Police Beat July 14
Two charged: Amanda Lee Kokay, 25, of Daisytown, and Christopher Smittle, 33, of California, were each charged with possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia stemming from a Friday traffic stop on Highland Drive.Harassment charge: James May IV, 25, of Washington, was charged by state police with harassment after he allegedly punched an 83-year-old Washington man in the face Tuesday afternoon. The alleged victim was sitting in his car outside 83 Hawkins St., Canton.Warrant served: Robert C. Margoni, 27, of 208 Morton St., New Eagle, was arrested Tuesday on a fugitive warrant charging him with simple assault, trespassing, disorderly and criminal mischief stemming from allegations he spit on Monique Newstron about 3:15 p.m. Feb. 21 at 600 Crest Ave., court records show. Charleroi Regional police also accuse him of damaging a newly planted tree worth $100 outside of the residence. Margoni was sent to Washington County jail on $50,000 bond set by District Judge Larry Hopkins.Faces charges: Darwin Butler, 26, of 1682 E. Maiden St., Washington, faces several charges including aggravated assault and resisting arrest after running from North Franklin police during a traffic stop Saturday in the 1600 block of Park Avenue. Police said he ran from the car after giving them a false name. A neighbor tried to assist police by tripping him, but he got up and kept running. Police were eventually able to tackle him but had to use a Taser to stun him in order for him to comply with police orders. He was placed in Washington County jail on a probation violation. The driver, Jessica Lemley, of 330 Moore Road, Washington, will be charged with possession of paraphernalia and a traffic violation. Officer Nicholas Powell was treated at Washington Hospital for a sprained knee.Driver charged: Craig E. Wietrzkowski, 54, of 1522 E. Maiden St., Washington, was charged by North Franklin police with driving under the influence of alcohol and having an open container after he was found unconscious, slumped in the seat of his pickup truck with the engine running and in reverse about 3:15 a.m. Sunday in the lot at 1360 W. Chestnut St. It took several minutes of yelling to awaken Wietrzkowski, police said. His blood-alcohol content was more than double the 0.08 limit presumed for intoxication. He had an open beer in the console.Assault arrest: Michael L. Preston, 37, of 937 Mary St., Langeloth, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant obtained by Smith police on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct, harassment and criminal mischief stemming from an incident Monday at 18 Townsite St. He is accused of assaulting Christina Darabant. She told police he grabbed her by the arms, punched her in the head and threw her to the floor. He was arraigned before District Judge Robert Redlinger and placed in Washington County jail on $10,000 bond. He is scheduled for a July 20 preliminary hearing before District Judge Gary Havelka.Harassment charge: Justin Green, 21, of 374 Houston St., was charged Tuesday by Washington police with harassment after he allegedly punched Delbert Green, 52, also of 374 Houston, in the face during a confrontation at their home.Jailed on warrant: Lisa Kiskadden, 46, of 789 Banetown Road, Amwell Township, faces several charges following a traffic stop Tuesday in front of 87 Jefferson Ave., Washington police said. When police stopped her, they learned she was wanted on a probation warrant. The city’s dog was brought in and alerted on her purse, in which police found suspected heroin and paraphernalia. She will be charged with drug possession. Kiskadden was placed in Washington County jail on the warrant.Paraphernalia charge: Ryan Crawford, 20, of 118 Altamont Ave., North Franklin Township, will be charged by Washington police with possession of paraphernalia after a needle and pipe was found near him on the railroad tracks above Oregon Street. Police had been called Tuesday to that area for a report of a drug overdose.PFA violation: Michael Mallory, 241 Locust Ave., Washington, will be charged by Washington police with violating a protection-from-abuse order after he reportedly made a threatening comment to Daijai Smith of 1195 Maple Terrace, Washington, as they were leaving the Washington County Courthouse following a proceeding Tuesday.