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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Many sentences handed down

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  • Pennsylvania State Police in Dunmore reported a fatal crash and an incident of indecent assault. Thursday afternoon, police responded to reports of a crash in Fell Township, Lackawanna County. According to reports, Casey Cordova, 18, of Carbondale, was traveling south on Jefferson Street when she "failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway." The vehicle left the road and collided with a tree. Cordova did not survive the crash. Indecent assault A Honesdale resident was charged with indecent assault, corruption of minors, and unlawful contact with a minor according to police. The report, from Pennsylvania State Police in Dunmore, states that Michael Vernon Horst, 49, of Honesdale, had inappropriate contact with a 12-year-old female. The incident occurred when messages between Horst and the victims mother "were located and made reference to the accused being involved and soliciting the victims mother to include the victim in a sexual relationship with him." The victim was interviewed and related that in Oct. 2012, "the accused made sexual advances towards her," and had inappropriate physical contact with the girl. Police executed a search warrant on the residence of the accused and seized several laptop computers and cell phones. Horst was transported to the Lackawanna County Processing Center and currently awaits arraignment. Sentencings The following cases were addressed by the Honorable Raymond L. Hamill, President Judge, Wayne County: DANIELLE VANSTONE, age 26 of Hawley was placed on probation for a period of 5 years for two counts of Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition, graded as a Misdemeanors of the 1st Degree and one count of Criminal Mischief-Damage Property, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 3rd Degree. BRIAN J. FAZIO, age 34 of Lackawaxen was sentenced to a State Correctional Facility for a period of not less than 38 months nor more than 120 months for one count of Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition, graded as a Felony of the 3rd Degree and one count of Forgery, also graded as a Felony of the 3rd Degree. He was also ordered to pay all Court costs, pay restitution in the amount of $65,375, and submit to the drawing of a DNA sample and pay $250 for the cost of the sample. The incident occurred between May 18, 2013, and May 21, 2013, in Cherry Ridge Township when Fazio stole and forged several checks. She was also ordered to pay all Court costs, pay restitution in the amount of $1,000, pay a fine in the amount of $600, undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and comply with all recommendations for treatment and obtain full time employment. The incidents occurred between June 2012, and July 2012, in Berlin and Paupack Townships when VanStone and a co-defendant entered a private residence and stole money. ELLE MASSETTI, age 23, of Clarks Summit was sentenced to the Wayne County Correctional Facility for a period of not less than 1 month nor more than 23 ˝ months for one count of Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 1st Degree. She was also ordered to pay all Court costs, pay restitution in the amount of $3,829.44, undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and comply with all recommendations for treatment and obtain full time employment upon being released from prison. The incident occurred on January 7, 2012, in Salem Township when Massetti and two co-defendants removed several items from a private residence. BRYAN FERRETTI, age 45 of East Stroudsburg was sentenced to the Wayne County Correctional Facility for a period of not less than 3 months nor more than 12 months for one count of Disorderly Conduct, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 3rd Degree. He was also ordered to pay all Court costs, pay a fine in the amount of $500, and attend and complete an anger management program and undergo a mental health evaluation and comply with all recommendations for treatment. The incident occurred on January 10, 2013, in Lake Township when Ferretti waived a firearm. FRANCES PETOLICCHIO, age 37 of Honesdale was sentenced to a State Correctional Facility for a period of not less than 7 months nor more than 24 months for one count of False Swearing in Official Matters, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree and one count of Retail Theft-Take Merchandise, graded as a Summary offense. She was also ordered to pay all Court costs, pay a fine in the amount of $300, and pay restitution in the amount of $56.33. The incident occurred on May 29, 2013, in Honesdale Borough when Petolicchio and a co-defendant stole items from a local grocery market. PATRICK F. LEWIS, age 32 of Honesdale was sentenced to a State Correctional Facility for a period of not less than 48 months nor more than 120 months for one count of Indecent Assault, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 1st Degree, one count of Indecent Assault-Threat of Forcible Compulsion, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 1st Degree and two counts of Simple Assault, graded as Misdemeanors of the 2nd Degree. He was also ordered to pay all Court costs, and pay $2,500 for victim counseling. The incident occurred between March 7, 2013, and March 17, 2013, in Texas Township when Lewis assaulted a male victim while incarcerated at the Wayne County Correctional Facility. DAVID RICHARD BOHANNON, age 22 of Sterling was sentenced to a State Correctional Facility for a period of not less than 23 months nor more than 60 months for one count of Robbery-Take Property From Other With Force, graded as a Felony of the 3rd Degree and one count of Receiving Stolen Property, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 1st Degree. He was also ordered to pay all Court costs, and pay restitution in the amount of $5,200 The incident occurred on June 11, 2013, in Salem Township when Bohannon stole a purse from a female victim. JOHN M. JENNINGS, age 43 of Forest City was sentenced to a State Correctional Facility for a period of not less than 31 months nor more than 84 months for one count of Criminal Trespass-Enter Structure, graded as a Felony of the 2nd Degree, and two counts of Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition, graded as a Misdemeanors of the 3rd Degree. He was also ordered to pay all Court costs, pay a fine in the amount of $500 and pay restitution in the amount of $14,667.00..  