: Police beat Sept. 17

September 16, 2013


Charged in crash: Richard A. Tennant, 35, of 252 Middle St., Brownsville, was arrested late Friday by state police in connection with a crash Thursday in the 800 block of East National Pike, Amwell. Police were called after a pickup truck crashed into an embankment. Tennant denied being the operator but agreed to submit to a blood-alcohol test. Police, according to a complaint filed with District Judge Gary Havelka, indicated that the truck driven by Tennant also hit a vehicle. Tennant also had suspected cocaine and marijuana, police said. He was arraigned before Havelka on possession and possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of paraphernalia, driving under the influence of alcohol and numerous traffic violations. Tennant was placed in Washington County jail on $50,000 bond.


Men robbed: Christopher Karns, 22, of Lakeview, Ohio, and Michael G. Mack, 22, of Erie, told California police that they were robbed about 7:25 p.m. Sunday at Second and Beazel streets. The two told police they were playing an XBox game. They got frustrated and threw the game on to the street. When they went out to retrieve it, they said three men in a green sport utility vehicle picked up the game. One of them allegedly showed the two a small black handgun and told them, “You better back away.”

Five face charges: Five people face charges after California police were called Friday night for a report of a large fight on Shutterly Avenue. Police determined the fight was between fraternity members from the Acasia and Theta Xi houses. Zachary Robert Morris, 20, of Cranberry, Gunner Wayne Smith, no age listed, 22, and Jett Michael Smith, both of Friedens, and Jonathan Ramdal Pierce, 21, of Normalville, are being charged with simple assault. Morris also is charged with underage drinking. Andrew J. Penzera, 18, of White, will be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and underage drinking, police said. The investigation is continuing.


Windshield smashed: Alisa McGant of 514 Valley View Terrace told Canonsburg police Saturday that the windshield of her vehicle was smashed during a disturbance near her home.

Purse stolen: Peggy Keenan of Canonsburg told Canonsburg police Sunday that the windshield of her vehicle was smashed and her purse containing her cellphone and $30 was stolen while her vehicle was parked at the Hofbrau, 416 Highland Ave.


Harassment charge: Jessica Powell, 20, of Washington, will be charged with harassment by state police after she allegedly slapped Samantha Briggs, 26, of Washington, in the face during a confrontation Friday on Marra Avenue, Canton.

One injured: Jacqueline Ondrik, 46, of Houston, was injured Saturday when her vehicle was hit from behind by a vehicle driven by Michael Ritchey, 41, of Ambridge, as she tried to merge onto Interstate 70 at the Jessop Place exit, Canton, state police said. Ondrik went to Washington Hospital for treatment.


Vehicle rolls: State police said the driver of a vehicle that rolled over on Interstate 79 northbound near the Southpointe exit, Cecil, fled before police arrived. The passenger, Leif Olson, 42, of Montague, Mich., was slightly injured.

Burglary: A residence at 7 Cecil Elementary Drive was entered through the basement and copper pipe was cut and stolen, township police said. There is no estimate of the loss. The house is owned by Richard Denke, and the burglary was reported at 3:38 p.m. Saturday.


Fugitive caught: Louis R. Merricks, 38, of 2226 Route 88, Dunlevy, was arrested early Sunday as a fugitive from justice during a traffic stop by Charleroi Regional police on Fallowfield Avenue. Police determined he is wanted in Bay County, Fla., for failure to register as a sex offender. The warrant was issued by a Bay County judge in July. He was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka and placed in Washington County jail on $250,000 pending extradition to Florida.


Forgery, theft charges: Anna Marie Mikalik, 56, of 53 River View St., Fredericktown, was charged after allegedly cashing two $100 checks at Rivera Restaurant and Lounge, Front Street, in June. East Bethlehem police said the restaurant owner learned the next day that there was no money in Mikalik’s account. She was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka on a warrant on charges of forgery, theft and receiving stolen property. She was placed in Washington County jail on $20,000 bond.


Warrant arrest: James Allen Gaul, 58, of 701 McKean Ave., Charleroi, was arrested Saturday on a warrant obtained by Monongahela police stemming from an Aug. 17 incident. Gaul had been a passenger in a vehicle that crashed into a utility pole at 177 Main St., New Eagle, but walked away from the scene. Police said they later found him with suspected heroin. He was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka on charges of possession of heroin and paraphernalia. He was placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.


Purse stolen: Jami Crencin of Canonsburg told North Strabane police Saturday that her purse was stolen from the back of her chair while she was at On Deck Bar and Grill, 200 N. Lakeside Drive. The purse was later found near a dumpster, but $10 and her cellphone had been stolen.

