Washington Co. & Mon Valley Police Beat : Police Beat July 14

July 14, 2017


Storage units entered: Locks were cut off eight storage units on Lone Pine Road, and an undetermined number of items were stolen between Sunday and Tuesday, state police said. Police were still trying to get a listing of items. The tools used to cut the locks were recovered and are being analyzed as part of the continuing investigation.

Stolen vehicle: A car owned by Keith Strawn was stolen from his residence at 73 Willow Drive and was involved in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 70 near the north junction with Interstate 79 at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, state police said.


Drug charges: Bryan White, 39, of Rices Landing, was charged Wednesday by California police with possession of crack and drug paraphernalia, as well as three traffic violations, stemming from a traffic stop Tuesday night at Rotary Park. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Joshua Kanalis.

Theft, mischief charges: Angel Lynn Hull, 25, and Ryan Michael Ziemba, 28, both of Coal Center, will be charged by California police with theft, criminal mischief and conspiracy after they allegedly damaged the apartment they were renting at 17 Daisy Lane when they vacated it at the end of the May. Drawers and a door in the kitchen and a rug were damaged, police said. Several items also were stolen from the property, police said. The charges were sent by summons from the office of District Judge Joshua Kanalis.


Theft reported: Adam Penn of Canonsburg told Canonsburg police Wednesday that he attempted to buy a motorcycle through Craigslist and sent a $2,000 prepaid debit card to a woman in Omaha, Neb. He told police that he received an invoice but never received the motorcycle.


Charges filed: Alonzo Bowman, 19, of 728 Washington Ave., Charleroi, and Savannah Breanne Scott, 18, of Irwin, are charged with conspiracy for their alleged roles in an armed robbery at 115 Luella Ave. about 3 p.m. May 10, court records show. District Judge Larry Hopkins signed warrants Wednesday for their arrests.


Dirt bike stolen: A red, 70cc Yamaha dirt bike was reported stolen Wednesday from the driveway of a home at 268 Chapel Hill Drive, state police said.


Woman jailed: Alexis M. Jones-Fleming, 21, of 22 S. McKean Ave., Donora, is charged by borough police with escape, flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest, theft, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show. Police accuse Jones-Fleming of fleeing out a bathroom window at her home while wearing handcuffs on one arm and leading an officer on a foot chase to nearby woods, where she was taken into custody on a bench warrant. Police said they seized 20 stamp bags of heroin and a bag of cocaine from her residence. The charges were filed Thursday before District Judge Larry Hopkins. Jones-Fleming was placed in Washington County Jail on the warrant.

Man jailed: Joshua M. Marish, 36, of 561 McKean Ave., Donora, was charged by borough police with possessing five stamp bags of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia after an officer responded to his residence to take a theft report about 8:15 p.m. Monday, court records show. Marish went to Washington County Jail Tuesday on a parole violation.


Wanted on warrant: William Wayne Smith Jr., 54, of 69 Stone Church Road, Union Township, is wanted by Washington County detectives on charges of drug delivery, drug possession and conspiracy, court records show. Smith is accused of selling 10 stamp bags of heroin marked “Donald Trump” to a confidential informant in January in Finleyville, and with selling another 10 in February bearing a stamp of “Yogotti.” Detectives withheld the times and dates of the alleged purchases to project the informant from harm, the affidavit indicates. District Judge James Ellis signed a warrant Monday for Smith’s arrest.


Scam reported: An Independence Township woman told state police she was contacted and told she won a $100,000 grant. She sent $100 to receive the grant money but got nothing in return.


Theft, damage reported: Michael Mixter called McDonald police Monday to report that items were stolen from an apartment he owns at 139 S. McDonald St., and damage was done to the doors. Another resident of the apartment building also reported items stolen from his apartment.

Drone damaged: Robert Amrhein of McDonald told McDonald police Saturday that his drone was damaged by toilet paper rolls shot at it as he recorded events at McSummerfest at Heritage Park.


Theft alleged: Lynn Ryan, 47, of 306 Telegraph Road, Brownsville, is charged by city police with access device fraud, identity theft, theft, receiving stolen property and bad checks, court records show. Police accuse Ryan of using a banking card belonging to Lorrie Payne to make $4,200 in purchases at The Hot Spot in Uniontown between Feb. 24 and May 3. She also is accused of taking $1,795 from Payne to pay her federal taxes without giving her a receipt and failing to repay most of a $1,294 loan from Payne. District Judge Joseph Dalfonso issued the case in a summons Wednesday.


Grates stolen: An employee of the Robinson road department told McDonald police Sunday that four grates were stolen from catch basins on Campbell Road near Old Steubenville Pike, Robinson.


Strangulation arrest: Charles Eric Davis, 47, of 901 Marion St., New Eagle, was arrested early Thursday by Monongahela police on charges of strangulation, simple assault and harassment after he allegedly assaulted a woman on Short Street in New Eagle. He allegedly choked her and pushed her. She was taken to Monongahela Valley Hospital for treatment. Police said he fled before officers arrived but was later found at his home. Davis was arraigned before District Judge Curtis Thompson and placed in Washington County Jail on $1,500 bond.


Probation violation alleged: Johnnie Jay Jones Jr., 27, of 291 Chappel Hill Road, Claysville, was taken into custody early Thursday by North Strabane police after they reportedly found him with a vehicle whose owner had reported an unauthorized use. Police said Jones tried to flee but was stopped. They reported finding a needle and a suspected bag of heroin near Jones, who refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test. Jones was placed in Washington County Jail on a probation violation.


Pole struck: Samuel Avolia Jr., 27, of 45 Barnickle St., Meadow Lands, escaped injury Wednesday morning when his pickup truck hit a utility pole on North Main Street near Oak Grove Road. He told South Strabane police that he was distracted, and when he looked back, he saw cars were stopped in front of him. He swerved off the road and hit the pole, which came to rest in the bed of his truck, police said.


Theft: Lou Lombard of 120 Highland Ave. told city police he has video of a person stealing a laundry cart about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. He placed the value of the cart at $500.


Driver hurt: Janet S. Kimble, 59, of Idamay, W.Va., was injured when her vehicle and one driven by Luke Spencer, 32, of New Freeport, collided Tuesday on Enon Church Road in an area reduced to one lane because of a landslide, state police said. Kimble was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown,W.Va., for treatment.



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