Police beat May 3
Crash leads to DUI charge: Phillip Thaxton of 321 Beallsville Road, Bentleyville, faces a charge of driving under the influence following a crash along Pittsburgh Road in the borough April 26.
Drug arrest: Melissa Randall, 45, of 800 Washington Ave., Charleroi, is charged by township police with drug possession with intent to deliver, drug possession, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show. Police accuse her of offering patients the narcotic Vicodin while she was a patient in Mon Valley Hospital about 2:30 p.m. April 26, the affidavit states. She is free on $10,000 bond after being arrested on a warrant and arraigned Thursday before District Judge Mark Wilson.
Drug arrest: Kevin D. Benton Jr., 30, of 116 Stockdale Ave., Monongahela, is charged by city police with drug possession with intent to deliver, drug possession, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records state. Benton is accused of having 27 stamp bags of heroin when police pulled over the car he was driving about 8 p.m. Thursday. He is in Washington County jail on $50,000 bond set by District Judge Joshua Kanalis.
Vehicle break-ins: North Strabane police said someone forced their way into a construction truck and sport utility vehicle parked at Nello Construction at 100 Houston Square early Thursday. Police said various items were stolen from both vehicles.
Drug charges: Thomas G. Leadbitter of McDonald will be charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, township police said. An officer on patrol stopped Leadbitter’s vehicle Thursday at Queen of Heaven Cemetery and said Leadbitter, no age given, of 133 Arabella St., had a small amount of marijuana and a smoking pipe in the vehicle.
Boat stolen: A boat and trailer were stolen from a South Strabane property last month, township police said. The boat, owned by Brett Barkley, 45, of Clairton, was removed from the property at 285 Country Club Road on either April 24 or 25, police said. Investigators, who were notified of the theft Thursday, did not describe the type of boat or estimate its value.
Credit card used: Letitia Jemison of Allison Avenue, Washington, reported to city police Thursday that her credit card was used to make $360 in unauthorized purchases. The transactions occurred Monday and Tuesday.
Window broken: Dave Keener, 59, of 991 Weirich Ave., Washington, was cited for criminal mischief for allegedly breaking the back window of a minivan owned by Francis Moore Jr. of Washington while it was parked Thursday morning at Lincoln Terrace, city police said.