: Feb. 27

February 26, 2013


Paraphernalia charge: Timothy White, 23, of Morgantown, W.Va., was charged this week by state police with possession of drug paraphernalia after the items were found in a vehicle he allegedly had stolen Feb. 8 in Reedsville, W.Va. The vehicle, which police say was used in White’s abduction of a child in West Virginia, was found abandoned at the state Department of Transportation shed off Interstate 79 in Amwell.


Teen charged: A 16-year-old Burgettstown boy will be charged by McDonald police with criminal mischief after allegedly damaging several items in his parents’ home at 15 Tope St., Burgettstown, Feb. 19. His mother told police he became irate when she confronted him about removing locks she had installed to keep one of his friends out of the home. Mark W.J. Shriver, 19, of Irondale, Ohio, was charged by McDonald police with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident the previous day at the boy’s home. Family members said they found Shriver in the attic after investigating a noise. Shriver had been charged earlier this month, as well, for entering the home without permission. The boy was taken to Jefferson County (Ohio) Juvenile Detention Center on a juvenile probation violation. The charges against Shriver will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.


Car damaged: A vehicle owned by Norma Patterson of Canonsburg was damaged Monday night while it was parked in the lot at 46 E. Pike St., Canonsburg police said.


Stolen gun: Robert S. Sowinsky of Sowinsky Road reported at 9:34 a.m. Monday a handgun was stolen from his pickup truck, possibly Feb. 13 in the parking lot of the Giant Eagle in McDonald, township police said. The handgun is a stainless steel Smith & Wesson 9mm. Also missing is a black hook and loop holster and a double leather magazine holder attached to a black leather belt, all stolen from the center console, police said. The items are valued at about $800.


Fugitive arrest: Karla Faith Snyder, 39, of 420 Shady Ave., Charleroi, was arrested Monday afternoon by Charleroi Regional police as a fugitive from justice. Snyder was stopped for failing to obey the “steer clear” law. When police checked, they learned she is wanted on two probation warrants in Worcester County, Md. Deputies there indicated they would extradite her. She was arraigned before District Judge Ethan Ward and placed in the Washington County jail without bond, pending extradition.


Tools stolen: Tools owned by Mountaineer Resources and the company’s employees were reported stolen Monday from a trailer at the Consol Energy coal conveyor belt off Newland School Road, East Finley. State police said a welder mounted on a trailer also was stolen. Police said the thief cut a lock on a gate to enter the property. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 724-223-5200.


Wife arrested: Chanin Lee Rakas, 40, of 107 High St., Elco, was arrested Monday night by state police after she allegedly punched her husband, Richard Rakas, in the head and face and dragged him down a flight of stairs following an argument. She was arraigned before District Judge Ethan Ward on charges of simple assault and harassment. She was released on $25,000 unsecured bond. He went to Monongahela Valley Hospital for treatment.


Wanted on warrant: Donna Hilbert, 47, of 24 Allegheny Ave., Cuddy, is wanted by McDonald police on a warrant for allegedly using a credit card of an Independence man she had been hired to assist. The client learned of the theft after he was contacted by the credit card company. Several purchases had been made with the card in Washington. Hilbert reportedly gave police a false statement about her whereabouts when the card was used, but police say video surveillance from the stores shows her using the cards. Hilbert is wanted on charges of theft, forgery, unsworn falsification and receiving stolen property. The warrant was issued by District Judge Jay Weller.


Mischief, disorderly charges: Amber Lynn Coleman, 25, of McDonald, will be charged with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief after creating a disturbance at 514 W. Grove Ave. Feb. 18, McDonald police said.

Charged in assault: David Holmes Trowbridge, 62, of 103 W. Lincoln Ave., McDonald, was charged by McDonald police with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment for allegedly hitting Diana Sappie in the face during an altercation Feb. 16 at their home. Sappie told police she grabbed a baseball bat to protect herself. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.


Burglary, theft charges: David Glenn Thiele Jr., 35, of 1141 Robinson Highway, Robinson, was charged by McDonald police with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, criminal trespass and criminal mischief for allegedly stealing copper from locations on Robinson Highway. Police received a report of a man burning insulation off the wire. The man was later identified as Thiele, police said. Thiele reportedly admitted to stealing wire on two occasions and selling it for $410. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.

Charged in crash: Jack Gearhart Jr., 45, of 317 Meadow Road, Burgettstown, was charged by McDonald police in connection with a Dec. 16 crash on Old Steubenville Pike, Robinson. Police were called for a report of a crash. When the officer arrived, he found a pickup truck on its side on the road, but no driver. A man stopped and told police that he gave a ride to a person he believed to be a hitchhiker. The hitchhiker was later identified as Gearhart, who was found at his home, police said. Officers said Gearhart failed field-sobriety tests. He was taken to Canonsburg General Hospital, where blood was drawn. Gearhart is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to report a crash to police and failure to provide immediate notification to police. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.


DUI charge: Judy Ann Leighty, 63, of 163 Clare Drive, Washington, was charged Monday by South Strabane police with DUI and careless driving. She was reportedly driving on Route 19 near Trinity Point when she hit the median, causing two tires to flatten. Police said she continued to drive on the rims for more than a quarter of a mile. Police said she failed field-sobriety tests. Blood was drawn to determine her alcohol level. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.

Purse stolen: Kristie Falcon of Bentleyville told South Strabane police Monday her Coach purse containing $290 and credit cards was stolen from her vehicle while she was working at Waffle House, Washington Road.


House burglarized: Shirley Wade of 350 McCarrell Ave. told Washington police Monday coins, jewelry and a 25-caliber pistol were stolen in a burglary of her home.

Attempt to enter safe: Washington police were called Tuesday after an attempt was made to enter a safe at Kurtz Monument, 267 E. Maiden St.

Man assaulted: Earl Phillips, 24, of Washington, was slashed in the rib cage with a knife while wrestling one of two men he had chased after they reportedly tried to break into a garage at 345 McCarrell Ave. early Tuesday. He was wrestling with a white man wearing a black hooded shirt when he was cut by a black man wearing a red hooded shirt. Both suspects are in their mid 20s, Washington police said.



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