Police beat Sept. 14
Woman charged: Jennifer R. Duff, 41, of 11 Chase Lane, Avella, was charged Thursday by state police with being a habitual offender, driving without a license, driving with a suspended license, driving on the wrong side of the road, reckless driving and careless driving. Police said she was driving south on Route 844 near Melody Lane in Canton on Aug. 26 when her vehicle crossed the road and struck a hillside. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge David Mark.
Retail theft arrest: Carol Lee Luzzi, 42, of 621 Fourth St., Donora, was arrested Thursday by Carroll police after she allegedly stole $119 in items from Giant Eagle, 1300 Country Club Road. She was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka and placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.
Iron stolen: State police said 60 iron track bases were reported stolen Thursday from railroad tracks owned by Wheeling & Lake Erie railroad near Old Ridge and Avella roads, Cross Creek.
Three injured: Three people were injured just before 6 p.m. Thursday in a two-vehicle crash on Route 22 eastbound near the Bavington exit, Hanover. State police said a station wagon driven by William Hilty, 47, of Follansbee, W.Va., was going west when the vehicle went through the grass median and run head-on into an eastbound vehicle driven by Jeremy Davies, 33, of Pittsburgh. Hilty was flown to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Davies and a passenger in Hilty’s vehicle, Mark Seglie, 35, also of Follansbee, were transported by ambulance to Allegheny General.
Trespass charge: Hong Hoa Hgoc Pham, 34, of Pittsburgh, was charged Thursday by state police at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino with criminal trespass after he was found at the casino. He was not permitted to be there, police said. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
One hurt: Rebecca J. Numer, 65, of Bethel Park, was injured Thursday afternoon when her motorcycle slid on a wet Route 19 at Galley Road into the side of a stopped pickup truck operated by Carl F. Till Jr., 36, of Longview, Texas, North Strabane police said.
Driver injured: Stefanie Lynn Parsons, 38, of Pittsburgh, was injured Thursday morning as she attempted to make a U-turn while driving north on Route 19 at Mansfield Road, North Strabane police said. Parsons struck a southbound vehicle driven by Ashley Kutrovac, no age or address available.
Drug charges: Joseph Lesjak of Cecil Township will be charged by summons following a traffic stop at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, township police said. Lesjak, 23, of 411 Georgetown Road, was speeding south on Washington Road before he was stopped in a gasoline station parking lot at the intersection of Washington and West McMurray roads, police said. The officer detected an odor from the vehicle and noticed Lesjak reach in the center console, police said, adding that bags of suspected marijuana were found in the vehicle, along with an unknown white powder. Lesjak will be charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana and speeding, police said.
Construction theft: Several building materials, valued at nearly $800, were stolen from a construction site on McIntosh Drive before 11:30 a.m. Thursday, township police said. Stolen were a large quantity of wood and roof wall sheeting owned by Ryan Homes.
Fuel stolen: An unknown amount of diesel fuel was stolen from a construction site on Battle Ridge Road, township police said. A cable and lock were cut before the fuel was stolen. Police said the fuel was owned by a landscaping and excavating company.
Harassment charge: William Kimmey, 47, of Washington, was charged by state police with harassment after he allegedly called Sally Wise of South Franklin 63 times and sent her 22 text messages between Aug. 11 and Sept. 4. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Ethan Ward.
Clothing stolen: Thelma Turner, 51, of 154 S. Wade Ave., Washington, will be charged by South Strabane police with retail theft for allegedly stealing clothing and accessories valued at $112 from Gabriel’s, Northgate Plaza, on Thursday. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
Fugitive caught: Randy Jackson, 32, of 24 Baltimore Ave., Washington, was arrested on a warrant from the state of Louisiana just before midnight Thursday after allegedly leading city police and officers from surrounding townships on a foot chase near his home. Jackson is wanted by police from the parish of East Baton Rouge on a charge of aggravated rape. The warrant was signed by a judge in Louisiana on July 31. He was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka and placed in Washington County Jail on $250,000 bond, pending extradition to Louisiana.
Assault, threats charges: Tyler Ankrom, 19, of 50 Campbell Ave., Washington, was arrested Thursday night by Washington police on charges of simple assault and terroristic threats. He is accused of brandishing a knife and threatening to kill Fred Foxhill during a confrontation at Ankrom’s home. Ankrom was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka and placed in Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.
Drug charges: Kristen Minda, 23, of Follansbee, W.Va., was arraigned Friday on two cases involving drugs. Washington police charged her with possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence after she allegedly was found with the suspected drug at Washington Park on June 22. East Washington police charged her with possession of paraphernalia stemming from an Aug. 11, 2012, traffic stop. She was arraigned before District Judge Robert Redlinger and released on $10,000 unsecured bond.
Paraphernalia charge: Nicole R. Yoders, 25, of 2779-C S Bridge Road, Washington, was charged Friday by Washington County sheriff’s deputies with possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from a Sept. 3 traffic stop on West Wylie Avenue. The charge was filed at the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.
DUI, paraphernalia charge: Brandon Lee Washington, 30, of 130 May Ave., Washington, was charged Friday by Washington police with driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of paraphernalia stemming from a July 21 traffic stop on North Franklin Street. Police said his blood-alcohol content was more than double the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.
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