Police beat Aug. 19

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CALIFORNIA

Theft charge: Lawrence Papini, 19, of 217 Fourth St., California, will be charged by California police with retail theft after he allegedly stole a bottle of cough syrup from Dollar General, Wood Street, Saturday. He also allegedly violated a bond agreement set by District Judge Joshua Kanalis ordering him not to be in the borough because of a pending charge. The new charge will be sent by summons from Kanalis’ office.


Canton

Crash reported: Two drivers face charges stemming from a two-vehicle crash Friday night at Wilmington Avenue and Sheffield Street in Canton Township. State police said Michael Hancher, 33, of Washington, will be charged with careless driving after he turned into the path of a vehicle driven by Lisa Skidmore, 32, of Washington. The two vehicles collided head-on. Police said Skidmore will be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge David Mark.


CENTERVILLE

Drug arrest: James W. Wright, 32, of 17 Fifth St., Vestaburg, is charged by borough police with two counts of drug possession with intent to deliver, court records state. He is accused of selling oxymorphone and oxycodone during controlled buys July 31 and within 48 hours prior to Sunday, when investigators searched his residence. Police said they seized various pills, $120 and two handguns in the search. Wright is in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond set by District Judge Larry Hopkins.


CHARLEROI

Drug arrest: Robert A. Campbell, 35, of 406 Washington Ave., Charleroi, is charged by Charleroi Regional police with drug possession with intent to deliver, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show. Police accused him of having nine stamp bags of heroin and three suboxone doses about 7 p.m. July 30 when an officer approached him at Fallowfield Avenue and Long Alley. He also is charged by Roscoe, Elco, Stockdale and Allenport Regional police with felony retail theft, accused of stealing nearly $60 worth of merchandise July 2 and again July 23 from a Dollar General in Roscoe, court records state. He is in Washington County jail on $50,000 bond set by District Judge Larry Hopkins after being apprehended on warrants Sunday.


Woman jailed: Abby Ray, 24, of 505 Eighth Street, Charleroi, was arrested Friday on a warrant in a harassment case. She is accused of striking Dawn Wells, 49, about 5 p.m. April 24 in the 600 block of Eighth Street, court records stated. District Judge Larry Hopkins placed her in Washington County jail without bond.


EAST BETHLEHEM

Theft, receiving charges: Cody Nethken, 28, of Maidsville, W.Va., was arraigned Monday on three felony counts of theft and receiving stolen property and five misdemeanor counts of theft for allegedly stealing guns and cash from an East Bethlehem home last month. Nethken had been hired by a contractor to work on the home. Police said the investigation is continuing. Nethken was placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond set by District Judge Joshua Kanalis.


McDONALD

DUI, other charges: Joseph John Wagner, 43, of 320 Sixth St., McDonald, will be charged by McDonald police with driving under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance, careless driving and unlawful activities stemming from a traffic stop Saturday on East Lincoln Avenue. Police took him to Canonsburg Hospital, where blood was drawn for chemical testing. The charges will be filed at the office of Senior District Judge Jay Dutton.


Hit-and-run alleged: Jarrett M. Short, 19, of 143 Station St., McDonald, will be charged by McDonald police with careless driving, leaving the scene of a crash and failure to render aid stemming from a hit-and-run crash Saturday night on South McDonald Street. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of Senior District Judge Jay Dutton.


MONONGAHELA

Man jailed: Christopher J. Veres, 29, of 625 Lincoln St., Monongahela, is charged by city police with terroristic threats, simple assault, harassment and reckless endangerment, court records state. Police accused him of threatening to kill his mother and throwing household items, including a metal hammer. in her direction in his residence about 11:15 p.m. Friday. He is in Washington County jail on $35,000 bond set by District Judge Larry Hopkins.


Assault arrest: Martel Damon Mitchell, 19, of 315 Fifth St., Monongahela, was taken into custody Sunday by Monongahela police, two days after he allegedly assaulted a woman. Police spotted Mitchell walking near Chess and Fourth streets about 4 p.m. Police said he had suspected marijuana and paraphernalia when he was taken into custody. He is accused of grabbing the victim by the hair, punching her in the ribs and striking the back of her knees. The alleged victim, who police said is pregnant, was treated at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Mitchell was arraigned before District Judge Larry Hopkins on charges of simple assault, harassment, reckless endangerment and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. He was placed in Washington County jail on $50,000 bond.


Vehicle hits pole: Joseph A. Siciliano, 26, of 16 Gamble St., Finleyville, will be charged by Monongahela police with DUI and careless driving after his vehicle struck a utility pole about 9 p.m. Sunday at Park Avenue and Bertram Street. Police said he was treated at the scene for minor injuries and taken to Monongahela Valley Hospital, where blood was drawn. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Mark Wilson.


Domestic warrant: David Charlton, 39, of 1109 Chess St., Monongahela, was taken into custody Sunday afternoon on a domestic relations bench warrant after he was spotted sitting on his front porch. He was placed in Washington County jail.


