Police beat Oct. 22
Forgery, theft charges: Jessica Eileen Colliers, 23, of 53 Dinsmore Ave., Burgettstown, was charged last week by McDonald police with forgery and theft stemming from a July 11, 2012, incident at her home. She is accused of stealing several checks owned by Christina Zielinski and cashing them. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.
Underage drinking party: A 17-year-old Burgettstown boy was charged with underage drinking after police were called Oct. 11 to a report of an underage drinking party on Dinsmore Avenue, McDonald police said.
Disorderly, cruelty charges: Charles France, 23, of California, and Talen Duke, 24, of Carmichaels, each will be charged by California police with animal cruelty and disorderly conduct after an altercation last week at the intersection of Second and Third streets, During the incident, Duke is accused of stepping on the tail of France’s dog. Charges will be sent from the office of District Judge Joshua Kanalis.
Underage, alcohol charges: Brock Hartley, 20, of Millsboro, was charged by California police with underage drinking and possessing an alcohol beverage stemming from an Oct. 13 incident at 104 Third St. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Joshua Kanalis.
Harassment charge: Justin Prokop of Burgettstown will be charged with harassment by California police after he allegedly pushed a woman away from a thermostat inside a residence at 422 Sixth St. Wednesday in order to turn it down. Police told him Tuesday to stay away from the woman. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Joshua Kanalis.
Harassment, assault charges: Shanna Lyn Mulholland, 26, of Pittsburgh, was arrested Sunday morning by Canonsburg police on charges of simple assault, criminal trespass and harassment. She is accused of forcing her way into the apartment of Gina Helmick, 541 Euclid Ave. She then allegedly slapped her estranged boyfriend, Nicholas Litvak, 26, of Canonsburg and his current girlfriend, Emily Glover, 23, of Bridgeville, in the face. She was arraigned before District Judge David Mark and released on $10,000 unsecured bond with orders to stay away from the three alleged victims.
Purses missing: Amanda Croft of 1021 Windancer Drive, McDonald, told police that during a move from West Virginia to Cecil Township, seven Coach purses, valued at $1,200, went missing, township police said. The theft was reported at 8:34 a.m. Monday.
Theft arrest: Ian R. Linkhauer, 28, of 207 Scott St., Charleroi, is charged by state police with theft, accused of stealing $3,000 and jewelry valued at $7,000 from the home of Mark Mazanetz of 227 Wilson Road, Fallowfield Township, about 10:30 p.m. Sept. 27, court records show. Linkhauer is in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond set Friday by District Judge Larry Hopkins.
Bar cited: The operators of Peggy’s Place, 1057 West Pike Drive, Coal Center, were charged by the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement with selling or furnishing liquor to a 19-year-old Aug. 27.
Assault arrest: Charles W. Hart, 26, of 418 Avella Road, Cross Creek, was arrested Monday morning by state police for allegedly hitting Darby Hammond in the face, pushing her to the floor and grabbing her by the neck. He was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka and placed in Washington County jail on $2,500 bond.
Synthetic marijuana charge: James F. Crouser, 27, of 1671 Avella Road, Avella, was arrested Sunday on a warrant issued by District Judge Ethan Ward on a charge of possession of synthetic marijuana. Crouser was found with the drug by McDonald police during a Feb. 8 traffic stop on Meadowcroft Road, Independence. He was arraigned before District Judge Mark Wilson and released from Washington County jail after posting $5,000 bond.
Woman assaulted: Daniel J. Saville, 27, of 3242 Millers Run Road, Cecil, is charged by McDonald police with simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief, court records show. He is accused of shoving his girlfriend, Michelle Ehrgood, to the ground and dragging her by her hair about 11:55 p.m. Sunday at 319 Third St. He is in Washington County jail on $1,000 bond set by District Judge Mark Wilson.
Man threatened: Joseph Barna, 26, of 341 Valley St., McDonald, is charged by borough police with making terroristic threats and harassment, accused of threatening to shoot his father, Joseph, of Erie, in the head via text message and in a conversation about 12:15 a.m. Sunday, court records show. He is in Washington County jail on $2,500 bond set by District Judge Mark Wilson.
Mischief reported: Cindy Nickerson of 140 Third St. told McDonald police Thursday that vandals painted four sketches of male body parts on the side of her garage. A pumpkin also was stolen from her porch.
Harassment, disorderly charges: Johnathon A. Jacquay, 25, of South Heights, will be charged by McDonald police with harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He is accused of punching Jacob Dorazio, 22, of McDonald, in the face during a confrontation after an argument Oct. 12 at the intersection of South McDonald and East Barr streets. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.
Paraphernalia charge: Wesley David Masko, 21, of 319 Miller St., McDonald, will be charged by McDonald police with possession of drug paraphernalia after he reportedly was found unresponsive in his bedroom Oct. 11. Police said they found several used needles and empty stamp bags of heroin. He was taken to Washington Hospital for treatment. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo.
Vehicles damaged: Michael Faletto of Michael’s Tavern, 341 E. Lincoln St., told McDonald police that vandals used a Sharpie pen to write on the vehicles of two customers Oct. 11.
