Washington Co. & Mon Valley Police Beat


Money stolen: The owner of the 7-Eleven, 535 W. Pike St., told Canonsburg police Wednesday a former employee stole $1,366 from the store over a period of several months through January by refunding sales. Police said charges are pending.


Drug charges: Preston Klages, 31, of West Alexander, was charged this week by state police with possession of a small amount of heroin, marijuana and paraphernalia stemming from a Jan. 31 traffic stop at Jessop Place and Weirich Avenue, Canton. The charges were sent by summons from the office of District Judge David Mark.


Burglary, assault arrest: Chad L. Carter, 29, of Crescent Township, was arrested Thursday on a warrant charging him with burglary, simple assault, harassment, criminal mischief and terroristic threats. He is accused of kicking in the door at the home of Jessica Boehm, 59 S. Country Club Road, Meadow Lands, on Saturday. He allegedly hit her in the head, grabbed her by the neck and threatened to kill her. He was arraigned before District Judge David Mark and placed in Washington County jail on $50,000 bond.


Theft charge: Kristin Ann Mikita, 40, of 110 Knox Ave., Monessen, was charged Tuesday with retail theft after she allegedly pushed a shopping cart of stolen items out of Sears, Washington Crown Center. She was stopped in the lot by store security. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.


Unauthorized use arrest: David Campbell, 27, of 347 E. Pike St., Houston, was arrested early Thursday after he was seen driving a car on Dicio Street. The owner had contacted police earlier this week and said no one should be driving it. The rear window and rear brake lens were both broken. Campbell was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis on charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of paraphernalia and several traffic violations. Kanalis set a $2,500 unsecured bond. Campbell remains in Washington County j ail on a bench warrant.

Bus crash: No one was injured Thursday morning when a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old backing out of a driveway struck a Canon-McMillan school bus on Poplar Street. The bus was transporting students to St. Patrick’s School and Central Christian Academy, North Strabane police said. No other information was immediately available.

Trucks crash: No one was injured Wednesday morning when two trucks owned by Hapchuk Inc., 225 Rankin Road, South Strabane, crashed on Route 519 in front of Canon Hill Veterinary Clinic. Police said a truck driven by Travis J. Lohr, 23, of 43 Spud Drive, Scenery Hill, stopped suddenly because a vehicle was making a left turn into the clinic. Nicholas T. Dire, 23, of 469 Springdale Road, Eighty Four, was not able to stop in time and crashed into the back of the other truck. The truck he was driving had to be towed.


Stalking charge: Kristina Lynn Steban, 19, of 220 First Ave., Belle Vernon, waived her charges of stalking, simple assault and harassment to Westmoreland County Court when she appeared for a preliminary hearing Monday before District Judge Charles Christner. Rostraver Township police accuse Steban of following a woman to the 500 block of Beazell Road and attempting to start a fight with the woman about 7 p.m. Dec. 12. Police said the alleged victim complained that Steban called her the following day and threatened to beat her unconscious. Steban is free on unsecured bond, court records show.


Warrant arrest: Joshua Ralston, 22, whose last known address was North Franklin Township, was taken into custody Wednesday night by Washington police on a warrant issued from the office of District Judge Jay Weller on charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and several traffic violations filed by state police stemming from an April 6 crash on Interstate 70 near the Murtland Avenue exit, South Strabane. Ralston was under the influence of cocaine, police said. Ralston allegedly told police at the time of the crash that he was on his way to a methadone clinic. Washington police learned he was wanted on the warrant after getting a complaint about him at the intersection of East Beau and College streets. He was found with suspected heroin in his pocket, city police said. They plan to file drug charges against him. He was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis and placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.

Greene Co. Police Beat


Harassment charge: State police cited Douglas E. Riley, 28, of 601 Mountainview Gardens, Waynesburg, with harassment and public drunkenness after he allegedly hit a man while causing a disruption early Sunday morning at 255 Wayne Road in Franklin Township.


Intimidation charge: Price A. Gipe, 30, of Waynesburg, was charged Tuesday with witness intimidation after Waynesburg police said he asked his ex-wife to lie to investigators about a burglary he is charged with committing in June 2014. Gipe is accused of offering to sign over parental rights of their daughter to his ex-wife if she implicated her brother in the burglary, according to court documents. Gipe allegedly threatened to sign over custody of their daughter to his aunt if she refused, police said. Gipe is awaiting trial on charges he burglarized a house in Waynesburg.