Feb. 12

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BENTLEYVILLE

Drug charges: Darnell Edward Simpson, 27, of 20 Walnut St., Ellsworth, was arraigned Friday on drug charges filed by the Washington County Drug Task Force, stemming from an incident in Bentleyville in October. Simpson is charged with possession and possession with intent to deliver crack and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is accused of selling the drug to a confidential informant. He was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller and placed in the Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.


CALIFORNIA

Girl charged: A 17-year-old girl from Allison was charged Monday with disorderly conduct by California police for allegedly fighting with other fans at a high school basketball game Jan. 30.


CANONSBURG

Faces charges in fight: Marsina Joy Matthews, 51, of 416 1/2 Duquesne Ave., Canonsburg, will be charged by Canonsburg police with simple assault and harassment for allegedly punching Wanda K. McElhaney, 33, of 306 E. Maiden St., Washington, while the two were in the parking lot of Shop ’n Save, 617 W. Pike St., Saturday night. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge David Mark.


CECIL

Charged in assault: Raymond John McHenry, 45, of 71 Tarr Heights Drive, Cecil, was arrested Friday by Cecil Township police for allegedly head-butting his wife, Susan McHenry, during a dispute at their home. He left the house but was found in his vehicle by township police. McHenry was arraigned on a charge of simple assault before District Judge Jay Weller and released with orders to have no contact with his wife.


DONORA

Officer assaulted: Sequoia Stringa, 40, of 450 Fourth St., Donora, was arrested Sunday by Donora police after allegedly pushing an officer who responded to an assault call at 464 Fourth. When police arrived, they said 10 people were in front of the home screaming, and it was determined Stringa was having an argument with her daughter. When police were talking with her, she allegedly pushed an officer as she tried to get back at her daughter. Stringa was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller on charges of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and harassment. She was released on her own recognizance.


Drug charge: Stephen R. Lanier, 69, of 100 Modisette Ave., Donora, is charged by borough police with drug possession and hindering apprehension or prosecution. Lanier is accused of having four small bags of cocaine stuffed in his mouth when police approached him about 8:15 p.m. Feb. 2 outside 69 Allen Ave., court records show. He is in the Washington County jail on $10,000 bond after being arraigned Thursday by District Judge Mark Wilson.


EAST BETHLEHEM

Distributor cited: The operator of Global Beer Distributing, 376 Front St., East Bethlehem, was cited by the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enformcent for allegedly selling alcoholic beverages to minors Dec. 28 and other occasions in the last year.


NORTH FRANKLIN

Girl charged in theft: A 15-year-old North Franklin girl was charged in a juvenile allegation with theft by North Franklin police. She is accused of stealing an iPod owned by a 14-year-old Amwell Township girl from a cafeteria table at Trinity High School Feb. 6. After being confronted about the theft, the 15-year-old retrieved it from her locker, police said.


Student charged: A 15-year-old Canton Township boy will be charged in a juvenile allegation with possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct after he was allegedly under the influence of the drug at Trinity High School Feb. 4. Police said he also was in possession of marijuana.


NORTH STRABANE

Radios stolen: Citizens band radios were reported stolen Friday from three trucks parked at A&S Landscape property on Mansfield Road, North Strabane police said.


PennDOT truck hit: Lesley A. Victoria, 51, of 340 Old Scales Road, South Franklin Township, escaped injury when her vehicle reportedly hit the rear of a state Department of Transportation pickup truck driven by Bryon Miller, 44, of Houston, Wednesday on Route 19 near Racetrack Road. North Strabane police said blood was drawn to determine if she was under the influence of prescription medication at the time of the crash.


Faces DUI charge: Carter Woods, 22, of 122 Ridge Ave., Washington, faces a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol after crashing into a concrete barrier and guardrail on Route 19 near Locust Street early Saturday, North Strabane police said. She was slightly injured in the crash.


PETERS

Charged in assault: David James McDonough, 22, of 217 Camelford Road, McMurray, was charged Sunday by Peters police with simple assault and harassment. He is accused of biting his father, Douglas, on the shoulder and punching him during a confrontation at their home. The father heard his son start his vehicle but felt he was too intoxicated to drive, Peters police said. When the father reached in to remove they keys from the ignition, the son allegedly bit him. McDonough was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller and placed in the Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.


