Washington Co. & Mon Valley Police Beat : Police Beat July 12

July 12, 2017


Driver injured: Daniel Whipkey, 43, of Carmichaels, was injured in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 79 southbound near the Lone Pine exit, Amwell, state police said. Whipkey was taken to Washington Health System-Greene for treatment. He will be cited for failure to stay in his lane.


House damaged: Darcy Work of 240 Caldwell Ave., Canton, told state police that her house was damaged when it was hit with fireworks July 4. Anyone with information on who may have shot the fireworks is asked to call state police at 724-223-5200.


Charged in summons: Sean Damian Perry, 27, of 108 Pennsylvania Ave., Speers, is charged by Charleroi Regional police with resisting arrest, having a vehicle with an illegal registration, driving without insurance, restrictions on alcoholic beverages and driving with a suspended license, court records show. Police accuse Perry of stopping his vehicle at First Street and Meadow Avenue after he noticed a police officer and then running from the vehicle about 3:40 p.m. Saturday. District Judge Larry Hopkins issued the charges by summons Monday.

Man charged: Michael Thomas Semekoski, 31, of 90 Kenric Ave., Donora, is charged by Charleroi Regional police with illegally possessing two Xanax doses and driving with a suspended license after an officer found him in his parked vehicle, which was stopped in the wrong direction along Lincoln Avenue about 6 p.m. Thursday, court records show. District Judge Larry Hopkins issued the case by summons Monday.

Woman charged: Crystal Marie Bruce, 35, of 414 Oakland Ave., Charleroi, is charged by Charleroi Regional police with providing false identification during a traffic stop about 8:45 p.m. June 16 in the 700 block of Ninth Street, court records show. District Judge Larry Hopkins issued the charge in a summons Monday.


Tools stolen: James Stormer of Indiana told Chartiers police Friday that two hammer drills, a circular saw and rotary laser were stolen from his pickup truck while it was parked at Microtel, Racetrack Road.


Indecent exposure charge: Eric Scott Grandon, 27, of Moundsville, W.Va., was charged Tuesday by state police with indecent exposure, open lewdness, harassment and disorderly conduct after he allegedly exposed himself to a female trucker as they both traveled on Interstate 70 eastbound near the West Alexander exit, Donegal, on March 26. Grandon, who was in a pickup truck, allegedly told police he was urinating. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Ethan Ward.


Two face charges: William Summers, 35, of 124 Altamont Ave., will be charged by North Franklin police with simple assault and harassment after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend during a confrontation at their home. He allegedly pushed her to the floor. Summers was put in Washington County Jail on a probation detainer. Thomas Earl Baker, 47, of 44 Spruce St., Washington, was charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct for allegedly creating a disturbance during the incident.


Donation box stolen: An employee of Bethel Bakery, 2500 Washington Road, told North Strabane police Monday afternoon that a man stole a donation box for Little Sisters of the Poor from the counter.


Man jailed: Joshua K. Logan, 37, of 706 Walnut St., Perryopolis, was charged by township police with possessing four stamp bags of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia after an officer approached his vehicle, which was parked at Martin and Patton roads about 11 p.m. Monday, court records show. Logan was placed in Westmoreland County Jail on $2,500 bond set Tuesday by District Judge Joseph Dalfonso.


Man charged: Donald M. Zippay, 66, of 53 Eagle St., Fallowfield Township, is charged by state police with driving under the influence of alcohol, causing damage to unattended property and careless and reckless driving, court records show. Police accuse Zippay of driving a vehicle missing a tire and striking two utility poles, causing one of them to lean against a building at 550 Old Route 71 about 1:50 p.m. July 4. District Judge Larry Hopkins will issue the charges by summons.


Paraphernalia charge: Jessica N. Gomez, 29, of 496 Fayette St., Washington, was charged by city police with possession of drug paraphernalia Tuesday. According to the complaint, Gomez, who has an active sheriff’s warrant, was found outside 123 Canton Ave. Monday in possession of five empty stamp bags, syringes, a pipe and tourniquet. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Retail theft charge: Christopher Ruscello, 31, of 1520 Jefferson Ave., Washington, was charged with retail theft and providing false identification to law enforcement after allegedly stealing $25 worth of groceries from Shop ’n Save, 125 W. Beau St., on July 5. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Tires slashed: A man who lives in the 800 block of Broad Street reported to city police Monday that two tires on his vehicle were cut overnight. He told police that on Sunday, a man came to the front door asking for donations and was angry when he refused.


Purse stolen: State police are investigating the theft of a purse from a home on Jefferson Avenue, West Bethlehem, on July 4. Police said the suspect, who is known to police, crawled through an open window and removed the purse from a living room chair.



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