: Police beat July 30

July 29, 2013


Multiple charges: Evan Michael Walp, 24, of 438 Blaine Ave., Canonsburg, was charged Friday by Canonsburg police with possessing paraphernalia and furnishing liquor to minors stemming from a party he allegedly hosted May 23. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge David Mark.

Exposure charge: Jerrod Berry, 29, of 76 Circle St., Clarksville, was charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct by Canonsburg police Friday after he allegedly exposed himself to a woman at Shop 'n Save, 617 W. Pike St., on July 3. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge David Mark.

Dryer fire: Canonsburg firefighters and police were called just after midnight Sunday to the home of Andrea Keener, 813 Short St., for a report of a dryer fire

DUI on scooter: Corwin F. Riedel, 33, of 312 N. Central Ave., Canonsburg, will be charged by Canonsburg police with driving under the influence of alcohol after police said he was seen operating a scooter erratically Sunday in the 200 block of North Central. Police said his blood-alcohol content was more than 1 1/2 times the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication.

Vehicle damaged: Carol A. Martinez of 129 Greenside Ave. told Canonsburg police Monday that her vehicle was scratched by vandals.

Pool damaged: Erica Serbak of 330 Euclid Ave. told Canonsburg police Sunday that vandals punctured her swimming pool.


Two charged: Hannah Cheuvront, 26, of Aliquippa, and William Merryman, 33, of 544 Bower Ave., Canton, were arrested early Sunday by state police after allegedly assaulting each other while traveling in a vehicle near Jefferson and Hewitt avenues, Canton. He is accused of punching and choking her. She is accused of biting him. They are each charged with simple assault and harassment. They were arraigned before District Judge Ethan Ward and placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.

Muffler, exhaust found: State police said a new vehicle muffler and exhaust pipe were found Saturday in a wooded area off Weirich Avenue, Canton.

Games, system stolen: Shelly Gordon and Samuel Boucher of Weirich Avenue, Canton, told state police Saturday that a Playstation 3 console and 10 games were stolen earlier this month from their home.


Son charged: William A. Ball Jr., 45, of 509 Third St., Donora, was arrested Friday by Carroll police on a charge of theft after he allegedly stole a Masonic ring, valued at $800, from his father, William A. Ball Sr., 59 Pearl Alley. The son then reportedly sold the ring for $90 at a Monessen pawn shop. The younger Ball was arraigned before District Judge Ethan Ward and placed in Washington County jail on $2,500 bond.


DUI arrest: Glenn W. Holden, 23, of 137 N. Haft St., Houston, was charged Friday by Chartiers police with DUI stemming from a July 17 crash on Plum Run Road. Holden’s BAC was almost double the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication, police said. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge David Mark.


Two charged: Katherine Ondrik, 34, and Jeremy James Rush, 32, both of Washington, will be charged by state police with harassment after an argument over an alarm clock allegedly turned physical early Monday at 219 Wayne St., Claysville. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Ethan Ward.


Saddles stolen: Dino R. Boni Jr. of 1953 Brush Run Road, Hopewell, told state police last week that two saddles were stolen from his property.


Money stolen: Caelin and Melissa Celani of 205 Hill St. told McDonald police July 22 that $60 was stolen from their vehicle.

Vehicle stolen, damaged: Larry Belstering of 308 Miller St. told McDonald police July 21 that his Ford pickup truck was stolen and found over a hillside in a creek behind his home.


Explosive device found: Jesse McKean of 104 Church St., Midway, told McDonald police Thursday that he found the remains of what appeared to have been a bomb made out of two plastic bottles in his backyard. His daughter reported hearing what she believed to be gunshots earlier that morning.


Arrested on warrant: Patrick J. O’Reilly, 21, of 109 Wylie Ave., Strabane, was arrested on a probation bench warrant by North Strabane police, who were called Saturday when he allegedly kicked a vehicle owned by Crystal Sopko of Finleyville near his home. The two then went to The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, where he reportedly damaged the key in the vehicle’s ignition.

Garage, sign shot: Richard Stull of 601 Brownlee Road told North Strabane police Sunday that he discovered a bullet hole above his garage door. The bullet did not penetrate the building. Police also found a stop sign at the intersection of Brownlee and Green Valley roads had been hit. A .40-caliber slug was found at that location.


Drug charges: David John Lafferty will be charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop on Froebe Road at 1:16 a.m. Monday, township police said. Lafferty, 21, of Murray Avenue, Bethel Park, was stopped after he failed to stop at a stop sign. Officers said they detected the odor of marijuana and could see loose pieces of green vegetable matter on Lafferty’s teeth. More was found on his lap and in his mouth, police said. Lafferty admitted he tried to eat about a gram of marijuana after the stop and before police questioned him, police said. Officers said they also found a smoking pipe. He will be charged by summons.

