: Police beat March 5

March 4, 2014


Driver charged: Danielle Alexis Megela, 25, of 107 Colonial Lane, Canonsburg, was charged last week by state police with driving under the influence of alcohol, furnishing alcohol to minors, driving under suspension, having no insurance and traffic violations stemming from a Nov. 14 crash on Buffalo Creek Road near North Alley, Blaine. Megela’s blood-alcohol content was more than double the 0.08 limit for intoxication when her vehicle went off the road, hit a tree stump and chain link fence. She and her passenger, Cecelia Gage, 20, of Claysville, were intoxicated and combative with fire police and medics, police said. Magela’s charges were sent by summons from the office of District Judge Ethan Ward. Gage pleaded guilty to a charge of underage drinking before Ward in December.


Burglary, trespass charge: Ridge Camal Daube, 23, of 330 Castner Ave., Donora, was arrested Monday by Donora police after he and another man reportedly entered a home at 79 Allen Ave. without permission. He was arraigned before District Judge David Mark on charges of burglary and criminal trespass. Daube was placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.

Bar owner cited: The owner of Ray’s Place Hotel, Bar and Restaurant, 864 Meldon Ave., Donora, was cited by state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement for failing to post signs as required by the Clean Indoor Air Act July 5 and 31. They also were cited not being a bona fide hotel and not having sufficient food and seating in the dining room July 31.


Bank information stolen: The operators of Brownlee Trucking, 5035 Jefferson Ave., Independence, told state police Friday their bank account and routing information were produced on checks by someone placing an ad on Craigslist for a personal assistant. The thief would then send a check to the person who responded, asking them to cash the checks, keep some of the money and then use the rest to buy children’s toys. The people who responded to the ad were then directed to send the toys back to the alleged thief. State police are investigating.

Two charged: Jennifer F. Conner, 33, and Shawn Beatty, 33, both of 1491 N. Sunset Beach Road, Claysville, were each charged Friday with harassment for allegedly placing multiple calls and sending text messages to Adam Cummins of Independence in May. State police said some of the messages from Beatty used vulgar language. The charges were sent by summons from the office of District Judge Ethan Ward.


Offensive weapon: Eric William Hanna, 22, of 270 Allison Ave., Washington, was charged Monday by North Franklin police with having a prohibited offensive weapon and corruption of minors. Hanna had a Taser when he was stopped by police Feb. 18 on West Chestnut Street. He also admitted to police he smoked marijuana while in the vehicle with a 17-year-old girl. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Garage burglarized: Albert Devenney of 50 Altamont St. told North Franklin police Saturday his garage was burglarized. The garage door was damaged and a battery charger was stolen.


Charged twice: Noah West of Canonsburg was charged with DUI following a two-vehicle accident at 3:14 p.m. Monday in the 3700 block of Washington Road near the entrance to Forest Lawn Gardens, township police said. Vehicles driven by West, 28, of 908 Second St., and another driven by Bruce Black, 66, of 287 Crucible Road, Rices Landing, collided as both were traveling north. West suffered a cut on his right cheek but refused medical treatment, police said. Police said West’s blood-alcohol content was 0.188 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent. West was arrested again Monday night by Canonsburg police on charges of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, after they received a complaint of a man falling down on Second Street and found West in the snow. He also reportedly refused to calm down and cooperate with police. He was arraigned before District Judge David Mark and placed in Washington County jail on $250 bond.


Escape, false ID: Gary Coleman Jr., 21, of 208 Ridge Ave., Washington, was charged Monday by state police with false identification to police and escape. Police stopped him on his bicycle in the early morning hours of June 19 on North College Street. After he reportedly gave police a false last name and an incorrect birthdate, police told him they were taking him into custody in an effort to determine his correct name. He then got off his bicycle and ran. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

DUI charge: Valetta Ann Williams, 48, of 681 E. Beau St., Washington, was charged Monday by Washington police with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident after she reportedly hit a parked car on Burton Avenue June 13. Her BAC was more than three times the 0.08 limit presumed for intoxication. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.



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