Week of April 16

Published Apr 14, 2014 at 3:43 pm (Updated May 16, 2014 at 2:06 pm)


Keys missing: Alan Zombeck, 99 Beech St., Muse, reported at 4:10 p.m. April 13, that the keys he left in a vehicle three weeks ago behind his house were missing, township police said.

Purse stolen: Fawne Nichols told police she left her purse on the front seat of her vehicle while it was parked behind the Iceoplex, 114 Southpointe Boulevard. Nichols of Belgium Hill Road, Cecil, told police she left the purse ion the front seat of the vehicle at about 4 p.m. April 13, and when she returned at 10 p.m., the driver’s side rear window was broken and the purse was missing.

Assault charge: Dawn Byrd, 45, of 54 Stonecrest Lane, Cecil, was charged with assaulting her son with a knife in her home, township police said. The incident occurred at 7:30 a.m. April 8. Byrd was arraigned before Senior District Judge Jay Dutton, released on $2,500 unsecured bond and ordered to restrain from violence against her son, police said.

Bench warrant: Jeremiah Atkison, 23, of 282 Muse Bishop Road, was picked up on a bench warrant at 11:30 p.m. April 8 in his home, and was taken directly to the Washington County Jail, township police said. Police did not say why the bench warrant was issued. Peters Township police assisted.


Harassment: Jesse Knochel, 24, of 160 Marion Drive, McMurray, will receive a citation for harassment following an argument with his girlfriend at 11:10 p.m. April 8, in his home, township police said. The girlfriend, whose name was not released, told police Knochel was intoxicated when the argument began and that he pushed her against the wall.

Retail theft: Frank Depasquale was charged with retail theft after he stole 15 to 20 Bare Minerals make-up products from the Giant Eagle, 4007 Washington Road, township police said. The theft was reported at 3:49 p.m. April 9. Depasquale, 34, of 1809 Nopah Ave., Pittsburgh, was seen leaving the store with the items and getting into a car. Store personnel took down the license plate and description, police said, and the vehicle was stopped by Mt. Lebanon police. Depasquale, a passenger in the car, fled on foot but was soon apprehended by Mt. Lebanon police. He admitted to taking the make-up, valued at $532, and Mt. Lebanon police found 19 containers of the make-up in the car, police said. Depasquale was arraigned before District Judge James Ellis on a charge of a third or subsequent retail theft, and was placed in the Washington County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Held for trial: Patrick Michael Clark, 21, of 375 Locust Ave., Washington, was ordered held for court by District Judge Ethan Ward during a hearing April 9, on charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault, indecent exposure and inappropriate communication with a minor. Clark is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old Peters Township girl. He remains in the Washington County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Theft: Once the investigation is complete, police expect to file theft charges against a man who was a client of Mancan staffing, 1039 Waterdam Plaza Road, who signed his boss’s name in order to be paid $1,239, even though the man, whose name was not released until charges are filed, was not working at the job, township police said. The incidents occurred between October and November, police said.

Purses stolen: Township police are searching for three people involved in a retail theft at 1:20 p.m. April 12, at T.J. Maxx, 3945 Washington Road, when several black purses, total value of $687, were stolen. A security officer in the store noticed a man concealing the purses in a black duffle bag while a woman stood as a lookout, police said. The couple left the store with the security officer following. The security officer and the man with the bag began to scuffle before the man and the woman fled to a red vehicle with a Pennsylvania licence plate, police said. A third person was driving. The man is described as black, heavyset and wearing blue jeans, a gray shirt and a ball cap. The woman is black, tall and with a thin build. She was wearing white and black plants and a white shirt, police said. The driver was black. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 724-942-5030.

Drug charges: A police officer who was stopped at the CoGo’s, 801 E. McMurray Road, at 8:59 p.,m. April 13, noticed a juvenile walk from a white pickup truck at the gasoline pumps, holding a bathroom key, township police said. The young man then went back to the truck and that’s when the officer noticed an open beer bottle on the console, police said, The young man moved the beer to the back seat. When approached, the young man denied any beer and that’s when three occupants left the truck and fled on foot, police said. Police found a six-pack on the rear seat. Police said the young man was known to them and the police canine was called from Cecil Township , police said. The dog hit on the back seat, where officers found a mason jar filled with suspected marijuana, a scale and plastic bags, police said. Juvenile allegation will be filed against the young man of possession with the intent to deliver, intent to use paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia and underage drinking. Police are attempting to identify the three occupants who fled.

Man charged: Nicholas Coletti, 19, will be charged with criminal mischief and possession of a small amount of marijuana after he and another 19-year-old from McDonald were found on Arrowhead Trail at 2:51 p.m, April 13, with a can of blue spray paint near a bridge where a blue circle had been spray painted, township police said. The other man was not charged. Coletti, of Hycroft Drive, Upper St. Clair, was found with a small amount of marijuana and a purple smoking pipe, police said.


Break-ins: At least three or four unlocked vehicles parked on Grant Circle, and Canongate and North Battery drives, were entered and cash and credit cards were stolen, township police said. Police are in the early stages of the investigation and there may be more break-ins. The incidents occurred overnight April 9 and were reported at 10 a.m. April 10.

Burglary: Matthew Zusinas, 18, of Oakdale, was charged with burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespass, after he burglarized a house on the township portion of Seminary Avenue, township police said. Once inside the house, Zusinas is accused of placing old magazines in a box, and stealing copper and an air conditioner, police said. He was taken by the constables for arraignment in Allegheny County and was placed in the county jail, police said. The burglary was reported at 8 p.m. April 8.

Burglary: A resident of Spring House Place told police when he returned home he discovered the house was entered and a television and two rings were stolen, township police said. The burglary was reported at 1 p.m. April 11. The stolen items are valued at $2,300.

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