Dispositions in Pike County Court

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

22 Jul 2020 | 01:21

Week of July 2

Casey Ann Hockenberry, 37, of Huguenot, N.Y., was sentenced to one year of probation and fined $100 for the crime of Disorderly Conduct. Hockenberry struck an individual in the head with a dog gate and threatened violence to the individual at a residence in Westfall Township on Sept. 11, 2019.

Gustave Debree, 46, of Hawley, Pa., was sentenced to 12 months of probation and fined $200 for the crime of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The state police responded to a vehicle crash along Blooming Grove Road in Blooming Grove Township on Sept. 15, 2018, in which Debree was a passenger. Debree was found in possession of baggies used for the storage of a controlled substance.

Brian Clyde Berryhill, 24, of Matamoras, Pa., was sentenced to 48 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $500 for the crime of Driving Under the Influence. The state police were dispatched to Park Road in Delaware Township on Feb. 11, 2018, where Berryhill had crashed his vehicle. In speaking with Berryhill, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage. Berryhill admitted to drinking prior to driving. Field sobriety tests showed impairment and a blood test confirmed a blood-alcohol content of 0.121 percent.

Mark Anthony Passaretti, 30, of Shohola, Pa., was sentenced to 48 days to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, followed by 6 months of probation, a fine of $800, and a driver’s license suspension of 12 months for the crimes of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Driving Under the Influence. The state police responded on July 2, 2017, to the intersection of SR 434 and SR 739 where Passaretti crashed his vehicle. Passaretti was observed staggering, emitting the smell of an alcoholic beverage and having bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. A breath test confirmed a blood-alcohol content of 0.120 percent. Passaretti was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by the state police on Sept. 22, 2019, for no inspection sticker while traveling along Log Tavern Road in Dingman Township. Passaretti was taken into custody on an active warrant and was found in possession of cocaine.

Declan Andrew Preston, 20, of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., was sentenced to 30 days to 6 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $200 for the crime of Harassment. In an attempt to harass or frighten an individual, Preston threatened or subjected the individual to physical contact at a residence in Dingman Township on Oct. 30, 2019.

Christopher Robert Early, 21, of Milford, Pa., was sentenced to a fine of $400 for the crime of Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana. Early was stopped by the state police on Nov. 7, 2019, for driving an unregistered vehicle along SR 739 in Dingman Township. In speaking with Early, the trooper detected the smell of marijuana. A consent to search the vehicle revealed a zip lock bag containing less than 30 grams of marijuana under the vehicle driver seat.

Wade Tyler John Robson, 23, of Lexington, Tenn., was sentenced to 1 day to 6 days in the Pike County Jail and fined $500 for the crime of Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana. On May 20, 2015, Robson was observed by security officers at a school in Lehman Township acting in a suspicious manner. Robson was found in possession of an eyeglass case containing less than 30 grams of marijuana.

Ashley Renee Bezzina, 32, of Hawley, Pa., was sentenced to 48 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $500, and had her driver’s license suspended for 12 months for the crime of Driving Under the Influence. The state police stopped Bezzina on May 9, 2019, for traveling along Blooming Grove Road in Blooming Grove Township without headlights. The trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage when speaking with Bezzina and observed her to have glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech. Bezzina admitted to drinking prior to driving. Field sobriety tests showed impairment, and a breath test confirmed a blood-alcohol content of 0.143 percent.

Week of July 6

Lauren Kristen Phillips, 35, of Hawley, Pa., was sentenced to 6 years to 18 years in a state correctional facility and fined $6,000 for the crimes of Drug Delivery Resulting in Death and Criminal Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance. Phillips was involved in the sale of fentanyl at various locations in Pike County with the assistance of seven other individuals between August 2018 and January 2019. On Oct. 14, 2018, Phillips sold heroin containing fentanyl to an individual in Lackawaxen Township that resulted in the individual’s death.

