Trio plead in Falls Twp. thefts
Three individuals pleaded guilty Friday for their role in stealing more than $94,000 from a Wyoming County business last fall.
Haley Ash, 18; Courtney Shoemaker, 19; and Michael James Deschak, 21, all of Tunkhannock; appeared before President Judge Russell Shurtleff and were told they face as much as 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine each as well as restitution for removing materials last November and December from a Falls Twp. storage building off Buttermilk Road owned by Geary Enterprises.
According to court records the three, along with James Robert Walsh, 18, of Montrose, claimed that Brandon Ropraz, 18, listed as homeless, said the property was his grandfather’s garage that he was cleaning out, and they were just helping.
However, a neighbor of the business told police he spotted a red pick-up truck making trips to the property, owned by William Geary, and managed to write down its license plate number.
Under a plea arrangement with District Attorney Jeff Mitchell, each of the three had been charged originally with felony counts that were downgraded to misdemeanors.
Several charges against Ropraz were bound over to county court on March 7 but have not yet been adjudicated. Walsh was originally on the court docket for a guilty plea on Friday but his case was continued.
Ash, Deschak, and Shoemaker will be sentenced at a later date.
Also on Friday, a Tunkhannock teen pleaded guilty to furnishing alcohol to minors at an underage drinking party last May.
Joshua Daniel Harris, 19, and fellow teen Casey McClain had been charged with bringing alcohol to a party at which 17-year-old Christopher Packer of Tunkhannock was involved in an ATV crash May 4 and died the next day.
They each originally faced 20 counts of furnishing brewed beverages to minors, 11 counts of corruption of minors, one count of tampering with physical evidence, and one count of consumption of brewed beverages.
Harris entered a guilty plea Friday to one count of furnishing liquor or malt or brewed beverages to minors, and could face as much as one year in prison and a $2500 fine.
McClain entered a similar guilty plea in December and was sentenced to 12 months probation in January.
McClain’s mother Stacy McClain was sentenced in December to 10 days in prison for being the source of the alcohol that McClain brought to the party last May.
Harris will be sentenced at a later date.
Others pleading on Friday:
*David Gordon Baines, 36, of Factoryville, pleaded guilty to DUI on Dec. 7, 2013.
*Holly Anne Brown, 49, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on Jan. 11, 2014.
*Bryan Michael Colvin, 28, of Scranton, pleaded guilty to criminal trespass on April 1, 2013; to theft by unlawful taking on April 8; to criminal conspiracy to commit forgery on April 17; and to persons not to possess firearm on April 24.
*Jason W. Conklin, 33, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI, third offense on Aug. 17, 2013.
*John Severn Dimmick Jr., 45, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on Oct. 27, 2013.
*Aumont R. Edwards Jr., 26, of Scranton, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit criminal trespass on March 23, 2011.
*Scott Allan Frederici, 41, of Nicholson, pleaded guilty to terroristic threats on Jan. 1.
*Cory Andrew Harvey, 28, of Harveys Lake, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property on Aug. 3, 2009.
*Richard Michael Harvey, 41, of Meshoppen, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana on July 20, 2013.
*Walter Nartin Heinbach, 58, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to prohibited offensive weapons on Nov. 11, 2013; and to DUI on Nov. 11, 2013.
*Alyssa Brooke Hollister, 20, of Meshoppen, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property on May 21, 2013.
*Travis Aubrey Humphrey, 26, of Plymouth, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit retail theft on Dec. 8, 2012.
*Adam Russell Lane, 21, of Mehoopany, pleaded guilty to corruption of minors on Sept. 1, 2012.
*Timothy Carl Lukasewicz, 52, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on Aug. 24, 2013.
*Corey R. McCarthy, 24, of Nicholson, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on Nov. 4, 2013; and to theft by unlawful taking on Nov. 1, 2013.
*Niles Watson Moody, 68, of Mehoopany, pleaded guilty to terroristic threats on Feb. 20.
*Jamie Lea Morrison, 28, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking on Dec. 1, 2013; and to furnishing drug-free urine on Feb. 26.
*Sandy B. Parkhurst, 53, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to simple assault on Feb. 20.
*Timothy William Pazienza, 33, of Dalton, pleaded guilty to DUI on Oct. 27, 2013.
*Anthony Israel Perez, 51, of Williamsport, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking on Feb. 8; and to unauthorized use of motor vehicles on Feb. 8.
*Donald Irwin Pirches II, 35, of Parkesburg, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit theft by deception on Sept. 3, 2013.
*Allen James Reeves, 31, of Clarks Summit, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking on June 9, 2013.
*William W. Richards, 55, of Dallas, pleaded guilty to DUI on May 19, 2013.
*James Eugene Rought, 25, of Huntingdon, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking on Sept. 7, 2012.
*John Turner, 49, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to false identification to law enforcement on Aug. 16, 2013.
*Keith Albert Visavati, 46, of Laceyville, pleaded guilty to criminal use of a communication facility on Aug. 22, 2012.
*Wayne Vonahrens, 24, of LaPlume, pleaded guilty to theft by deception on May 27, 2013; and to flight to avoid apprehension on March 13.