correctional facility and fined $300 for Retail Theft.  Boyce took a piece of jewelry valued at $95 from the counter of a business located in Matamoras Borough on August 3, 2014.

Patrick Menegus, 52, of Saddle Brook, NJ, was sentenced to 90 days to 1 year in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,600 and had his driver’s license suspended for 18 months for Driving Under the Influence and Accident Involving Damage to Attended Vehicle or Property.  Milford Borough Police responded to East Harford Street on November 24, 2015, where Menegus was stopped following a hit and run on West Harford Street.  The officer detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage while speaking with Menegus and observed him to have glossy, bloodshot eyes, difficulty answering questions and maintaining balance.  Field Sobriety Tests showed impairment and a blood test confirmed a blood alcohol content greater than .309.

Talia Smith, 22, of Port Jervis, NY, was sentenced to 1 year of probation and fined $400 for Hindering Apprehension and Disorderly Conduct.  While Eastern Pike Regional Police were attempting to effectuate an arrest on May 28, 2017, for an incident outside of a hotel in Westfall Township, Smith attempted to hinder the apprehension of an individual. Smith also resisted the arrest of herself and put the officer at risk of injury.

Robert Pidi, 51, of Camp Hill, PA, was sentenced to 6 months to 12 months in the Pike County Jail to run concurrent to the state sentence he is currently serving, and fined $500 for Simple Assault.  At a residence in Lehman Township, Pidi stared at a neighboring individual doing yard work, yelled obscenities, made threats towards the individual and struck him.


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