A Hawley woman who sold a fatal batch of heroin, killing a man in Lackawaxen Township two years ago, has been sentenced to 6 years to 18 years in a state prison and fined $6,000.00 in Pike County Court.
Lauren Kristen Phillips, 35, had been charged with drug delivery resulting in death and criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, said Pike County District Attorney Raymond J. Tonkin.
Tonkin said Phillips was involved in the sale of fentanyl at various locations in Pike County with the assistance of seven other people between August 2018 and January 2019.
On October 14, 2018, Phillips sold Heroin containing Fentanyl to an individual in Lackawaxen Township which resulted in the individual’s death, Tonkin said.
In another drug overdose death case, Wendy Sue Fuehrer, 54, Hawley, was sentenced to 5-to-15 years in state prison and fined $6,500 for conspiracy to commit a drug delivery resulting in death and involuntary manslaughter .
Tonkin said Fuehrer sold drugs along with two other co-defendants in Wayne and Pike County which resulted in the death of an individual on September 15, 2018, who used the substance which contained fentanyl.
On November 7, 2018, Fuehrer permitted a co-defendant to sell a controlled substance containing Fentanyl to an individual residing in Paupack Township and failed to call for medical assistance resulting in the individual’s death, Tonkin said. Fuehrer sold heroin containing fentanyl to a confidential informant in October of 2018 in Paupack Township, Tonkin said.
In another case, an East Stroudsburg man charged with conspiracy to burglarize a home in Lehman Township home has been sentenced to two years probation and fined $500.
Dallas B. Parmenter, 23, who was identified by police through fingerprints left at the scene, was also fined $500.00.
The charges against Parmenter stemmed from a break-in through a bathroom window at a home on March 22, 2016, Tonkin said. Parmenter later confessed that he and two other people were involved in the break-in, Tonkin said.
In another case, Kathleen E. Johnston, 25, of Dingmans Ferry, was sentenced to 24 months to 5 years in state prison and fined $700 for possession with intent to deliver and institutional vandalism.
Tonkin said Johnston was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by the state police on June 15, 2018, for a cracked windshield while traveling along Milford Road in Delaware Township.
Tonkin said a consent to search the vehicle revealed Johnston in possession of heroin. On October 17, 2019, while in custody in the Sheriff’s Department holding cell located at the Pike County Courthouse, Johnston carved "Kat" into the cell door, Tonkin said.
Also sentenced was Brett Fredrick Barnes, 46, Honesdale, to 11 ½ months to 23 ½ months, followed by 5 years of probation and fined $1,100 for writing bad checks, deceptive business practices and theft by deception.
Barnes wrote a check for $10,254.00 to a business located in Blooming Grove Township knowing that his bank would not honor it, Tonkin said in a news release.
Between October 5, 2018 and October 9, 2018, Barnes accepted a check in the amount of $1,900 as a deposit from two individuals for home improvements at a residence in Lackawaxen Township and failed to complete the work or return the money.
On May 3, 2018, Barnes accepted $5,774.00 from an individual to do construction work at a residence in Delaware Township but failed to do the work or return the money, Tonkin said.
Thomas William Sullivan, 35, Dingmans Ferry, was sentenced to 79 months to 174 months in state prison and fined $1,000 for flight to avoid apprehension and failure to comply with registration requirements.
Tonkin said Sullivan is a tier 1 sexual offender with a prior prosecution in Pennsylvania who failed to register his yearly verification with the Pennsylvania State Police between February 22, 2018, and March 22, 2018. Sullivan also failed to report his change of address. On November 26, 2018, Sullivan failed to appear for his scheduled sentencing hearing at the Pike County Courthouse, Tonkin said
James Timothy Corbett, 55, of Dingmans Ferry, was sentenced to 8 months to 23 ½ months and fined $300 for resisting arrest in a case that involved his right to collect a few personal items at a home in Blooming Grove Township on Sept. 14, 2019.
Tonkin said Corbett refused to leave the residence after repeated requests. When troopers arrived, Corbett refused the troopers’ directive and the troopers attempted to effectuate an arrest. Corbett refused to cooperate and place his hands behind his back requiring the troopers to use substantial force to overcome Corbett, Tonkin said.
Ronald Alexander Szabo, 35, of Shohola, was sentenced to 24 months of probation and fined $500 for terroristic threats and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Tonkin said during a domestic dispute at a residence in Lackawaxen Township on September 23, 2019, Szabo threatened to kill an individual.
When Szabo was taken into custody by the state police he was found in possession of pipes, a scale and containers for the storage of controlled substances.
Jose Ramos, 38, Bushkill, was sentenced to 24 months of probation and fined $400 for simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. On December 4, 2018, Ramos threatened other individuals and drove in a reckless manner with the intent of placing the occupants of another vehicle at risk of injury, Tonkins said.
Joshua S. Rodriguez, 29, Greely, was sentenced to 6 months to 23 months and fined $1,500 for three counts of the crime of delivery of a controlled substance. Rodriguez was observed by the state police on August 24, 2018, at a location along Route 434 in Blooming Grove Township conducting three separate sales of cocaine, Tonkin said.