Pike County Court sentencing
MILFORD – Two defendants guilty of DUI and other offences, are heading to state prison
Kevin Joseph Panowicz, 30, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 2 years to 7 years in a state correctional facility, fined $3,250 and had his driver’s license suspended for 30 months for two counts of Driving Under the Influence. On November 25, 2016, the Milford Police Department pulled over Panowicz for traveling too fast along Broad Street in Milford. When the officer made contact with Panowicz, he was observed to have an open can of beer on his lap, blood shot eyes and the smell of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his vehicle. A Field Sobriety Test was conducted which showed impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .137%. On April 8, 2017, the state police were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash involving Panowicz along SR 739 in Dingman Township. Panowicz was observed to be fidgety, have constricted pupils, glassy, bloodshot eyes and emitting the smell of an alcoholic beverage. A Field Sobriety Test showed impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .284%.
Scott Thomas Fleece, 34, of Frackville, PA, was sentenced to 24 months to 48 months in a state correctional facility (to run consecutive to his New York state sentence), fined $1,300 and had his driver’s license suspended for 24 months for Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance. Fleece, who was wanted for a parole violation, was observed by the state police driving across the double yellow line of SR 6 in Blooming Grove Township on July 1, 2013. Fleece refused the trooper’s attempt to initiate a traffic stop, reaching speeds of up to 110 mph in his attempt to elude. Fleece’s vehicle was forced into a stop and Fleece fled his vehicle on foot. Once apprehended, Fleece admitted his behavior was a result of being under the influence of drugs.
Other criminal sentences were issued by Pike County Court of Common Pleas Judge Gregory Chelak:
Jerome Guy Johnson, 34, of Port Jervis, NY, was sentenced to 6 months to 12 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $500 for Receiving Stolen Property. Johnson sold an I-Phone to a business in Matamoras Borough on June 3, 2014, for $50, knowing it had been stolen.
Mary M. Davis, 29, of Liberty, NY, was sentenced to 1 month to 23 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $300 for Forgery. On June 1, 2016 and June 6, 2016, Davis took checks from an individual in Matamoras, without the individual’s permission, forged the individual’s signature on the checks and cashed them receiving $500 in U.S. currency.
Robert Zahorchak, 56, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of the Intermediate Punishment Program, which will include 30 days of house arrest, a $500 fine and a suspension of his driver’s license for 12 months for Driving Under the Influence. Zahorchak was stopped by the state police on December 18, 2016, for traveling along Log Tavern Road with a tail light out. While speaking with Zahorchak, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed a case of beer on the back seat of the vehicle. Zahorchak admitted to consuming beer. A Field Sobriety Test was conducted which showed impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .113%.
Elijah John Mendoza, 19, of Port Jervis, NY, was sentenced to 1 year or probation and fined $225 for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and the Summary Offense of Careless Driving. On December 19, 2016, a witness reported to the Eastern Pike Regional Police that Mendoza was operating his vehicle erratically along Pennsylvania Avenue in Matamoras and that when he exited his vehicle he has observed having trouble walking. When the officer arrived and made contact with Mendoza, he detected an odor of Marihuana and observed Mendoza attempting to hide something under his seat. A search of the vehicle revealed a jar used for the containment of Marihuana.
Lawrence Robert Tirado, 37, of Hawley, PA, was sentenced to 72 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,000 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance. The state police were dispatched to Rowlands Road in Lackawaxen Township on May 21, 2016, where Tirado had crashed his vehicle into a tree. A Field Sobriety Test was conducted which showed impairment and a blood test confirmed the presence of Morphine in his body.
Richard Raymond Izso, 20, of Hawley, PA, was sentenced to 3 months to 23 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $3,000 and had his driver’s license suspended for 6 months for Possession with the Intent to Manufacture or Deliver a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance. The state police observed Izso driving erratically when he merged his vehicle onto I-84 in Dingman Township on July 13, 2016. Upon making contact with Izso, the trooper detected the smell of Marihuana, and conducted a search of the vehicle. Izso was found in possession of 1.96 pounds of Marihuana and $2,485 in U.S. Currency.
Clarence Theodore Snyder, 32, currently housed in the Pike County Correctional Facility, was sentenced to 3 months to 6 months in the Pike County Jail to run concurrent to his existing sentence, and fined $300 for Theft by Deception. On January 30, 2017, Snyder took items with a total value of $133.81 without paying for them, from a retail store in Westfall Township. Snyder then immediately went to customer service and returned the stolen items and received a full refund in the form of a gift card.
James Michael Cathcart, 49, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, was sentenced to 48 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $500 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for Driving Under the Influence. The state police pulled Cathcart over along Doolan Road in Delaware Township on October 9, 2015, for driving below the posted speed limit and crossing the double yellow line multiple times. The trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage when speaking with Cathcart. Cathcart admitted to consuming three to four beers and prescription medicine prior to driving. A Field Sobriety Test showed impairment and a blood test revealed a blood alcohol content of .152%.
William George Jamros, 60, of Matamoras, PA, was sentenced to 72 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail to run consecutive to his current sentence, fined $1,000 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for Driving Under the Influence. The Eastern Pike Regional Police responded to a business parking lot in Matamoras Borough on October 6, 2016, where Jamros was asleep at the wheel of his vehicle which was running. Upon trying to rouse Jamros, the officer detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage. Jamros refused to participate in a Field Sobriety Test or chemical breath test.
Michael Allen Fordham, 57, of Scranton, PA, was sentenced to a $200 fine for the Summary Offenses of Harassment and Disorderly Conduct. The state police responded to a residence in Greene Township on November 2, 2015, where Fordham was involved in a domestic dispute and threatened to harm an individual.
Jamie Lynn Pratt, 21, of Middletown, NY, was sentenced to a $300 fine for Accident Involving Damage to Attended Vehicle or Property. Pratt rear ended a vehicle while traveling along Route 6 & 209 in Westfall Township on March 27, 2017, and failed to immediately stop at the scene to provide financial information or to call to report the accident.
Steve Gonzalez, 38, of Bridgeport, CT, was sentenced to a $200 fine for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The state police responded to the rest area along I-84 in Greene Township on December 28, 2016, where it was reported the smell of Marihuana was coming from one of the parked vehicles. In speaking with Gonzalez, the trooper detected the smell of Marihuana. Gonzalez admitted to smoking Marihuana and a search revealed a glass container for the storage of Marihuana.
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