community newspolice beat - week of sept. 17


Car break-in: A car parked at Pebble Creek Apartments was entered Sept. 5, and items were stolen, police said.

Three arrested: Police picked up three people Sept. 11 and all were charged with theft following retail thefts at Walgreens Pharmacy, 4900 Library Road, police said. Picked up were Edward Ewing, 31, of Pittsburgh, Monique Hemmo, 29, of Bartley Road, Upper St. Clair, and Eric DePalma, 30, Roland Road, Pittsburgh. All were arraigned before District Judge Ron Arnoni. Some of the items stolen were razors and Rogaine, police said.

Woman charged: A municipal detective noticed suspicious items being pawned that resulted in the arrest of Jessica Lee Verner, 19, of Castle Shannon, on Sept. 11, police said. Verner was charged with stealing jewelry from her mother, police said.


Drug arrest: James Lawrence Harper, 21, of 519 Blaine Ave., Canonsburg, was arrested Sept. 3 after he allegedly sold 10 stamp bags of heroin to a confidential informant. The informant reportedly called Harper and made arrangements to meet in a parking lot of a business on Adams Avenue. Harper was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller on charges of possession and possession with the intent to deliver heroin. He was placed in Washington County Jail on $25,000.

Woman conned: Sally Jenkins of 135 W. College St., Canonsburg, told police she was conned out of $1,000 by a woman who contacted Jenkins’ son regarding the sale of his BMX bicycle. The woman agreed to pay the $450 asking price and also included in her check an additional $1,000 for “shipping,” with Jenkins to return the excess funds in the form of prepaid debit cards. After the check was deposited and the cards sent to the alleged buyer, Jenkins learned the check was a fraud, police said.

One injured: Larry Silvestros, 57, of Hillcrest Drive, Canonsburg, was injured Sept. 3 when his vehicle and a vehicle driven by Mark Vulkotich, also of Hillcrest Drive, collided on Adams Avenue, Canonsburg, police said. Silvestros was taken to Canonsburg General Hospital and was transferred to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment.

Door, monitor broken: Anthony Concilio of 520 Moore Ave., told police Aug. 29 his rear sliding-glass door and computer monitor were broken with what appeared to be a piece of rebar, police said. Burglary attempt: An attempt was made Sept. 6 to break into Hidden Treasures, 48 W. Pike St., police said. The rear door was kicked in and a lock punched out, but there appeared to be no entry to the business.

Motorcyclist injured: Manuel G. Pihakis, 24, of Canonsburg, was injured when he crashed his motorcycle on Interstate 79 month near the Canonsburg exit at about 6:45 p.m. Sept. 8, state police said. Police said he was driving in the left lane at an extreme high speed trying to pass vehicles on the berm in an unsafe manner when he crashed his motorcycle. Both he and the bike landed in the median. He was taken to Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh for treatment. Police said he will be charged with reckless driving.

Chain saw stolen: A Stihl chain saw along with a bar for the saw were reported stolen Sept. 10 from a maintenance truck at Oak Spring Cemetery, 238 Oak Spring Road, police said.


Drug violations: Ronald Lucas, 50, Pierce Lucas, 21, and Michael Lucas, 18, all of 910 Sleepy Hollow Road, were charged with drug violations at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 5 on Sleepy Hollow Road, police said.

Man charged: Jamie Romesburg, 27, of 123 Magazine St., Carnegie, was charged with drug violations following an incident at 11:20 p.m. Sept. 9 on Mt. Lebanon Boulevard, police said.

Trespass: Roman Bazhutin, 30, of 3735 Myrtle Ave., Castle Shannon, was charged with trespass and disorderly conduct at 7:15 a.m. Sept. 11, for an incident on Myrtle Avenue, police said.

Criminal mischief: A window was broken at the rear of a business on Willow Avenue, police said. The damage was reported at 5:40 p.m. Sept. 8.

Fraud: A report of what police called an attempted grandparent scam by phone was received from Glenn Shannon Drive at 11:15 p.m. Sept. 9, police said.


Marijuana charges: Nikulaus S. Spanneth, 25, of Molalaia, Ore., and Rikki S. Champeau, 24, of Imperial, face charges of possession of marijuana stemming from a traffic stop on Interstate 79 north in Cecil at about 9 p.m. Sept. 8, state police said. The vehicle was stopped for speeding and the trooper could smell marijuana after approaching the vehicle. The driver will be charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Police confiscated the suspected marijuana. Charges will be sent by summons from the office of Senior District Judge Jay Dutton.


Hit and run: A vehicle parked in a parking lot on Washington Road was stuck by another vehicle whose driver then fled, police said. The damage was reported at 7:06 p.m. Sept. 9.

