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Issue 9 — Thursday, October 1, 2015
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Man Convicted Of
Assaulting Mother

MILFORD — A Pike County jury convicted Keith Alan Roberts, age 51, on Sept. 23 for assaulting his 71 year old mother in her home in Westfall Township. The jury found that Roberts punched, choked and attempted to suffocate the victim, causing bodily injury. The jury found that the defendant did not attempt to cause serious bodily injury to the victim.

Eastern Pike Regional Police charged Roberts with attempted aggravated assault and simple assault for the incident which took place on Dec. 16, 2014. Roberts remains incarcerated in the Pike County Jail. He faces at least two years in prison when he is sentenced for Simple Assault and related summary offenses scheduled to take placed Dec. 3, 2015, before the Honorable Gregory H. Chelak.

Jury Convicts Man
Of Fleeing Police
During Drug Arrest

MILFORD — A Pike County Jury last week convicted Jorge Arroyo O’Neill, 32, of Springbrook Township, of leading the Pennsylvania State Police on a high-speed chase and then fleeing into the woods with heroin, cocaine, marijuana and $3,630 in cash.

O’Neill was convicted of possession with intent to deliver heroin and cocaine, fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest, driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marihuana.

During the two day trial the Pike County District Attorney’s Office presented evidence that Arroyo O’Neill was driving under the influence of alcohol at 2:15 a.m. on Route 739 in Blooming Grove Township on June 29, 2014, when he was observed by Pennsylvania State Police troopers.

When the officers attempted to stop Arroyo O’Neill he sped onto Interstate 84 headed westbound. A “pit-maneuver” was executed to attempt to bring Arroyo O’Neill’s vehicle to a stop. However, he then traveled at an even higher rate of speed in the wrong direction on I-84 and down the one-way on-ramp, in the wrong direction, back onto Route 739.

State Police gave chase and ultimately Arroyo O’Neill stopped his vehicle and fled into the woods of Blooming Grove Township. The jury was shown a dash-camera video of Arroyo O’Neill’s flight from the police.

In the woods, Troopers Jeremy Carroll and Mark Pajalich directed Arroyo O’Neill to stop as he ran through the difficult, dark terrain. When Arroyo O’Neill did not obey the troopers’ commands and continued to attempt to flee, he was pepper sprayed and tased. The troopers were then able to handcuff him and take him into custody.

A search of Arroyo O’Neill’s pockets revealed two cellular telephones, $3,630.30 U.S. Currency, 87.5 grams of cocaine, 27.01 grams of heroin and a small amount of marijuana... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Pike Planners Critique 15-Year DEWA Blueprint

SHOHOLA — Pike County Planning Commission members and Mike Mrozinski, the director of planning from the County Office of Community Planning, agreed to develop a rebuttal to a proposed Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA) Visitor Use Management Plan that would drive park use over the next 15 years. The discussion took place at this month’s regular commission meeting held at county offices at Shohola Commercial Plaza on Route 6 in Shohola Township.

Board member Bob Cocchi chaired the meeting in the absence of Chairperson Georgene Snyder. Mrozinski briefed the board on DEWA’s plan and their scheduled series of public meetings between Sept. 8 and Oct. 9 designed to solicit public feedback on the draft plan disseminated by DEWA Superintendent John Donahue.

Commission Director Dick Gross shared his personal sticking points about the plan. He shared his concerns with the board and said that also submitted them orally and in writing to DEWA at a recent DEWA public-comment workshop. DEWA is encouraging the public to suggest additional possible strategies to the ones already proposed, to express concerns, and to make comments.

Gross said, “I have traveled around the country visiting many parks [in the National Park Service system]. DEWA is by far the poorest example of American Disabilities Act handicapped access.” Mrozinski said that having a loop trail is one of the suggestions on the current plan proposal that he thinks is excellent. Now, all trails are virtually straight lines. According to Mrozinski, adding one or more loop trails, especially short ones, might give hikers more options, such as access to more other natural features, and improve the overall visitor experience. A handicapped loop trail would meet ADA standards and diversify the visitor population.

On hunting, Gross said, “John Donahue objected to my comment that if he turns DEWA into a national park [from the current national recreation area] hunters could no longer be allowed to hunt [in DEWA]. A 1982 federal legislation settled the issue that hunting is not allowed in a national park. I was a party to that discussion at the federal level.”

Gross said that hunters are an important contributor to the Pennsylvania economy each year and DEWA is a popular hunter destination. Gross also said that he wants DEWA to improve public access to the Delaware River, which he indicated is by far the park’s greatest attraction... for complete story, get this week's issue.


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