community newspolice beat - week of march 4


Retail theft: Police assisted Wal-Mart loss prevention officers Feb. 25 with a retail theft suspect. The suspect will be privately prosecuted, police said.

Package taken: A resident at Pebble Creek Apartments said Feb. 25 that a FedEx package was stolen, police said.

Public intoxication: Police arrested Patrick Gregory, 33, no address provided, Feb. 26 on Steding Street for public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.

DUI: Dylan Seyler, 20, no address provided, was arrested for DUI following a one-car accident Feb. 28 in the 5400 block of Library Road, police said.


DUI: Police arrested Travis Mullins, 33, of Greenbrier, Tenn., Jan. 30 on Washington Avenue for DUI, speeding and resisting arrest.

Criminal trespass: Police arrested Frank Smelko, 23, of Belle Vernon, Feb. 19, in the 1000 block of McLaughlin Run Road. Smelko, a former Bridgeville resident, is charged with criminal trespass, police said.

Disorderly conduct: Police arrested Amber King, 33, of Carnegie; Amber Walker-Jones, 21, of Pittsburgh, and Shayla Wadley, 21, of Pittsburgh, Feb. 1 in the 500 block of Dewey Street. All three women are charged with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, police said.

Simple assault: Police arrested Justin Walker, 41, of Bridgeville, Feb. 18 following reports of a domestic disturbance at an apartment building in the 600 block of Washington Avenue. Walker was charged with simple assault.

DUI: Keith Borowski, 43, of Bridgeville, was arrested Feb. 7 for DUI and careless driving following a one-car accident in the 600 block of McLaughlin Run Road.


Drug violations: Police arrested Bradley Mauser, 18, of 775 Riehl Drive, Pittsburgh, for DUI and drug violations Feb. 21 on Willow Avenue. A 16-year-old male minor was also cited for under-age drinking, police said.

DUI: Kelly Klinefelter, 24, of 814 Thompson Ave., McKees Rocks, was arrested Feb. 24 on Castle Shannon Boulevard, for DUI and drug violations, police said.


Theft: Jeremy Fleeher, 21 Sylvan Drive, Cecil told police Feb. 17 that a catalytic converter valued at $240 was removed from his car, which was parked at Ross Auto Body, 389 Georgetown Road, Lawrence, police said.

Stolen camera: Stephen Schidek, 2 McClain Street, reported that a game camera valued at $80 was taken from his family’s property on Grant Street Alley, police said.


PFA violation: Police arrested Gerald Tew, 58, of Teaberry Road, Bedford, Feb. 24 for allegedly violating a protection-from-abuse order. According to reports, police responded to a call about a suspicious car in the 100 block of Clearview Drive, McMurray. Upon arrival, police found Tew and discovered he was in violation of a PFA order obtained by Karen Reynolds from Judge Michael Lucas in Sepetember. Tew was arraigned before District Judge Ethan Ward and placed in Washington County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Burglary reported: Police are investigating a burglary that occurred Feb. 24 at Lakeside Plaza, 4080 Washington Road, McMurray. Police said 16 bags of salt, two bags of calcium chloride and two snow shovels were missing from the plaza’s mechanical room. There were no signs of forced entry and the incident remains under investigation.

Simple assault: Lawrence Farkas, 64, of Elm Grove Drive, McMurray, faces a simple assault charge after he allegedly attacked his son Noah Farkas, 23, of the same address, with a baseball bat on March 2, police said. Farkas was arraigned before District Judge Larry Hopkins and placed in Washington County Jail, on $25,000 bond set by District Judge Larry Hopkins.


Child pornography: Thomas James Ketchum, 46, of 90 Long Drive, is charged with 15 counts of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communications facility following a Feb. 18 arrest. He remains free on a $50,000 unsecured bond set by District Justice Ron Arnoni.