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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Pair of defendants plead guilty

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  • On Thursday at the Wayne County Courthouse, Richard Ciminio Jr. of Doylestown pleaded guilty to charges brought against him for an incident that occurred on Sept. 7, 2012, on Hudson Street in Hawley.
    He pleaded guilty to one count of simple assault, a misdemeanor of the 2nd degree; one count of terroristic threats, a misdemeanor of the 1st degree; one count of indecent exposure, a misdemeanor of the 2nd degree; and one count of criminal mischief, a misdemeanor of the 3rd degree.
    Police said on Sept. 7, sometime between 4:30 and 5:15 a.m., he drove his vehicle off the road behind a residence on Hudson Street and proceeded to strip off his clothing. He then attempted to break into residence.
    The resident woke up and was able to get Ciminio off the property. The man then took off his underwear and continued down Hudson Street. After breaking into an empty house, he jumped out of a window, causing severe injuries.
    Ciminio then approached two women walking down the road, tackling one of them, causing injury and also covering her in his blood. Police said he then began to gnaw at her head and scream like an animal.
    Both females were able to escape and contact police. When officials arrived, they found Ciminio lying in the road covered in blood and "displaying delusional and confrontational behavior."
    At one point, he attempted to lunge at a state trooper and was then tazered by another. While being treated, he punched an EMT in the face, causing minor injuries.
    It was later confirmed that Ciminio was under the influence of bath salts at the time of the incident.
    He will be sentenced on May 9 at the Wayne County Courthouse.
    Drug dealer pleas
    John J. Henneforth of Honesdale pleaded guilty on Friday for charges related to delivering and possessing drugs.
    The District Attorney's office had four cases against him for incidents that occurred on June 5, Aug. 8, Aug. 21 and Aug. 28, 2012.
    There were three counts of delivery, which were considered felonies, and one count of possession of heroin that was considered a misdemeanor.
    Two of the charges for delivery were for heroin (June 5 and Aug. 8) and the other was for cocaine (Aug. 21). Henneforth pleaded guilty to all four charges.
    On Aug. 28, 2012 around 11 a.m., police arrived at 215 Terrace Street, Apt. 2 with an arrest warrant and a search warrant. Henneforth had 16 bags of heroin on him at the time of the arrest. After a search, more than 400 bags of heroin and more than 20 bags of cocaine were confiscated by police.
    District Attorney Janine Edwards said controlled purchases were made by the Pennsylvania State Police Vice Unit and the Wayne County Drug Task Force utilizing confidential informants and undercover law enforcement officers. The operation was conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police.
    Page 2 of 2 - Henneforth will be sentenced on May 9 at 9:30 a.m. at the Wayne County Courthouse. He is expected to face fines of $605,000 and can face up to 41 years in prison from all four cases.

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