: Police beat Feb. 25

February 24, 2014


Assault arrest: Zachary J. Alaimo, 19, of Pittsburgh, was arrested early Sunday by California police after he allegedly refused to cooperate with officers trying to break up a large party in the 200 block of Second Street. He was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis on charges of simple assault, resisting arrest, fleeing from police, public drunkenness and underage drinking. He was released from Washington County jail after posting $15,000 bond.


Drug arrest: William N. Snavely, 38, of Morgantown, W.Va., was arrested Friday on a warrant obtained by Canonsburg police on charges of possession and possession with intent to deliver marijuana stemming from the alleged sale of the drug to a confidential informant last April. Snavely was stopped on Interstate 70 in South Strabane Township by state police. He was arraigned before District Judge David Mark and placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.

Guns, saws stolen: Joseph Mosi of 445 Highfield St. told Canonsburg police Sunday that a .38-caliber special and .25-caliber handguns were stolen from his home along with a mitre saw and chainsaw.

Warrant arrest: Jonna Jo Swisher, 34, of 232 E. College St., Canonsburg, was taken into custody Sunday by Canonsburg police on warrants issued by courts in Allegheny County. When she spotted police, she allegedly ran between houses and ignored orders to stop. Police told her they would use a Taser if she did not stop. Canonsburg police will charge her with resisting arrest and flight to avoid apprehension.

Teen assaulted: A 17-year-old North Strabane Township girl was reportedly assaulted by two other teenage girls Sunday afternoon in Town Park, Canonsburg police said. The girl had a black eye and cut on her cheek after reportedly being hit with a stick. A 14-year-old Bridgeville girl also was assaulted when she went to the girl’s aid, police said. The investigation continues.

Three charged: Dillon Clark, 18, and Michael Marone, 51, both of 249 E. College St., Canonsburg, and a 17-year-old Canonsburg boy will be charged with simple assault, harassment and criminal trespass after allegedly entering the home of Kevin Olinger, 55, of 14 E. Pitt St., and assaulting him Sunday, borough police said.

Woman charged: Geneva Yarbrough, 19, of 527 Chartiers Ave., Canonsburg, was charged Saturday by Canonsburg police with simple assault and harassment after she allegedly punched Danielle Soyring, 19, of Muse, during a confrontation in the parking lot of McDonald’s. Yarbrough waived immediate arraignment. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge David Mark.


Burglary reported: Robert Penrod of 154 Highland Ave. Extension, Independence, told McDonald police Saturday an intruder broke into his home, but nothing was reported stolen.


Drug, paraphernalia charges: Stacy Jo Long, 33, of Sturgeon, was charged Friday with possession of drugs and paraphernalia as well as traffic violations stemming from a traffic stop on Coal Street, McDonald. Police said she had several pills in her possession.


Assault, DUI charges: Daniel J. Zack, 34, of 303 N. Main St., Midway, was charged with aggravated assault, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, harassment and possession of marijuana after police say he was found slumped in is vehicle outside his home early Saturday. Police said he smacked a McDonald police officer in the arms with his hand during the incident. Zack also was found with marijuana and knives, police said.


TV stolen: Arthur Alderson of 86 Clayton Court, Mt. Pleasant, told state police Feb. 14 coins and a flat-screen television were stolen from his home.


Assault, unauthorized use: Charles R. Thurmond Jr., 34, of 135 Union St., New Eagle, was arrested Saturday by Monongahela police after he allegedly assaulted Renee Dague at her home, also on Union, and then reportedly used a neighbor’s sport utility vehicle without permission. He was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis on charges of simple assault, unauthorized use of a vehicle and harassment. He was placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.


Drug arrest: Barron Lee Johnson, 31, of 39 Violet Ave., Washington, was charged by North Franklin police with possession of a controlled substance and a prohibited weapons offense after a man called police to report that Johnson attempted to strike him with a bat Saturday. Police said Johnson fled from a Roosevelt Street home, and officers located him a short while later. Police said they found Johnson with three empty stamp bags of heroin, needles and a steak knife. The charges were sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger. Johnson was placed in Washington County jail on a bench warrant.

Taser stolen: Skylar Kaufman of 362 Hancock St. told North Franklin police Saturday that a 5,000-volt Taser was stolen from her home during a burglary.


Assault arrest: Scott Edmonds, 50, of 117 Victoria Drive, North Strabane, was arrested Saturday by township police after he allegedly pushed his wife, Louise Weis, to the ground and bit her arm during a confrontation at their home. He was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis on charges of simple assault and harassment and placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.

House burglarized: Eva Sweton told North Strabane police Friday that her home at 219 Chubbic Road was burglarized. Jewelry, including a pearl necklace, rhinestones bracelet, earrings and watches, was stolen along with two rolls of pennies and a roll of quarters.


Card used: Denise Kuhn of 607 Munntown Road, Nottingham, told state police Sunday that her credit card information was used to make $1,800 in purchases.


Assault arrest: James R. Tomamichel of 100 Sussex Way, McMurray, was arrested Saturday night by Peters police after he allegedly slapped his wife, Kathleen Tomamichel, in the face during a confrontation at their home. He was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis on charges of simple assault and harassment. He was released from Washington County jail after posting $25,000 bond.

Theft arrest: Megan Kress, 30, of 2782 Locust Ave., Upper St. Clair, was arrested Saturday by Peters police after she allegedly stole two items from Kmart, Washington Road. Kress left store property in a car and was apprehended a short time later by Canonsburg police. She was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis on a charge of retail theft. She was placed in Washington County jail on $2,500 bond.


Assault arrest: Warren M. Sadler, 50, of 239 Locust Ave., Washington, will be charged by South Strabane police with simple assault after he allegedly struck Erica R. Shadeck, 36, of Canton Township, in the face and knocked her unconscious during a Feb. 14 confrontation at Motel 6. Police were called Feb. 16 to Washington Hospital, where Shadeck was being treated. Sadler reportedly told police that he was assaulted when he went to the motel room. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.

Tools stolen: A variety of tools were reported stolen from five gang boxes owned by J.J. Morris Co. at the Old Mill construction site Friday, South Strabane police said. The tools were owned by the company and employees.

Window broken: Renee Stopperich of Canonsburg told South Strabane police the window in her van was broken while the vehicle was parked Thursday near Penn Commercial, 254 Oak Spring Road.


Jewelry stolen: Several pieces of jewelry with a total value of $1,000 were reported stolen from a home Saturday along the 500 block of Fayette Street, city police said. The names of two suspects were provided to police.

Police investigation: Two Washington & Jefferson College students reported they were shot in the lower body with a pellet gun, city police said. The students said they were walking along the 100 block of Chestnut Street Saturday when they were shot. Both students described seeing a white, four-door vehicle drive by at the time. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

Theft charges: Joshua LaBella, 28, of 69 W. Katherine Ave., Washington, was arraigned Monday by District Judge Robert Redlinger on a theft charge. The victim told city police LaBella stole a portable heater valued at $191 from her home. LaBella’s bond was set at $10,000 unsecured.



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