Police beat March 6
Girl injured: Rayna Schaller, 8, of Pittsburgh, was injured Sunday morning when a vehicle driven by Nicholas Schaller, 35, also of Pittsburgh, slid on a snow-covered Interstate 79 northbound, south of the Marianna exit, Amwell, and hit head-on into a bridge wall, state police said. The girl was taken to Washington Hospital for treatment.
Fraud charges: Lance A. DePaoli, 35, of Burgettstown, was charged by state police with access device fraud, criminal use of a communications facility and identity theft for allegedly accessing the bank account of his former girlfriend, April Smith, and withdrawing $2,152 Feb. 25. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.
Door damaged: Anthony Andronas of Canonsburg told Canonsburg police Monday that the door and door jamb were damaged at a house he owns at 504 Euclid Ave. No entry was made.
Theft, fraud charges: Ronald Lee Ringer Jr., 38, of 259 Bench Ave., Canton, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of theft and access device fraud. He is accused of using a fuel card of his employer, Pacific Process Systems, 841 Lynn Portal Road, Canton, to purchase almost $6,100 in fuel for his own use between Dec. 6 and Feb. 17. State police said he made the purchases at stations in Washington and Somerset Township. Ringer reportedly told police he was disgruntled over losing $10,000 a year in pay. Ringer was arraigned before District Judge David Mark and released on his own recognizance.
Arrested on warrant: Township police and a state constable Tuesday arrested Anthony Neal on a felony arrest warrant issued through the district judge’s office covering Upper St. Clair, township police said. Neal, no age given and with no known address, was picked up at 3240 Millers Run Road, Cecil, where he allegedly scuffled with two township police officers. The officers were treated for minor injuries, police said. Neal complained of an injured hip and was treated at St. Clair Hospital. A spokeswoman in the district judge’s office said the warrant was issued for theft, access device fraud and forgery at the request of Upper St. Clair police. He also was charged with failure to appear in court on those counts. He was arraigned and placed in Allegheny County jail on $10,000 bond.
Theft, receiving charges: Gregory A. Bayless Jr., 32, of 870 Summerlea Ave., Washington, was arrested Tuesday by Chartiers police on charges of theft by deception and receiving stolen property. He is accused of taking $600 to do work at the Dawn O’Brien residence, 522 McClane Farm Road, in August but never doing the work. He was arraigned before District Judge David Mark and placed in Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.
Charged in crash: David C. Cox, 34, of Hookstown, was charged this week by state police with driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to notify police of a crash and traffic violations stemming from a Dec. 2, 2012, crash on Steubenville Pike in Hanover. Police said Cox’s car went off the road, hit an embankment and rolled over. He then left the scene, police said. When he was found and tested later, police said his blood-alcohol content was more than 1 1/2 times the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.
Drug charges: Alquan T. Barrett, 33, of Washington, was arraigned by video Tuesday before District Judge David Mark on charges of possession and possession with intent to deliver crack. He is accused by state police of selling the drug to a confidential informant Dec. 13, 2012, on Pike Street in Houston. Mark set an additional $25,000 bond on Barrett, who already was in Washington County jail on other drug-related charges.
DUI crash: Cody Crawford, 22, of 651 Candor Road, Bulger, was charged by state police with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a crash and traffic violations stemming from a Feb. 9 accident in the 1100 block of Eldersville Road, Jefferson. Police said his pickup truck went off the road and hit a tree. He was not at the scene when police arrived. When tested later, police said his blood-alcohol content exceeded the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication.
Mother, son charged: Jeni Ann Stankowski, 48, and her son, Matthew A. Cowden, 18, both of 103 O’Hara St., McDonald, were charged by Fort Cherry School District police after Cowden allegedly turned in four forged doctor’s excuse slips for school absences. Police said they determined that Stankowski had stolen the excuses while she was employed at Cornerstone Care in Smith Township. On the last date Cowden presented one of the excuses, the doctor whose name was on the slip was no longer practicing at Cornerstone. Stankowski is charged with theft, receiving stolen property, conspiracy and forgery. Cowden is charged with receiving stolen property, conspiracy and forgery. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of Senior District Judge Jay Dutton.
Retail theft: Brian Michael Ardeno, 29, of 905 Fayette St., Washington, and Frank Oliver Murphy Jr., 41, of 1737 N. Main St., Washington, both were charged with retail theft, criminal conspiracy and possessing instruments of crime for allegedly taking a case key at Macy’s at Washington Crown Center and using it to steal more than $3,000 worth of jewelry Feb. 25.
Fraud, theft charges: Johnnie Jones Jr., 54, of Pittsburgh, was charged Tuesday by North Strabane police with access device fraud, receiving stolen property and theft. He is accused of stealing a wallet from Raymond Iwanonkiw’s unlocked vehicle on Village Drive Jan. 20 and using a card to make purchases in the Pittsburgh area. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
False information: South Strabane police charged two men with putting false information on gun applications last April at Ace Sporting Goods, Washington Road. Jeffrey Protzek, 60, of Tarentum, reportedly supplied false information April 21, while Dustin J. Evans, 31, of 439 Jackson St., Monongahela, allegedly did so on April 19. Charges of supplying false information on a firearm application and unsworn falsification will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
Theft charge: Charles T. Counts, 67, of Duquesne, was charged Tuesday by South Strabane police with theft by deception after allegedly returning a cleaner reported stolen from another Sam’s Club location to the Sam’s Club at Trinity Point for a $522 refund. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
Paraphernalia, theft charge: Kailey E. Crouse, 21, of Monessen, was charged this week by South Strabane police with retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia after allegedly stealing items from Walmart, Trinity Point, Feb. 24. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
Theft, deception charges: Caressa D. Garrison, 24, of 242 Kings Road, Washington, was charged this week by South Strabane police with retail theft and theft by deception for allegedly stealing items valued at $422 from Walmart, Trinity Point, on Jan. 17 and returning the items for a gift card. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
Bar cited: The operators of Old Trails Cafe, 669 National Pike East, South Strabane, were cited by the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement for allegedly selling or furnishing liquor to a 19-year-old Feb. 5.
Escapes injury: Thomas William Pascoe, 52, of 6081 Brownsville Road Ext., Finleyville, escaped injury Tuesday morning when his sport utility vehicle rolled on its side on Brownsville Road Extension, Union. Pascoe told police that he became distracted while changing the radio. He told Southwest Regional police that he overcorrected when his vehicle went off the road.
Two injured: Brianna Marie Bellavance, 21, of 45 Pearl Alley, Monongahela, and her passenger, Halee Taylor, 26, of 1750 Patrick Place, Library, were injured Tuesday afternoon when the vehicle in which there were riding and a vehicle driven by Julietta Mangino, 29, of 5032 Route 88, Finleyville, collided on Route 88, Union. Southwest Regional police said the injured women were taken to Jefferson Hills Medical Center.