The incident occurred on May 3, 2012, in Clinton Township when Jennings stole money, jewelry and prescription medicine from a private residence. GEORGE R. FIELDING, age 41 of Lake Ariel was sentenced to the Wayne County Correctional Facility for a period of not less than 3 months nor more than 12 months for one count of Receiving Stolen Property, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 3rd Degree. He was also ordered to pay all Court costs, restitution in the amount of $1,574.83, undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and comply with all recommendations for treatment and perform 50 hours of community service. The incident occurred between September 11, 2012, and September 23, 2012, in Salem Township when Fielding conspired with two other individuals to steal fuel. ROMAN GRZEJKA, age 43 of Honesdale was sentenced to pay all Court costs for one count of Harassment, graded as a Summary offense. He was also ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $300. The incident occurred on November 1, 2012, in Honesdale Borough when Grzejka withheld funds from a local business. BYRON ORR, age 62 of Honesdale was placed on probation for a period of 6 months for one count of Adulter or Misbrand Any Controlled Substance, an ungraded Misdemeanor. He was also ordered to pay all Court costs and pay a fine in the amount of $500. The incident occurred on August 20, 2013, in Texas Township. MICHAEL A. CASABIANCA, age 22 of Lake Ariel was sentenced to pay all Court costs for two counts of Criminal Mischief-Damage Property, both graded as Summary offenses. He was also ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $300 and restitution in the amount of $405.20. The incident occurred on September 13, 2012, in Hawley Borough. JOHN J. BATES, age 25 of Hawley was placed on the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program for a period of 6 month related to DUI. He was also ordered to pay all Court costs, perform 40 hours of community service, attend and complete an alcohol highway safety program and have his operator's license suspended for a period of 30 days. The incident occurred on April 21, 2013, in Waymart Borough when Pennsylvania State Police observed Bates swerving in his lane of travel His BAC was 158%. JAMES J. TANCREDO, age 46 of Carbondale was placed on the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program for a period of 6 months related to DUI. He was also ordered to pay all Court costs, perform 40 hours of community service, attend and complete an alcohol highway safety program and have his operator's license suspended for a period of 30 days. The incident occurred on April 21, 2013, in Waymart Borough when Pennsylvania State Police were called to investigate the report of an assault. His BAC was .157%. LOUIS D. SMALES, age 41 of Albrightsville pled guilty to one count of count of Indecent Assault, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree. The incident occurred between May 28, 2010, and July 31, 2012, in Lake Township. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 9, 2014. CHRISTOPHER DESANDO, age 26 of Olyphant pled guilty to one count of Criminal Conspiracy-Theft, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 1st Degree. The incident occurred between December 29, 2011, and January 7, 2012, in Salem Township when DeSando conspired with two co-defendants to steal various items from a private residence. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 2, 2014. KARL A. STINE, age 27 of Clifton pled guilty to one count of DUI, an ungraded Misdemeanor. The incident occurred on March 23, 2013, in Lehigh Township when Pennsylvania State Police were called to investigate the report of a one vehicle crash. His BAC was .132%. He is scheduled to be sentenced on December 19, 2013. JOHN P. RECK, age 33 of Honesdale pled guilty to one count of Criminal Trespass-Break Into Structure, graded as a Felony of the 3rd Degree and one count of Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree. The incident occurred on May 17, 2013, in Lake Township when Reck stole items from a private residence. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 2, 2014. JOHNATHAN ZOTYNIA, age 27 of Waymart pled guilty to one count of DUI, an ungraded Misdemeanor, and one count of Driving While Operating Privilege Suspend/Revoked, graded as a Summary offense. The incident occurred on February 19, 2013, in Waymart Borough. His BAC was .121%. He is scheduled to be sentenced on December 19, 2013. DANIEL VINCENT LONGCOY, age 48 of Waymart pled guilty to two counts of Make/Repair/Sell Etc. Offensive Weapons, graded as a Misdemeanors of the 1st Degree. The incident occurred on July 7, 2013, in Canaan Township when Longcoy was found to be in possession of a sawed off shotgun and brass knuckles. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 9, 2014. JASON J. VANVALKENBURG, age 37 of Lakeville pled guilty to one count of Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree, one count of Criminal Mischief-Damage Property, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 3rd Degree and one count of Corruption of Minors, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 1st Degree. The incident occurred on August 14, 2013, in Paupack Township. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 2, 2014. CARMINE CONRAD, age 41 of Honesdale pled guilty to one count of Simple Assault, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree. The incident occurred on July 27, 2013, in Honedale Borough. He is scheduled to be sentenced on December 12, 2013. DANIEL T. CONWAY, age 29 of Staten Island, NY pled guilty to one count of Simple Assault, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree. The incident occurred on August 9, 2013, in Berlin Township. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 2, 2014. AMERIGUS LAUDE, age 24 of Equinunk pled guilty to one count of Distribute or Sell A Non-Controlled Substance, an ungraded Felony. The incident occurred on September 11, 2012, in Texas Township. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 2, 2014. THOMAS W. HELMAN, age 25 of Gouldsboro pled guilty to one count of Terroristic Threats-Violent Crime With Intent to Terrorize, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 1st Degree. The incident occurred on September 21, 2013, in Lehigh Township. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 2, 2014. CHRISTOPHER W. VROMAN, age 18 of New Milford pled guilty to one count of Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 3rd Degree. The incident occurred on August 11, 2013, in Lehigh Township. He is scheduled to be sentenced on December 19, 2013. CARMINE GIANNONE, age 43 of Honesdale pled guilty to one count of DUI-Cont Sub-Impaired Ability/1st Offense, an ungraded Misdemeanor. The incident occurred on July 22, 2012, in Salem Township. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 2, 2014.
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