District Attorney

Wayne DA’s Drug Task Force Makes Heroin Arrest

HONESDALE (Nov. 1, 2017) – Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards announced the arrest of a Greentown man for the delivery of heroin and other charges Tuesday.

John Joseph Henneforth Jr., 38, has been charged with a felony counts of Delivery of Heroin, Criminal Use of Communication Facility and a misdemeanor charge of Possession of Heroin after he made the sale of 10 bags of heroin to a confidential informant of the Wayne County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force this month. Henneforth is a suspect in large scale drug deal ring in Wayne County.

DA Edwards said, “The heroin problem must be addressed with a combination of education of our youth, treatment of those addicted and prosecution of drug dealers. Safety of our towns and our residents must come first. Drug dealing always brings with it crime. Today’s charge is a great step in arresting dealers who sell large amounts of drugs in our county.

She said various law enforcement officers joined the Wayne County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force in this investigation, including the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pike County Detectives Office, the Honesdale Borough Police Department and the Waymart Borough Police Department.

Henneforth’s bail was set at $250,000 by District Magisterial Judge Linus Myers. He is currently on State Parole for a previous conviction in 2013 for Delivery of Heroin and related drug offenses.

He is scheduled to appear in Central Court at 9 am on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the Wayne County Courthouse.


Armed Robbery Plea Sends L’waxen Man to State Prison

HONESDALE (Oct. 19, 2017) — A Lackawaxen man has been sentenced to up to 10 years in state prison in Wayne County Court Thursday for armed robbery.

District Attorney Janine Edwards announced Moses McCrary III, 21, was sentenced to 31 months to 10 years in a State Correctional Institute after pleading guilty Sept. 6, to one felony count of Robbery and a misdemeanor count Resisting Arrest (M2).

At approximately 4:45 am, Feb. 13, three individuals – McCrary, Ryan Karpovich and Zack Williams – broke into an apartment rented by Anrew Zuidema and Kayla Carper by using the butt of a shotgun to break the sliding glass back door, intent on stealing cash and controlled substances, which they believed were stored there. Carper, Zuidema and two minor children, along with Stephanie Zeiser, a friend of Carper.

The three work dark clothes and masks during the break-in and McCrary was armed with a loaded Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun. Williams had a baseball bat, and Karpovich was in possession of a long gun that State Police later determined was a pellet rifle.

When the three entered the apartment. Zeiser, who was sleeping on the couch, started screaming, which brought Carper down from the upstairs bedroom. Karpovich pointed the long gun directly at Carper’s face, between the eyes. He had previously pointed the rifle at Zeiser, and both women ran upstairs in fear.

While McCrary wielded a loaded shotgun during this entire incident there was no direct evidence that McCrary actually pointed the shotgun at either Carper or Zeiser.

On February 28, 2017, a Warrant was issued for the Defendant’s arrest for Robbery, Burglary, and related charges. Several members of the State Police arrived at the Defendant’s residence in Lackawaxen to serve the Arrest Warrant. The Defendant fled with State Trooper Brett Ast in pursuit yelling “State Police. Stop”, “Moses State Police. Stop.” The State Police chased the Defendant for several hundred yards.

When the trooper eventually caught up with the Defendant they made repeated orders for the Defendant to get on the ground but he refused to comply. Trooper Ast, who was in full uniform, then approached the Defendant, who then took a swing at Ast with a closed fist, which the trooper blocked.

Then the Defendant grabbed Ast by the uniform and attempted to shove him. Trooper Ast used his taser and hand strikes to force the Defendant into compliance in order to affect a lawful arrest.

District Attorney Janine Edwards stated, “This is a perfect example of the dangers that follow drug dealing. Marijuana drug dealing is not a victimless crime. Here McCrary endangered two children and at least two innocent bystanders. The use of firearms in drug related crimes in the past resulted in mandatory minimum prison sentences. There is currently action taking place to reinstate mandatory minimums when a firearm is used in a crime.”

Wayne County Judge Raymond Hamill also handed down the following sentences on Thursday, Oct. 5:

JUSTIN PASSETTI, age 25 of Kingsley, PA, was sentenced to the Wayne County Correctional Facility for a period of 90 days for one count of Driving While Operating Privileges Suspended/Revoked, a Summary Offense. He was also ordered to pay the costs of prosecution and affine in the amount of $500.00. The incident occurred on August 19, 2016, in Waymart Borough, PA.

