: Police beat June 11

June 10, 2013


Retail theft charge: Lindsey Marie Newman, 24, of 1010 Peach Street, California, was arrested on charges of retail theft after police received a call June 9 from the night manager at Walmart, 134 Daniel Kendall Drive, West Brownsville. The night manager told police he watched Newman walk her cart past the cash register and out the doors into the vestibule without paying, and he stopped her from leaving. Newman’s cart reportedly contained various merchandise including food, housewares, DVDs, baby items, electronics and health and beauty items valued at $371.69. A check of Newman’s criminal history showed five previous retail theft convictions, police said. Newman was arraigned before District Judge Joshua P. Kanalis and placed in the Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.


Drug charges: James Eddie Moss, 33, of 53 Center Avenue, Burgettstown, was arrested Sunday by the Washington County Drug Task Force and charged with two counts of manufacture, delivery or possession of heroin, two counts of criminal use of a communications facility and three counts of intent to possess a controlled substance in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred in February and May. He was arraigned before District Judge James Ellis and placed in the Washington County jail on $1,000 bond.


Items stolen: Roshanda Kelley of 601 Marple Ave. told Canonsburg police Monday that registration papers, compact discs and a cellphone power cord were stolen from her vehicle.

Window damaged: Frederick Federoff of 537 Franklin Ave. told Canonsburg police Sunday that the rear window of his pickup truck was shot out by a pellet gun.

Window shot out: Richard Svitek of 607 Giffin Ave. told Canonsburg police Friday that his garage window was shot with a BB gun. A BB gun was found in front of his garage.

Ring stolen: Marcella Kotar of Glenn Street told Canonsburg police Friday that a small gold ring with 12 diamonds was stolen from her home.


Harassment charge: James Shultz, 50, of Washington, will be charged with harassment by state police stemming from a May 24 custody exchange with Kelly Shultz, 42, of Washington, at 935 Henderson Ave., Canton. He allegedly threatened to smash her head off his vehicle. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge David Mark.


Student charged: A 13-year-old Canton Township boy was charged with harassment by North Franklin police after he allegedly picked up and slammed another 13-year-old Canton boy to the ground during an incident Friday at Trinity Middle School.

Window broken: Christina Hartzell of 76 Fulton St. told North Franklin police Saturday that vandals broke a bedroom window at her home.

Driver charged: Walter P. Brown, 41, of 1915 Park Ave., Washington, faces several charges stemming from a traffic stop Thursday at South Ring and Franklin Farms roads, North Franklin police said. Brown was stopped after police determined his registration had expired. While talking with him, police said they determined he was intoxicated. His blood-alcohol content was more than double the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication, police said. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, having an altered registration sticker, no registration and no inspection. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Teen faces DUI charge: A 17-year-old Canton Township boy faces charges of DUI of a controlled substance for allegedly smoking marijuana before getting behind the wheel last week. North Franklin police were called to 310 Hancock St. for a report of the odor of marijuana coming from the residence. Police said they saw three people get into a car and start to drive away before the vehicle was blocked by a cruiser. The boy was driving. Facing charges of corruption of a minor and conspiracy are the two passengers, Brennon Bonacci, 19, of 7 Griffith St., Canton, and James R. May, 22, of 564 W. Chestnut St., Washington.


Man injured: Stephen Martello, 49, of Belle Vernon, was injured Saturday afternoon when the vehicle in which he was a passenger went off Route 519 south of the North Strabane township building and rolled on its roof. Township police said Andrew Bozik, 29, also of Belle Vernon, was driving south when his vehicle went off the side of the road, hit a guardrail, crossed into the northbound lane, went up an embankment and rolled. Martello was taken to Canonsburg General Hospital for treatment.


Money stolen: Thieves broke into the bill collector on soft drink machines at the Tower Driving Range, Berry Road, South Strabane police said. About $125 was stolen in the theft reported Sunday. The machines are owned by Coca-Cola.


Vehicle damaged: Colleen Paff of 241 Airport Road, Union, told Southwest Regional police Thursday that $1,182 in damage was done to her vehicle while it was parked on Gilmore Road, Union. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 724-929-8484.

Vehicle hits house: Marcel Rouviere, 83, of Scott Township, escaped injury Thursday morning when the van he was operating went through a yard and hit a house at 113/115 Varieggo Way, Union. Rouviere was asked to move the van, which was equipped with hand controls. He was unfamiliar with the hand controls, police said. He backed the van across the street, through the front yard and over a light pole and plants. The van then hit a porch railing and support beam of the house.

Theft reported: Richard Ganther of 149 Valleyview Drive reported that someone stole his laptop computer from his home. Anyone with information is asked to call police.


Vehicle damaged: Brian Cramer of 122 S. Franklin St. told Washington police Monday that a vehicle with a group of juveniles inside threw a plastic beverage bottle at his vehicle, denting it.

Dirt bike stolen: Rodney McClung of 230 Shirls Ave. told Washington police Sunday that his blue and white 90cc dirt bike was stolen from his back yard.

Cellphone stolen: Susan Hart of Washington told Washington police Sunday that her iPhone was stolen while her daughter had it at Washington Park Pool.

Windshield damaged: Thomas Holmes of Tyler Avenue told Washington police Sunday the windshield of his vehicle was damaged by vandals.

Woman assaulted: Vantasia Frazier, 20, of Washington, was reportedly assaulted Sunday in an apartment at 395 Donnan Ave. Washington police said charges are pending against her assailant.

Assault charge: Michael Karan, 35, of 395 Donnan Ave., was charged by Washington police with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct. He is accused of punching Megan Zofchak, 28, of Canonsburg, in the face, giving her a bloody nose Friday. Karan was arraigned before District Judge James Ellis and placed in the Washington County jail on $1,000 bond.

Money stolen: James Wilk of 560 Broad St. told Washington police Friday that his home was burglarized and $550 was stolen.

Accused of assault, threats: Shawn Lee Hartzog, 38, of 193 Marra Avenue, Washington, was arrested June 7 after he allegedly assaulted and threatened to kill his girlfriend, Trista Lynn Fairchild, 28, when the two got into an argument at the Marra Avenue address. Hartzog was arraigned before District Judge James Ellis on charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, criminal mischief and harassment. He was placed in the Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.



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