Police beat Jan. 4
Assault charge: Marci L. Gossic, 39, of 381 1/2 Washington Ave., Washington, was charged with simple assault and harassment after she allegedly assaulted her mother at her East Buffalo Church Hill Road home Thursday, state police said. Police were called to the home after reports of a domestic incident. Gossic’s mother, Debbie Kocik, told police she confronted her daughter about money and that her daughter threw her across the room, kicked her in the back and pulled her by her hair, state police said. Kocik was taken to Washington Hospital for treatment. Gossic was arraigned before District Judge Ethan Ward. Gossic is being held in the Washington County jail on a $5,000 bond. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 14.
Cars entered: Three unlocked vehicles parked in the Alto Piano plan were entered and various items were stolen before 9 a.m. Thursday, township police said. The vehicles were parked on Network Drive, Breezewood Drive and Winterberry Court. Stolen were wallets, change, gift cards, a handgun and a prescription bottle of Oxycodone, police said.
Burglary arrest: Carl Brown, 48, of 90 N. Main St., Apt. 2, Washington, was arrested Friday by borough police on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, terroristic threats and harassment. Police said he allegedly kicked in the door of an apartment at 512 E. Chestnut St. at 4:14 a.m. Wednesday and began to threaten to beat the female resident, who had been sleeping on the couch. The woman told him to leave, but he kicked the door shut. She told police she locked herself in the bathroom and called 911, and he fled. The woman said Brown was an acquaintance but had never been to her apartment before. Brown was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller and released on his own recognizance with orders to have no contact with the woman. A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 14.
Driver injured: Matthew J. Orenbaun, 17 of Houston, was transported to Washington Hospital Thursday after the car he was driving flipped along Johnson Road, North Strabane police said. The roadway was snow- and ice-covered when Orenbaun was traveling south along Jefferson Road, lost control of the vehicle, regained control, overcorrected and flipped the vehicle around 4 p.m., police said. The vehicle sustained severe damage.
Drug charges: Michael R. Arnoni will be charged by summons with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after he was seen in a vehicle at the BP station, 801 E. McMurray Road, at 6 p.m. Thursday, township police said. An off-duty police officer who was pumping gasoline witnessed Arnoni, 19, of Bittersweet Circle, Venetia, in the passenger seat with the suspected marijuana and paraphernalia, police said.
One injured: Charles R. Kellar was taken to Canonsburg General Hospital following a one-car accident at 9:41 p.m. Thursday, after his car slid on the ice as he was attempting to make a turn from Washington Road into the southern entrance to Old Oak Road, township police said. Kellar, 49, of Caldwell Avenue, Washington, told police he reinjured his back from a pre-existing condition. Police said his car slid sideways and traveled over a curb.
Escapee sought: State police are searching for Michael R. Magiske, 28 of Canonsburg, after he failed to return to the Riverside Community Corrections Center in Pittsburgh Dec. 31. Magiske was on an authorized work release, state police said. He is serving time for forgery. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 412-299-1607.
Criminal mischief: The tires on a vehicle parked in the 100 block of Fourth Avenue were reported slashed Thursday, city police said
Theft from purse: Roxanne Washington of 149 Jollick Ave. reported prescription pills, cash and keys stolen from her purse, city police said. Washington believes the items were stolen while she was at Pickle’s, 796 Ewing St., Thursday, city police said.
Retail theft: Four boxes of oxythol patches were stolen from Rite Aid, 1001 Jefferson Ave., Thursday, city police said. Surveillance video shows a man and a woman taking the items and leaving the store.