: Police beat April 16

April 15, 2013


Motorcycle rider injured: Keith Allen Richards, 46, of Bentleyville, was listed Monday in serious condition at a Pittsburgh hospital. Southwest Regional police said Richards was riding his motorcycle about 12:15 a.m. Sunday when he crashed near 248 Coal Center Road, Bentleyville. Richards was flown to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment. Details of the crash were not available Monday.


Charged with theft: Jason Kraft, 22, of 132 Crest St., Charleroi, was arrested Friday by California police on charges of theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing sheet metal from a field at 56 Kaukenon Drive. His vehicle was identified through surveillance photographs, police said. He will be arraigned later before District Judge Joshua Kanalis.


Woman arraigned: Lori Seaman, 41, of 100 Garden St., North Strabane Township, was arraigned Thursday on a charge of interfering with custody of children filed by Canonsburg police. Police said Seaman went to Canonsburg Middle School on March 25 to pick up her boyfriend’s daughter, and that school principals told her that she did not have permission to take the girl. Seaman was arraigned before District Judge David Mark and released on her own recognizance. A preliminary hearing is set for April 24 before Mark.

Boy injured: Gavin Beechy, 12, of 703 Valley View Terrace, Canonsburg, was injured when he was struck by a vehicle while skateboarding down Highfield Avenue about 6:15 p.m. Saturday. Canonsburg police said Beechy was riding with friends who tried to warn him that a vehicle was coming up Dawson Street. The driver, Michelle K. Stacko, 18, of 56 Windcrest Drive, Cecil, told police that she was unable to avoid hitting the boy. He was briefly pinned under her vehicle. Beechy was taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for treatment of a broken leg.

Money stolen: Joe Flaherty of 419 Blaine Ave. told Canonsburg police Saturday that $76 was stolen from his lock box.

Garage entered: Mike Dunn of North Strabane Township told Canonsburg police Saturday that a garage he owns at 140 E. Pike St. was entered. It is not known if anything was stolen.

Vehicle damaged: Steven Wolf of 435 Independence Drive, South Strabane Township, told Canonsburg police Friday his vehicle was damaged while parked at 12 N. Jefferson Ave.


Skids stolen: An employee of Accutrex Products Inc., 112 Southpointe Boulevard, reported seeing a man load several skids in a pickup truck near the building at 10:29 p.m. Monday, township police said. There is no value listed for the skids. The truck was described as a silver and gold, four-door Ford pickup truck, police said.

Criminal mischief: At 8:35 a.m. Monday, a report was made of windows being broken out on a vehicle owned by Pittsburgh and Ohio Railroad Co. that is used to travel the railroad tracks, township police said. The passenger and side-door windows were broken out between April 11 and the time of the report. Damage was also done to the inside driver’s side door, police said. The vandalism occurred in the dirt parking lot near the sewage treatment plant on Curry Hollow Road, police said.

DUI accident: Alan David Hofrichter will be charged with various offenses following a one-vehicle accident at 8:16 p.m. Saturday on Grange Road, about a half mile from Millers Run Road, township police said. A passing motorist reported to police that a driver later identified as Hofrichter, 18, of North DePaoli Road, Cecil, was driving on Millers Run Road when he struck an embankment near the car wash before turning right on Grange Road. Officers found his vehicle on Grange after it had crossed both lanes of traffic and struck a large tree, police said. Officers said Hofrichter was found unconscious, lying across the passenger seat. Several attempts to arouse him were unsuccessful, police said. According to police, when he finally was awakened, Hofrichter said, “I’m waking up at Polly’s at 6 a.m.” Hofrichter was unable to stand without support and was unable to perform field sobriety tests, police said. He was taken to Canonsburg General Hospital for a blood test. Police said charges are pending the results of the test.


Theft, paraphernalia arrest: Kurtis Wayne Lowe, 23, of 213 Luella Ave., Charleroi, was arrested Sunday by Charleroi Regional police stemming from an incident at his home. Police were called to his home for a report of a theft. Rebecca Lowe told police that her nephew entered her home and then left again. She then noticed her 32-inch flat-screen television had been stolen. When police took Kurtis Lowe into custody, they said they found suspected empty heroin stamp bags and a crack pipe. Lowe was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller on charges of theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed in the Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.


Two injured: Two people were injured in a crash earlier this month on Avella Road near Old Ridge Road, Cross Creek, state police reported Monday. State police said Robert J. Stacko, 81, of Hickory, failed to stop at a stop sign April 4 and pulled into the path of a pickup truck driven by Lawrence J. Alton, 56, of Ripley, Maine. Police said Stacko’s Jeep was hit on the driver’s side. Stacko was taken to UPMC-Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh, while Alton was taken to Washington Hospital for treatment. Stacko will be cited for a stop sign violation, police said.


