Police beat July 26
Sex offender charged: James Melvin Rice II, 24, of 64 Lincoln St., Cokeburg, was arrested Thursday by East Bethlehem police on a charge of failure to comply with sexual offender registration. Rice was picked up by a constable July 17 on a probation violation for failure to report. His registered residence is listed at 64 Lincoln, but he was found living at 425 First St., Vestaburg. He allegedly failed to give accurate information to state police. Rice was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis, and placed in Washington County jail on $25,000.
Tractor stolen: An orange 2011 Kubota tractor with a front loader was reported stolen Wednesday from a pipeline site on School House Road near the state gamelands in East Finley. State police said the tractor is owned by Rock Water Energy Solutions of Avella.
ATV rider hurt: Daniel Paul Dellenbaugh, 21, of Burgettstown, was in fair condition Thursday at UPMC-Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh after he apparently fell off his all-terrain vehicle Wednesday afternoon on Cedar Grove Road, Jefferson. State police said he was not wearing a helmet.
PFA violation: Corey Alan Maxwell, 29, of 1957 Craft Creek Road, Morris, was arrested Wednesday by state police for allegedly violating a protection-from-abuse order signed April 29 by Judge Gary Gilman on behalf of Windy Lee Baker. Baker told police that she had gone to Maxwell’s home to try to work out problems in their relationship. She said the two were drinking and started arguing. He allegedly grabbed her shirt, ripping it, and pushed her down the steps as she held their child in a baby seat. He was arraigned before District Judge Ethan Ward and placed in Washington County jail on a $5,000 percentage bond.
Clothing stolen: North Franklin police are investigating a third theft of men’s clothing from Macy’s, Washington Crown Center. Police said a white man, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, wearing a Pirates ballcap and light shorts, stole $500 in Polo shirts July 17. He got into a gray Chevrolet Cobalt. Two similar thefts were reported several days earlier.
DUI charge: Kenneth D. Gollin, 49, who gave North Strabane police addresses of Munger, Mich., and The Circle, Canton Township, will be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after a two-vehicle crash on Hill Church-Houston Road (Route 519) near the Interstate 79 ramp. Police said he crashed into the rear of a pickup truck owned by Lindy Paving and driven by Peter Taglianetti, 50, of Pittsburgh. The paving company is working on the interchange in that area. Gollin’s blood-alcohol content was more than double the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication, police said.
Woman charged: Laura Schwimer, 30, of Quail Run Road, Venetia, was arrested Thursday and charged with stalking, township police said. She is accused of sending several text messages July 15, 17 and 21, in connection with a domestic dispute involving another woman and a man, police said. The other woman, who was not identified, appeared at the police station to report the messages, which allegedly occurred after Schwimer was previously cited for the same offense. Police said Schwimer pleaded guilty before a magistrate and was told to stop sending the messages. When Schwimer allegedly continued, the woman informed police. An arrest warrant for Schwimer was issued Thursday morning. Schwimer arrived at the police station later to request a copy of a previous incident report and was immediately arrested on the warrant, police said. She was arraigned at 1:45 p.m. Thursday before District Judge Jay Weller and released on her own recognizance.
Driver charged: Juvenile charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding and possession of alcohol will be filed against a 17-year-old boy from Greensburg, township police said. Police noticed a car speeding in the 2900 block of Washington Road at 10:40 p.m. Wednesday and eventually stopped the vehicle in the Gallery Drive area. The officer detected the odor of marijuana, with the driver later admitting to having the drug. Police found a small amount of marijuana, rolling papers and a pipe in the car. Three passengers, two 17-year-old boys and one 18-year-old man, all from Peters Township, were not cited, police said.
Thefts reported: A five-gallon filled gasoline can, chainsaw and leaf blower were stolen from an attached shed in the 400 block of Center Church Road, township police said. The theft was reported at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday. At 9 p.m., the same homeowner reported a window screen from the kitchen was on the back porch of the residence, items were moved in the kitchen and a gold chain with a cross and a large number of coins were stolen from the house, police said. A total value of all of the stolen items is $2,900, police said. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity at or near the house between 1:30 and 8 p.m. Wednesday to call them during regular business hours at 724-942-5030.
Harassment charge: William J. Kimmey, 47, of Washington, will be charged with harassment for allegedly making repeated telephone calls on July 19 to Sally J. Wise of South Franklin. State police said the charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Ethan Ward.
Two charged: Darlene A. Adamski, 40, and Andrew Villareal, 24, both of Wheeling, W.Va., were arrested Wednesday by South Strabane police on two counts of theft by deception and conspiracy. The two are accused of removing items from the shelves at Walmart in June and again Thursday and then taking them to the customer service desk, where they exchanged the items for gift cards valued at $409. Each was arraigned before District Judge Ethan Ward and placed in Washington County jail on a $5,000 percentage bond.
Fraud, receiving charges: Joshua William Hale, 35, of 113 Telegraph Road, Brownsville, was arraigned Thursday before District Judge Joshua Kanalis on charges of access device fraud and receiving stolen property stemming from a Feb. 28 incident at Walmart, 134 Daniel-Kendall Road, West Brownsville. State police said Hale used a stolen debit card owned by Pauline Kovach to purchase two televisions, video game accessories, gift cards and other merchandise at the store. Hale was returned to Fayette County jail on $25,000 bond.
Retail theft charge: Kevin Edward Lake, 34, of Uniontown, was arraigned Thursday on a charge of retail theft filed by West Brownsville police. Lake is accused of stealing a 50-inch flat-screen television from the West Brownsville Walmart. Lake was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis and placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.
Theft reported: Brian Molinaro told city police a brown wooden gate was stolen from his residence on Fayette Street late Wednesday night.
Theft reported: Carly Kiskadden of Henderson Avenue told city police a prescription pill bottle with 28 tablets of Suboxone was stolen from her purse as it sat in a vehicle outside the 7-Eleven convenience store on West Chestnut Street Wednesday.