Police beat March 12
Warrant arrest: Ryan Seth Vega, 19, of 430 Fourth St., Langeloth, was arrested Sunday on a warrant obtained by McDonald police on a charge of receiving stolen property. Vega is accused of having a PlayStation game system and two game controllers that had been reported stolen from a Burgettstown home in January. He reportedly sold the items to a pawn shop in Weirton, W.Va. Vega was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller and placed in the Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.
Paraphernalia charge: Matthew Thomas Markish, 23, of 124 Raymond St., Burgettstown, was charged by McDonald police with possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from an incident Thursday at his home during a compliance check with state parole agents. A pipe was found in his pants pocket, police said. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.
Arrested on drug charges: Jawan Lynn Bryant, 21, of McKeesport, was arrested Saturday by California police on charges of possession and possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident at 522 Porcupine St. Police were on patrol and could smell a strong odor of marijuana in the area, They also could see a large group of people outside. Bryant was identified as one of the people and was determined to be the renter of the apartment. Police said they could see a bag of marijuana inside the apartment. The apartment was searched, and police said they found suspected marijuana, stamp bags of heroin, Vicodin and Opana. Bryant was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller and placed in the Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.
Bar cited: The operators of McMonagle’s & Joe’s 6 Packs, 153 Union St., were cited by the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement with obstructing law or other government function, allowing smoking where it should be prohibited and failing to post signs as required under the Clean Indoor Air Act.
Paraphernalia charges: Vincent Manus, 21, of Aurora, Colo., Jonathan Barlow, 19, of Pittsburgh, and Kenneth Smith, 22, of Virginia, were charged by California police with possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from an incident at their apartment at 128 Wood St. March 1. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Joshua Kanalis.
Faces drug charges: Devante Brooks, 20, of Daisytown, will be charged by California police with possession and possession with intent to deliver narcotics after he allegedly was found with more than 300 anxiety medication pills Saturday at Pennsylvania Avenue and Green Street. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Joshua Kanalis.
Jewelry, cash stolen: Amy Lynn Collins of 538 Park Ave. told Canonsburg police Saturday $500, a diamond engagement ring and wedding band were stolen from a locked security box in her home.
Vehicle damaged: Frank H. Meyer Jr. of 134 Sunset Drive, Canton, told state police Friday vandals scratched the driver’s side door of his vehicle.
Disorderly charge: Gregory T. Terrell, 21, and Eric D. Richards, 41, both of Washington, will be charged with disorderly conduct after state police said they were found early Monday hiding in an apartment at Belvedere Acres on Chestnut Street. Terrell was placed in the Washington County jail on a bench warrant.
Assault, other charges: Maria Fedarko, 23, of 716 Fifth St., Charleroi, was charged by Charleroi Regional police last week stemming from an incident March 3 in the 500 block Fallowfield Avenue. Fedarko is accused of hitting a 15-year-old girl in the head outside a business following a confrontation. Fedarko is charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct, harassment and public drunkenness. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Larry Hopkins.
Charged in assault: Brenda Pelzer, 50, of 615 A Meadow Ave., Apt. 1, Charleroi, was charged last week by Charleroi Regional police with terroristic threats, simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment stemming from an incident March 5 at her home. She is accused of pulling a knife on her daughter, Nichole Pelzer, during a confrontation and threatening to cut her. George Gereshenski Jr., identified in court documents as Nichole Pelzer’s boyfriend, reportedly took the knife from her mother. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Larry Hopkins.
Drug charges: Matthew Ryan Stehley, 19, of Monessen, was charged last week by Charleroi Regional police with manufacture and possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from a Feb. 7 traffic stop in Speers. Police said that after stopping the vehicle, Stehley was spraying perfume in an attempt to mask the odor of the marijuana. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Larry Hopkins.
Hit-and-run: State police said the driver of a car that may have been light blue or white sideswiped a parked vehicle about 11 p.m. Friday on North Pine Street near Main Street and then fled.
Underage drinking: A 15-year-old Midway boy was charged by McDonald police with underage drinking stemming from a March 3 incident. His mother called police after her son returned home intoxicated and started vomiting. The boy was taken to Canonsburg General Hospital for treatment.
Burglary reported: Anita Ashmore of 326 N. Main St., Midway, told McDonald police Thursday money was stolen in a burglary of her home. She told police it was the second time money was stolen from her home and about $500 was stolen from her bedroom.
