Tuesday
May 7, 2019

Four Pike residents receive state prison terms

MILFORD – The four were among several sentenced recently in Pike County Court

Justin Vonsee, 29, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to up to 48 months, fined $2,425 and had his driver’s license suspended for a duration to be determined by PennDOT for Fleeing/Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, False ID to Law Enforcement, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Driving While License is Suspended or Revoked. Vonsee was stopped by the state police on June 12, 2017, while traveling along I-84 in Dingman Township for an expired registration.  A consent to search the vehicle revealed hypodermic needles.  Vonsee was also found to be driving on a suspended license which was the result of a prior DUI conviction.  On August 30, 2018, the state police observed Vonsee traveling along SR 739 in Dingman Township with illuminated off-road lighting.  Vonsee ignored the state trooper’s attempt to pull him over, and when Vonsee was finally apprehended, provided a false name to law enforcement. Vonsee was convicted of these offenses by a Pike County jury in March of 2019.

Theodore Potts, 33, of Newfoundland, PA, was sentenced to 2 years to 4 years, fined $9,000 and had his driver’s license suspended for a duration to be determined by PennDOT for Fleeing/Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Driving Under the Influence and Driving While Operating Privileges are Suspended.  The state police attempted to stop Potts along Hemlock Road in Greene Township on May 1, 2015, for operating a dirt bike without lights or a license plate.  Potts ignored the trooper’s attempt and sped up, losing control of the vehicle and crashing, and then proceeding to flee on foot.  Potts was apprehended and was found to be driving on a suspended license.  A blood test revealed the presence of cocaine in his body.

Michael Shrek, 34, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, was sentenced to 1 year to 5 years, fined $1,700 and had his driver’s license suspended for 18 months for Driving Under the Influence and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The state police encountered Shrek slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle which was running at the gate of a community in Delaware Township on March 21, 2018.  Shrek was incapable of attempting Field Sobriety Tests.  A blood test confirmed the presence of Gabapentin, THC, Alprazolam and Methadone in his blood.

Harold Thompson, Jr., 57, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 34 months to 8 years and fined $500 for Criminal Attempt to Commit Burglary.  Thompson attempted to break into a home on November 13, 2018, in Milford Township, by pushing in a door and slicing a window screen.

 

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

Megan Dewland, 20, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of probation and fined $300 for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The state police stopped Dewland while traveling along SR 739 in Blooming Grove Township on November 3, 2018, for no inspection sticker.  Upon speaking with Dewland, the trooper detected the smell of Marihuana.  A probable cause search revealed a baggie used in the storage of Marihuana.

Kimberly Messing, 29, of Montrose, NY, was sentenced to 10 days to 2 years in the Pike County Jail, followed by 3 years of probation, a fine of $1,000 and a driver’s license suspension for 12 months for Driving Under the Influence, Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Disorderly Conduct.  Messing drove her vehicle off Hunters Lane in Delaware Township and struck a tree on August 20, 2017.  Messing then left the scene of the accident leaving her vehicle blocking the road.  When contact was made with Messing, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed her to have bloodshot, glossy eyes.  Messing admitted to drinking alcohol prior to the accident.  Field Sobriety Tests showed impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .200%.

Terry Rieman, 19, of Greentown, PA, was sentenced to 12 months of probation and fined $300 for Receiving Stolen Property.  Rieman took cigarettes, soda and Dura flames with a total merchandise value in excess of $200 from his employer in Palmyra Township on June 5, 2018, without paying for them.

Cody Cunningham, 19, of Tafton, PA, was sentenced to 72 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $300 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance. The state police stopped Cunningham on March 31, 2018, after he was observed driving erratically along SR 507 in Palmyra Township.  Once contact was made with Cunningham, the trooper detected the smell of Marihuana in his vehicle and observed his eyes to be red and glossy and his pupils dilated.  Field Sobriety Tests showed impairment and a blood test confirmed the presence of THC in Cunningham’s blood.

Randy Kern, 54, of Matamoras, PA, was sentenced to 48 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $500 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for Driving Under the Influence.  Eastern Pike Regional Police stopped Kern along Mountain Avenue in Matamoras on October 28, 2018, for an expired inspection sticker.  Upon speaking with Kern, the officer detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed an open case of beer in the vehicle.  Kern admitted to drinking prior to driving.  Field Sobriety Tests were administered which showed impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .136%.

Devon Orebek, 20, of Milford, 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 of a Controlled Substance.  The state police stopped Orebek on August 28, 2018, after observing him driving straight into a curb.  Upon approach of Orebek’s vehicle, the trooper detected the smell of Marihuana.  Orebek admitted to smoking Marihuana.  Field Sobriety Tests were conducted and a blood test confirmed the presence of THC in Orebek’s blood.

Erin Bratton, 35, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 2 years of probation and fined $500 for Retail Theft.  Bratton took in excess of $2,500 of merchandise over a series of days in August of 2018 from a retail store in Westfall Township, without paying for the merchandise.

Vanessa Lentz, 42, of Greentown, PA, was sentenced to 6 months to 23 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $500 for Theft from a Motor Vehicle.  Lentz acted as an accomplice on October 17, 2018, in the theft from a motor vehicle parked in Greene Township where she took items with a total value of approximately $2,000.

