: Police beat July 16

July 15, 2013


Suspected burglar arrested: State police said they arrested Julius L. Smith, 22, of 31 North Ave., East Washington, in connection with the burglary of an Amwell Township home in April. Troopers said Smith took a cylinder bore gauge and engine compression tester worth a combined $210 from the Amity Ridge Road home and sold it to a pawn shop. The homeowner later found the items at a flea market and troopers said they were able to trace them back to Smith, who was charged with burglary.


Assault arrest: Timothy J. Swango, 51, of 11 Lane St., Bentleyville, was arrested Saturday by state police for allegedly assaulting his wife, Lisa Swango, who uses a wheelchair. She told police that they got into an argument and he started punching her in the face. He was arraigned before District Judge Valarie Costanzo on charges of simple assault and harassment. He was placed in Washington County Jail on $25,000 bond.


Window broken: Gregory Lomax, 108 Boyle Ave., told Canonsburg police Thursday that vandals broke a rear window on his car.

Medication stolen: Louis Hayman, 215 E. College St., told Canonsburg police Thursday that his prescription medication and two packs of cigarettes were stolen from his unlocked vehicle.

Charged with DUI: Mary E. Kline, 326 Spruce St., Canonsburg, will be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after her vehicle crashed into a utility pole on West College Street Sunday. Canonsburg police said her blood-alcohol level was more than double the .08 limit presumed for intoxication.

Vehicle damaged: Jatorrian Ocean Beh, 226 Hooks Lane, told Canonsburg police Saturday that racial slurs were scratched into the paint on the hood and doors of his vehicle. The front tires also were flattened.

Mail tampered: Gretchen Porter, 308 Crawford St., told Canonsburg police that her mail had been tampered with Friday.

Trespass, mischief arrest: Desean Kelley, 18, of 326 Valley View Terrace, Canonsburg, was arraigned Friday on charges of criminal trespass and criminal mischief after he allegedly forced his way into the home of his aunt, Christen Perkins, 326 Valley View, on Feb. 28.

He was arraigned before District Judge David Mark and placed in Washington County Jail on $5,000 bond.


Charged in assault: Kyonia Maria Jackson, 23, of 201 Johnson Road, Chartiers, was charged Thursday by Chartiers police with simple assault. She is accused of punching and slapping Steven Oakley in the face during a July 2 confrontation at 354 Barnickle St. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge David Mark.

Toilets damaged: Two portable toilets were damaged at gas well sites on Meddings and Johnston Hill roads Saturday, Chartiers police said.

Two injured: Michael Gregg, 54, and Alberta Gregg, both of 1990 Henderson Ave., Washington, were injured when their motorcycle was struck by a car driven by Cathy D. Nazelrod, 51, of Gordonville, Lancaster County, about 11:40 a.m. Sunday. Chartiers police said Nazelrod was making a left turn from Racetrack Road to Pike Street, turning in front of the motorcycle operated by Michael Gregg, who was crossing Pike from Allison Hollow Road. The Greggs were taken to Canonsburg General Hospital for treatment.


Attempted burglary: Bruno Bogdewic, 60 Franklin St., Cokeburg, told Southwest Regional police Thursday that a would-be burglar broke a bathroom window while trying to break into his home about 6:15 p.m., setting off an alarm. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 724-929-8484.


Fled from police: Marcus R. Harris, 25, of Smithton, was arrested Saturday by Donora police for allegedly fleeing from an officer during a traffic stop on McKean Avenue and Walnut Street. Harris allegedly drove across a bridge into Westmoreland County before stopping. He was arraigned before District Judge Valarie Costanzo on charges of fleeing and eluding police, possession of drug paraphernalia and traffic violations. Harris was released from Washington County Jail after posting $2,500 bond.


Motorcycle rider injured: Aaron Bish, 37, of 202 Third Ave., Canonsburg, was slightly injured Saturday night when the motorcycle he was riding was hit from behind by a van driven by Erin M. Gasper, 37, of 654 Woodland Road, Canonsburg, at the intersection of McClelland Road and DeMar Boulevard, North Strabane police said. Bish will be cited for driving with a suspended license.


