Monday
October 29, 2018

Several sentenced to state prison in Pike County Court

MILFORD – A busy week in Pike County Court, with 19 appearing for sentencing; some headed to state prison

Robert Dobinson, 28, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 27 months to 54 months in a state correctional facility, had his driver’s license suspended for 18 months and fined $2,000 for Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance and Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance.  Dobinson was stopped by the state police while traveling along SR 739 in Blooming Grove Township on July 13, 2017, for no inspection sticker.  In speaking with Dobinson, the trooper detected the smell of Marihuana and observed signs of intoxication.  A probable cause search revealed fifty-six packets of Heroin.  Additional drugs were found at his residence.  Dobinson refused to submit to a blood test.

Christopher King, 52, of Greeley, PA, was sentenced to 21 months to 48 months in a state correctional facility and fined $200 for Persons Not to Possess Firearms.  King was found in possession of a handgun and a shotgun on September 25, 2017, at a residence in Lackawaxen Township.  King was previously convicted and jailed for possession of cocaine in New York on April 9, 2012, and is restricted from possessing or owning guns.

Antonio Laboy, 35, of Port Jervis, NY, was sentenced to 18 months to 48 months in a state correctional facility and fined $1,000 for 2 counts of Retail Theft.  On April 28, 2018, and May 17, 2018, Laboy took $700 worth of merchandise from a retail store in Westfall Township without paying for it.  Then again on July 4, 2018 and July 10, 2018, Laboy took merchandise in excess of $1,000 from a retail store in Westfall Township without paying for it. 

Gregory Luca, 33, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, was sentenced to 30 months to 60 months in a state correctional facility, to run concurrent to his New Jersey sentence that he is presently serving and fined $2,100 for Theft, Retail Theft, Theft by Deception, Access Device Fraud and Theft of Leased Property.  On April 13, 2017, Lucas used an individual’s charge account without permission, to purchase various tools and accessories valued at $4,176.18 at a retail business located in Blooming Grove Township.  On various days in April of 2017, Luca took equipment belonging to another individual valued at $2,429 and $2,267 from a retail store in Milford Borough.  Lucas took a modem valued at $178 from a retail store on June 21, 2017, in Westfall Township without paying for it. 

Christopher Baluta, 52, of Tafton, PA, was sentenced to 15 months to 5 years in a state correctional facility, has his driver’s license suspended for 18 months and fined $1,500 for Driving Under the Influence.  The state police were dispatched to the rest area along I-84 in Palmyra Township on April 8, 2017, where Baluta was reported intoxicated and causing a disturbance.  When contact was made with Baluta, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed Baluta to have glassy eyes and dilated pupils.  Baluta refused to submit to Field Sobriety Tests.  A breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .208%.

John Henneforth, 39, of Greentown, PA, was sentenced to 16 months to 48 months in a state correctional facility, to run consecutive to his Wayne County sentence, and fined $500 for Receiving Stolen Property.  Henneforth sold tools with a value in excess of $2,000 from a residential garage in Palmyra Township on November 15, 2017, knowing that the tools were stolen.

 

Other criminal sentences issued by Pike County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Gregory Chelak and visiting Judge Raymond Hamill:

Brian Ashley, 37, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 6 months to 18 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $300 for Simple Assault.  The state police were dispatched to a residence in Milford Township for a domestic dispute during which Ashley punched an individual in the face and slammed her head into a wall causing injury.

Craig Vanderbeck, 63, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to a $300 fine for Harassment.  Vanderbeck threatened over the telephone to harm employees of a bank in Milford Township and employees at a retail store in Westfall Township on October 13, 2017.

Aaron Southworth, 33, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, was sentenced to 6 months to 18 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $500 for Simple Assault and Terroristic Threats.  The state police were dispatched to a domestic incident at a residence in Delaware Township on January 9, 2018, where Southworth, during the dispute, threatened individuals blockaded in the bedroom and stabbed the door with a knife.

