Category Archives: Police & Fire
- According to the police report, on September 12 around 1:00 a.m., a State Police officer arrived at Scott Wallace Road, Little Beaver Township, in response to a domestic dispute call. The investigating officer observed a driver pulling into the residence. The driver was identified as Donald Lee Jurasko, 32, of Enon Valley, who was visibly intoxicated. He was arrested and charged with two counts of driving under the influence and driving while operating privilege is suspended, as well as charges associated with the domestic dispute.
- According to the police report, on September 11 around 1:20 a.m., officers were dispatched to Buffalo Pittsburgh Railroad near Adams Manufacturing in response to a report of two males stealing copper wire from utility poles. The suspects ran south into the woods when spotted by officers. In response, the K9 unit was summoned. Anthony Lee Cirelli, 26, of Portersville, surrendered first, followed by James Gregory Locke, 27, of Ellwood City. Investigating officers discovered a large amount of copper wires on their persons. Cirelli and Locke were arrested and charged with two counts of theft and receiving stolen property,
- On September 28, around 12:30 a.m., officers arrived at the Ellwood City hospital in response to an out-of-control patient. According to the police report, Matthew Wayne Ferrante, 54, of Ellwood City, was yelling and swearing at hospital workers. He also had a club. Ferrante said he had gone to the hospital because his nose was broken. However, his nose was only bruised. He admitted to drinking before arriving. Officers took Ferrante into custody and charged him with disorderly conduct.
- According to the police report, on September 27, around 6:40 p.m., officers arrived at Diana Lynn’s house on Franklin Ave, Ellwood City, in response to a burglary not in progress. Lynn stated that about $250 in change had been stolen from a Culligan water container in her bedroom closet. She believed the burglary happened between 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Investigating officers found that the main door was damaged, with a window broken out. The case is under further investigation.
- According to the police report, on September 18, around 10:40 p.m., an officer patrolling Massachusetts Drive saw two males walking toward It’s Time Fitness. When the officer shined the patrol spotlight, the males attempted to hide and flee. As the officer drove toward It’s Time, he saw three people enter a car and exit the parking lot at a high speed. The officer pursued the vehicle, which fled to Wampum Ave and overpassed another vehicle.The officer lost the vehicle on Bridge Street, which had turned off its headlights. The offer eventually found the vehicle parked on Fillmore Way and had the vehicle towed. After calling the owner of the vehicle, she informed police that Nathaniel Craig Joseph Yhelka, of Ellwood City, had been operating the vehicle. Yhelka informed officers he had not stopped because he was afraid. He was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police, driving without lights to avoid identification or arrest, reckless driving, driving vehicle at unsafe speed, abandonment and stripping of vehicles, failure to obey stop signs, and failure to use required turn signals.
- On February 19, Ashley Ann Sauer, of Ellwood City, issued a bad check from ADP Payroll Services in the amount of $105.53 to The Store on 100 Line Ave. On June 16, Sauer cashed a check at The Store from ADP Payroll Services in the amount of $150. On September 15, after failing to make the checks good after notification of the returned checks, Sauer was charged with forgery, theft by deception, and issuing bad checks.
Driving Under the Influence
- On September 13, around 2:15 a.m., a State Police officer was advised of a hit and run crash on Main Street Extension in Wampum. The vehicle had struck at a fence and continued to travel south on Main Street. The investigating officer pursued the vehicle to Fisher Road, where the vehicle had gotten stuck in the mud in a field. The operator was identified as Shawn McClintick, of Enon Valley. When the officer questioned how McClintick had arrived in his predicament, McClintick had no competent response. The suspect was placed in custody and a blood test determined he was intoxicated. He was charged with two counts of driving under the influence, failure to drive in a single lane, careless driving, trespass by motor vehicle, failure to give information or render aid, and accidents invoking damage to unattended property.