Vases stolen: Two bronze vases on individual gravesites in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 2900 Washington Road, were stolen between 3 p.m. July 7 and noon Sunday, township police said. The vases, each valued at $300, were attached to the grave monuments by a small chain that was damaged during the theft, police said.

Bridge damaged: A small wooden bridge built by a contractor on Mallard Lane, McMurray, was damaged before 2:20 p.m. Friday, township police said. The bridge spans Brush Run creek. Several pickets on the bridge appear to have been kicked out. A witness, police said, observed a young boy kicking out the pickets.


Charged in assault: Shayne R. Moore, 22, of 1948 Smith Township Road, Slovan, was arrested Saturday night by Smith police after he allegedly assaulted a neighbor and then held a knife to the throat of the neighbor’s wife. Moore and Ron Held had been drinking beer and shots of alcohol at Held’s home at 1944 Smith Township Road when they reportedly got into an argument over who stole Moore’s cigarettes. Held allegedly charged at Moore, and they began to fight. Moore allegedly punched Held in the eye three times. Jessica Held pushed Moore out of the house, and followed him, police said. He then allegedly placed a knife on her throat. Moore was arraigned before District Judge Valarie Costanzo on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and disorderly conduct. He was placed in Washington County Jail on $10,000 bond.


Hit-and-run crash: Eric J. Walters Jr., 26, of 147 First Ave., New Eagle, told Southwest Regional police that his vehicle was hit by a white, four-door car that then fled the scene Wednesday afternoon on Route 88 between Patterson and Ginger Hill roads, Union. Walters lost control of his vehicle, which hit a utility pole. Anyone with information on the other vehicle is asked to call police at 724-929-8484.

Scrap metal stolen: Leslie Toth of Monongahela told Southwest Regional police Friday that scrap metal was stolen from 75 Pumpkin Center Road, Union. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 724-929-8484.


Man assaulted with pistol: Washington police arrested a man after they said he assaulted another man with a pistol outside a North Main Street bar in the early hours Monday. Police said they charged DeAngelo A. Wells, 25, no address, with simple assault and reckless endangerment after he allegedly hit Akili Sutton, 34, of McDonald, in the face with the pistol about 2 a.m.

Bar fight leads to charges: Three people face simple assault charges after Washington police said they fought several customers at Mayrz Inn Bar shortly after midnight Monday. Police said Anthony McGinnis, 21, James Umensetter Jr., 22, and Casandra Mason, 31, all of 109 W. Walnut St., punched customers, used pool sticks as weapons and threw bottles, bar stools and glasses.

Home burglarized: Four bracelets, a cell phone and earrings worth a combined $450 were stolen from a home in the 800 block of Chartiers Street about 6 p.m. Sunday, Washington police said.

Medical emergency leads to charges: Washington police said they charged Jason Weyandt, 39, of 585 Allison Ave., with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after they were called to his apartment for a medical emergency about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Teen assaulted: Washington police said a 15-year-old boy was assaulted Friday night while playing basketball at the 8th Ward playground. Police said another teen, described as a white male with a cross tattoo on his arm, punched the boy in the face about 9 p.m.

Drug possession charge: Paul R. Czolba, 45, of 395 Donnan Ave., was charged with possession of a controlled substance, driving on a suspended license, driving without insurance and other traffic offenses following a June 14 traffic stop on Second Street in Washington, state police said. Police said they found syringes, a crack pipe and spoon during the stop.

Woman charged: Tina M. Weinzen, 41, of 334 Ross Road, Eighty Four, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after Washington police said they were called to a retail theft on June 6 at the Circle K on West Chestnut Street.

Drug charges: State police said they charged Edward T. Sawicky III 26, of Eighty Four, with three counts of possession of a controlled substance after they allegedly found marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a June 5 traffic stop on Duncan Avenue in Washington.


Vehicles, porches hit: Matthew Miller, 28, of Avella, was injured Sunday afternoon when his pickup truck went off Route 844 near Poplar Road, West Middletown, and hit a parked truck and car and porches on two homes. He told state police that he became distracted. Miller went to Washington Hospital for treatment.



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