Police beat Aug. 26
Copper leads stolen: Richard S. Mowl Jr. of 254 Mowl Road, Amwell, told state police Friday copper welding leads and an extension cord were stolen from a Quonset hut on his property.
DUI crash: Bryan McCullough, 34, of Amity, will be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after crashing his motorcycle on Ten Mile Road in Amwell about 12:20 a.m. Saturday, state police said. Police said he was going west when he drove into the other lane, and his motorcycle slid and became stuck under a guardrail. His blood-alcohol content was 1 1/2 times the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication, police said. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Ethan Ward.
Theft: John Terry of Washington reported to state police construction materials, including 20-foot chains and a seven-foot loading ramp, were stolen from a utility trailer parked at 4075 Route 40 between 5 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.
Officers assaulted: Bradley Bly, 23, of 805 Sherman St., Monongahela, was arrested early Sunday by California police on charges including two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault and resisting arrest for allegedly assaulting two borough police officers who were attempting to take a woman into custody on a charge of public intoxication. Police said Bly appeared at the arrest scene intoxicated and refused orders to leave. He allegedly hit Officer Alyssa Haines in the arm and knocked Officer Robert Williams to the ground. Bly also was arraigned before District Judge James Ellis on charges of obstructing law enforcement, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He was placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.
Resisting, disorderly charges: Joseph E. Miller, 23, of Rockwood, Somerset County, was arrested early Saturday by California police on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and public drunkenness after police said he was found passed out and lying on the sidewalk in front of a business in the 200 block of Wood Street. He was arraigned before District Judge James Ellis and released on his own recognizance.
Criminal mischief charge: Paula Davis, 45, of California, faces a charge of criminal mischief in connection with an incident Saturday night at California Terrace. Police said Davis allegedly was observed by residents of the complex using a wooden club to break the windshield of a vehicle belonging to Stacey Greenawalt, also of California Terrace.
Drug arrest: Nicole Allen, 20, of 250 California Drive, California, was arrested early Saturday by California police after police said they found her with a controlled substance while responding to another call at the intersection of Wood Street and Route 88. She was arraigned before District Judge James Ellis on charges of manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia, underage drinking and public drunkenness. She was released on her own recognizance.
Former mayor in crash: Former Canonsburg mayor Anthony Colaizzo, 84, of Hawthorne Street, Canonsburg, escaped injury Friday afternoon when his vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by Melissa Beggarly, 45, of Profio Road, McDonald, at the intersection of West College Street and Belmont Avenue. Beggarly was turning from West College onto Belmont when she was struck by Colaizzo’s vehicle, Canonsburg police said. Colaizzo told police he was unable to stop his vehicle at the stop sign. Beggerly was taken to Canonsburg Hospital for treatment.
Home entered: James Hackney of 17 Morgan St. told Canonsburg police Saturday that his home was burglarized. He told police that he saw one man inside the house and believed there was a second person. Nothing was reported stolen.
Huffing charge: Mark F. Zadach, 53, of 228 Valley Road, Canonsburg, will be charged by Canonsburg police with illegal use of a solvent after he allegedly was found inhaling electronics duster inside his vehicle while it was parked in the lot at 23 E. Pike St. Saturday. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge David Mark.
Man assaulted: Charles Lee Anderson, 59, of Washington, told state police he was punched in the face by another man during a confrontation Saturday at 430 Brad Ave. Anderson fell to the ground, hitting his head. Charges are pending against his alleged assailant.
Terroristic threats charge: Richard Straley, 48, of 700 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, was charged by Charleroi police Saturday with making terroristic threats, harassment, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. Police said Straley got into an argument with Tracy Lynn Lewis at the Slovak Club on McKean Avenue about 1:30 a.m. He allegedly pulled out a box cutter and threatened to kill her. He was arraigned by District Judge James Ellis and taken to Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.
Heroin, DUI charges: Lisa Sowko, 45, of Belle Vernon, was arrested Friday by Donora police during a traffic stop at the Donora-Monessen Bridge after they said they found her with 10 stamp bags of suspected heroin. She was arraigned before District Judge James Ellis on charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of paraphernalia and DUI of a controlled substance. She was placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.
Assault, harassment charges: Thomas M. Chinault, 41, of Allison Park, was arrested Sunday by Hanover police on charges of simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He is accused of pushing Michelle Conors, 41, to the ground during a dispute at First Niagara Pavilion. He was arraigned before District Judge James Ellis and placed in Washington County jail on $2,000 bond.
