Criminal charges filed:
lGary Michael Balisky, 54, Pittsburgh.
Charged with carrying a firearm without a license, driving under the influence of alcohol, a third degree felony; driving under the influence of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor; failure to sign vehicle registration card, a misdemeanor; and driving on roadways laned for traffic, careless driving, and failure to use safety belt, all summary offenses, at 3 a.m. on Aug. 11 in Farmington Township.
On the aforementioned date and time, Tpr. Zachery Weaver was working a scheduled shift with Tpr. Michael J. Salusky III.
At approximately 3 a.m., Weaver was traveling north on State Route 66 in a marked patrol unit in Farmington Township.
Weaver observed a white van traveling in the northbound lane ahead of him. The vehicle was swerving outside of the travel lane on both the double yellow lines and fog lines multiple times. Weaver initiated a traffic stop, identified himself, and informed the driver of why he had pulled him over.
The driver identified himself as Gary Michael Balisky.
Upon speaking with the Balisky, Weaver could smell an odor of marijuana coming from inside of the vehicle and observed Balisky to have glassy, bloodshot eyes.
Salusky then observed a marijuana smoking pipe on the floor located by the driver seat. Balisky then handed the pipe to Salusky at his request and indicated to the officer he had smoked marijuana earlier in the evening on Aug. 10.
Weaver requested the driver exit the vehicle to which he agreed. Weaver then noticed a bag of beer cans located on the floor near the driver seat. The bag contained one open can of beer.
The driver also indicated he drank in the vehicle while driving and had approximately three total cans throughout the night. Balisky also allegedly indicated he had a firearm in the back of his van.
Salusky located the firearm, a stainless steel Ruger P90 semi-automatic .45 caliber handgun. The firearm was found to be in its case and loaded.
A check indicated the gun belonged to Balisky, however, he did not have a valid license to carry.
Balisky agreed to standardized field sobriety tests and showed indicators of impairment during the horizontal gaze nystagmus test. No other tests were performed due to Balisky having health issues with his hip.
Balisky also provided an unsigned registration cared and showed a positive response of alcohol on a preliminary breath test.
Upon a final search of the vehicle, Salusky located a plastic container of suspected marijuana on the floor of the vehicle near the driver's seat. The firearm was also seized at the time and secured inside the patrol unit.
Balisky was taken into custody and was then transported to Clarion Hospital where he consented to a legal blood draw.
Filed by Weaver.
The following cases involve summary offenses punishable by up to a $300 fine and 90 days in jail upon conviction.
lMelinda L. Culp, age not provided, Tionesta. Charged with writing a bad check for $194 to Clarion Animal Hospital on April, 15 in Monroe Township. Filed by Clarion Animal Hospital.
lLeroy V. Towers Jr., 26, Chicago. Charged with public drunkenness and similar misconduct (would not allow individual to get into vehicle he believed was his. Admitted to consuming alcohol prior to police arrival) at 10 p.m. on Aug. 5 in Monroe Township. Filed by Tpr. Evan J. Cyphert.
lMichael Halstead, age not provided, Trenton, Illinois. Charged with writing a bad check ($104 to Country Fair) on June 13 in Paint Township. Filed by Country Fair, Shippenville.
lCory Lee Hetrick, 31, Monroe Township. Charged with harassment (followed and yelled at victim) at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 in Monroe Twp. Filed by Tpr. Timothy J. Reilly.
The following cases were disposed of at Schill's office.
lDanielle Marie Seidle, 29, Clarion. Pleaded guilty to harassment (shoved victim) at 7:30 a.m. on April 12, 2018 in Monroe Township. Fines and costs are $270.
lJustin Hendricks, 29, Clarion. Pleaded guilty to retail theft (took $30 worth of beer, wine and food from Country Fair) at 10:36 a.m. on July 28, 2018 in Paint Township. Fines and costs are $490.
lEmily Haight, age not provided, Summerville. Pleaded guilty to writing bad checks (two checks totaling $87 to Country Fair) on June 12 in Paint Township. Fines, costs and restitution are $458.
lRiley Scott Slagle, 19, Clarion. Pleaded guilty to harassment (shoved and pushed victim) on at 2:54 p.m. on July 9 in Monroe Township. Fines and costs are $446.
lBobby James Boddorf, 41, Clarion. Pleaded guilty to harassment (physical contact with victim) at 2:54 p.m. on July 9 in Monroe Township. Fines and costs are $194.
lJeffrey James Conley Jr., 28, Mars. Pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct (possessed a small amount of marijuana) at 4:30 p.m. on July 2 in Farmington Township. Fines and costs are $271.
lJoseph F. Wadlow, 34, Pittsburgh. Pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct (possession of drug paraphernalia) on at 10:14 p.m. on July 13 in Farmington Township. Fines and costs are $271.
lThomas Johnson Jr., 34, Pittsburgh. Pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct (possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia) at 10:14 p.m. on July 13 in Farmington Township. Fines and costs are $271.
lPeter Shah, age not provided, Dubois. Pleaded guilty to powers of department rules and regulations (repeat violations for labeling at Uni-Mart at 2 p.m. on May 31 in Farmington Township. Fines and costs are $201.
lMelanie A. Moyta, age not provided, Munhall. Pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct (possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia) at 10:48 p.m. on June 29 in Farmington Township. Fines and costs are $271.
lJoni Lynn Gill, 49 Pittsburgh. Pleaded guilty to violation of rules on commonwealth property (possession of alcohol on site) at 10:48 p.m. on June 29 in Farmington Township. Fines and costs are $271.
lJacob J. Jones, 25, Pittsburgh. Pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct (possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia) at 10:48 p.m. on June 29 in Farmington Township. Fines and costs are $271.