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Statement regarding the Governor's moratorium on the death penalty

Statement regarding the Governor's moratorium on the death penalty

Feb 13, 2015
E. David Christine, Jr., the District Attorney of Monroe County, has voiced his support of the statement released today by the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association concerning Governor Tom Wolf's decision to issue a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania. As the Association so aptly stated, "Public safety is served when the most cold-blooded, heinous killers are publicly convicted and sentenced to death.  The death penalty is sought in rare instances and only when the facts of a case meet the narrowest requirements by law.  Rightly so, every case is examined exhaustively. No on…

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Tobyhanna man arrested on child pornography charges

Tobyhanna man arrested on child pornography charges

Feb 6, 2015
Brian Garcia, 22, of Tobyhanna is behind bars following a search warrant on his Coolbaugh Township home. Detectives from the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office and the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department arrived at Garcia’s home in A Pocono Country place on Friday morning armed with a search warrant after Garcia was found distributing child pornography on the Internet.  The investigation, which began in October of 2014, was led by Detective Brian Webbe of the District Attorney’s Office.  Detective Webbe, the county’s cybercrime investigator, is a member of the Pennsylvania Intern…

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Stroudsburg shooter sentenced to 22 to 44 Years

Stroudsburg shooter sentenced to 22 to 44 Years

Feb 3, 2015
Shicon Jordan, 40, plead guilty on January 28, 2015 to Aggravated Assault, Retaliation Against a Witness, and Reckless Endangerment.  These charges were a result of Jordan’s shooting spree in East Stroudsburg and Stroudsburg on March 25, 2014 and March 27, 2014.  Jordan, a felon not to possess a firearm, fired several rounds into the air on March 25, 2014 at the Budget Hotel in East Stroudsburg.  Police recovered shell casings and video at the scene.  Two days later Jordan then tracked down a witness against him in a prior case in Stroudsburg and fired five or six shots at her.  Bullets struc…

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Police pursuit ends in arrest of two wanted fugitives

Police pursuit ends in arrest of two wanted fugitives

Jan 30, 2015
On Thursday afternoon, a team of detectives and officers from the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office and the Stroud Area Regional Police Department were tracking a wanted fugitive, Timothy Lee, 40, of Tobyhanna, after learning that he was in the Stroudsburg area.  Lee was wanted on a felony arrest warrant for trafficking a large amount of heroin into Monroe County in October 2014.  Lee, who knew of the warrant for his arrest, had been avoiding authorities and refusing to turn himself in. Investigators learned that Lee was possibly in Delaware Water Gap and spotted him seated in the pass…

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Effort man arrested for cheating drug test

Effort man arrested for cheating drug test

Jan 16, 2015
Rickey Tartaglia, 53, of Effort, walked into the Monroe County Courthouse to meet with his probation officer but left in handcuffs. Tartaglia is on probation for DUI.  As part of his probation he must provide a sample of his urine for drug testing during his visits.  On this visit, Tartaglia was taken to the restroom by his probation officer to provide the sample.  While Tartaglia was providing the urine sample, his probation officer notice Tartaglia making unusual movements.  The probation officer searched Tartaglia and found a small white bottle filled with urine that he had been using to t…

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