: Police beat July 12

July 11, 2014


Donation box stolen: A donation box for Washington Area Humane Society was reported stolen Thursday from Sarris Candies, Adams Avenue, Canonsburg police said.


Man jailed: Michael A. Smith, 29, of 210 Ninth St., Charleroi, is charged by Charleroi Regional police with theft, loitering and illegal use of credit card, court records state. Police accuse Smith of using a woman’s credit card that was stolen from a parked car about 7:22 a.m. April 29. The card later was used or attempted to be used at three area businesses, police stated in the affidavit. He is in Washington County jail on $75,000 bond set Thursday by District Judge Larry Hopkins.

Theft arrest: Matthew Coulter, 30, of 601 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, is charged in a summons filed Thursday by Charleroi Regional police with theft, receiving stolen property, illegal use of a credit card and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records state. He is accused of using a stolen credit card to make more than $130 in purchases at a local service station about 12:30 a.m. Monday.


Trucker arrested: Bryan Keith Griggs, 46, of Detroit, Mich., was arrested Thursday by North Strabane police on a charge of receiving stolen property after he was caught hauling a trailer that had been reported stolen earlier to Cecil police. Police responded to a call of disabled tractor-trailer on Morganza Road. When the tow truck driver arrived, he told police he had seen the trailer parked earlier near the Southpointe area of Interstate 79. The rig also was inspected by Canonsburg police Officer Scott Bashioum, who is a truck inspector. He found eight safety violations. Griggs was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller on the receiving charge and placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond. The equipment violations will be filed at a later date.


Contractor charged: Neil Stepanovich, 38, of Pittsburgh, was charged this week by South Strabane police with theft by deception, deceptive business practices and home improvement fraud. He is accused of taking money from a township resident for repair work that he never completed. A warrant was obtained for his arrest from the office of District Judge Jay Weller. Stepanovich is currently in Allegheny County jail on other charges.

Theft charge: Julie Ann Bruce, 26, of 424 Pershing Ave., Houston, will be charged by South Strabane police with retail theft after allegedly scanning items at Wal-Mart, Trinity Point, on Tuesday and then failing to pay. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.

Fraud charges: Tracy Magnelli, 49, of 1145 Arch St., Washington, will be charged with access device fraud and identity theft for allegedly using personal information of his late mother to make credit card transactions and acquire a cellphone, South Strabane police said Thursday. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.

Alert issued: South Strabane police are warning residents to be alert of a telephone scam after a 62-year-old resident was conned out of $4,000 Thursday. The woman told police she got a call from a man claiming to represent her grandson. She was told he had been in a crash and needed $4,000 to get out of jail. The alleged victim was directed to get a Green Dot card for $4,000 and given a telephone number where to send the money.


Two injured: Misty Parfitt, and her passenger, Jordan Lancaster, suffered minor injuries when a section of log was thrown through their open vehicle window while they were driving in the 400 block of Maple Avenue before 1 a.m. Friday. City police searched the area but could not locate a suspect.

Names released: The three people injured in a one-vehicle accident on East Maiden Street Thursday were identified Friday by Washington police. Driver Amelia Temple, 53, of Waynesburg, was transported to Washington Hospital; front seat passenger Christina Shaffer, 46, of Waynesburg, was transported to a Pittsburgh hospital; and back seat passenger Timothy Temple, 25, of Waynesburg, was taken to Washington Hospital. Their conditions were not immediately known.



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