Saturday
October 14, 2017

Pike County Court sentencing

MILFORD - The following sentences were issued by Pike County Court of Common Pleas Judge Gregory Chelak:

John F. Walsh, 50, of Matamoras, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of the Intermediate Punishment Program which will include 30 days of house arrest, a $750 fine and a driver’s license suspension of 12 months for Driving Under the Influence.  The state police responded to a one vehicle accident on November 5, 2016, where Walsh had crashed along I-84 in Milford Township.  Upon speaking with Walsh, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed Walsh to have glassy, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and a staggered gait.  Walsh admitted to drinking prior to driving.  A Field Sobriety Test was conducted and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .157%.

Karen Ann Carmen, 58, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of the Intermediate Punishment Program, which will include 30 days of house arrest, a $1,000 fine and a 12 month suspension of her driver’s license for Driving Under the Influence.  The state police were dispatched to Park Road in Delaware Township on April 14, 2017, where Carman had driven her car into a ditch.  Upon making contact with Carman, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage.  Carman admitted to having a few drinks before driving.  A Field Sobriety Test was attempted but could not be completed.  A chemical breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .217%.

Tara Lynn Nevarez, 18, of Florida, NY, was sentenced to 6 months of probation and fined $200 for Disorderly Conduct.  Eastern Pike Regional Police were dispatched to a hotel parking lot in Westfall Township on April 2, 2017, for a domestic dispute in progress involving Nevarez.  Nevarez put officers at risk of injury when they attempted to handcuff her.

Dylan Matthew Sutton, 23, of Greeley, PA, was sentenced to 72 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,000 and had his license suspended for 12 months for Driving Under the Influence.  Eastern Pike Regional Police were dispatched to Pennsylvania Avenue in Matamoras on February 11, 2017, to assist the Port Jervis police in stopping Sutton who had been observed swerving across the street in his vehicle and driving without headlights on.  Upon making contact with Sutton, the officer detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed Sutton to have difficulty maintaining his balance, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.  Sutton admitted to having four beers before driving, but refused to submit to a Field Sobriety Test or chemical breath test.

Suzanne Marie Stevens, 66, of Greentown, PA, was sentenced to 12 months of probation and fined $600 for Harassment and Disorderly Conduct.  The state police were dispatched to a housing community in Lehman Township on November 16, 2016, for a report of Stevens having an argument with her neighbor.  Stevens acted in a lewd and threatening manner directed at the responding trooper.

Thomas Richard Rivera, 52, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of probation and fined $600 for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and False Identification to Law Enforcement.  Eastern Pike Regional Police stopped Rivera the evening of April 7, 2017 for traveling along Route 6 & 209 in Westfall Township without headlights on.  While speaking with Rivera, the officer detected the smell of Marihuana.  Rivera admitted to smoking Marihuana, and provided the officer with his rolling papers.  Rivera provided a false name and Social Security Number to the officer when stopped for the violation.

Rachel M. Hojinowski, 34, of Bushkill, PA, was sentenced to 18 months of the Intermediate Punishment Program which will include 33 days of house arrest, a fine of $2,200 and a driver’s license suspension of 18 months for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance, Institutional Vandalism and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Hojinowski was stopped by the state police on January 10, 2017, for weaving her vehicle back and forth across the center lane lines of Milford Road in Lehman Township.  Hojinowski acted in a slow and confused manner, exhibited glassy eyes, slurred speech and unsteady gait.  A Field Sobriety Test was conducted which showed impairment.  A consent to search revealed Heroin.  While in the holding area of the trooper barracks, Hojinowski put holes in the wall causing $500 in damages.

Brandon Michael Marks, 23, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 12 months of probation and fined $300 for Receiving Stolen Property.  Marks disposed of a gold bracelet valued in excess of $200 at a local pawn shop knowing it had been stolen from a residence in Milford Township on October 17, 2016.

Michael Robert Benedict, 23, of Pittsburgh, PA, was sentenced to 12 months of probation, fined $4,300 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for Possession of a Controlled Substance. The state police stopped a vehicle in which Benedict was a passenger on August 25, 2015, for failing to stop at a stop sign along Winona Falls Road in Lehman Township.  In speaking with the driver, the trooper detected the smell of Marihuana and in plain view was a large vacuum sealed bag which contained Marihuana, which Benedict claimed possession of.

Ryan Joseph Baker, 22, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, was sentenced to 1 month to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,300 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The state police stopped Baker on January 7, 2017, along Route 6 & 209 in Westfall Township for an inoperable registration light.  Upon making contact with Baker, the trooper detected the smell of Marihuana.  Baker admitted to smoking Marihuana while driving and presented a baggie which had contained Marihuana to the trooper.  A Field Sobriety Test was conducted and a blood test confirmed the presence of THC in Baker’s blood.

Courtney Oresia Long, 20, of Port Jervis, NY, was sentenced to a $600 fine for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  On July 16, 2017, Eastern Pike Regional Police observed Long acting suspiciously in a parked vehicle in the woods at Airport Park in Matamoras.  The officer detected the smell of Marihuana when he made contact with the passengers.  Long presented the officer with a pill bottle which had contained Marihuana.


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