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Concealed carry seminar scheduled for October 5, 2017

Concealed carry seminar scheduled for October 5, 2017

Aug 1, 2017
Join State Representative Jack Rader, as well as Sheriff Todd Martin and our own First Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso and Chief County Detective Eric Kerchner, for a Concealed Carry Seminar at the West End Fire Hall on October 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm). This seminar will discuss Pennsylvania concealed carry laws and the Castle Doctrine. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your seat now.   You can register online at www.RepRader.com or by calling Representative Rader’s office at 570-643-7683.

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Online prostitution sting seeks to educate sex buyers

Online prostitution sting seeks to educate sex buyers

Jul 21, 2017
On July 21, 2017, Detectives from the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney conducted a web based undercover prostitution sting and invited local press outlets. The goal of the operation was to interrupt the buying of sex online. Detectives posted two fictitious advertisements on the website backpage.com. The ads were linked to two undercover cell phones which were answered by police officers. Once a male called in to arrange for a date he spoke with a female detective posing as a prostitute. The female detective discussed pricing, sex acts and locations where the encounter was to oc…

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Stroudsburg man charged for trying to cheat probation drug test

Stroudsburg man charged for trying to cheat probation drug test

Jul 20, 2017
Monroe County District Attorney Detective Mario Orlando arrested Brian Oliver Decker, 40, of Stroudsburg, for attempting to furnish drug free urine during his scheduled office appointment with his probation officer. On July 11, 2017, a probation officer discovered a device on Decker used to bring drug free urine into the courthouse. Decker intended to dispense the urine into a specimen cup in an effort to pass his mandatory drug screening test. Once Decker's plan was uncovered by the probation officer, Decker attempted to discard the device in a hole in the wall of the bathroom where his urin…

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7 inmates charged in large-scale fight at correctional facility

7 inmates charged in large-scale fight at correctional facility

Jul 18, 2017
On May 23, 2017, at approximately 9:00 P.M., Corrections Officers at the Monroe County Correctional Facility began an emergency lockdown of the C-Unit due to an altercation involving up to 15 inmates.   The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office Detectives were notified and conducted an investigation into the incident and circumstances leading to the altercation.  The investigation, conducted by Monroe County District Attorney Detective Michael Kreischer, determined the following:  Fred Baumgartner had a confrontation with Tyrell Ravenell over use of the phones in the day area of the C-Uni…

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Public Service Announcement, reference to Jexel Ortiz-Rosas

Public Service Announcement, reference to Jexel Ortiz-Rosas

Jul 14, 2017
Over the strenuous objection of the Office of District Attorney, a Monroe County Judge has released Jexel Ortiz-Rosas, 23, of Mount Pocono, on nominal bail. Ortiz-Rosas has been charged with attempted murder for his role in a brutal beating and stabbing of a young man aged 19 over last summer.  Although the Court’s bail decision has been appealed by the Commonwealth, Ortiz-Rosas remains free in the community.  The Commonwealth believes that Ortiz-Rosas poses a significant risk to the community. A condition of Ortiz-Rosas' bail requires him to remain under house arrest at 151 Snowshoe Court,…

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Tobyhanna Man Arrested After Meeting Prostitute at Police Station

Tobyhanna Man Arrested After Meeting Prostitute at Police Station

Jul 14, 2017
On July 12, 2017, the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney Detectives spearheaded a large scale undercover prostitution sting. Once the sting was complete the night of the 12, detectives left the advertisement up to see what responses they would receive in an attempt to gain information on who attempts to hire prostitutes in Monroe County. The morning of July 13, 2017, David Santos, 40, of Tobyhanna, contacted the advertisement they had posted. When he contacted the ad, Detective Kim Lippincott answered the phone. He began asking her if she was available and how much it would cost fo…

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Ten people arrested in Monroe County prostitution sting

Ten people arrested in Monroe County prostitution sting

Jul 14, 2017
On Wednesday July 12, 2017, the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office Detective Unit conducted a large scale undercover prostitution sting at a hotel in Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. The operation, led by District Attorney Detective Kim Lippincott resulted in the arrest of ten individuals charged with various human trafficking offenses. Trafficking of individuals is a first degree felony in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This charge, along with Involuntary Servitude and Promoting prostitution is used for people commonly known as “pimps”. These individuals utilize som…

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Two Pennsylvania State Constables in Monroe County charged with perjury, related offenses

Two Pennsylvania State Constables in Monroe County charged with perjury, related offenses

Jul 5, 2017
Two (2) Pennsylvania State Constables from Monroe County are facing charges of perjury and related offenses following an investigation by detectives from the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney. Roger Metzgar, 45, of Tobyhanna Township, and Manuel Rodriguez, 61, of Delaware Water Gap, were arraigned today before Magisterial District Judge JoLana Krawitz, and released on $25,000 unsecured bail. In July of 2016, County Detectives stopped Rodriguez after he was observed driving in the Borough of Stroudsburg with tinted windows and an emergency vehicle-style lightbar mounted on the roo…

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Kunkletown woman charged for bringing meth into county jail

Kunkletown woman charged for bringing meth into county jail

Jul 3, 2017
Detective Michael Kreischer of the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney responded to the Monroe County Correctional Facility (MCCF) earlier today after correctional officers discovered suspected crystal meth concealed on the person of Jennifer Gongora, 31 years of age of Kunkletown. Gongorawas originally arrested by officers from the Mahoning Township Police Department on an outstanding Monroe County warrant and was subsequently housed at the Carbon County Correctional Facility awaiting transport to the Monroe County Correctional Facility. Once at the Monroe County Correctional Faci…

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Tobyhanna man arrested on child pornography charges

Tobyhanna man arrested on child pornography charges

Jun 28, 2017
Christopher Goldberg, 32, of Tobyhanna, was arrested at his home this morning on charges of possessing child pornography. In late April, detectives from the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney identified an individual downloading and sharing child pornography on a peer-to-peer file sharing network.  The investigation eventually led to identifying the source as a computer at Goldberg’s home in A Pocono Country Place.  Armed with a search warrant, detectives from the District Attorney’s Office and officers from the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department arrived at Goldberg’s home…

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