Escapes injury: Thomas Northcraft Jr., 26, of Taylorstown, escaped injury Wednesday afternoon when his sport utility vehicle went off Sunset Beach Road near McClelland Road, Buffalo, went up an embankment, hit a tree and rolled over. State police will cite him with failure to drive at safe speed and failure to stay in his lane.
Man charged: Charles Albert Niehaus, 43, of 809 Fallowfield Ave., Apt. 1, Charleroi, was charged Wednesday with possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with a incident that occurred at his home Jan. 16. According to police, sheriff’s deputies went to Niehaus’ home to serve a bench warrant on a woman. Niehaus told police she had left the house earlier and was not there. He then permitted deputies to check for the woman in the house. Inside, police said they found a syringe and spoon with white residue on the bedroom dresser, as well as two unlabeled prescription bottles containing 39 round white pills. A summons was sent to Niehaus by District Judge Larry Hopkins, who set a preliminary hearing for 9:30 a.m. March 4.
Copper, metal stolen: Mt. Pleasant police said scrap metal and copper was reported stolen Thursday from a farm off Lynn Portal and Eberle roads.
Highway blocked: Interstate 79 northbound near the Houston exit, North Strabane, was blocked or partially blocked for six hours when a rig crashed about 11:25 p.m. Wednesday. State police said Steven Spears, 41, of Monroe, N.C., was driving north when his tractor-trailer went off the road and hit a guardrail. The trailer, containing 40,000 pounds of bricks, overturned. Assisting at the scene were Washington County Hazardous Materials Team, North Strabane firefighters and Weavertown Environmental.
Woman charged: Jessica R. Masciarelli, 28, of 420 Second St., Vestaburg, was charged Thursday by South Strabane police with unauthorized use of a vehicle. She is accused of taking a van used by SPHS Behavioral Health, 1961 N. Main St., without permission and going to The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, North Strabane Township, Jan. 11. The charge will be sent by summons from District Judge Jay Weller.
Charged in theft: Christina Louk, 32, of 123 Cherry St., Canonsburg, was charged Thursday with retail theft for allegedly stealing $264 in items from Walmart, Trinity Point, on Jan. 21, South Strabane police said. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
Retail theft: Lacy N. Wilson, 21, of Union, Ohio, will be charged by South Strabane police with retail theft for allegedly stealing two welders, cold medicine and other items from Walmart, Trinity Point, Wednesday. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.
Charged in theft: Thomas Ronald Watts, 72, of 247 Lincoln Terrace, Washington, was charged Thursday with theft for allegedly stealing a refrigerator Jan. 17 from a residence in the 200 block of North Franklin Street, court records show. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.
DUI crash: Anna Hart, 51, of 256 E. Prospect St., Washington, was charged Thursday with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle following a Jan. 20 crash, court records show. According to city police, officers found Hart, who was not wearing shoes, along East Prospect Street following the crash. Police said she too intoxicated to perform a field sobriety test and refused a breath test. The charge will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger.
Tires flattened: Frank Obosky of 821 N. Main St., Washington, told city police Wednesday all four tires on his vehicle had been flattened while the vehicle was parked outside his residence.
Window broken: Rickie Boardley of 640 Fayette St., Washington, told city police Wednesday he returned home from work that morning to find his first-floor window had been broken.
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