: Police beat March 19

March 18, 2013


Pole sheared off: Benjamin Greely, 26, of Washington, escaped injury when his vehicle slid off Constitution Boulevard near Transformation School, Buffalo, about 6 a.m. Monday and struck a utility pole, shearing it off, state police said.


Vehicle damaged: William M. Morrow of 316 Valley View Terrace told Canonsburg police Monday that a rock was thrown through the rear window of his van, shattering the glass and cracking the molding.

Harassment charge: Joshua Butts, 24, of 67 Ankrom Road, Washington, will be charged by Canonsburg police with harassment after allegedly punching Kenneth Ayers, 21, also of 67 Ankrom, in the face during a confrontation Friday at 425 Valley View Terrace.

Faces charges: Kevin C. Olinger, 54, of 14 E. Pitt St., Canonsburg, will be charged by Canonsburg police with terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment for allegedly grabbing Tina L. Olinger, 39, also of 14 E. Pitt, by the neck during an argument Saturday afternoon. He was placed in the Washington County jail on a probation violation.

Two face charges: Samuel H. Higgins, 63, of 154 W. Pike St., Canonsburg, and Debra Cianflone, 27, of 349 Pershing Ave., Houston, each face charges of retail theft and criminal conspiracy for allegedly stealing several packs of steaks from Shop 'n Save on Feb. 2. They were identified through store surveillance viewed Friday, Canonsburg police said.


Marijuana plants found: Jared Lee Anthony Lawson, 26, of 303 Shady Ave., Charleroi, was arrested Saturday by Charleroi Regional police after officers said they found three suspected marijuana plants growing in his home while responding to a domestic dispute. Police said they could smell a strong odor of marijuana when they answered the call, and that the marijuana was growing in the basement of the residence. Lawson was arraigned before District Judge Curtis Thompson on charges of possession and possession with intent to manufacture marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. He was placed in the Washington County jail on a $20,000 percentage bond.


Attempted burglary, DUI charges: Wayne R. Noland II, 24, of Ludington, Mich., was arrested Sunday afternoon following a traffic stop by North Strabane police. Police said they saw a vehicle going north on Hunting Creek Road, weaving in the middle of the street. Noland was stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Police said his blood-alcohol content was almost double the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication. Police said they then learned that Noland had pried open the door to his girlfriend’s home on Hunting Creek in an attempt to retrieve weapons he left behind after they broke up. He was arraigned before District Judge Curtis Thompson on charges of attempted burglary and driving under the influence of alcohol. Noland was placed in the Washington County jail on a $15,000 percentage bond.


Criminal mischief: A heart with two initials inside was etched on a wall in Peters Township Public Library, township police said. Another wall had the phrase “Free Rape Here” and an image in the center, police said. Cleaning personnel alerted the library director, who reported the vandalism at 10:50 a.m. Friday.


Dump truck crashes: Shawn Rusmisel, 41, of Clymer, Indiana County, faces a charge of driving a commercial vehicle while under the influence of alcohol after crashing the dump truck he was driving off Washington Road at Steel City Harley-Davidson and going down a hill. South Strabane police said Rusmisel had to be awakened after they were called to the scene of the crash about 5:30 a.m. Friday. Police said Rusmisel later told them that he became lost after taking a wrong exit and turned into the motorcycle dealership to turn around, but went over the hillside. Police said his BAC was about 1 1/2 times the 0.04 percent limit presumed for intoxication in commercial truck drivers. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.

Faces charges in crash: Christine M. Shadeck, 48, of 55 McCarrell Ave., Avella, was charged Monday by South Strabane police with DUI, damaged to unattended property and reckless driving stemming from a Feb. 14 crash in the 1800 block of North Main Street. Police said Shadeck crashed into a parked vehicle and mailbox before continuing to drive to a nearby bar. They said her BAC was more than double the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.

Faces drug charges: Dennis Cole, 32, of 1023 Locust Ave., Washington, will be charged with possession of heroin, suboxone and drug paraphernalia stemming from a traffic stop Saturday in Trinity Point. Cole was arrested on a bench warrant and taken to the Washington County jail. Police said Cole reportedly told jail officials he had five stamp bags of heroin hidden in his rectum. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.


Vehicles damaged: A number of people had their vehicles damaged between Friday and Sunday on city streets. Monica Key, of 430 Fayette St., reported Friday a cinderblock was thrown through the rear window of her vehicle. Don Miner of 655 Jefferson Ave. said the side window on his van was broken out while it was parked in the 700 block of Ewing St. Friday. Jamerious Plater, of 398 Houston St., found a brick next to his vehicle Sunday, which had its windshield broken. Makenzie Chronister, of McDonald, had her car keyed while it was parked on Tube Alley Sunday. Police reported they plan to charge two boys for slashing tires Saturday on vehicles owned by Larry Crawford of 885 Ewing, Tina Boyd of 860 Ewing and John Burkoski of 880 Ewing.

Man jailed: Richard Donald Watts, 28, of 210 Sumner Ave., faces multiple charges after police said he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and assaulted her Sunday morning. Police received a panic alarm from Amber Pettit of 725 Fayette St. at 4:45 a.m. indicating she thought someone was breaking into her home. When officers arrived, they heard a female yelling “get off me” from inside the home. They said Pettit had bruising and swelling to the left side of her face and a bloody nose. She told them Watts had kicked in her door and began punching her. Police found him in the basement under a pile of clothes. Pettit also was able to produce a protection-from-abuse order on Watts which she obtained in November. Watts was jailed on a probation detainer. He faces charges of PFA violation, burglary, aggravated assault and criminal trespass. Charges were filed with District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Theft charges: Charges of theft were filed against Elizabeth Braun, 50, of 630 Addison St. Monday at the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger. Braun is charged with taking two prepaid credit cards worth $109 from Kwik Fill at 705 E. Maiden St. where she was employed Feb. 11. A corporate security manager for United Refining, owner of the Kwik Fill, contacted police about the theft.

Man charged: Saul David Wells, 46, of 615 Addison St., was charged with a PFA violation Sunday. Police said he sent harassing text messages and left voice messages on the phone of Kimberly Price, of 1196 Maple Terrace, who had an active PFA against him.

Minibike stolen: Melissa Rodriguez, of 380 W. Hallam Ave., reported the theft of a minibike from her porch to police Sunday.



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