Did you have a good weekend? If you didn’t have time to catch up on the top local news stories from Friday through Sunday, the Observer-Reporter has compiled this list of the five most-read stories from our website.
1. Monongahela woman killed in North Strabane wreck
A Monongahela woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Route 19 in North Strabane Township Saturday afternoon.
Elizabeth Paige Bright, 20, was pronounced dead on the overpass at Route 519 at 4:10 p.m. by Washington County Coroner Tim Warco, who did not list a cause of death.
Bright was traveling southbound about 3:30 p.m. as a passenger in a car driven by Tyra Daube, 19, of Monongahela. Daube lost control of her vehicle and it crossed into northbound traffic, colliding with an SUV operated by Kara Pappas, 37, of Washington, township police Sgt. Dave Richards said.
For more details, click here to read Rick Shrum’s story.
2. Canonsburg police say 69-year-old woman was growing marijuana in her basement
A Canonsburg police officer with a keen sense of smell discovered an apparent marijuana-growing operation in the borough’s West End after smelling a strong odor of what was determined to be raw marijuana coming from a home in the neighborhood.
Police served a search warrant about 9 a.m. Friday and said it marked the second time borough officers have found marijuana being grown in the basement of 69-year-old Nancy Schwaiger’s home at 27 Chestnut St. Chief Al Coghill, who was a detective at the time, charged her with possession of marijuana after finding plants in the basement of her home in June 2010.
For the full details, click here to read Kathie Warco’s story.
3. Number of female police officers on the rise
It is no longer unusual to find a woman’s name on the roster of police departments in Washington County, in what is a male-dominated profession. The women here who carry a badge are among the growing number of females who are police officers. FBI statistics for 2013 show in communities with a population of fewer than 10,000, female officers make up about 21 percent of the police force. A study by the Bureau of Justice had the percentage of female officers ranging from about six to eight percent, depending on the size of the force.
An encounter with a female officer would not be unusual for anyone in the northwestern area of the county. Amanda Brewer is a full-time officer in Mt. Pleasant Township and works part time in Hanover Township. Maria Cuccaro and Kelly Davis work part time, Cuccaro with Mt. Pleasant and Davis in Smith Township. The three, who are also friends, work for Hanover during the concert season at KeyBank Pavilion.
For more information, click here to read Kathie Warco’s story.
4. Houston woman dies after 2015 car crash
A Houston woman died Friday after she was injured in a car crash on Christmas night in 2015.
Corey Mitchell, 22, who lived at 228 Parker St., was a passenger in a car driven by a 17-year-old Houston teen, when the accident occurred around 9 p.m. on Route 519, near the ATI Allegheny Ludlum plant. Police said the teenager was driving northbound when he lost control, and the vehicle hit a utility pole near the entrance to ATI, flipped and ended up on its roof.
5. Washington man stabbed in hand during domestic dispute
A Washington man was stabbed in the left hand as he tried to stop his girlfriend’s former boyfriend from assaulting her Wednesday night, city police said.
Police said Austin Hamilton, 22, was stabbed in his left hand when he went after the man. The three, along with two others, were at Hamilton’s home on Lower Prospect Avenue, police said.
For the full details, click here to read the original report.