Police beat Sept. 5
Camper ransacked: Alan D. Morris of 3246 Constitution Boulevard, Blaine, told state police Tuesday that his camper was broken into and ransacked.
Theft of services: Rachel Buza, 29, of California, will be charged by California police with forgery, theft of services and bad checks for allegedly not paying a bill owed to the borough’s sewer authority in the amount of $1,980. Police said that in an attempt to stall termination of services, she allegedly submitted a bad check for $550 from a closed account and forged letters from agencies to trick borough officials into believing her bill would be paid from certain grants. The charges will be sent from the office of District Judge Joshua Kanalis.
One injured: William Chambers, 59, of 113 Murdock St., Canonsburg, was injured about noon Tuesday when his vehicle struck the back of a vehicle driven by Mary Ann Lecci, 55, of Bethel Park. Canonsburg police said Lecci was going east on West Pike Street at North Central Avenue and had stopped when her vehicle was hit. Chambers told police he had taken a prescribed narcotic painkiller earlier that day. He was taken to Canonsburg General Hospital for treatment.
Unauthorized use: Michael T. Amos, 33, of 569 Isabella Ave., North Charleroi, was charged with unauthorized use by Charleroi Regional police for allegedly taking a vehicle owned by William Amos of 338 Fallowfield Ave. without permission Saturday. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Larry Hopkins.
Drug-related charges: Chad Michael Snyder, 21, and Robert J, Opat, 24, both of 97 Prospect Ave., Charleroi, were charged Friday by Charleroi Regional police with possession of paraphernalia police reported finding drug-related items in their home. Snyder reportedly had a scale, while Opat had empty stamp bags that police believe had contained heroin. Snyder also was charged with criminal use of a communications facility after he was found with a cellphone that police said had texts regarding illegal drug deals. Police had gone to Snyder’s home to serve him with a warrant Aug. 28. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Larry Hopkins.
Two charged: George Linneman, 43, and James Robert Cowert, 32, both of 731 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, face charges after Charleroi Regional police tried to take Cowert into custody on a probation detainer Aug. 27. Police said Cowert ran from them. He was charged with resisting arrest, flight to avoid apprehension, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia. Linneman also was charged with possession of paraphernalia. Two days later, Linneman was charged with retail theft and public drunkenness after he allegedly stole T-shirts from Dollar General, 514 Fallowfield Ave. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Larry Hopkins.
Crack possession: Demitri Sawka, 56, of 700 Fallowfield Ave., was charged by Charleroi Regional police with possession of crack after the drug allegedly was found in his room at Myford Hotel, 700 Fallowfield, Friday. Police were called to the bar in the hotel for a disturbance involving Sawka. Police said they found the suspected drug when they went to his room. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Larry Hopkins.
Money stolen: James Ragan of Woodrow Road, Cross Creek, told state police Tuesday that money was stolen from his vehicle.
Fuel pump stolen: A diesel fuel pump owned by R.S. Monze of Latrobe was reported stolen from a storage trailer on Vance Road, Cross Creek, state police said.
Band boosters owed: Bryan F. Clutter of 214 Shady Ave., Charleroi, was charged Thursday by Charleroi Area School District police with theft of services. Police said he failed to pay Charleroi High School band boosters $535 for his 15-year-old daughter’s trip to Disney World with the band last spring. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Larry Hopkins.
Hard drive stolen: A computer hard drive valued at $200 was reported stolen Aug. 23 from the state Department of Transportation office, Route 519, North Bethlehem, state police said.
One injured: Joseph Gomez Jr., 76, of West Finley, was injured Tuesday night when his pickup truck went off Frankin Farms Road between Sylvan Drive and Franklin Terrace, shearing off a utility pole, North Franklin police said. Wires came down on his truck. The crash knocked out power in the area. Gomez was taken to Washington Hospital for treatment.
Assault charge: Amanda McCoy, 31, of 144 Blaine St., North Franklin, was arrested Wednesday by township police after she allegedly assaulted her husband, Jack McCoy, during a confrontation at their home. She is acccused of kicking him and scratching his arms. She also allegedly directed obscenities at police before destroying the windshield on her husband’s vehicle. McCoy was arraigned before District Judge Robert Redlinger on charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment. She was placed in Washington County jail on a $5,000 percentage bond.
Truck found: A pickup truck reported stolen early Tuesday by Harvey Nichols of Strabane was found later that day in the lot at B&B Tavern, Latimer Avenue, Strabane, North Strabane police said. Tools had been stolen from a box on the truck.
Paraphernalia charge: Marshall Tucker Lambert, 24, of 15 Coal St., Dunlevy, was charged by Charleroi Regional police with possession of paraphernalia after he allegedly was found with needles and spoons while officers were investigating an incident Friday on Route 88 near the Intestate 70 ramp in Speers. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Larry Hopkins.
Charged in two cases: Macee Jean Dalton, 20, of 464 E. Hallam Ave., Washington, was arraigned Wednesday on two sets of criminal charges filed against her by Washington police. She is charged with receiving stolen property, possession of heroin and possession of paraphernalia after she allegedly was found with the items Aug. 2 on Spruce Avenue. Police said they found some items that had been just reported stolen from a Peters Township store in a vehicle that had been stopped. Dalton was a passenger. She also was charged with retail theft and possession of paraphernalia for allegedly stealing items from Family Dollar, 130 Highland Ave., Aug. 19. Police said she was found with empty stamp bags and stolen razor blades. She was arraigned before District Judge Robert Redlinger and placed in Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.