Pike County District Attorney Press Release

Sentencing in Pike County Courts

Week of February 28

Posted 3/11/22

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.

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Pike County District Attorney Press Release

Sentencing in Pike County Courts

Week of February 28

Posted

MILFORD, PA —  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:

Toni Ann Perry, age 28, of Port Jervis, NY was sentenced to 12 months of probation and fined $300 for the crime of Bad Checks.  Perry issued a check on February 10, 2020, in the amount of $514.49 to a business in Matamoras, knowing that the bank would not honor it. 

Tyler John Jacob, age 28, of Hawley, PA, was sentenced to 2 months to 4 months in the Pike County Jail, to run concurrent to his state sentence, and fined $300 for the crime of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The state police were alerted to Jacob acting in a suspicious manner in the vicinity of SR 507 and SR 6 in Palmyra Township on February 6, 2020.  It was discovered that an outstanding warrant existed for Jacob.  Jacob was found in possession of hypodermic needles and foil.

Dylan Thomas Engels, age 23, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, was sentenced to 6 to 12 months in a state correctional facility to run concurrent to his previous sentence for a total of 12 to 24 months and fined $500 for the crime of Possession of a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance.  The state police stopped Engels on March 8, 2017, while he was traveling along SR 739 in Delaware Township for an expired registration.  A consent to search his vehicle revealed a Suboxone strip which he did not have a prescription for.

Frederick Alexander Bentley, age 33, of New Britain, CT, was sentenced to 72 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, followed by 6 months of probation, a fine of $1,300 and driver’s license suspension of 12 months for the crimes of Driving Under the Influence and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The state police were dispatched to 1-84 in Blooming Grove Township where Bentley was driving his vehicle with its rear bumper dragging on the ground.  When contact was made with Bentley, the trooper detected the smell of marihuana.  Bentley admitted to smoking marihuana and provided the trooper with baggies that contained residue.  Field Sobriety Tests were conducted which indicated impairment and a blood test confirmed the presence of THC in his blood.

Jose Rivera, age 27 of Bronx, NY, was sentenced to 72 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,200 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for the crime of Driving Under the Influence and the Summary Offense of Driving While Operating Privilege is Suspended or Revoked.  Milford Borough Police stopped Rivera for speeding along Broad and East Hardord Street in Milford Borough on January 30, 2021.  When speaking with Rivera, the officer detected the smell of Marihuana and observed Marihuana on Rivera’s clothing and vehicle floor.  Rivera admitted smoking Marihuana.  Field Sobriety Tests showed impairment and a blood test confirmed the presence of THC in Rivera’s body. 

Sean D. Harm, age 36, of Hamilton, NJ, 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.  The state police encountered Harm parked near a construction zone along I-84 in Greene Township on April 24, 2021.  When contact was made with Harm, he was observed to be acting in a confused and eccentric manner.  Harm stated that he thought he had just hit something.  Harm was incapable of completing Field Sobriety Tests which showed indicators of impairment.  A blood test confirmed the presence of THC in his blood.

Leonard D. Cancelleri, Jr., age 23 of Brooklyn, NY, was sentenced to 2 years of probation and fined $900 for the crimes of Simple Assault and Recklessly Endangering Another Person and the Summary Offense of Public Drunkenness and Leonard P. Cancelleri, Sr., age 50, of Brooklyn, NY, was sentenced to 6 months of probation and fined $500 for the crime of Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution.  The state police responded to a business in Delaware Township where a domestic dispute was underway. While Cancelleri, Jr. was being placed under arrest, Cancelleri, Sr. grabbed the arm of the trooper allowing Cancelleri, Jr. to break free.

Gregory James Motchnik, age 42, of Bristol, PA, was sentenced to 12 months of probation and fined $300 for the crime of Simple Assault.  During a domestic dispute at a residence in Lackawaxen Township on March 26, 2021, Motchnik threatened and struck an individual with an aluminum bat causing injury.

Tyron Nakia Brown, age 30, of Stroudsburg, 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.  The state police conducted a traffic stop on Brown who was driving a tractor trailer on I-84 in Blooming Grove Township on January 15, 2021.  When contact was made with Brown, the smell of Marihuana was detected.  Field Sobriety Tests were conducted, and a blood test confirmed the presence of THC in Brown’s blood.

Pauline Lee Collazo, age 46, of Bushkill, 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 were dispatched to Decker Road in Lehman Township where Collazo drove her vehicle into a ditch on June 25, 2020.  When speaking with Collazo, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed her to have watery, bloodshot eyes and was unsteady on her feet.  Collazo admitted to drinking prior to driving.  Field Sobriety Tests showed impairment and a breath test indicated a blood alcohol content of .199%.

Heriberto Rivera, age 65, of Tamiment, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of the Pike Care Program which will include 2 months of house arrest, a fine of $1,200 and a driver’s license suspension of 24 months for the crime of Driving Under the Influence and the Summary Offense of Driving While Operating Privilege is Suspended or Revoked.  The state police responded to Bushkill Falls Road in Lehman Township where Rivera’s vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree on January 22, 2021.  When speaking with Rivera, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed him to have glassy, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.  Rivera admitted to consuming alcohol prior to the crash.  Field Sobriety Tests showed impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .165%.

Louis William Rios, age 28, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 5 days to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,025 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for the crime of Driving Under the Influence and the Summary Offense of Roadway Laned for Traffic.  The state police stopped Rios for weaving across his lane of travel along SR 739 in Dingman Township on November 23, 2019.  Rios was observed to have glassy, bloodshot eyes and an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath.  Rios admitted to consuming alcohol prior to driving.  A breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .093%.

