: Police beat April 4

April 3, 2013


Hit-and-run crash: State police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that crashed into a large, concrete water well in the 100 block of Waynesburg Road, Amwell, about 4 a.m. March 28. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 724-223-5200.


Operator charged: The operator of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 502, 301 McKean Ave., was charged by the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement with failing to have the manager complete alcohol management training between Feb. 3 and 20.


Two charged: Southwest Regional police charged two people in connection with an underage drinking party late Friday off Stone Church Road, Union. Taylor Jackson Bruff, 20, of 1002 Upper Meadow Avenue, Charleroi, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, railroad vandalism, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and scattering rubbish. Joseph John Nese, 23, of 5819 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, was charged with fleeing and eluding police and driving under suspension. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge James Ellis.

Charged in crash: Amanda Margaret Burns, 26, of 74 Hidden Valley Drive, Union Township, was charged by Southwest Regional police with leaving the scene of a crash, failure to render aid, failure to give information, failure to report a crash and reckless driving stemming from a March 28 crash. She is accused of crashing into the rear of a vehicle driven by Teresa Spahr of Union at Route 88 and Brownsville Road Extension and then fleeing. Burns told police she had a panic attack and did not know what to do. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge James Ellis.


Faces drug charges: Darlene Robl, 57, whose last known address was Washington, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant obtained by the state police vice unit stemming from a Feb. 3, 2012, incident in a parking lot at Jefferson Avenue and West Chestnut Street in Washington. Robl is accused of selling Clonazepam, a controlled substance, to a confidential informant and an undercover officer. She was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis on charges of possession and possession with intent to deliver. Robl was placed in the Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.

House burglarized: Robert Wright of 905 Fayette St. told Washington police Monday a 47-inch LG LED television was stolen from his home. The burglar entered through a first-floor window. Wright told police he was renting the television from Rent-A-Center.

Money stolen: Thomasina Lynn Sonson of 187 E. Katherine Ave. told Washington police $700 was stolen from her Social Security account. The money was spent in Chicago.

House entered: Rodger Trent of 865 Broad St. told police that two people entered his home about 6 a.m. Tuesday through a rear door. Trent saw the two as they entered his living room, and they then left through the front door. One of the intruders wore a red, hooded shirt.

Card used: Judith Chappel of 127 Lawrence Ave. told Washington police Tuesday her daughter’s credit card was used to make an unauthorized $249 purchase.

False ID: Demetrius Anton Ellis, 22, of 186 Jollick Manor, was arraigned by District Judge Robert Redlinger Wednesday on charges of giving false identification to police and disorderly conduct. City police said Ellis lied about his name and Social Security number during a traffic stop March 22 because he had an active probation warrant. Ellis was released on a $5,000 bond.

Robbery charges: Zackary A. Thomas, 21, of 102 Greenwood Drive, Apt. E, Canonsburg, was charged with robbery and theft after a man told city police he was robbed at gunpoint during a drug deal near a fast-food restaurant on Jefferson Avenue. According to the police report, Thomas met the man in order to sell him marijuana but instead robbed him of $60 using a black handgun. Police said Thomas later told them the weapon was a BB gun. Charges will be sent through the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Liquor theft: Washington police charged Malachi C. Simmons, 41, of 105 Church St., Apt. 1, with retail theft after he allegedly grabbed bottles of liquor from the Wine & Spirits store on Jefferson Avenue. Police arrested Simmons Feb. 14 for stealing two bottles of liquor and fleeing. After taking him into custody, police said Simmons admitted to a similar robbery Feb. 2 in which he and another man allegedly stole five bottles. The total value for both incidents was $235. Charges will be sent through the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.



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