Dispositions in Pike County Court

Jul 22 2019 | 06:27 AM

    Pike County District Attorney Raymond J. Tonkin announced the following criminal sentences were issued on June 27 by Pike County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Gregory Chelak:
    Nellie Ann Helfritz, 48, of Monticello, N.Y., was sentenced to 111 days to 18 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $500 for the crime of Simple Assault. During a dispute at a residence in Matamoras Borough on July 18, 2018, Helfritz caused bodily injury to an individual when she choked the individual and struck her several times with a wooden shelf.
    Paul G. Sybrandy, 38, of Matamoras, Pa., was sentenced to 18 months of probation and fined $1,000 for 2 counts of the crime of Theft. Sybrandy tampered with a nightly deposit box at a bank in Westfall Township on Oct. 3, 2016, and took a deposit bag containing $398.16 in U.S. currency. While working as an employee at a business in Westfall Township, Sybrandy kept the business deposits rather than depositing it at the bank on Oct. 23, 2016, and Nov. 6, 2016, taking a total of $3,992.49.
    Robert Edward Fulmer, 51, of Hawley, Pa., was sentenced to 150 days to 5 years in the Pike County Jail, fined $2,100, and had his driver’s license suspended for 30 months for the crimes of Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving While Operating Privilege is Suspended or Revoked. The state police stopped Fulmer along I-84 in Palmyra Township for reports of erratic driving and driving on a rim. A consent to search the vehicle revealed baggies used for the storage of heroin. Fulmer was unable to keep his eyes open for an HGN test. Fulmer was transported to the hospital for a blood draw but refused the test once there.
    Diane Marie Berkey, 67, of Old Bridge, N.J., was sentenced to 5 years of the Intermediate Punishment (IP) Program which will include 3 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. The state police responded to SR 739 in Dingman Township, where Berkey was reported to be driving under the influence. When contact was made with Berkey, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage. Berkey admitted to drinking at a bar prior to driving. Field sobriety tests indicated impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood-alcohol content of 0.130 percent. A 12-year old was a passenger in Berkey’s vehicle.
    William Joseph Sullivan, 38, of Yulan, N.Y., was sentenced to 11 1/2 months to 23 1/2 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $1,000 for the crime of Robbery. Sullivan entered a retail business in Shohola Township on May 20, 2018, wearing a face mask and dark clothing and demanded money from the cashier. Sullivan exited the store after being given $1,488 in U.S. currency by the cashier.
    James Martin Miller, 56, of Scranton, Pa., was sentenced to 90 days to 5 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. The state police were dispatched to a single-vehicle accident along SR 739 in Dingman Township on July 5, 2018, where Miller was observed sitting in his crashed vehicle throwing empty beer cans out of the window. While speaking with Miller, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed him to have slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and unsteady balance. Out of safety concerns, Field sobriety tests were not conducted. A blood test confirmed a blood-alcohol content of 0.290 percent.
    Samuel Owen Mittelmark, 20, of Shohola, Pa., was sentenced to 21 months to 60 months in a state correctional facility and fined $2,000 for the crimes of Burglary, 2 counts of Theft, and one count of Receiving Stolen Property. On Nov. 27, 2017, Mittlelmark operated a 2006 Ford Explorer in Shohola Township knowing that it was stolen. Between Dec. 16, 2017, and Dec. 17, 2017, Mittelmark entered a church in Shohola Township with the intention of committing a crime and took a 2014 Jeep Wrangler without the owner’s permission. Mittelmark also took a 2005 Pontiac Bonneville without the owner’s permission.
    Alejandro Enrique Vela-Garrett, 24, of Forest City, Pa., was sentenced to a $300 fine for the crime of Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana. The state police stopped Vela-Garrett on Sept. 1, 2018, along SR 507 in Greene Township for heavily tinted windows. A consent to search was provided, and a search by the K9 team revealed marijuana in the vehicle's center console.
    Joseph E. Pearce, 32, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., was sentenced to 12 months of probation and fined $500 for the crime of Retail Theft. Pearce took a chainsaw valued at $449 from a retail store in Westfall Township on April 29, 2018, without paying for it.
    Sentences issued on July 11
    Steven Richard Krol, 38, of Lakeville, Pa., was sentenced to 1 year and 6 months to 6 years in a state correctional facility, fined $4,300, and will have his driver’s license suspended for a duration to be determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Driving Under the Influence, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. The state police were dispatched to Sunset Drive in Dingman Township on Oct. 14, 2017, where Krol had struck a tree with his vehicle. Krol was observed by the trooper to have issues with his balance, and constricted pupils. Field sobriety tests showed impairment. Krol admitted to consuming controlled substances including Carisoprodal and Alprazolam. Krol refused to submit to a blood draw. On Aug. 16, 2018, the state police responded to a business parking lot in Blooming Grove Township for a report that Krol was unconscious at the wheel of his vehicle which was running. Krol admitted to consuming heroin. Krol was found in possession of heroin, fentanyl, alprazolam, and carisoprodol.
