: Police beat Sept. 4

  • September 3, 2013


Husband arrested: Kelsey Curtis Matthews, 41, of 1343 Brush Run Road, Amwell, was arrested Sunday on a warrant obtained by state police after he allegedly threatened to kill his wife Thursday. Matthews is accused of putting his hands on the neck of his wife, pushing her to the floor and threatening to kill her. She was later able to sneak out of the home. Matthews was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis on charges of terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct. He was placed in Washington County jail on $50,000 bond.

DUI charge: Douglas E. Whipkey, 35, of 62 E. Elm St., Waynesburg, was arrested late Monday on a warrant on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and traffic violations stemming from a crash Aug. 4 near the Lone Pine exit of Interstate 79, Amwell. State police said his blood-alcohol content was more than three times the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication. He was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis and placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.


Home burglarized again: Corey and Ryan Zavada of 535 Franklin Ave. told Canonsburg police Friday that a Playstation 3 player, 65-inch HD television, camera and two laptop computers were stolen in a burglary of their home. It was the second time the home was burglarized in less than a week.

Teens cited: A 16-year-old North Strabane Township girl and a 16-year-old Chartiers Township girl were charged by Canonsburg police with careless driving after they were seen speeding through several parking lots off Cavasina Drive Sunday night. The Chartiers girl told police they were playing hide-and-seek, only in their vehicles.


Paraphernalia charge: Anthony Joseph Neil, 34, of 2496 Washington Road, Upper St., Clair, was arrested Monday night by Cecil police after he allegedly was caught in a dugout of a baseball field at 36 Cecil Elementary Drive with 10 empty stamp bags that police believe had contained heroin. He was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis on a charge of possession of paraphernalia and placed in Washington County jail on $50,000 bond.

Burglary: David and Judy Homerosky of 1260 McEwen Ave. told police their residence was entered before 5:30 p.m. Monday, township police said. Stolen were two older-style rings, a wedding band and an engagement ring, cash, change and an iPad. Entry was made through a rear window, and the items were stolen from the master bedroom, police said.

Dog stolen: A 2-year-old male Pomeranian named Bentley was stolen from the residence of Rachel Rettinger, 3240 Millers Run Road, between 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31 and 12:45 a.m. Sept. 1, township police said.


Shed burglarized: George Main of 1205 Mounts Road told North Franklin police Aug. 26 that a weed trimmer, gasoline can, battery and tools were stolen from his shed. He said the thief cut off the lock.


Driver injured: Jacob Campbell, 19, of Oakdale, was injured Monday night when his vehicle hit a guardrail and utility pole on McDowell Lane, North Strabane police said.

Truck stolen: Harvey Nichols of 127 Alexander Ave., Strabane, told North Strabane police his red, 1998 Dodge Ram extended-cab pickup truck was stolen from his driveway just before 2 a.m. Tuesday. Nichols said he was sleeping when he heard his truck being started. He said it was driven off in the direction of Route 519. The truck had black ladder racks and a metal toolbox in the back. The license is ZBH-2643.

Two charged in theft: Two women are accused of stealing a 93-year-old woman’s purse at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino last week. State police said they charged Jacqueline K. Brown, 49, and Delores Brown, 75, both of Washington, with theft after troopers said the pair took the elderly Bethel Park woman’s purse from the casino floor and removed money from it while in a casino bathroom Aug. 29. Police said they later found the woman’s purse in a trash can in the bathroom.


MACE discharged: A student in Peters Township High School inadvertently discharged MACE in the cafeteria about 10:30 a.m. Aug. 30, township police said. Parents were notified by email, and the high school will discipline the student without police involvement, police said.

Woman charged: Sarah Shedrick, an employee of Three Rivers Youth home, 466 Thompsonville Road, was charged with endangering the welfare of children following an altercation between two juveniles in which she is accused of using force, township police said. The fight occurred at 7:09 p.m. Aug. 6. Two girls were injured and requested police and an ambulance. Police said Shedrick, 51, of Minooka Street, Pittsburgh, refused to report the incident. Charges were filed before District Judge James Ellis late last month.

Criminal mischief: Jeffrey Beck was taken to St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon, after he was found knocking on the door of the rectory of St. Benedict the Abbot Roman Catholic Church at 5:07 a.m. July 31, claiming to be the second coming of Christ and yelling obscenities, township police said. Beck, 34, of Stratford Drive, State College, told police he was hearing voices and had thrown a rock through the window of his father’s car that was parked at Pizza Hut in nearby McMurray Town Center, police said. A car was found at the Pizza Hut with the driver’s side window smashed with a large rock. Police discovered items thrown around inside and outside the car, which is owned by a client of one of the businesses in the area, not by Beck’s father. Missing were a baseball cap, later found inside the police car where Beck had ridden, and several guide books. Charges of theft and criminal mischief against Beck were filed in the office of District Judge James Ellis late last month.