- According to the police report, on September 6 around 6:15 p.m., an employee at Dollar General on 1221 Lawrence Ave called police about a suspected retail theft in progress. The employee observed two customers placing items in their pants via live surveillance footage. The investigating officer questioned Shyanne Marie Getty, 24, of Ellwood City and Joshua Michael Figurel, 33, of Ellwood City. The officer observed odd shaped bulges in the suspects’ waist bands. The suspects complied with police and showed what they had stolen. Getty had miscellaneous items valued at $9.00. However, a search of her purse revealed Xanax, for which she had no prescription. Figurel had a stainless steel spoon, two syringes, and a shoe lace in a whiskey bag. Getty was charged with retail theft under $50, receiving stolen property, and possession of controlled substances. Figurel was charged with retail theft under $50, receiving stolen property, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Local fire departments, Noga Ambulance Service, and the Ellwood City Police Department responded to a laundromat fire around 2:00 p.m. on Monday.
The fire, at Drop and Stop Laundromat on 313 Seventh St, started in a dryer. According to the police report, clothes in a running dryer caught fire. The apartments above Drop and Stop were evacuated, and the fire was quickly extinguished.
Involved fire departments included Ellwood City Borough and Wayne, Franklin, Perry, and North Sewickley townships. The Ellwood City Electric Department and Columbia Gas turned off the utilities.
Although the fire created considerable smoke, there was little damage.
Animal Cruelty and Perjury
- According to the criminal complaint, Pamela Kifer, 66, of Center Ave was under investigation for cat abuse at her former residence in Ellport. At a previous hearing, Kifer said she had one cat and possibly some kittens. She was thirty days to remove the cats from the residence and failed to do so. An investigation by Lawrence County Humane Detective Stacey Wiley at the old apartment revealed three adult cats and one kitten, all of which were severely emaciated and sick. She was charged with perjury and four counts of animal cruelty.
- An Ellwood City man was charged with open lewdness for wandering around naked. Ryan Hessler, 22, of Ellwood City, faces charges of criminal trespass, harassment, open lewdness, and public drunkenness. According to the police report, on August 20 around 3:00 a.m., officers responded to a call on Crescent Ave. Resident Judy McCloskey informed officers she had fallen asleep in the living room when she was woken by a nude male rubbing her face. She ran upstairs and informed her son, John, who called the police. Investigating officers found Hessler and arrested him. Hessler had been drinking at Pagley’s Pour House earlier.
- According to the police report, on August 18 around 1:20 a.m., an investigating officer responded to a disabled vehicle in a ditch on 9th St and Border Ave. The driver, Judy Lynn Jacobs, 36, of Ellwood City, was passed out but woke when the officer arrived. The vehicle was still running. Jacobs reported she only had two drinks but failed several field sobriety tests. She was taken to the Ellwood City Hospital where it was determined she was intoxicated. She was charged with careless driving and two counts of DUI: general impairment and highest rate of alcohol.
Simple and Domestic Assault
- According to the police report, Daimien Javon Holmes, 25, of Ellwood City, assaulted his girlfriend Amber Yannachione, 33, also of Ellwood City on August 18 around 1:20 a.m. Yannachione fled her residence on Glen Ave in her vehicle with her four month old daughter. She informed police that Holmes had hit her in the face and grabbed her throat. Yannachione’s left eye was swollen. Investigating officers arrested Holmes at Yannachione’s residence and charged him with simple and domestic assault.
- One person suffered minor injuries in an accident yesterday on Lawrence Ave and 7th Street around 9:45 a.m. According to the police report, Anthony DeCarbo, of Ellwood City, was driving south on 7th and James M. Taylor, of Poland, OH was driving west on Lawrence when Taylor’s truck, which he was operating for Canteen Services of Steel Valley, struck DeCarbo’s vehicle. Both people claimed the other had run a red light. However, a witness said Taylor ran the light. DeCarbo had minor injuries and was taken to the Ellwood City hospital. Taylor was cited for running a traffic light.
- Police arrested one man for disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, and underage drinking on August 1. According to the police report, around 3:30 a.m. the North Sewickley police department informed the Ellwood City police department of an accident in the township. The injured were taken to the Ellwood City Hospital. Investigating officers arrived to find one of the patients belligerent. Brandon Holsinger, 18, of Ellwood City, was shouting obscenities at officers, trying to instigate a fight, and refusing to calm down to be handcuffed. Officers warned Holsinger that he would be tasered if he did not cooperate, after which Holsinger calmed down. He was taken to the police station and cited.
