Plymouth man admits role in crime spree
A 20-year-old Plymouth man faces as much as 17 years in prison and $35,000 in fines plus restitution for his role in a series of pranks that went sour.
Derek Ethan Egenlauf appeared before Wyoming County President Judge Russell Shurtleff Friday morning and pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and propelling missiles charges connected to a spree that lasted from last July through Thanksgiving week.
Egenlauf, often in the company of four others, did things they thought were funny, but the victims and state police thought otherwise.
In one incident in July, Egenlauf admitted responsibility for throwing a water bottle at a Penns Best tractor trailer rig causing a near accident.
In another, corn cobs were thrown at the windshield of a water hauler causing it to shatter and the driver requiring treatment for shards of glass flying in his face.
In other instances oil cans and more corn cobs became literal weapons, along with an air horn that scared passing motorists and even a laser pointer was used to temporarily blind motorists as they passed by.
Originally, Egenlauf faced 36 different charges for his part in a spree that involved Caleb Nolder, 19, of Falls; Austin Hoskins, 18, of Tunkhannock; Aaron Sherman, 19, of Tunkhannock; and an unidentified 17-year-old.
Egenlauf is the first to have his case adjudicated, and District Attorney Jeff Mitchell only pressed four counts, but told the judge full restitution would need to be made in all instances in which Egenlauf had a role.
He will be sentenced at a later date.
Other guilty pleas entered Friday:
*Sherri Lynn Baldwin, 42, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on Nov. 23, 2013.
*Thomas M. Balko, 23, of Meshoppen, pleaded guilty to DUI on July 13, 2012.
*Brandon John Barbacci, 23, of Noxen, pleaded guilty to DUI, on May 11, 2013.
*Robert Keith Brown, 31, of Noxen, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on Nov. 21, 2013; and to possession of small amount of marijuana on Nov. 21, 2013.
*Robert Roland Brown Jr., 54, of Dallas, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on Nov. 21, 2013.
*John A. Byram, 71, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance on Jan. 9, and to possession of a controlled substance on March 12.
*Stephen Joseph Danko, 24, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on Nov. 9, 2013.
*Christopher Ryan Egolf, 29, of Old Forge, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property on Jan. 22.
*John Michael Fabiseski, 42, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to criminal mischief on Jan. 26; to DUI of Jan. 26; and to two counts of recklessly endangering another person on Jan. 26.
*Justin Dean Hromek, 20, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI on Nov. 24, 2012.
*Jeremy Michael Judson, 25, of Columbia Crossroads, pleaded guilty to possession of a drug paraphernalia on March 5; and to possession of a controlled substance on March 5.
*Dustin Milton Logan, 24, of Sugar Run, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on Oct. 25, 2013.
*Lisa Ann McEvoy, 44, of Pittston, pleaded guilty to retail theft on May 3.
*Matthew Daniel McMahon, 37, of Stillwater,pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property on May 10, 2013.
*Wendell S. Morrison, 47, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to criminal mischief on March 21.
*Stacey Lynn Nystrand, 41, of Laceyville, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on Sept. 7, 2013.
*Corey Alexander Olsevskis, 22, of Wyoming, pleaded guilty to DUI, on Nov. 30, 2013.
*Nelson Gerald Onyejiaka, 28, of Wilkes-Barre, pleaded guilty to accomplice to retail theft on Dec. 26, 2013.
*Patrick Joseph Rosencrance, 47, of Laceyville, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on Jan. 24.
*Dennis Hugh Smith Jr., 34, of Forkston, pleaded guilty to DUI on Oct. 31, 2013.
*Edward A. Ware, 59, of Nicholson, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on July 28, 2012.
Stephen Michael Dobrinski, 23, of Tunkhannock, also was expected Friday to plead guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on Dec. 17, 2013.
Judge Shurtleff ordered a random drug test for Dobrinski, who tested positive for opiates, a violation of his bail. A new bail amount of $100,000 was set, and failing to meet it, Dobrinski was incarcerated.