: Police beat May 9

May 8, 2014


Retail theft charge: Cottie Marie Richter, 24, of 335 S. Buffalo Church Road, Washington, will be charged by McDonald police with retail theft after she allegedly stole items from Family Dollar, 1402 Main St., Burgettstown, Wednesday. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.


Disorderly, drunkenness charges: Sean Patrick Bastin, 22, of Tarentum, was charged by California police with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after reportedly causing a disturbance May 1 at Third and Wood streets. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Joshua Kanalis.

Apartment window broken: Adaeze Ogbonna, 21, of Pittsburgh, was cited for criminal mischief and disorderly conduct after California police said she broke a window in the Vulcan Village apartment complex at 255 California Road during an argument with her ex-boyfriend about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday.


Home burglarized: Nancy Zapaski of 735 Scenic Drive told Chartiers police late Tuesday she returned home to find that her house had been burglarized. A door was forced open. Stolen from the home were jewelry and about $50 in a bank.


Woman assaulted: Ronald M. Zaladonis, 35, of 490 Seventh St., Donora, is charged by borough police with simple assault and making terroristic threats, accused of pushing and dragging Amber Stanek before threatening to kill everyone in his residence about 11 p.m. Wednesday, court records state. Zaladonis is in Washington County jail on $35,000 bond set by District Judge Larry Hopkins.


Gas leak: Crews from Columbia Gas Co. and McDonald Volunteer Fire Department were called Wednesday morning for a report of a gas leak at 329 Johns Ave. A contractor hit a line, McDonald police said.


Marijuana, paraphernalia charges: Jules William Redman, 48, of 110 Church St., Midway, was charged Monday by McDonald police with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia after suspected marijuana was found during a compliance check by Washington County Adult Probation. He was placed in Washington County jail for probation violation. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.


Trespass charge: Martha Nan Kacin, 57, of Murrysville, was charged Wednesday by state police at The Meadows Casino, Racetrack Road, North Strabane, with criminal trespass after she was found on the gaming floor May 2. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.


Banner stolen: A white banner with brown lettering measuring 4-by-8-feet was stolen from Peters Creek United Presbyterian Church, 250 Brookwood Drive, Venetia, township police said. The banner read “40 Days of Community” and was valued at $80. The theft was reported at 10:31 a.m. Wednesday, but the banner was stolen between 2 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday.

Theft: Seven pairs of eyeglass frames, valued at $150 to $300 each, were stolen from Crossroads Eye Care, 4160 Washington Road, township police said. Employees said two men entered the store at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, and one of the men stood near the surveillance camera blocking the view, police said. After they left the store, employees noticed several empty slots where the eyeglass frames should have been. Surveillance video showed one of the men placing the frames in a pants pocket.

Aggravated assault: Jon W. Shelton was placed in Washington County jail late Wednesday after being charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, simple assault and harassment. Shelton, 73, of Carol Drive, Peters Township, was released after posting $25,000 bond. Police said Shelton backed his vehicle out of his driveway at 4:05 p.m. Wednesday and, according to a 14-year-old boy who also lives on Carol Drive, accelerated about 50 yards and struck the boy’s legs. The boy did not require medical attention, police said. Shelton reportedly does not like children playing in the cul-de-sac and places vehicles in the road to prevent them from playing or making noise near his house, police said.

Two-car accident: A two-car accident at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday resulted in one of the cars striking a utility pole on Washington Road at the intersection with Waterdam Plaza Drive, township police said. William Scheiwer, 80, of Deerfield Drive, Canonsburg, was traveling south in the passing lane when he began to merge into the right-hand lane, police said. Karen Leonard, 65, of Blaine Avenue, Canonsburg, was making a right turn from Waterdam Plaza Drive to travel south on Washington Road when the two cars collided, police said. The impact forced Leonard’s car to travel about 150 feet before it spun and hit the pole. Neither driver complained of injuries.


Two injured: Two people were injured in a four-vehicle crash about 6:10 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 70 in South Strabane Township. State police said a vehicle driven by Mitchell Olsen, 18, of Avella, struck the rear of a vehicle driven by Thomas Kilburn, 46, of Fredericktown, before hitting the rear of a vehicle driven by Joleen Christian, 21, of Fairmont, W.Va. Christian’s vehicle then struck a vehicle driven by Ricky Cox, 44, of Washington. Olsen, who was charged with following too closely, and Christian were taken to Washington Hospital for treatment.


Bar cited: The operators of Ernie’s Freestyle Restaurant and Lounge, 88 N. Main St., Washington, were cited Monday by the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement for selling alcoholic beverages after their liquor license expired June 30, 2013. They also were cited for failing to return the liquor license and wholesale liquor purchase permit cards to the board after the establishment had not been in operation for 15 consecutive days between Oct. 27 and Nov. 11.



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