Dispositions in Pike County Court

Milford. Pike County District Attorney Raymond J. Tonkin announced the criminal sentences that were issued on Feb. 20 by Pike County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Gregory Chelak.

03 Mar 2020 | 08:47

William Edward Phillips, 29, of Hawley, Pa., was sentenced to 6 years to 15 years in a state correctional facility, fined $2,000, and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for the crimes of Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance, Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance, and Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance. The state police served a search warrant on Phillips at a residence located in Lackawaxen Township, where they found Phillips in possession of heroin. Between August 2018 and January 2019, at various locations in Pike and Wayne County, Philllips and eight additional people agreed to sell fentanyl. The state police encountered Phillips on June 19, 2018, passed out at the wheel of his vehicle along Church Road in Lackawaxen Township. Phillips was observed to be shaky with slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. Field sobriety tests showed impairment and a blood test confirmed the presence of citalopram, benzoylecgonine, cyclobenzaprine, carisoprodol, meprobamate, and alprazolamin his blood.

Cory Robert Taylor, 30, of Bushkill, Pa., was sentenced to 12 months less one day to 24 months less one day in the Pike County Jail, followed by 5 years of probation, and fined $2,300 for 3 counts of the crime of Endangering the Welfare of Children, and the crimes of Possession of a Small Amount of marijuana and Simple Assault. The state police responded to a domestic dispute at a residence in Lehman Township on April 10, 2019, during which Taylor exposed three children to his enragement in the use of violent behavior, which included the use of weapons endangering the children’s physical and mental safety. Taylor was found in possession of marijuana.

Delilah Lydia Santos, 29, of Bushkill, Pa., was sentenced to 12 months less 1 day to 24 months less 1 day in the Pike County Jail, followed by 5 years of probation, and fined $1,800 for 3 counts of the crime of Endangering the Welfare of Children and the crime of Terroristic Threats. On April 10, 2019, the state police responded to a residence in Lehman Township, where Santos was involved in a domestic disturbance that included the use of weapons in the presence of three children, which put their mental and physical safety at risk. Santos also threatened to kill the individual she was arguing with.

William L. Soltesz, 69, of Bernardsville, N.J., was sentenced to 3 months to 12 months in the Pike County Jail, followed by one year of probation and a $300 fine for the crime of Stalking. Soltesz caused emotional distress during a period of two years up to Oct. 12, 2018, stalking an individual at her place of employment located in Palmyra Township, even after he was told to stop contacting her. He pleaded guilty to Harassment in Wayne County Court.

Paul L. Rossi, 33, of Matamoras, Pa., was sentenced to 6 months to 18 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $700 for the crimes of Retail Theft, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Retail, Theft, and False Identification to Law Enforcement Authorities. On Aug. 28, 2017, and Sept. 29, 2017, Rossi took $575 and $410 in merchandise from a retail store in Westfall Township without paying for it. Rossi conspired with another individual, traveling to a retail store together in Westfall Township on Sept. 29, 2017, to take merchandise from the shelves without paying for it. The state police were dispatched to Country Club Road in Dingman Township, where Rossi was acting in a suspicious manner. When questioned as to his identification, Rossi provided the trooper with false information.

Gino A. Depalma, 32, of Gouldsboro, Pa., was sentenced to 3 years to 6 years in a state correctional facility, and fined $3,000 for the crimes of Robbery and Contraband-Possess Controlled Substance by an Inmate. Depalma displayed what appeared to be a gun when he demanded money from a register at a business in Greene Township on April 21, 2018. Depalma was found in possession of Suboxone while an inmate in the Pike County Jail in October 2018.

John Patrick Waugh, 25, of Milford, Pa., was sentenced to 30 days of house arrest with 6 months of probation, 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 stopped Waugh on May 31, 2019, after observing him drive erratically along SR 739 in Blooming Grove Township. When contact was made with Waugh, the trooper detected the smell of marijuana and observed him to have red eyes with dilated pupils. Waugh admitted to smoking marijuana prior to driving. Field sobriety tests indicated impairment, and a blood test confirmed the presence of THC in his blood.

Kyle P. Talmadge, 30, of Milford, Pa., was sentenced to 6 months to 12 months in the Pike County Jail, followed by 6 months of probation, a fine of $700, and a driver’s license suspension of 12 months for the crimes of Possession of a Controlled Substance, False Identification to Law Enforcement Authorities, and Driving While License Suspended or Revoked. The state police stopped Talmadge on Feb. 21, 2019, for a faulty headlight while traveling along SR 739 in Delaware Township. Talmadge was observed to have constricted pupils, slurred, quick speech, and a poor sense of balance. Talmadge provided a false name, date of birth, and Social Security number when questioned. Field sobriety tests showed impairment. A custodial search of the vehicle revealed heroin. Talmadge was also found to be driving on a suspended license.

