PIKE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

In the Pike courts: August 23

Posted 8/23/21

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

In the Pike courts: August 23

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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:

Kyle James Piekenbrock, age 29, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, was sentenced to 7 years to 14 years in a state correctional facility and fined $6,000 for the crimes of Drug Delivery Resulting Death and 2 counts of Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance.  On December 2, 2017, the state police came upon Piekenbrock who was unconscious in his vehicle at a residence in Dingman Township.  Piekenbrock was holding a syringe and was found in possession of two bricks of Heroin.  On February 1, 2018, the state police arrived at a residence in Delaware Township to arrest Piekenbrock on an outstanding warrant.  Piekenbrock was found in possession of 33 bags of heroin.  On February 1, 2019, Piekenbrock sold Heroin to an individual at a residence in Delaware Township which resulted in the death of the individual.

Rocco Joseph Fradella, age 46, of Lords Valley, PA, was sentenced to 7 years to 15 years in a state correctional facility and fined $5,500 for the crimes of Drug Delivery Resulting in Death and Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance.  Fradella sold Fentanyl to an individual at a residence in Blooming Grove Township on April 16, 2018, which resulted in the death of the individual. Between December 7, 2020, and December 9, 2020, Fradella sold Heroin/Fentanyl to a confidential informant at a residence in Blooming Grove Township.

Andrew John Dougan, age 32, of Tamiment, PA, was found guilty after a trial in July 2021, was sentenced to 14 months to 7 years in a state correctional facility, fined $1,775 and had his driver’s license suspended for 18 months for 2 counts of the crime of DUI and the Summary Offenses of Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic, Driving Vehicle at Safe Speed, Careless Driving and Reckless Driving.  The state police were dispatched to Bushkill Falls Road in Lehman Township where Dougan had driven off the roadway on March 21, 2019.  Dougan initially fled the accident and was found hiding in the woods by emergency personnel and was escorted back to the scene.  When the state police made contact with Dougan, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and observed open alcoholic beverage containers in his vehicle.  Dougan was transported to the hospital for his injuries and refused to submit to a blood draw.  Dougan was convicted in 2010 of a DUI Homicide by Vehicle.

Tami Alice Frick, age 56, of Hawley, PA, was sentenced to a fine of $100 for the crime of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle. Frick drove a vehicle in Palmyra Township on March 3, 2021, without the owner’s permission.

Nikita Schelkanov, age 22, of Brooklyn, NY, was sentenced to a fine of $400 for the crime of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The state police stopped Schelkanov for traveling perpetually in the left lane of I-84 in Dingman Township on November 27, 2020.  When asked by the trooper whether he was in possession of anything illegal, Schelkanov revealed that he was in possession of Marihuana.  A probable cause search revealed a container for the storage of Marihuana and grinders. 

Aaron Armonkori Matthews, age 26, of Waterbury, CT, was sentenced to 60 months to 120 months in a state correctional facility and fined $500 for the crime of Aggravated Assault.  On September 22, 2018, Matthews stabbed an individual in the chest several times causing a collapsed lung while at a residence in Lehman Township.

Dane Jorn Wilson, age 29, of Shohola, PA, was sentenced to 2 years of probation and fined $500 for the crime of Endangering the Welfare of Children.  The state police were dispatched to SR 507 in Greene Township where a three-year-old child was found in the roadway.  Wilson was found to be the father of the child and who had taken insufficient actions to protect the child.

Fitzroy Lucas, age 55, of Port Jervis, NY, was sentenced to 10 days to 12 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,000 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for the crimes of Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer and Driving Under the Influence.  The state police were dispatched to I-84 in Dingman Township on January 17, 2021, where it was reported that Lucas was driving erratically.  The trooper initiated a traffic stop, however, Lucas ignored the command and drove an additional five miles.  Once contact was made with Lucas, he was observed to have extremely bloodshot, glassy eyes, emitting the smell of an alcoholic beverage and unintelligible speech.  Several empty alcoholic beverage containers were found in the vehicle.  It was not possible to run Field Sobriety Tests due to his impairment.

Charles Thompson, age 50, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of the Pike Care Program which will include 30 days of house arrest, a fine of $1,000 and driver’s license suspension of 12 months for the crime of Driving Under the Influence.  Thompson was stopped by the state police on December 11, 2020, when he was observed swerving across his lane of travel along SR 739 in Dingman Township.  The trooper observed him to have bloodshot, glassy eyes and emanating the smell of an alcoholic beverage.  Thompson admitted to drinking prior to driving.  Field Sobriety Tests validated impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .184%.