Melissa Hereghty, 41, of Hawley, PA, was sentenced to 5 years of the IP Pike Care Program which will include 3 months of house arrest, a fine of $1,500 and a driver’s license suspension of 18 months for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. The state police were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash along Route 402/Route 6 in Palmyra Township on June 11, 2018, where Hereghty hit another vehicle head-on.  While speaking with Hereghty, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed her to have slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.  Hereghty was incapable of completing Field Sobriety Tests and a blood test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .300%.

William Bambrick, 55, of Belleville, NJ, was sentenced to 6 months to 12 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $2,100 and had his driver’s license suspended for a duration to be determined by PennDOT, for Driving Under the Influence, Disorderly Conduct, Driving While Operating Privilege Suspended or Revoked, Required Financial Responsibility and Accidents Involving Damage to Unattended Vehicles. The state police were dispatched to SR 590 in Lackawaxen Township on October 27, 2018, where it was reported that Bambrick collided with three parked vehicles and failed to stop.  When contact was made with Bambrick an odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected.  Bambrick denied drinking but admitted taking prescription medication.  Bambrick was also found driving on a suspended license and had no insurance.  While under the care of the personnel at the hospital, Bambrick was disruptive and used vulgar language causing alarm.

Brandon Sullum, 27, of Honesdale, 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.  The state police responded to a one-vehicle crash along SR 6 in Palmyra Township on June 21, 2018, where Sullum’s vehicle left the roadway and struck a curb and road sign.  Sullum was observed to have red and glassy eyes, a brown film in the corners of his mouth and a jittery, talkative demeanor.  Field Sobriety Tests showed impairment and a blood test confirmed the presence of THC, Carisoprodol, Meprobamate, Clonazepam and 7-Aminclonazepam in his body.

Brendan Boulanger, 20, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 12 months of probation and a fine of $600 for Retail Theft and the Summary Offense of Public Drunkenness.  The state police were dispatched to a business on Route 739 in Blooming Grove Township on September 9, 2018, where Boulanger was intoxicated and stumbling through the store eating items from the shelves without paying for them.  Upon speaking with Boulanger, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage, and observed him to have bloodshot, glassy eyes and slurred speech, and unpaid for items in his pockets.

Dmytro Gnatyuk, 43, of Brooklyn, NY, was sentenced to 12 months of probation and fined $2,100 for Driving Under the Influence, Recklessly Endangering Another person and the Summary Offense of Simple Trespass.  Gnatyuk was under the influence of alcohol on August 8, 2018, when he drove his vehicle across an individual’s property in Delaware Township, and acted in a manner which endangered the residents.

Richard Melendez, 29, of Bushkill, PA, was sentenced to 48 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $700 and had his driver’s license suspended for a duration to be determined by PennDOT for Driving Under the Influence and Driving While Operating Privilege Suspended.  The state police were dispatched to a one-vehicle crash on June 19, 2018, where Melendez drove off Route 402 in Porter Township and hit a tree.  Melendez admitted to drinking prior to driving and was observed to have slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and emitting the smell of an alcoholic beverage.  Field Sobriety Tests were administered which displayed impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .130%.  Melendez was found to be driving on a suspended license.

Alan Mermelstein, 39, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, was sentenced to 12 months of probation and fined $300 for Receiving Stolen Property.  Mermelstein took a lap top valued at $200 from an individual at a camp located in Delaware Township on June 21, 2018, without the owner’s permission.

Jozef Kociubinski, 61, of Shohola, PA, was sentenced to 1 month to 12 months in the Pike County Jail, followed by 12 months of probation and fined $1,100 for Terroristic Threats, Resisting Arrest and Criminal Mischief.  The state police responded to a residence in Shohola Township on January 13, 2019, where there was an active PFA against Kociubinski.  While under arrest, Kociubinski threatened to injure the trooper.  Kociubinski refused to exist the trooper car at the barracks and had to be forcibly removed, damaging state property in the process.

Barbara Hauss, 23, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 12 months of probation and fined $300 for Simple Assault.  During a domestic dispute in a business parking lot in Milford Township on December 10, 2018, Hauss struck an individual in the head with a closed fist.

James Barnett, 34, of Waymart, PA, was sentenced to 6 months less 48 hours of the IP Program which will include 48 hours in the Pike County Jail, a fine of $300 and a 12 month suspension of his driver’s license for Driving Under the Influence.  The state police stopped Barnett on November 22, 2018, for crossing the white fog line of SR 507 in Palmyra Township.  Upon speaking with Barnett, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed Barnett to have glossy and bloodshot eyes and unstable balance.   A breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .094%.

Christopher Comisky, 54, of West Pittston, PA, was sentenced to 5 years of the IP Program which will include 32 days in the Pike County Jail, followed by 90 days of house arrest, a fine of $1,500 and a driver’s license suspension of 18 months for Driving Under the Influence.  The state police were dispatched to a one-vehicle crash along Riverview Drive in Lackawaxen Township on June 30, 2017, where Comisky drove off the road and down an embankment into several trees.  Comisky was emitting the smell of an alcoholic beverage and had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.  A breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .242%.

Ryan Martin, 31, of East Stroudsburg, PA, was sentenced Specially Presiding Judge Raymond Hamill, to 6 months to 12 months in the Pike County Jail.  Martin was a passenger in a vehicle stopped along SR 390 in Palmyra Township on January 29, 2018, for heavily tinted windows.  Martin fled into the woods during the traffic stop.  The use of a state police K9 was instituted to track down Martin.



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