Simple Assault and Domestic
- According to the police report, on July 28 officers responded to a domestic disturbance report on Loop St. Investigating officers arrived at the residence around 10:40 p.m. and spoke to Nicole Kathleen Maunder, 21. Maunder reported that she had been baking smores when Michael Vincent Kerr, 23, of New Castle, got into a heated argument with her over the smores. Kerr shoved her against a wall and choked her. Maunder had marks under her chin and on her throat and reported she attempted to fight back. Officers took Kerr into custody and charged him with simple assault.
- On July 28, the Beaver County Sheriff Department informed the Ellwood City Police Department that they had in custody Chauncey L. Watson, 41, of New Brighton. Watson had a warrant in Ellwood City dating back to 2011 for receiving stolen property, intent to deliver drugs, and providing false I.D. to law enforcement. On March 15, 2011, investigating officers pulled over a vehicle on Line Ave. for an expired registration plate. One of the passengers identified himself as Michael Tucker. Due to the smell of marijuana in the vehicle, investigating officers obtained a search warrant and on March 16, found suspected crack cocaine. On April 2, the Beaver Falls Police Department informed investigating officers that Tucker was in reality Chauncey L. Watson. The driver of the vehicle claimed she only knew Watson as Tucker and had dated him on and off.
Ranger, the son of police dog Jozek, has been in training for over a year. He was certified in May for the first time, while Jozek was re-certified.
On Sunday around 1 a.m. Brett Baldelli, of Ellwood City, fled police after speeding by a patrol car. Baldelli fled to his residence and hid in the basement. In response, the K9 unit was called in to help secure the property.
Initially, Baldelli, hiding in the basement, refused to reveal himself. However, once he learned of Ranger’s presence, he emerged and surrendered without incident.
Lt. David Kingston, the police department’s ranking officer, said that the presence of a K9 dog is frequently enough to convince someone to surrender.
Sgt. Michael McBride, K9 officer and recently promoted, said that Ranger sniffed out four possible narcotic stashes, all of which were later confirmed to have illegal substances.
McBride explained that, for now, both Jozek and Ranger will be active. “Jozek would just sit at home and be bored if he retired,” McBride said.
“The most important part of a K9 unit is the bond,” McBride added. “Another K9 officer couldn’t work with Jozek and Ranger, and I couldn’t work with another dog. A bond has to form in the training for the unit to form.”
Police arrested a man wanted for theft and drug dealing last week following two incidents in Ellwood City.
According to the police report, Brett Baldelli, 33, of Entrance Drive, Ellwood City was arrested on June 14 in his house after attempting to elude capture.
On June 9, officers investigated a vehicle theft. The owner’s wallet had been stolen, along with driver’s license and credit cards. There were no leads.
On June 13, another vehicle theft was reported, although this one appeared to have aslo occurred between June 8 and 9. Stolen items included a purse, wallet, license, around $50 in gift card, and around $30 in cash. Again, there were no leads.
On June 14, at approximately 1:15 a.m. an office patrolling on Argonne Blvd saw a car turning onto Woodside Ave. As the car was speeding, the officer pursued. The car pulled into Baldelli’s driveway and fled into the basement. The officer identified the driver as Baldelli, who had several bench warrants.
The officer approached the house and saw at least three women inside. He announced his presence and called for back up. The K9 unit arrived and gained entry to the residence. When Baldelli heard the dog, he exited the basement, surrendered to police, and was taken into custody.
There were three females and one male in the house, all non-Ellwood residents, who were released. Police subsequently obtained a search warrant from Magistrate Jennifer Nicholson. The K9 unit found four locations with possible drugs, later all confirmed to have drugs.
Police found several bags containing what appeared to be cocaine, several syringes with an unknown liquid, a marijuana blunt cigar, and equipment for drug use, such as a 100 gram scale, lottery ticket paper used for packaging drugs, and a dragon pipe.
Police also found $1033 in cash, the credit cards and license of the previous victims, and a stolen revolver.
Baldelli is charged with three counts of receiving stolen property, prohibited possession of a firearm (as he was already a convicted felon), drug possession, intent to deliver, and flight to avoid capture.
He was arraigned by District Magistrate Jerry Cartwright with a bond of $35,000.