: Police beat Oct. 30

October 29, 2013


Two charged for fighting: State police said they charged two men following a fight at Haines and Haney roads in Buffalo Township on Oct. 21. Police said they charged Daniel Poland Sr., 58, of Washington, with harassment and Walter R. Maleski Jr., 55, of Washington, with simple assault following the fight.


Harassment: Courtney Jones, 19, of West Chester, and Jodi Phillips, 21, of East Pittsburgh, were each charged Tuesday with harassment by California police after an argument over a cable bill Friday turned into a physical altercation in the 200 block of Green Street. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Joshua Kanalis.


Unauthorized purchase: Michael Stiteler, 41, Griffith Lane, Canonsburg, told borough police Monday that his credit card was used to make several unauthorized purchases.


Copper stolen: State police said 200-feet of copper welding leads were stolen Tuesday from a pickup truck owned by L & L Boiler Mainteance of Montoursville, Lycoming County, while it was parked at the Red Roof Inn, 1399 W. Chestnut St., Canton.


Man charged: James Crouser, 27, of Avella, was charged with harassment after state police said he punched a 19-year-old woman on Gardener Street in Cross Creek Township Oct. 18.


Probation detainer: Fred J. Gertler, 67, of 530 W. Chestnut St., Washington, was taken into custody Thursday by North Franklin police on a probation detainer after he allegedly stole a love doll from Spencer’s Gifts, Washington Crown Center. Police said he removed the doll from the packaging hid it under his overalls. A charge of retail theft will be filed at the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Burglary attempt: An attempt was made early Friday to enter a building owned by Pennsylvania-American Water, Franklin Farms Road, North Franklin police said. A caller reported seeing someone outside the building with a flashlight. Police found a door was pried open. A crowbar also was found.

Disorderly charges: A 13-year-old Canton Township girl and 15-year-old Washington girl were charged with disorderly conduct after getting into a fight Friday at Washington Crown Center, North Franklin police said.

Assault charge: Lashawn M. Bryant, 21, of 2986 Oak Ave., North Franklin, will be charged by North Franklin police with simple assault after he allegedly hit Jesse Butler, 20, of Pittsburgh, in the face during a confrontation at his home after an argument. When she was struck, Butler, who was holding her 5-month-old son, fell into a wall and the boy suffered a facial injury. He was checked by emergency medical personnel. Butler told police that she was taking him to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Razor stolen: William R. Phillips IV, 29, of 35 Baird Ave., Washington. was charged by North Franklin police with retail theft for allegedly stealing a razor from Macy’s, Washington Crown Center, Monday. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.


DUI charge: Corey J. Mack, 22, of Winston-Salem, N.C., will be charged by state police with driving under the influence of alcohol after he struck a guardrail Tuesday on Interstate 79 north near the Houston exit, North Strabane. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.


Boat stolen: A 12-foot to 13-foot aluminum boat was stolen from a residence in the 900 block of Venetia Road between 3 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, township police said. The boat is valued at $1,000.

Golf uniforms stolen: Five white and five red belts, two white jackets and seven golf shirts were stolen from an office near the coach’s office in the Peters Township High School, 264 E. McMurray Road, in the past three weeks, township police said. The clothes were stored in a bag. The theft report was made at 1 p.m. Monday.

Five mailboxes damaged: Three mailboxes in the 100, 200 and 300 block of Oak Ridge Drive were damaged between Friday and Saturday, township police said. In the 200 block of King Richard Drive, a mailbox was was damaged by a pumpkin Saturday night. The criminal mischief was reported at 4:01 p.m. Monday. In the 600 block of McCombs Road, a mailbox was damaged by a pumpkin, police said. The incident was reported at 6:55 p.m. Monday.

School bus accident: None of the 13 Peters Township Middle School students on a bus involved in an accident at 3:35 p.m. Monday were injured, township police said. The bus driver, Mary Beth Cavanaugh, 36, of Finleyville, was attempting to make a left turn from East McMurray Road to McNary Road, when the front of the bus struck a vehicle driven by Kathleen Hess, 60, of Upper St. Clair, police said. Hess was stopped on McNary Road attempting a right turn on to East McMurray Road, police said. Neither driver was injured.

Child struck by car: Brooke Matthews, 10, of Long Leaf Drive, Venetia, was struck by a car after she darted into the street at 8:23 a.m. Tuesday, township police said. She was transported to St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon, with a bruised shoulder and hands, police said. The driver, Donald Novak, Jr., no age given of South Mellon Avenue, Donora, was not injured, police said. The investigation continues.


Vehicle entered: Angela Marling of Washington told South Strabane police Monday that a global positioning system, computer bag, two packages of cigarettes and a lighter were stolen from her vehicle while it was parked at Texas Roadhouse, Strabane Square.


False name: Charles W. Martin, 24, of 22 E. Pitt St., Canonsburg, was charged Monday by Washington police with giving false identification and DUI stemming from an Aug. 20 crash. Martin hit another vehicle at the intersection of Henderson and Jefferson avenues but gave his brother’s information at the time of the wreck. Police learned of the false identification when his brother appeared for the preliminary hearing. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Disorderly, drunkenness charges: Earl J. Phillips II, 25, of 263 Miller Road, Washington, was charged by Washington police with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after reportedly calling the 911 center five times early Tuesday, claiming he was being followed by three men who were going to assault him. The police responded each time and could find no one in the area. He also reportedly called the state police barracks. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Bike stolen: Nichole Sloneker of Washington told Washington police Monday that her son’s blue and silver Mongoose bicycle was stolen from the 100 block of Orchard Avenue.

Card, wallet stolen: Eleanor DeBolt of East Maiden Street, Washington, told Washington police Monday that her wallet and bank card were stolen from her purse while she was at The New Tower restaurant, West Chestnut Street. The card was used at three Washington area businesses.



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