KAREN FELDNER, age 57 of Honesdale, PA, was sentenced to the Wayne County Correctional Facility for a period of not less than 60 days followed immediately by 72 months in the Intermediate Punishment Program for one count of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a Felony of the 3rd Degree and one count of Adulter or Misbrand any Controlled Substance, an ungraded Misdemeanor. She was also ordered to pay the costs of prosecution, pay restitution in the amount of $19,358.97, be placed on House Arrest with Electronic and Alcohol Monitoring through the SCRAM Program, submit to the drawing of a DNA sample, undergo a drug and alcohol assessment, perform 100 hours of community service within 6 months, and obtain employment. The incident occurred between November 8, 2015 and October 19, 2016, in Honesdale Borough, PA. JOANNE LOTT, age 47 of Lake Ariel, PA, was sentenced to the Wayne County Correctional Facility for a period of not less than 30 days followed by 60 months less 30 days in the Intermediate Punishment Program for one count of DUI, a Misdemeanor of the 1st Degree. She was also ordered to pay the costs of prosecution, pay a fine in the amount of $1,500.00, be placed on House Arrest and Alcohol Monitoring through the SCRAM Program, participate in and cooperate with the drug and alcohol addiction treatment, complete the Alcohol Highway Safety Program, perform 50 hours of community service, and obtain full time employment within 30 days of parole. The incident occurred on March 25, 2017, in Salem Township, PA. Her BAC revealed a .197%.

KATIE KRAYER, age 24 of Honesdale, PA, was sentenced to the Wayne County Correctional Facility for a period of not less than 30 days followed immediately by 60 months less 30 days in the Intermediate Punishment Program for one count of DUI, a Misdemeanor of the 1st Degree. She was also ordered to pay the costs of prosecution, pay a fine in the amount of $1,500.00, be placed on House Arrest with Electronic and Alcohol Monitoring through the SCRAM Program for a period of 60 days, participate in and cooperate with the drug and alcohol addiction treatment, complete the Alcohol Highway Safety Program, and perform 50 hours of community service. The incident occurred on March 4, 2017, in Hawley Borough, PA. Her BAC revealed Controlled Substance.

MICHAEL CARABALLO, age 44 of Lake Ariel, PA was sentenced, on two separate cases, to the Wayne County Correctional Facility for a period of not less than 48 hours nor more than 12 months for one count of DUI, an ungraded Misdemeanor, one count of Possession of Controlled Substance, an ungraded Misdemeanor, and one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, an ungraded Misdemeanor. He was also ordered to pay the costs of prosecution, pay a fine in the amount of $900.00, participate in the drug and alcohol addiction treatment, complete the Alcohol Highway Safety Program. The incident occurred on June 11, 2017 in Lake Township, PA.

CAROLINE RAE, age 21 of Lake Ariel, PA, was placed on the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program for a period of 6 months related to DUI. She was also ordered to pay all Court costs and perform 40 hours of community service and have her operator’s privilege for a period of 60 days. The incident occurred on June 2, 2017, in Honesdale Borough, PA. She refused the BAC.

BENJAMIN KREMPASKY, age 25 of Honesdale, PA, 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 and perform 40 hours of community service and have his operator’s privilege for a period of 60 days. The incident occurred on May 10, 2017, in Honesdale Borough, PA. His BAC revealed a .188%.

KELLY DOVIN, age 30 of Mayfield, PA, was placed on the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program for a period of 6 months related to Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana. She was also ordered to pay all Court costs and perform 40 hours of community service. The incident occurred on August 1, 2017, Preston Township, PA.

WILLIAM KRATZ, age 31 of Pleasant Mount, PA, was placed on the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program for a period of 6 months related to Possession of Controlled Substance. He was also ordered to pay all Court costs and perform 40 hours of community service. The incident occurred on August 1, 2017, Preston Township, PA.


H’dale Woman Pleads Guilty in Fentanyl Case

HONESDALE (Aug. 31, 2017) — A Honesdale woman pleaded guilty in Wayne County Court Thursday, Aug. 31, to one count of Theft of Fentanyl, a Felony of the 3rd Degree, and one count of Adulter or Misbrand Any Controlled Substance, an ungraded Misdemeanor.

Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards announced Karen Feldner, 56, of Honesdale, faces up to eight years’ incarceration and a $20,000 fine. She is scheduled for sentencing on Thursday, October 19 at 9:30 a.m.

In October of 2016, a report was made of theft of and tampering with approximately 2,000 fentanyl vials from Mountain Laurel Surgery Center, Honesdale.  Fentanyl, a schedule II controlled substance, is used in medical procedures for anesthesia and also used illegally since it is a highly addictive, potent pain medication.

The DEA was notified and conducted an investigation in conjunction with the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office, which found Feldner stole Fentanyl from the surgical office as an employee, altered and tampered with vials of Fentanyl and replaced them with another substance.

She also altered documents and forged signatures at the surgical center, obtained Fentanyl through misrepresentation and deception by claiming to have authority from her employer to obtain it when she did not and was in possession of fentanyl.

DA Edwards stated, “As I have previously said, Fentanyl is not just another opioid.  It is highly addictive and potentially lethal.  I am proud of the work done on this case by Wayne County DA Chief Detective Peter Hower and the DEA to ensure that criminal charges were filed. A concern for the potential safety of others in this case was paramount due to the dangers of Fentanyl. This particular crime not only fed the appetite of an addict but risked the lives of patients. I’m pleased that she pleaded guilty.”


