: Police beat July 23

July 22, 2013


Drugs, weapon charges: Cody George, 24, of 138 Pittsburgh Road, Bentleyville, will be charged by Southwest Regional police with possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia and possession of a prohibited offensive weapon stemming from a recent incident at his home. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Curtis Thompson.


House entered: Frank Lichtenbergh of Marienville, Forest County, told state police Sunday that a hot water tank, water pipes, water softener, refrigerator and stove were stolen from a house at 1178 S. Sunset Beach Road, Buffalo. The theft happened between April and July 15.


Receiving, firearms charges: Nelson T. Lynch, 49, of Carpenersville, Ill., was arrested Friday by California University of Pennsylvania police after he allegedly stole wallets from several offices at Dixon Hall.When police stopped him, they said they also found two guns under the seat of his vehicle. Lynch was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka on charges of receiving stolen property, person not to possess a firearm, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and theft. He was placed in Washington County jail on $20,000 bond.


Woman arraigned: Meredith J. Wright, 19, of 2360 S Bridge Road, South Franklin Township, was arraigned Saturday before District Judge Gary Havelka on a warrant on a charge of theft by deception. She is accused of purchasing a vehicle June 3 from Joan Enz-Doerschner but failing to make the $3,500 payment as promised, Canonsburg police said. She was taken into custody by state police after being stopped in the car for an equipment violation. Wright was released from Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.

Television stolen: Patrick Green of 545 Euclid Ave. told Canonsburg police Monday that a 39-inch television was stolen when his home was burglarized.

Window broken: Warren Campbell of 422 Giffin Ave. told Canonsburg police Sunday that a rock was thrown through the window of his vehicle.

Items stolen: Ed and Stella Badia told Canonsburg police Sunday that two air-conditioning units, a box fan, lawn mower and swimming pool were stolen from their rental property at 10 Payne Place. Charges are pending.

Purse stolen: Anissa Dotts of 521 Blaine Ave. told Canonsburg police Sunday that her purse containing prescription medication was stolen from a truck parked on Payne Place. The purse was later found, but most of the contents were gone.

Change stolen: Helen DiFalco of 514 Euclid Ave. told Canonsburg police Saturday that a jar of change was stolen during a burglary of her home.


Habitual offender: Melvin D. Manes, 60, of 595 Maple Ave., Washington, was charged last week by state police as being a habitual offender and not having his flatbed tow truck properly marked. Police stopped Manes June 23 on Jefferson Avenue near the Canton Township recreation hall. He was driving under suspension. Police said he was declared a habitual offender in 1989, and his license has been suspended through 2059 for subsequent offenses. Charges were sent by summons from the office of District Judge David Mark.

Burglary, theft charges: Robert J. Braun, 39, of 2995 Taft St., North Franklin Township, was arraigned last week on charges of burglary, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and theft after allegedly entering Tennis Roofing, Canton, and damaging vending machines Jan. 6. He was arraigned before District Judge David Mark, who set bond at $25,000. Braun had been in Washington County jail on a probation violation.


Theft report: Christina M. Behanna, 25, and Ermin Mikels, 30, both of 1228 Lookout Ave., Charleroi, are charged by Charleroi regional police with theft and receiving stolen property, accused of stealing a wallet containing $1,050 belonging to Odeda Mikels about 11:15 p.m. July 5 at their residence, court records show. They are Washington County jail on $25,000 bonds set Friday by District Judge Larry Hopkins.


Arson charge: Robert W. Crothers III, 27, of 579 Pike St., Meadow Lands, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of arson and causing or risking a catastrophe after he allegedly started a fire in a dumpster behind a building at 591 Pike June 14, Chartiers police said.Crothers is accused of setting fire to a black T-shirt using his lighter and throwing the shirt in the dumpster. He then dumped a bottle of whiskey on the fire, police said. Chartiers firefighters put out the fire. Crothers was arraigned before District Judge David Mark, who set bond at $10,000. Crothers was in Washington County jail on a probation violation.


Three charged: Steven A. Corbin, 23, and Jordan S. Welsh, 22, both of 115 Parcell St., Claysville, and Gary W. Yoders Jr., 22, of 2779-C S Bridge Road, Buffalo Township, were charged by Donegal police with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct stemming from a confrontation July 17 at the home of Welsh and Corbin. The three are accused of assaulting each other. A girl also was reportedly struck during the confrontation. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Ethan Ward.


Charged in crash: Samantha Sziminski, 41, of 643 Joffre-Bulger Road, Bulger, was charged by state police with driving under the influence of alcohol and several traffic violations stemming from a June 29 crash on Route 40 at Lake Road, Donegal. Police said she had to be extricated by firefighters from Claysville and West Alexander before she was taken to UPMC-Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment. Her blood-alcohol content was almost 2 1/2 times the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication, police said. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Ethan Ward.


