Washington Co. & Mon Valley Police Beat


False alarm charge: Robyn P. Lancaster, 20, of Uniontown, is charged with setting off a false fire alarm Friday at Vulcan Village apartments. Borough police said Lancaster set off an alarm about 2 a.m., causing a response from California Volunteer Fire Department and the evacuation of building No. 4. Lancaster also was charged with violating a borough ordinance by hosting a large party.


Stealing checks: Paul Joseph McGavitt, 28, of 240 N. College St., Washington, faces charges of theft and receiving stolen property for a March 21 incident in which Washington Hospital security found three personal checks belonging to Subramoniam Jayakumar with McGavitt’s name in the pay-to section, South Strabane police said, and he had illegally acquired them. McGavitt was placed in the Washington County jail Monday on $2,500 bond.


Warrant arrest: El-Hajj Turner, 23, of 750 Fayette St., Washington, was placed in Washington County jail Sunday on a state parole violation. Washington police said Turner provided a false name when he was located at the Eighth Ward playground.

Apartment entered: A Jollick Manor resident reported to Washington police she found an unknown man on her couch when she entered her apartment Friday. The man fled on foot. No items were reported stolen.

Window smashed: Jason Thompson reported to police a man he didn’t know picked up a large piece of wood and broke the windshield of his automobile Friday as it was parked on Donnan Avenue.

Materials stolen: Washington police received a complaint that roofing materials worth $1,800 were stolen from 716 W. Chestnut St.

Greene Co. Police Beat


Hit-and-run crash: State police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that occurred about 7:20 a.m. Thursday on Route 21 at Barton Hollow Road in Franklin Township. Police said a vehicle struck a tractor-trailer driven by Ralph T. Thomas, 55, of Baltimore, and left the scene. Thomas was not injured and there was minor damage to his rig, police said.

Contraband at jail: State police said they plan to cite Tamara J. Stoken, 41, of Irwin, for bringing contraband to SCI-Greene prison in Franklin Township. Police said Stoken possessed two empty stamp bags and a hypodermic needle while at the state prison Aug. 6.


DUI Checkpoints: State police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints on county highways this week, from Tuesday through Monday and over Labor Day weekend.


Car vandalized: A car parked at 2639 E. Roy Furman Highway in Monongahela Township was vandalized Aug. 18, state police said.


Items stolen from cars: State police said someone entered multiple vehicles in the 500 block of Washington Road in Washington Township and removed items inside the cars on Aug. 18 and 19.