Police beat April 2
Man assaulted: Josh T. Long, 19, of North Strabane Township, told Canonsburg police he was assaulted Friday in Valley View Terrace.
Business burgled: Joe Mazak told Canonsburg police Thursday his business at 595 W. Pike St. was burglarized. He told police that two men were seen inside the building. Tools and copper leads for a welder were stolen.
Burglary arrest: William Williams was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, conspiracy to commit burglary, conspiracy to commit theft, theft and receiving stolen property, according to an affidavit filed in the office of District Judge James Ellis. Williams, 34, of 326 Washington Ave., Charleroi, was arraigned before Ellis at 7:41 p.m. Friday and placed in the Washington County jail on $25,000 bond. Charleroi police said Williams entered a building at 707 McKean Ave. owned by Matthew Horner Feb. 29 by kicking in the front door. Stolen were eight new kitchen cabinets and various tools. The breaker box was turned off and the wires were cut, police said. A grinder was found at Koury’s Buy, Sell and Trade in Monessen, where police said they learned Williams sold the item. Copper wire that was stolen earlier was sold as scrap Feb. 12 at Monongahela Iron and Metal.
Assault charge: Paul Joseph McGavitt Jr. was charged with ethnic intimidation, simple assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct after Charleroi police said he punched Gustavo Martinez because Martinez is from Mexico, according to an affidavit filed in the office of District Judge James Ellis. McGavitt, 24, of 611 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, allegedly punched Martinez outside the Dollar General on Fallowfield at 9:55 p.m. Thursday, police said. McGavitt is charged with assaulting Martinez by striking him three times on the left side of his head, and for yelling racial names, police said. Police said McGavitt, while being arrested, yelled obscenities and was belligerent. McGavitt was arraigned before Ellis at 12:40 a.m. Saturday and released on his own recognizance.
Simple assault charge: James Yeager Jr. was charged with simple assault and harassment following an argument at 441 Ewing St. in Meadow Lands, according to an affidavit filed in the office of District Judge James Ellis. Yeager, 37, of 200 Oak Spring Road, Canonsurg, is charged with assaulting Jacqueline Prosperi at 1:58 p.m. Sunday by grabbing her and shoving her against a wall, township police said. Police said she bounced off the wall and into a railing, suffering a bruise on the left side of her neck. She was unable to raise her left arm, police said. Yeager was arraigned before Ellis at 4 a.m. Sunday and was remanded to the Washington County jail on $1,000 bond.
Drug and gun charges: Darrin Wardlaw was placed in the Washington County jail late Friday on $10,000 bond on charges of receiving stolen property, carrying a gun without a permit, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of disorderly conduct, according to an affidavit filed in the office of District Judge James Ellis He was found in the passenger seat of a vehicle parked in the lot of the Uni-Mart in the 800 block of Meldon Avenue at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The stolen loaded gun was found in the front waistband of his pants, police said, and a small amount of suspected marijuana also was found.
Assault charge: Clarence Burt Frenden of Finleyville was charged by state police with simple assault and harassment following a domestic dispute at 2 p.m. Nov. 22, according to an affidavit filed in the office of District Judge James Ellis. Freden, 37, of 9 Belmont Ave., was arraigned before Ellis at midnight April 1 and was released on his own recognizance. Frendon was charged after a verbal dispute turned physical with Faith Frendon while the couple was at his parents’ house at 210 Third St., Vestaburg, police said. Clarence Frenden is accused of grabbing Faith Frendon’s throat and hitting her head off of a wooden post. Faith Frenden, police said, suffered a small cut on the back of her head. Clarence Frenden was picked up on an arrest warrant at 10:29 a.m. Friday.
Two injured: Michael Barcus, 31, of Charleroi, and Thomas Beck, 68, of Eighty four, were injured Wednesday when their cars collided on Route 18 near Old Concord, Morris, state police said. Details of the crash were not available.
Driver charged: Scott Bardon, 28, of Lake Charles, La., was charged by North Franklin police Monday with DUI, not using headlights and driving through a red light after an officer reportedly saw him go through a red light at the intersection of West Chestnut Street and Franklin Farms Road in the early morning hours of March 16. His blood-alcohol content was 2 1/2 times the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.
DUI, resisting arrest charges: Mark D. Myers, 32, of 5 Zelt St., North Franklin, will be charged by North Franklin police with DUI and resisting arrest after an incident Sunday. Police said he was parked at the drive-through window of McDonald’s, West Chestnut Street, yelling obscenities through the window at restaurant employees. He then reportedly struggled with police when they tried to take him into custody. Charges will be filed at the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.
Harassment and stalking charges: Thomas A. Mansmann was charged with two counts of harassment and stalking stemming from several incidents involving his estranged wife, according to an affidavit filed in the office of District Judge James Ellis. Mansmann, who has no listed address, was arraigned before Ellis at 12:15 a.m. Monday and placed in the Washington County jail on $2,500 bond. Township police said Mansmann repeatedly harassed Joni Mansmann at her residence at 1128 Vista Hill Road. Thomas Mansmann had been ordered to stay away from the residence and to have no contact with Joni Mansmann. However, township police said, he continued to send numerous greeting cards, made telephone calls and sent e-mails and text messages that she told police were sexual in nature. She also told police that he followed her. He repreatedly told police he would stop, but the contacts allegedly continued.