DUI charge: A Venetia man registered a BAC of 0.34 percent after police observed him driving his vehicle following a neighborhood dispute at 1:47 p.m. Saturday, township police said. After Harry Wesler’s BAC registered the high level, he was taken by paramedics to Canonsburg Hospital, police said. A spokeswoman for the hospital said he was treated and eventually released. Police said officers responded to a dispute in which a neighbor, who was not identified, said Wesler, 43, of Bebout Road, Venetia, got his lawn tractor stuck on the neighbor’s property. Then, the neighbor said, Wesler drove his car through the neighbor’s property in an effort to retrieve the tractor, but then the car became stuck. That’s when the neighbor called police, who said they arrived in time to see Wesler drive the previously stuck car off a flatbed tow truck and onto the 900 block of Bebout Road. He was charged with DUI.

Theft: Gatorade and candy were stolen from a locked shed near a pavilion above the new soccer fields in Peterswood Park, township police said. The items are owned by the soccer association, police said. The shed was locked with a padlock at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and was discovered unlocked at 6 a.m. Saturday. The total value of the stolen items is $250, police said.

DUI charges: Jamie L. Farrington of Library will be charged with DUI and speeding following a one-vehicle accident at 2:29 a.m. Saturday, township police said. Farrington, 23, of Bonnie Dell Drive, told police she swerved to avoid a large branch in the 600 block of Sugar Camp Road. Her vehicle traveled across the road and up an embankment, before striking a tree and rolling on its passenger side, police said. When officers arrived, Farrington was climbing out of the window of the overturned vehicle. Police said they could detect the smell of alcohol. She was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to the police station, where a Breathalyzer revealed her BAC was 0.079 percent, police said. The state presumes intoxication at 0.08 percent, but she will be charged with DUI for being incapable of safe driving, police said. While at the police station, she complained of an injury to her elbow and paramedics were again called.

Woman charged: Carrie L. Watkins will be charged with various traffic offenses following a traffic stop at 7:25 p.m. Saturday, township police said. Watkins, 35, of Scott Lane, Venetia, was stopped on Meredith Drive after an officer noticed her vehicle registration and inspection expired in January. When the officer viewed the registration sticker, he said he discovered it was altered, and also noticed that one of the tires on the car was bald. Watkins will be charged with expired inspection, expired registration, failure to have insurance, altered or forged registration plate and a violation for tire equipment.


Wire stolen: McDonald police said 200 feet of wire and stainless steel connections were reported stolen July 23 from Champion Processing, 1500 Beech Hollow Road, Robinson.


Bed sheets stolen: Kaitlin Lee Hornak of 21 Smith St., Washington, was arrested Friday by South Strabane police after she allegedly stole a set of bed sheets from Walmart, Trinity Point. She was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller on a charge of retail theft and placed in Washington County jail on $3,000 bond.


Vehicles burglarized: Several vehicles in the Washington area were vandalized or burglarized between Friday and Sunday. Tools valued at $20 were stolen from an unlocked car parked on North Main Street. The hood and engine compartment of a car parked on Brady Avenue were tampered with, but no items were missing. The front passenger window of a car on West Katherine Avenue was broken, but nothing was stolen. A cellphone charger was stolen from an unlocked pickup truck parked on East Hallam Avenue. The ignition was also not functioning, but it was unclear if the suspect damaged it. Someone rummaged through the belongings of an unlocked car on Burton Avenue, but no items were stolen and there was no damage. A car on Locust Avenue was broken into and ransacked, but no items were stolen and there was no damage. A wallet containing credit cards and $40 was stolen from a truck parked at Don White Auto Sales on Meadow Avenue. The passenger-side tires of a car on Victoria Street were cut. Copper wire welding leads, valued at $650, were stolen from a truck on Henderson Avenue. A purse with $360 cash, credit cards and personal items was stolen from a car on Locust Avenue. A wallet, portable CD player and cellphone, valued at $150, were stolen from an unlocked car parked on East Hallam Avenue. Both the purse and wallet were later found by police on Braden Street with only the IDs intact. The front passenger window was broken on a car on Buttonwood Avenue, and $5 was stolen. An iPhone was stolen from a car on North Main Street.

Car stolen: Dale Pitalski of North Main Street reported to police that a car parked behind his house on Lewis Avenue was surrounded by items scattered on the ground. He picked up the items and put them in the car. Police determined that the car belonged to Marijane Imburgia, 64, of Burton Avenue. She told police she had parked the car in front of her home Friday evening. Nothing was stolen, and the car was released to Imburgia.

Juvenile missing: Dawn Viscardi of Jollick Manor reported her 14-year-old son, Tyler Viscardi, missing. He was last seen at 7 p.m. Thursday. He is white, 5-foot-8 and 140 pounds. He has brown hair, hazel eyes, a tattoo on his right arm and a scar on his upper lip.


Harassment charges: Marcia K. Fleming, 70, and William R. Montgomery, 22, both of West Alexander, were charged by state police with harassment after an argument allegedly turned physical Sunday at 1316 W. Finley Road, West Finley.



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