: Police beat June 17

June 16, 2014


Charged in Facebook post: Lawrence Pagnia, 19, of California, was charged Thursday by California police with disorderly conduct stemming from a May 26 Facebook post of a photograph and comment that reportedly caused public alarm. The charge was sent by summons from the office of District Judge Joshua Kanalis.

Trespass, identity theft alleged: Benjamin Jenkins, 23, of McKees Rocks, was charged Wednesday by California police with criminal trespass and identity theft for alleged using another person’s identity to rent an apartment from Best University Properties. Police said they found Jenkins on the property on Second Street after getting a call from the property owner. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Joshua Kanalis.

Disorderly charge: Aaron B. Remakus, 23, of Swoyersville, Luzerne County, was charged early Sunday with disorderly conduct after he reportedly became abusive and disorderly toward California police while they were at AKL fraternity house, 500 Wood St., for another incident. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Joshua Kanalis.


Two injured: Two people were injured Saturday night in a two-vehicle crash at Greenside Avenue and East College Street. Canonsburg police said Riley Leisman, 17, of 1003 Highland Drive, Canonsbrug, stopped at a stop sign on East College but failed to see a vehicle driven by Kevin C. Olinger, 55, of 14 E. Pitt St., Canonsburg, traveling on Greenside and pulled into his path. Both drivers were taken by private vehicle to Canonsburg Hospital for treatment.


Two charged in assault: Linda Sue Keener, 53, and Richard H. Keener III, 39, both of 533 Berthel Ave., Canton, were arrested Sunday night by state police on charges of simple assault and harassment after they allegedly assaulted one another during a confrontation at their home. The two were arraigned before District Judge Mark Wilson and placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bonds.


Disorderly, marijuana charges: Scott C. Jordan, 28, of Higganum, Conn., was arrested by Cecil police early Sunday on charges of disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia and obstruction of justice after he allegedly created a disturbance in a fourth-floor room at Hilton Garden Inn, 1000 Corporate Drive. When police went to his room after being called by hotel staff, he reportedly tried to shut the door on an officer. He was arraigned before District Judge Mark Wilson and placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.


Assault, disorderly charges: Cindy H. Jay, 39, of 215 Second St., Clarksville, was arrested Friday on a warrant obtained by Charleroi Regional police after she allegedly assaulted Kathleen Savasta May 9 at an apartment at 514 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. Savasta was taken to Monongahela Valley Hospital after she was reportedly hit in the head with a plate by Jay. Jay was arraigned before District Judge Mark Wilson on charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. She was placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.

Retail theft charge: Megan D. Stewart. 20, of 210 Second St., Elco, was arrested Friday on a warrant on a charge of retail theft filed by Charleroi Regional police. She is accused of stealing two items April 23 from Rite Aid, 101 Fifth St. She was arraigned before District Judge Mark Wilson and placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.


Lawn furniture stolen: Bridget Mick of 100 Johnston St., McDonald, told McDonald police early Saturday that lawn and porch furniture were stolen from her residence. Items included plastic chairs and white stands with glass tops.

Paraphernalia charge: Breanna Leigh Campbell, 27, of 256 Sygan Road, McDonald, was charged by McDonald police with possession of drug paraphernalia after she allegedly was found unconscious in a car Friday on West Lincoln Avenue following an apparent heroin overdose. Police said they found her with four empty stamp bags of suspected heroin. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of Senior District Judge Jay Dutton.

Items stolen: Marie E. Guerra of 103 W. Lincoln Ave. told McDonald police that several items were stolen from a gym bag at her home.


Harassment: Susan Knowlson was cited for harassment after she allegedly head-butted Jeffrey S. McClay Tuesday at 12 Covered Bridge Road, state police said. Additional information was not provided.

Harassment: Michael Johnson, 28, of Prosperity, was cited for harassment after he allegedly dragged Sara Eddy, 22, of Prosperity, up a flight of stairs by her hair during an argument June 8, state police said.


