Thursday
May 31, 2018

Pike woman sentenced to prison for trying to pin a crime on someone else

MILFORD – A Shohola woman was sentenced to 9 months to 2 years in a state correctional facility and fined $800 for False Reports to Law Enforcement, Unsworn Falsification to Authorities and 2 counts of the Summary Offense of Harassment.  On May 27, 2017, at a residence in Shohola Township, Roseann Tortorella, 53, gave a false written statement to the Assistant Chief of Police to implicate an individual in a crime.  On September 22, 2016, Tortorella, with the intention to alarm or annoy an individual, drove past a school bus stop two times and engaged in a confrontation with two individuals.

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

Christopher Jones, 44, of Stroudsburg, PA, was sentenced to 3 months to 6 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $600 for False Identification to Law Enforcement Authorities and the Summary Offenses of Driving While Operation Privilege is Suspended or Revoked and Operation Following Suspension Registration. The state police stopped Jones on March 31, 2018, while he was traveling along SR 507 in Greene Township for a suspended registration which was a result of canceled insurance.  When asked for identification, Jones provided the trooper with a false name.  Jones was also found to be driving on a suspended license.

J. Michael Ruth, 45, of Clarks Summit, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of probation and fined $300 for Driving Under the Influence.  The state police pulled Ruth over along SR 507 in Palmyra Township on April 2, 2016, for driving erratically.  In speaking with Ruth, the trooper observed Ruth to have difficulty in locating his documentation, have red, glassy eyes, slurred speech and emanating the smell of an alcoholic beverage. Ruth was incapable of performing Field Sobriety Tests.  A breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content.

John Davignon, 21, of Lackawaxen, PA, was sentenced to 5 days to six months in the Pike County Jail, fined $300 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for Driving Under the Influence.  The state police pulled over Davignon on November 21, 2017, for speeding and driving erratically along SR 434 in Lackawaxen Township.  In making contact with Davignon, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed Davignon to have red, glossy, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, a nervous demeanor and an opened can of beer in the center console of his vehicle.  Field Sobriety Tests were conducted which showed impairment.  Davignon refused to consent to a blood test.

Joseph Marcoux, 26, of Bushkill, PA, was sentenced to 11 ½ months to 24 months, less 1 day in the Pike County Jail, followed by 1 year of probation and a fine of $800 for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Harassment.  During a domestic argument at a residence in Lehman Township on April 23, 2017, Marcoux took a vehicle from an individual without her permission, removing her from the driver’s seat and threatening her in the process.

Jennifer Hogan, 41, of Scranton, PA, was sentenced to 30 days to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $750 and her driver’s license suspended for 12 months for Driving Under the Influence.  The state police responded to a one-vehicle crash along I-84 in Westfall Township on July 30, 2016, where Hogan hit a guide rail and flipped her vehicle.  In speaking with Hogan in the ambulance, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage.  A blood test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .136%.

Wendy Allen, 66, of Shohola, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of the IP –Pike Care Program which will include 1 month of house arrest, a fine of $300 and the suspension of her driver’s license for 12 months, for Driving Under the Influence.  The state police responded to Bee Hollow Road and Twin Lakes Road in Shohola Township on October 16, 2017, where Allen’s vehicle was in a ditch.  In making contact with Allen, the trooper observed a box of wine on the passenger floor of Allen’s vehicle.  Allen’s eyes were observed to be bloodshot, her speech slurred and incoherent and Allen was emitting the smell of an alcoholic beverage.  Allen admitted to the trooper to have been drinking wine earlier.  A breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .086%.

Lance Anderson, 40, of Shohola, PA, was sentenced to 5 years of the IP Pike Care Program which will include 12 months of house arrest, a $2,000 fine and driver’s license suspension of 6 months for Acquisition of Controlled Substance by Misrepresentation, Fraud, Forgery, Deception or Subterfuge.  Anderson wrote an unauthorized prescription for Percocet which he attempted to get filled at a retail store pharmacy in Westfall Township between December 30, 2015 and January 2, 2017.

Tristen Coxson, 25, of Port Jervis, NY, was sentenced to 1 month to 12 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $400 for Retail Theft and Simple Assault.  Coxson took items worth over $150 from a retail store in Westfall Township on December 16, 2016, without paying for the items.  While being escorted back into the store by an employee of Asset Protection, Coxson knocked the employee to the ground and fled the store.

Daniel Kemery, 34, of Beach Lake, PA, was sentenced to 12 months of probation and fined $300 for Receiving Stolen Property.  Kemery sold a motorcycle in Greene Township on September 13, 2013, knowing that the motorcycle had been stolen.

 


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