Student charged: A 15-year-old Cecil Township boy will be charged in a juvenile allegation with possessing a weapon on school property, harassment and terroristic threats, North Strabane police said. He is accused of having a knife on a school bus Friday and showing it to another student. He also is accused of threatening another student.


Disorderly conduct: Daniel F. Villella will receive a citation for disorderly conduct following an incident before 8:43 p.m. Saturday in Peterswood Park in which he allegedly used profane language at coaches, his ex-wife and others at a youth sporting event, township police said. Villella, 47, of Sandpiper Lane, Venetia, reportedly got into an argument with two parents that ended by the time police arrived. There is no indication what prompted the alleged shouting and use of profane language. Police said Villella reportedly left the park when he heard someone had called for officers. He was contacted at home and informed his behavior was unacceptable, but Villella became hostile toward the officer, police said.

Mailboxes damaged: An unknown object was used to damage three mailboxes, two on Rutledge Drive and one on Greenfield Drive, Saturday and early Sunday, township police said.

Motorcyclist injured: Jeremy S. Burnich was taken to St. Clair Hospital following a motorcycle accident at 8:45 p.m. Sunday in the 3200 block of Washington Road, township police said. Burnich, 35, Hollydale Drive, Upper St. Clair, was riding north on Washington Road when he said two deer jumped into his path, with one striking the front of the mototcycle, police said. The accident caused Burnich to put the motorcycle down and slide 50 feet, police said. Burnich was wearing a helmet and protective clothing. St. Clair Hospital does not release patient information.

Bicyclist struck: The driver of a car turning from Turkeyfoot Road to McClelland Road at 4:35 p.m. Saturday told police sunshine and shadows caused him to fail to see a man on a bicycle before striking him, township police said. The driver, William E. Kerns, 59, of Hedgerow Drive, Venetia, said he was driving west on Turkeyfoot Road and heard a noise when he made the left turn onto McClelland Road, police said. The bicyclist, Troy Halo, 52, of Ross Creek Road, Venetia, was thrown over the passenger side of the windshield, then over the roof and bounced off the passenger side of the trunk, police said. He was wearing a helmet, and police said the first person to arrive at the accident was a physician. Halo was taken to an open area of Trax Farm and flown to Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. His condition is not known.


Theft, trespassing charges: Jessica Lynn Rose, 20, of Belle Vernon, was arrested by South Strabane police on charges of retail theft, defiant trespass and false reports to police. She is accused of removing the security wrap from a home security system at Walmart, Trinity Point, and leaving the store. Rose initially identified herself as Amber Bundy. She was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka and placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.

Lamppost damaged: Kevin Young of 28 Kettle Drive told South Strabane police Friday that his lamppost was damaged by vandals.


DUI charge: Eugene Washington, 50, of 132 Highland Ave., Washington, will be charged by Washington police with DUI after an incident early Saturday. Police were initially called for a report of a man passed out in his vehicle at Ewing Street and Baird Avenue. When police arrived, they said they learned Washington had tried to enter Pickle’s bar but was denied entry by the staff. Police said they spotted him driving away in a vehicle with a flat tire. His blood-alcohol content was almost twice the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication, according to police.

Loitering at night: Megan Walton, 22, of 320 Duncan Ave., Washington, was taken into custody early Sunday after she allegedly was found by Washington police hiding behind a dumpster at Washington High School. Walton, who will be charged with loitering and prowling at night, was placed in Washington County jail on a probation warrant.

Burglary attempt: Elizabeth Stasko of 985 1/2 Addison St. told Washington police Sunday that she found her kitchen window open in an apparent burglary attempt.

Check stolen: Patricia Barnhart of 811 Addison St. told Washington police Friday that a check for $25.48 was stolen from her home and cashed.

Purse stolen: Mary Vasko of Washingtom told police that her purse was stolen while she was in the 100 block of Leonard Avenue.

Two jailed: Carlie Steuernagel, 21, of 1035 Jefferson Ave., Washington, and Clifford Moeller III, 27, of 1050 Jefferson Ave., Washington, were placed in Washington County jail by Washington police on probation violations after police said they were called to Moeller’s apartment Friday for a possible overdose by Steuernagel. Police said they found two empty stamp bags of suspected heroin.

Money stolen: Pauline Timlin of 356 Jefferson Ave. told Washington police Friday that $200 was stolen from her home.

Suitcase, money stolen: Rachel Bodner of Pittsburgh told Washington police Saturday that a suitcase, Coach bag and $500 were stolen while she was at 361 E. Maiden St.



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