Police beat Oct. 2
Theft, mischief charges: Laurie Michel Blackburn, 36, of 370 Duncan Ave., Washington, was charged last week by McDonald police with criminal mischief, theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle after she allegedly stole a vehicle owned by David Neal of Burgettstown without permission June 9. The vehicle was later recovered in Washington with damage to the steering. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.
Disorderly house charges: Brandon M. Dzurino, 23, of Washington, and Robert Allen Hampshire, 22, of East McKeesport, were cited Monday by California police with violating the disorderly house ordinance by having a loud party Sept. 5 in the 200 block of Wood Street.
Warrant arrest: Todd Robert Higgins, 36, of 401 Highfield Ave., Canonsburg, was arrested Monday on a warrant obtained by Canonsburg police on charges of hindering apprehension and possession of paraphernalia stemming from a July 26 incident. Police had gone to Higgins’ home looking to arrest his brother, Jason Chadwick, on burglary charges. Higgins was arraigned before District Judge David Mark and placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.
Harassment charges: State police said Danielle Lynn Charnik, 41, and Tanya Jo Walker, 40, both of Washington, will be charged with harassment following an incident Sunday at 1731 W. Chestnut St., Canton. Charnik is accused of scratching Walker on the neck and arms, while Walker is accused of shoving Charnik. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge David Mark.
Theft: Eric O’Hare will be charged by summons with theft after he allegedly admitted to stealing four checks from his mother’s house at 1465 Route 980, towsnhip police said. O’Hare, 40, whose last known address was Oak Spring Road, Canonsburg, told police he cashed the checks for a total of $460. However, he told police he knew nothing about missing jewelry and tools. He was charged with stealing the tools, valued at $400. Police said O’Hare stole the checks while visiting his mother’s home Sept. 19. The theft was reported Sept. 22. Charges were filed Tuesday in the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.
Harassment, disorderly charges: Diane Lynn Sappie, 50, of 109 W. Lincoln Ave., McDonald, was charged last week by McDonald police with harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness for allegedly hitting Carrie Hornak during a confrontation Sept. 11. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.
Marijuana charge: Derek J. Harter, 23, of 19 Meriage St., McDonald, was charged last week by McDonald police with possession of marijuana and a stop sign violation stemming from a Sept. 20 traffic stop on O’Hara Street at Center Avenue. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.
Threats, assault charges: Jacob Travis Magera, 21, of Pittsburgh, was charged last week by McDonald police with terroristic threats, simple assault and disorderly conduct stemming from a Sept. 25 incident at Body Systems, 106 W. Lincoln Ave., McDonald. He is accused of threatening the owner, Carrie Amic, in a dispute over his membership bill. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.
Marijuana, paraphernalia charges: Matthew Alexander Thompson, 20, of 213 Washington Ave., Midway, was charged last week by McDonald police with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia after police reported finding the suspected drug while answering a call for a dispute at his home Sept. 15. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.
Charged with forgery: Samuel J. Correy, 52, of Salix, Cambria County, was charged by state police at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino with forgery after he reportedly left counterfeit vouchers on machines that other customers tried to cash. He reportedly did it three times in July and August. Correy was identified through his wife’s players card. Police served a search warrant at his home and said they found a slot machine and a bogus voucher for $998.50. Police said Correy told them he left the vouchers as a joke to see people’s reaction. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
Counterfeit money: State police say an employee at Meadows Casino found a counterfeit $20 bill that was passed Thursday.
Weapons charge: Raquel Amber Ward, 43, of 8589 Roman Lane, Robinson, was charged last week with persons not to possess a firearm stemming from a July 5 incident at her home. Ward is accused of firing three shots from a shotgun into a wooded area and then two more shots over the head of her former boyfriend during a confrontation. Police determined Ward is a convicted felon and not permitted to have weapons. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.
Theft reported: Chains and a 28-foot bridle were reported stolen Sept. 20 from Ultimate Landscaping, Robinson Highway, McDonald police said.
Deception, paraphernalia charges: Lisa A. Congie, 45, of 167 McGovern Road, Chartiers Township, will be charged by South Strabane police with three counts of theft by deception and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from three incidents in August and September at Walmart, Trinity Point. She is accused of removing items from store shelves and then taking them to customer service, where she allegedly turned the items in for gift cards totaling $421. In one incident, police said an old vacuum cleaner was found in one of the boxes she returned. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
Items stolen: South Strabane police said two women were seen early Tuesday pushing a shopping cart through the door at the garden center at Walmart, Trinity Point. The glass in the door had been broken. The two allegedly banged on the side of a 2013 Ford Escape and then dumped in two television sets before overturning the shopping cart, leaving other items scattered. Police said the vehicle had Michigan registration and is owned by a rental company.
Burglary report: Morgan Ricker of 240 S. Lincoln St. told city police about 9:30 a.m. Monday that a 42-inch television, three rings and a necklace were stolen from her residence. Police said it appeared someone cut a window screen in order to open the window and enter the residence.