Police beat May 18
Teacher’s aide assaulted: A 17-year-old Greene County boy faces assault charges after he allegedly threw a book bag at Melissa Hague, a teacher’s aide on a Jefferson-Morgan school district bus. The bus was going south May 8 between the Laboratory and Lone Pine exits, Amwell, from the Transformation Learning Center. State police said the student got out of his seat. When Hague told him to sit down, he used profanity. He still refused to sit and threw a backpack at her, breaking her glasses.
Copper stolen: Erin Spine of Washington told state police Wednesday that copper wire and pipes were stolen from a home at 390 Ankrom Road, Amwell.
Faces drug charges: Bronson Waite, 20, of Beaver, will be charged with possession with intent to deliver narcotics and related charges after police found him with several bags of marijuana, a scale and other drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop Thursday in the 600 block of Park Street. The charges will be filed by summons.
Retail theft charge: Jodi Lynn Cook, 25, of Monessen, was arraigned Friday on a warrant on a charge of retail theft. Carroll police charged her for allegedly stealing $43 in items from Giant Eagle Feb. 14. She was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller on charges of retail theft and receiving stolen property after being picked up on the warrant by Washington County sheriff’s deputies. She was placed in the Washington County jail on $3,000 bond.
Mower stolen: Edward Davis, of 1331 Morey Road, Deemston, told state police Wednesday that a John Deere riding lawn mower was stolen in a burglary of his residence.
Man arrested: John F. Morris, 48, of Monessen, was arraigned Thursday on two sets of charges filed against him by Donora police. Morris was found with bag of suspected crack during a traffic stop Thursday on Galiffa Drive. Police saw him driving, knew his license was suspended and he was wanted on a warrant on false identification to police stemming from a Jan. 11 incident on Meldon Avenue. Morris was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller on charges of possession of crack, two counts of driving with a suspended license and false identification. He was placed in the Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.
Theft, other charges: Robert Ray Beiter, 33, of 546 Aunt Clara Drive, Hanover, was arrested Wednesday by state police on charges of theft, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police were called to his home for a report of a burglary in progress. Two men, including Beiter, were cutting up the frame of an old pickup truck. The victim, Marvin Klemash, told police that Beiter was his son and that he had kicked him out several days earlier. Beiter told police he called the other man to help and that his acquaintance did not know he didn’t have permission to take the scrap. Beitler was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka and placed in the Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.
Two charged: Eric Harris Hines, 23, of Oakdale, and Alisa Nichole Lignoski, 21, of 1141 Robinson Highway, McDonald, face charges stemming from a traffic stop Sunday on West Lincoln Avenue, McDonald police said. Lignoski was stopped after she was seen going through a stop sign. Police determined she was under the influence of alcohol. Her blood-alcohol content was more than double the 0.08 limit presumed for intoxication. Police also found Hines, who was a passenger, as well as Lignoski with suspected paraphernalia. Hines was charged with possession of paraphernalia. Lignoski was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of paraphernalia and traffic violations. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.
Assault, threat charges: Jason H. Elliott, 35, of 127 Liberty St., McDonald, was arrested early Friday by McDonald police for allegedly threatening to beat Kristy Crybiskey and then punching her in the face during a confrontation at their home. Elliott was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller on charges of terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment. He was placed in the Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.
Theft charge: Conley M. Ruskoill, 30, of Uniontown, will be charged by North Franklin police with theft of mislaid property for allegedly stealing a Samsung Galaxy cellphone mistakenly left behind at a store at Washington Crown Center May 11 by Aaron Barton of Washington. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.
Marijuana, paraphernalia charges: Matthew C. Neelen, 34, of 272 Franklin Terrace, North Franklin, was charged Thursday by North Franklin with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after he was found riding an all-terrain vehicle on property owned by the Ramada Inn May 3. He was initially charged with disorderly conduct but police withdrew that charge in place of the marijuana and paraphernalia charges at the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.
Tools stolen: Stacy Fortenberry of Buckhannon, W.Va., told North Franklin police Wednesday that a drill, Sawzall and tools were stolen from his truck while it was parked at Days Inn, 1370 W. Chestnut St.
DUI charge: Austin M. Claudio, 32, of 442 Fourth Ave., New Eagle, will be charged by North Strabane police with DUI and leaving the scene of a crash stemming from a hit-and-run crash Thursday night. Claudio reportedly hit a vehicle driven by Michael T. Linz, 36, of Bethel Park, on Route 19 south and then fled before getting stuck in a nearby yard. His BAC was 2 1/2 times the limit presumed for intoxication. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
Car stolen: Richard Cessna of Scenery Hill told North Strabane police Thursday that a gray, 1979 Volkswagen convertible was stolen from 57 Hothouse Lane.
Purse stolen: Marybeth Valocik, 435 Franklin Ave., Canonsburg, told North Strabane police Thursday that her purse containing $80, credit cards and identification was stolen while she was at Canonsburg Lake.
Restaurant violation: The operators of Applebee’s, 4039 Washington Road, Peters, face a citation from the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement for allegedly operating from Jan. 1 through March 27 without a valid health permit. The permit had expired Dec. 31.
Indecent assault, endangerment charges: Daniel C. Dennis, 66, formerly of Slovan, was arrested Thursday by Washington County detectives on charges of aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children and indecent assault. He is accused of fondling a girl at a house in Smith between September and December 2005. The girl was 10 at the time. Dennis was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka and released on $25,000 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing is set for May 29 before Havelka.
Harrassment citation: Kimberly Gray, 42, of 227 Old Hickory Ridge Road, was cited for harassment for allegedly striking and pushing Talera Robinson, 47, to the ground in front of her home at 649 Broad St. Thursday. Police said Gray was moving from the house when she got into a verbal argument with Robinson that turned physical.