Assault charges: Chris Luketic, 25, of 1243 Laurel Hill Road, McDonald, was arraigned Monday before District Judge Anthony Savekis in Allegheny County on charges of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct filed by McDonald police. He is accused of assaulting Natalie Prince, 21, of Hickory, during an Oct. 1 confrontation at his home. He was released following the arraignment.
Man jailed: Ronald J. Pietz, 20, of 516 Third St., Charleroi, is charged by city police with obstructing the enforcement of law, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, accused of interfering with a drug paraphernalia arrest about 4:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at 446 W. Main St. He is in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond after being arrested Saturday and arraigned before District Judge Mark Wilson.
Truck rolls into creek: Frank Boskovich, 65, of 230 Linden Creek Road, North Strabane, was slightly injured Saturday afternoon when his pickup truck went over a hill and rolled into Linden Creek. North Strabane police said he was driving north around a curve on Wilson Road when his truck spun around and rolled over the hill. He will be cited with failure to drive at a safe speed.
Truck rolls over: Victor Merigo Jr., 56, of 60 Carl Ave., North Strabane, escaped injury about 7 p.m. Saturday when he swerved his pickup truck to avoid two deer on Wilson Road and hit an embankment, causing the truck to roll on its side. He will be cited with failure to drive at a safe speed.
Two injured: Amy L. Berteotti, 31, and Isabella Berteotti, 8, both of Grace Avenue, Canonsburg, were taken to Canonsburg Hospital with minor injuries following a two-car accident at 8:32 p.m. Sunday, township police said. The other driver, Mark Madey, 42, was a township police officer on patrol. Police said Amy Berteotti was making a left turn from a business at 3351 Washington Road, near Pleasantview Avenue, to head south on Washington when the rear of her car was hit by the northbound police car operated by Madey, who said he was unable to stop. Madey was not injured.
Theft, unauthorized use charges: Gerald Dwain Cox, 45, of 40 Manor Drive, Bulger, was charged Friday by Smith police with theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle and access device fraud. He is accused of borrowing a car owned by Norman Williams of Smith, but failing to return it Oct. 2. Police said the Ford Focus was found four days later in Steubenville, Ohio. He also reportedly used Williams’ debit card to withdraw $300 from his bank account and used Williams’ Lowe’s credit card to make $2,400 in purchases. The charges were filed at the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.
Harassment, mischief charges: David M. Sloneker, 29, of McKees Rocks, was charged Friday by Smith police with harassment, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. He is accused of threatening harm to his former girlfriend, Angel Daugherty, and her baby, Oct. 15. He also is accused of breaking two televisions and her iPhone, as well as damaging the floor of her home at 27 Hammond Ave. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.
Man assaulted: Mary Armstead, 51, of 1940 Park Ave., South Franklin, is charged by state police with simple assault and harassment, accused of punching and striking Robert Bishop in the face with a frying pan about 1:50 a.m. Monday in her residence, court records show. She is in Washington County jail on $1,000 bond set by District Judge Mark Wilson.
Domestic violence alleged: Charles L. Trevena, 43, of 410 Plumsock Road, Prosperity, is charged by state police with simple assault, making terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct, court records show. He is accused of striking Valerie Bonus in the upper torso and threatening to burn her belongings and shed about 11 p.m. Sunday at 275 King Air Circle, the record indicates. Trevena is in Washington County jail on $1,000 bond set by District Judge Mark Wilson.
Wanted in another county: Roger P. Tallarito, 42, of Weston, W.Va., was taken into custody Saturday by South Strabane police on a warrant obtained by state police in Montoursville, Lycoming County, on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arraigned before District Judge Mark Wilson as a fugitive from justice and placed in Washington County jail without bond.
Attempted burglary: Brady Harpley of 17 Belmont Ave., Union, told Southwest Regional police Wednesday that an attempt was made to enter his home by breaking the door knob. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 724-929-8484.
Man robbed at gunpoint: A man told Washington police that two men held him at gunpoint in the Canterbury Court apartment complex about 10:30 p.m. Sunday and stole his cellphone, wallet and credit cards.
Fight reported at hospital: City police charged Leonard Gordon Baines, 53, of 901 E. Maiden St., Washington, with harassment after officers said he tried to choke another man at Washington Hospital about 10:30 a.m. Friday.
Harassment charge: Mark H. Taylor, 47, of 113 North Ave., Washington, was charged with harassment and disorderly conduct after city police said he pushed a woman out of his car at Walnut and North Main streets shortly before 6 p.m. Friday.
Argument leads to charge: City police said they charged Edsol Borger, 28, of 670 Buena Vista St., Washington, with disorderly conduct after he allegedly was involved in a fight in the 200 block of West Chestnut Street about 4 p.m. Sunday.
Disorderly conduct charge: April R. Irwin, 22, of 455 Duncan Ave., Washington, was cited for disorderly conduct after an incident Sunday morning at McDonald’s on Jefferson Avenue.