Monday
September 9, 2019

Pike County Court sentences

MILFORD – Three of several defendants recently sentenced in Pike County Court are heading to state prison

Joseph Dibenedetto, 42, of Tamiment, PA, was sentenced to 14 months and 90 days to 10 years and 6 months in a state correctional facility, fined $4,500 and had his driver’s license suspended for a duration to be determined by PennDOT for 2 counts of Driving Under the Influence, the Summary Offense of Driving While Operating Privilege Suspended or Revoked and Harassment.  The state police responded to SR 739 in Delaware Township on February 19, 2017, where Dibenedetto’s vehicle was disabled and blocking the roadway.  Dibenedetto was found asleep at the wheel with the vehicle running and in gear.  Dibenedetto was observed having trouble with his balance with a slow and sluggish demeanor and glassy eyes.  Dibenedetto was found in possession of Xanax pills.  Dibenedetto refused a blood test but admitted to consuming Xanax, Percocet and Suboxone.  Dibenedetto was involved in a one-vehicle crash along Bushkill Road in Lehman Township on February 24, 2018.  The trooper observed Dibenedetto to have glassy, bloodshot eyes and smelling of an alcoholic beverage.  Field Sobriety Tests showed impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .120%.  Dibenedetto was also found to be driving on a suspended license.  During a domestic dispute at a residence in Lehman Township, Dibenedetto kicked or otherwise subjected an individual to physical contact or threatened to do so.

Steven Young, 38, of Wilkes-Barre, PA, was sentenced to 36 months to 6 years in a state correctional facility, fined $3,000 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer and Flight to Avoid Apprehension, Trial or Punishment. The state police attempted to pull over Young for traveling too closely along I-84 in Palmyra Township on June 15, 2018.  Young failed to yield, traveling at speeds up to 115 mph.  Young exited the interstate, eluding the state police and was later located and identified through his vehicle registration. 

Christopher McLaughlin, 50, of Port Jervis, NY, was sentenced to 12 months to 36 months in a state correctional facility and fined $500 for Delivery of a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance.  McLaughlin sold Suboxone to a confidential informant on November 30, 2018, in Matamoras Borough.

 

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

William Posner, 33, of Lords Valley, PA, was sentenced to 11 months to 23 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,300 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Simple Assault, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Resisting Arrest.  On April 24, 2018, at a residence in Blooming Grove Township, Posner struck an individual during a domestic dispute causing injury.  When the state police encountered Posner, he fled the scene in his vehicle.  On May 24, 2018, the state police responded to a residence in Blooming Grove Township to conduct a mental health check on Posner.  Posner was found in possession of Synthetic Marihuana.  When the trooper attempted to place Posner under arrest, Posner resisted requiring substantial force to subdue him.

Mark Kovaleski, 59, of Bethlehem, PA, was sentenced to 24 days to 6 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $300 for Driving Under the Influence.  The state police observed Kovaleski swerving his vehicle along SR 590 in Lackawaxen Township on March 31, 2018.  Upon speaking with Kovaleski, the trooper observed him to have red, glassy eyes, slurred speech and emitting the smell of an alcoholic beverage.  Kovaleski admitted to drinking prior to driving.  Kovaleski was incapable of performing a Field Sobriety Test.  A preliminary breath test detected the presence of alcohol.  Kovaleski refused a chemical breath test.

Phillip Freiler, 39, of Roslyn, 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 stopped Freiler for speeding along SR 507 in Greene Township on October 21, 2018.  When contact was made with Freiler, he was observed to have slurred speech and red, glossy, bloodshot eyes.  Freiler admitted to drinking prior to driving.  Field Sobriety Tests showed impairment and a blood test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .240%.

