Monday
December 17, 2018

Pike burglar gets up to six years in prison

MILFORD – A man presently in the Pike County Jail, was sentenced to 2½ to 6 years in a state correctional facility, followed by 12 months of probation and fined $1,500 for 2 counts of Receiving Stolen Property and 2 counts of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Burglary.  Between February 23 and February 25 of 2015, Brandon Hightower, 23, conspired with another individual to break into homes in Lehman Township for the purpose of stealing items and did break into residences and stole items.  Between February 21 and February 25 of 2016, Hightower was found in possession of items stolen from residences in Lehman Township. On January 27 and 28 of 2017, Hightower was found in possession of a shotgun, pistol, crossbow and other items that were stolen from a residence in Lehman Township. On February 27, 2017, Hightower and his co-conspirators planned to break into a residence in Lehman Township and did meet at the residence and broke an exterior door of a residence in Lehman Township in order to gain entrance into the property.

 

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

Leif Leeman, 20, of Hamburg, NJ, was sentenced to 55 days to 12 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $500 for Retail Theft, Resisting Arrest and False Identification to Law Enforcement.  On August 1, 2018, Eastern Pike Regional Police responded to the front of a business located along Route 6 & 209 in Westfall Township where Leeman was on the ground.  When questioned by police, Leeman provided the officer with false information.  On October 25, 2018, Leeman took $43.37 in merchandise from a retail store in Westfall Township without paying for it.  While under arrest and being walked to the patrol car, Leeman broke free from the officer.

Devyn Engels, 25, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of probation and fined $500 for Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Simple Assault.  Engels planned with two other individuals to travel to an individual’s residence in Milford Borough on February 26, 2017, for the purpose of assaulting the individual.

Zachary King, 26, of Matamoras, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of probation, fined $300 and had his driver’s license suspended for 6 months for Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Eastern Pike Regional Police were dispatched to a residence in Matamoras on April 13, 2018, for a domestic involving King.  King was found in possession of Methamphetamine.

Joseph Poliandro, 32, of Shohola, PA, was sentenced to 24 months of the State IP Program which will include a $1,000 fine and a driver’s license suspension of 6 months for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.  The state police made contact with an individual pumping gas into his vehicle at a gas station in Palmyra Township on October 21, 2015, who was acting in a nervous manner.  A consent to search his vehicle revealed 14 bundles of Heroin and 51 empty packets.

William Hulings, 25, of Kane, PA, was sentenced to 12 months of probation and fined $300 for Simple Assault.  The state police were dispatched to a residence in Dingman Township on February 19, 2018, to assist EMS with Hulings who was intoxicated and injured.  Hulings struck another with his knee three times causing injury. 

Christina Venery, 37, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, was sentenced to 72 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,000 and had her driver’s license suspended for 12 months for Driving Under the Influence.  The state police were dispatched to SR 739 in Delaware Township on December 24, 2017, where Venery crashed her car along SR 739 and had walked away from the scene.  Venery was found tangled in briars a short distance from the crash.  Venery submitted to a Field Sobriety Test which showed impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .174%.

Cheven McElveen, 25, of Tobyhanna, PA, was sentenced to 90 days to 5 years in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,500 and had his driver’s license suspended for 18 months for Driving Under the Influence.  The state police were conducting inspection sticker checks on foot at the toll bridge along SR 739 in Delaware Township on November 25, 2015, when a trooper detected the smell of Marihuana when he approached McElveen’s vehicle.  McElveen admitted to smoking Marihuana prior to the stop.  A Field Sobriety Test was conducted which showed impairment and a blood test confirmed the presence of THC in his blood.

Patricia Decoursey, 60, of Hawley, PA, was sentenced to 6 months less 10 days of the IP Program which will include 10 days in the Pike County Jail, a fine of $750 and a driver’s license suspension of 12 months for Driving Under the Influence.  The state police were dispatched to SR 590 in Lackawaxen Township on July 20, 2017, for a report of Decoursey driving erratically.  When contact was made with Decoursey, she admitted to having a road rage incident with another driver.  The trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage while speaking with Decoursey.  Field Sobriety Tests were conducted which showed impairment and a blood test revealed a blood alcohol content of .137%.

Richard Shaffer, 52, of Matamoras, PA, was sentenced to a $300 fine for the Summary Offense of Harassment.  Between November of 2017 and April of 2018, Shaffer sent inappropriate harassing notes and gifts to an individual in Matamoras which served no legitimate purpose.



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