NEW EAGLE

Warrant arrest: Shane Aaron Smith, 23, of 342 Center Ave., New Eagle, was taken into custody on an Allegheny County bench warrant early Saturday at his home. Monongahela police found Smith was wanted when they went to his home to assist state police, who were looking for a woman. He was placed in Washington County jail.


NORTH STRABANE

Motorcycle stolen: Dennis Buyan of 303 Cricketwood Court told North Strabane police his blue and white 2002 Suzuki GSR 1000 motorcycle was stolen from under a tarp in his yard Sunday.


Attempted fraud claimed: Thomas Slavicek, 69, of Bethel Park, was charged last week by state police with attempted fraud after he allegedly placed a bet at a poker table at The Meadows Casino earlier this month after improperly looking at his cards. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.


PETERS

Father arrested: David T. Yonek, 48, of 315 E. McMurray Road, is charged by township police with simple assault, harassment and driving under the influence of alcohol, court records state. Police accuse him of choking his son about 10:45 a.m. Saturday and then driving to Meadowbrook Circle. He is free on $25,000 bond set by District Judge Larry Hopkins.


Burglary: Food Tracks, 3351 Washington Road, was entered through a window from the Dairy Queen that shares the same building before 8:46 a.m. Sunday, and an undetermined amount of cash was stolen, township police said.


SOUTH FAYETTE

Criminal mischief: A toilet was removed from a small pavilion in Fairview Park and was smashed, township police said. The incident occurred between Thursday and when it was reported at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. No value was listed.


Flooring stolen: Hardwood flooring, ceramic tile and glue were stolen from two houses under construction in the Berkley Ridge plan before 8 a.m. Saturday, township police said. The flooring is valued at $3,700 and is owned by Rite Rug Flooring Co. of Cranberry.


SOUTH STRABANE

Receiving charge: Sheena Richardson, 31, of Pittsburgh, was arrested early Monday by South Strabane police after officers said they discovered she was driving a Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle that had been reported stolen. Police said they also discovered the plate with the vehicle identification number had been tampered with, as had the inspection sticker. What appeared to be a counterfeit registration card was found in the glovebox, police said. Richardson was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller on charges of receiving stolen property, having forged documents and altering registration. She was placed in Washington County jail on $50,000 bond.


Resisting, disorderly charges: Dylan J. Huseman, 22, of 455 Shirls Ave., Washington, was charged Thursday by South Strabane police with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness stemming from an Aug. 4 incident at the Pancake Inn, 1727 E. Maiden. Police were called for a report of a fight and said Huseman was a passenger in a van that fled the scene. When the van was stopped in Washington, Huseman allegedly kicked and punched a city police officer. When he was placed in the township cruiser, police said he banged his head off the glass divider. Huseman, who was placed that night in Washington County jail on a probation detainer, was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller, who set bond at $5,000. There was no indication whether the driver will be charged.


Theft charge: David Michael Zofchak, 44, of 247 Locust St., Houston, was charged by South Strabane police with retail theft after he allegedly stole items valued at $350 from Lowe’s, Strabane Square, on Wednesday. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.


Two charged: Benjamin T. Sakel, 26, of 1101 Ash St., Marianna, and William R. Robl, 33, of 554 Rural Valley Road, Claysville, were charged by South Strabane police with theft by deception stemming from separate incidents last month at Walmart, Trinity Point. Both are accused of returning items reportedly stolen from the store for gift cards. The charges, filed Monday, will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.


Charged in traffic stop: Harvey W. Ferguson, 58, and William J. Noppe, 28, both of 9 Ziskind Road, Fredericktown, were charged Monday by South Strabane police stemming from a July 31 traffic stop in the 1700 block of East Maiden Street. Noppe is charged with possession of heroin and paraphernalia after police say he was found with stamp bags of suspected heroin. Ferguson will be charged with having altered or forged plates and inspection sticker and not having insurance. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.


Charged in crash: Andrew W. Anderson, 22, of Cherry Street, Coal Center, was charged Monday by South Strabane police with DUI stemming from a two-vehicle accident at Route 19 and Davis School Road on July 31. Police said his blood-alcohol content was almost double the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication. The charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.


UNION

Man jailed: Lyle M. Poziviak, 28, of 1638 Fourth St., Monongahela, is charged by state police with simple assault and harassment, accused of pushing Brittany Taylor and threatening to kill her husband about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, court records state. He is in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond set by District Judge Larry Hopkins.


WASHINGTON

Drug arrest: Mark Manna, 53, of Olivehill, Ky., was charged by city police with possession of a small amount of crack and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs following a traffic stop about 12:30 a.m. Saturday at Hall Avenue and West Walnut Street, court records show. He is free on $25,000 bond set by District Judge Larry Hopkins.


Theft: Chris Gisoni of McKinley Avenue reported to city police a 40-foot ladder was stolen from his backyard Thursday or Friday.


Aggravated assault: Joe Monroe reported to city police three men entered his vehicle while it was parked at Exxon on Ridge Avenue about 4:45 p.m. Friday, and two of the men pointed handguns at him. He said the men exited his vehicle and drove away on Murtland Avenue in a black, four-door Mercedes-Benz. Police said charges are pending.


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