: Police beat Oct. 31

October 30, 2013


Assault arrest: Jerry Michael Murray, 27, of Ligonier, was arraigned Tuesday on a warrant obtained by state police for allegedly assaulting Kristen Ann Lewis at her home at 704 Old West Road, Bentleyville, May 13. He is accused of pushing his way into her apartment, punching her in the head and kicking her. He also violated a protection from abuse order she obtained, police said. He was arraigned before District Judge Curtis Thompson on charges of simple assault, harassment and violating the PFA. He was placed in Washington County jail on $2,000 bond.

Corruption, marijuana charges: Vincent A. Vahaly, 18, of 111 Level St., Bentleyville, was charged Monday by Southwest Regional police with corruption of minors, criminal/defiant trespass and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He is accused of convincing a 15-year-old North Bethlehem girl to sneak out of a friend’s house April 21. He drove her to Caramel Park where they reportedly smoked marijuana. Police on patrol spotted his vehicle parked next to a ballfield fence. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Curtis Thompson.

Items stolen from car: A person entered a car parked inside a Francis Street home’s garage in Bentleyville Oct. 26 and stole bank account information and earrings, Southwest Regional police said.


Bank account theft: Tiffany Stewart, 31, of California, faces theft and access device fraud charges after borough police said she used a 61-year-old man’s bank card to withdraw $150 from his account Oct. 28.


Warrant arrest: Adontal D. Rainey, 25, of 440 Knox Ave., Monessen, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant obtained by Charleroi Regional police after he allegedly grabbed Breanna Porter Oct. 23 and threw her to the floor of her home. He is also accused of smashing her iPhone. He was arraigned before District Judge Curtis Thompson on charges of simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief. He was placed in Washington County jail on $500 bond.


DUI, other charges: Zachary John Miele, 23, of Valencia, Butler County, was charged Monday by state police with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a crash, failure to notify police and other traffic violations stemming from a hit-and-run crash Aug. 30 on the ramp from Route 18 to Route 22/30, Hanover. After hitting the other car in the rear, Miele reportedly fled east on Route 22/30 before he was stopped near the Hankey Farms exit, Allegheny County. His blood alcohol content was more than double the 0.08 limit presumed for intoxication. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.


Indecent assault: Andrew David Girdish, 21, of 1296 E. National Pike, Scenery Hill, was arrested Monday by state police on charges of indecent assault and corruption of minors after he allegedly had inappropriate contact with a 6-year-old girl July 25 at a North Bethlehem home. He was arraigned before District Judge Curtis Thompson and released on $10,000 unsecured bond.

Access device fraud: Ashlee Kniha, 27, of 428 Fourth St., Waynesburg, was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Curtis Thompson on charges of access device fraud and conspiracy. State police charged her with using a credit card that had been stolen from Coyle Trucking, 260 Route 519, North Bethlehem, to make $4,559 in gasoline purchases in the Waynesburg area. The gasoline was sold for cash, police said. An additional arrest is pending. She was released on $10,000 unsecured bond.


DUI arrest: Justin Klobchar, 23, of Marianna, will be charged by state police with DUI after he was found early Saturday driving the wrong way on the off-ramp from Interstate 70 eastbound at Beau Street, South Strabane. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.

Retail theft arrest: Macee Jean Dalton, 20, of 464 E. Hallam Ave., Washington, was arrested Tuesday by South Strabane police on a charge of retail theft for allegedly stealing clothes valued at $93 from Kohl’s, Strabane Square. She told police she had a heroin addiction. Dalton was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller and placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.

Theft arrest: James J. Sullivan, 50, of 301 Washington St., Bentleyville, was arrested Friday by South Strabane police on charges of retail theft and possessing instrument of a crime. He is accused of using wire and box cutters to remove two rifle scopes from packaging at Walmart, Trinity Point. He also reportedly stole a package of potato wedges. He was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller and placed in Washington County Jail on $5,000 bond. Adult probation also placed a detainer on him.


Head-on crash: One person was transported to Canonsburg Hospital following a two-vehicle, head-on crash at 4:38 p.m. Tuesday, township police said. A witness told police he observed a vehicle pull from a car dealership in North Strabane Township and as he followed the vehicle, he noticed it was weaving and crossing the center line, police said. The vehicle, driven by Shane Jenkins, 21, of 552 Longview Drive, Monongahela, crossed the center line in the 600 block of Venetia Road near the intersection of Bebout Road and struck a westbound vehicle driven by Charles R. Edwards, 63, of 2 Arnold Hollow Road, Houston. Edwards was treated to Canonsburg Hospital and released. Police found a marijuana pipe in the console of Jenkins’ vehicle. He was taken to Canonsburg Hospital to have blood drawn, police said. He told police he was tired and was possibly falling sleep. Charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia are pending the results of the blood tests, police said. A passenger in his vehicle, John Jenkins of Monongahela, was not injured.

Access device fraud: A resident of Johnston Road reported Tuesday that an account was opened using his personal information, township police said. The resident said an unnamed company sent a letter Oct. 15 that his account was past due and that he owed $1,141 to Four Seasons Landscape Service, police said. The resident said he knew nothing about the account or the landscaping service.


Construction equipment stolen: Southwest Regional police said a backhoe and 8-inch auger drilling bit were stolen from the South Park Mobile Estates work garage at 120 Hidden Valley Drive in Union over the weekend.


Drug arrest: Ryan M. Brown, 24, of Pittsburgh, is charged by city police with possession of heroin with intent to deliver, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, two firearms violations and disorderly conduct, court records show. He was taken into custody about 2 p.m. Wednesday after police accused him of having 769 stamp bags of the drug, a 9 mm handgun and 10 Suboxone doses in a vehicle parked at 235 W. Chestnut St., the affidavit shows. He is in Washington County jail on $50,000 bond set by District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Robbery reported: Gina Peters of Washington, told city police she was robbed of her iPhone by a man who held her by the throat behind the Stone Pavilion at Washington Park about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday. The suspect is black, tall and thin and wears his hair short, police said.



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