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
North Strabane police charged the 26-year-old early Wednesday.
A Venetia man was jailed on criminal trespass and other charges after allegedly entering a North Strabane home uninvited on Wednesday. North Strabane police also charged Robert Cole, 26, with loitering and prowling at night, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, online court records indicate. He was arraigned early Wednesday by district Judge David Mark, who remanded him to the Washington County Jail on $25,000. He remained an inmate there as on Thursday night. According to the Observer-Reporter, Cole allegedly told residents at the home that he was being chased by a gun. When the family called police, the newspaper indicated that the man then allegedly ran out the door, and was later found trying to hide in a nearby convenience store…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The event is slated for Jan. 31.
The non-medical use of prescription drugs contributes to nearly 40,000 deaths and almost $200 billion in health-care costs annually. ln Washington County alone there were more than 50 drug-related overdose deaths in 2011, according to Washington County Coroner Tim Warco. Drug-induced deaths are the number-one cause of injury deaths in America. More Americans are dying from drug-induced deaths than from traffic fatalities. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control has labeled prescription drug abuse ”an epidemic.“ According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, two-and-a-half times more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than those using cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants combined. Our young people …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Both were remanded to the Washington County Jail on Monday.
A mother and son from North Strabane were jailed Christmas eve on burglary, theft and other charges. The charges against Nicholas Cessna, and his mother, Pamela Cessna, 53, were filed by North Strabane police—and the Observer Reporter newspaper indicates the couple are accused of stealing thousands of dollars in gold jewelry from a neighbor. Online court records indicate both were remanded to the Washington County Jail on $50,000 after being arraigned Monday by district Judge Jay Weller. Nicholas Cessna remains an inmate there as of Thursday morning, while his mother later made bail. Nicholas Cessna was also charged with driving under the influence, receiving stolen property and conspiracy, according to online court records. Pamela Cessna …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
William Weatherford remains in the Washington County Jail.
An Omaha, Nebraska man remains in Washington County Jail after North Strabane police charged him Friday with public drunkenness, simple assault and disorderly conduct, online court records show. William Weatherford, 47, is accused of striking another man—Robert M. Allman II—at the Super 8 Motel, according to the Observer-Reporter. Weatherford was arraigned Friday before district Judge Ethan Ward, who remanded him to the Washington County Jail after he was unable to post a $5,000 straight bond, according to online records. He was still listed as an inmate at the Washington County Jail as of Tuesday. Weatherford is scheduled to appear before district Judge Jay Weller at 10 a.m. Dec. 18.
The charges were filed after an alleged incident at a local hotel.
A North Dakota woman remains in Washington County Jail on disorderly conduct and public drunkenness charges filed by North Strabane Township police in the wake of an incident at a local hotel Friday. The charges stem from accusations she created a disturbance Friday night at the Super 8 Motel, according to the Observer-Reporter. Kacey Kidd was arraigned on the charges Friday by district Judge Ethan Ward, who remanded her to the Washington County Jail after she was unable to post a $5,000 straight bond, according to online court records. She was listed as an inmate there as of Tuesday, according to the Washington County Jail website. Kidd is scheduled to appear before district Judge Jay Weller at 10 a.m. Dec. 18 for a preliminary hearing, …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Police said Ryan Duritza, 18, was arrested after an altercation in his home Monday.
A North Strabane teenager was remanded to the Washington County Jail after township police charged him with simple assault and harassment Monday following an altercation in his Mary Lane home. Ryan Duritza, 18, was arraigned Monday before district Judge Jay Weller, who remanded him to the Washington County Jail on $5,000 straight bond. He was still listed as an inmate there as of Tuesday morning. Duritza is scheduled to appear before Weller at 11 a.m. Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Mayor David H. Rhome lauded Officer Ashley Price and Sgt. James Spingola for "exemplary" work in apprehending the subject.
A North Strabane man was jailed Sunday afternoon for the attempted robbery of the Subway restaurant in Canonsburg. Canonsburg police said Mario Pellegrino, 20, walked into the Subway Sunday morning with a blue-and-white bandana obscuring his face and demanded all the money in cash register from the clerk, who managed to hit the panic button. Police said when they arrived at the scene, the store employee said she observed what she thought to be the black handle of a weapon sticking out of one of the man's pockets—which made her believe he would harm her. After observing the crime scene, officers discovered the bandana, two black gloves and a hooded sweatshirt in the area of the store. The officers then asked an adjacent business and Subway …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The most serious charge against Jason Montani was withdrawn—and the others were waived to Washington County Court.
The most serious charge of aggravated assault lodged against an Eighty Four man accused of fighting with the police and spitting blood in a North Strabane Township officer's face was withdrawn Tuesday—but he is headed to trial on lesser charges. The office of district Judge Jay Weller confirmed Tuesday that Jason Montani, 40, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of driving under the influence, making terroristic threats, resisting arrest and three counts of simple assault. North Strabane police charged Montani after being notified of a possible intoxicated driver Sept. 9 by Peters. When approached by police, officers said Montani became aggressive and needed to be tased four times before finally being placed under arrest.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Online records show that Timothy Jindra waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning.
A Finleyville man will stand trial on burglary and other charges after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing before district Judge Jay Weller Tuesday morning, online records show. North Strabane police had also charged Timothy Jindra, 38, with criminal mischief (entering a structure), theft by unlawful taking, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident earlier this month, the Washington County Jail list shows. Jindra reportedly attempted to burglarize a home on Thomas-Eighty Four Road Sept 1 before fleeing—and ending up with his vehicle submerged in a nearby resevoir, according to the Observer-Reporter newspaper. Although Jindra fled the vehicle, he was apprehended by …