McDonald police charge three

March 20, 2013

Three people face drug-related charges after a probation compliance check last week at a McDonald home, including one suspect accused of flushing drug paraphernalia down a toilet.

Facing charges are Jay Randall Stevens, 35, and Danielle Fodse, 38, both of 313 Coal St., McDonald, and James Gregory Neal, 29, of Imperial.

McDonald police and Washington County Adult Probation officers went to the home shared by Stevens and Fodse for a compliance check. When officers knocked, they could hear people inside the house, but no one would open the door.

One of the probation officers entered the house through a back door. He saw Stevens standing in the doorway between the kitchen and dining room. Several people, including Fodse and Neal, were in the living room.

When police went into a bathroom adjacent to the kitchen, they said they found 10 empty stamp bags that allegedly belonged to Fodse and Stevens floating in a toilet that recently had been flushed. Police said Fodse gave them written permission to search the house.

Police said Neal admitted that a bong found in his girlfriend’s purse belong to him.

Stevens will be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence. Fodse and Neal will be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Stevens and Fodse remain in the Washington County jail on probation violations. The charges against all three will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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