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Detective gives presentation to Pen Argyl Masonic Lodge #594

April 4, 2014

Detective Kim Lippincott of the District Attorney’s Office conducted a presentation at the Pen Argyl Masonic Lodge #594 in Pen Argyl, PA.  The presentation took place after the conclusion of their monthly meeting and ceremony.  Approximately twenty members of the fraternity were present including all of the officers and board members. 

Detective Lippincott talked to the lodge members about the Monroe County Drug Task Force, covering topics including current drug trends, slang terminology and street costs of narcotics.  She also spoke about gang activity in Monroe County emphasizing the importance of awareness and education.

After the presentation members were given the opportunity to ask questions and were very intrigued by the display of narcotics and drug paraphernalia that Detective Lippincott had brought with her.  Lodge members remarked that they had never seen drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine. Detective Lippincott explained to the lodge members that it is important to become educated about drug use and criminal activity in their hometowns.


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New Court of Common Pleas website

February 26, 2014

The Monroe County Court of Common Pleas has a new website,

The website offers information about the court, and includes links to several self-help sections such as ePay, as well as court opinions and local court rules.


Monroe County Office of the District Attorney
610 Monroe Street, Suite 126
Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Tel:  (570) 517-3052
Fax: (570) 517-3849 


Criminal Case File Highlights

Richard T. Cusmano, 53, of Mt. Pocono, and a partner in The Gold Spot, was convicted by a jury of Simple Assault, a misdemeanor of the second degree, and Harassment, a summary offense, for assaulting his business partner.  Sentencing will be May 5, 2014.

Assistant District Attorney Mark S. Matthews prosecuted the case.

Cynthia Hartopp, 29, a former art teacher at the East Stroudsburg North High School, pled guilty to institutional sexual assault and was sentenced to 15 to 48 months in prison for having a sexual relationship with two students.

Assistant District Attorney  Michael Rakaczewski prosecuted the case.

Frank Bianco, 38, of Tannersville, and a former EMT with local ambulance corps, who had pled guilty to attempting have sex with a 15 year old female during an undercover online sex sting, was sentenced to 3 to 6 years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney  Michael Rakaczewski  prosecuted the case.

Joseph Shuman, 25, of Tobyhanna, pled nolo contendere to attempted homicide, arson and recklessly endangering another person. He was sentenced to 10.5 to 21 years in prison for intentionally disabling a fire alarm and setting fire to a residence while 4 deaf individuals were asleep inside.

Assistant District Attorney Kimberly A. Butts prosecuted the case.

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