Security officer assaulted: Dustin C. Charles, 27, of Pittsburgh, was charged last week by Hanover police with aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment, criminal trespass and public drunkenness for allegedly assaulting a security officer, Bryan Schaming, at First Niagara Pavilion July 2.

Theft, receiving charges: Maurice R. Garrison III, 31, of Clinton, was charged last week by state police for allegedly stealing a 2013 Mack truck from Volvo Rentals, 108 Starpointe Boulevard, Hanover, July 5. A global-positioning device in the truck was used to locate the vehicle in Waynesburg. Charges of theft, receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle and driving under suspension were filed at the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.


Assault charges: John H. Jenkins Jr., 43, of 437 Third Ave., New Eagle, was arrested Sunday by Monongahela police after he allegedly punched James E. Ducoli in the back of the head and then hit his wife, Cheryl Jenkins, in the face during a confrontation in the parking lot of the Slovak Club, 100 W. Main, Monongahela. Jenkins was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka on two counts each of simple assault and harassment. He was placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.


Assault charge: Kevin Serbak, 40, of 126 Chartiers St., Strabane, was charged by North Strabane police with simple assault and harassment for allegedly hitting Michele Dinelo, 45, during a confrontation at their home early Monday. Police said both were intoxicated. Serbak was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller and placed in Washington County jail on a $5,000 percentage bond. Dinelo was placed in jail on a probation detainer.


Wallet stolen: A Finleyville woman told township police her wallet was stolen from her car while the vehicle was parked overnight in the driveway of a residence in the 100 block of Springdale Road. The theft was reported at 11:50 a.m. Saturday. There was no cash in the wallet, which was later recovered nearby at the corner of Springdale and Hill Place roads, police said. Credit cards in the wallet were missing.


Endangerment, disorderly charges: Zachary R. Hornak, 24, of 686 N. Main St., Washington, was arrested Saturday by Washington police for allegedly pointing a gun at David Lank following an argument while the two were in a parking lot at 18 W. Maiden St. Hornak was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka on charges of reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and terroristic threats. He was placed in Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.

Receiving, gun charges: Kinsley Heckard, 30, of 398 Houston St., Washington, was arrested early Saturday by Washington police, who were responding to a disturbance in the 700 block of Ewing Street. Heckard was found with a gun, reported stolen in Westmoreland County, strapped to his ankle, police said. He was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka on charges of receiving stolen property and carrying a firearm without a license. He was placed in Washington County jail on $20,000 bond.

Aggravated assault: Eric Lamont Spencer, 45, of 54 Seminole Ave., was charged by city police for an altercation near a bar on East Maiden Street July 4. According to the police report, Spencer punched the victim in the face before jumping on him, breaking the man’s arm. Charges were filed through the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Theft: City police charged Melissa Bird, 39, of 660 Addison St., with theft for stealing a black cash box containing methadone, diazepam and personal identification from a man’s Jollick Manor home July 14. Charges were sent through the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Simple assault: Randy Lane told city police an unnamed teenage boy punched him in the face after he told a group of juveniles to move away from his property on Maple Terrace.

Theft: Shyla O’Dell of Claysville told city police her purse and iPhone were stolen while she was playing basketball near Baird Avenue and Buck Street Sunday night.

Device fraud: Marcus Moore of North Main Street told city police $190 worth of unauthorized charges were made on his credit card. Police said the charges originated in Alabama.

Burglary: A manager at the Burger King restaurant on Jefferson Avenue told city police $1,256 in cash was stolen from the restaurant early Sunday morning. According to police documents, the doors to the restaurant were unlocked, the safe open and the alarm was deactivated when the manager arrived. Police are investigating the incident.

Aggravated assault: Jessica Caler, 25, will be charged by city police following a domestic incident in which she allegedly struck her boyfriend, John Lowe Sr., 47, in the head with a large stick leaving a gash. The altercation occurred in the home the two shared at 15 N.Main St. early Saturday morning. Charges to be sent through the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Hit-and-run: City police will charge Andre W. Trump, 25, of 1020 Allison Ave., after he failed to report an accident at the Interstate 70 on-ramp at Jefferson Avenue Friday.

Vandalism: Ernest Matthews told city police the kitchen window at the rear of his Broad Street home was shattered Saturday night.

Possession: City police will charge Stephen Ozarowski, 25, of 151 N. College Ave., Apt. 907, with possession-related charges after he was found near the CVS on Jefferson Avenue with two bags of suspected heroin Friday.



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