: Police beat May 2

May 1, 2014


False ID, disorderly charges: Shareese Asparagus, 22, of West Chester, was arrested early Thursday by California police on charges of false identification to police and disorderly conduct as officers tried to clear the parking lot at Kwik Fill, Third Street, about 2:40 a.m. She was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis and placed in Washington County jail on $30,000 bond.


Pole hit: Canonsburg police are looking for the driver of a older-model, dark-colored Chevrolet Suburban that struck a utility pole on North Jefferson Avenue outside Frank Sarris Library, shearing it in half and knocking the pole out of the ground early Thursday.


Trespass charge: Steven J. Grudi, 47, of Eighty Four, was charged Wednesday by state police with criminal trespass after he allegedly was found on property of James M. Miller, 32 Armstrong Drive, without permission.

One injured: David D. Williams, 75, of Canonsburg, was injured Wednesday afternoon when state police said he failed to yield while merging onto Interstate 70 eastbound at the Chestnut Street exit in Canton. His vehicle struck a tractor-trailer driven by Sally Western, 44, of Wichita, Kansas, causing his car to spin and strike the rig a second time. His car then collided with a vehicle driven by Jordan A. Cencarik, 25, of Steubenville, Ohio. Williams, who was taken to Washington Hospital for treatment, will be cited with failing to yield.


Drug arrest: Ridge Camal Daube, 23, of 330 Castner Ave., Donora, is charged by borough police with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with traffic stop about 1 a.m. April 1 in the 500 block of Second Street, court records state. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the driver, Christopher Jakela, 23, also of Donora, on the same charges. Daube is in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond after being arrested on a warrant and arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Mark Wilson.


Counterfeit money: North Franklin police said a heavyset black woman in her early 30s passed a counterfeit $20 dollar bill Wednesday at the 7-Eleven, 1366 W. Chestnut St. She also is suspected of passing counterfeit money in a separate incident earlier in the week in North Franklin, as well as at several locations in Washington.

Retail theft charge: William Berdine, 35, of 455 Ewing St., Washington, was charged by North Franklin police with retail theft for allegedly stealing cable shears from Sears, Washington Crown Center, Tuesday. The criminal charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.


One injured: Luminada Balazick, 44, of 242 Driftwood Road, Brownsville, was slightly injured Friday when her vehicle was hit from behind by a vehicle driven by Dakota Usouski of 579 McCombs Road, Venetia, on Racetrack Road, North Strabane police said.


Jewelry stolen: A resident of the 300 block of Squire Lane told police she looked in a jewelry box that she hadn’t opened since Christmas and found assorted jewelry missing. No value was listed. The theft was reported at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday.


Theft charges: Susan R. Pershing, 44, of Elizabeth, was arraigned Thursday on charges of access device fraud, misapplication of entrusted property and identity theft filed by Southwest Regional police. She is accused of using for her own purposes Social Security money meant for a Union man she reportedly was helping to care for. She was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller and released with orders not to have contact with the alleged victim.

Paraphernalia charge: Lance Patrick Campbell, 40, of 27 High Vue Drive, Union, was charged Tuesday by Southwest Regional police with possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from an incident at his home. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge James Ellis.


Drug charges: Laverne Davis, 37, of 507 E. Chestnut St., Washington, was arraigned Thursday on four counts of intent to deliver crack and two counts of possession of crack filed by state police after he allegedly sold the drug to a confidential informant on Jan. 27, 2011, in a West Beau Street parking lot in Washington. District Judge Robert Redlinger placed him in Washington County jail on $10,000 bond.

DUI, underage drinking charges: Brittany Reed, 20, of 20 Harper Drive, was charged Tuesday by Washington police with driving under the influence of alcohol, underage drinking and careless driving stemming from an April 21 traffic stop on Jefferson Avenue. Police said they saw her vehicle hit the curb twice and pulled her over. Police said she failed field sobriety tests and that her blood-alcohol content was almost eight times the 0.02 percent limit presumed for intoxication in anyone under the age of 21. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Retail theft charge: Gary Scott Kossar, 46, of 64 Atlantic Drive, Washington, was arraigned Thursday before District Judge Robert Redlinger on a charge of retail theft. He is accused by Washington police of stealing six tubes of body filler valued at $203.94 from Frank’s Auto Supermarket, 57 E. Chestnut St., on April 18. He was placed in Washington County jail on a $5,000 percentage bond.

Marijuana, traffic charges: Jason P. Toombs, 33, of Pittsburgh, was arraigned by video from the Washington County jail on charges of possession and possession with intent to deliver marijuana and a turn signal violation stemming from a Feb. 21 traffic stop by state police on Maple Avenue. District Judge Robert Redlinger set bond at $10,000.

Simple assault charge: James Nixon, 36, was charged with simple assault after Washington police said he punched and kicked his ex-girlfriend at his residence at 660 Addison St. shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Fight charges: David Johnson, 39, of Uniontown, was cited for harassment and disorderly conduct following a fight with a woman at 29 Victoria St. in Washington shortly after midnight Thursday, city police said.

Public drunkenness charges: City police said they cited Ryan Fonner, 21, of 89 W. Walnut St., Washington, for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct for causing problems at the Subway at 217 Jefferson Ave. and harassing a manager there about 7 p.m. Wednesday.



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