: Police beat May 13

May 12, 2014


Tampering, marijuana charges: Timothy Joseph Ramacker, 58, of 106 Dinsmore Road, Burgettstown, was charged by McDonald police with tampering with evidence and possession of marijuana after he allegedly was found with the suspected drug during an adult probation and state parole compliance check at a Burgettstown bar Friday night. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.

Burglary reported: Clayton Crawford of 4 Hillcrest Ave., Burgettstown, called McDonald police Saturday after discovering a burglar forced open the basement door of his home. Nothing appeared to be stolen.


Charged with passing bus: Stacy Stella, 40, of Fredericktown, was charged by California police with overtaking a school bus after she allegedly passed a school bus with lights flashing as students were loading Friday morning on California Road.

Public drunkenness, disorderly charges: Vincent Andrew Comini, 22, of Irwin, was charged Monday by California police with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after he allegedly urinated on a police cruiser from another department called to assist borough officers in breaking up a large party on Park Street April 26. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Joshua Kanalis.

Unsworn falsification: Michael Dillon Kunkle, 28, of New Salem, was charged by California police with unsworn falsification after he allegedly put false information on an application to purchase a gun from Pfrogner’s Guns and Ammo, 317 N. California Drive, Thursday. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Joshua Kanalis.


DUI, endangering children charges: Elizabeth Albright, 24, of Fort Benning, Ga., was arrested by Canonsburg police after crashing her vehicle into a retaining wall at 416 Greenside Ave. while her children, ages 1 and 3, were in the car. She reportedly struggled with police as they tried to take her into custody, kicking at officers and pulling a handcuff off her right wrist. She was arraigned before District Judge Larry Hopkins on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest, endangering the welfare of children and careless driving. Hopkins set bond at $25,000, but it was changed to a recognizance bond because she was taken to Washington Hospital for a mental-health evaluation after reportedly threatening to commit suicide on the way to Washington County jail.


Two injured: Antoinette Finney, 78, of Pine Avenue, Houston, and Joseph E. Wheeler, 51, of North Main Street, Houston, were injured Thursday when their vehicles collided on West Pike Street at Shady Avenue, Chartiers police said. Finney made a left turn into the path of Wheeler’s vehicle, police said.

Marijuana charges: Dylan Lavelle Britt, 21, of 207 Hickory Circle, Canonsburg, was arrested Saturday by Chartiers police on charges of possession and possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police were responding to a disturbance call on Barnickle Street when officers said they saw Britt hiding items in the waistband of his pants and under his shirt as he walked toward a vehicle. Police said they found three sandwich bags with suspected marijuana, as well as a larger bag, then found a fourth bag in Britt’s vehicle. He was arraigned before District Judge Larry Hopkins and placed in Washington County jail on $35,000 bond.


Minor injuries: Anthony K. Lynch, 22, of Monessen, was charged with driving at unsafe speeds following a one-car crash at 9:30 p.m. Saturday on Tony Row Road. State police in Belle Vernon reported Lynch and his passenger, Jeremy Bruce, 20, of Charleroi, received minor injuries after Lynch failed to negotiate a curve and struck an embankment, causing the car to roll onto the passenger side.


Vehicle vandalized: Frank Jablonski of 336 Valley St. told McDonald police Saturday his vehicle was damaged when a vandal threw a can of ravioli on the hood while the car was parked behind his home.

Underage drinking: Zachary James Bresnay, 20, of Oakdale, and a 17-year-old McDonald boy were charged by McDonald police with underage drinking Saturday night at Bellaire Park.


Assault warrant: Monongahela police obtained a warrant Monday for the arrest of Wyatt Ekaitis, 23, of 2134 River Hill Road, Monongahela. He is accused of assaulting James Quigley Friday afternoon at the intersection of Second and Union streets, New Eagle. Quigley’s glasses were broken. The warrant was obtained from District Judge Mark Wilson.

Drug warrant: Jesse Schoedel, 28, of 443 Fourth St., New Eagle, is wanted on a warrant obtained Monday by Monongahela police from District Judge Mark Wilson on charges of possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. Police said he was found with the suspected drugs, paraphernalia and $197 during an incident March 16 at Routes 88 and 837 in New Eagle.


Two hurt: An Upper St. Clair husband and wife were injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday on Route 19 at Smith Place. North Strabane police said John J. Pasteris, 81, of Upper St. Clair, was trying to make a left turn from Route 19 when he was hit from behind by a vehicle driven by Ashley Balsbaugh, 22, of East Liverpool, Ohio. Pasteris and his 81-year-old wife, Joan Pasteris, were taken to Canonsburg Hospital for treatment.


Drug theft charge: Robert Barry Spriggs, 57, who South Strabane police said is homeless, is wanted on a warrant on charges of acquisition through misrepresentation and possession of a controlled substance. Police received a call from a Canton Township man who went to Giant Eagle to pick up his prescription for Clonazepam, only to learn someone else picked it up. After viewing a photo taken from a surveillance video, the victim identified his former roommate, Spriggs, as the person who picked up the drug. The warrant was obtained from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.

Hit-and-run crash: Amanda Ransom, 24, of 214 Valley View Terrace, Canonsburg, and her 3-month-old daughter were slightly injured Saturday when their vehicle was hit from behind by a blue vehicle then fled, South Strabane police said. The crash happened on East National Pike (Route 40) near Zediker Station Road.

Theft charge: Armando Diaz, 20, of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., will be charged by South Strabane police with retail theft after he allegedly stole items from Walmart, Trinity Point, last week. He also was wanted on a warrant from York County and was placed in Washington County jail.

Disorderly, drunkenness charges: Laura R. Macy, 31, of Pittsburgh, was charged Saturday by South Strabane police with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct after she allegedly created a disturbance in the Trinity Point parking lot. When police arrived, they said she pulled her pants down and was urinating on the seat of her vehicle.


Trailer stolen: Kathleen Cox of Route 88, Union, told Southwest Regional police Sunday a wood-framed trailer with four whitewall tires and two black, built-in storage bins were stolen from her yard. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 724-929-8484.



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