DUI arrest: Andrew T. Varlas, 25, of Wheeling, W.Va., was arrested Sunday by Hanover police on charges of DUI in an accident involving another vehicle stemming from a crash in the parking lot of First Niagara Pavilion. Police said Varlas’ BAC was almost three times the 0.08 percent limit presumed for intoxication. He was arraigned before District Judge James Ellis and released.
Warrant arrest: Steven L. Bartowick III, 43, of 114 Long St., Rices Landing, was arraigned Sunday before District Judge James Ellis on a warrant obtained by state police at the Montoursville station in Lycoming County stemming from an incident in July 2013. He is accused of stealing an I-beam that was to be used in an overpass on a construction project. He was arraigned on charges of theft and receiving stolen property and placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond pending his return to Lycoming.
Underage drinking charge: Shane P. Kelly, 19, of Ulrich Street, Castle Shannon, will be cited for underage drinking and charged as a minor prohibited from operating a motor vehicle, township police said. Kelly was stopped in the 400 block of McClelland Road at 3:36 a.m. Saturday, and police said he told an officer he was drinking before driving the vehicle. A driver under the age of 21 is not permitted to operate a motor vehicle with any alcohol in his system.
Burglary: A township resident reported coming home Saturday to find the front door and a rear basement door were unlocked. Two rings with a total value of $1,000 were missing. An inventory is being taken, police said.
One injured: Edward Molek, 41, of Paxton Farm Road, Washington, complained of head, neck and back pain following a three vehicle accident at 4:13 p.m. Friday on Washington Road, just south of West McMurray Road, township police said. A pickup truck operated by Brett Donas, 18, of Amberwoods Drive, Canonsburg, was unable to stop and struck the rear of Molek’s sport-utility vehicle, which then struck the rear of a sport-utility vehicle driven by Richard Hagerty, 66, of Linn Portal Road, Washington, police said. Hagerty and Donas were not injured. Molek was taken to Canonsburg Hospital for treatment, police said.
Copper stolen: Joseph M. Wernert of 23 Old Monongahela Pike, Somerset, told state police his basement door was forced open Thursday and 3/4-inch copper water pipes were stolen from his home.
Mailbox melted: Patricia Havener of 4041 Dividend Drive, South Franklin Township, told state police Friday vandals used an unknown substance to melt her mailbox.
Flight, theft charges: Brian Lee Fodor Sr., 46, of 217 E. Maiden St., Washington, was arrested Sunday morning by South Strabane police after he allegedly stole items from two shopping carts at Giant Eagle, Strabane Square. When police arrived, they said he was loading items into bags while in a storage yard. They said he fled on foot across Berry Road, into a wooded area, and was caught after he ran back across Berry and was hiding near trash containers behind Target. He was arraigned before District Judge James Ellis on charges of retail theft, flight to avoid prosecution, escape and disorderly conduct. He was placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.
Assault charge: Shawn Michael Carroll, 33, of 21 W. Spruce St., Washington, was arrested Saturday by Washington police after he alleged struck Jessica Chatman during a confrontation at 340 Canton Ave. He also is accused of grabbing her by the hair and trying to pull her over a four-foot fence. He was arraigned before District Judge James Ellis on a charge of simple assault and placed in Washington County jail on $2,500 bond.
Flight charge: Brian Michael Ardeno, 30, of 482 W. Wylie Ave., Canton Township, was arrested Saturday by Washington police on a charge of flight to avoid apprehension after he allegedly fled from a Canton home when police went there to take him into custody on other charges. He later turned himself in to police. He was arraigned before District Judge James Ellis and placed in Washington County jail on $50,000 bond.
Drug charges: Hannah A. Cohen, 24, of 155 Springfied Ave., Washington, is charged in a summons filed Monday by city police with drug possession with intent to deliver and drug possession, court records state. She is accused of having three bags of marijuana and 7 white pills during a traffic stop about 4 p.m. July 6 at Hallam Avenue and Main Street.
Woman struck: Lewis F. Shuman III, 22, of 1362 Henderson Ave., Washington, was cited by city police with harassment, accused of striking Trava Thomas in the mouth about 9:10 p.m. Sunday at 92 Murray Ave., police said.
Shots fired: A neighbor told city police a man fired four shots into the air about 10 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of Maple Avenue before fleeing in a green sport-utility vehicle. Police said they found four .22-caliber shell casings in the area.
Theft report: Bill Megysey of 980 Chartiers Ave., Washington, told city police about 8:45 a.m. Friday copper pipes valued at $3,000 were stripped from his building. A window air conditioning unit had been removed to get inside, police said.