Thursday, May 16, 2013
The crash happened Tuesday afternoon.
A five-year-old girl suffered a minor injury after a vehicle crash just after 3 p.m. Tuesday. Peters Township police said Ashley Bodner, 27, of Washington, was travelling on East McMurray Road near Holly Drive when the vehicle in front of hers suddenly stopped. She told officers that she swerved to avoid a collision, which is when her vehicle struck a pole. Her daughter, Ivy Bodner, 5, suffered what police called a minor head laceration. As a precaution, Bodner, her daughter Ivy, and two other children in the vehicle were taken to The Washington Hospital. No other injuries were reported, according to police. The crash tied up traffic in the area, and prompted the Peters Township School District to issue an alert to parents indicating that …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The biology Keystone exams have been postponed and will now take place on Friday, May 17.
Peters Township School District officials are postponing Thursday's biology Keystone exams after a bomb threat was found in a Peters Township High School bathroom late Wednesday afternoon. Peters Township police officers and firefighters searched the building and found nothing to substantiate the threat. "While we do not believe this threat to be credicble, extra security precautions will be in place throughout the day on Thursday," according to a statement from the school district. Students are asked to leave backpacks at home and keep personal items in a clear plastic bag. There will be extra police presence in the building Thursday. The Keystone exam will be made up on Friday, May 17. Wednesday's threat will also affect Peters Township …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The charges are the result of a traffic stop early Tuesday morning.
Peters Township police are charging a Finleyville man with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Police said the charges, which will proceed by summons, are the result of a traffic stop around 1:30 a.m. in the area of Turkeyfoot Road and Iron Horse Drive. Police said the officer detected the odor of marijuana when he approached the vehicle, and that both the driver, Dylan Christopher Janda, 20, and a passenger were both cooperative. According to police, an officer seized a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia from Janda.
A bike, steel pipes and more were reported stolen Monday.
Peters Township police said several thefts have been reported over the weekend. Police said a township man told police on Monday that his Schwinn 10-speed bicycle was stolen as he was completing a workout routine. The man told police he rode his bike on the Montour Trail and parked it, then went for a run. When he arrived back at where his bike should have been, it was gone. Police said the man indicated that he has been completing the same workout routine for 10 years and this was the first time he had an issue. Peters police were also summoned to U-Store-It, located at 510 Venetia Road, for a report of theft on Monday. Police said someone cut the locks off of four different units. One of the owners of the storage units broken into told …
Friday, April 19, 2013
George Retos has been charged with three counts of theft—all felonies.
Peters Township police this week charged a Washington businessman with theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception and theft by failing to make the required deposits. All three counts against George Retos, 63, are felonies, according to online court records. The charges stem from an August incident, according to court dockets. According to the Observer-Reporter newspaper, Retos allegedly failed to repay $87,000 he received via checks from his girlfriend’s mother. Retos was arraigned before district Judge Valarie Costanzo Tuesday night. He was released on $50,000 unsecured bond. He is scheduled to appear before district Judge James Ellis at 2 p.m. May 7 for a preliminary hearing.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Less than 30 grams of marijuana were found during a traffic stop this past weekend.
Peters Township Police Department is charging Kevin Boyd Woodhouse Jr. with possession of a small amount of marijuana, driving without a license, and driving without the proper emissions inspection. The charges, which will proceed by summons, stem from a traffic stop in the 3100 block of Washington Road around 9:15 p.m. Saturday. Peters police said an officer noticed that the vehicle, Woodhouse, no address given, was driving had tinted windows, and initiated a traffic stop for that reason. Woodhouse will also be cited for the tinted windows. However, asked for his driver's license, Woodhouse said he didn't have one. He instead presented the officer with a state identification card. It was later determined that Woodhouse's license had been …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Peters Township police said that 150 vehicles were stopped at the checkpoint in Cross Creek this past Saturday.
A checkpoint and roving patrols in Cross Creek on Saturday resulted in six driving under the influence arrests, Peters Township police confirmed Monday. Police Capt. Michael Yanchak said that the public safety initiative was the result of a collaborative effort between the Pennsylvania State Police—which have jurisidiction in the municipality—and the Washington County Drug Task Force. Officers from the City of Washington, North Strabane, Cecil, Peters and Mt. Pleasant assisted with the DUI checkpoint, which was in place from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. State police assisted, and also conducted roving patrols in the area. Yanchak said that 150 cars were stopped at the checkpoint set up on state Route 50—and that eight of those were …
The woman remained in Washington County Jail Monday after being unable to post a $25,000 straight bond last week.
A McMurray woman remained in the Washington County Jail on Monday after being arrested by Peters Township police last week on two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said that Alicia Schultz, 27, of 168 Kimber Drive, was at the Peters Township Public Library waiting for a ride home from her mother on Thursday. Although Schultz was reportedly to meet her mother at the library originally, the woman found her daughter walking along East McMurray Road. Police said that after a verbal exchange between the two women, the mother discovered two syringes in Schultz' possession and turned them over to the police. Police said officers then took Schultz into custody, charging her with the possession of paraphernalia offenses. She was …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Parents rushing to pick up their children caused a traffic disaster after a bomb threat was found on calculators.
Peters Township Police Chief Harry Fruecht told Peters Council Monday night that he made the decision to evacuate Peters Township Middle School on Friday after school authorities found a threat on calculators that said the school would blow up at 10:40 a.m. Fruecht said police received the report of the threat around 10:15 a.m., which did not give them enough time to sweep the building before the supposed detonation. Four bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in to search the building and no credible threat was found. Meantime, students were evacuated to buses outside of the school to keep them warm. It was then decided to shuttle the students to McMurray Elementary for the rest of the day, but the traffic from all the concerned parents coming …
Friday, March 22, 2013
The building will stay open until 6 p.m. for students to retrieve their backpacks and belongings.
Following Friday morning's evacuation of the Peters Township Middle School, the township police department has cleared the building and the immediate safety concerns are over, school officials said. "The threat that was found this morning has been determined to be not credible and we will conduct a thorough investigation," stated Dr. Bob Freado, middle school principal. "Pranks of this nature are taken very seriously." Students were taken to McMurray Elementary School for the remainder of the day. The middle school building will stay open until 6 p.m. so students can retrieve their backpacks and belongings. Any parent wishing to pick up their child may do so at McMurray Elementary. However, this has caused considerable traffic on campus. …