Dallas B. Parmenter, 23, of East Stroudsburg, Pa., was sentenced to 2 years of probation and fined $500 for the crime of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Burglary. The state police responded to a burglary at a residence in Lehman Township on March 22, 2016. Entry was made from a bathroom window. Parmenter was identified from fingerprints left at the scene. During an interview, Parmenter confessed that he and two other individuals committed the crime.

Antonio C. Scopelliti, 33, of Staten Island, N.Y., was sentenced to 9 months to 5 years in a state correctional facility, fined $1,500, and had his driver’s license suspended for 18 months for the crime of Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance. The state police responded to I-84 in Blooming Grove Township on Sept. 29, 2019, where Scopelliti was involved in a vehicle crash. Scopelliti was observed having problems with his balance and presenting constricted pupils and he also admitted to ingesting controlled substances prior to driving. Field sobriety tests showed impairment, and a blood test confirmed the presence of THC, Carboxy-THC, Alprazolam, Clonazepam and Aminoclonzepam in his blood.

James Timothy Corbett, 55, of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., was sentenced to 8 months to 23.5 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $300 for the crime of Resisting Arrest. Corbett was allowed to enter a residence in Blooming Grove Township on Sept. 14, 2019, to collect a few personal items. Corbett refused to leave the residence after repeated requests. When troopers arrived, Corbett refused the troopers’ directive and the troopers attempted to effectuate an arrest. Corbett refused to cooperate and place his hands behind his back requiring the troopers to use substantial force to overcome Corbett.

Kathleen E. Johnston, 25, of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., was sentenced to 24 months to 5 years in a state correctional facility and fined $700 for the crimes of Possession With Intent to Deliver and Institutional Vandalism. Johnston was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by the state police on June 15, 2018, for a cracked windshield while traveling along Milford Road in Delaware Township. A consent to search the vehicle revealed Johnston in possession of heroin. On Oct. 17, 2019, while in custody in the Sheriff’s Department holding cell located at the Pike County Courthouse, Johnston carved “Kat” into the cell door.

Brett Fredrick Barnes, 46, of Honesdale, Pa., was sentenced to 11.5 months to 23.5 months in the Pike County Jail, followed by 5 years of probation and fined $1,100 for the crimes of Bad Checks, Deceptive Business Practices and Theft by Deception. Barnes wrote a check for $10,254 to a business located in Blooming Grove Township knowing that his bank would not honor it. Between Oct. 5, 2018, and Oct. 9, 2018, Barnes accepted a check in the amount of $1,900 as a deposit from two individuals for home improvements at a residence in Lackawaxen Township and failed to complete the work or return the money. On May 3, 2018, Barnes accepted $5,774 from an individual to do construction work at a residence in Delaware Township but failed to do the work or return the money.

Thomas William Sullivan, 35, of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., was sentenced to 79 months to 174 months in a state correctional facility and fined $1,000 for the crimes of Flight to Avoid Apprehension and Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements. Sullivan, who is a Tier 1 Sexual Offender originating out of a prior prosecution in Pennsylvania, failed to register his yearly verification with the Pennsylvania State Police between Feb. 22, 2018, and March 22, 2018. Sullivan also failed to report his change of address. On Nov. 26, 2018, Sullivan failed to appear for his scheduled sentencing hearing at the Pike County Courthouse.

Jovan Gerard Toussaint, 19, of Scranton, Pa., was sentenced to 78 months to 15 years in a state correctional facility and fined $2,525 for the crimes of Robbery, Theft, Firearms Carried Without a License, and the Summary Offense of Unauthorized Transfer. Toussaint brandished a stolen firearm that he had no license for and demanded money and property from an individual, taking $60 cash at a residence in Delaware Township. On March 8, 2019, Toussaint operated a vehicle in Westfall Township a stolen license plate.

