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Local homeless man arrested in heroin and cocaine bust

Local homeless man arrested in heroin and cocaine bust

Feb 21, 2018
On February 16, the detectives from the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney, in conjunction with agents from the Pennsylvania Office Of Attorney General, the US Department of Homeland Security, and the Stroud Area Regional Police Department were conducting an ongoing investigation into heroin distribution in Monroe County.  The investigative team developed information that Erik London, 34, with no known address, was travelling to a location on Park Avenue in Stroudsburg with a drug delivery. At approximately 3:00 P.M., London arrived at the location and was taken into custody withou…

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Former coach, Ron Gorman, sentenced to 20 to 40 years in child sex case

Former coach, Ron Gorman, sentenced to 20 to 40 years in child sex case

Feb 21, 2018
Ron Gorman, 52, formerly of Stroud Township and currently of Marietta, Georgia, was sentenced today in two separate criminal cases filed in March 2017.  Sentencing comes after Gorman tendered a plea of guilty in both cases on Friday, November 3, 2017 in front of the Honorable President Judge Margherita Patti-Worthington.  Gorman had been facing over 500 counts of criminal charges related to the victimization of two Monroe County youth wrestlers who Gorman coached between the years of 2006 and 2009.  Gorman pled guilty to one count of Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse with a Child in both…

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Pleasant Valley School District investigation ongoing

Pleasant Valley School District investigation ongoing

Feb 9, 2018
The investigation into allegations of unlawful retaliation, official oppression, bribery, and wiretap violations is ongoing. The response of potential witnesses to this investigation has been encouraging. We are requesting anyone who believes they have information pertinent to this matter contact Monroe County Detective Wendy Serfass at 570-517-3063. All information can be kept confidential. Furthermore, we have been advised by the school district that, in an effort to ensure the District is free from any threat of witness intimidation, Joshua Krebs (a defendant in the pending wiretap case) …

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Escaped inmate captured in Stroudsburg

Escaped inmate captured in Stroudsburg

Feb 7, 2018
On Friday, February 2, 2018, at approximately 1:45 p.m. the Monroe County Correctional Facility was notified that an inmate, James Arthur Bock, 45, of Stroudsburg, was being returned to the facility from a special furlough.  Bock was being transported by private passenger van.While travelling on Route 33 near the Snydersville exit, Bock escaped from the transport vehicle.   The Pennsylvania State Police at Stroudsburg and Monroe County Detectives responded to the correctional facility and began a search of the area in an attempt to locate Bock.  County Detectives obtained an arrest warrant f…

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Eldred Township man arrested on child porn charges

Eldred Township man arrested on child porn charges

Feb 1, 2018
Justin Reynolds, 33, of Eldred Township was arrested this morning and charged with possessing and disseminating child pornography. Earlier this month, detectives from the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office discovered a computer on a peer-to-peer file sharing network offering to share videos of child pornography with other users.  Those files included children as young as toddler-age being sexually abused by adults. County detectives and Troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police arrived at Reynolds’ Silver Spring Boulevard home this morning armed with a search warrant.  Inside, invest…

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Owner of property up for Sheriff’s sale charged with threatening to assassinate bidders

Owner of property up for Sheriff’s sale charged with threatening to assassinate bidders

Jan 30, 2018
Monroe County District Attorney Detectives charged Gregory S. Schlegel, 43, of Polk Township, for allegedly making threats on January 11, 2018 to assassinate the first person who bids on his property during a Sheriff’s sale scheduled for February 22, 2018. On January 16, 2018, Monroe County District Attorney Detectives received a complaint that Schlegel contacted a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office property clerk and made the “assassination” threat during their conversation. When the clerk attempted to lighten the mood of the conversation by replying, “Well you know what I look like, don’t shoot…

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PVSD Director of Support Service waives preliminary hearing on felony wiretap charges

PVSD Director of Support Service waives preliminary hearing on felony wiretap charges

Jan 26, 2018
On Friday, January 26, 2018, before MDJ Daniel Higgins the defendant, Joshua Ryan Krebs, gave up his rights to a preliminary hearing and the felony wiretap charges were sent to the Court of Common Pleas. The defendant will appear for formal arraignment on March 14, 2018, at 8:30 am in Courtroom one of the Monroe County Courthouse. As part of the defendant’s proceedings, his bail conditions were changed. Specifically, the defendant is subject to the following bail conditions, imposed by Judge Higgins: 1. Defendant shall have no contact with teachers at the Pleasant Valley Elementary School, i…

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Jury convicts Effort man of rape in child sex case

Jury convicts Effort man of rape in child sex case

Jan 18, 2018
On January 11, 2018, Joshua  L. Leap, of Effort, Pennsylvania, was found guilty after a three day jury trial on one count of Rape by Forcible Compulsion, graded as a Felony of the First Degree; one count of Statutory Sexual Assault being more than 11 years older than victim, graded as a Felony of the First Degree; one count of Sexual Assault, graded as a Felony of the Second Degree; one count of Aggravated Indecent Assault by Forcible Compulsion, graded as a Felony of the Second Degree; and one count of Indecent Assault by Forcible Compulsion, graded as a Misdemeanor of the First Degree.  In …

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Owners of Mountain View Vineyards winery arrested for Wiretap violations

Owners of Mountain View Vineyards winery arrested for Wiretap violations

Jan 18, 2018
In December of 2017 Monroe County District Attorney detectives received information about illegal wiretapping at Mountain View Vineyards, a local winery, brewery and distillery, located in Hamilton and Jackson Townships in Monroe County. Linda Rice and Randy Rice, husband and wife, are the owners and operators of the winery. Throughout the course of the investigation detectives found that Linda and Randy Rice had installed wireless surveillance cameras in their new winery located at 2332 Walters Road in Hamilton Township. The cameras, equipped to record and monitor audio and video were mounte…

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Wanted man from East Stroudsburg arrested at local hotel, faces new charges

Wanted man from East Stroudsburg arrested at local hotel, faces new charges

Jan 9, 2018
Monroe County District Attorney’s Office Detectives along with help from Monroe County Domestic Relations Investigators and officers from the East Stroudsburg University Police Department arrested Keith Tompkins, 52, of East Stroudsburg, at a local hotel. Domestic Relations investigators had an outstanding warrant for Tompkins for failure to pay child support. They had received information that Tompkins was staying at the Days Inn Hotel located at 838 Seven Bridges Road in Smithfield Township. Domestic Relations contacted the District Attorney’s Office, requesting assistance. Detectives made…

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