Patrick Marshall, 24, of 259 Beverly Road, was charged with simple assault following an incident on Beverly Road at 10:40 p.m. Sept. 5, police said.

Lindsay Sutton, 32, of 280 Jonquil Place, Mt. Lebanon, was charged with harassment by communication for an incident on Mt. Lebanon Boulevard at 4:46 p.m. Sept. 8, police said.

A wall in the municipal park on Alfred Street was damaged before 12:45 p.m. Sept. 4, police said.

Personal information was used to open accounts from a resident on Shady Drive West, police said. The fraud was reported at 4:16 p.m. Sept. 4.

Fraud: A signature was forged on insurance documents on Firwood Drive, police said. The incident was reported at 10:05 a.m. Sept. 3.

Unauthorized charges: Unauthorized charges were made to a credit card account before 1:45 p.m. Sept. 4, police said.

Threatening items: A package and threatening letter were received in the mail sent to an address on Washington Road, police said. The incident was reported at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 4.

Thefts: A lawn ornament was taken from the front yard of a residence on Park Entrance Drive before 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2; money was stolen from a wallet at an address on Castle Shannon Boulevard before 11 a.m. Sept. 3; items were taken from a vehicle parked in the drive of a house on Old Farm Road before 2:05 p.m. Sept. 4; firewood was stolen from a back yard of a residence on Lindendale Drive before 12:30 p.m. Sept. 8; and items were stolen from a residence on Mohican Drive before 9 a.m. Sept. 4, police said.


Valley Brook Beer Distributor, 110 W. McMurray Road, was cited Sept. 10 by the state Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement for allegedly selling alcohol to a 19-year-old July 28.

Theft: Two air compressors and one generator, no valued listed, were stolen from a garage between Sept. 10 and when the theft was reported at 4:41 p.m. Sept. 11, township police said. The garage is in the 600 block of Bower Hill Road. There are no signs of forced entry, police said.

Charles W. Moehring, 25, of 758 Route 519, Eighty Four, will be changed with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after police found him in his vehicle in the parking lot of 4043 Washington Road at 10:49 p.m. Sept. 14, township police said. An officer was conducting a building check in the McDowell Shoppes and noticed a car with its lights on and the engine running with Moehring inside. Found inside the vehicle were a small amount of marijuana in the console and a small glass smoking pipe on the floor, police said. The charges will be sent by summons.

A man was able to scam an employee of Get Go, 2840 Washington Road, out of $20 when he told the employee he did not receive the correct change from a $50 bill for a $6 purchase of lottery tickets at 11:35 p.m. Sept. 12, township police said. The man was driving a white sport-utility vehicle.


Drug charge: Christopher Garrett, 31, of 122 Clara St., Pittsburgh, was charged by summons for possession of drug paraphernalia after a glass pipe was found during a traffic stop at 5:32 p.m. Sept. 2, township police said. His vehicle was impounded for a suspended registration and suspended driver’s license.

Assault: Janelle Renee Baker, 46, of 210 Sixth Ave., Carnegie, was charged with assault and harassment after police said Barb McKenna reported that Baker assaulted her at 426 Hill St., at 11:40 a.m. Sept. 3.

Andrew Daniel Beuter, 34, of 1586 Spreading Oak Drive, Pittsburgh, was charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and with a drug violation at 1:58 p.m. Sept. 3, township police said. He was stopped in a Spreading Oak Drive driveway and failed sobriety tests, police said. Drug paraphernalia was found in his car and he was taken to St. Clair Hospital for a blood test, police said.

Theft/fraud: A township resident told police her debit card was compromised and more than $800 was stolen from her account, police said. The report was made at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 3, and occurred between 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 1.

A resident said an Amazon credit card was opened in her name with about $800 charged, police said. The report was made at 9:17 a.m. Sept. 4 and occurred between 2 p.m. and midnight Sept. 4.

: A personal cell telephone was stolen from an employee at Radio Shack in Raceway Plaza, police said. The theft was reported at 7 p.m. Sept. 5.

Theft: An Acer Tablet, no value given, was stolen, police said. The incident was reported at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 7 and occurred between midnight and 9:25 a.m. Sept. 7. No address was listed.


A township resident notified police that his Kohl’s credit card was used without permission to purchase more than $500 in items that were shipped to San Jose, Calif., township police said. The incident was reported at 11:20 a.m. Sept. 5.

Drug arrest: Christopher Daughterty, 28, of Upper St. Clair, was charged with possession of a controlled substance after he was found passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle in the middle of Fort Couch Road near Washington Road at 12:12 a.m. Sept. 8, township police said. Officers found heroin, marijuana and marijuana wax in his vehicle.