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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Comic to spend jail sentence; wreck, fire also reported

  • HONESDALE-On Thursday a local comedian, known as “Superfox,” was sentenced at the Wayne County Courthouse for accidentally shooting his daughter in the face in May.
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  • HONESDALE-On Thursday a local comedian, known as "Superfox," was sentenced at the Wayne County Courthouse for accidentally shooting his daughter in the face in May.
    Matthew Holmes, 39 of Honesdale, was sentenced to the Wayne County Correctional Facility for a period of "not less than 45 days nor more than 12 months" for one count of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree.
    He was also ordered to pay all Court costs, undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and comply with all recommendations for treatment and undergo a psychiatric evaluation and comply with all recommendations for treatment.
    On the night of May 25 the shooting occurred on 11th Street where Holmes' 15-year-old girl was shot in the face.
    An affidavit of probable cause filed by Detective Sean LeStrange of the Honesdale Borough Police Department, stated that Holmes was visiting friends with his 15-year-old daughter on 11th Street. Holmes was seated at a kitchen table and removed his 9 mm semi-automatic handgun from his holster and removed a live round from the chamber of the weapon.
    It goes on to say that he set it on top of the kitchen table. While Holmes was still handling the weapon it went off and struck his daughter in the face.
    Another guest at the residence called 911 and the minor was flown to the CMC Hospital Trauma Unit in Scranton.
    When the bullet hit his daughter, it hit her chin and exited the back of her cheek. It never hit the top of her face and her jaw didn't break.
    The 15-year-old girl is in stable condition.
    In September he pleaded guilty to one count of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree.
    Crash reported
    Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Honesdale are investigating a crash that occurred Thursday night on Route 170, just north of Beech Grove Road in Clinton Township.
    PSP stated that four Honesdale High School students were involved in the crash. The driver was a 17-year-old male and the other three were 16-year-old females.
    According to PSP, "an apparent high speed" played a factor in the crash. The driver of the 2001 Hyundai Tiburon failed to negotiate a slight left turn in the road.
    The driver lost control of the car and "drove into a field" and began to roll several times. The vehicle then "struck a tree and rotated on its roof." Three of the four occupants were ejected.
    Only one of the passengers was wearing a seatbelt.
    PSP stated that there is "no evidence" of drugs or alcohol playing a factor in the crash.
    A passenger with "the least injury" was able to crawl out of the vehicle and call for help.
    Page 2 of 2 - Waymart, Browndale and Prompton Fire Departments responded to the scene. Waymart EMS, Cottage and Wayne ALS, as well as Life flight, were also at the scene.
    One of the occupants was life-flighted and "all occupants were transported" to Geisinger CMC in Scranton.
    The investigation is ongoing, however PSP stated that the driver "will face numerous traffic citations."
    Fire
    PSP Honesdale is investigating a fire that took place on Thursday around 3 a.m. on Starrucca Creek Road near Shadigee Creek Road in Starrucca.
    The Slocum family "woke to the fire in the residence" and had to "jump from the second floor" to escape the burning home. The parents sustained injuries from the fall and their children escaped uninjured.
    According to PSP the entire residence and its contents were destroyed in the fire. Due to the amount of damage from the fire, the cause "remains undetermined, but not suspicious."
    Fire departments from Thompson, Susquehanna, Northern Wayne, Browndale, Uniondale and Belmont assisted with extinguishing the fire.
    The American Red Cross Wayne-Pike Chapter also assisted, providing the family with food, clothing, seasonal clothing and a storage container. The Red Cross "will follow up with the family" for additional services, if needed.
    Missing person
    PSP Blooming Grove is looking for a missing juvenile runaway, Cali Ann Hamilton, 16, of Milford.
    Cali has brown hair, hazel eyes, 5'6" and 125 pounds. She left from 102 Bushkill Ct., Milford, Conashaugh Lakes, Dingman Township, Pike County, on Oct. 23 around 4 p.m.
    PSP said she is possibly traveling with her friend Maurice Rouse, 23. Anyone with information is asked to call PSP Blooming Grove at (570) 226-5718.

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