Drug arrest: Fred Johnson Jr., 44, of 154 Galleton Drive, Highland Terrace, Donora, was arrested Saturday afternoon by the Washington County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force. Task force detectives were serving a search warrant at 154 Galleton when they said they found suspected marijuana. Johnson was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller on charges of possession and possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was placed in the Washington County jail on a $7,000 percentage bond.


Vehicle damaged: John Stish of 28 S. Main St., Ellsworth, told state police Tuesday vandals damaged his vehicle.


Welding leads stolen: Brandon Pumphrey of Clarksburg, W.Va., told North Franklin police Saturday welding leads and an extension cord were stolen from his pickup truck while it was parked at Ramada Inn, 1170 W. Chestnut St.

Teen punched: A 15-year-old Canton Township girl was charged with disorderly conduct by North Franklin police after she allegedly punched a 14-year-old Washington girl at Washington Crown Center Friday.

Quad stolen: Larry Pepper of 3190 W. Chestnut St. told North Franklin police Saturday his green 2003 Kodiak quadrunner was stolen from the driveway of his home. The vehicle was equipped with a winch.

Teen charged: A 14-year-old Canton Township boy was charged by North Franklin police with disorderly conduct stemming from an altercation Friday at Washington Crown Center. Police said he also refused to listen to orders from a mall security guard.

Wire stolen: Gary S. Pope of Weatherford, Texas, told North Franklin police Thursday that 100 feet of wire was cut from a spool on his pickup truck while it was parked at Day’s Inn, West Chestnut Street.


Assault, harassment charge: Daniel J. Rowsick, 59, of 1092 Route 519, North Strabane, was arrested Sunday by North Strabane police on charges of simple assault and harassment. He is accused of yelling and screaming at Janet Pyszka about his vehicle keys when she returned home about 5 p.m. Rowsick allegedly grabbed her purse, and she pulled away. He allegedly shoved her to the ground, stepped on her hair and punched and kicked her. He told police that he accidentlly stepped on her hair and denied punching or kicking her. He was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller and released with orders not to have any contact with Pyszka.

Charged with DUI: Judith Marie Marody, 22, of 2132 E. National Pike, Scenery Hill, was charged by North Strabane police with driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving stemming from a one-vehicle crash about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the 1700 block of Route 519. Police said her vehicle went over a guardrail and hit several trees. Her blood-alcohol content was more than double the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication, police said. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.


Drug charges: Kevin Boyd Woodhouse Jr. will be charged by mail with various offenses following a traffic stop at 10 p.m. Saturday in the 3100 block of Washington Road, township police said. Woodhouse, 29, no address listed, will be charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana, driving on a suspended license, not having an emissions test sticker and equipment violations, police said. Woodhouse was stopped for having tinted windows and told police he did not have a valid driver’s license and only had a state identification card. He did not appear to have a registration card or insurance, police said. Officers said they saw a partially smoked marijuana cigarette on the passenger seat and a bag of suspected marijuana inside the vehicle.

Two-vehicle accident: One passenger was slightly injured but refused medical treatment following a two-vehicle accident at 4:53 p.m. Saturday on Washington Road at East McMurray Road, township police said. A sport utility vehicle driven by Joseph Gilpin, 33, of 722 Redwood Drive, McDonald, and a car operated by Kathryn Wiater, no age or address given, collided when Wiater turned from Washington Road to East McMurray Road and struck Gilpin’s stopped vehicle, police said. A passenger, Amanda Gilpin, 33, also of Redwood Drive, complained of pain but refused treatment, police said.


Harassment charge: Michael Nixon, 48, of Washington, will be charged by state police with harassment after he allegedly got into an argument with David Solomon, 49, of Burgettstown, while the two men were on Interstate 70 westbound near the Beau Street exit, South Strabane, Saturday. Nixon also allegedly threatened Solomon. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.


Forged prescription: James Faris, 20, of 150 Hart Ave., was charged by city police with forging a subscription for Percocet and trying to pass it off at the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Jefferson Avenue on June 29. According to court documents, the vehicle from which Faris had attempted to order the prescription medication from took off before police could arrive, and was later stopped by police in Canton Township. During a subsequent search, police found another forged prescription in Faris’ pocket. Charges will be sent through the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Simple assault: Jamar Terry, 31, of 109 W. Walnut St., was charged by city police with simple assault for an argument that happened with his ex-girlfriend at his residence Friday afternoon. According to police documents, Saharae Woods told police she was strangled and then hit in the face with a remote, causing a broken nose and requiring stiches. Charges to be sent through the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Fake money: Employees from the Get Go convenience store and Washington Federal Bank, both on on East Wylie Avenue, told city police they had found counterfeit $20 bills in their respective tills.



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