: Police beat Dec. 6

December 5, 2013


Theft from car: A pair of blue jeans, a jacket and prescription medication were reported stolen Wednesday from a vehicle parked in the 500 block of Park Avenue, police said.


Simple assault: Ralph W. McLaughlin Jr.,41, Houston, was arraigned Thursday on simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness charges after hitting and pushing a woman during an argument Wednesday at a home in the 100 block of Dogwood Street, state police said. Julie A. Mullaney was also charged with harassment and disorderly conduct. McLaughlin was arraigned before District Judge Valarie Costanzo. He was placed in the Washington County jail on $10,000 bond. The charges against Mullaney will proceed by summons.


Simple assault: Randy D. Wasnik, 40, of Canonsburg, was arraigned Thursday on charges of simple assault and harassment after his mother told state police he hit her. Wasnik was cited for public drunkenness in Finleyville by state police Wednesday, and was given a ride to his residence at 342 Weavertown Road, in Canonsburg. The mother approached the trooper and said the pair had argued earlier, and that Wasnik slapped her in the face and hit her with a cane. The victim had bruising and swelling to her face. North Strabane police assisted and charged Wasnik. He was arraigned before District Judge Valarie Costanzo and placed in the Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.

Casino charge: Brandon L. Swansbrough, 19, of Candor, N.Y., was charged with prohibited acts after he entered and remained on the Meadows Casino gaming floor Tuesday when he was under 21, state police said. Swansbrough was allowed on the floor by Meadows secuirty, and when they realized their mistake, they removed him.


Door damaged: A woman called police at 6:37 p.m.Wednesday to report that a group of men attempted to kick down the front door of her home in the 800 block Ewing Street, city police said. The woman was not home at the time, but her 12-year-old son and another man were at the residence. The men did not enter home, but did cause damage to the front door. The group fled before officers arrived.

Disorderly conduct: Anthony Mull, 31, of 38 Central Ave., Washington, was charged with disorderly conduct after he ran from an officer Wednesday, city police said. Police received a call about a dirt bike driving along the sidewalk, and located Mull on the dirt bike in the Family Dollar lot along Highland Avenue. As the officer was gathering Mull’s information, he refused to comply, police said. The officer reached for Mull’s arm and a struggle ensued. Mull was able to slip out of his T-shirt and run from the scene. Mull was located at a home along Highland Avenue, and police waited till he exited to approach him. A second struggle ensued before the officer was able to take Mull into custody. Mull and the officer suffered minor injuries. Both declined medical treatment. Mull was released and charged through a summons.



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