Jeremiah J. Johnston, 18, Wilbert Avenue, was charged Friday with domestic violence after his wife, Rebecca Johnston, reported he began hitting her and a friend and then choked her.
Michelle D. Helton, 43, and Scott A. Helton, both of St. Clair Avenue, were charged with domestic violence after officers responded to their home Sunday. Mr. Helton claimed his wife struck him in the elbow with a baseball bat, which officers saw lying by the back door, also saying there were kitchen knives all over the floor. Mrs. Helton said her husband pushed her into a cabinet. Each refused to file charges against the other. According to reports, Mrs. Helton's 6-year-old child was present at the time of the alleged incident.
Officers at the Friday night football game at Patterson Field reported a woman told them there were numerous beer bottles and cans near her car and the occupant of a nearby car was intoxicated. They reported seeing Jodi Helmick,44, Cambridge, walking toward the car with a large cup of beer and said it was apparent she was intoxicated. Gary E. Thompson, 52, Cambridge, was also reported to be intoxicated, and both were charged with disorderly conduct.
While on patrol Monday afternoon, a detective saw a man who was trying to avoid eye contact with him. He circled the block with another detective in a second cruiser, and witnesses reported the man had fled between houses on Laura Avenue toward Ephraim Street. Other police officers began to set up a perimeter, and the man was spotted on Ephraim at Riley and was identified as Larry Elkins, 32, Holiday Street, who was found to have two active warrants. He ran through several blocks, with neighbors pointing out his direction of travel to officers as they arrived on the scene. After several minutes, Elkins was taken into custody after an officer deployed his Taser and struck him. He was charged with the two warrants and with resisting arrest.
April L. West, 40, Allison Street, was charged by city police Monday with passing bad checks and by St. Clair Township police with two counts of passing bad checks. According to reports, city police were advised she had cashed a check in the liquor department of the downtown Giant Eagle for $60.44 but it was found to be drawn on the closed account of a deceased Aliquippa, Pa. woman. West reportedly returned to the store and police were called, leading to her arrest. While being questioned, West reportedly admitted passing two bad checks from the same account at the Calcutta Giant Eagle, and township police were alerted and charged her. A check found by city police officers in her purse belonged to an Ohioville woman, and officers are investigating to determine if it was stolen, according to reports.