Diane Joan Polisky, age 56, of Matamoras, PA, was sentenced to 5 years to 12 years in a state correctional facility, fined $4,500 and had her driver’s license suspended for 18 months for the crimes of Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance, Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance and Delivery of a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance.  Polisky was found unconscious at the wheel of her vehicle parked at a business parking lot in Westfall Township on December 23, 2019.  A blood test confirmed the presence of Amphetamine, Fentanyl, 6-MAM, Morphine, Oxycodone, Oxymorphone and Diazepam in her blood.  On May 6, 2020, Polisky sold Heroin/Fentanyl to an individual in Westfall Township. On June 4, 2020, Polisky was found in possession of between 10 and 50 grams of Fentanyl at a residence in Westfall Township that she and her co-defendants were in the process of selling.

Sara Ann Melendez, age 33, of Hawley, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of probation and fined $300 for the crime of Default in Required Appearance.  Melendez failed to appear at the Pike County Correctional Facility in Blooming Grove Township on April 1, 2021, as directed by a March 25, 2021, court order.

Heather Renee James, age 43, of Hawley, PA, was sentenced to 3.5 years to 15 years at a state correctional facility and fined $5,000.00 for the crime of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Drug Delivery Resulting in Death.  James and two other individuals engaged in the crime of selling illegal substances at various locations in Pike and Wayne counties between September 15 and September 16, 2019.  James delivered a substance containing Fentanyl to an individual who died as a result.

Heather Colosi, age 33, of Gilbert, PA, was sentenced to 18 months of probation and fined $300 for the crime of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Burglary.  Colosi conspired with another individual to enter a business located in Palmyra Township on January 11, 2020, and to commit the crime of Burglary in which they took $1,600 from the cash register of a business without the permission of the owner.

Tyler John Banta, age 20, of Port Jervis, NY, was sentenced to 30 days to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $750 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for the crime of Driving Under the Influence.  The state police observed Banta after hours in a business parking lot along Route 6 & 209 in Westfall Township on November 21, 2020.  The trooper observed an alcoholic beverage container, and while speaking with Banta, detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage.  Banta also presented with bloodshot, watery eyes.  Field Sobriety Tests showed impairment and a blood test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .149%.

Saeed Musah, age 29, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of the Pike Care Program which will include 30 days of house arrest, a fine of $1,000 and driver’s license suspension of 12 months for the crime of Driving Under the Influence.  Sheriff’s deputies pulled Musah over on October 24, 2020, after observing him drive erratically along SR 2001 in Dingman Township.  While speaking with Musah, the deputies detected the smell of Marihuana.  Field Sobriety Tests showed impairment and a blood test confirmed the presence of THC in his blood.

Dylan M. DiMaggio, age 38, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 7 days to 12 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $600 for the crime of Resisting Arrest and the Summary Offense of Harassment.  During a domestic dispute on March 9, 2001, at a residence in Dingman Township, DiMaggio subjected an individual to physical contact or threatened to do so.  When the troopers attempted to place DiMaggio under arrest, substantial force was required to overcome his resistance.

Daniel Anthony Kennedy, age 33, of New York, NY, was sentenced to 2 months to 18 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $500 for the crime of Arson.  Kennedy set a fire that damaged a vehicle belonging to another individual on July 29, 2018, at a residence in Lehman Township.

Philip Anthony Brunetti, age 56, of Cresco, PA, was sentenced to 24 months of probation and fined $500 for the crime of Home Improvement Fraud.  Between August 19, 2019 and November 29, 2019, Brunetti entered into a contract to perform home repairs at a residence located in Greene Township, receiving $12,000.00 for the repairs.  Brunetti failed to complete the agreed-upon repairs and did further damage to the residence.

Michael Joseph Griffin, age 55, of Hawley, PA, was sentenced to 1 year to 7 years in a state correctional facility, fined $2,500 and had his driver’s license suspended for 18 months for the crime of Driving Under the Influence.  Griffin was stopped by the state police on July 1, 2019, for driving erratically along SR 6 in Palmyra Township.  Upon speaking with Griffin, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed his eyes to be red and bloodshot with dilated pupils, and slurring his speech.  Field Sobriety Tests were conducted which indicated impairment and a breath test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .182%.

Patrick Timothy Falvey, age 35, of Hawley, PA, was sentenced to 3 months to 6 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $800 for the crimes of Theft, Flight to Avoid Apprehension, Access Device Fraud and Retail Theft.  On December 5, 2020, Falvey took a license plate from a vehicle parked at a residence in Blooming Grove Township, without the owner’s permission.  On December 2, 2020, Falvey charged $479.79 to an individual’s debit card at a business in Blooming Grove Township, without the owner’s permission and took $150 worth of merchandise without paying for it. On January 29, 2021, when deputies announced their presence at a residence in Blooming Grove Township, Falvey hid in a locked bedroom in order to avoid apprehension.

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