Megan Cron, 29, of Lakeville, PA, was sentenced to 4 years of the IP Program which will include 6 months in the Pike County Jail, 3 months of house arrest, an 18-month suspension of her driver’s license and a fine of $1,500 for crime of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  The state police were dispatched to a one-vehicle crash along Paper Birch South in Palmyra Township on April 5, 2018, where Cron had crashed her vehicle onto some rocks.  When the trooper made contact with Cron, the smell of an alcoholic beverage was detected on her breath, her eyes were observed to be bloodshot and glassy and her speech slurred and stuttering.  Field Sobriety Tests were conducted which showed impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .188%.

Elizabeth Hart, 46, of Middletown, NY, was sentenced to 5 years of probation and fined $400 for 2 counts of Theft.  While an employee at a business in Westfall Township, Hart took in excess of $10,000 from her employer between January of 2013 and November of 2015.

Andrew Williams, 37, of Shohola, PA, was sentenced to 19 days to 12 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $400 for Receiving Stolen Property.  Williams presented jewelry to sell at a business located in Matamoras Borough on August 29, 2016, knowing that the jewelry was stolen.

Shadasha Ross, 26, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, was sentenced to 1 month to 6 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $400 for Tampering with Evidence and Possession of a Controlled Substance.  On January 21, 2018, while Eastern Pike Regional Police and EMS were administering to an overdose victim in Ross’ vehicle parked at a retail store in Westfall Township, Ross attempted to hide a bag containing additional drugs in the retail store’s restroom.

Joann Mure, 51, Charlottesville, VA, was sentenced to 119 days to 2 years in the Pike County Jail and fined $500 for Driving Under the Influence.  Milford Police were dispatched to Harford Street in Milford Borough on October 25, 2012, where Mure was throwing glassware out of her vehicle.  When contact was made with Mure, the officer detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage.  Mure admitted to drinking previously that day.  Field Sobriety Tests could not be performed due to her impairment. 

Jesse McNamara, 34, of Hawley, PA, was sentenced to 114 days to 12 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $300 and had his license suspended for a duration to be determined by PennDOT, for Possession of a Controlled Substance.  The state police responded to a vehicle crash along Paper Birch South in Blooming Grove Township on July 2, 2018, where McNamara was slumped over the back seat.  McNamara was found in possession of Methamphetamine.

Jeffrey Wagner, 57, of Fall River, MA, was sentenced to a fine of $2,500 and a driver’s license suspension of 6 months for Possession of a Small Amount of Marihuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. A DCNR Ranger encountered Wagner camping without a permit on July 29, 2016, at 5 Mile Meadow Road in Blooming Grove Township.  Wagner eluded the Ranger by driving away when Wagner saw the Ranger at his site.  The Ranger followed Wagner and when contact was made with Wagner, the Ranger detected the smell of Marihuana.  A search of the vehicle revealed Marihuana, a baggie, cigar blunt, a bowl and Marihuana storage containers.

Ashley Torres, 31, presently residing in the Pike County Jail, was sentenced to an additional 14 months to 42 months in a state correctional facility and fined $700 for Contraband and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  On May 18, 2016, while being processed for imprisonment in the Pike County Jail, Torres was found in possession of 28 bags of Heroin which she had concealed in her body.  Torres was also subsequently arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Kathleen Pysner-Garavaglia, 50, of Greeley, PA, was sentenced to 72 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, had her driver’s license suspended for 12 months and fined $1,025 for Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance and Careless Driving.  The state police were dispatched to Westcolang Road in Lackawaxen Township where Pysner-Garavaglia crashed into a tree on December 30, 2015.  When contact was made with Pysner-Garavaglia, the trooper observed her to have red, glassy eyes, slow and slurred speech and struggling to keep her eyes open.  Field Sobriety Tests could not be conducted.  A blood test confirmed the presence of Zolpidem, Diphenhydramine, Oxycodone and Lorazepam in her blood. 

Anthony Bachetti, 39, of Damascus, PA, was sentenced to 1 month to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months and was fined $1,000 for Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance.  The state police stopped Bachetti for erratic driving along SR 6 in Palmyra Township on May 14, 2017.  In observing Bachetti, the trooper noticed that Bachetti’s pupils were constricted.  A DRE Evaluation suggested impairment and a blood test confirmed the presence of THC in his blood. 



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