Two seriously injured: Two people were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash just before 10 a.m. Friday on Route 19 at DeMar Boulevard. North Strabane police said a pickup truck driven by David Budinsky, 37, of Morgantown, W.Va., was driving north on Route 19 when he reportedly failed to stop for a red light and struck a van driven by Kathleen Kelly, 60, of 114 Hemlock Drive, McMurray, as she pulled from a shopping center to turn right on Route 19 southbound. Budinsky was flown to UPMC-Presbyterian hospital. His 8-year-old son, who was not injured, was flown with his father because no one was able to care for him. Kelly was flown to UPMC-Mercy hospital for treatment of head injuries. Her 16-year-old daughter, who was not injured, told police they had the green light. Budinsky was cited for going through a red light.

Probation violation: David E. Mollner, 23, of 1206 Pioneer Trail, was taken into custody early Sunday by North Strabane police on an alleged probation violation after they were called to his home. Mollner was placed in Washington County jail on the probation charge. He also was cited for furnishing alcohol to minors.

Burglary attempt: Wendy Janusey of 479 Springdale Road told North Strabane police Friday that an attempt was made to enter a detached garage at her home. She told police a tarp was moved and a door damaged.

Scrap stolen: Scrap metal was reported stolen Friday from Ametek, Route 519, North Strabane police said.


Theft: On June 13, a man reported he had parked his vehicle on Pelipetz Drive, off Arrowhead Trail, at 7:45 a.m. When he returned at 9:50 a.m., he discovered his passenger-side front window was broken and a wallet and sunglasses were missing from the center console. Damage was estimated at $150. The wallet contained $400 cash, and the sunglasses are valued at $250. The wallet contained credit cards that were used at various locations – twice in Finleyville and once in West Mifflin. The investigation continues.

Possession charges: At 1:48 a.m. June 13, an officer observed an occupant of a pickup truck looking through trash at Sienna Trail and Bower Hill Road. When the officer stopped the vehicle on Venetia Road, he said the occupants were nervous and making suspicious movements. While the officer was questioning the occupants, he said he noticed what looked to be a marijuana cigarette on the driver’s side floorboard. One of the passengers reportedly admitted to possessing a small amount of marijuana. Police said charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia will be filed against a 17-year-old boy from Clairton.

Theft by deception: An employee of the Subway/Dairy Queen at 1017 Waterdam Plaza Drive was victimized by a quick-change artist June 15. The store lost about $50 in the exchange.


Club cited: The operators of SNPJ Eighty-Niners Club, 1305 Grant St., Smith, were cited Friday by the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement for allegedly selling alcoholic beverages to nonmembers on Dec. 16 and Jan. 16. The club also was cited for possessing gambling devices or allowing gambling on March 19.


Fugitive from justice: Jonathan A. Price, 24, of 332 Sprowls Ave., Houston, was arrested Sunday by Washington police as a fugitive from justice after it was determined he is wanted in the state of California for failure to appear. He was a passenger in a disabled vehicle in the 600 block of West Chestnut Street. He was arraigned before District Judge Mark Wilson and placed in Washington County jail without bond, pending extradition.

Disorderly conduct charge: Sean Miller, 24, of 1719 Jefferson Avenue, Washington, was charged by city police with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct for allegedly breaking a window at Krency’s Bakery on Jefferson Avenue and yelling obscenities at a woman in the McDonald’s parking lot April 5. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Teens cited for underage drinking: Two 17-year-old boys were cited by city police with underage drinking for allegedly being intoxicated while driving through Third Street and Shirls Avenue about 1 a.m. Saturday. Police said the boys admitted to drinking two beers each, and the driver ran through a stop sign. The driver also was cited for other traffic violations. Both were driven home by police.

Pills stolen: Margaret Grothe of the 100 block of North College Street told city police prescription pills were stolen from her apartment between Wednesday and Friday. She said similar incidents have happened in the past.

Car stolen: Jarrod Mitchell told city police his car was stolen from the lot behind Mayrz Inn on South Main Street Saturday night. He told police a friend had used his car earlier in the day, and he left the keys inside the vehicle.



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