Wednesday
June 13, 2018

Two receive state prison terms in Pike County Court

MILFORD – A Milford man was sentenced to up to seven years in a state correctional facility, fined $4,600 and had his driver’s license suspended for a time to be determined by PennDot for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance, Accident Involving Damage to Attended Vehicle or Property, 2 counts of Aggravated Assault, Driving Under the Influence, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest and 2 counts of Disorderly Conduct.  Mark Gates, 38, hit another vehicle with his vehicle along Silver Lake Road on August 5, 2015, and left the scene of the accident, failing to provide his information to the driver of the other vehicle.  Gates was found by the state police not far from the scene with constricted pupils, slurred and confused speech.  Gates admitted to consuming Adderal prior to driving.  The state police were dispatched on February 20, 2016, to Route 6 in Shohola Township for a report of Gates driving erratically.  When Gates was located, he refused to pull over, attempting to use his vehicle to strike the patrol vehicle, putting the troopers at risk of injury, and fled at a high rate of speed, crashing into a wooded area.  Upon apprehension, Gates was observed to have slurred speech, glossy, bloodshot eyes and emitting the smell of an alcoholic beverage.  The state police were dispatched on June 22, 2016, to a business in Milford Borough and one in Milford Township where Gates had entered and caused a disturbance, threatening employees and customers.  Gates was located along West Harford Street in Milford Borough.  Gates fled on foot, refusing to stop and a foot chase ensued.  While attempting to apprehend him, Gates struck an officer in the back of the head with a closed fist causing a laceration.

Vito Galati, 31, of Montague, NJ, was sentenced to 15 months to 4 years in a state correctional facility, fined $2,000 and a driver’s license suspension for a duration to be determined by PennDot, for 2 counts of Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance.  Galati sold Heroin to an undercover informant between December 16, 2016, and January 5, 2017, in Milford Borough.

 

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

Perry Green, 51, of Glenside, PA, was sentenced to 12 months of probation and fined $500 for False Identification to Law Enforcement and the Summary Offense of Required Financial Responsibility.  Green was stopped by the state police on July 29, 2015, while traveling along SR 209 in Lehman Township for an obscured License Plate.  Green provided false identification to the trooper, and did not have the vehicle insured.

Kristle Murry, 39, of Hopkins, SC, was sentenced to 10 days to 5 years in the Pike County Jail, fined $2,500 and had her driver’s license suspended for 18 months for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance.  The state police stopped Murry on June 17, 2017, along I-84 in Blooming Grove Township for an expired registration.  In speaking with Murry, the trooper detected the smell of Marihuana, and observed her eyes to be glassy with dilated pupils.  Murry provided the trooper with a jar containing Marihuana and a grinder. Field Sobriety Tests showed impairment and a blood test confirmed the presence of THC in her blood.

Mark Yerkes, 33, of Cuddebackville, NY, 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 a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance.  Yerkes was stopped by the state police for speeding along SR 739 in Blooming Grove Township on July 4, 2017.  Yerkes was observed to be confused with slow response and bloodshot eyes.  Yerkes admitted to smoking Marihuana prior to driving.  Field Sobriety Tests showed intoxication and a blood test confirmed the presence of Morphine and THC in his blood.

Richard Fessenden, 53, 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.  Fessenden was pulled over by the state police on March 12, 2017, for crossing the center line and fog line of SR 6 in Palmyra Township.  In speaking with Fessenden, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed him to have glassy, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.  Fessenden admitted to drinking alcohol.   Field Sobriety Tests and preliminary breath tests indicated impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .167%.

Ojo Duke, 36, of Tobyhanna, PA, was sentenced to 3 months to 5 years in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,949 and will have a driver’s license suspension for a length of time to be determined by PennDot, for Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance, and the Summary Offenses of Registration and Certificate of Title Required, Required Financial Responsibility and Operating a Vehicle Without a Certificate of Inspection.  Duke was stopped by the state police on May 18, 2017, for an expired registration while traveling along Winona Falls Road in Lehman Township.  While speaking with Duke, the trooper detected the smell of Marihuana and observed Duke to have glassy eyes with dilated pupils.  Duke admitted to smoking Marihuana and was unable to perform Field Sobriety Tests.  Duke was also found to be lacking vehicle insurance and a certificate of inspection.


Copyright 2018 Statewide News Network, Inc.
Story may not be reproduced in any form without express written consent.


Return to PoconoNews.Net Home Page