Tuesday
April 10, 2018

Three Pike defendants receive state prison terms

MILFORD – Prison terms were given to two defendants guilty of drug crimes and a third for threatening police with a weapon then fleeing

Scott a Walker, 32, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, was sentenced to 42 months to eight and a half years in a state correctional facility, fined $1,500 and had his driver’s license suspended for 24 months for Accident Resulting in Death or Injury, 2 counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility.  The Eastern Pike Regional Police were dispatched to Pennsylvania Avenue in Matamoras Borough on June 18, 2016, where Walker’s vehicle hit the curb, a tree and then another vehicle, injuring its occupant, and then Walker fled the scene on foot.  On August 11, 2016 and August 29, 2016, Walker sold Heroin to an undercover informant through the use of a cell phone in Westfall Township and Dingman Township.

Christopher Delacruz, 30, of Port Jervis, NY, was sentenced to 15 months to 4 years in a state correctional facility, fined $700 and had his driver’s license suspended for 6 months for False Identification to Law Enforcement and Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance.  During a traffic stop in Milford Borough on July 12, 2017, Delacruz, who was a passenger in the vehicle, provided a false name and date of birth to the Milford Officer in order to avoid being arrested on an outstanding warrant.  On July 12, 2017, a search warrant was conducted on a hotel room in Dingman Township where Delacruz had been residing where he was found in possession of multiple bricks of Heroin .

Timothy Culver, 31, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, was sentenced to 18 months to 5 years in a state correctional facility, fined $3,000 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officers and Terroristic Threats.  The state police were dispatched to Culver’s residence in Delaware Township on July 21, 2017, where Culver, while holding a weapon, threatened to harm several individuals if they stepped onto his property.  On October 14, 2017, the state police observed Culver traveling along SR 739 in Blooming Grove Township with a license plate not registered to his vehicle.  The the state police attempted to pull Culver over who sped off at a high rate of speed and struck a concrete barrier and then a guiderail before coming to rest.  Culver then proceeded to flee on foot and was apprehended by troopers with a taser.

 

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

Anthony Abreu, 30, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 5 years of the Pike Care Program which will include 90 days of house arrest, a fine of $1,500 and a driver’s license suspension of 18 months for Driving Under the Influence.  Eastern Pike Regional Police pulled over Abreu along Route 6 & 209 in Westfall Township on June 2, 2016, for speeding and driving erratically.  In making contact with Abreu, the officer detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed him to have bloodshot, glassy eyes. Field Sobriety Tests were conducted and a blood test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .171%.

Stephen Delucca, 51, of East Stroudsburg, PA, was sentenced to 4 months to 12 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $500 for Retail Theft.  Delucca took a total of $486.56 in merchandise from a retail store in Westfall Township on December 28, 2016, without paying for it.

Drequan Garner, 19, of East Stroudsburg, PA, was sentenced to 12 months to 36 months in a state correctional facility and fined $900 for 3 counts of Burglary.  Garner broke into a residence in Lehman Township and took items between April 10, 2016 and May 10, 2016. Garner broke into a home in Lehman Township on April 26, 2016, and took items. On May 26, 2016, Garner broke into a residence in Lehman Township and took items.

Lynda Nichols, 21, of Newfoundland, PA, was sentenced to 11 months to 23 months in the Pike County Jail, followed by 4 years of probation, a fine of $1,400 and a driver’s license suspension of 12 months for 2 counts of Delivery of a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility.  Nichols facilitated the use of a cell phone to sell Heroin to a confidential informant between April 12, 2017 and April 21, 2017 in Palmyra and Greene Townships.

Gregory Talmadge, 28, of Port Jervis, NY, was sentenced to 11 ½ months to 23 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $900 for Theft.  Talmadge took an X-Box valued in excess of $300 from an individual’s camper in Westfall Township on June 3, 2017, without the owner’s permission.

Dylan Kratzert, 25, of Newburgh, NY, was sentenced to 15 months to 30 months in a state correctional facility and fined $1,000 for Aggravated Assault.  Kratzert stabbed an individual with a folding knife in the arm, shoulder and leg on November 28, 2017, at a residence in Matamoras.

John Herdman, 61, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, was sentenced to 11 months to 23 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $500 for Criminal Trespass.  On October 6, 2017, the state police responded to a residence in Delaware Township where Herdman had removed part of a rear door gaining access to the home, without the owner’s permission, and was found lying on the owner’s bed when the trooper arrived.

Connor Merlino-Barton, 19, of Laceyville, PA, was sentenced to 48 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, followed by 6 months of probation, fined $700 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for Driving Under the Influence and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The state police responded to Gumbletown Road in Palmyra Township on June 11, 2017, where Merlino-Barton was unconscious in the driver’s seat parked in the middle of Gumbletown Road, with the vehicle running.  The trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage when speaking with Merlino-Barton.  A breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .114%.  Merlino-Barton was also found in possession of a baggie used for the storage of Marihuana.

Jason Wallace, 30, presently housed in the Pike County Correctional Facility, was sentenced to 6 months of probation and fined $300 for Furnishing Drug Free Urine.  During a drug screening test conducted by a probation officer at the Pike County Probation Office in Milford, Wallace attempted to provide urine that was not his own.

