Police beat Dec. 3
Home burglarized: William Painter of 203 Johnston Road, Bentleyville, told Southwest Regional police Wednesday that two bottles of prescription medication were stolen from his home during a burglary. Anyone with information is asked to call Southwest Regional police at 724-020-8484.
Warrants to be obtained: California police said Monday they are obtaining arrest warrants for three people involved in a Nov. 22 incident at California Terrace Apartments in which a half bundle of stamp bags of suspected heroin, a full brick of suspected heroin, paraphernalia and an unlabeled prescription bottle containing straws and a variety of pills. Police said Patti Bahl, 38, of New Eagle, was taken to Washington Hospital after she told officers she swallowed six to eight Suboxone strips covered in foil, as well as a plastic bag. Police said she will be charged with possession and possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. William Matsko, 25, of California, will be charged with possession of heroin and paraphernalia, police said, and Casie Brink, 31, of Ellsworth, will be charged with possession of heroin. Charges will be filed at the office of District Judge Joshua Kanalis.
Driver faces charges: Philip Adams of 315 Summit Ave., Canonsburg, faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash and failure to notify police after a vehicle believed to have crashed into a utility pole on South Central Avenue about 1 a.m. Sunday was found parked near his home. The crash knocked over the utility pole, causing police and Canonsburg volunteer firefighters to close the street until repairs could be made. Adams reportedly denied being behind the wheel, claiming he was home for four hours. Police said the vehicle’s hood was still warm, and parts at the accident scene matched the vehicle.
Warrant served: John M. Thomas, 39, of 136 E. Pike St., Canonsburg, was placed in Washington County jail on a domestic relations warrant after Canonsburg police said they determined he was wanted while removing him from an apartment at Valley View Terrace Wednesday.
Alleged PFA violation: David Michael Cox, 31, of 108 Columbia Drive, Canonsburg, was arrested Wednesday by state police for allegedly violating a protection-from-abuse order by sending his estranged girlfriend text messages on Nov. 25 and 27 at her home on Beacon Avenue in Canton. He was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka and placed in Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.
Paraphernalia charge: Brian Lynn Osterhout, 28, who lists addressed of Crest and Novak avenues in Charleroi, was arrested late Sunday by Charleroi Regional police on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia after he allegedly was found with a needle when police spotted him knocking on the door of a known drug house on Lincoln Avenue. He was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka and placed in Washington County jail on $2,500 bond.
Warrant arrest: Allen A. Horvath, 50, of 726 Lincoln Ave., Charleroi, was arrested Sunday night on a warrant by Charleroi Regional police. He was charged with forgery, access device fraud, identity theft and theft by deception for alleged fraudulent transactions on the bank account of Donnie Collins of Charleroi. Horvath was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka and placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.
Money stolen: Paul Novak Jr., 32, of Altoona, was arrested Sunday night on charges he stole $140 from the counter at the Charleroi Regional police station. Police said he was there waiting for an acquaintance. He repotedly told police he needed the money to get home. He was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and tampering with evidence and placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond,
Two charged: Samantha D. Scagline, 22, and DeAngelo D. Smith, 28, who both list addresses on Prospect and Lincoln avenues in Charleroi, were arrested over the weekend on warrants accusing them of assaulting Oneida Kessley on Nov. 22 at Myford Bar on Fallowfield Avenue. Smith is accused of hitting her in the head with a beer bottle, while Scagline allegedly punched her in the head. Kessley was taken to Monongahela Valley Hospital, where she needed four staples to close her wound. Scagline, who also faces marijuana possession charges, was taken into custody during a traffic stop Friday night. She was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka on the drug and assault charges and placed in Washington County jail on $11,500 bond. Police said Smith, who was taken into custody Saturday night, was found with suspected heroin and crack. He was arraigned before District Judge Valarie Costanzo on the drug and assault charges and placed in jail on $30,000 bond.
Hit-and-run crash: Chartiers police are investigating a crash that damaged the porch of the home of Paul Gauthier, 625 N. Main St., Houston, about 7:36 a.m. Sunday. The driver of a red car struck the porch and fled north on North Main. Police said the car may have been involved in an earlier incident.
Urinal damaged: The owners of Lagerhead’s in Coal Center told Southwest Regional police early Saturday that a urinal in the men’s restroom was damaged by a vandal.
Mail stolen: Isabell Wilson of Sturgeon told McDonald police Friday that some of her mail, including blank checks from a credit card company, were stolen from her vehicle while it was parked at 357 E. Lincoln Ave.
