Dispositions in Pike County Court

Milford. Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin announced that the following criminal sentences were issued on Aug. 29 by Pike County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Gregory Chelak.

Sep 10 2019 | 12:28 PM

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 the crime of Institutional Vandalism. While in the custody of the Pike County Sheriff’s Department on May 23, 2019, Suarez carved his initials into the door of the holding cell.

Brian J. Ruddy, 54, of East Stroudsburg, Pa., was sentenced to 5 years of the IP (Intermediate Punishment) 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 the crime of 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.

Joseph John 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 the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for two counts of Driving Under the Influence, and the Summary Offense of Driving While Operating Privilege Suspended or Revoked and Harassment. On Feb. 19, 2017, the state police responded to SR 739 in Delaware Township, where Dibenedetto’s vehicle was disabled and blocking the roadway. Dibenedetto was found asleep at the wheel with the vehicle running and in gear. He was observed having trouble with his balance with a slow and sluggish demeanor and glassy eyes, and was found in possession of Xanax pills. He 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 Feb. 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 0.120 percent. He was also found to be driving on a suspended license. During a domestic dispute at a residence in Lehman Township, he kicked or otherwise subjected an individual to physical contact or threatened to do so.

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 the crime of Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, and the Summary Offenses of Driving While Operating Privilege Suspended or Revoked and Required Financial Responsibility. On Sept. 28, 2018, the state police responded to I-84 in Dingman Township, where Serkosky had rolled his vehicle onto its roof. Serkosky was observed to be confused and to have slow and slurred speech and poor balance. He refused to submit to a blood test but admitted to consuming Klonopin prior to driving. He 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.