: Jan. 19

January 18, 2013


Counterfeit money passed: Canonsburg police are investigating two reports of counterfeit $20 bills being passed at two businesses Thursday. Five bills, all with the same serial number, were passed by three men at Gas-N-Go, 301 Euclid Ave. Police were able to identify one of the men. The three were in a burnt orange sport utility vehicle. One bill was passed at Rite Aid, 25 E. Pike St., by a white man in his early 20s with brown hair and eyes. He was wearing a black wool coat.

Man assaulted: Nicholas Kaminsky, 19, of Strabane, told Canonsburg police he was assaulted about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday near West Pike Street and North Jefferson Avenue. He told police he was approached by a light-skinned black man, about 6 feet, 3 inches tall and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. He told police his assailant knocked him to the ground and went through his pockets before fleeing through an alley. Police were notified of the assault by Canonsburg General Hospital officials. He was being treated for a broken nose.


Woman charged: Sara Marie Wright, 21, and Dayla Walker, 40, both of Fredericktown, were charged by state police stemming from a disturbance Thursday at 151 Frederick Terrace, East Bethlehem. Wright was charged with disorderly conduct for screaming while Walker was charged with harassment for allegedly grabbing the other woman around the neck, police said.


Safe found: State police are looking for the owner of a cream-colored Meilink safe found discarded Thursday near 49 Crossroads Road, Hopewell. The safe had been damaged and contents removed. The serial number was still on it.


Jewelry stolen: Janet Schneider of Spring Valley Drive told North Franklin police last week two gold necklaces, a ring and $588 were stolen from her home.

Cellphone stolen: Michelle Lloyd, 192 Rose Ave., Washington, told North Franklin police her 13-year-old daughter’s cellphone, valued at $500, was stolen from her locker at Trinity Middle School.

Disorderly charges: William T. Harps, 39, and Holly Harps, 25, both of 744 Buena Vista St., Canton Township, each were charged with disorderly conduct stemming from an incident Thursday at the rear gate to Trinity High School off Zelt Street, North Franklin police said.


Driver threatened: Chuck Gardner, 41, of New York, told state police early Thursday a man driving an SUV pointed a handgun at him as he drove his tractor-trailer on Interstate 79 near the Houston exit.

Driver injured: Catherine Marsteller, 52, of 806 Washington Pike, Avella, was injured Thursday afternoon when her vehicle struck the rear of a vehicle driven by Qiu Ling Lin, 25, of 50 Scout Drive, South Strabane Township, on Tanger Boulevard, North Strabane police said. Marsteller was taken to Washington Hospital for treatment.


Charged in crash: Christopher George VonFisher, 20, of 966 Arch St., Washington, was arraigned Thursday on charges filed by state police in connection with a Jan. 1 crash on Buckingham Road, Somerset. Police were called for a vehicle that hit a utility pole and went over an embankment. VonFisher was found walking down Buckingham. Police said his blood-alcohol content was double the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication. The owner of the car, Britany Bongiovanni, told police he did not have permission to drive the vehicle. VonFisher, who is in the Washington County jail on a probation violation, was arraigned by video before District Judge Curtis Thompson on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle, leaving the scene of a crash and several traffic violations. Thompson set bond at $5,000.


ATV rider charged: Cody Stang, 20, of 5063 Don St., Finleyville, was charged by Southwest Regional police with driving under the influence of alcohol, underage drinking and several traffic violations after he crashed into a pickup truck while riding his all-terrain vehicle on McChain and Stone Church roads, Union, Oct. 13. Police found several cans of beer on the road. Stang, who was taken to UPMC-Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment, reportedly admitted to drinking eight beers. His BAC was three times the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication.


Vehicle stolen: Robert Donson of 25 Hall Ave., Washington, told Washington police Thursday his disabled 1995 Chevrolet Blazer was stolen from a lot at 221 E. Maiden St. The vehicle was last seen Jan. 9.

Refrigerator stolen: Kasey Dean, 275 N. Franklin St., told Washington police Thursday a scrap refrigerator was stolen from a trailer on her property. Charges are pending against the alleged thief.

Clothing stolen: Four bins containing clothing owned by James Pelley, 358 Locust Ave., were reported stolen Thursday, Washington police said.

Assault charge filed: Graham Bolton, 31, of 385 Dewey Ave., Washington, was charged Thursday with simple assault for allegedly beating a man with whom he had been drinking at his residence Jan. 5, court records show. Police said the victim’s girlfriend claimed she found the man on the ground outside of Bolton’s residence and transported him to Washington Hospital after Bolton called her. The victim reportedly told police Bolton knocked him to the floor and struck him repeatedly until he lost consciousness. Police said Bolton asserts the victim had conducted himself in a threatening manner. The charge will be send by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.



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