: Police beat July 4

July 3, 2014


Drunkenness, disorderly charges: Terrence Allen Johnson, 25, of 535 Chartiers Ave., Canonsburg, was charged by McDonald police with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct after he allegedly was found early Tuesday unconscious and hanging out of a vehicle in the 1400 block of Main Street in Burgettstown. He was taken to Weirton (W.Va.) Medical Center for treatment. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.


Woman charged: Amanda Lee Toia, 22, of Charleroi was charged with child endangerment Thursday after California police received a report she overdosed on heroin June 15 while watching her 18-month-old son at a home at 12 Dominic Drive, Long Branch. Toia is in Washington County jail on unrelated charges.


Assault, resisting arrest charges: Jayson Ryan Hobbs, 36, of 129 Bridle Trail, Venetia, was charged Tuesday by Hanover police with two counts each of simple assault and harassment and one count each of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness stemming from a June 28 incident at First Niagara Pavillion. He is accused of knocking two township police officers to the ground as they tried to take him into custody. The officers were treated at the scene. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.


Theft, trespass charges: David C. Griffith Jr., 30, of 8 Berry Road, Burgettstown, was charged Tuesday by state police with theft and criminal trespass for allegedly stealing a 2007 Honda all-terrain vehicle owned by Jeff Jones of Chartiers Township from property on Strope Road, Jefferson, in late April. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.


Teen assaulted: A 15-year-old McDonald boy told McDonald police Monday that he was hit in the face with a basketball as he played along Grant Street. An 11-year-old McDonald boy will be charged with disorderly conduct.

Teen sickened: A 15-year-old McDonald boy was taken to Canonsburg Hospital Tuesday when he apparently became ill after smoking K2 synthetic marijuana with other teens on Coal Street, McDonald police said. Washington County juvenile probation was notified because the boy is on probation.


Money stolen: Tracy Levith, 39, of 109 Church St., Washington, was charged Thursday by North Franklin police with two counts of theft by deception after she allegedly stole money from Washington Area Credit Union by making false deposits at automated teller machines and then withdrawing money. Police said she made 22 false deposits totalling $11,759 between April 17 and June 15. Police said she would put an empty envelope in the machine. The amount indicated would be applied to her account and then she would withdraw that amount in cash. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Harassment charge: Robert J. Sparks, 23, of 167 Bellvue Ave., North Franklin, was charged with harassment by township police after he allegedly punched Gabriella Crispin, 21, of Washington, in the face Monday. Sparks told police Crispin was injured when she fell down the steps after they visited a bar. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Disorderly charge: Tracy L. Wise, 42, of 468 N. Main St., Washington, was charged with disorderly conduct by North Franklin police after he spent about 45 minutes approaching customers at the BP station, 1360 W. Chestnut St., and asked them for money Friday.

Jacks stolen: Two hydraulic lift jacks were reported stolen Saturday from a pickup truck at Gabby Market, 1495 Park Ave., North Franklin police said.


Store burglary: Numerous telephones were stolen from the AT&T store, 4120 Washington Road, before 4:34 a.m. Thursday, township police said. A witness saw three men leaving the scene in a van, police said. Officers found a front glass door smashed and a rock nearby and upon entering noticed racks missing several phones. Drawers behind the counter were opened, but it is unknown if anything was stolen, police said.


Illegal dumping: A Robinson man called McDonald police Sunday to report tires were illegally dumped in Raccoon Creek. The resident gave police a description of a blue Chevrolet pickup truck and provided police with a license plate number.


DUI, underage drinking charges: Eric M. Hutchinson, 19, of 12 Grant St., Bulger, was charged Tuesday by Smith police with driving under the influence of alcohol, underage drinking, leaving the scene of a crash and traffic violations stemming from a June 8 accident in the 700 block of Phillis Road. Police found a vehicle crashed into a tree, two beer cans on the ground, two cans in the car and a cellphone. They said they found Hutchinson at home, and that his blood-alcohol content was more than eight times the 0.02 percent limit presumed for intoxication for anyone younger than 21. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Gary Havelka

Welfare fraud: Stacey Allen, 35, of Ellsworth, was charged by the state Office of Inspector General with welfare fraud for allegedly getting $2,194 in food stamps improperly in 2011 and 2012. She is accused of failing to report wages received by her husband while she was residing in Smith. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.


Three-car crash: A Wheeling, W.Va., man suffered moderate injuries when his car crossed into oncoming traffic along Route 221 in South Franklin and crashed into two other vehicles Thursday morning, state police said. Wayne Knollinger Jr., 46, was driving north when he crashed into two southbound vehicles near Vaneal Road about 7:30 a.m., police said. Knollinger was taken by ambulance to Wheeling Hospital for treatment, police said. Joseph Shape, 55, and Jeffrey Bezusko, 25, both of Claysville, in the second car, and Gregory Hickman, 30, of Claysville, in the third car were not injured.


Disorderly conduct charge: Nathan Myers, 31, of 590 Fayette St., Washington was cited for disorderly conduct after city police said he was causing a disturbance during a loud party at his home shortly after midnight Thursday.



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