March 5

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AMWELL

Faces charge: Tiffany R. Patterson, 24, of Washington, faces a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol stemming from a crash Sunday in the 2400 block of South Main Street Extension, Amwell, state police said.


BENTLEYVILLE

PFA charge: Jimmy Lee Ritenour, 35, of 228 Beallsville Road, Bentleyville, was arrested by state police Saturday for allegedly violating a protection-from-abuse order during a custody exchange in Bentleyville with Shannon M. Smith. Smith told police that Ritenour reportedly hit her in the back and then pulled her jacket, ripping it. He was arraigned before District Judge Robert Redlinger and released from the Washington County jail after posting a $5,000 percentage bond.


CALIFORNIA

Missing man found: An elderly resident of Pike Run Drive in California was found under a porch by a family member as California police and firefighters were preparing to launch a search for him about 5 a.m. Monday. Also ready to assist were a Charleroi Regional K-9 and emergency medical personnel. The man was reported missing after he had not been seen since 9:30 p.m. Sunday. He was taken to Monongahela Valley Hospital for treatment.


CANONSBURG

Road rage reported: A McDonald man told Canonsburg police Friday that a man pulled a gun on him during an apparent incident of road rage. The 18-year-old told police that he was turning from Smithfield Street to Greenside Avenue when a woman started waving her arms, so he stopped. He said a man got out of his car, yelled at him to slow down and then pulled a gun. The man with the gun was white, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighed about 180 pounds and wore a long black coat. He also had light-colored hair and a mustache. The woman is white, 5 feet 6 inches tall with brown hair and was wearing a blue, hooded shirt.


Woman injured: Alissa N. Hildebrand, 28, of 622 Giffin Ave., Canonsburg, was injured Sunday night when her pickup truck hit a guy-wire on a utility pole on Adams Avenue at Como Street and flipped on its side. Hildebrand was taken to Canonsburg General Hospital for treatment, Canonsburg police said. Her 2-month-old daughter was not injured.


Money stolen: Daniel Buretz of 14 E. Water St. told Canonsburg police Saturday that $550 in rent money was stolen. He suspects that a man who had been staying with him stole the money, police said.


Man charged: Bryan J. Dadum, 22, of 102 Rose Ave., Canonsburg, was charged by Canonsburg police Friday with possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest stemming from a March 16, 2011, incident at 215 E. Pitt St. Police were at the home along with Peters Township police looking for a 17-year-old girl who had run away from a rehabilitation facility in the township. Police said Dadum became combative after they found suspected drugs. The girl was found at the home. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge David Mark.


CHARLEROI

Faces drug charges: Nicole Marie Davis, 26, of 269 Railroad St., Finleyville, was arrested Sunday night by Charleroi Regional police after she allegedly ran from police who were trying to take her into custody on a probation warrant. Police said she was found with suspected heroin and ran through an alley and between houses before she was caught. Davis was arraigned before District Judge Robert Redlinger on charges of possession of heroin and paraphernalia as well as flight to avoid prosecution. She was placed in the Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.


Charged in theft: David A. Bardella, 47, of 5 Cross Creek Road, Avella, was arraigned Sunday before District Judge Robert Redlinger on charges of theft and receiving stolen property. He is accused of stealing jewelry from his sister’s home at 902 Anne Ave., Charleroi. Bardella was placed in the Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.


INDEPENDENCE

Arraigned on warrant: Donna Hilbert, 47, of Bridgeville, was arraigned Saturday on a warrant obtained by McDonald police on charges of theft, forgery, unsworn falsification and receiving stolen property. Hilbert is accused of using a credit card of an Independence man she had been hired to assist. She allegedly used the card at stores in Washington and lied about her actions to police. She was arraigned before District Judge Robert Redlinger and placed in the Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.


McDONALD

Charged in disturbance: Keith E. Blanchon, 34, of 519 N. McDonald St., McDonald, was charged Friday with disorderly conduct by McDonald police stemming from a Feb. 28 disturbance at Giant Eagle. He reportedly was pulling items from the shelves and throwing them on the floor. When he was asked to leave, he reportedly created a further disturbance. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.


NORTH FRANKLIN

Assault charges pending: Graham Bolton, 31, of 358 Dewey Ave., North Franklin, was charged Monday by township police with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment. He is accused of hitting Thomas Sefcik, 26, of Washington, from behind and knocking him to the ground. When Sefcik tried to get up, Bolton reportedly kicked him in the back and hit him in the face. Sefcik was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment of a broken orbital bone and nose. Bolton will be charged by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.


Charged in threat: Jesse C.R. Evans, 29, of 726 Fayette St., Washington, will be charged by North Franklin police with disorderly conduct after he allegedly threatened to assault an employee at McDonald’s, 1294 W. Chestnut St., Saturday.


Car damaged: Patricia Hart of 217 Glen Springs Road, Canonsburg, told North Franklin police Wednesday that her car was scratched twice by vandals while she was working at BonTon, Washington Crown Center.


