Dispositions in Pike County Court

Milford. Pike County District Attorney Raymond J. Tonkin announced the criminal sentences issued on Oct. 1 and Oct. 8 by Pike County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Gregory Chelak.

14 Oct 2020 | 01:43

October 1

Andy M. Nieves, 22, of Matamoras, Pa., was sentenced to 16 months to 10 years in a state correctional facility and fined $1,300 for the crimes of Robbery, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery and Theft by Unlawful Taking. Nieves and his co-defendant agreed to carry out a robbery of an individual who they picked up with their vehicle on March 18, 2019, in a residential development in Delaware Township, struck him on the head, causing an injury, and forcibly took property from him.

Korey A. Brace, 31, of Sparrowbush, N.Y., was sentenced to 6 months of probation and fined $500 for the crime of Simple Assault. During a domestic dispute on June 27, 2019, along Pennsylvania Avenue in Matamoras, Brace struck an individual in the head with a closed fist, causing injury.

Alexandru D. Irinyi, 50, of Marshalls Creek, Pa., was sentenced to 1 year to 7 years in a state correctional facility, fined $2,800 and had his driver’s license suspended for 30 months for 2 counts of the crime of Driving Under the Influence. On April 28, 2019, the state police were dispatched to Winona Falls Road in Lehman Township, where Irinyi was sitting in the driver’s seat of his vehicle, slumped over the steering wheel, with the vehicle running and the door open. The trooper observed Irinyi to have glassy, bloodshot eyes, and emanating the smell of an alcoholic beverage. Field sobriety tests showed impairment and a blood test confirmed a blood-alcohol content of 0.256%. On May 18, 2019, the state police were dispatched to a business parking lot along Route 6 in Palmyra Township, where Irinyi was acting in a suspicious manner and having difficulty standing up. The trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed Irinyi’s movements to be sluggish and his eyes red, bloodshot, and glassy. Field sobriety tests showed impairment, and a blood test confirmed a blood0alcohol content of 0.300%.

William Wayne Smith, 54, of Old Forge, 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 the crime of Driving Under the Influence. The state police responded to a domestic dispute involving Smith on June 14, 2014, along SR 507 in Greene Township. While speaking with Smith, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage. Smith admitted to drinking beer prior to driving. A breath test confirmed a blood-alcohol content of 0.235%.

Kimberley Lynn Shupe, 39, of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., was sentenced to 3 months to 18 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $300 for the crime of Retail Theft. On Oct. 18, 2019, while working as an employee at a gas station in Palmyra Township, Shupe took cigarettes valued at $27 without paying for them.

Michael Craig Bower, 32, of Hawley, Pa., was sentenced to 6 months of the Pike Care Program, which will include 30 days of house arrest, a fine of $1,000, and driver’s license suspension of 12 months for the crime of Driving Under the Influence. The state police stopped Bower on Oct. 6, 2019, for driving erratically along SR 507 in Greene Township. When contact was made with Bower, the trooper observed him to have exaggerated movements, being very talkative, and exhibiting body tremors. A glassine baggie was visible in his vehicle. Field sobriety tests showed impairment. Bower admitted to the trooper that he suffered from heroin addiction.

Frederick Smith, 27, of Port Jervis, N.Y., 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 of a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance. Smith was stopped by the state police on May 8, 2019, for traveling too closely behind another vehicle along I-84 in Westfall Township. In speaking with Smith, the trooper detected the smell of marijuana and observed Smith to have bloodshot, glassy eyes with dilated pupils. Smith admitted to the trooper that he smoked marijuana prior to the stop. Smith was found in possession of marijuana. Field sobriety tests showed impairment. Smith refused a blood test.

October 8

Joseph Bruce Kepnach, 64, of Hawley, Pa., was sentenced to two years of probation and fined $500 for the crime of Terroristic Threats. The state police were dispatched to a neighbor dispute at a residence in Lackawaxen Township during which in Kepnach communicated in a threatening manner.

Nicolas Angelo Clemente, 43, of Shohola, Pa., was sentenced to 12 months less 1 day to 24 months less 1 day in the Pike County Jail, followed by 3 years of probation and a fine of $750 for the crime of Endangering the Welfare of Children. Between May 2018 and July 2018, Clemente allowed a black bear to repeatedly enter his residence in Dingman Township while his minor child was present. Clemente would feed and interact with the bear, putting the minor child at risk of serious bodily injury or death.