Brian Anderson, 28, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 48 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, followed by 2 years of probation, a $1,000 fine and a driver’s suspension for 12 months for Driving Under the Influence and Prohibited Offensive Weapon.  The state police were dispatched on April 1, 2017, to Iroquois Trail in Dingman Township where Anderson had driven his vehicle off the road and into a ditch.  In making contact with Anderson, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed Anderson to have slurred speech and glossy, bloodshot eyes.  Field Sobriety Tests were administered which showed impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .154%.  Anderson was also found in possession of brass knuckles.

Dennis Kimble, 44, of Newfoundland, NJ, was sentenced to 113 days to 18 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $500 for Possessing an Instrument of Crime.  While staying at an individual’s home in Dingman Township between December 1, 2016, and April 31, 2017, Kimble took a firearm belonging to the individual, without the individual’s consent.  The firearm was found in Kimble’s possession in New Jersey.

Barry Shorten, 59, of Jefferson Township, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of the IP Program which will include 10 days in the Pike County Jail, 60 days of house arrest, a fine of $750 and a driver’s license suspension of 12 months for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  Shorten was stopped by the state police on August 2, 2017, for speeding along I-84 in Greene Township.  The trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage when speaking with Shorten and observed Shorten to be unsteady on his feet.  A blood alcohol test revealed a blood alcohol content of .130%.

Brandon Marks, 24, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 3 months to 12 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $300 for Receiving Stolen Property.  Marks sold a cell phone to an individual on October 17, 2017, knowing it had been stolen from a residence in Milford Township on October 10, 2017.

George Catsicas, 48, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, was sentenced to 2 months to 23 ½ months in the Pike County Jail and fined $450 for Disorderly Conduct and Harassment.  Catsicas communicated to employees at a business in Milford Township in a lewd and lascivious manner on June 26, 2017, July 18, 2017 and August 2, 2017.  On November 8, 2017, Catsicas behaved in a tumultuous and threatening manner at a business in Milford Township, a post office in Delaware Township and towards some construction works at a site in Dingmans Ferry.

Bryan Becker, 23, of Tafton, PA, was sentenced to 5 years of the IP Program which will include 90 days of house arrest, a $1,500 fine and suspension of his driver’s license for 18 months for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  Becker was stopped by the state police on September 3, 2017, while traveling along Gumbletown Road in Blooming Grove Township for failing to dim his head lights and window tint.  Upon speaking with Becker, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed his eyes to be watery and bloodshot and his speech slurred.  Becker admitted to drinking prior to driving.  Field Sobriety Tests were conducted which showed impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .181%.

Daniel Conklin, 51, of White Mills, PA, was sentenced to 180 days to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,300 and will have his driver’s license suspended for a duration to be determined by PennDot for Driving Under the Influence and Driving While Operating Privileges are Suspended.  The state police pulled over Conklin on February 8, 2017, for weaving across his lane of travel along SR 6 in Shohola.  Upon making contact with Conklin, the trooper detected the smell of Marihuana and an alcoholic beverage emanating from Conklin’s person.  Conklin admitted to consuming alcohol and Marihuana prior to driving.  Field Sobriety Tests could not be conducted due to Conklin’s intoxication.  Conklin refused to perform a breath test.  It was discovered Conklin was also driving on a suspended license as a result of a prior DUI conviction.

Ezequiel Martinez, 66, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of probation and fined $300 for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  The state police stopped Martinez on March 18, 2017, while traveling along SR 402 in Blooming Grove Township.  In speaking with Martinez, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage.  Field Sobriety Tests were administered which showed impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .090%.

Jennifer Passos, 49, of Hopatcong, NJ, was sentenced to 10 days to 6 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $500 for Driving Under the Influence.  The state police were dispatched to Village Drive West in Dingman Township on August 25, 2017, where Passos had driven her vehicle into a ditch.  In making contact with Passos, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed her eyes to be red, glossy and bloodshot. Passos admitted to drinking wine and consuming prescription medication prior to driving.  A Field Sobriety Test showed impairment.  Passos refused to submit to a blood test. 

Maria Cruz, 28, of Rockaway Beach, NY, was fined $300 for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The state police pulled Cruz over on April 9, 2015, for traveling below the posted speed in the left lane of I-84 in Blooming Grove Township.  In speaking with Cruz, the trooper detected the smell of Marihuana.  A consent to search the vehicle revealed a baggie used for the storage of Marihuana. 

Wayne Dippel, 66, of Archbald, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of probation and fined $700 for Unlawful Killing or Taking of Big Game.  Dippel killed or attempted to kill a bear along Pleasant Mount Drive in Blooming Grove Township on November 25, 2016, during closed season.

Christopher Karangis (sentenced March 22, 2018) 47, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 4 months to 12 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $800 for Terroristic Threats and Resisting Arrest.  Eastern Pike Regional Police responded to a residence in Westfall Township on July 24, 2017, where Karangis was reportedly drunk and out of control.  Karangis was in violation of his probation and had barricaded himself in the residence refusing to come out, and threatened any officer that came into the house. Substantial force was needed to overcome Karangis who refused verbal commands of the officers. 


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