: Police Beat Feb. 1

January 31, 2014


Fight at DEP meeting: Christopher J. Paluti, 55, of West Mifflin, was charged with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct after California police said he disrupted a state Department of Environmental Protection meeting Friday morning and got into a fight with a state worker at 25 Technological Drive in the borough.


Stolen property charge: Dustin Scott Rush, 29, of 121 W. Main St., West Alexander, was charged Wednesday by Donegal police with receiving stolen property after he allegedly sold his neighbor’s stolen flat screen television to a Washington pawn shop. Timothy Paul, 96 Main, reported the television stolen from his Donegal home to township police Dec. 12. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Ethan Ward.


Son charged with theft: David Alexander Chappel, 24, of 1073 Addison St., Washington, was charged by state police with theft after he allegedly stole a weed trimmer and jewelry, including several rings, a watch and necklace, from his mother. Chappel is accused of stealing the items from June Chappel, 64 Wotring Road, Hopewell, between August and December, while he was living with her. The jewelry was sold at a Washington jewelry store, police said. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Ethan Ward.


Stolen car arrest: Brian Lee Fodor Jr., 28, of 104 Alexander Ave., Strabane, was arrested Friday morning minutes after he allegedly stole his neighbor’s car. He was stopped on Pike Street near Hutchinson Avenue in Canonsburg. Matthew Kotlar told North Strabane police he was warming up his car when he heard tires squealing and saw his vehicle being driven off. Fodor was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller on charges of theft and receiving stolen property. He was placed in Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.


Seismic equipment stolen: Southwest Regional police said numerous seismic testing sensors owned by Geokinetics in Soutpointe were stolen from various locations in Union Township between Dec. 23 and Jan. 28. Police said the testing equipment was worth more than $26,000.


Stolen jewelry: Numerous pieces of jewelry were reported stolen from a East Maiden Street home Thursday, city police said. The loss was valued at $1,400. Possible suspects were provided to police.

Theft: A Dish Network box was reported stolen from a home along Fayette Street Thursday, city police said. The front to the home was found opened and a television was found on the front porch. A possible suspect was provided to police.



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