: Police beat Aug. 21

August 20, 2013


Burglary charge: Robert A. Westfall Jr., 28, who is incarcerated in Washington County jail on other charges, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of burglary, theft, criminal trespass and criminal mischief. He is accused of burglarizing the home of Ralph and Carol Waychoff, 38 Foster road, Buffalo, on May 28 and stealing five long guns. He was reportedly caught with some of the weapons during a traffic stop by Washington police. He was arraigned before District Judge Robert Redlinger who set bond at $10,000.


Retail theft arrest: Benjamin Jenkins, 22, of McKees Rocks, was arraigned Tuesday on a felony charge of retail theft for allegedly stealing a jar of queso dip from Kwik Fill, Third and Wood streets, California police said. Jenkins, who police said was intoxicated, put the jar back on the shelf and refused to provide his name. He was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis and placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.


Two charged: Jason Chadwick, 38, of 414 Duquesne Ave., Canonsburg, and Todd R. Higgins, 36, of 401 Highfield Ave., Canonsburg, were each charged Tuesday by Canonsburg police stemming from an incident last month when Chadwick was taken into custody on other charges. Chadwick, also known as Jason Higgins, was wanted on warrants obtained by police in North Strabane and South Strabane townships. He was found hiding under a bed. He also had suspected drugs, including heroin. Chadwick was charged with resisting arrest and possession of drugs. Todd Higgins was charged with hindering apprehension and possession of paraphernalia. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge David Mark.

Bar burglarized: The Hofbrau, 416 Highland Ave., was burglarized early Monday, Canonsburg police said. The back door was pried open and the cash register was stolen from the bar. Part of the register was found behind the building.

Vehicle damaged: Karina Kowalczyk, of Lucia Drive, told Canonsburg police Monday that her vehicle has been damaged by vandals twice in the last week.


Woman jailed: Tammy Lee Rall, 40, of 186 Pleasantville Road, Finleyville, is charged by township police with felony retail theft, accused of stealing $15.89 worth of merchandise from a Giant Eagle on Route 88 about 3:15 p.m. Monday. She is in Washington County jail on $10,000 bond set by District Judge Mark Wilson.


Two charged: Connor Lindsay, 18, and Jordan Joseph, 18, both of Pittsburgh, will be charged with underage drinking after state police on Tuesday stopped Lindsay for speeding on Interstate 79 north near the Canonsburg exit, Cecil. Police said Joseph was intoxicated and there was a bottle of vodka in the vehicle.


Woman charged: Lisa Congie, 45, of 115 Green St., Houston, was charged Friday by Chartiers police with theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing a wedding ring owned by Douglas Minton from his home at 200 Veronica Drive. She then sold it at St. Clair Jewelers in Peters Township for $100. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge David Mark.

Saddle stolen: Faith Welling of West Finley told Chartiers police Sunday that a barrel racing saddle was stolen from the racing barn at the Washington County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center.


Harassment charges: Katherine Ondrik and Jeremy James Rush, both of Claysville, were each charged by state police with harassment after reportedly getting into a fight Monday at 219 Wayne St., Claysville. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Ethan Ward.


Contractor charged: Harry R. Tuman, 51, of 236 Short St., Coal Center, is charged by borough police with deceptive business practices, court records show. Police accuse Tuman of completing less than satisfactory repairs in 2009 and 2011 to a roof at El Grande Industries, 1600 Meldon Ave. He is free on $10,000 bond after being arraigned in the case Monday before District Judge Mark Wilson.


Disorderly charge: Rita Seng, 35, of 125 Cumberland Ave., North Franklin, will be charged by North Franklin police with disorderly conduct after she allegedly punched Tracy Lynn Hritz, 42, of 256 McKee Road, Canton Township, in the face during an Aug. 13 confrontation at Trinity West Elementary School. Seng and Hritz had been involved in a minor fender-bender. When Hritz questioned whether police should be called, Seng reportedly became irate. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Hit and run: North Franklin police are investigating a hit-and-run crash Saturday in the 100 block of Franklin Farms Road. Mark Ambrose, 49, of Bethel Park, told police that he was going north when a southbound motorcycle crossed into his lane and hit his vehicle. The operator of the motorcycle fled the scene. Parts of the motorcycle were found on the road along with the owner’s card.

Game player stolen: Russell Roupe, of 1625 Grimm Drive, told North Franklin police Monday that his Xbox 360 game player and several games were stolen.


Wheel hits vehicle: David Rajkovich, 41, of Monaca, was slightly injured Monday when a wheel fell off a pickup truck driven by Teresa Potechko, 47, of McDonald, on Interstate 79 near the Canonsburg exit, North Strabane, and hit his vehicle.


Cellphone stolen: An employee of the Peters Township Public Library told police she left a silver cellular telephone at the front desk when she left Saturday, township police said. When the employee returned Sunday, the telephone was gone. The theft was reported at 4:30 p.m. Monday.


Woman jailed: Raieleesa L. Banks-Ptomey, 46, of Carnegie, is charged by McDonald police with arrest prior to requisition because she is wanted in Maryland in a theft case, court records show. Police took her into custody about 10:20 p.m. Monday after receiving a complaint she had been driving a car in the wrong direction near 9212 Old Steubenville Pike. She is lodged without bond in Washington County jail.



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