: Police beat Jan. 28

January 27, 2014


Wallet stolen: Janet Lee Smith of Burgettstown told McDonald police Sunday that her wallet was stolen after she finished shopping at IGA, 1412 Main St., Burgettstown. An attempt was made to use her personal information to open another debit card, police said.


Driver charged: Brandon M. Baker, 24, of 521 Lakeview Drive, South Strabane Township, was arrested early Sunday by state police after he allegedly left the scene of a crash on Interstate 79 southbound near the Canonsburg exit. Police traced the registration on the vehicle to Baker’s roommate. When police got to the home and attempted to take Baker into custody, he struggled with the troopers. His blood-alcohol content was more than 1 1/2 times the 0.08 limit presumed for intoxication. Baker was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest and traffic violations. He was placed in Washington County jail on $2,500 bond.

Jailed on warrant: Zachary R. Leininger, 26, of 22 E. Pitt St., Canonsburg, was taken into custody Sunday after Canonsburg police determined he was wanted on a warrant in Allegheny County. He had been trying to hitch rides from motorists, including police, on South Central Avenue. Police also will charge him with possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed in Washington County jail on the warrant.

Home burglarized: Todd Mellors, 541 Euclid Ave., told Washington police Sunday that his Bluetooth speaker and three DVDs were stolen in a burglary of his home.


Gun charge: Chad M. Fartini, 41, of 62 Jones Lane, Carroll, is charged by township police with prohibitive offensive weapons over accusations he possessed a sawed-off, .22-caliber rifle during a dispute at his residence about 9:30 p.m. Jan. 17, court records show. He is free on $5,000 bond after being arrested on a warrant Friday and arraigned by District Judge Mark Wilson.


Wedding ring missing: Erin Crothers of Cecil Township told McDonald police Sunday that her white gold wedding ring was missing from near the Hoodarain Flower Shop, 111 E. Lincoln St., McDonald.

Teen faces charges: Daniel J. Law, 18, of McDonald, was taken into custody on a juvenile probation warrant after allegedly assaulting Brandon Dewey, 18, of McDonald, at a home on East Lincoln Street Saturday, McDonald police said. Law, who faces charges in connection with the assault, was taken to the Jefferson County (Ohio) Juvenile Detention facility on the warrant.


Scam reported: A Midway resident told McDonald police Friday afternoon that he received a call from a man claiming to be with the “Federal Investigations Office.” The caller told the Midway man that he owed money and if payment was not made, charges would be filed. Police determined the call from the phony debt collection service was initiated from India and routed through Buffalo, N.Y.


Business burglarized: A burglary was reported Sunday morning at Don’s Appliance, 2235-A Washington Road, North Strabane police said. The burglar forced open a window, and ransacked the business. A small amount of cash was stolen, although police are waiting for the owner to compile a list of what was stolen.

Disorderly charges: Jordan Tyler Onks, 27, of Tyler, Texas, and Adam Douglas Ryburn, 28, of Bridgeville, were charged by state police at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino with disorderly conduct after they reportedly became verbally abusive with security after they were asked to leave the casino Saturday night.


Underage drinking: Anthony Derrick, 20, of Eighty Four; Autumn Leone, 18, of Pittsburgh; Todd Campbell, 20, of Oakdale; and Elizabeth Fueller, 19, and her 17-year-old sister, both of Glenshaw, were charged early Saturday with underage drinking by state police stemming from an incident at 37 Munntown Road, Nottingham.


Assault, threats charges: Ryan M. Casaday, 23, of 1006 Sheriffs Court, Peters, was arrested Saturday morning by Peters police after he allegedly chest-bumped his father, Rande Casaday, and spat on his mother, Debbie Casaday, during a confrontation at their home. He is also accused of threatening his father. Police said he also had a large Bowie knife. He was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka on charges of simple assault, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct and placed in Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.

Parole warrant: Eric Bruno of Lawrence was picked up on a warrant for a parole violation following an accident at 3:59 p.m. Sunday in front of 700 Venetia Road, after which Bruno fled on foot along railroad tracks, township police said. A neighbor heard a vehicle strike a utility pole on Venetia Road and saw Bruno leave on foot the tracks, police said. Bruno, 36, whose last-known address was Boyce Street, was picked up later the same day. He was not injured in the accident and was taken to Washington County jail on the parole violation. Once the investigation is completed, police said Bruno likely will be charged with driving on a suspended license and fleeing the scene of an accident.


Fugitive arrest: Janaya C. Hampton, 22, of East Pittsburgh, was arrested early Monday by state police after she was stopped for speeding on Interstate 79 northbound near the Racetrack Road exit, South Strabane. Police learned she was wanted for possession with intent to deliver drugs and failure to appear by police in Monongalia County, W.Va. She was arraigned as a fugitive from justice before District Judge Gary Havelka and placed in Washington County jail on $250,000 bond.

Retail theft arrest: Caressa D. Garrison, no known address, was arrested by Thursday by South Strabane police on charges of retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia for allegedly stealing items valued at $708 from Walmart, Trinity Point. She was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka and placed in Washington County jail on $2,500 bond.

Drug stolen: Marie Teters of Washington told South Strabane police Friday that her prescription medication was stolen from her purse while she was working at Hawthorne Woods, 791 Locust Ave.

Tire damaged: Erin Molish of Daisytown told South Strabane police Sunday that her tire was slashed while parked in the lot at Walmart, Trinity Point.



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