Man assaulted: Frank Bushmire Sr., 53, of Midway, was injured Friday night during a disturbance at Windsor’s Tavern, 113 John St., Midway, McDonald police said. Bushmire denied being assaulted, claiming he had fallen, but the bartender told police that she understood he was punched by a man identified as “Dan.” Bushmire was treated by ambulance personnel.
DUI charge: Robert Dulaney, 24, of 1107 Arrowhead Drive, South Strabane Township, will be charged by North Strabane police with driving under the influence of alcohol after he allegedly crashed his car into a brick wall at 459 McDowell Lane early Thursday. Police said his blood-alcohol content was almost three times the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
One injured: Derek Gladhill, 19, of 210 Hunting Creek Road, North Strabane, was injured Friday night when his vehicle crossed into the opposing lane on Hunting Creek, hitting a vehicle driven by Matthew Helon, 33, of 454 Hunting Creek. Helon’s vehicle was spun by the impact. Gladhill’s vehicle continued, going through several yards before hitting a light post. Police said he will be cited for careless driving.
Man charged: John D. Bruder received a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia and was detained on a warrant from Pittsburgh following an incident at Burger King, 3903 Washington Road, where he is an employee, township police said. Bruder, 23, of 317 Cecil-Hendersonville Road, Canonsburg, became involved in an argument at 8:32 p.m. Saturday, when he allegedly made racial comments to a co-worker, police said. Bruder left before police arrived. At 9:58 a.m. Sunday, police returned to the restaurant and met Bruder. He denied making any racial comments, police said. Officers determined Bruder was wanted on a warrant issued through Pittsburgh police on a charge of simple assault and took him into custody. While searching his bag, police said they found an item containing suspected marijuana residue. Bruder was taken to the Bethel Park police station, where he was picked up by Pittsburgh police.
Accident: A Bethel Park man escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident at 3:28 a.m. Saturday, when his vehicle struck a utility pole on East McMurray Road, township police said. The pole broke in half and fell on a car parked in a driveway at 421 E. McMurray Road. Joshua McFall, 25, of 3577 South Park Road, told police he had worked a double shift before the accident. He received a citation for careless driving. The 2013 car parked in the driveway sustained damage to the passenger side and roof.
Drug arrests: William D. Scott, 21, and Brandon Michaels, 21, both of 124 Bob Ave., Washington, were arrested Wednesday night by Washington police on drug charges after officers received a report of suspected drug activity in the area of their home. Police said they found Michaels sitting in a parked car and smelled marijuana. When they went to secure his home, police said they found Scott and again smelled marijuana. Permission was given to search the home, and police said they found suspected marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and prescription drugs. Both men were arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka on charges of possession and possession with intent to deliver drugs and possession of paraphernalia. They were placed in Washington County jail on $20,000 bond.
Drug charges: Brandon M. Retos, 31, of 409 N. Wade Ave., Washington, was charged Monday by state police with possession of crack and driving on the wrong side of the road stemming from a Nov. 17 traffic stop on Jefferson Avenue near the Interstate 70 ramp in Washington. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.
Marijuana, paraphernalia charges: Randal C. Lowell, 20, of 119 Railroad St., Finleyville, was charged Monday by state police with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia and driving on the wrong side of the road stemming from a Nov. 17 traffic stop at Locust and Murtland avenues, Washington. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.
Burglary: Atlantic Nitrogen and Testing LLC at 975 Jefferson Ave. was burglarized between Nov. 24 and 26, an employee reported to city police. Forced entry had been made through the front door, and a semiautomatic handgun and 12 truck batteries were stolen, with a total value of $3,700. Police said they have identified a suspect.
Burglary: Thomas Miller told city police a generator, two chainsaws and tools were stolen between Nov. 13 and 27 from a trailer on Maryland Avenue that he uses for storage. Police are still investigating and have identified two suspects.
Equipment stolen: Mike Garber reported to city police that two lawn appliances and a snowblower, valued at $450, were stolen from a storage shed on Addison Avenue about 10 a.m. Thursday. Police said they have identified two suspects.
Car vandalized: Linda Dyson of Henderson Avenue told city police a rock was thrown through the back window of her vehicle about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Theft: Vincent Cutshall of Victoria Street told city police a television was stolen from his residence Wednesday. There was no forced entry, and police said they have identified two suspects.
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