    Daniel Quintin McElnea, 30, of Milford, Pa., was sentenced to 5 days 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 were dispatched to Fisher Lane in Dingman Township on July 29, 2018, where McElnea had crashed his vehicle into a tree. McElnea was observed to have glassy, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. McElnea admitted to drinking prior to driving. A breath test confirmed a blood-alcohol content of 0.121 percent.
    Shanna Marie Oamil, 31, of Milford, Pa., was sentenced to 18 months of probation and fined $700 for the crimes of Retail Theft, Possession of a Controlled Substance and False ID to Law Enforcement. Oamil took a 43-inch television valued at $248 from a retail store in Westfall Township on March 19, 2018, without paying for it. Oamil was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by the Eastern Pike Regional Police Department on May 7, 2018. Oamil was found in possession of heroin in a pat-down search. When asked for identification, Oamil provided the officer with false information
    Terry David Kline, 55, of Northampton, Pa., was sentenced to 5 years of the Intermediate Punishment (IP) Pike Care Program, which will include 6 months of house arrest, a fine of $1,525, and a driver’s license suspension of 18 months for the crime of Driving Under the Influence and the Summary Offense of Reckless Driving. On Dec. 1, 2018, the state police were dispatched to SR 402 in Blooming Grove Township, where Kline had driven his car into a tree. When contact was made with Kline, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed Kline to have bloodshot, glassy eyes and trouble with his balance. Due to Kline’s condition, field sobriety tests were not conducted. A blood test confirmed a blood-alcohol content of 0.30 percent.
    Timothy Nicholas Riggi, 37, of Milford, Pa., was sentenced to 2 years and 90 days to 10 years in a state correctional facility, fined $5,300, and will have his driver’s license suspended for a duration to be determined by PennDOT, for 3 counts of the crime of Driving Under the Influence and the Summary Offense of Driving While Operating Privilege Suspended or Revoked. The state police stopped Riggi on Oct. 31, 2018, for traveling the wrong direction along SR 739 in Dingman Township. Upon making contact with Riggi, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed Riggi to have glassy, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and a confused demeanor. Riggi refused a breath test. On Nov. 1, 2018, the state police responded to a parking lot in Blooming Grove Township for a reported disabled vehicle. When the trooper made contact with Riggi, the driver, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed Riggi to have bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Field sobriety test showed impairment, and a breath test confirmed a blood-alcohol content of 0.140 percent. The state police stopped Riggi on Feb. 19, 2019, while traveling along SR 739 in Dingman Township for an expired registration. The trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage when speaking with Riggi and observed him to be lethargic, sleepy, and sluggish with unsure footing. Riggi refused a field sobriety test and breath test. Riggi was found to be driving on a suspended license.
    Allen Scott Martrich, 61, of Bethlehem, Pa., was sentenced to 11 days in the Pike County Jail, followed by Intermediate Punishment (IP) supervision for 6 months less 11 days, which will include 60 days of house arrest, a fine of $750, and a driver’s license suspension of 12 months for the crime of Driving Under the Influence. Martrich was stopped by the state police for a malfunctioning brake light and for weaving across SR 739 in Dingman Township on Sept. 30, 2018. In speaking with Martrich, the trooper observed Martrich to have glassy, bloodshot eyes and detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage. Martrich admitted to having four drinks prior to driving. Field sobriety tests showed impairment, and a breath test confirmed a blood-alcohol content of 0.155 percent.
    Daniel Warren Ehrman, 50, of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., was sentenced to 9 months to 23 1/2 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $1,000 for the crimes of Stalking and Unlawful Killing or Taking Game and 3 counts of the Summary Offense of Violating a Protection from Abuse Order. Between Nov. 20, 2018, and Nov. 21, 2018, Ehrman took possession of three whitetail deer out of season. In February 2019, Ehrman violated a Protection from Abuse Order by visiting a house in Dingman Township from which he was ordered to stay away. On Feb. 16, 2019, while under a Protection from Abuse Order, Ehrman kept track of an individual’s movements, watching her residence, knocking on her door, and left messages on the individual’s voice mail at a residence in Dingman Township.
    Derek Lee Thompson, 36, of Rowland, Pa., was sentenced to 12 days to 23 months in the Pike County Jail, followed by 12 months of probation, and a fine of $600 for the crimes of Forgery, Theft, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Thompson wrote checks totaling $630 from an account he was not authorized to use at a residence in Lackawaxen Township between Nov. 9, 2018, and Nov. 10, 2018. The state police responded to a residence in Lackawaxen Township on Jan. 11, 2019, for a report of a disturbance. The troopers encountered Thompson for whom they had an outstanding warrant. Thompson was found in possession of methamphetamine.