PETERS TOWNSHIP

Theft: A young couple ate at Max and Erma’s restaurant, 4093 Washington Road, and left without paying the $22.54 check at 9:50 p.m. Saturday, township police said. The couple, estimated to be in their teens, drove away in a blue Ford Mustang and traveled north on Washington Road, police said.


Retail theft: A woman entered CVS Pharmacy, 3870 Washington Road, shortly before 6:22 p.m. Saturday and placed 14 items in a basket, township police said. Seven minutes after the woman entered the store, a man also entered and grabbed a box from a shelf before the man and woman left together without paying, police said. The couple were observed on the store security surveillance. They left in an older model white Chevrolet by backing out of the parking lot onto West McMurray Road to avoid having the license plate being visible. The vehicle then went south on Washington Road.


Jewelry missing: A resident of Victoria Lane reported various jewelry missing from a jewelry box at 9:02 a.m. Saturday, township police said. Recently, there were workers in the house, police said. Later, Heidelberg police called to say some of the items were turned in to officers there. The investigation continues.


Rollover accident: A South Park woman escaped major injury when the car she was driving rolled over and landed on its roof, township police said. Jessica Stanislaw, 19, of Royal Drive, told police she lost control of her car on the curves in the 500 block of Sugar Camp Road at 6:54 a.m. Sunday. She received a small cut and was checked by ambulance personnel. She refused additional treatment, police said.


ROBINSON

Teen charged: Cody Daniel Mastic, 19, of 507 Fifth St., McDonald, was charged by McDonald police with minor DUI, underage drinking, minor prohibited from operating a vehicle with alcohol in system and traffic violations stemming from a Feb. 7 crash on Noblestown Road. Police said they learned that Mastic tried to get the vehicle towed, but the tow truck operator would not move the vehicle until police were notified. Mastic told police that three deer had run out in front of him. Police said his blood-alcohol content was 0.88 percent, more than four times the 0.02 limit for juveniles. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.


Copper theft: David Thiele Jr., 35, of 1141 Robinson Highway, Robinson, was arraigned Saturday before District Judge Robert Redlinger on burglary and other charges filed by McDonald police in connection with the theft of scrap copper from locations on Robinson Highway. Police said he sold the material. He was placed in the Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.


SOUTH STRABANE

Woman charged: Harbeth S. Hayes, 33, of 117 Hall Ave., Washington, was charged with harassment by South Strabane police after allegedly threatening Krystal Dillon, 20, of Washington, while Dillon was working Sunday at Walmart, Trinity Point. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.


Two injured: Two people were slightly injured in a two-vehicle crash about 7:15 p.m. Friday at the intersection of East Beau Street and Lakeview Drive. South Strabane police said Brandon Morris, 18, of 1042 Lynn Portal Road, Canton Township, was going west on East Beau when he turned into the path of an eastbound vehicle driven by Mason Abbas, 65, of 5 Wilmont Ave., East Washington. Abbas and a passenger, Deborah Wiley, 58, also of 5 Wilmont, refused treatment for their injuries.


WASHINGTON

Robbery: Richard Schmalz, 40, of 85 First St., Meadow Lands, reported that he was robbed of $40 about 1:30 a.m. Monday in the 400 block of Ewing Street by a man to whom he gave a ride, police said. Schmalz said the man snatched two $20 bills out of his hands after asking him if he had change. The man then got out of the vehicle and ran into a house on Ewing Street. Schmalz described the suspect as being a heavy-set black man about 5-foot 9-inches tall. The man had a scruffy beard and was wearing a knit hat and a jersey.


Theft: Scott McDonald of Washington reported that someone stole two copper leads, valued at $800, from his welder that was in the back of his truck while the vehicle was parked on West Chestnut Street Saturday.


Criminal mischief: Krystal Dillion of 91 Washington Road, Washington, reported to police the window on her vehicle was broken while it was parked at Lincoln Terrace from 2:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.


Windshield broken: Harold Donley of 621 Beech St., Washington, said the windshield on his vehicle was broken about 2:30 a.m. Saturday while it was parked outside his home.


Harassment charges: Joy Frantz, 32, and Matthew Frantz, 51, both of 305 Taylor St., Washington, will be charged with harassment in connection with a fight between the daughter and father at 5 p.m. Friday at their home, police said. Police said the Frantzes will be charged by summons.


Theft: Alissa Preston of 56 Hilltop Acres Road, Washington, reported that an iPod and a Coach umbrella were stolen from her vehicle while it was being repaired at Bud Baer Collision Center between Feb. 8 and Feb. 22.


Burglary: Bill Berdine, shop foreman at Job-Fab, 295 Meadow Ave., Washington, reported that 725 feet of copper lead was stolen from three welders after someone broke into the company Thursday or Friday.


UNION

Incidents investigated: Southwest Regional police are investigating two incidents reported Thursday on Circle Drive, Union. Michele Muller of 24 Circle reported an octagon-shaped baby gate stolen from her backyard. Ronald Maville of 9 Circle reported the driver’s side bed window of his pickup truck was broken. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 724-929-8484.


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