Police beat Oct. 9
Structures entered: A Buffalo Township man reported to state police that his garage on Sunset Beach Road was entered between Thursday and Monday and a grass trimmer was stolen. Another man reported that his barn on East Buffalo Church Road was entered between Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and a mountain bike was found in his yard. Police said the owner can claim the bike by contacting Trooper Ryan Deems at the Washington barracks.
Handgun stolen: A Pittsburgh woman reported to state police that a 9mm handgun, valued at $550, was stolen from her vehicle between Oct. 2 and Sunday while it was parked on Galway Drive in Somerset Township.
Retail theft: Sarah Renee Chirico, 28, of 710 Western Ave., Beaver, was arraigned Monday by District Judge David Mark on charges of retail theft and possessing instruments of crime. Chirico allegedly used wire snaps to remove security tags from items valued at $176 at Lowe’s in Strabane Square and then put them in her purse. She was taken to Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.
Two charged: Two people face drug charges after Washington County sheriff’s deputies said they found them with heroin paraphernalia Monday at the county courthouse. Deputies said they charged Alek R. Swiger, 22, of 2043 Route 980, Cecil Township, and Kayla N. Popoleo, 24, of 1003 Clifton Road, Bethel Park, with possession of drug paraphernalia when they tried to enter the courthouse.
Home burglarized: Washington police said a television and $500 cash were stolen from an apartment at 55 W. Chestnut St. Tuesday afternoon.
Firearm charge: Michael Wick, 21, of 944 Burnsville Road, Claysville, was arraigned Tuesday by District Judge David Mark on charges of carrying a firearm without a license. Wick allegedly ran from police to the 300 block of West Chestnut Street Tuesday and was found with a .38-caliber handgun. He was taken to Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.
Drug charges: Christina Gatten, 32, of 255 Locust Ave., Washington, was arraigned Tuesday by District Judge David Mark on drug charges for allegedly selling cocaine to an undercover state police officer April 29, 2011, in the McDonald’s parking lot on West Chestnut Street. Gatten was taken to Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.
Assault charge: Ronald Winters, 34, of 221 East Maiden St., Washington, was arraigned Tuesday by District Judge David Mark on charges of simple assault and prohibited possession of a firearm for allegedly pointing a gun at his brother and threatening him Monday at his residence. Winters was taken to Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.
Man arrested: Richard Donald Watts, 27, of 210 Sumner Ave., Washington, was arraigned Tuesday by District Judge David Mark on charges of burglary, criminal trespass and making terroristic threats Monday for an incident at Hungry Jose’s, South Main Street. Washington police said a man at the bar reported that Watts threatened to “gut him,” and Watts ran from police before entering someone else’s residence on Spruce Street, where he was found by police in the living room. He was taken to Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.
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