Contact Information

Wayne County Courthouse
925 Court Street
Honesdale, PA 18431

Phone: 570-253-4912
Fax: 570-253-5902

District Attorney

Janine Edwards 

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Assistant District Attorneys

Patrick L. Robinson – 1st Assistant District Attorney

Shelley Robinson – Asst. District Attorney

Deb Rothenberg – Asst. District Attorney

A.G. Howell – Asst. District Attorney

Office of Victim/Witness Program

Melinda Card – Coordinator

Detectives

Peter Hower – Chief County Detective

Michael McMorrow – County Detective

Bobby Joe Benderky — County Detective

Jamie Schultz – County Detective

Clerical Staff

Phaedra Hall – Chief Clerk

Nancy Schilling

Lisa Eldred

Pam McDonald

Tiffany Korb

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The information on this website is not an alternative to legal advice from your attorney or other professional legal services provider. For specific questions about any legal matter, you should consult your attorney or other professional legal services provider. Members of the District Attorney’s Office staff cannot provide legal advice or attorney referrals. The Wayne County Bar Association maintains a list of members. 


Wayne County Drug Task Force

WCDTFimageText Drug Tips to 3910657

The Wayne County Drug Task Force was created to combat the sale and possession of illegal drugs in our community.  The task force is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General and in part from money generated from the forfeitures of money and property seized from drug dealers. Since taking office in January of 2012, the District Attorney has taken a tough stance on drug crimes and actively pursues and prosecutes all selling, manufacturing, distributing and drug use in Wayne County.

The task force is coordinated by Chief County Detective Peter Hower of the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office and is made up of officers, deputies and detectives from the:

– Wayne County District Attorney’s Office

– Wayne County Sheriff’s Department

– Wayne County Adult Probation Department

– Waymart Borough Police Department

– Honesdale Borough Police Department

– Hawley Borough Police Department

– Lehigh Township Police Department

There have been several law enforcement “sweeps” focused primarily on the arrests of drug dealers and users in this area that were performed by the Wayne County Drug Task Force and the Pennsylvania State Police.

If you have information about drug activity, you can call Chief Detective Hower at (570) 253-5970, extension 2255. You can also text an anonymous drug tip 24/7 to (570) 391-0657 or email to drugtips@waynecountypa.gov.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WayneDTF/.


Wayne County Detectives

In Pennsylvania, County Detectives are considered “general police officers” by the courts and as defined by statute. As such, County Detectives are empowered to enforce all of the criminal and traffic laws of Pennsylvania.

County Detectives are authorized by 16 P.S. § 1440 (The County Code) and provide District Attorneys in Pennsylvania the resources with which to conduct independent criminal investigations and to provide other law enforcement agencies with investigative assistance. County Detectives have full police powers and must meet the same training requirements as municipal police officers in Pennsylvania including certification by the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC). Most County Detectives come to their positions with extensive experience in law enforcement usually having served with other law enforcement agencies where they specialized in criminal investigations.

County Detectives conduct independent investigations at the direction of the District Attorney, provide investigative assistance to other law enforcement agencies when requested, investigate allegations made by citizens who wish to file Private Criminal Complaints under Rule 506 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure.

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Private Criminal Complaint Form

They alsoconduct background investigations of persons seeking licensing as Private Detectives under 22 P.S. and have enforcement oversight of various regulatory statutes such as Bingo and Local Option Small Games of Chance. In addition, County Detectives supervise the activities of the Wayne County Drug Task Force.

In conjunction with enforcing the laws of the state, County Detectives also perform other duties as dictated by the District Attorney. These duties often include assisting the District Attorney and Assistant District Attorneys with the preparation of cases for trial, assisting municipal police departments with the investigation of serious crimes, and acting as the primary investigator for specific types of crime as outlined by the District Attorney.


Office of Victim/Witness

Overview

The Victim Witness Program in Wayne County serves to inform and educate crime victims of their rights.  It provides victims the opportunity to take an active role in decisions related to how their case is handled. This enables victims to receive justice and begin the healing process to restore their lives, as much as possible, to the pre-crime emotional status and also their economic status through restitution and compensation programs.

Victims of crime have the right to receive basic information concerning the services that are available to them through the program. Some of these services offered are:

  • The victim receiving notification of certain significant actions and court proceedings within the criminal and juvenile justice systems pertaining to their case
  • Accompaniment to criminal and juvenile proceedings
  • Opportunity to offer prior comment on the droppings of charges and sentencing of a defendant, or the disposition of a juvenile offender
  • Inmate release or escape notification
  • Assistance in completing compensation forms.

Victim/Witness Brochure

Financial Impact Worksheet

Victim Impact Statement Form

Child Victim Impact Statement Form

Victim Response Form

Staff: Melinda Card, Victim/Witness Coordinator (570) 253-5970 ext. 2230 MCard@waynecountypa.gov.


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