Arrested on warrant: Raymond Dean Haney, 38, of 205 Chess St., Monongahela, was arraigned Sunday on a bench warrant stemming from charges of theft and receiving stolen property filed by Monongahela police. Haney is accused of stealing four wooden mantels and four light fixtures from 532 Park Ave., Monongahela, Oct. 16 and selling them at Rabe’s Trading Post, 210 Fourth St. for $155. He was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller and released on his own recognizance.
Vehicle stolen: David Steuernagle of 6 Marie Road, Washington, told North Strabane police Saturday his green 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee, with gray trim, was stolen from outside Rockin’ Willie’s Roadhouse, 2476 Washington Road. The license is GMY-8821.
Bleachers stolen: A set of bleachers was reported stolen Friday from outside Meadowlands Gymnastics, 345 Meadowlands Boulevard, North Strabane police said.
Drug charges: Justin M. Gompers will be charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and a summary traffic violation of driving without headlights, township police said. Gompers, 19, of Dogwood Circle, McMurray, was stopped for driving without headlights south in the 3100 block of Washington Road at 9:55 p.m. Friday, police said. Officers said they detected a strong odor of marijuana and found a red bag on the front passenger seat containing suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia including bowls, pipes, bongs and grinders. Gompers was alone in the vehicle. He was released to another adult, police said.
Woman charged: Alicia H. Schultz was charged with about 20 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia at 9:06 a.m. Saturday after she was found at 3:40 a.m. the same day unconscious in her bedroom, township police said. Schultz, 27, of Kimber Drive, was found passed out by her stepfather after he was awakened by the television, police said. Found in the bedroom were syringes, empty stamp bags and similar paraphernalia with suspected heroin residue, police said.
Theft charges: Justin Gessel, 31, of 156 Taylors Run Road, Charleroi, will be charged with retail theft and theft of services after he allegedly took his vehicle Jan. 25 to Firestone, 301 Oak Spring Road, and had new tires put on the vehicle. South Strabane police said he left without paying for the tires. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
Assault reported: City police reported that Stanley Rucinski Jr., 56, of 37 W. Main St., Apt. 512, Washington, was found lying in the public parking lot off North Main Street about 11 p.m. Sunday. Police were called to the scene by a woman who said Rucinski had been beaten by several men. Police said Rucinski didn’t know where he was or what had happened. He was taken to Canonsburg General Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Theft reported: Laura McLoughlin of 25 W. Chestnut St., Washington, reported her bank card was stolen from her home Saturday. It was used to withdraw $120, she said.
Sexual assault alleged: A 13-year-old Washington girl was allegedly sexually assault by several males who lured her out of her home Wednesday while her mother was away, police said. According to police, the girl’s mother reported the assault Saturday. She said she had gone out for about 20 minutes, and when she returned her daughter was upset. The girl, however, did not tell her mother what had happened for a few days. The girl was taken to Washington Hospital for a rape test to be performed. However, a doctor at the hospital reported testing could not be performed because too much time had elapsed, police said.
Robbery reported: Kenny Wheeler of 409 Canterbury Court, Washington, reported to police a man struck him in the head with a brick and then stole money from him about 4:30 a.m. Saturday at 109 Church St.
Wallet stolen: Bruce Gaito of 187 1/2 Maple Ave., Washington, told police his wallet was stolen from his home and an attempt was made to use his debit card between 5:20 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Card stolen: Inida Perry of 553 Potomac Drive, Washington, reported her bank card was stolen from her home between midnight and 3 a.m. Saturday.
Charges pending: Police said charges will be filed against Maress Carrell, 24, of 596 E. Maiden St., Washington, in connection with a traffic stop at 9:30 p.m. Friday on East Maiden Street. Police said marijuana was found in a pill bottle in the glovebox of Carrell’s vehicle.
Criminal mischief: Amanda Burcit of 36 Barrett Hill Road, Washington, reported the plastic rear window on her Jeep was sliced while the vehicle was parked outside 40 Hays St. about 8:15 p.m. Friday.
Burglary reported: Tammy Noble of 475 Addison St., Apt. 2, Washington, reported Friday her home was broken into, and a bicycle, 50 CDs and a rack were stolen while she was away.