: Police beat Dec. 20

December 19, 2013


GPS stolen: Marcya Truesdell of 137 Saulters Ave., Bentleyville, told Southwest Regional police Monday that a GPS was stolen from her vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to call Southwest Regional police at 724-929-8484.


Charged in crash: Ralph William McLaughlin III, 41, of 667 N. Main St., Chartiers, was arrested Thursday by Chartiers police for allegedly crashing a car into a neighbor’s home Dec. 1. McLaughlin is accused of crashing into the home of Paul Gauthier of 625 N. Main St., and then leaving the scene. McLaughlin was arraigned before District Judge David Mark on charges of reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of a crash and driving under suspension. He was placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.


Drug charges: William Koster IV, 24, of 333 Third St., Donora, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of possession and possession with intent to deliver crack and cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and terroristic threats after Donora police said they learned the drugs found at his home in August belonged to him. Police were serving a warrant on Koster, who allegedly said the drugs belonged to Raymond Henry III of Jeannette and threatened the other man if he told police otherwise. At Henry’s preliminary hearing, police said they learned the cocaine and crack belonged to Koster. Those charges against Henry were withdrawn. Koster was arraigned before District Judge David Mark and placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.


Employee theft alleged: Joshua Adam Peck, 25, of 1115 Fourth St., was arrested Wednesday by Monongahela police on a warrant on a charge of theft. He is accused of stealing $150 from the cash register while working Sept. 2 at 7-Eleven on Dry Run Road. He was arraigned before District Judge David Mark and placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.


Computer stolen: Jeremiah Dingus of South Point, Ohio, told North Franklin police Wednesday that a laptop computer owned by Mid Ohio Pipeline Services was stolen from his room at the Ramada Inn on West Chestnut Street.

Business burglarized: A money bag and lunch tote containing cash were reported stolen in an overnight burglary at Shuey’s Cleaners, 1146 W. Chestnut St., North Franklin police said Thursday. The business was ransacked.

Cellphone stolen: An iPhone valued at $649 was reported stolen Friday from the AT&T kiosk at Washington Crown Center, North Franklin police said.


Jewelry stolen: Judy and Tom Stevenson of Woodridge Road told North Strabane police Tuesday that a diamond pendant and two gold chains were stolen from their home.


Identity theft: Brandy Lynn Alderson, 31, of Washington, will be charged with identity theft after she allegedly stole the identity of an 85-year-old Nottingham woman and used it to open checking accounts and four credit cards in the woman’s name, state police said. Alderson reportedly put $688 on one card and $3,108 on another, in addition to writing four checks for $435. The charge will be filed at the office of District Judge James Ellis.


Warrant arrest: Frank Moze, 42, of Cokeburg, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by state police after it was determined he was wanted on a bench warrant in York County for violating terms of his accelerated rehabilitative disposition sentence stemming from a drunken driving arrest in 2011. Moze was taken into custody while trying to purchase a gun from a friend through Johnson’s Sporting Goods, Route 136 at Brownlee Road, Somerset. The warrant was discovered during a records check by the store. Moze, who was arrested without incident by state police, was placed in Washington County jail pending his return to York County.


Jewelry stolen: An 82-year-old South Strabane woman told township police Wednesday that jewelry she had hidden in boxes and bags over the summer were stolen. She told police she discovered the theft after the recent death of her husband. The woman told police that home health care workers had been in the house to help care for her husband in the months before his death.


Scooters damaged: Two motor scooters parked in the lot Tuesday at Finleyville ATV and Cycle, 6064 Route 88, Union, were damaged when struck by a hit-and-run driver, Southwest Regional police said. Anyone with information is asked to call 724-929-8484.


Stolen truck found: Washington police recovered a truck reported stolen earlier this week from Bogdewicz Automotive in Bentleyville. A representative of the dealership received a tip that the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 was parked in front of 435 Addison St. When the resident there came out to ask police what they were doing, he reportedly told an officer that he borrowed the truck from a friend. After finding the resident’s identification in the truck, police said they went back to the house but learned he had gone out the back door. Southwest Regional police, who handled the theft, were notified, and the truck was impounded.

Theft reported: An employee of Oil and Gas Title Abstracting, 95 W. Beau St., told Washington police Wednesday that $208.25 and a copy of a company credit card were stolen from the petty cash box.



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