Police beat Nov. 25
Drug charges: George Benson, 58, of 400 Chestnut St., Donora, was arraigned early Saturday before District Judge Jay Weller on charges of possession and possession with intent to deliver heroin and conspiracy. Carroll police filed the charges last week after he reportedly gave the suspected drug to a patient at Mon Valley Hospital’s behavioral health unit. Benson was released on his own recognizance.
DUI crash arrest: Darian R. Woody, 37, of Rock Point, Ariz., was arrested by Chartiers police following a three-vehicle crash about 10 p.m. Friday on Western Avenue at McConnells Mills Road. Police said his vehicle crossed the center line, causing the crash. His blood-alcohol content was almost 3 1/2 times the legal limit presumed for intoxication. He was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving. He was placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.
Trucker injured: Allan C. Fakes, 54, of Ellsberry, Mo., was injured Sunday morning when his tractor-trailer hit the rear of another rig that was disabled in the right lane of Interstate 70 eastbound near the Claysville exit, Donegal. State police said the other rig, driven by Billy J. Terry, 49, of Charlotte, N.C., stopped due to mechanical failure. Fakes tried to maneuver around the stopped rig but caught the left corner of the trailer. Fakes, who will be cited with failure to drive at a safe speed, was taken to UPMC-Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh, for what police described as a major injury. Terry was not injured.
Items stolen: Lars Johnson, Marion Drive, Franklin, Greene County, told state police Saturday his vehicle was entered and personal items were stolen.
Vehicle damaged: Michael W. Bish, of 302 Dickson St., Midway, told McDonald police Saturday his vehicle was damaged by another vehicle while it was parked outside his home.
Teens charged: McDonald police charged a 14-year-old McDonald boy, a 12-year-old McDonald boy and a 13-year-old Westland boy Friday with disorderly conduct for allegedly throwing eggs at homes on Third Street in Midway. The incidents were reported in September and October.
Charged in fight: Jason Lee Finckley, 33, of 135 1/2 Murdock St., Canonsburg, was arrested early Saturday by North Strabane police after he allegedly assaulted another man at Waffle House, Racetrack Road, and then resisted attempts by police to take him into custody a short time later in the parking lot of a Chartiers Township bar. Finckley is accused of punching John Slesh, 32, of Canonsburg. Finckley, who banged his head off the divider in the patrol car, also threatened to hit one of the arresting officers in the head with a baseball bat as well as calling District Judge Jay Weller names during the arraignment. Finckley was arraigned on charges of disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, harassment, terroristic threats, resisting arrest and driving under suspension. He was placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.
Faces assault charges: Devin Nicole Casper, 21, of 212 Meriage St., McDonald, will be charged with simple assault and harassment after she allegedly sprayed her stepfather, Dustin J. Henry, 35, of 2021 Meadowridge Drive, in the face with pepper spray and struck him. North Strabane police said that Casper was slightly injured when she was wrestled away by her mother, Cindy Henry. Dustin Henry was treated at the scene, and Casper was taken to Canonsburg Hospital. Police said she was upset the dog was locked in a room. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
Two injured: John Snyder, 51, of Newell, and Nancy Cross, 62, of North Strabane, were injured Friday afternoon when their cars collided on Route 519 at Township Lane. North Strabane police said Cross was stopped to make a left turn onto Township Lane when she was hit from behind by Snyder. Both drivers went to Canonsburg Hospital for treatment.
Assault arrest: Benjamin Ignatius Farkas, 18, of 123 Elm Grove Drive, McMurray, was arrested Sunday afternoon by Peters police on a charge of simple assault. He is accused of injuring his 22-year-old brother, Noah Farkas, during a confrontation at their home. Police had been called to the home earlier for another domestic dispute between the brothers when Noah Farkas reportedly kicked and broke his brother’s bedroom door. Benjamin Farkas was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller and placed in Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.