Monongahela police arrest five on drug charges

April 11, 2014
Anthony Schindler

Monongahela police arrested five people Thursday in what the chief dubbed a “mini drug sweep.”

Arrested were Nathan Cameron, 23, of 707 Route 481, Monongahela; Anthony Schindler, 53, of 413 Main St., New Eagle; and David Jennion, 50, Star Jennion, 21, and Beth Ann Jennion, 45, all of Chess Street, Monongahela.

All five are accused of selling heroin in the Monongahela and New Eagle areas, said Chief Brian Tempest.

Tempest said the arrest of the Jennions is a “family affair.” David and Beth Ann Jennion are husband and wife, he said, and Star Jennion is their daughter.

“We started receiving complaints from residents along Chess Street of the strange and unusual automobile traffic in their neighborhood,” Tempest said Friday. “Residents reported cars pulling up, blowing their horn, someone would come out and then the car would drive away.

“We appreciate the calls from residents about possible drug activity,” the chief added. “But it takes time for us to investigate and make the buys leading to arrests.”

Cameron is accused of selling heroin to a confidential informant working with an undercover police officer near his home. Schindler allegedly sold the drug on three different occasions to a confidential informant near his New Eagle home.

Tempest said Monongahela police were assisted in the investigations by the Washington County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force.

Cameron was arraigned Thursday afternoon before District Judge Mark Wilson and placed in Washington County Jail on $25,000 bond. Schindler and all three Jennions were arraigned by video before District Judge James Ellis. Schindler, David Jennion and Star Jennion are charged with possession and possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Each is jailed on $25,000 bond. Beth Ann Jennion is charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin and driving with a suspended license. She was jailed on $10,000 bond.

Residents of the Monongahela area who see suspected drug activity can call 724-258-5511 and leave police a message.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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