: Police Beat May 15

May 14, 2014


Burglars flee: State police are looking for two white men, one who appeared to be in his 40s and the other in his 20s, who were reportedly trying to burglarize Lowry's Western Shop, Henderson Avenue, Canton, about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday. Police responded to an alarm and found a silver BMW parked at the rear. The two suspects fled by running through a creek to a wooded area.


Theft of tools: Robert Reiland, of 8 Hickory Grade Road, Cecil, told police that assorted hand tools, include hammer drills, were stolen from his work van, township police said. The tools are valued at $5,000 and were reported stolen at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.


Woman threatened: Dylan M. Fritz, 24, of 503 Crest Ave., Charleroi, is charged by Charleroi Regional police with aggravated assault, making terroristic threats, simple assault, reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of children and disorderly conduct, court records state. Police accuse him of threatening Brooke Fritz with a handgun about 6 a.m. Wednesday in their residence. He is free on $100,000 bond set by District Judge Larry Hopkins.


Vehicle damaged: Dawna Grudi of Houston told state police Sunday the rear driver's side window of her vehicle was broken while it was parked at the rear of 109 N. Main St.


Assault case: Sherri L. Deveaney, 49, of 222 N. McDonald St., McDonald, is charged by borough police with simple assault and harassment, accused of scratching and biting a male about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in her residence. She is free on $25,000 bond set by District Judge Larry Hopkins.


Resisting, vandalism charges: Richard Allan Arbuckle, 51, of 8655 Noblestown Road, McDonald, faces charges of resisting arrest, obstructing a highway, institutional vandalism, public drunkenness, obstructing the administration of justice and disorderly conduct stemming from a May 8 incident at Fort Cherry and Noblestown roads. Mt. Pleasant police were called for a report of a man blocking traffic. When police arrived, they found Arbuckle wearing no shirt and screaming. He allegedly struggled with police as they tried to take him into custody and place him in the cruiser. Once at the station, he reportedly urinated on the floor. Charges were filed Monday at the office of Senior District Judge Jay Dutton.

Harassment charge: Barbara Jean Saville, 52, of Mt. Pleasant, will be charged by state police with harassment for allegedly slapping and pushing Jessica Lynn Lancaster, 18, of Midway, during a confrontation Monday at 20 Crest Lane, Mt. Pleasant.


Theft, drug charges: Amanda Burnsworth, 27, of 141 Weisbecker Lane, Monongahela, was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Monongahela police after she allegedly tried to steal candy and picture frames from Dollar General, 1237 W. Main St. When she was taken into custody, police found two bundles containing 13 stamp bags of suspected heroin, Suboxone, Alprazolem and Clonazepam and drug paraphernalia including numerous empty stamp bags. She was arraigned before District Judge Larry Hopkins on charges of retail theft, possession of controlled substances, possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession of heroin. She was placed in Washington County jail on $35,000 bond.


Two-vehicle crash: Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Washington Road near Dam Road at 1:44 p.m. Tuesday, township police said. A vehicle driven by John Ladzinski, 60, of 217 Meadowview Drive, Canonsburg, was northbound when it hit the rear of a stopped vehicle at the traffic light, police said. Ladzinski suffered arm injuries and told police he would seek medical treatment. He also told police the traffic light was green, a fact corroborated by a witness, police said. The driver of the stopped vehicle, Susan Kinger, 63, of 71 Ruthfred Road, Bethel Park, was not injured. A passenger in the vehicle, Patricia Baker, 90, of 50 Vanadium Road, Pittsburgh, was taken to St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon, for treatment.

One injured: A passenger in a vehicle was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital following a one-vehicle accident at 3:53 p.m. Tuesday, near 944 Venetia Road, Venetia, township police said. Robert Boyer, 47, of 974 Church Hill Road, Venetia, told police he was driving east on Venetia Road when he applied the brakes, lost control and struck a utility pole. Boyer was not injured. A passenger, Robert Donnelly, 61, of 522 N. Seventh St., Clairton, was transported to UPMC–Mercy Hospital for treatment, police said.



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