Truck stolen/recovered: A man left the keys in a truck at McDonald’s on Washington Pike at an unknown time Aug. 22 while he went inside to get some food, township police said. When he returned, the truck was missing. It was recovered Aug. 29 in Sugarcreek, Ohio. The person in the truck in Ohio was arrested, police said. The investigation continues to determine if charges will be filed.

Items stolen: A car parked in the 500 block of Hickory Grade Road was broken into Aug. 25 or 26, and a wallet, amplifiers and speakers were stolen, township police said. No value was listed.

Pipes stolen: Copper pipes inside a vacant house on Old Oakdale Road were removed Aug. 25 or 26, township police said. The value of the pipes is $2,500, police said.


Two charged: James Dawkins Jr., 44, of Washington, was charged by state police with simple assault and harassment while William G. Crepps, 68, also of Washington, was charged with harassment stemming from an Aug. 25 altercation at 25 Chambers Mill Road, South Franklin. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Ethan Ward.


Retail theft charge: Joshua J. Frank, 37, of 214 Greenside Ave., Canonsburg, was charged Tuesday by South Strabane police with retail theft after he allegedly stole items valued at $43 from Walmart, Trinity Point, Friday. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.

DUI, traffic charges: Alyssa M. Shemasek, 24, of 159 Ernest Ave., Monongahela, was charged Tuesday by South Strabane police with driving under the influence of alcohol and traffic violations stemming from a crash Aug. 3 on Country Club Road at Locust Avenue. Her blood-alcohol content was more than double the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication, police said. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.

Theft charge: Denise M. Gill, 47, of 1886 Smith Township Road, Slovan, was charged Tuesday with theft by South Strabane police. She is accused of stealing $320 from Walmart, Trinity Point, while working at the store. Police said she took $5 to $20 from the register 18 different times. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.

Endangerment, DUI charges: Michael William Wilson, 54, of 561 Malone Ridge Road, Canton, was charged Tuesday by South Strabane police with driving under the influence of alcohol, recklessly endangering another person and traffic violations after crashing his motorcycle Aug. 25 in the 1400 block of North Main Street. Neither he nor his passenger, Nancy Merckle, was wearing a helmet. She was knocked off the motorcycle and was unconscious when police arrived. Police said Wilson was not licensed to operate a motorcycle and that his blood-alcohol content exceeded the 0.08 percent limit. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.


Theft, unauthorized use: Southwest Regional police have filed charges against Stephanie A. Janeski, 57, no address, after investigators said she borrowed a pickup truck and took cash from inside the vehicle. Police said Janeski took the vehicle from the Union Township residence of her daughter’s boyfriend on Aug. 16 without his permission and returned it the following night. Police said Janeski took $340 and used her daughter’s Access card to purchase groceries. Charges of theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle were filed Aug. 29 through the office of District Judge James Ellis.


House burglarized: A woman who lives on East Hallam Avenue in Washington reported to city police that her flat-screen television, valued at $400, was stolen from her house Aug. 30 or 31.

Vehicle vandalized: A man reported to city police that someone scratched the passenger side of his vehicle, which was parked on the 800 block of Jeferson Avenue Aug. 29 or 30.

Vehicle missing: A man reported to city police that his truck and keys went missing overnight Aug. 29 after he parked in the 100 block of South Main Street and then spent the night in Pittsburgh.

House vandalized: A woman reported to city police that someone broke into her residence at 300 Third St. Sunday and cut her couch and mattress with a knife, broke her belongings and threw some belongings into her neighbor’s yard. Police have a possible suspect.

Couple struck: Shaquane Yarbrough, 18, of 279 Locust Ave., was charged by city police with harassment and disorderly conduct. Police said Yarbrough hit his next-door neighbor, Steven Bodnar, 37, of 281 Locust Ave., and Bodnar’s girlfriend, Misty Hewitt, 31, of 279 Locust Ave., Aug. 30. In a separate incident, city police said Yarbrough put a 12-year-old boy in a headlock at the Washington High School football field Sunday and then ran from police. While fleeing, he allegedly hit an 11-year-old girl in the side of her head, causing a bump.

Vehicle burglarized: A woman reported to city police that $1,000 was stolen from her vehicle Monday while it was parked at 720 Ewing St. The rear passenger vent window was damaged, and the interior latch was broken.


Retail theft charge: Valencia Lynn Barnes, 39, of Allison, was arrested Monday by state police on a felony count of retail theft after she allegedly stole items valued at $43 from Walmart, West Brownsville. She was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis and placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.


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