Dispositions in Pike County Court

Milford. Pike County District Attorney Raymond J. Tonkin announced that the following criminal sentences were issued on Aug. 6 and 21 by Pike County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Gregory Chelak.

26 Aug 2020 | 03:49

August 6

Patrick T. Shevlin, 30, of Watertown, N.Y., was sentenced to 6 years to 18 years, in a state correctional facility to run consecutive to his New York sentence and charged $5,000 for the crime of Drug Delivery Resulting in Death. Between April 19, 2018, and April 21, 2018, at a retail business in Matamoras, Pa., Shevlin sold heroin/fentanyl to a resident of the Town of Deerpark, N.Y., which resulted in the individual’s death.

Gary Jon Waszcyszak, 55, of Matamoras, Pa., was sentenced to 32 days to 12 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $800, and will have his driver’s license suspended for a duration to be determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for two convictions for the crime of Driving Under the Influence. The state police did a welfare check on Waszcyszak on Aug. 21, 2019, sitting in his vehicle parked the wrong direction along SR 739. The trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage emanating from Waszcyszak who admitted to drinking prior to driving. Field sobriety tests showed impairment, and a breath test confirmed a blood-alcohol content of 0.119 percent. On Nov. 2, 2019, the state police stopped Waszcyszak along SR 6 in Dingman Township for an expired registration. Upon making contact with Waszcyszak, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed him to have bloodshot, glassy eyes. Field sobriety tests showed impairment, and a breath test confirmed a blood-alcohol content of 0.106 percent.

Gregory Albert Pierson, 26, of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., was sentenced to 10 months to 5 years in the Pike County Jail, fined $2,400, and had his driver’s license suspended for 18 months for the crimes of Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Institutional Vandalism. On Nov. 10, 2018, the state police responded to I-84 in Palmyra Township, where Pierson had crashed his vehicle. Pierson was found in possession of heroin. On June 29, 2019, the state police were dispatched to Ledgedale Road in Greene Township, where Pierson was reportedly overdosing in his car. A blood test confirmed the presence of cocaine, benzoylecgonine, THC, fentanyl and morphine in his blood. On Oct. 7, 2019, Eastern Pike Regional Police responded to a business parking lot in Westfall Township, where it was reported Pierson was in the process of conducting a drug deal. Pierson was found in possession of heroin. On Feb. 6, 2020, Pierson carved “Pierson” into the wall of the holding cell located in the Pike County Courthouse.

Luis M. Santiago, 25, of Hazelton, Pa., was sentenced to 20 days to 6 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $300 for the crime of Disorderly Conduct. Santiago engaged in a fight with two individuals at a retail business parking lot in Westfall Township on Aug. 13, 2019.

Lydia Margaret Haug, 25, of Bloomingburg, N.Y., was sentenced to 6 months of probation and fined $200 for the crime of Possession of a Controlled Substance. The state police encountered Haug in her vehicle parked in an empty parking lot in Matamoras on May 9, 2019. The trooper approached the vehicle to see if Haug was okay and observed glassine packets containing white powder in her vehicle. A consent to search the vehicle resulted in the location of Alprazolam for which Haug did not have a prescription.

Cory Travis Thomson, 32, of Cresco, 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 of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance. The state police were dispatched to Ledgedale Road in Greene Township, where Thomson had crashed his vehicle. The trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage when contact was made with Thomson. A blood test confirmed a blood-alcohol content of 0.21 percent.

Troye Michael Chamberlain, 27, of Bushkill, Pa., was sentenced to 24 months of probation and fined $1,000 for the crimes of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The state police responded to the intersection of Outer Drive and Spruce Drive in Delaware Township, where Chamberlain was found in possession of heroin, a digital scale, glassine packets, and rubber bands.

Scott Harold Brannigan, 24, Dingmans Ferry, Pa., was sentenced to 72 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, followed by 6 months of probation, fined $1,300, and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for the crimes of Driving Under the Influence and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Brannigan was observed by a state trooper smoking marijuana in his car along SR 402 in Porter Township on Sept. 30, 2018. A blood test confirmed the presence of THC in his blood, and a search of the vehicle revealed a bong and a grinder.

August 21

James Frank Murphy Stewart, 23, of Milford, Pa., was sentenced to 1 day to 12 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $250 for the crime of Simple Assault. During a domestic dispute at a residence in Dingman Township on Oct. 22, 2019, Stewart grabbed an individual and caused injury.

Darnell Marie Chuck, 56, of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., was sentenced to 5 years of probation and fined $300 for the crime of Theft by Unlawful Taking. Chuck utilized an ATM card on May 13, 2018, in Delaware Township to obtain in excess of $2,000 from an account she did not have permission to access. Chuck was ordered to pay restitution to the victim in excess of $2,000.

Daniel R. Keppler, 53, of Vernon, N.J., was fined $300 for the Summary Offense of Disorderly Conduct. During a domestic dispute at a residence in Greene Township on April 14, 2020, Keppler did engage in a violent behavior toward an individual that created a hazardous or physically offensive condition for no legitimate purpose.

Ileany Marie Figueroa, 26, of Lake Ariel, Pa., was fined $500 for the crime of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. On Jan. 12, 2019, the state police stopped a vehicle along SR 507 in Greene Township for an expired registration in which Figueroa was a passenger. Upon making contact with the occupants of the vehicle, the trooper detected the smell of marijuana. Figueroa was found in possession of a pill bottle, metal grinder, plastic bottle, glass tube, pipe, and marijuana cigar.

Ethan James Rose, 22, Port Jervis, N.Y., was fined $300 for the crime of Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana. During a sobriety checkpoint being conducted by Eastern Pike Regional Police along Route 6 and 209 in Westfall Township on Aug. 10, 2019, Rose was directed to pull over due to the smell of marijuana emanating from his vehicle. Rose was found in possession of marijuana.

Kevin Hwee, 28, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was fined $300 for the crime of Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana. The state police pulled Hwee over along SR 6 in Palmyra Township on Jan. 11, 2020, for an inoperable tail light. Upon making contact with Hwee, the trooper detected a strong odor of marijuana and conducted a probable cause search. Hwee was found in possession of marijuana.