Drug arrest: Terrick Jyjuan Smith, 18, no address given, was placed on an adult probation detainer after police determined during a traffic stop at 3:17 p.m. Saturday that he was on probation, township police said. Smith was a passenger in a vehicle in which the odor of marijuana was detected, police said. A multicolored glass pipe with suspected marijuana was found, and a bag of suspected marijuana was found on the floor between Smith’s feet, police said. He will be charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Money missing: An employee of Subway on Valley Brook Road reported that $235 kept hidden for change was found to be missing Saturday, township police said.


Scam reported: A township resident reported she had advertised for a roommate and received a response from a woman who sent her payment of $1,900 for the room and to cover the cost of shipping belongings, township police said. The other woman then contacted the local woman and asked that she send $976 by Western Union to Little Rock, Ark. The local woman did, only to discover the initial check was bad, police said.


Theft of services: A contractor for a dental association on Waterdam Road discovered an empty 30-yard rolloff Dumpster was partially filled with someone else’s refuse at 11:07 a.m. Saturday, township police said. The contractor contacted another company working in the area that said it could be its contractor who dumped the items, police said. When there was no response from the contractor, police were contacted. The investigation continues.


Underage drinking party: Charges may be filed following an underage drinking party at 118 Bunker Hill Drive at 1:10 a.m. Sunday, township police said. The mother of one of the boys at the party arrived at the house searching for her son and called police. Officers found another boy lying on the bathroom floor, semiconscious and vomiting, police said. Officers observed several juveniles throughout the house, along with alcohol. The homeowner was not present, and the party host was not located, police said. Marijuana was found in a metal can on a bar, police said. Attempts to contact the homeowner were unsuccessful. Many of the suspected underage drinkers fled when police arrived.


SMITH

Charged in shooting: Christina M. Stroud of 1829 Main St., Burgettstown, was arrested early Sunday by Smith police for allegedly firing a shot from a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol at Eugene H. Fender inside a home at 14 French Hill Road. Police said the two had been fighting and were rolling around on the floor when she reportedly got up and retrieved Fender’s gun. Police said she went into the kitchen and fired a shot at him, and the bullet hit the freezer door. She was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment, and was released from the Washington County jail after posting $10,000 bond.


WASHINGTON

Theft charge: Eric Earl Collett, 41, of 139 S. Lincoln St., Washington, was charged with theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief for allegedly stripping a John Deere skid loader while it was parked at South Lincoln and Railroad streets. Police said the theft was reported by the loader’s owner, Steve Alcierdo, Nov. 21. A summons will be sent to Collett by District Judge Robert Redlinger.


Driver charged: Tyler Dean Burkhalter, 21, of 3071 Dividend Drive, South Franklin Township, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license and a variety of other summary offenses after allegedly failing to stop for police Jan. 29 on Locust Avenue.


Theft reported: Marna Hicks of 672 E. Beau St., East Washington, reported Friday $400 in cash had been stolen from the home of her father, Charles McCormick, who lives in the 600 block of Fayette Street.


Attempted burglary: Cindy Belacastro of 350 Second St., Washington, reported to police that when she returned home about 9 p.m. Saturday, she found her front door open and the door jamb broken.


Theft reported: Edward Radvansky of 876 Summerlea Drive, Washington, reported Friday that someone had stolen his Home Depot credit card, $30 in change and his Giant Eagle Advantage card from his vehicle while it was parked unlocked in the carport outside his home.


Man charged: Robert Noble, 48, of 740 Ewing St., Washington, was charged Sunday with theft and criminal trespass for allegedly stealing four sheets of plywood from the garage of Cathy Yoders of 720 Ewing St., Washington.


Disorderly conduct charges: Clyde W. Shaver, 41, of 80 Church St., Washington, and George E. Ankrom, 45, of 195 Willow Brook Way, Cordesville, S.C., were charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct for fighting at West Maiden Street and Jefferson Avenue about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Shaver was again charged with public intoxication about 6 p.m. in the Shop ’n Save parking lot, said police.


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