: Police beat Oct. 10

October 9, 2013


Forgery, access device charges: Rachel Foley, 36, of 131 N. Jefferson Ave., Canonsburg, was arrested Thursday on a warrant obtained by Canonsburg police on charges of forgery and access device fraud. She is accused of using an American Express card owned by William Gardner of Canonsburg and making $5,000 in purchases in July. She was arraigned before District Judge David Mark and released from Washington County jail after posting $10,000 bond. Chartiers police said they also will charge her with defiant trespass after she allegedly went to a home at 334 Cloverdale Drive without permission Tuesday.


Burglary, assault charges: Anthony J. McGinnis, 21, who has no known address, was arrested Tuesday by state police on charges of disorderly conduct, harassment, criminal mischief, burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault and resisting arrest. He is accused of forcing his way into a home at 555 Hayes Ave., Canton. McGinnis also is accused of punching and biting Casondra Martin. He was reportedly chasing her and their child when police arrived. McGinnis also allegedly struggled with police when they tried to take him into custody. McGinnis was arraigned before District Judge David Mark and placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.


Charges pending: Township police said charges are pending against Leland Samples, 36, of 5 Sawmill Lane, Hickory, after he allegedly took a hot water tank from outside the home of Juanita Ghelarducci, 1963 980 Road, Canonsburg, and sold it for scrap. She declined to answer a knock at her door at 2 p.m. Tuesday, but saw a man load the tank into his vehicle and leave. Her husband went to Canon-Mac Metals in Canonsburg and found a vehicle matching the description his wife gave him. It drove to Interstate 79, where police from Houston and North Strabane and South Strabane townships stopped it near the Racetrack Road interchange. He told police he thought it was scrap. Police said charges of driving while under suspension and theft, to be sent by summons, are pending against Samples.


Theft, receiving arrest: Lisa Congie, 45, of 167 McGovern Road, Chartiers, was arrested last week on six counts each of theft and receiving stolen property. Chartiers police said she stole two rifles and revolvers and a shotgun and pistol from her grandfather, Harold Roth, on Aug. 21 and then sold them through gun dealers in Peters and South Strabane townships. She was arraigned before District Judge David Mark and placed in Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.

Generator stolen: Cori Orris of 2193 Henderson Ave. told Chartiers police Tuesday that a 5,500-watt generator was stolen from her home.

Copper stolen: Chartiers police said two white men in their 20s or 30s in an older Ford Ranger reportedly stole 40 feet of copper tubing Tuesday from 290 Moon Road. The truck was orange with purple flames painted on it.


DUI crash: Driving under influence charges are pending against a Hickory woman following a rollover crash Saturday afternoon. Mt. Pleasant police Chief Lou McQuillan said they plan to charge Jamie Longstretch, 37, with DUI after her car crashed in the 100 block of Fort Cherry Road at 2:20 p.m. McQuillan said her car left the road, hit a rock and rolled over several times. She was taken to Allegheny General Hospital with unspecified injuries.


False reports, other charges: Michael Steven Stacy, 27, of 1109 Robinson Highway, McDonald, faces charges to be filed by McDonald police in connection with an Oct. 2 crash on Quicksilver Road, Robinson. Police found a pickup truck in a ditch on its side but no one around and determined Stacy was the owner. He called police several hours later and reported his truck had been stolen. Police said he later admitted that he filed a false report. Charges of false reports to police, careless driving, not having insurance, failure to report the crash and failure to have an emission inspection will be filed at the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.

Bar cited: The operator of Harrington’s, 717 Robinson Highway, will be cited by the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement with possession or operation of gambling devices on the premises June 11.


Pedestrian accident: Abby Lyn Montgomery, 26, of 132 Alexander Drive, McMurray, was walking her dog at 7:25 p.m. Tuesday on her street near Oakwood Drive when she was struck by the mirror of a Jeep driven by Thomas Eddy, 56, of 87 Alexander Drive, Peters Township police said. She was transported to St. Clair Hospital, and her father took the dog to an emergency animal hospital. Eddy, who swerved in an attempt to avoid the woman and pet, told police he did not strike the dog, but questioned if Montgomery fell on it.


Car strikes bar: The Wheel Bar and Lounge, 3058 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, has reopened after a driver backed a vehicle into the building. Township police said the crash occurred the night of Oct. 1 when Darcy Dagaro, 52, of 2499 Brookledge Road, Bridgeville, was driving. The bar was closed until the damage could be repaired. Dagaro was charged with reckless driving, driving while under suspension and making a false report to police, whom she told her mother, Mary Ann Dagaro, who had been a passenger in the car, was driving.

Thefts from vehicles: A Nikon Coolax L-310 camera was stolen from an unlocked car on Sterling Drive, McDonald. Township, between Oct. 3 and 4. Police said during the same night, from another unlocked car on the same street, a pink Coach purse and a white Coach wallet containing money and credit cards were stolen.

Home burglary: South Fayette Township police are still compiling an inventory of what was stolen during a break-in that was discovered at 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at the back door of a home on Greenwood Drive, Bridgeville, when the residents returned.


Two arrested: Spencer Servey, 31, of 274 Liberty St., Bridgeville, and Jonathan Tillar, 26, of Castle Shannon, were arrested Tuesday by South Strabane police after they allegedly were found with suspected heroin after being caught trying to steal items from Gabriel’s, Northgate Plaza. Servey is charged with retail theft, possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. Tillar is charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin and paraphernalia and retail theft. Both were arraigned before District Judge Larry Hopkins and placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.


Attempted break-in: A woman reported to city police that her living room air conditioner unit was removed from her Acheson Avenue apartment at about 9 p.m., Tuesday, but said it did not appear that anyone had entered the room. She told police she heard someone knocking on her door from an upstairs apartment.

Theft: A woman reported to city police that her purse containing $135 was stolen from her unlocked apartment on South College Street about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.



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