Police beat Oct. 11
Money stolen: A trustee at the Slovak Club, 24 Iron St., discovered that two safes in two offices were broken into and several thousand dollars stolen. The security system also was stolen. Police said there was no sign of forced entry.
Camera stolen: Christy Africa of 308 Grace Ave. told Canonsburg police Wednesday that her daughter’s digital camera was stolen over the weekend while she stayed overnight at a friend’s house on North Jefferson Avenue after homecoming at Canon-McMillan High School.
Driver charged: John E. Criste, 59, of 58 Lintel Drive, McMurray, was charged Wednesday by state police with driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving after he reportedly crashed his vehicle into the back of car stopped at the southbound off ramp of Interstate 79 at the Southpointe exit, Cecil, Sept. 14. The other driver told police that when Criste got out of his vehicle, he stumbled and fell, hitting his head, then got up and fell a second time. Criste was taken to UPMC-Mercy hospital in Pittsburgh. Police said his blood-alcohol content was more than four times the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.
Cruiser forced off road: Joshua Fischer, 40, of 1076 Morgan Road, Bridgeville, was charged Wednesday by Cecil police after he reportedly forced a cruiser off the road. Township police Officer Adam Nida was forced off the road in the 1000 block of Morgan Oct. 3 when Fischer allegedly crossed the center line into the opposite lane. Police said Fischer’s BAC was more than 4 1/2 times the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication. Charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless endangerment and reckless driving will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.
Charged in crash: William Mohorich, 50, of Carnegie, was charged Wednesday by Cecil police in connection with a two-vehicle crash Oct. 3 on Georgetown Road near Red Nine Lane. Police said he hit the back of a vehicle stopped to make a left turn, and that his BAC was almost three times the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication. A charge of driving under the influence of alcohol will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.
DUI, speeding charges: Adam Ryan Johnston, 24, of 29 Grudevich Road, Cecil, faces charges after state police said they clocked him riding his motorcycle on Interstate 79 northbound Sept. 29 at 95 mph. Police said they first saw him driving at a high speed while getting on the highway at Racetrack Road. He then allegedly made several improper lane changes and failed to stay in his lane. Police said his BAC was more than 1 1/2 times the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication. Charges including driving under the influence of alcohol will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.
Bar cited: The operators of Gabby’s Sports Bar, 2440 W. Pike St., Chartiers, were cited by the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement for allegedly issuing two checks for payment of malt or brewed beverages while having insufficient funds or credit in March and April.
Man arraigned: Patrick Michael Hughey, 37, of 407 W. Maiden St., Washington, was arraigned Thursday before District Judge David Mark on a charge of flight to avoid apprehension. Chartiers police were assisting adult probation officers trying to serve a bench warrant Sept. 27 at Satellite Connections, 600 Pike St., Meadow Lands, when he ran. Mark set bond at $25,000. Hughey had been in Washington County jail on the warrant.
Drug, traffic charges: Rodney D. Shaw, 40, of 308 E. Barr St., McDonald, was arrested last week by McDonald police on charges of possession of Xanax, marijuana and paraphernalia, as well as traffic violations, stemming from an Aug. 24 traffic stop on Chestnut Street. He was arraigned before District Judge Valarie Costanzo and placed in Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.
Assault, threat charges: Michael A. Grant, 32, of 572 Joffre-Cherry Valley Road, Smith, was arrested Wednesday night by Smith police after he allegedly threatened to shoot his wife, Shawna Grant, during a confrontation at their home. Police said he never pointed the weapon at her. He was arraigned before District Judge Valarie Costanzo on charges of aggravated assault and terroristic threats and placed in Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.
Threat charges: Shaun M. Pfister, 32, of Newton Falls, Ohio, was charged with harassment, terroristic threats and harassment by communication after state police said he called a South Franklin man Tuesday morning and threatened him and his two young children.
Vehicle damaged: Matthew Kroscko of Amwell Township told South Strabane police Wednesday that the hood of his 2013 Dodge Ram pickup truck was damaged while parked at Pizza Hut, Murtland Avenue.
Trespassing charge: City police said they filed criminal attempt and trespassing charges against Demetrius Ellis, 23, of 233 Shirls Ave., Washington, after he allegedly entered a Jollick Manor residence and threatened a woman about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Theft charge: Jeffrey A. McKewan, 54, of 46 Dawson Road, Centerville, was charged with two counts of theft by deception after Washington police said he deposited two tax refunds from customers worth a combined $5,400 earlier this year. Police said McKewan took the checks from customers while working at Jackson-Hewitt Tax Service and deposited them into his personal bank account March 29 and April 10. City police filed the charges through District Judge Robert Redlinger’s office Thursday.
Power tools sold: Washington police charged Justin Vankirk, 30, of Wooster, Ohio, with receiving stolen property after they said he sold stolen power tools and claimed they were taken during a home burglary on July 19.
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