Two of county’s most wanted nabbed

May 3, 2013
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Left, Lloyd Amos; Right, Shannon Kurnik
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Two of the people included in the latest “Washington County’s Most Wanted” publication were nabbed Thursday by members of the Washington County sheriff’s fugitive unit.

Shannon Kurnik, 36, was apprehended in her apartment at 315 Summit Ave., Canonsburg.

And police said Lloyd Amos, 31, was caught in his girlfriend’s room above the Crazy Horse Bar in Ellsworth. Police said the girlfriend initially had padlocked the door from the outside but eventually allowed deputies to enter. They said they did have to force their way into Amos’ room.

Deputies found Kurnik through tips and other information, while Amos was found through tips called in to the fugitive hotline listed in “Washington County’s Most Wanted,” which is published periodically by the county sheriff’s department and district attorney, and is inserted into the Observer-Reporter. The latest edition was in Monday’s newspaper.

Kurnik was wanted on three warrants issued by District Judge Jay Weller on charges filed in 2009 by North Strabane Township police. She also was wanted on probation warrants in Washington County, as well as warrants in Fayette County.

North Strabane police charged Kurnik with 10 counts each of forgery, receiving stolen property, bad checks, theft by deception and theft. She is accused of stealing two different sets of checks from her former boyfriend, Charles Shaver, and cashing them at different locations in late October 2009.

One group of checks was written on a closed account at a bank that was no longer in business, police said.

Shaver told police that he noticed the missing checks when he started getting calls from collection agencies.

Kurnik also is accused of spending three nights, also in late October 2009, at the Comfort Inn, 237 Meadowlands Boulevard. She is accused of using a prepaid card that was not valid to pay for her stay, and left without paying her $309 bill.

Kurnik was arraigned by video Friday before Weller, who set bond at $30,000.

Amos was jailed on a bench warrant issued by Washington County Judge John DiSalle for failure to report to jail on a drunken driving conviction.

Deputies said that tips continue to be called into the hotline at 724-228-6930.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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