Richard Lee Shaffer, 53, of Shohola, Pa., was sentenced to 180 days of probation and fined $600 for the crime of Harassment and the Summary Offense of Disorderly Conduct. Shaffer repeatedly disregarded an order to refrain from contact with a witness and sent a letter to the individual in order to intimidate or prevent the individual from contacting the police.

Patricia Helen Yurchak, 70, of Hawley, Pa., was sentenced to 9 months to 23 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,000, and had her driver’s license suspended for 12 months for the crimes of Involuntary Manslaughter and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. On Dec. 14, 2018, the state police were dispatched to Surrey Drive in Blooming Grove Township, where Yurchak drove her vehicle off the roadway and struck a pole, flipping her vehicle onto its side, resulting in the death of her passenger. A blood test revealed a blood-alcohol content of 0.188 percent.

Donny Orlando Isaac, 54, of Bushkill, Pa., was sentenced to 2 days to 6 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $600 for the crimes of Harassment and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. On Oct. 13, 2019, the state police were dispatched to a domestic dispute at a residence in Lehman Township, where Isaac shoved an individual. Isaac was found in possession of a glass pipe, cigar wrappers, and a wrapper package.

Jeffrey Justin Swingle, 20, of Greentown, Pa., was sentenced to one year of probation and fined $200 for the crime of Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution. The state police responded to a residence in Greene Township on June 9, 2019, to locate a male for whom there was a warrant. Swingle denied the male was present and refused to consent to a search. During the interview of Swingle, the wanted individual jumped out of the residence window.

Mamadi Jamal Bratcher-Small, 37, of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., was sentenced to 1 month to 6 months, to run concurrent to his prior sentence in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,500, and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for the crimes of Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana, and Driving While Operating Privilege is Suspended or Revoked. Bratcher-Small was stopped by the Milford Police along West Harford Street in Milford Borough on Oct. 16, 2019, for an expired registration. Upon speaking with Bratcher-Small, the officer detected the smell of marijuana. A consent to search revealed marijuana and a blood test confirmed the presence of marijuana in Bratcher-Small’s body.

Sterling Johnson, 47, of East Stroudsburg, Pa., was sentenced to 24 months to 5 years in a state correctional facility, fined $1,000, and a driver’s license suspension of 18 months for the crime of Driving Under the Influence. Troopers observed Johnson driving erratically along Milford Road in Lehman Township on Oct. 29, 2017. Upon making contact with Johnson, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed Johnson to have bloodshot, glassy eyes. Field sobriety tests indicated intoxication. Johnson refused to submit to a blood test.

Bethany Lee Decker, 32, of Milford, Pa., was sentenced to 6 months to 23.5 months in the Pike County Jail, followed by 12 months of probation, and fined $2,300 for 3 counts of the crime of Forgery and one count of Theft and Access Device Fraud. Decker executed three checks at a business in Blooming Grove Township between Feb. 11, 2019, and Feb. 14, 2019, without the account holder’s permission. On June 7, 2019, Decker used an individual’s credit card to make unauthorized purchases totaling $33.35 in Milford Borough and Westfall Township. Between June 9, 2019, and June 13, 2019, at two locations in Westfall Township, Decker executed checks without the account holder’s permission. On June 15, 2019, and June 21, 2019, Decker executed multiple checks without the account holder’s permission in Greene Township. On July 17, 2019, Decker took U.S. currency, checks, and jewelry with a value in excess of $2,000 from a residence in Greene Township without the owner’s permission.

Lance Ulises Antonio Munoz, 20, of Port Jervis, N.Y., was sentenced to a $300 fine for the crime of Possession of a Small Amount of marijuana. During a sobriety checkpoint along Pennsylvania Avenue in Matamoras conducted by Eastern Pike Regional Police on Sept. 28, 2019, Munoz was found in possession of marijuana.

Samuel Steven Macias, 22, of Bushkill, Pa., was sentenced to a fine of $300 for the crime of Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana. On May 1, 2019, the state police responded to Macias’ residence in Lehman Township for failure to appear for his Preliminary Hearing at the Magistrate. Macias was found on his front porch in possession of marijuana.

Candace Nicole Saragusa, 25, of East Stroudsburg, Pa., was sentenced to a fine of $300 for the crime of Disorderly Conduct. On Feb. 26, 2019, the state police responded to a residence in Lehman Township, where Saragusa failed to cooperate with the troopers, falsely stating there was no one present in the home besides herself and two small children.

Tammy Louise Fis, 43, of Greentown, 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 the crime of Driving Under the Influence. The state police observed Fis’ vehicle parked in an odd location at a gas station in Palmyra Township on Jan. 12, 2019. Fis was found asleep behind the wheel with the vehicle running. When contact was made with Fis, an odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected. Field sobriety tests were conducted that showed impairment, and a blood test confirmed a blood-alcohol content of 0.218 percent.