November 22, 2013
Detectives from the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney recently charged Chester Miller, 42, of Stroudsburg, with aggravated assault and related charges following a November 18th assault on a Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy.
Miller was in Monroe County court to attend his sentencing after having plead guilty to retail theft. Miller was already agitated when he arrived for sentencing and made several comments in the courtroom calling the procedure illegal and threatening to sue the county.
When Miller was sentenced to 4 to 12 months in county jail, a deputy sheriff handcuffed Miller and took him into custody. As the deputy escorted Miller to the holding cells, he began actively resisting the deputy and attempted to free himself from the deputy’s grasp. After being sat in a chair while the deputy awaited assistance due to Miller's unruly behavior, Miller intentionally struck the deputy in the groin with his knee.
Additional deputies arrived moments later, and were able to restrain Miller.
Miller faces charges of aggravated assault, a felony; and simple assault, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors.
Miller remains incarcerated in the Monroe County Correctional Facility, where he is awaiting his preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Kristina Anzini.
November 7, 2013
On November 4, 2013, Jade Cullen, 26, of Sciota, arrived at the Monroe County Courthouse to meet with her probation officer for a urine screen.
Cullen and her probation officer went to the restroom to administer the test when the probation officer noticed Cullen fidgeting with something between her legs. The probation officer found Cullen in possession of a condom filled with someone else’s urine to try and pass her drug test. Cullen admitted to hiding the condom in her vagina and that she snorted one fold of heroin on 11/01/2013.
Cullen was originally sentenced on May 21, 2013 to 6 to 23 months in county jail. She was paroled early to attend and complete drug rehab. Cullen was released from rehab on October 11, 2013 and violated her probation less than a month later.
Cullen was taken into custody by her probation officer and incarcerated in the Monroe County Correctional Facility on this probation violation.
Detective Joseph Coddington of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office filed additional charges on Cullen today for these offenses. Cullen was charged with one count of (possession of) Instruments of a crime (M1) and one count of furnishing drug free urine (M3). Charges were filed with District Magistrate Kristina Anzini. A hearing on the charges will be scheduled at a later date.
In 2011, Scott was charged with illegally altering his candidate paperwork during a race for district judge.
Scott was found guilty and sentenced to two weeks in Monroe County Correctional Facility, followed by 40 hours of community service, a year of probation and a total of $3,340 in fines and court costs.
In lieu of serving two weeks in jail, Scott was sentenced to intermediate punishment, but Scott violated the conditions of that deal and was ordered to appear before Monroe County President Judge Margherita Patti Worthington on Oct. 18, said Chief County Detective Eric Kerchner.
Scott never appeared for that hearing, and Worthington issued a bench warrant.
As a result, Scott was taken into custody at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday by Kerchner and Detective Joseph Coddington in the VFW parking lot off Fawn Road in Smithfield Township, one of the township's three polling locations.
Efforts to reach Scott on Tuesday evening were unsuccessful. A phone number listed for him was disconnected.
Although Scott has been serving as constable, he never received any of the qualifications necessary to carry out the duties of constable, Kerchner added.
Being constable requires special certifications, including the certification to carry a firearm and obtain special liability insurance, none of which Scott has ever obtained, Kerchner said.
Despite not obtaining the proper certifications, there is nothing in the election law to prevent Scott from running, Kerchner said.
In July 2012, a jury convicted Scott of "unsworn falsification to authorities (forged/altered document)" and "statement under penalty," both misdemeanors.
Scott was running in the May 2011 primary for incumbent Magisterial District Judge Brian Germano's seat serving Smithfield and Middle Smithfield townships and Delaware Water Gap Borough.
In order to appear on the May primary ballot, each district judge candidate by law must sign both a circulator's affidavit and a candidate's affidavit prior to submitting both forms for notarization by the March 8 deadline.
When Scott submitted his forms to notary public Joel Keller just before the close of business on March 8, 2011, Scott's signature appeared on his circulator's affidavit, but not on his candidate's affidavit. At some point after Scott's forms were notarized, his signature appeared on his candidate's affidavit, which Kerchner said is illegal and why Scott was disqualified from the May 2011 primary and later charged.