: Police beat June 29

June 28, 2013


Money, jewelry stolen: Alison Musgrave of 90 VanKirk Ridge Road, Amwell, told state police cash, jewelry and prescription medication were stolen from her home between May 7 and Thursday.


Meat stolen: Canonsburg police will review surveillance video after a large amount of meat was stolen about 9 p.m. Thursday from Shop 'n Save, West Pike Street. Witnesses reported seeing a man push a shopping cart filled with meat out the door and jump in a vehicle with the items. Police were able to trace the license plate on the vehicle to a Canonsburg address.

Batteries stolen: Gary Friend of Chartiers Township told Canonsburg police Thursday four batteries were stolen from his truck tractor while it was parked in the Shop 'n Save lot on West Pike Street.


Domestic assault: Julius Lancelot Smith, 22, of 31 North Avenue, was placed in jail after he allegedly physically assaulted his pregnant wife before trying her up with a phone cord and restraining her against her will Thursday afternoon. Smith will be charged by East Washington and Washington police on aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering a person, two counts of unlawful restraint, harassment and other charges. Smith’s unnamed wife, who was 7-months pregnant, told police Smith slapped and punched her about 10 times before throwing her to the floor and kicking her in the head and torso. He later tied her up with a phone cord before leaving in a vehicle. Smith’s wife was able to escape and was treated and released from Washington Hospital for multiple bruises on her neck and arms. East Washington Police Chief Mark Griffith said there was no indication there was a problem with the woman’s pregnancy. Julius Smith was placed in the Washington County jail on a probation violation and will face charges through the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.


Endangering charge: Nathaniel D. Montgomery, 28, of Linn, W.Va., was ordered held for court Wednesday by District Judge Larry Hopkins on charges of endangering the welfare of children, fleeing and eluding police and several traffic citations after he allegedly fled from state police on April 16 on Interstate 70 near Toll 43, Fallowfield.


Pedestrian hit: Durk G. Williams, 62, of 577 Conrad Ave., North Charleroi, was ordered held for court Thursday by District Judge Larry Hopkins on charges of leaving the scene of an accident and failure to render aid. Williams is accused of hitting James Minor with his vehicle in the 600 block of McKean Avenue May 21, then leaving the scene. He told Charleroi Regional police he did not know he had hit anyone. Minor was taken to Monongahela Valley Hospital for treatment.

Assault charges: Jared Jay McClureg, 31, of 372 Pennsylvania Ave., North Charleroi, was ordered held for court Thursday by District Judge Larry Hopkins on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment. He is accused of hitting another man in the head with a skillet.


Harassment arrest: Randall G. Ray, 35, of 25 Van Eman St., North Strabane, was arrested Thursday on a warrant on a charge of harassment after allegedly leaving two love letters for Renee Morgan-Church at her home on Wylie Avenue the previous day. Police said that was the second time they were called to her home Wednesday and eighth time this month. He also was charged with harassment earlier this week. He was arraigned before District Judge Larry Hopkins and placed in the Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.

Ball stolen: An employee of the bowling lanes at the Meadows Racetrack & Casino told North Strabane police a greenish-blue sizing bowling ball with numerous finger holes was stolen Thursday. The employee told police she was closing for the night when two men and two women came in, wanting to bowl. When they left, she discovered the theft.


Man charged: Alphonso Griffin Jr. was charged with various drug offenses after he was found in the parking lot of a township restaurant at 2850 Washington Road at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, township police said. Griffin, 22, of Valley View Drive, Finleyville, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication facility. He was arraigned before District Judge James Ellis and placed in the Washington County jail on $25,000 bond. Police said Griffin was found in his vehicle with 10 bags of heroin. After searching the vehicle, police said they found about 40 other bags of heroin, along with additional bags, scales and an unknown amount of cash.


Rings stolen: Joyce Hannen of 205 Fairview Ave. told South Strabane police Friday three rings, valued at $2,500, were stolen from her home during a June 14 cookout.



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