Pike County sentencing report

Oct 09 2019 | 12:19 PM

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

Christopher Thomas Kerkhoven, 30, of Swartswood, N.J., was sentenced to 72 hours to six months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,000 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for driving under the influence. The state police stopped Kerkhoven on Nov. 21, 2018, after he was observed driving at a high rate of speed on SR 739. Field sobriety tests showed impairment, and a blood draw found cannabinoids.

Kareem R. Dallas, age 29, of East Stroudsburg, Pa., was fined $500 for disorderly conduct after being found guilty of creating a physically offensive condition toward two individuals.

Steven Michael Simkin, age 23, of the Bronx, was sentenced to six months of probation and fined $300 for the crime of possession of drug paraphernalia. The state police were dispatched to the park and ride along SR 739 in Delaware Township on April 27 on a report of drag racing. In speaking with Simkin, the trooper detected the smell of marijuana. Through a probable cause search, the trooper uncovered a vape pen, a grinder and a soda can ashtray in Simkin’s possession.

Rebecca Lee Brojakowski, age 34, of Carbondale, Pa., was sentenced to 72 hours to six months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,000 and had her driver’s license suspended for 12 months for driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Brojakowski was stopped by the state police for following another vehicle too closely along Interstate 84 in Blooming Grove Township on May 26, 2018. Upon speaking with Brojakowski, the trooper detected the smell of marijuana, and observed her to have dilated pupils, bloodshot eyes and droopy eyelids. Field sobriety tests indicated impairment, and a blood test confirmed the presence of THC in her blood.

Kenneth John Soule, 46, of Tamiment, Pa, was sentenced to 10 months to 23 months in the Pike County Jail, followed by two years’ probation and a fine of $1,200 for two counts of the crime of terroristic threats and two counts of simple assault. During a domestic dispute at a residence in Lehman Township on April 17, 2018, Soule threatened to kill an individual. During a domestic dispute at a residence in Lehman Township on Nov., 7, 2018, Soule inflicted bodily injury upon an individual, squeezing her mouth and making it difficult for her to breathe, and threatened her.

Bryan Thomas Engvaldsen, age 47, of Hawley, Pa., was sentenced to 100 days to two years in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,025 and had his driver’s license suspended for four months for the crimes of driving under the influence, driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked and immediate notice of accident to Police Department. Engvaldsen struck a pole with his vehicle in a development in Lackawaxen Township on April 29 and fled the scene, failing to notify the police of the accident. The state police located Engvaldsen walking in the woods. Engvaldsen refused a breath test. He also was found driving with a suspended license.

Gregory Alan Krisanda, age 52, of Matamoras, Pa., was sentenced to 90 days to five 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. Eastern Pike Regional Police Department responded to a three-vehicle crash involving Krisanda along routes 6 and 209 in Westfall Township on Oct. 1, 2018. Field sobriety tests were conducted and showed impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood-alcohol content between 0.10 percent and 0.16 percent.

Andrew Patrick O’Donnell, 32, of Lackawaxen Township, Pa., was sentenced to 10 days to six months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,000.00 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for the crime of driving under the influence. The state police responded to a one-vehicle crash involving O’Donnell at the Dingman Bridge Toll Plaza on Feb. 1, 2017. Field sobriety tests showed impairment, and a blood test confirmed the presence of cocaine, fentanyl and THC.

Ryan Benjamin Cole, age 26, of Milford, Pa., was sentenced to six months’ probation and fined $300 for the crime of possession of drug paraphernalia and the summary offense of harassment. The state police responded to Log Tavern Road in Dingman Township on Dec. 29, 2018, where Cole was involved in a domestic dispute during which he threatened violence against an individual. Cole was also found in possession of a baggie that contained marijuana.

Nicholas Barbella, age 55, of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., was sentenced to one day to two days in the Pike County Jail and fined $500 for the crime of harassment. During a domestic dispute at a residence in Delaware Township on Jan. 9, Barbella threatened an individual.

Zina Aniela Mieszkuc, age 36, of Port Jervis, N.Y., was sentenced to a fine of $500 for the crime of disorderly conduct. On Nov. 19, 2018, along Pennsylvania Avenue in Westfall Township, Mieszkuc caused a public annoyance or alarm when she created a physically offensive condition.

Tyler Jon Tooley, age 27, of Matamoras, Pa., was sentenced to 12 months’ probation and fined $300 for the crime Theft. Tooley took $1,595.14 from a business in Matamoras, while an employee between Aug. 2 and Aug. 13, 2014.