: Dec. 13

December 12, 2012


Students face charges: Two students at Canon-McMillan middle school face charges after they were found to have small amounts of marijuana Tuesday. Police were called to the middle school by principal Gregorary Taranto, who said witnesses reported seeing a 14-year-old boy putting marijuana packed inside a dental floss container in the backpack of a 13-year-old girl in exchange for $20. When confronted, the girl admitted giving the boy the money but said she had planned to throw the marijuana away. Additional marijuana was found on the boy, as well as a bottle of suspected urine. Both face possible in-school suspensions, as well as juvenile petitions for marijuana possession.


Drug test charge: Katie Elizabeth Spalding, 31, of Bower Hill Road, Venetia, faces charges after she allegedly attempted to evade a urine test for drugs administered by the Washington County Adult Probation Office Monday. Police said Spalding had concealed a condom filled with urine in her pelvic area and was caught when she popped it open with a toothpick.

Leaving the scene: Frank Provanzano of 545 Manifold Road, Washington, faces charges after he allegedly left the scene of an accident Sunday in the 300 block of Chartiers Run Road. Police said Provanzano ran off the road and his vehicle rolled over into a creek. He was picked up by someone in another vehicle.

Business burglarized: A burglary at First Transit, 2439 W. Pike St., was investigated by police Sunday. A cleaning person contacted the general manager after finding a number of offices ransacked. An estimated $1,000 to $1,400 was stolen from the business.


Injured in wreck: Louis Banks, 24, of Aliquippa, received minor injuries Tuesday after the tractor-trailer he was operating left Interstate 70, traveled onto the berm for 450 feet and then rolled onto its side on the highway. State police in Washington said Banks was hauling a mixed load of tires, medical supplies and household items. The Washington County Hazmat team and Weavertown Environmental were called to clean up a spill from the accident.


Assault charge: Daryl Beckner, 51, of 290 Roosevelt St., was charged with simple assault, harassment and driving while intoxicated Saturday. Police said Beckner assaulted Dena Chandler, of the same address, by throwing her to the ground and kicking her in the head. Chandler was taken to Washington Hospital for treatment. That same night, Beckner was stopped for driving while intoxicated and had a 0.141 blood-alcohol content, police said. He was arraigned before District Judge Ethan Ward on all the charges.


Jailed for theft: Kathleen Stevens Joy, 63, of 103 Fox Chase Drive, Canonsburg, was released Wednesday from the the Washington County jail after posting 10 percent of her $5,000 bond on a retail theft charge, according to jail records. A Giant Eagle loss-prevention officer notified Peters Township police shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday that a woman was leaving the grocery store at 4007 Washington Road, Donaldsons Crossroads, with $185 worth of merchandise for which she hadn’t paid. District Judge Ethan Ward arraigned Joy.


Card fraud: Stacey Ambrosio of 19 Jefferson St. reported to Southwest Regional police her bank card without her permission to purchase items online Dec. 6.



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