Dispositions in Pike County Court
Pike County District Attorney Raymond J. Tonkin announced the following criminal sentences were issued on Aug. 18 by Pike County President Judge Joseph F. Kameen:
Ashely Hazel Torres, 27, of Matamoras was sentenced to 3 months to 23.5 months in the Pike County Jail, followed by 12 months of probation, fined $300 and had her driver’s license suspended for 6 months for the crimes of endangering the welfare of children and possession of a controlled substance. On June 18, Torres was found in possession of heroin and Zanax in a motel room that she shared with her children, ages 5 and 8.
Ashley Lynn McDonnell, 24, of Port Jervis, N.Y., was sentenced to 64 days to 23.5 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $300 for the crimes of criminal conspiracy to commit receiving stolen property and false identification. On April 26, 2013, in Matamoras, McDonnell provided officers conducting an investigation with the false name of “Mary White.” In a separate incident on Oct. 31, 2013, McDonnell attempted to sell a stolen Play Station and memory card valued at over $400 to a business in Matamoras.
Wilson Vega, 45, of Lords Valley was sentenced to 6 months of probation, fined $400 and had his driver’s license suspended for 3 months for the crimes of firearms not to be carried without a license and the vehicle code violation of financial responsibility required. On March 31, along I-84 in Blooming Grove Township, Vega was stopped for a suspended registration and was found in possession of a pistol without a valid license to carry same.
Alexander M. Groeger, 45, of Lake Ariel was sentenced to 15 days to 12 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $700 for the crime of disorderly conduct. On Sept. 19, 2013, Groeger attempted to take a piece of electronic equipment valued at $800 from an individual in Greene Township and in the process backed his vehicle into the individual knocking him to the ground.
Kevin Scott Simonson, 24, of Columbia, N.J., was sentenced to 6 months to 5 years in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,725 and had his license suspended for 18 months for the crimes of driving under the influence; and the traffic offenses, operation of an ATV on streets and highways and driving while operating privilege is suspended. On Feb. 9, Simonson was stopped for operating an ATV on Route 6 in Shohola Township. Simonson was found to have a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.202 percent with a suspended driving license.
Jamie Lynn Conklin, 31, of Bushkill was sentenced to 12 months of probation and fined $500 for the crime of receiving stolen property. On Dec. 20, 2013, in Lehman Township, Conklin took possession of a cell phone valued at approximately $200 knowing it had been stolen.
Justin Geczi, 19, of Port Jervis, N.Y., was fined $600 for the crime of possession of drug paraphernalia and the traffic offense, driving without a license. On the evening of Sept. 29, 2013, Geczi’s vehicle was stopped for suspicious behavior along the river at Airport Park. Upon investigation, it was found that Geczi had no driver’s license and was in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Christine Marie Mill, 41, of Hawley was sentenced to 30 days to 18 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,000 and had her driver’s license suspended for 18 months for the crime of driving under the influence. On Dec. 15, 2013, at the intersection of Route 6 and Route 402, Mill drove her vehicle off the road with a 4-year-old passenger in the car. A blood test confirmed that Mill was operating her vehicle at the time with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.234 percent.
Shelby Lynne Anderson, 23, of Greeley was sentenced to 6 months of probation and fined $325 for the crimes of driving under the influence and the traffic offense careless driving. On Feb. 1, Anderson was involved in a one-vehicle car accident along Route 739. A breath test administered by the Pennsylvania State Police indicated Anderson had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.163 percent.
Corey J. Williamson, 35, of Milford was sentenced to 48 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $500 and had his license suspended for 12 months for the crime of driving under the influence. On Nov. 3, 2013, along Route 739 in Dingman Township, Williamson was observed pulling off the left shoulder and urinating beside his vehicle. When he re-entered the roadway, the Pennsylvania State Police followed him for a half-mile with lights and siren activated before he pulled over. Upon further investigation, Williams was found to be operating his vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.141 percent.
Stephen Francis King, 31, of Milford was sentenced to 18 months to 5 years in a state correctional facility, fined $1,725 and had his license suspended 18 months for the crime of driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance and drivers required to be licensed, a vehicle code violation. On Aug. 26, 2013, King was observed driving erratically along Route 739 in Delaware Township. King admitted to the trooper that he was driving under the influence of heroin and marijuana.
Jason Michael Himmel, 34, of Rockaway, Park, N.Y., was sentenced to 3 months to 23.5 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $300 for the crime of simple assault. During a domestic argument on Sept. 23, 2013, at a residence in Dingman Township, Himmel caused bodily injury to another individual.
Shannon Francis Runnalls, 33, of Dingmans Ferry was sentenced to 6 months of probation and fined $500 for the crime of possession of drug paraphernalia. On Feb. 5, at a residence in Dingman Township, the state police responded to a domestic dispute during which time a glass pipe used to smoke marijuana and grinder belonging to Runnalls was discovered.
Michael Joseph Griffin, 48, of Hawley was sentenced to 33 days to 23 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $2,050 and had his driver’s license suspended for 2.5 years for the crimes of driving under the influence of alcohol, 2 counts; and the traffic offense of parking in a handicapped parking space. On Aug. 29, 2013, Griffin drove to a convenience store in Palmyra Township with two passengers, ages 11 and 13, parking his vehicle in a handicapped parking space when he did not have a handicapped placard. Upon further investigation, it was confirmed by a breath test that Griffin was operating his vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.191 percent. On Nov. 2, 2013, Griffin was stopped along Route 6 in Palmyra Township for weaving his vehicle across the road. Upon further investigation it was determined by a blood test that Griffin was operating his vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.190 percent.
Sadekie Dwayne McLeish, 35, of Brooklyn was fined $750 for the crime of possession of drug paraphernalia. On March 28, along Route 6 in Milford Township, McLeish was found in possession of drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop.
Michael Anthony Casabianca, 24, of Newburgh, N.Y., was sentenced to 90 days in the Pike County Jail and fined $300 for the crime of harassment. On May 11, 2012, during a domestic dispute that occurred along State Route 390 in Palmyra Township, Casabianca subjected another individual to physical contact or attempted or threatened to do so.
Jutta S. Bishop, 59, of Milford was fined $400 for the crime of bad check. On May 23, 2012, in Milford, Bishop issued a check for $211 knowing that it would not be honored by the bank.
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