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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Various incidents reported

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  •  - The Honesdale Borough Police report on March 23, Matthew Delea, 33, of Waymart and Richard Weiss, 40, of Honesdale were arrested on bench warrants issued out of the Wayne County Courthouse.
    Police officers were acting on a tip that was received that Delea was seen working in the area of Cliff Street. Responding officers found Delea and Weiss working in the area and they were both taken into custody without incident.
    Delea and Weiss were transported to the Wayne County Correctional Facility where they were housed pending court appearances.
    During the arrest Delea was found to be in possession of heroin and various drug paraphernalia.
    Charges for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia were filed against Delea on March 27, 2013.
    The borough police also arrested 18-year-old Tyler Goda of Milanville on March 10 "for possession of a small amount of marijuana" and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    The arrest came when an off duty county detective was at the Highhouse car wash on Sunrise Avenue and "smelled a strong odor of marijuana" coming from Goda's car upon exiting it. Officers from the Honesdale Police Department were contacted and after an investigation, found Goda to be in possession of marijuana, a bong and two marijuana pipes.
    A central court appearance is forthcoming
    Officer impersonation
    The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Dunmore are investigating the occurrence of a man impersonating a police officer.
    The victim, Christopher Hachan of Carbondale, was stopped on the Casey Highway March 22 by "a blue colored Chevrolet Impala" with red and blue lights in the grill and inside the windshield.
    Hachan says the man driving the Impala was a white male in blue jeans, white tee shirt and wind breaker. He was around 5'9" with black hair and a beard. The impersonator stated he was a Lackawanna County Sheriff and "displayed some kind of badge." The report states the man requested Hachan's license and insurance information and returned to his vehicle. When he returned, he yelled obscenities about speeding and said Hachan "would get tickets in the mail."
    An update received April 1 determined the man who stopped Hachan was, in fact, a Lackawanna County Detective and did file summary citations at district court 45-3-04, Laura Turlip's office. The name of the detective has not been released.
    Page 2 of 3 - Theft
    PSP Honesdale report a case of retail theft occurred March 20 at the Dollar General in Dreher Township.
    The crime occured when Kerry Jane Glynn, 29, of Greentown, "concealed two pair of woman's stockings" inside her purse and left the store without paying. Charges were filed.
    Assault
    PSP Dunmore filed charges against Erica Eginton, 32, of Honesdale for aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and resisting arrest after an incident on Interstate 81.
    According to reports, Michael Conklin, 40, of Honesdale, was driving his truck on the interstate when Edinton assaulted him by scratching his face with her hands "causing bleeding wounds" to the left side of his head.
    Edinton continued to impair Conklin's driving by "repeatedly hitting the brake pedal" while he continued to drive. After pulling over to the side of the road, Edinton exited the truck and "began walking away." Both the Scranton Police and PSP were called to the scene to investigate a
    "suspicious person" walking along the road.
    While officers were conducting an investigation with Conklin, Edinton attempted to re-enter the truck and "continue the assault" on Conklin, but was prevented by police.
    After being refused to enter the truck, Edinton struck Cpl. Fret, PSP Dunmore, in the face with her hand. As officers attempted to take her into custody, Edinton "refused to obey" their instructions and "kicked wildly" at them.
    Once secured in handcuffs, Edinton scratched the hand of Cpl. McDonald of the Scranton Police Department with her fingernails while he was holding the cuffs "in an effort to maintain control" of her next to the highway.
    Littering
    Honesdale Borough police cited James McCabe, 44, of Honesdale and Judy DeRoss, 53, of Honesdale, on March 30 for "scattering rubbish" in Honesdale Borough.
    According to borough police, an officer witnessed McCabe and DeRoss in the area of Turkey Hill on March 29. The following day, an officer on patrol saw the same three matresses dumped in a parking lot belonging to Wayne Memorial Hospital. An investigation revealed McCabe and DeRoss dumped the mattresses.
    Page 3 of 3 - Arrest
    William Swendsen, 30, of Honesdale, was arrested March 30 on a Wayne County Bench warrant on Erie Street in the borough.
    The release states officers were given a tip Swendsen was in the area of the car wash, which is where he was found by officers and taken into custody. He was taken to the Wayne County Correctional Facility on that warrant.
    During the arrest, officer's found Swendsen had "heroin and other drug related paraphernalia" on his person. Charges to be filed for possession of a controlled substance and related charges.

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