Donald G. Riker, 36, of Shohola, Pa., was sentenced to 50 days to 18 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,300, and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for the crimes of Firearms not to be Carried without a License and Driving Under the Influence. The state police were dispatched to Route 590 in Lackawaxen Township for a disabled vehicle on April 18, 2020. The state police arrived to find Riker had crashed his vehicle into a ditch. In speaking with Riker, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage. Field sobriety tests showed impairment, and a blood test confirmed a blood-alcohol content of 0.272%. Riker was also found carrying a loaded, concealed firearm for which he did not have a conceal carry permit.

Matthew Eugene Lange, 34, of Hanover Township, Pa., was sentenced to 49 days to 12 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $300 for the crime of Default in Required Appearance. Lange failed to report to the Pike County Jail to serve a 30-day incarceration on June 21, 2019, or to pay the court ordered sum of $500.

Timothy James Hoffman, 30, of Greentown, Pa., was sentenced to 5 years of probation and a fine of $100 for the crime of Corruption of Minors. Hoffman engaged in an inappropriate relationship with an individual whom he knew was less than 18 years of age at a residence in Greene Township on Dec. 30, 2018.

Carmen Iris Cruz, 50, of Milford, Pa., was sentenced to 12 months of probation and fined $500 for the crime of Retail Theft. Cruz took $76.17 worth of merchandise from a retail store in Westfall Township on Dec. 16, 2019, without paying for it.

Adrian John Gostischa, 21, of Milford, Pa., was sentenced to 1 year of probation and fined $300 for the crime of Harassment. Gostischa sent text messages to an adult from his residence in Dingman Township on Jan. 21, 2020, requesting sexual acts in payment for tutoring an individual.

Dwayne Lee Cantelmo, 47, of Milford, Pa., was sentenced to 3 months and 90 days to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,300, and a driver’s license suspension to be determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for the crime of Driving Under the Influence and the Summary Offense of Driving While Operating Privilege is Suspended or Revoked. Cantelmo was stopped along SR 739 in Blooming Grove Township by the state police on March 1, 2020, for driving on a suspended license. The trooper observed Cantelmo to act in a confused manner and exhibiting bloodshot, glossy eyes, and emanating the smell of an alcoholic beverage. Field sobriety tests indicated impairment, and a breath test confirmed a blood-alcohol content of 0.095%.

Kevin Robert Burke, 36, of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., was sentenced to 30 months to 5 years in a state correctional facility, fined $4,700 and had his driver’s license suspended for a duration to be determined by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for 2 counts of the crime of Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance and the Summary offense of Driving While Operating Privilege is Suspended or Revoked. On June 5, 2018, the state police responded to a one vehicle crash along Route 6 in Milford Township, where Burke admitted to the trooper that he was dozing behind the wheel and using heroin prior to the crash. Burke was observed to have constricted pupils and a lethargic demeanor. Field sobriety tests showed impairment and a blood test confirmed the presence of fentanyl and norfentanyl in his blood. On Sept. 21, 2018, the state police found Burke driving on a suspended license on SR 739 in Delaware Township. On Dec. 5, 2018, the state police responded to Park Road in Delaware Township, where Burke had crashed his car into the adjacent woods. Burke was observed to have constricted pupils, bloodshot eyes, and shaking with an anxious demeanor. Burke admitted to injecting heroin and needle marks were observed on his arms. Field sobriety tests showed impairment, and a blood test confirmed the presence of morphine in his blood. Burke was stopped on May 20, 2019, along SR 739 in Delaware Township for no inspection sticker. Burke’s passenger was found in possession of heroin and fentanyl, which Burke had driven the passenger to New Jersey to pick up.

Anthony Falcone, 57, of Hawley, Pa., was sentenced to 6 months of probation beginning with 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 Substance. The state police were dispatched on Aug. 24, 2019, to Hemlock Farms Road in Blooming Grove Township, where Falcone had rolled his vehicle. Falcone was observed to have red, glassy eyes, slurred, raspy speech, and constricted pupils. Falcone admitted to drinking alcohol earlier in the day and consuming prescription medications. Falcone was found in possession of Suboxone. He refused a blood test.

Davian Quintana, 19, of Glen Spey, N.Y., was sentenced to a fine of $200 for the Summary Offense of Criminal Mischief. While incarcerated in the holding cell of the Pike County Courthouse, Quintana carved his initials into the window frame, causing damages, on Oct. 9, 2019.

Gary N. Hand, 49, of Montague, N.J., was sentenced to the Pike Care Program for 5 years, which will include 90 days of house arrest, a fine of $1,900, and a driver’s license suspension for a duration to be determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Woodrow Gordon Goodrow, 21, of Milford, Pa., was sentenced to 18 months to 48 months in a state correctional facility and fined $1,200 for the crimes of Robbery, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery and Theft. Goodrow conspired with his co-defendants to pick up an individual in Delaware Township and forcibly take property from the individual before fleeing the scene.