Patrolling College Street Saturday, an officer saw a woman acting suspiciously, as though trying to slide open a window on a residence then trying to get into a door. When she saw the cruiser, the woman reportedly ran down the back steps and tried to climb a fence but, when she couldn't make it, ran up Thompson Avenue. The woman, identified as Heather B. Power, 26, College Street, was reportedly throwing items from her purse as she ran. Just before the officer was able to catch up to her on Wallace Avenue, Power reportedly tossed over a fence a bag found to contain a hypodermic needle, metal spoon and small bag of marijuana. She was charged with obstructing official business, possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of marijuana. According to reports, Power told officers she ran because she failed to show up in court the day before and thought there was a warrant for her arrest.
While on patrol Saturday night, an officer saw Joseph E. Davis, 27, Grace Alley, driving on East Fifth Street and checked on his driving privileges, which he believed to be suspended. Additionally, Davis failed to use a turn signal, prompting a traffic stop. Davis was charged with driving under suspension and no turn signal, and his passenger, Mary Ibbs, 24, Blakeley Street, was cited for unlawful entrustment after she reportedly admitted allowing Davis to drive her vehicle, despite knowing he had no valid license.
Luke A. Maola, 27, Carolina Avenue, was cited for assured clear distance after reportedly striking a vehicle driven by Kathaleen M. Boyd, 56, Park Boulevard. According to reports, Boyd was southbound on St. Clair Avenue, stopped at the intersection of Park Boulevard waiting to turn left when she heard the vehicle behind her lock up its brakes. She tried to turn left to avoid being struck, but Maola's vehicle crashed into hers, causing minor damage to both vehicles.
A manager at Giant Eagle on Bradshaw Avenue reported getting a tip from an employee about a person bragging about shoplifting at the store. Surveillance video showed the theft had taken place, and information will be forwarded to the law director for possible charges.