Friday, May 10, 2013
A borough man—and convicted felon—was arraigned Friday and remanded to the Washington County Jail.
A search warrant executed early Friday morning netted weapons and what law enforcement officials said was a "significant amount" of cocaine and paraphernalia. The Washington County District Attorney's Drug Task Force, in cooperation with the Canonsburg Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, Washington County Regional SWAT Team, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Department of Justice and members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Fire Arms, served the warrant at 29 W. College St., where Joshua K. Thomas was arrested. Canonsburg police charged him with possession of drugs, possession with intent to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Thomas, 34, is also a convicted felon and was charged with a felony count of …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Michael Derrow, Jr. was found to be in possession of cocaine and more than $250,000 cash, officials said late Wednesday.
District Attorney Eugene A. Vittone announced Wednesday evening that the Pennsylvania State Police—in cooperation with detectives of the Washington County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and Southwest Regional Police Department—conducted a search that yielded cocaine and more than $250 in cash. Authorities executed a search warrant at 603 Main Street in Bentleyville. The warrant also included Michael Derrow Jr., 33, of Bentleyville. Discovered inside of Derrow’s apartment were numerous firearms and cash. "Cocaine was discovered on Mr. Derrow’s person," Vittone said in a release. Derrow is on probation for felony drug charges from Allegeheny County and was apprehended inside a tavern. Derrow as a…
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Frank Jones pleaded guilty to first-degree murder—and was sentenced to life in prison.
Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone announced Thursday that a 24-year-old Claysville man entered a guilty plea to a charge of first degree murder in the slaying of Opal Bedillion, an 80-year old widow. Frank Russell Jones was sentenced by Washington County Judge Katherine Emery to life in prison without the possibility of parole. “This case was particularly important to me as this crime occurred shortly after I was sworn in as district attorney,” Vittone said. “Frank Jones was brought to justice today due to the hard work and dedication of the South Strabane Township police officers, the Pennsylvania State Police, First Assistant District Attorney Michael Lucas and Deputy District Attorney Chad Schneider." Bedillion, who …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone released the following information.
Cash and 287 stamp bags of heroin were seized during a search of a City of Washington home on Tuesday. Washington County District Attorney Eugene A. Vittone announced Tuesday that that the Washington County District Attorney's Drug Task Force, City of Washington Police and state police in Washington executed a search warrant at 518 East Maiden St. The search warrant was a result of a cooperative investigation and focused on the heroin and crack cocaine trafficking of Wayne Murphy, 20, and Matthew Leavens, 20, both of Pittsburgh. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of 287 baggies of heroin and $322 in cash and drug paraphernalia. Murphy will be charged with delivery of heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The news was announced Thursday afternoon.
The Washington County District Attorney’s Gaming Task Force and members of the Charleroi Police Department on Thursday executed a raid on two bars in that community—Myford Hotel and the M & D Bar and Grill—for possession and use of illegal gaming devices. The devices at the center of the investigation are typical video slot machines, the district attorney's office indicated in a release. In all, the agents seized seven machines and over $2,100. District Attorney Eugene Vittone lauded the raids, saying they are "an important first step in combating illegal gambling within the county, and in addressing problem bars which have become a haven for other illegal activity." Vittone also thanked the efforts of the Gaming Task Force and the …
Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone said there was not enough evidence to substantiate the charges.
Charges will not be filed against a McMurray man involved in a crash that killed a Canonsburg teenager in 2010, Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone confirmed Wednesday. Thomas B. McNary crashed his sport utility vehicle into a car July 17, 2010, in the area of West McMurray Road and state Route 19. The crash caused a chain-reaction collision injuring several people and killing 18-year-old Adah Porter, the Observer-Reporter indicated. "The evidence which we gathered which includes many interviews and medical records does not support the filing of criminal charges," Vittone said. "From what we have it appears that this tragic accident several years ago was the result of McNary's diabetic condition."
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone gives Washington County residents the major accomplishments of 2012.
Dear fellow Washington County resident, I believe in accountability. As district attorney, one of my many responsibilities is to run an efficient and productive operation aimed at one goal: keeping the residents of Washington County safe. I am accountable to you. In order to keep you informed about the work of my office in your communities, I am providing you with an annual report that details the exemplary work conducted by our assistant district attorneys, administrative staff, county detectives, crime victim advocates and our Drug Task Force. Some of the highlights in 2012 include: • 3,200 criminal cases resolved • More than a half-million dollars collected for victims’ restitution • A reorganized Drug Task Force conducted more than 170…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone said the ma was found with cocaine and more than $1,000 in cash.
Washington County District Attorney Eugene A. Vittone announced Monday night that the Washington County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force arrested an Ellworth man wanted on drug charges. When Darnell Simpson, 27, was taken into custody at a bar in Bentleyville Friday, he was in possession of more than 10 grams of cocaine and $1,400 in cash, Vittone said. The arrest was made in cooperation with members of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Southwest Regional Police Department. Simpson faces charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine—which is a felony. He was remanded to the Washington County Jail on $ 25,000 straight bond.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
For that and so many other reasons, Canonsburg Mayor David H. Rhome encourages the community to attend a drug summit scheduled at Canon-McMillan High School Thursday.
Canonsburg Mayor David H. Rhome said it's time to stop sugar-coating it: Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. "It has no boundaries," he said. "It affects the young, the old, the rich, the poor, the famous—no one is immune." That's why Rhome said he encouraged Canon-McMillan School Superintendent Michael Daniels to bring a program about the subject to the district after they attended a similar program in Charleroi. The drug summit on prescription drug abuse was planned, and will be presented Thursday. "We have come to understand that addiction starts in the medicine cabinet," Rhome said. Juniors and seniors at Canon-McMillan High School will see the two-hour presentation during the school day, and community members are welcome …
Friday, January 25, 2013
He was introduced to the Washington County Commissioners Thursday.
Washington County District Attorney Eugene A. Vittone on Thursday announced that James McElhaney will be assuming the job of chief county detective effective immediately. McElhaney replaces J. Michael Aaron, who retired earlier this month. He will oversee all detectives operating in the Washington County District Attorneys Office, including the District Attorney Drug Task Force and the Special Victim Investigation and Prosecution Unit. These detectives assist with major crime, homicide and narcotic investigations. McElhaney was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, where he served as a military policeman. He is a graduate of Mercyhurst College with a degree in criminal justice. Prior to joining the Washington County District Attorneys…