: Police beat July 1

June 30, 2014


Home burglaries reported: Canonsburg police are investigating two burglaries in the borough that occurred Sunday afternoon. Police said they received a burglary report at an apartment unit at 220 Hutchinson Ave. in which a television, three video game systems and four video games worth a combined $2,130 were stolen. Police said the burglary occurred between 7:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Several hours later, police said they investigated another burglary a block away at 316 Hawthorne St. in which a television and video game system worth a combined $580 were stolen. The burglar likely entered through an open window between 5 and 9 p.m., police said. In both cases, witnesses saw a white sedan parked near the building.


Women jailed: Brenda Pelzer, 52, of 517 Washington Ave., Charleroi, is charged by Charleroi Regional police with receiving stolen property, accused of selling a stolen air conditioner to a pawn shop about 10:20 a.m. June 25, court records state. Her codefendant, Alysia M. Prosser, 30, of 1133 1/2 Prospect Ave., Charleroi, faces the same charge, as well as theft of the air condition from her apartment owned by James Dillard, court records show. Pelzer is in Washington County jail on $75,000 bond after being arrested on a warrant Friday and arraigned before District Judge Larry Hopkins. Prosser is jailed on $25,000 bond. She has been in custody since June 24 on a probation violation.


Rollover crash: Chartiers Township police said a motorist was uninjured in a rollover crash after he fell asleep while driving Sunday morning. Robert Anderson, 21, of Canonsburg, was driving in the 500 block of West Pike Street when he crashed into a utility pole at 6:21 a.m. and the pickup rolled onto the driver’s side, blocking the eastbound lanes, police said. Anderson was trapped in the vehicle but suffered no injuries, police said. He was taken to Canonsburg Hospital for an evaluation.

Items stolen from car: A satellite radio console and 12-pack of cola were stolen from an unlocked car parked in the 700 block of Regent Street early Sunday morning, Chartiers police said.


Officer assaulted: William L. Creevey, 46, of 263 McKean Ave., Donora, is charged by borough police with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and harassment, court records state. Creevey is accused of striking patrolman Robert Dorcon in the head, breaking his sunglasses, when the officer went to his home about 12:30 p.m. Sunday to investigate a separate assault. The suspect also is charged with striking his father, Alfred Creevey, in the eye. He is in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond set by District Judge Larry Hopkins.


Single-car crash: North Strabane police said they arrested a township man and accused him of driving under the influence following a single-car crash on Route 519 shortly after midnight Saturday. Police said Richard Wheat, 32, of 65 Timber Lane, was driving south in his sport-utility vehicle when he lost control and crashed into a fire hydrant and guardrail in the 1700 block of Route 519. Wheat denied he was driving the vehicle while speaking to investigators, police said. Neither Wheat nor his passenger, Christen Rozick, was injured.


Theft from vehicle: A computer and an iPad mini were stolen from a vehicle parked in the driveway of a house in the 100 block of Windemere Court, township police said. The theft was reported at 10:35 a.m. Friday. The owner told police he believes he forgot to lock the car.

One injured: Lauren Marie Baker, 22, of 7 Stonegate Drive, Wheeling, W.Va., was injured in a one-vehicle accident at 10:57 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Washington and Waterdam roads, township police said. Baker appeared to be confused and was taken to Canonsburg Hospital for treatment, police said. A witness told police Baker was driving north when her vehicle veered and struck a utility police.

Burglary: A contractor and the owner of a house in the 100 block of East Highland Drive called police when both noticed a man run from the house and drive away in a car, township police said. A check of the house found copper pipes were ripped from the hot-water tank in the basement. The water had not been turned off. The burglary and damage were reported at 7:04 p.m. Friday.


Fugitive arrested: Christina M. Prentice-Kruell, 32, of 50 South Hills Terrace, Brownsville, is charged by state police with trespassing and conspiracy, accused as a codefendant in an attempt to steal copper Nov. 16, 2010, from Mine 84, 680 Vanceville Road. She is in Washington County jail on $50,000 bond after being arrested on a fugitive warrant and arraigned Friday by District Judge Larry Hopkins.


Materials stolen: A front door, valued at $660, and a pile of wood, valued at $591, were stolen from a house under construction in the Walnut Ridge plan off Battle Ridge Road, township police said. The theft was reported by the project manager for Ryan Homes Thursday, but the theft was noticed June 6, police said.


Retail theft charge: Levi Cutshall was arrested Sunday afternoon when South Strabane police said he tried to steal a cellphone from Wal-Mart and gave officers a false name. Police said they charged Cutshall, 24, of 62 Victoria St., Washington, with retail theft, false identification to police, trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia after a store employee stopped him. Cutshall was taken to Washington County jail for a probation violation, police said.

Two arrested for drug paraphernalia: State police said they arrested two men shortly after noon Friday when they spotted a reckless driver on Route 19 in South Strabane Township. Police said they stopped the vehicle in a parking lot in the 200 block of Murtland Avenue and found the driver, Jeremy P. Zollars, 33, of Jefferson, under the influence of drugs. Zollars was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. A passenger in the car, Steven J. Grudi, 47, of 3 Oak St., Eighty Four, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said they found syringes and empty heroin stamp bags in the car. Zollars is being held on $25,000 bond, and Grudi’s bond was set at $10,000. Both were arraigned by District Judge Jay Weller and taken to Washington County jail.


Charges filed in fight: Five people face charges following a fight in the street in the 1000 block of Fayette Street about 11 p.m. Wednesday in which one person brandished a gun, Washington police said. Police said they charged William Montgomery, 23, Heather Montgomery, 23, and Amanda Montgomery, 19, all of 785 Fayette St., Washington, and John Montgomery, 45, of 1020 Findlay St., Canton, with disorderly conduct after the fight. Police said they also charged Greg Haywood, 57, of 1030 Fayette St., Washington with disorderly conduct and harassment. Police said Heather Montgomery pulled a handgun from a parked car during the fight and then sat inside the vehicle with William Montgomery until officers arrived. Investigators did not elaborate on what prompted the fight.

Drug charge: Tyrone Staples, 37, of 3144 Jefferson Ave., was charged with possession of crack cocaine after police said they found a knotted plastic bag of crack cocaine in his possession during a traffic stop Friday. The charge was sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Drug charge: Helen Kidwell, 44, of 1035 Fayette St., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacturing marijuana after police said they observed a marijuana plant growing on her back porch June 20. A grinder was found inside the home, police said. The charges were sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Drug charge: Chrystal Ross, 30, of Junction, Ohio, and Michael Robinson, 36, of Follansbee, W.Va., were charged with disorderly conduct after police said they found two syringes in the console of their vehicle during a traffic stop Thursday at Baird Avenue and Buena Vista Street.



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