: Police beat April 18

April 17, 2013


Theft reported: Douglas K. Vintorini, 45, of Washington, reported his wallet, some cash and bank cards were removed from his unlocked vehicle while it was parked at his residence at 14 Elkie Drive. State police said the theft took place Monday or Tuesday.


Drug charges: Nicholas Marino will be charged with possession with the intent to deliver heroin and resisting arrest following an incident at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday. Township police said that when a state constable attempted to serve a warrant at Marino’s house, he fled on foot and tossed a bag of suspected heroin in landscaping. Marino, no age given, of 45 Ridgewood Drive, was in the front yard of his house when he saw the constable and township officers arrive at his residence, police said. The constable was attempting to serve a warrant for failure to report to Washington County Adult Probation. Marino saw the officers and fled through his front door and out the rear door and onto Silverwood Drive in the Ridgewood Heights plan, police said. He was apprehended by the constable at the corner of Silverwood and Sandlewood drives after throwing a bag from his right front pocket into landscaping at 105 Silverwood Drive, police said. The bag contained 40 stamp bags of suspected heroin, police said. Marino was taken by the constable to the Washington County jail. Charges will be filed by township police.


Assault, harassment charges: Justin C. McElhaney, 32, of 40 Maryland Ave., Chartiers, was arrested Tuesday night by Chartiers police on charges of simple assault and harassment. He is accused of hitting his father, Gregg McElhaney, after the younger McElhaney allegedly knocked Holly Tato to the floor. The elder McElhaney was trying to get his son off the woman. Justin McElhaney was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller and placed in the Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.


Vehicle damaged: Jordan Severo of Conneaut Lake told Southwest Regional police Saturday his vehicle was damaged while it was parked in the 100 block of Spring Street, Coal Center.


Man jailed: Gregory J. Michaux Jr., 36, of 7 Sixth St., Vestaburg, is charged by state police with criminal conspiracy, possession of crack with intent to deliver and drug possession, court records show. Michaux is accused of selling a confidential informant $150 worth of the drug Tuesday at his residence, the affivit indicates. He is in the Washington County jail on $50,000 bond set by District Judge Larry Hopkins.


Drug charge: Rodney David Shaw, 40, of 308 E. Barr St., McDonald, was charged this week by McDonald police with possession of morphine, stemming from an incident March 12 at 315 W. Barr, McDonald. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.

DUI, marijuana charges: Cory Joseph Schons, 18, of Coraopolis, was charged Tuesday by McDonald police with driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from an April 7 traffic stop at South McDonald Street and Johns Avenue, McDonald. His blood-alcohol content was almost 1 1/2 times the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication, police said. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.

Teens charged: A 17-year-old Moon Township girl and 16-year-old McDonald boy face charges following an April 7 traffic stop on O’Hara Street at South McDonald Street, McDonald police said. Police said they stopped the pair about 3:30 a.m. after seeing the vehicle, driven by the girl, go through a stop sign. The girl told police she was 18 and had a license, but forgot her purse. Police later learned she lied about her age. The 16-year-old was charged with underage drinking. The 17-year-old was charged with violating terms of the junior license and a stop sign violation.


Two charged: Corey Alan Maxwell, 29, and Windy Lee Baker, 30, both of 1967 Craft Creek Road, Morris, were arrested Tuesday night by state police each charged with simple assault and harassment. Maxwell is accused of punching Baker in the face, pulling her hair and slapping her. She is accused of ripping off his shirt and throwing things at him. One of the objects hit Maxwell in the face, causing an injury near his left eye. Both were arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller. Maxwell was placed in the Washington County jail on $5,000 bond. She was released on her own recognizance with orders to have no contact with Maxwell.


One injured: James Garove, 19, of 172 Walnut Road, McDonald, was slightly injured Sunday morning when his vehicle was hit by a pickup truck driven by John Beck, 47, of 171 Lacock St., Canton Township. North Strabane police said Beck pulled from a parking lot into the side of Garove’s vehicle which went up an embankment and rolled over.


Burglary, theft charges: Zachary Harley Allen, 19, of 105 Gilmore Road, Finleyville, was arrested Tuesday by Southwest Regional police on charges of burglary and theft for allegedly stealing a muzzleloader from the home of his grandfather, Danny Jancuski of 3 Jefferson St., Union, April 1. Allen allegedly told police he sold the gun because he needed money for his drug habit. He was arraigned before District Judge Larry Hopkins and placed in the Washington County jail on $75,000 bond.


Faces charges: John Hughes, 29, of Washington, faces several charges following a traffic stop Wednesday by state police in a parking lot off Jefferson Avenue. Police stopped him because his vehicle’s inspection had expired, but the trooper also determined his license was suspended, the vehicle was not registered and had no insurance. Drug paraphernalia also was found in the vehicle. Hughes also was wanted on a warrant from District Judge Robert Redlinger’s office for failure to pay fines. He was taken to the judge’s office where he made payments.



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