Wendy Sue Fuehrer, 54, of Hawley, Pa., was sentenced to 5 years to 15 years in a state correctional facility and fined $6,500 for the crimes of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Drug Delivery Resulting in Death, Involuntary Manslaughter, and Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Fuehrer engaged in the sale of controlled substances along with two other co-defendants in Wayne and Pike County that resulted in the death of an individual on Sept. 15, 2018, who used the substance, which contained fentanyl. On Nov. 7, 2018, Fuehrer permitted a co-defendant to sell a controlled substance containing fentanyl to an individual residing in Paupack Township and failed to call for medical assistance resulting in the individual’s death. Fuehrer sold heroin containing fentanyl to a confidential informant in October 2018 in Paupack Township.

Ronald Alexander Szabo, 35, of Shohola, Pa, was sentenced to 24 months of probation and fined $500 for the crimes of Terroristic Threats and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. During a domestic dispute at a residence in Lackawaxen Township on Sept. 23, 2019, Szabo threatened to kill an individual. When Szabo was taken into custody by the state police, he was found in possession of pipes, a scale, and containers for the storage of controlled substances.

Jose Ramos, 38, of Bushkill, Pa., was sentenced to 24 months of probation and fined $400 for the crimes of Simple Assault and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. On Dec. 4, 2018, Ramos threatened other individuals and drove in a reckless manner with the intent of placing the occupants of another vehicle at risk of injury.

Joshua S. Rodriguez, 29, of Greeley, Pa., was sentenced to 6 months to 23 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $1,500 for 3 counts of the crime of Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Rodriguez was observed by the state police on Aug. 24, 2018, at a location along SR 434 in Blooming Grove Township conducting three separate sales of Cocaine.

Week of July 13

Andrew Shawn Powell, 31, of Carbondale, Pa., was sentenced to 13 months to 60 months in a state correctional facility and fined $1,300 for the crimes of Unlawful Contact with a Minor, Indecent Exposure and Possession of a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance. Between August and September 2019, Powell used a cell phone from his residence in Palmyra Township to contact a minor child to solicit sexual activity. Using his cell phone, Powell sent lewd images of himself to the minor. When Powell was taken into custody, he was found in possession of marijuana.

Lamel Anthony Cooks, 33, of Scranton, Pa., was sentenced to 12 months less 1 day to 24 months less 1 day in the Pike County Jail followed by 2 years of probation and fined $1,500 for the crimes of Simple Assault, Defiant Trespass, Disorderly Conduct, and 2 counts of Harassment. On Dec. 26, 2018, Cooks entered a residence in Lackawaxen Township when he was told to leave and struck an individual multiple times in the face and torso, causing injury, during a dispute over money.

Kim Alison McHale, 60 of Hawley, Pa., was sentenced to 15 days to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $600, and had her driver’s license suspended for 12 months for the crimes of Driving Under the Influence and Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana. The state police stopped McHale on Aug. 29, 2019, for following too closely while traveling along SR 6 in Palmyra Township. When contact was made with McHale, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and marijuana. McHale admitted to the trooper that she had been drinking prior to driving. Field sobriety tests indicated impairment, and a breath test confirmed a blood-alcohol content of 0.089 percent. McHale was also found in possession of marijuana.

James Newell Barnum, 24, of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., was sentenced to a $300 fine for the crime of Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana. The state police stopped Barnun for an inoperable brake light at the intersection of Milford Road and Rosewood Lane on Aug. 18, 2019. When speaking with Barnum, the trooper detected the smell of marijuana. Barnum admitted that marijuana had been smoked in the car earlier. A probable cause search revealed marijuana.

Christian Alexander Candelario, 20, of Slate Hill, N.Y., was sentenced to a fine of $300 for the crime of Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana. On Sept. 28, 2019, Candelario was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint being run by Eastern Pike Regional Police Department at the intersection of First Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Matamoras. The smell of marijuana was detected in the vehicle and a probable cause search revealed that Candelario was in possession of marijuana.