Washington Co. & Mon Valley Police Beat : Police Beat July 13

July 13, 2017


DUI charge: Jax G. Stock, 19, of Washington, faces a charge of driving under the influence after his vehicle ran off Lone Pine Road near Pump Station Road on June 25, hit concrete steps and flipped multiple times, state police said. Stock suffered a minor injury, police said.


Strangulation arrest: Gary Lee Rodgers, 54, of 353 Beacon Ave., Canton, was arrested early Wednesday by state police after he allegedly choked his son during a confrontation at their home. Rodgers was arraigned before District Judge Curtis Thompson on charges of strangulation, simple assault and harassment. He was released from Washington County Jail after posting $7,500 bond.


Fairgrounds crash: Nancy Lessman, 74, of Crest Avenue, Charleroi, and two passengers in her car escaped injury Tuesday afternoon when she drove out the wrong door of a building at the Washington County Fairgrounds during the monthly recycling event. The car dropped out the side door and became stuck about 3:25 p.m., Chartiers police said. It was removed by a tow truck.


Break-in: Beer Here, 1000 Almond Road, was broken into early Tuesday when a brick was thrown through a glass door, state police said. About $280 worth of items were stolen, and about $4,000 in damage was done.


Burglary charges: William Pearson, 28, an inmate at Westmoreland County Jail, is charged by city police with burglary, trespassing, theft and criminal mischief over allegations he broke a side window at 412 Knox Ave. about 7 p.m. Nov. 14 to steal a television, sound system and laptop with a combined value of $2,079, court records show. Investigators said they identified Pearson as a suspect through fingerprints lifted from the house. The case, filed Tuesday, will be heard by District Judge Joseph Dalfonso.

Assault alleged: James Hayes, 37, of 534 Summit Ave., Monessen, is charged by city police with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct over allegations he repeatedly punched and choked his roommate, Michael Nutt, about 3 p.m. June 29 at their residence and later at Sixth Street and Alberts Drive, court records show. District Judge Joseph Dalfonso issued the charges in a summons Tuesday.

Theft alleged: Bernicky Mae Johnson, 46, of 409 Reed Ave., Monessen, is charged by city police with theft and receiving stolen property over an allegation she stole a refrigerator from 201 Reed Ave. about 8 p.m. June 1, court records show. District Judge Joseph Dalfonso issued the charges in a summons Tuesday.


Information used: Shelly Fine of 63 Stack Spur told state police Monday that her credit card information was used to make two online gift card purchases at Walmart.

Stand break-in: A concession stand at a ballfield at Thomas Presbyterian Church, 1068 Linden Road, was entered, state police said. The thieves stole 15 plastic containers of candy and two boxes of potato chips, and left a trail of Laffy Taffy as they departed toward Linden. The burglary was discovered Monday.


Man jailed: Aaron Scott Lee, 54, of 350 Zundel St., Pricedale, Rostraver Township, is charged by township police with strangulation, simple assault, making terroristic threats and unlawful restraint, court records show. Police accuse Lee of choking his girlfriend, Bridget Ross, holding her down and telling her the only way she would leave him would involve her death. Police said the incident occurred about 2 a.m. Wednesday in his residence. Lee was placed in Westmoreland County Jail on $5,000 bond set by District Judge Joseph Dalfonso.


Harassment charge: Michael Richards Jr., 26, of 113 Gibson Ave., will be charged by Washington police with harassment after he allegedly struck James Elliott, 54, of Washington during an incident Tuesday in the 100 block of Gibson Avenue.

Medication stolen: Sara Harris of 285 Henderson Ave. told Washington police Tuesday that medication was stolen from her home.

Jailed on warrant: Amanda McCune of Washington was placed in Washington County Jail Tuesday on a Butler County bench warrant after she allegedly stole items from Family Dollar, 130 Highland Ave., Washington police said. They will charge her with retail theft.

Disorderly charge: Jordan Miller, 24, of 87 McCarrell Ave., Washington, will be charged by Washington police with disorderly conduct and violating a city ordinance after he allegedly fired a BB gun at a home Tuesday.



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