It is with deep sorrow that we mourn the passing of a founding EPRPD Commissioner, Mayor DGRichard Gassmann. our thoughts and prayers are with the Gassmann family. He will surely be missed by all whose lives he touched.

Commissioner Gassmann helped form the Eastern Pike Regional Police Department in 2007. He was instrumental in the entire process and was well respected by the officers, as well as, the Municipla officials.  Commissioner Gassmann was the Master of Ceremonies at the Regional Police Dedication on January 7, 2008.  Gassmann stated, "Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained", sometimes you have to take a leap of faith for the betterment of our community.

Dick will be missed.2

  • 02/23/2014 Joseph Colao, 19, of Port Jervis was charged with Criminal Conspiracy to commit Retail Theft, and Retail Theft for an incident occurring at Wal-Mart.
  • 02/23/2014 Robert Colao, 19, of Port Jervis was charged with Retail Theft for an incident occurring at Wal-Mart.
  • 02/25/2014 Joseph Colao, 19, of Port Jervis was charged with Criminal Conspiracy to commit Retail Theft for an incident occurring at Wal-Mart
  • 02/25/2014 Robert Colao, 19, of Port Jervis was charged with Retail Theft for an incident occurring at Wal-Mart.
  • 03/01/2014 Eloy Agosto, 23, of Port Jervis was charged with Retail Theft for an incident occurring at K-Mart.
  • 03/01/2014 Melonie Diaz, 22, of Port Jervis was charged with Retail Theft for an incident occurring at K-Mart.
  • 03/04/2014 A 17 year old from Dingmans Ferry was charged with possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia for an incident occurring at the Delaware Valley High School.
  • 03/04/2014 A 13 year old from Shohola was charged with possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia for an incident occurring at the Delaware Valley Middle School.

SPDThe Eastern Pike Regional Police Department is urging the public to help keep the streets safe this St. Patrick’s Day by drinking responsibly and designating a sober driver before heading to the local parade or pub.  Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that over the past five years, 851 people lost their lives in motor vehicles crashes during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.  Out of that number, 327 were killed in crashes that involved a drunk driver or motorcycle rider (operator) with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

“St. Patrick’s Day is supposed to be a time to celebrate Irish heritage and gather with friends, but it can quickly end in tragedy due to impaired driving,” said Chief Chad Stewart.  “If you plan on drinking, don’t rely on luck to keep you safe or to keep you out of trouble.  Be responsible and take appropriate precautions.”

Chief Stewart recommends the following tips:

    • Plan a safe way home before your celebrations begin;
    • If you plan to get a ride home with someone else, designate a sober driver before any drinking begins;
    • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely;
    • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement;
    • And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive or ride their motorcycle while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely. 

“Driving impaired or riding with someone who is impaired is an extremely risky thing to do,” said Chief Stewart. “If you plan on using alcohol, plan ahead and look out for your friends too.  Remember, friends don’t let friends drive drunk.”

According to NHTSA research, impaired driving remains one of America’s deadliest problems. In 2007, 41,059 people nationwide were killed in motor vehicle crashes.  Out of that number 12,998 people were killed in traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider (operator) with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.  To learn more, please visit www.StopImpairedDriving.org.

The Eastern Pike Regional Police Department has announced that they will be participating in aggressive driving enforcement activities as part of the PA Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project.   The first Wave enforcement in 2014 is scheduled from March 24th to May 4th.  The Eastern Pike Regional Police Department will target routes 6&209 and any other roadway in Westfall Township and Matamoras Borough.

The Eastern Pike Regional Police Department will be joining over 330 municipal police agencies and the Pennsylvania State Police to reduce the number of Aggressive Driving related crashes, injuries and deaths on 435 roadways throughout the State. Any aggressive driver stopped by police will receive a ticket.

Municipal police agencies that participated in last year’s campaign wrote 116,191 aggressive-driving related citations, including 54,785 for speeding alone.  Disobedience of traffic control devices/signs was the second most-common offense, resulting in 14,452 citations. The extra traffic enforcement also brought about 118 felony arrests, 1,210 DUI arrests and 568 drug-related arrests.

The aggressive driving enforcement is a part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project and is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Please visit www.justdrivePA.org for more information.

  • 02/11/2014 Mark Trigger, 47, of Monsey, NY was charged with Forgery, Access Device Fraud, and Receiving Stolen Property for an incident occurring in Matamoras Borough.
  • 02/12/2014 Francico Montanez, 49, of Middletown, NY was charged with Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Retail Theft and Receiving Stolen Property for an incident occurring at Wal-Mart.
  • 02/12/2014 Andrew Pagan, 31, of Middletown, NY was charged with two counts of Retail Theft for an incident occurring at Wal-Mart.
  • 02/19/2014 Bart Meyer, 42, of Milford was charged with Indirect Criminal Contempt for an incident occurring in Westfall Township.
  • 02/21/2014 William Lamac, 69, of Matamoras was charged with Defiant Trespass for an incident occurring in Westfall Township.
  • 02/25/2014 Joseph Colao, 19, of Port Jervis was charged with Burglary, Criminal Trespass, and Theft by Unlawful Taking for an incident occurring at the Tri-State Sunoco.
  • 02/25/2014 Robert Colao, 19, of Port Jervis was charged with Criminal Conspiracy to commit Burglary, with Criminal Conspiracy to commit Criminal Trespass, and with Criminal Conspiracy to commit Theft by Unlawful Taking for an incident occurring at the Tri-State Sunoco.