Derek John Wenstrom, age 32, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, was sentenced to 72 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,025 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for the crime of Driving Under the Influence and the Summary offense of Operating without a Certificate of Inspection.  Wenstrom was stopped by the state police for erratic driving along SR 739 in Dingman Township on September 25, 2019.  When contact was made with Wenstrom, the trooper detected the smell of Marihuana and observed him to have red, glassy eyes.  Wenstrom admitted to smoking Marihuana prior to driving.  Field Sobriety Tests indicated impairment and a blood test confirmed the presence of THC.

Nicole L. Kiss, age 31, of Bushkill, PA, was sentenced to 5 years of the Pike Care Program which will include 90 days of house arrest, a fine of $2,800 and a driver’s license suspension of 18 months for the crimes of Driving Under the Influence and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.  On April 14, 2021, the state police were alerted to Kiss driving her vehicle while extremely intoxicated with a two-year-old passenger in the vehicle.  Kiss was stopped along Milford Road in Lehman Township after she was observed driving reckless at a high rate of speed.  Kiss was observed to have bloodshot, glossy eyes, and emanating the smell of an alcoholic beverage.  Field Sobriety Tests indicated impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .206%.

Michael Lee Graham, age 28, of Hawley, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of probation, fined $500 and had his driver’s license suspended for 6 months for the crime of Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police.  The state police attempted to stop Graham who was operating an unregistered motorcycle along SR 590 in Lackawaxen Township on August 14, 2020.  Graham failed to stop, running several stop signs, finally abandoning the motorcycle before being apprehended.

Russell Seese, age 35, of Greentown, PA, was sentenced to 12 months of probation to run consecutive to his prior sentence and fined $500 for the crime of Terroristic Threats.  During a domestic disturbance at a residence in Greene Township on March 2, 2021, Seese communicated a threat to commit violence to an individual with the intent to terrorize.

Josh Evan Drake, age 37, of Honesdale, PA, was sentenced to 48 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $500 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for the crime of Driving Under the Influence.  Sheriff’s deputies stopped Drake along West Harford Street in Milford for an unilluminated license plate.  When contact was made with Drake, the deputies detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage, and observed him to have slurred speech and glossy, red eyes.  Drake admitted to drinking prior to driving.  Field Sobriety Tests indicated impairment and a blood test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .15%.

Frank Denigris, age 61, of Cliffside Park, NJ, was sentenced to 5 days to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $300 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for the crime of Driving Under the Influence.  The state police stopped Denigris on July 19, 2020, after observing him swerving into the opposite lane of travel along  SR 6 in Shohola Township.  Denigris admitted to drinking alcohol prior to driving.  He was observed to have bloodshot, glassy eyes.  Field Sobriety Tests indicated impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .094%.

Dylan Eugene Jaludi, age 28, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 3 years of probation and a fine of $500 for the crimes of Simple Assault and Criminal Mischief.  Jaludi struck an individual about the arms, legs and torso with a wooden board on November 27, 2020, at a residence in Milford Borough.  Jaludi further did $500 in damages when he broke the door jam to gain entrance to the room.

David W. Rombousek, age 22, of Matamoras, PA, was sentenced to 14 months to 26 months in a state correctional facility to run concurrent to his New York sentence, fined $800 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for 2 counts of the crime of Theft and the Summary Offense of Driving While Operating Privilege is Suspended or Revoked. Rombousek took a vehicle from a residence in Dingman Township on February 5, 2020, without the owner’s permission. Rombousek also took $600 in U.S. currency. Rombousek drove the vehicle on a suspended driver’s license. 

Leroy Raymond Mead, age 34, of Eldred, NY, was sentenced to 2 years of probation and fined $300 for the crime of Theft.  Mead took four passports and birth certificates from a residence in Delaware Township on February 8, 2021, without the individuals’ permission.

Rachel Mary Scarpa, age 32, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of probation and fined $600 for the crimes of Possession of a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance and Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence.  The state police stopped Scarpa on June 22, 2021, for traveling on a suspended license along I-84 in Dingman Township.  When contact was made with Scarpa, she was observed attempting to conceal from view packets of Heroin/Fentanyl.

Joseph Edwin Pearce, age 35, of Matamoras, PA, was sentenced to 24 months to 7 years in a state correctional facility and fined $1,250 for 3 counts of Retail Theft and 2 counts of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Retail Theft.  Pearce took merchandise valued at $239.99 from a business in Westfall Township on June 23, 2019 and sold it for $80 to a business in Matamoras.  Pearce took merchandise totaling $718.99 from a retail business in Westfall Township on November 19, 2019, without paying for it.  On January 1, 2020, Pearce conspired with another individual, taking $310.43 in merchandise without paying for it from a retail business in Westfall Township.  On July 7, 2021, Pearce took merchandise valued at $449 from a business in Westfall Township and sold it to another business for $114.  Pearce conspired with another individual to take merchandise from a business in Westfall Township and sell it to a business in Matamoras on July 9, 2021. 

Shanelle Sole Griffin, age 21, of Elizabeth, NJ, was sentenced to a fine of $300 for the crime of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Griffin was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by the state police for speeding along I-84 in Blooming Grove Township on April 3, 2021.  When the trooper approached the vehicle, he detected the smell of marihuana.  A consent to search the vehicle revealed Griffin was in possession of marihuana roaches, plastic containers, a grinder and rolling papers. 

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