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Gun stolen: John Douglas Kelley of 117 Castle Road, Canton Township, told state police Sunday a black Smith & Wesson handgun was stolen from his home.


Fraud alleged: Todd Hitcho, 38, of 14 Shelly Way, Carroll Township, is charged by the state inspector general’s office with welfare fraud over allegations he received $5,153 worth of benefits while failing to report income between May 2016 and October 2017. The charges filed Tuesday will proceed by summons from the office of District Judge Curtis Thompson.


Liquor violation alleged: The Blue Diamond, 3149 National Pike, was cited Wednesday by the state Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement for allegedly furnishing liquor to an 18-year-old March 19. 


Theft arrest: Ryan Richard Fonner, 25, of 20 Moore Ave., Washington, was arraigned Wednesday on a theft charge filed by Chartiers police after he allegedly stole a Ruger handgun from a safe inside his girlfriend's home on Pine Avenue April 9. Fonner had the gun with him when he was arrested that night. District Judge David Mark set bond at $25,000 on Fonner, who is still in Washington County jail on the North Strabane Township charges.

Van stolen: A maroon, 11-passenger Ford E-350 van owned by Smith Transport was reported stolen Tuesday from the lot at 388 Chartiers Run Road, Chartiers police said.


Man charged: Robert Patrick Bassich, 37, of 13 Miner Ave., Fallowfield Township, is charged by state police with resisting arrest, harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, court records show. Bassich is accused of yelling racist comments at his neighbor and threatening to break his face Tuesday. He is free on $35,000 bond set by District Judge Larry Hopkins.


Driver flees: State police are looking for the driver of a Kia Optima who crashed about 12:20 a.m. Wednesday on Eldersville Road, Jefferson, and then fled. Police said the vehicle went off the road, hitting an embankment and utility pole before striking two trees.


Aggravated assault: Robert Steven Fuller, 24, of Ringgold, Va., was charged by Washington police with aggravated assault, burglary and criminal conspiracy for an incident that occurred in 2013. Police said Fuller and two other men broke into an apartment in the 600 block of Addison Street and attacked a man who lived there July 28. According to the criminal complaint, the three men beat the victim with fists and handguns, causing head injuries. Fuller was arraigned Wednesday afternoon by District Judge Robert Redlinger, who set bond at $20,000. Fuller had been arrested by North Franklin police Tuesday and placed in jail without bond, pending extradition to Danville, Va., where he has been wanted since February 2017 on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. 

Escape: Robert Dupain, 20, of Burgettstown, was charged by Washington police with escape after he allegedly ran from two probation officers last week as they were escorting him to Washington County jail. Police said Dupain ran from the officers April 12, but when he fell, they were able to apprehend him. 

Terroristic threats: Michael Gardner, 48, of Washington, was charged by Washington police with terroristic threats and harassment after he allegedly left a threatening voicemail on a woman's phone April 16. Police said in the voicemail, Gardner cursed at the woman and said, "You're done. I'm taking you down...have a life in hell." Police said Gardner had been arrested on a previous date for allegedly assaulting the same woman. He was arraigned by District Judge Robert Redlinger Wednesday afternoon and jailed on $5,000 bond.

Truck stolen: David Solomon of Burgettstown told Washington police Tuesday his black 2002 Cadillac Escalade extended-cab pickup truck was stolen from a lot at 225 Henderson Ave. There is damage on the vehicle near a passenger-side tire. The license is JCR-1463.

Vehicle damaged: Denise Weber of Strabane told Washington police Tuesday her vehicle was scratched while it was parked in the 10 block of South Main Street.

Television stolen: Audrey Greer told Washington police Tuesday her 47-inch television was stolen from her Canterbury Court apartment.

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