: Police Beat Jan. 23

January 22, 2014


Teens charged: Two 16-year-old Burgettstown boys will be charged in juvenile allegations with criminal trespass, loitering and prowling at night, theft and criminal mischief for allegedly entering vehicles in the Center Avenue area of Burgettstown Friday night, McDonald police said.

Two face charges: Jared Timothy Miller, 19, of 41 Campbell St., Avella, and Matthew Donald Kline Jr., 19, of 543 Washington Pike, Avella, face charges of possession of marijuana and paraphernalia stemming from a traffic stop Monday night on Route 18, Burgettstown. Miller also will be charged with an equipment violation. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.


Warrant arrest: Mark Post, 59, of 1808 Benson Boulevard, Oakdale, was taken into custody Tuesday by Canonsburg police on an arrest warrant obtained by Collier Township police. Post is accused of choking his wife, Dorothy Post, and threatening her during a dispute at their home. He was found at his daughter’s home on Vine Street in Canonsburg. He was arraigned before District Judge Randy Martini on charges of simple assault and terroristic threats. He was then released.


Assault arrest: Andrew A. Griffith, 26, of 877 Old Brick Road, Donegal, was arrested early Wednesday by state police after he allegedly assaulted his wife, Lauren Marie Griffith. He reportedly grabbed her by the neck and choked her before grabbing a rifle. She left the house to call police and was found walking on Old Brick. Police said Andrew Griffith then called his wife’s cellphone and allegedly threatened to kill “everyone.” Police said the two got into an argument over text messages. Griffith was arraigned before District Judge Robert Redlinger on charges of terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment. He was released from Washington County jail after posting $5,000 bond.


Assault charge: Jason Allen Mutschler, 32, of 501 Third St., Apt. 1, Donora, was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Mark Wilson on charges of simple assault and harassment filed by Donora police. Police accused him of striking Lyndsey Zelenski in the face and throwing her to the ground Nov. 10 at his home. He was released after posting $5,000 bond.


Theft charges: Melissa Ann Dietz, 31, of 151 Stringtown Road, Carmichaels, was charged Tuesday by North Franklin police with identity theft, access device fraud and theft. She is accused of using a debit card of a co-worker at an office at 100 Trich Drive to make a $96 payment to Dish Network and $196 payment to Verizon Aug. 29. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Theft charges: Mark Lashorn III, 26, of 152 Devils Den Road, Burgettstown, was charged by summons Wednesday with public drunkenness, harassment, simple assault, disorderly conduct and theft after he was caught stealing items from Gander Mountain Jan. 8, North Franklin police said. An employee caught and chased Lashorn twice after he saw him steal $45 worth of items from the store. The employee was injured during the second chase, and Lashorn appeared to be under the influence at the time, police said.


Wallet stolen: Raymond Iwanankow Jr. of 237 Village Drive told North Strabane police Tuesday that his wallet containing his debit card, a gift card and his driver’s license was stolen from his vehicle. The card was used to make a $531 purchase at the Sheetz in Monroeville.

Copper wire stolen: Copper heating and cooling wire of various sizes was ripped from the ceiling at the Bradford Child Care construction site, 2000 Park Place Drive, North Strabane police said. The cost to replace the 790 feet of wire is estimated at $15,000. The theft was reported Monday. The contractors are Advanced Heating and Cooling and Accelerated Construction Service, both of Morgantown, W.Va.

Guns stolen: Harry Salisbury of Green Valley Road told North Strabane police Tuesday that two .22-caliber rifles, a .380-caliber pistol and a laptop computer were stolen from his camper. The camper was destroyed in a suspicious fire Jan. 6 that is being investigated by a state police fire marshal.


Juvenile charged: A 13-year-old girl who is a resident of McMurray Three Rivers Youth House, 466 Thompsonville Road, was placed in a juvenile center in Ohio after an incident at 9:09 p.m. Tuesday, township police said. The girl was upset because she lost her telephone privileges, grabbed a counselor’s phone, bumped and then threatened the counselor, police said. The girl told police the counselor assaulted her, but police said there was no evidence of any assault. The counselor was not injured. Juvenile petitions will be filed for terroristic threats and harassment, police said.

One injured: An Oakdale woman complained of a sore shoulder following a two-vehicle accident at 4:32 p.m. Tuesday at Washington Road and Waterdam Plaza Drive, township police said. Rebecca O’Donnell, 44, 206 E. College St., Canonsburg, told police she was traveling south on Washington Road and was temporarily blinded by the sun at the intersection with Waterdam Plaza Drive. Susan Shinsky, 22, of 682 Gamble Road, Oakdale, was making a left turn from Waterdam Plaza Drive to travel north on Washington Road when O’Donnell’s vehicle struck hers, police said. O’Donnell refused transport for an injury to her chin. Shinsky was taken to Washington Hospital. The hospital does not release patient information.


Teen charged: Trevon Stewart, 19, of Sharpsburg, was charged Tuesday with possession of heroin after Washington police say he was found Jan. 14 with six stamp bags of suspected heroin across the street from Washington High School on Allison Avenue. Police said he was there with his teenage sister, who was wanted by the juvenile probation office. He also was taken into custody on a juvenile probation warrant.

Cellphone missing: A Washington woman reported her cellphone stolen Monday, city police said. The phone was located inside a kiosk at the Washington Crown Center. Police are awaiting information from the kiosk company before filing charges.

Harassment charge: Danyka Thomas, 19, of 401 Fifth St., Charleroi, was cited for harassment after she admitted to striking another woman in the face Monday, city police said.

Vehicle damaged: A Washington man reported his vehicle was kicked while parked along the 100 block of Jollick Manor Monday, leaving a dent, city police said.

Disorderly conduct charges: Jennifer Mlatnik, 40, of 300 Donnan Ave., Washington, was cited for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness Monday after police were called to her home twice for domestic incidents, city police said. Mlatnik was outside on the sidewalk with a bag of beer in her hand. Officers gave her the opportunity to leave the area before taking her into custody and citing her. She was later released.



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