: Police beat April 10

April 9, 2013


Warrant arrest: Mark McCracken of 537 Giffin Ave., Canonsburg, was taken into custody Monday by Canonsburg police on a bench warrant after he reportedly was found at his former residence without permission.


Theft, receiving charges: Alexander Maxwell IV, 30, of Pittsburgh, was charged by state police Monday with theft and receiving stolen property. He is accused of stealing a portable air conditioner, dehumidifier and dishes. Police said he hid the items under the loading dock at Don’s Appliances, 53 Hickory St., Canton, while working there on March 29. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge David Mark.

DUI charge: Theodore W. Takacs III, 21, of 482 Lake Road, West Alexander, was charged Monday by state police with driving under the influence of alcohol and several traffic violations stemming from a one-vehicle crash March 17 in the 600 block of South Hewitt Avenue, Canton. His blood-alcohol content was double the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication, police said. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge David Mark.

Drug, paraphernalia charges: Cody Ruff, 24, of 229 Old Scales Road, Washington, was charged Monday by state police with possession of narcotics, marijuana and paraphernalia stemming from an Oct. 25 traffic stop on Hewitt Avenue, Canton. He had marijuana, oxycodone and morphine in his vehicle, police said. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge David Mark.


Hindering charge: Brady McFeely, 22, of 1015 Lower Meadow Ave., Charleroi, was charged last week by Charleroi Regional police with hindering apprehension, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia after allegedly failing to tell police that John Kosher was in his home as police attempted to take Kosher into custody on a protection-from-abuse violation. McFeely told police he was the only one in the house, but police learned Kosher was in the basement. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Larry Hopkins.

Crack charges: Theodore Carpenter, 46, of 811 Washington Ave., Charleroi, was arrested last week on charges of possession of crack and paraphernalia and public drunkenness stemming from an April 1 incident on Washington Avenue, Charleroi Regional police said. He was arraigned before District Judge Larry Hopkins and placed in the Washington County jail on $35,000 bond.

Drug charge: Calvin Kovalchuk, 24, of 465 Fourth St., Charleroi, was arrested April 1 by Charleroi Regional police during a traffic stop in the 700 block of Fallowfield Avenue. He was a passenger in the vehicle. Police said they found 171 stamp bags of suspected heroin in a plastic bag hidden in his buttocks. Police also found him with $924. He was arraigned before District Judge Larry Hopkins on charges of possession and possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession of paraphernalia. He was placed in the Washington County jail on $50,000 bond.

Heroin charges: James D. Smalley, 41, of 731 S. Lincoln Ave., Charleroi, was charged Tuesday with possession of heroin and paraphernalia after police said he was found with suspected heroin hidden in his mouth. Smalley was taken into custody on a bench warrant. Charges were filed at the office of District Judge Larry Hopkins.

Mother, daughter charged: Andrea Coulson, 54, and Ashley T. Coulson, 23, of 185 Arlington Ave., Charleroi, were charged by Charleroi Regional police last week with possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia, and with furnishing drug-free urine. Police said they were called April 2 for a possible overdose involving Ashley Coulson. They said they found the suspected drugs and two prescription bottles containing urine. The charges were filed at the office of District Judge Larry Hopkins.


Fence damaged: George Popelas of 439 Thorn St. told Chartiers police Saturday that his vinyl fence was damaged. He estimated damage at $1,000.

Coat stolen: Tamara Dobbin, no address available, told Chartiers police Saturday that her leather Harley-Davidson coat was stolen while she was at Arden Athletic Club, Arden Road.

Medication stolen: Robbie Harbough of 812 Governors Circle told Chartiers police Thursday that prescription medication was stolen from her home.


Trespass, harassment arrest: Terry Wehner, 44, of 803 McCombs Road, Venetia, was arrested Monday afternoon by Peters police on charges of criminal trespass and harassment. He is accused of kicking in a door at 81 Will Scarlett Road. Wehner’s estranged wife told police that he is not permitted inside the home. Wehner was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis and placed in the Washington County jail on $50,000 bond.

One injured: A Pittsburgh woman was taken to St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon, following a two-vehicle accident at 3:27 p.m. Monday, township police said. Janella Pica, 25, of 19 Kosclusko Way, complained of neck and head pain. St. Clair Hospital does not release patient information. Police said Pica’s vehicle collided with a vehicle operated by Nadine Durham, 75, of 119 Jonathan Drive, McMurray, as both were attempting left turns as they traveled north in the 3300 block of Washington Road. Durham was not injured.

Criminal mischief: An employee of Sun Chevrolet, 2939 Washington Road, McMurray, told police the garage door of the automatic car wash was damaged by a pickup truck that backed up inside the wash bay shortly after 11 a.m. Monday.


Man sliced: Fred Riggle, 39, of 735 Ewing St., told city police he and his brother were attacked by Ronald Paith, 32, of 466 Ewing St., after an argument in front of Riggle’s home. According to the police report, Paith was walking his pet pit bull when he grabbed a log from a nearby yard and threw it through the windshield of a vehicle owned by Riggle’s sister, Melinde Riggle. When Riggle’s brother, Richard Kozwelski of West Finley, approached Paith, Kozwelski was punched in the face. In the ensuing scuffle, Fred Riggle became turned around and was sliced by a sharp object, possibly a box knife, on his back several times. Riggle was transported to Washington Hospital for his injuries, and police later arrested Paith in a nearby alley. Police will charge Paith with aggravated assault, simple assault and criminal mischief, filed through the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Paraphernalia charge: After picking up Anthony Henderson, 56, homeless, for a bench warrant, he admitted to having a crack pipe, syringe and two empty stamp bags. Henderson will be charged with paraphernalia through the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.



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