Sandra Newsome, 44, 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 of a Controlled Substance.  Newsome was pulled over by the Eastern Pike Regional Police for an expired inspection sticker during a DUI checkpoint conducted along Routes 6 & 209 in Westfall Township on September 22, 2018. Upon speaking with Newsome, the officer detected the smell of Marihuana.  Newsome admitted to smoking Marihuana prior to the stop.  Field Sobriety Tests showed impairment and a blood test confirmed the presence of THC, Citalopram and Trazodone.

Alexandru Irinyi, 49, of East Stroudsburg, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of probation and fined $300 for Driving Under the Influence.  The state police encountered Irinyi asleep at the wheel of a running vehicle in a business parking lot after business hours on November 11, 2018.  When Irinyi was roused, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed him to have bloodshot eyes and be unsteady on his feet. 

William Poltersdorf, 31, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 30 days to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $750 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for Driving Under the Influence.  Poltersdorf crashed into another vehicle along Routes 6 & 209 in Westfall Township on February 3, 2019, and failed to stop after the accident occurred.  Poltersdorf was tracked down by the state police after his abandoned vehicle was found at the intersection of 6 & 209 and Roberts Lane.  Poltersdorf was observed to have red, glossy eyes and emanating the odor of an alcoholic beverage.  Plotersdorf admitted to drinking prior to driving.  Field Sobriety Tests showed impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .156%.

Randy Moore, 60, of Clearfield, PA, was sentenced to 30 days to 6 months and 90 days in the Pike County Jail, fined $2,500 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for Driving Under the Influence and Operating Without Ignition Interlock System.  Moore was stopped by the state police on January 1, 2019, for speeding along I-84 in Palmyra Township.  When contact was made with Moore, he was observed to have red, bloodshot and glassy eyes and was emanating the smell of an alcoholic beverage.  Field Sobriety Tests showed impairment.  Moore refused to submit to a blood test.  Moore was found to be driving without the interlock system as required by court order.

Timothy Keller, 23, of Dingmans Ferry, 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.  Keller was observed by the state police speeding and driving erratically along SR 739 and Doolan Road in Delaware Township on August 4, 2018.  When contact was made with Keller, he relayed that he had been drinking prior to driving.  The trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage while speaking with Keller.  Field Sobriety Tests showed impairment and a blood test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .172%.

Anthony Suarez, 33, presently housed in the Pike County Jail was sentenced to 30 days to 2 months in the Pike County Jail, to run consecutive with his present sentence, and fined $500 for Institutional Vandalism.  While in custody of the Pike County Sheriff’s Department on May 23, 2019, Suarez carved his initials into the cell door of the holding cell.

Brian Ruddy, 54, of East Stroudsburg, PA, was sentenced to 5 years of the IP Pike Care Program, which will include 12 months of house arrest, a fine of $1,500 and a driver’s license suspension of 18 months for Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance.  The state police pulled Ruddy over on April 6, 2017, after observing his vehicle swerving across his lane of travel of I-84 in Milford Township.  Ruddy admitted to taking drugs prior to driving.  His pupils were observed to be constricted.  A blood test revealed the presence of Fentanyl, Opiates, THC Cannabinoids and Benzodiazepines in his blood. 

Robert Serkosky, 47, of Scranton, PA, was sentenced to 10 days to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,500 and had his driver’s license suspended for 24 months for Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, and the Summary Offenses of Driving While Operating Privilege Suspended or Revoked and Required Financial Responsibility.  The state police responded to I-84 in Dingman Township on September 28, 2018, where Serkosky had rolled his vehicle onto it’s roof. In speaking with Serkosky, he was observed to be confused and have slow and slurred speech and poor balance.  Serkosky refused to submit to a blood test but admitted to consuming Klonopin prior to driving.  Serkosky was also found to be driving on a suspended license and failing to have vehicle insurance.

Luke Cavalone, 37, of Matamoras, PA, was sentenced to a $300 fine for the Summary Offense of Harassment.  Eastern Pike Regional Police were dispatched to a residence in Matamoras Borough where Cavalone subjected an individual to physical contact or threatened to do so.



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