: Police beat Feb. 4

February 3, 2014


DUI charge: Michael K. Tharp, 30, of 296 Cecil-Henderson Road, Cecil Township, was charged Friday by McDonald police with driving under the influence of alcohol and having an open container of alcohol following a traffic stop on Main Street in Burgettstown. Police said they stopped him for driving at night without headlights and found a half-empty bottle of whiskey on the floor of his car. They said his blood-alcohol content was almost three times the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.


School bus accident: A Canon-McMillan school bus carrying 35 students was involved in a minor accident in Canonsburg Friday afternoon, borough police said. The bus was making a turn at Craighead Street and Euclid Avenue when the rear bumper clipped a parked car about 3:15 p.m., police said. Both the bus and car sustained minor damage. None of the students on the bus were injured. Police did not say if they plan to cite the driver, Charlotte Zaricki, 59, of Canonsburg.

Tools stolen: Several power tools and other equipment worth a combined $4,200 were stolen from an unlocked van parked in the 400 block of East Street in Canonsburg Saturday, borough police said.


Woman jailed: Jordan Lee Wright, 25, of Ambridge, was arrested by borough police about 7 p.m. Saturday on Sherman Avenue on a warrant from Beaver County in a burglary case, court records show. She is in Washington County jail without bond after being arraigned by District Judge Mark Wilson.


Gasoline stolen: Linda Lou Jeanette of 201 Coal St., McDonald, told McDonald police gasoline was stolen from her vehicle while she was at Giant Eagle. She noticed pry marks on the fuel door.

Driver charged: Jesse Michael Cleric, 28, of 131 Caldwell Road, Hickory, was charged Sunday by McDonald police with DUI and having an open container of alcohol after a traffic stop on O’Hara Street at Center Avenue. Cleric refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test and had three open bottles of beer in his pickup truck, police said. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of Senior District Judge Jay Dutton.


Game console stolen: Daniel Zack of 303 N. Main St., Midway, told McDonald police Sunday his Playstation game console, controllers and games were stolen from his home.


Escapes injury: Arthur Gaunt IV, 28, of Aliquippa, escaped injury Friday when his vehicle hit a culvert off Prosperity Pike, Morris, and slid 200 feet over a hill, state police said.


Two-car crash: A driver was flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital following a two-car crash on Route 136 at Linnwood Road in North Strabane about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, township police said. Police said Randy C. Korba, 51, of Somerset Township, was speeding when he crashed into a vehicle driven by Daniel R. Michelsen, 30, of Wheeling, W.Va. Michelsen and his passenger, Sarah C. Amos, 23, of Huntington, W.Va., were both taken by ambulance to area hospitals with undisclosed injuries. Korba was flown to Pittsburgh for treatment, police said.


Vehicle damaged: Richard Bennett of 17 Nichols Lane told state police Sunday vandals damaged the door of his pickup truck.


Medication stolen: Marcella Tunney of 862 Beech St. told South Strabane police Saturday her prescription medication was stolen.


Vehicle theft: Travis G. Gant, 21, of Newton Falls, Ohio, was charged by city police with theft, unauthorized use of an automobile and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing Rhonda David’s car from the Valero gas station on Murtland Avenue Dec. 15, 2013. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Car break-ins reported: Multiple vehicle break-ins were reported along the 100 and 200 blocks of McAdam Avenue between 3 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday. In one of the incidents, MaryAnn Mrenak reported to city police she hit the panic button on the key for her vehicle when she saw someone breaking into the car about 3 a.m. She said nothing was missing, and she saw the suspect head toward Plumpton Avenue.

Scam reported: City police filed a report Friday on what they alleged was a scam perpetrated by a company calling itself Travel IIG, which reportedly contacted a local resident and said she won a free vacation, asked for her debit card information and removed $339 from her account.

Theft: A woman reported to city police that a man reached into her car and stole her purse at the 7-11 on West Chestnut Street about 1 p.m. Friday. A witness drove around the area, found the purse and returned it to the victim.



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