: Police beat March 15

March 14, 2013


Faces charges: Jimmy L. Ritenour, 35, of 16 Junction B, Ellsworth, was charged this week by Beallsville police with driving under the influence of marijuana, driving with a suspended license, careless driving, and traffic violations stemming from a Feb. 11 incident in the 900 block of Maiden Street. Police were on patrol when they saw Ritenour driving south at a high rate of speed. He then reportedly tailgated another vehicle before passing it in a no passing zone. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Curtis Thompson.


Theft, receiving charges: Jason M. Lowther, 31, of Monessen, was arrested Wednesday on charges of theft, receiving stolen property, theft by deception and bad checks. Roscoe-Elco-Stockdale-Allenport police charged Lowther after he allegedly wrote five bad checks to Dunlevy Highway Appliance, 2214 Route 88, totalling more than $12,800. He purchased several large screen televisions and other items with the checks. Lowther was arraigned before District Judge Curtis Thompson and placed in the Washington County jail on $15,000 bond.


Student charged: Michael N. Mahramas, 19, of Garden City, N.J., was charged by Washington & Jefferson College police with receiving stolen property and disorderly conduct stemming from a March 6 incident. Police were investigating an odor of marijuana coming from his dormitory room at 50 S. Lincoln St. Police found an exit sign that had been reportedly stolen from the college. Also found in his room was a propane torch. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.


Harassment charge: Mark E. Galentine, 33, of 2490 S Bridge Road, Washington, was charged by North Franklin police with harassment for allegedly grabbing Sandra Lynn Sheppard of Washington and pulling her out of his vehicle on West Chestnut Street March 8. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Teen charged: A 14-year-old Canonsburg girl was charged by North Franklin police with disorderly conduct after she allegedly yelled obscene language March 8 at Washington Crown Center and pulled away from police.

Retail theft charge: Larissa N. Schmidt, 26, of 1200 Deerfield Road, South Franklin Township, was charged by North Franklin police with retail theft after she allegedly stole clothing and other items valued at $337 from Macy’s, Washington Crown Center, on March 8. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Mischief charge: Kayla Lynn Camp, 21, of 700 Cleveland Road, will be charged by North Franklin police with criminal mischief for allegedly damaging a door frame at her apartment earlier this month.


Trespass charge: Zhi Fong Nie, 30, of Pittsburgh, was charged by state police at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino with criminal trespass after he was playing a game at the casino Monday knowing he was not permitted to be there. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.


Juvenile allegations: A 16-year-old township boy was taken to the Jefferson County (Ohio) Detention Center Wednesday night after police responded to a domestic dispute involving a missing handgun, township police said. The boy is accused of stealing the handgun from a safe in the home in the 500 block of Center Church Road before 8:04 p.m., police said. The boy told police he removed the handgun and hid it in another residence. It is unknown if the gun was loaded. Juvenile allegations were filed Thursday of theft, carrying a firearm without a license and possession of a firearm by a minor, police said.

Charges filed: Juvenile allegations were filed Thursday against two 16-year-old township boys following an investigation involving an underage drinking party discovered at 1 a.m. Feb. 10 at a residence on Bunker Hill Drive, township police said. One boy is charged with supplying alcohol to minors and another boy is charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, underage drinking and public drunkenness. At the time of the party, several others were charged with public drunkenness and/or underage drinking.


Men charged: Two men have filed private criminal complaints stemming from a Feb. 22 incident. Clyde Shaver, 80 Church St., Washington, charged Jeff Ringer and Melvin Ringer II, both of 1180 Deerfield Road, South Franklin Township, with simple assault for allegedly jumping him from behind on Jefferson Avenue and assaulting him. Melvin Ringer charged Shaver with terroristic threats after he allegedly threatened to kill him. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Possession Charge: Brandon Ronald Allen, 21, of 440 E. Chestnut St., was charged by state police Tuesday with possession offenses related to separate incidents involving the sale of narcotics to a confidential informant. According to court documents, Allen sold an informant 27.3 grams of marijuana in May 2010 and 2.2 grams of cocaine in June 2011. He was arraigned by District Judge Robert Redlinger and released on his own recognizance.

Criminal mischief: Residents reported three separate vandalism incidents in Washington Tuesday night. Tina Boyd, of 860 Ewing St., told police a juvenile threw a rock at the windshield of her vehicle, causing a crack, Robert Ranko Jr., of 460 Jefferson Ave., told police something was thrown or shot into a front window of his home causing a crack and Heather Yocum of Waynesburg said she found the windshield of her vehicle was smashed after leaving a bar on the 10th block of West Maiden Street.


Vehicles damaged: Amy Zgorliski and Carla Harvey, both of West Bethlehem, told state police that windows of their vehicles were broken with a glass marble apparently thrown out of a moving vehicle about midnight Saturday.



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