Police beat Nov. 8
Tractor-trailer crashes on I-70: State police said a Butler County woman suffered minor injuries when a tractor-trailer crashed into two cars on Interstate 70 in Buffalo Township Monday. Police said the truck driven by Almir Baltic, 32, of Houston, Texas, crashed into two other cars while traveling east near the Taylorstown exit about 4 p.m. before rolling down an embankment. Patricia A. Togni, 68, of Butler, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Washington Hospital. Her passenger, Elizabeth A. Togni, 46, Butler, was not injured, police said. The driver of the other vehicle, Donald Kennedy, 51, of Gibsonia, was not injured in the crash, police said.
Bar fight: Borough police were called to break up a large fight early Tuesday at J. Coles Tavern, Third Street. At least five people were fighting inside the tavern. Charges are pending against several people who were identified and the investigation is continuing. Courtinee Qunique Whitaker, 21, of Stafford Va., was arrested after she allegedly fought with the doorman, DJ, police officers and patrons. She was arraigned before District Judge Curtis Thompson on charges of resisting arrest, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct, harassment and public drunkenness and placed in Washington County jail on $20,000 bond.
Student charged: A 17-year-old Allenport boy faces a juvenile allegation of harassment for allegedly hitting and shoving other students at California Area High School, Tuesday.
Resisting arrest, false ID charges: Gary Steven Wells, 54, of 1310 Oak Ridge Road, McDonald, was charged Wednesday by state police with resisting arrest, false identification to police and public drunkenness stemming from a Sept. 14 incident at Circle K, 860 Henderson Ave., Canton. Wells, who police said was intoxicated, was trying to put fuel in his vehicle by using a plastic bucket. He also reportedly misidentified himself. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge David Mark.
Assault, threats charges: Keith Yancec, 40, of 511 Low Hill Road, Centerville, was arrested Wednesday night by Centerville police after he allegedly shoved Darla Hall to the floor and threatened to kill her. He also reportedly threatened two borough police officers. He was arraigned before District Judge Curtis Thompson on three counts of terroristic threats, two counts of simple assault and one count each of harassment and disorderly conduct, He was released from Washington County jail after posting $15,000 bond.
Assault, disorderly conduct charges: Faquar Terry Holland, 41, of 825 Lincoln Ave., Charleroi, was arrested Wednesday night by Charleroi Regional police after he allegedly struck Oneida Keasley in the face during a confrontation at his home. Holland was arraigned before District Judge Curtis Thompson on charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct. He was released on $10,000 unsecured bond into the custody of Westmoreland County officials who had a detainer for him. He was taken to Westmoreland County jail.
Woman assaulted: Angelo M. Zaccone, 63, of 311 E. Pike St., Houston, was arrested Wednesday night by Houston police after he allegedly struck Sharon Javornicky in the face. He also reportedly pushed her to the floor, kicked her and pushed her down the steps. Zaccone also allegedly threatened to kill her. Police were called to the Canonsburg General Hospital emergency room where she was being treated. He was arraigned before District Judge Curtis Thompson on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct and terroristic threats. He was placed in Washington County jail on $20,000 bond.
Forgery, theft charges: Lori Lynn Tivo, 29, of Pittsburgh, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of theft by deception, forgery and bad checks filed by North Strabane police. She is accused of cashing a fraudulent check from Comtech Industries, 1301 Ashwood Drive, for $891 at a Pittsburgh bank. She was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller and placed in Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.
Identity theft, receiving charges: Cora Joanna Franell, 36, of 495 Duncan Ave., Washington, was charged Tuesday by state police with forgery, receiving stolen property and identity theft for allegedly using three checks stolen from Mary Lee Hartman of Buffalo Township and using them to make purchases at Walmart, South Strabane July 23. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
Lawn equipment stolen: A lawn mower and weed trimmer were reported missing from the 300 block of Burton Avenue Wednesday, Washington police said. The loss was estimated at $600.