Woman injured: Brandie Powell, 33, of 327 Giffin Ave., Canonsburg, was injured Friday morning when her vehicle went off Route 519 near Linnwood Road, hit an embankment, then went over a guardrail and down a hillside. A witness told North Strabane police that she was driving south at a high speed. She told police that a small animal ran out in front of her vehicle.She was taken to Canonsburg General Hospital for treatment. Blood was drawn to determine if she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. She reportedly told police she had taken prescription medication Thursday night.
Driver injured: Dena Johnson, 39, of Railroad Street, McDonald, was injured Friday afternoon when her vehicle was hit from behind on West McMurray Road by a vehicle driven by Patricia Barney, 83, of Tepee Road, McMurray, North Strabane police said. Johnson had stopped to make a left turn into a business. Johnson was taken to Canonsburg General Hospital.
Underage drinking report: Township police are investigating a report of underage drinking at a residence in the 200 block of McCoombs Road. A neighbor told police about 10 a.m. Saturday that she believed there was an underage drinking party at a residence across the street that she was house sitting while the owner was away, township police said. Upon arriving, police saw a 16-year-old girl emerge from the nearby woods. Inside, police said there were wine and beer bottles, and they said the girl told them more than 30 people attended the party, where there was marijuana and alcohol.
Retail theft charge: Kristina M. Thomas, 42, of 830 Ewing St., Washington, was charged Monday by South Strabane police with retail theft for allegedly stealing items valued at $471.96 from Walmart, Trinity Point, during 10 visits earlier this year. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
Couple charged: Carol Miller, 43, and Edward B. Miller III, 34, both of 9 Scott Road, Washington, were each charged Monday by South Strabane police in connection with a March 25 crash on Sanitarium Road. Edward Miller was charged with DUI and careless driving. Police said his BAC was nearly double the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication. Carol Miller was charged with false reports to police after allegedly driving to the scene, sending her husband home and claiming she was the driver. Charges against the two will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
Three charged: Dante Moore, 42, of 49 W. Walnut St., Washington; Jillian Jo McBride, 35, who currently is in the Washington County jail; and Ashley N. Paith, 29, of 466 Ewing St., Washington, were charged Monday by South Strabane police with possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia stemming from an Oct. 7, 2011, traffic stop in the 1100 block of North Main Street. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
Charged in theft: Toni Rae Dillard, 54, of 27 Victoria St., Washington, was charged Monday by South Strabane police with felony retail theft for allegedly stealing items valued at $45 from Walmart, Trinity Point, on March 5. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
Theft, drunkenness charges: Cory J. Miller, 25, of 1108 Maple Terrace, Washington, was charged Monday by South Strabane police with public drunkenness and retail theft after allegedly stealing DVDs valued at more than $200 from Walmart, Trinity Point. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
Theft, deception charges: Marc Douglas Stein, 65, of 158 Piersol Ave., Bentleyville, was charged by South Strabane police with two counts of retail theft and one count of theft by deception. He is accused of stealing an amplifier/receiver from Sam’s Club, Trinity Point, on Jan. 29 and returning it a few days later in exchange for a gift card. On Feb. 20, he is accused of stealing two DVDs. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
Two charged: Kevin R. Ledbetter, 25, of 464 E. Hallam Ave., Washington, and Amanda N. McGary, 26, of 102 Hewitt Ave., Washington, were charged in connection with the Jan. 21 theft of two fishing reels from Walmart, Trinity Point. Ledbetter is charged with retail theft for allegedly stealing the poles. McGary is charged with theft by deception for allegedly returning the poles for a gift card. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
Teen charged: A 17-year-old Nottingham Township girl was charged by Southwest Regional police with dissemination of obscene materials to minors, unlawful communications with minors and harassment for allegedly sending text messages and making telephone calls of a sexual nature to a 17-year-old Union Township girl. The alleged victim reported the incidents to police March 16. The Union Township teen determined there was an ad placed on Craigslist using her cellphone number. Police said they used computer forensic applications to determine the 17-year-old Nottingham girl had placed the ad. The Nottingham girl will be charged in a juvenile allegation.
Simple assault arrest: Ronald McMillan was arrested after he allegedly struck Ashely Wallace several times in the head during an argument involving a child at 11:25 a.m. Saturday, according to an affidavit filed in the office of District Judge James Ellis. McMillan, 21, of 766 Ewing St., Washington, assaulted the woman in front of 328 E. Maiden St., police said. He was arraigned before Ellis at 3:50 p.m. Saturday and placed in the Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.
Drug charge: Cameron I. Butler, 20, of Cumberland, Md., will be sent charges of drug possession and disorderly conduct by summons after police said they saw him smoking marijuana at the corner of North Franklin Street and Orchard Alley last month. Police said they found a marijuana cigarette on Butler when they patted him down.
Theft of car parts: Jesse G. Lewandowski, 29, of 902 Chartiers St., was charged with proving false identification to law enforcement, theft, receiving stolen property and two counts of criminal trespass for allegedly stealing about 10 vehicle transmissions from Foreign Auto at 860 Chartiers St. Police said the theft occurred between Feb. 1 and Feb. 15. The owner told them someone had gotten through a locked fence and into a locked storage area, where the transmissions were removed.
Woman charged: Marissa Ann Carrell, 24, of 596 E. Maiden St., was charged with driving while under suspension and possession of a small amount of marijuana after police stopped the vehicle she was driving for a burned-out headlight March 8. The charges were filed Monday at District Judge Robert Redlinger’s office.