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on June 26, 2014 10:50 AM

White Township


Elisa Siragusa, of The Grove apartment complex, told state police that someone used debit card information for a bank account she maintains in Germany to charge $572.48 of purchases in Lima, Peru.

The account was charged on May 16, according to a news release issued Wednesday.


Theft charge

State police charged John Barto, 20, of Indiana, on Wednesday with theft and possession of a controlled substance in a complaint filed at Homer City District Court.

Investigators reported in a news release that troopers arrested Barto on an unrelated matter at 8:35 a.m. Friday on Cobblestone Drive and found him in possession of prescription medication that belonged to an Indiana woman, whose name was not released.

Center Township


State police reported that Matthew Markel, 20, of Indiana, shoved Kaela Joyner, 25, of Homer City, and placed her in a headlock while they were involved in a verbal argument at 2:30 p.m. June 15 at 41 Wood Ridge Drive.

Markel was cited Wednesday with a summary count of harassment.


Habitual offender

Matthew Rura, 49, of Indiana, was charged by state police on Monday with a second-degree misdemeanor count of violating the habitual offender law.

Troopers at Indiana reported that Rura was stopped at 9:08 p.m. June 19 on Power Plant Road at Route 119 and was cited with five summary vehicle code violations, such as driving an unregistered vehicle and having no insurance. At the time, police said, Rura’s operating privileges had been suspended for earlier repeat violations of the vehicle code

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 28 in Homer City District Court.


East Wheatfield Township


State police reported that a car driven by Jodee Walters, of Indiana, was damaged at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday by a man driving a burgundy Cadillac “after a situation” on Route 56. Troopers at Indiana gave no other details of the incident.

Young Township, Jefferson County


Somebody stole a red, 6-horsepower compressor belonging to George Catarouche between June 18 and Tuesday from a shed on his property along Wilson Road, state police reported.

Troopers at Punxsutawney gave no estimate of the loss.

Derry Township, Westmoreland County


State police reported that someone cut an electric fence wire between 7:30 p.m. June 17 and 5 a.m. June 18 on property owned by Staci Sierka at 2161 Alexandria St., Bradenville.

Bell Township, Westmoreland County

Narcotics charges

Jonathan Rowsick, of New Alexandria, was charged by state police at Kiski Valley with a felony county of possession with intent to deliver drugs, and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Troopers found 50 bags of heroin and other contraband in his vehicle and arrested Rowsick, 34, during a traffic stop at 5:45 p.m. Monday at an unspecified location on Route 380.

Ridgway, Elk County

Threats charges

A Punxsutawney man has been jailed on charges that he placed several threatening phone calls to the district attorney of Elk County.

Christopher Thomas, 41, was arrested Friday by state police at Punxsutawney and was taken to Ridgway for preliminary arraignment on felony counts of criminal use of a communication facility and threatening to harm a judicial system official. Police also charged him with making terroristic threats and two counts of harassment.

According to investigators, Thomas repeatedly threatened Elk County prosecutor Timothy McMahon in a series of calls between 5:31 and 8:43 p.m. June 17.

District Judge George King, in Ridgway, ordered Thomas to the Elk County Jail with bond set at $25,000 cash and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Wednesday.

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