Dispositions in Pike County Court

Milford. Pike County District Attorney Raymond J. Tonkin announced the criminal sentences issued on Oct. 22 by Pike County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Gregory Chelak.

28 Oct 2020 | 10:53

Alex Manuel Ayala, 19, of Scranton, Pa., was sentenced to a fine of $400 for the crime of Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana. The state police pulled over a vehicle along I-84 in Blooming Grove Township on Feb. 9, 2020, which was traveling in the passing lane for an extended time when there was no traffic in the right lane. When speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, the trooper detected the smell of marijuana. Ayala admitted to smoking marijuana prior to the stop and a consent to search the vehicle revealed marijuana.

Damian E. Muniz, 33, of Greeley, Pa., was sentenced to 9 months to 23 months in the Pike County Jail, followed by three years of probation, fined $1,500, and had his driver’s license suspended for a duration to be determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, for the crimes of Accident Resulting in Death or Injury and Driving Under the Influence. The state police were dispatched to Well Road in Blooming Grove Township on Jan. 1, 2020, where Muniz had driven into a tree, injuring his passenger. Muniz then fled the scene of the accident on foot, leaving his passenger behind. When Muniz was located, he admitted to drinking an alcoholic beverage prior to the crash.

Kevin Joseph Leisenheimer, 26, of Milford, Pa., was sentenced to 12 months of probation and fined $300 for the crime of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Leisenheimer was a passenger in a vehicle on Sept. 15, 2019, which was stopped by the state police for a loud muffler and speeding along Milford Road in Delaware Township. A consent to search the vehicle revealed empty glassine packets and bags of heroin which Leisenheimer reported were his.

Robin A. Woods, 61, of Montague, N.J., was sentenced to 90 days to 5 years in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,500, and had her driver’s license suspended for 18 months for the crime of Driving Under the Influence. Woods was observed driving over a curb and into a stop sign at 6th Street and Harford Street in Milford Borough on Sept. 3, 2019. While speaking with Woods, the officer detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed her to have red, glassy eyes and slurred speech. Woods admitted to consuming alcohol. Field sobriety tests showed impairment, and a blood test confirmed a blood-alcohol content of 0.294%.

Eric Lee Leger, 22, of Greeley, Pa., was sentenced to 6 months of the Intermediate Punishment (IP) Program, which will include 30 days of house arrest, a fine of $1,000, and a driver’s license suspension of 12 months for the crime of Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance. The state police stopped Leger while traveling along SR 434 with an expired registration on July 5, 2019. Leger was observed to have bloodshot, glassy, watery eyes and was sweating profusely. Leger admitted to ingesting prescribed methadone and smoking marijuana. Leger refused a blood test.

Jacob Edward Becker, 31, of Bushkill, 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 the crime of Driving Under the Influence. The state police were alerted to Becker driving a dump truck erratically along SR 402 in Blooming Grove Township on June 11, 2019. When contact was made with Becker, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage. Field sobriety tests showed impairment, and a breath test confirmed a blood-alcohol content of 0.213%.

Nolan Terry Swanson, 20, of Shohola, Pa., was sentenced to 12 months of probation and a fine of $300 for the crime of Theft. The state police were dispatched to I-84 in Dingman Township on Jan. 7, 2019, where an individual was broke down. The individual reported that Swanson was one of two men who had stopped to offer her assistance, but instead took her car keys and personal items with a total value in excess of $200.

Melissa Jean Devito, 34, of Milford, Pa., was sentenced to 12 months of probation and fined $500 for the crime of Access Device Fraud. On Nov. 3, 2019, while an employee at a business in Westfall Township, Devito used an individual’s name and identification to obtain a gift card in the amount of $150 without the individual’s permission, then used the gift card to make purchases at the business.

Christopher J. Olmeda, 48, of Hawley, Pa., was sentenced to 12 months of probation and fined $200 for the crime of Theft. While working at a business in Palmyra Township between Aug. 16, 2019, and Aug. 22, 2019, Olmeda took $200 from the register without permission of his employer.

Kelly Lynn Hanway, 43, of Bushkill, Pa., was sentenced to 12 months of probation and fined $300 for the crime of Recklessly Endangering Another Person. Hanway was engaged in a physical altercation on Oct. 23, 2019, at a residence in Lehman Township, during which she forced a child to the ground, causing the child to have difficulty breathing.

Matthew Targonski, 52, of Port Jervis, N.Y., was sentenced to 6 months of probation and fined $150 for the crime of Defiant Trespass. Targonski and an individual were found trespassing on May 8, 2020, at a residence in Westfall Township. Targonski was advised by the Eastern Pike Regional Police two times prior to remove themselves from the residence.

Jenalic Eileen Hernandez, 19, of Glen Spey, N.Y., was sentenced to 3 months of probation and fined $100 for the crime of Disorderly Conduct. On Nov. 18, 2019, Hernandez took part in a public disturbance by using her cell phone to record an assault occurring at a hotel in Westfall Township.

Bryan Padilla, 30, of Drums, Pa., was sentenced to a fine of $400 for the crime of Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana. The state police observed Padilla travel in the left lane of I-84 in Blooming Grove Township on March 2, 2020, for over a mile when there was no traffic in the right lane, and traveled at a slower than posted speed. When contact was made with Padilla, the trooper detected the smell of marijuana. A probable cause search revealed marijuana, which Padilla said was his.

Sharief Omar Ford, 26, of Bushkill, Pa., was sentenced to a fine of $300 for the crime of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The state police stopped Ford on Oct. 12, 2019, for speeding along Myck Road in Delaware Township. Upon speaking with Ford, Ford admitted to the trooper that he was in possession of a marijuana grinder and provided same to the trooper.