: Police beat Aug. 7

August 6, 2014


Internet fraud: Madeline Johnson of Markwood Drive reported Tuesday she was the victim of fraud after she sent three prepaid cards for the purchase of an English bulldog she located through a website, township police said. Johnson said the man she contacted had a thick foreign accent. After she sent the prepaid cards, he reportedly informed her he needed an additional $1,500 to cover insurance to transport the dog from Minnesota, police said.


Fugitive apprehended: Shawn L. Patterson, 30, who has addresses in Monessen and Layton, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of fleeing and eluding police, flight to avoid prosecution, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and reckless driving in a case filed by Charleroi Regional police, court records state. Police accuse him of fleeing at speeds greater than 100 mph after a patrolman attempted to pull over his vehicle about 12:40 a.m. June 18 at the Interstate 70 east ramp from Speers. Patterson was expected to be returned to Washington County jail without bond set by District Judge Larry Hopkins from Westmoreland County jail, where he was detained Wednesday on drug charges.

Man jailed: Joseph S. Gallagher, 21, of 101 Vernon Drive, Belle Vernon, is charged by Charleroi Regional police with trespassing, accused of entering 202 McKean Ave. without permission about 6 p.m. July 6, court records show. He is in Washington County jail on $10,000 bond set Wednesday by District Judge Larry Hopkins.


Teen charged: A 17-year-old Clarksville boy will be charged by state police in a juvenile allegation with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia after he was found Tuesday in a vehicle smoking marijuana. The vehicle was parked on Bridge Avenue, East Bethlehem.


Cash stolen: A 63-year-old man told state police Monday $430 was stolen from his unlocked vehicle parked in his unlocked garage on Old Trails Road, Hopewell.


Assault, obstruction charges: Frank Emerick, 48, of 12 Shady Lane, Westland, was arrested Tuesday night by Mt. Pleasant police after he allegedly struck an officer in the shoulder during a call at his home. Police were called for a report of an overdose. Police said Emerick apparently was drinking and taking prescription medication. The officer reportedly put his hand on Emerick’s back to ask him if he was OK. Emerick allegedly told the officer to remove his hand. When the officer did, Emerick struck his shoulder, police said. Emerick was arraigned before District Judge Robert Redlinger on charges of disorderly conduct, aggrvated assault and obstructing administration of law. He was placed in Washington County jail on a $10,000 percentage bond.


Drug arrest: Anthony J. Pieczynski, 21, of 163 First Ave., New Eagle, is charged by Monongahela police with manufacturing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records state. Police said they found 10 marijuana plants in his basement after serving a search warrant about 9:30 a.m. Monday. He is free on $5,000 bond set by District Judge Mark Wilson.


Two charged: Abigail M. Yarkosky, 18, of 189 Ross Road, North Strabane, and Sean Young, 22, of 996 Route 917, Bentleyville, were charged by North Strabane police with simple assault and harassment stemming from an altercation Tuesday at Yarkosky’s home. He allegedly grabbed her by the throat. She is accused of biting him and stabbing him in the stomach with a key. Both were arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller and released from Washington County jail after posting $5,000 bonds.


Barn fire: Local fire departments responded to a barn fire about 3 p.m. Monday on Ridge Road in Burgettstown. The barn, owned by Steven Guy, was destroyed. A state police fire marshal is investigating the cause. Brandon Kriznik, chief of Slovan Volunteer Fire Department, said it did not appear to be suspicious. There were no injuries.


Drug charges: Jeffrey H. Godfrey II, 31, and Amber N. Sherrod, 33, both of 115 Bradford Drive, Donora, were charged Wednesday by state police with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia stemming from a March 7 traffic stop on Jefferson Avenue. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Theft report: City police said Jill Eden reported at 9 a.m. Tuesday her wallet was stolen from her vehicle when it was broken into overnight outside her Springfield Avenue residence.



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