: Police beat Aug. 9

August 8, 2013


Scrap metal stolen: An undisclosed amount of scrap metal and a recycling scrap metal container were stolen from Circle Machine Shop at 1086 Jolly School Road in Buffalo Township July 27, state police said.

Welding material missing: State police said welding leads were stolen from the back of a truck parked in the 1300 block of Mounts Road in Buffalo Township late Monday or early Tuesday.


Computers stolen: John Galajda told Canonsburg police a man entered his store at 117 W. Pike St., early Thursday and ran out with several computers.


Drug charges: Richard Lee Jackson was charged with various drug offenses Wednesday, after members of the Washington County Drug Task Force found suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia in his home at 213 McKean Ave. May 9, according to an affidavit filed in the office of District Judge James Ellis. Jackson, 53, was arraigned before Ellis at 8 p.m. Wednesday on charges of manufacturing, delivering and possessing with the intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Detectives from the task force arrived at Jackson’s residence, where officers said he appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. When Jackson refused permission to search the home, a search warrant was obtained from District Judge Mark Wilson. Officers said they found two bags of suspected crack, a marijuana crusher, five smoking pipes, nine empty heroin stamp bags, two spoons with a white powder residue and four cellular telephones. Jackson was placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.


Tools stolen: Ashley Ramaley, of 2200 Henderson Ave., told Chartiers police Wednesday her shed was broken into and tools including a chain saw and power drill were stolen.

Vehicles, shed entered: Jason Dornan, of 2212 Henderson Ave., told Chartiers police Wednesday three vehicles and his shed were broken into and items stolen.


Tractor-trailer crash: State police are investigating a crash on Interstate 70 at the Claysville exit after a tractor-trailer apparently lost its brakes and crashed into two other vehicles. Police said the rig driven by Kionte Peeples, 34, of Marietta, Ga., was exiting from the westbound lanes when he lost control and hit a truck and tractor-trailer about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday. None of the drivers was injured and police are examining the rig to see if there was an equipment failure.


Indecent exposure: Scott M. Filipiak was placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond early Thursday, after police said he exposed himself to two juveniles and an adult on McCrea Avenue, according to an affidavit in the office of District Judge James Ellis. Police were called early Thursday after Filipiak, 20, of 349 Market St., was seen with his pants down, yelling obscenities. Filipiak then walked along Allen Avenue, where police said he damaged at least two cars by breaking a side mirror on one and denting another. Filipiak was arraigned before Ellis and was placed in jail on charges of indecent exposure, open lewdness, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and pubic drunkenness.


Burglary arrest: Zachery Jeffries, 22, of 84 Bowen Road, Mt. Pleasant Township, was arrested Wednesday by township police in connection with a burglary at the home of a neighbor. Jeffries is accused of entering the home at 102 Bowen Road July 1, stealing a weed trimmer, jars of money and long guns. Two of the guns have been recovered. Police said he sold them at Gander Mountain, Moon Township. Jeffries was arraigned before District Judge Valarie Costanzo on charges of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass. He was placed in Washington County jail on $10,000 bond. Police said the investigation is continuing.

Charged in crash: James Hixenbaugh III, 27, of 2450 Brush Run Road, Washington, was charged by Mt. Pleasant police in connection with a July 25 crash on Westland Road (Route 519) and Hornhead Road. Police said his vehicle struck a utility pole at the intersection and then drove from the scene. Mt. Pleasant police, with assistance from Chartiers Township police, stopped him on Ullom Road near Hickory Ridge Road in Chartiers. Police said he was under the influence of marijuana, morphone, oxycodone and codeine. He was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, careless driving and driving under suspension. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.


Window damaged: Frank Tustin, of 1298 Beech St., told South Strabane police Wednesday a rock was thrown through the front window of his home.


Tools stolen: Several power tools, including a nail gun, roofing gun and concrete saw, were stolen from a garage in the 700 block of Addison Street Wednesday, Washington police said. Police said someone broke the garage’s window to get inside and then took $600 worth of tools.

False reports: City police said they charged Laverne Mason, 50, of 247 Lincoln Terrace, Washington, with making false reports to police after officers said she called 911 claiming there was a large fight on Church Street early Thursday morning. Police said they arrived at the scene and found no one fighting. However, they were able to trace the call to Mason’s phone, and police said she later admitted to making up the story.

Purse stolen: Washington police said a purse that contained credit cards, checks, a driver’s license and $210 cash was stolen Wednesday night from the bedroom of a residence in the 800 block of Duncan Avenue.

Drug charges: Kenneth M. Higginbotham, 47, of 640 Maple Terrace, Washington, was charged by Washington police with possession and possession with intent to deliver crack, possession of paraphernalia, and driving under suspension after he was found with suspected crack during a traffic stop Thursday on Murtland Avenue and Oak Alley. He was arraigned before District Judge Robert Redlinger and released on $10,000 unsecured bond.



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