Washington Co. & Mon Valley Police Beat


Theft: An unkown suspect removed the tailgate from a vehicle that was parked at the Jessop Place Park and Ride in Canton Township sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Friday.


Criminal mischief: Scott M. Brady, 28, of 1224 Church Ave., McKees Rocks, was charged by North Franklin Township police with unauthorized use of a vehicle, harassment, criminal mischief, accident involving damage and two traffic summary offenses following an incident Friday night on North Franklin Drive. Police said Brady and his girlfriend Haley Jenkins were arguing before he allegedly slashed her tire, intentionally backed into her vehicle and left the scene. Police later stopped Brady for a traffic violation, during which he was driving Jenkins’ car without permission.


Firearm violation: Geordan Lee Warren, 22, of 200 17th St., Arnold, was charged by North Strabane Township police with illegal possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property, firearms not to be carried without a license, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop early Saturday morning at Boone Avenue and Latimer Avenue. Police said while searching the vehicle for marijuana, they found a handgun under the front seats. Warren, the passenger, told police it was his and admitted to not having a concealed carry permit. Police discovered the gun was loaded and stolen from Fayette County and Warren is prohibited from owning a gun because of a previous felony conviction.


Retail theft: Amanda Molinaro, 34, of 990 Broad St., Washington, was charged by Peters Township police with felony retail theft after she allegedly stole $760 worth of cigarettes from a BP Oil gas station Jan. 6. Police said Molinaro was seen on a surveillance camera taking cigarettes from a box on the floor of the store. Police said Molinaro has prior retail theft offenses.


Harassment: Johnnie Jay Jones Jr., 27, of 291 Chapel Hill Road, Claysville, was charged by state police with harassment for allegedly yelling at his mother, throwing her phone and shoving her at 11 a.m. Friday at a residence in the 800 block of Rocky Run Road. Police said they are still searching for Jones, who is also wanted on a warrant for simple assault.

Greene Co. Police Beat


School bus crash: A Southeastern Greene school bus carrying 21 students was struck by a car Wednesday morning in Dunkard Township, state police said. A car driven by Steven W. Schoppert, 17, of Maidsville, W.Va., crashed into the rear bumper of the bus on Bobtown Road at Holbert Stretch about 7:35 a.m., police said. Schoppert was uninjured in the crash, along with 20 students on the bus. However, one student complained of shoulder pain and was checked by the school nurse, police said.


Rock strikes another vehicle on I-79: For the second time in as many nights, an object was thrown from an overpass on Interstate 79 near the Ruff Creek exit and struck a vehicle. State police said rocks were thrown from the overpass near the 18-mile marker about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday and hit the truck driven by Antonio R. Aguilar of Weston, W.Va. Police said Aguilar’s truck was damaged, but did not indicate if he was injured. Less than 24 hours earlier, someone threw a rock from an overpass in that area, striking the vehicle driven Adam Harlow of Morgantown, W.Va., who suffered a broken right arm. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at the Waynesburg barracks at 724-627-6151.


Theft: George Palliden Lewis, 44, of 362 Ullery Road, Carmichaels, was charged by the state Attorney General’s office with access device fraud and two counts of theft for an incident that happened between April and May last year. Investigators said Lewis, who was fired from SecTek Security in February 2016, allegedly used the company’s gas card several times in April and May, after he was fired. Investigators said he used it 14 times in Waynesburg, Carmichaels and Donegal that totaled $424 in charges. Lewis told investigators his supervisor gave him permission to use the card as restitution for lost wages and for using his personal vehicle for company work, but the supervisor denied ever giving Lewis permission.