Overnight Parking Regulations are in effect for Westfall Township and Matamoras Borough which prohibits parking of vehicles on all roads at any time between the hours of 12:00am to 7:00am during the period from November 1st to April 1st.

The Eastern Pike Regional Police Department would like to remind all residents to keep their vehicles and homes locked.  Please report all suspicious activity immediately.

Neighborhood updates are available at www.eprpd.org.  Follow Us on Facebook.

 

  • 01/29/2014 A 15 year old male from Milford was charged with Retail Theft for an incident occurring at Wal-Mart.
  • 02/02/2014 Matthew Marino, 26, from Bloomingburg NY was charged with Defiant Trespass and Indirect Criminal Contempt for an incident occurring in Westfall Township.
  • 02/02/2014 David Weldon, 48, of Matamoras was charged with Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, and Harassment for an incident occurring in Matamoras Borough.
  • 02/07/2014 Desiree Vanwingerden, 22, of Matamoras was charged with Retail Theft for an incident occurring in Matamoras Borough.

Report all suspicious activity to tips@eprpd.org or 570-491-4040

  • 01/19/2014 Victoria Baker, 22, of Port Jervis was charged with Possession of a small amount of marijuana and Possession with Intent to use drug paraphernalia for an incident occurring at the Best Western.
  • 01/19/2014 Shaun Cushman, 19, of Montague NJ was charged with Possession of a small amount of marijuana and Possession with Intent to use drug paraphernalia for an incident occurring at the Best Western.
  • 01/19/2014 Kyle Morris, 24, of Wantage NJ was charged with Retail Theft and Possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia for an incident occurring at Wal-Mart.
  • 01/25/2014 Jessica Kowalczik, 29, of Port Jervis was charged with Retail Theft for an incident occurring at Wal-Mart.
  • 01/28/2014 Andrew Keasler, 19, of Port Jervis was charged with Retail Theft for an incident occurring at K-Mart.

Overnight Parking Regulations are in effect for Westfall Township and Matamoras Borough which prohibits parking of vehicles on all roads at any time between the hours of 12:00am to 7:00am during the period from November 1st to April 1st.

The Eastern Pike Regional Police Department would like to remind all residents to keep their vehicles and homes locked.  Please report all suspicious activity immediately.

Neighborhood updates are available at www.eprpd.org.  Follow Us on Facebook.

MedReturn Collection Box

(Matamoras, Pa) - Citizens looking to dispose of excess and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications can now visit the safe and secure permanent drop off location at the Eastern Pike Regional Police Department.

The Eastern Pike Regional Police Department has partnered with the District Attorney’s Office to establish a permanent MedReturn drug collection program in order to reduce the supply of drugs that can potentially harm teens and adults.

This initiative is part of Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program.  Governor Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Take-Back program initiative focuses on alleviating the health and safety concerns from the diversion and abuse of prescription medications by helping our communities properly dispose of unused prescription medications.

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. Among youth who are 12 to 17 years old, 7.4 percent report past year non-medical use of prescription drugs.

Properly disposing of excess drugs is everyone’s responsibility as a matter of public safety. More than 70 percent of young people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet. Now citizens won’t have to wait for a specific take-back day to clean out their medicine cabinets.

The collection site is open Monday through Friday from 8:00a.m. until 4:00p.m.. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked at 10 Avenue I, Matamoras, Pa 18336.

Med Return Box

Med Return Box

The Eastern Pike Regional Police Department arrested 18 year old Troy Conklin Jr. of Port Jervis, New York on two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, Flight to Avoid Apprehension, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, six counts of theft from a motor vehicle, and criminal mischief.

On the morning of January 9, 2014 police observed an ATV driving on routes 6&209 in front of River Beach Campgrounds.  The officer stopped the ATV and asked the driver to step off.  The Driver then took off from the officer through the campground and into the Delaware River.  The driver jumped off the ATV and fled on foot when the ATV broke through the ice.

Assistance was called in from Milford Police Department and North Star Helicopter to locate the suspect. The Westfall Fire Department also assisted in the recovery of the ATV.  During the search a radio call was received from a neighboring community reporting an attempted theft of an ATV.

An Eastern Pike Regional Police unit located an individual fitting the description of the fleeing suspect in the Wal-Mart parking lot.  The suspect was positively identified by the originating officer and taken into custody.

Conklin was linked to another ATV theft on December 31, 2013 on Mountain Avenue in Westfall Township, as well as, several thefts from vehicles.

Conklin was arraigned in front of Magistrate Fischer and was remanded to the Pike County Correctional Facility on $50,000.00 bail.

  • 12/31/2013 Troy Conklin, 18, of Port Jervis was charged with Theft by Unlawful taking for an incident occurring in Westfall Township.
  • 01/09/2014 Troy Conklin, 18, of Port Jervis was charged with Theft by unlawful taking or disposition, Flight to avoid apprehension, six counts of Theft from a motor vehicle, Possession of a small amount of marijuana, Possession of drug paraphernalia, and Criminal mischief for an incident occurring in Westfall Township.
  • 01/13/2013 Bryant Finnegan, 21, of Hamburgh NJ was charged with Retail Theft for an incident occurring at Wal-Mart.

Overnight Parking Regulations are in effect for Westfall Township and Matamoras Borough which prohibits parking of vehicles on all roads at any time between the hours of 12:00am to 7:00am during the period from November 1st to April 1st.

The Eastern Pike Regional Police Department would like to remind all residents to keep their vehicles and homes locked.  Please report all suspicious activity immediately.

Neighborhood updates are available at www.eprpd.org.  Follow Us on Facebook.