: Police beat Aug. 12

August 11, 2014


Harassment charge: Michael L. Namit, 43, of West Alexander, will be charged by state police with harassment after he allegedly called the cellphone of Christy A. Cunningham of Amwell 62 times over a three-day period. She reported the alleged harassment Friday.


Fire reported: Canonsburg police and firefighters responded about 3 a.m. Saturday to Hutchison Hall, Building C, 295 Hawthorne St. When police arrived, they found heavy smoke and evacuated residents. Occupants of one apartment were cooking with grease and set the top of the stove on fire. They were able to put it out. Firefighters used large fans to clear the smoke. Houston and North Strabane Township firefighters also responded.

Window broken: Susan Moore of 22 W. Pitt St. told Canonsburg police Sunday the front window of her home was broken by vandals.


Criminal mischief: Someone smashed the rear windows of two vehicles shortly after midnight Saturday, police said. One vehicle was on McKee Road and belonged to Lisa Renee Kelley, 36, and the other was on Davis Avenue and belonged to John Bartanus Jr., 48. Anyone with information should call Pennsylvania State Police at 724-223-5200.


Power washer stolen: Brian Vernet of Bentleyville Road, Fallowfield, told state police that his Troy Bilt power washer was stolen from his yard.


Underage drinking: Pennsylvania State Police issued 25 citations Saturday for underage drinking in and around the parking lots at the Toby Keith concert at First Niagara Pavilion, police said. The citations included six issued to juveniles ages 15 to 17.


Phone scam: An 83-year-old McDonald man told McDonald police Wednesday a caller claiming to represent a bank called him, requesting personal information including his Social Security number. He provided the information before realizing it was a scam. He contacted his bank, and his information was changed to prevent fraud, police said.


Teens cited: McDonald police said they cited two 17-year-old girls, four 17-year-old boys and two 18-year-old men for underage drinking and disorderly conduct stemming from an underage drinking party early Saturday at 504 North Ave., Midway. Police said they also found suspected marijuana pipes. A Fort Cherry Ambulance crew treated one of the 17-year-old boys, who apparently was highly intoxicated.


Two injured: Passengers in two vehicles involved in a crash on Washington Road at Lindley Road about 6:30 p.m. Friday were taken to Canonsburg Hospital for treatment, North Strabane police said. A vehicle driven by Gary Rechtenwald, 63, of 66 Eastwood Lane, Washington, was stopped in the northbound lane to make a left turn when he was hit from behind by a pickup truck driven by Marc Giorgi, 34, of 108 Meyers Road, Washington, police said. Marie Giorgi, 32, and Wendy Rechtenwald, 58, were taken to the hospital for treatment.


Vehicles entered: South Strabane police said four vehicles parked in lots at restaurants in Trinity Point or Strabane Square were broken into about 10:30 p.m. Friday night. While taking a report from one of the victims, police heard the sound of breaking glass. A witness reported seeing a white man in light shorts and dark shirt using a baseball bat on one of the vehicles. A silver Chrysler 200 was seen fleeing the area.


Drug charges: Steven Scott Williams, 30, of 271 N. Franklin St., Washington, was arrested Saturday on a warrant stemming from a Feb. 22 traffic stop by state police on Jefferson Avenue at Hall Avenue, Washington. Police said Williams was found with stamp bags of heroin hidden in his buttocks. He was arraigned before District Judge Ethan Ward on charges of possession of heroin and paraphernalia and driving under the influence of a controlled substance and placed in Washington County jail on $35,000 bond. He initially was placed in jail in February on a probation detainer.

Robbery, harassment charges: Gary Coleman, 21, of 107 Gardner Road, Avella, was arrested early Monday by Washington police on charges of robbery and harassment. He is accused of stealing a purse and cellphone owned by his girlfriend, Da’nyk Thomas, during an argument they had in a vehicle near the intersection of Donnan and Hallam avenues. He allegedly pushed her out of the vehicle, then gave her back her purse, but not the phone. He was arraigned before District Judge Ethan Ward and placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.

Receiving charge: Sarah Whitesel, 29, of Lorain, Ohio, was arrested Friday by state police after she was found driving a 1995 Ford Escort that had been reported stolen in Elyria, Ohio. She was stopped on Ewing Street at McCarrell Avenue in Washington. She was arraigned before District Judge Ethan Ward on a charge of receiving stolen property and released on $25,000 unsecured bond.

Harassment charge: James Sye, 58, of 280 Allison Ave., Washington, was cited for harassment after he admited to throwing water at and pushing his girlfirend, Gretchen Vandyke, 53, of the same address, on Sunday, city police said. Sye was cited and released.

Disorderly conduct charge: Florance Gheen, 63, of West Wheeling Street, Washington, was cited for disorderly conduct after police found her sleeping along the 700 block of Jefferson Avenue Sunday, city police said. Gheen created a disturbance after police woke her up. She was cited and released.

Stolen items: James Kosek, of 916 1/2 Addison St., Washington, reported a rim set and a Doodle motorcycle missing Sunday from his storage unit along the 200 block of Burton Avenue, city police said. Kosek said the lock to the unit had been cut. The loss was valued at $525.

Disorderly conduct charges: Robert Abel, 37, and John McClone, 50, both homeless, were cited for disorderly conduct Friday after the men admitted to fighting along the 10th block of West Chestnut Street, city police said. Both were cited and released.


Warrant arrest: Elizabeth Emerson, 26, of Brownsville, was taken into custody on a warrant following a two-vehicle crash on Route 40, West Pike Run, state police said. She also was found with 38 stamp bags of suspected heroin, police said.



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