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Noise investigation yields Charleroi drug charges

| Friday, May 2, 2014, 1:41 a.m.
Raymond Haney
Therese Corbett

A noise complaint in Charleroi led to drug charges against four borough residents.

Raymond Haney, 39, and Therese Corbett, 42, both of 601 Fallowfield Ave., Apt., 1, and Michelle Griest, 31, and Michael A. Smith, 28, both of 210 Ninth St., were charged this week by Charleroi Regional Police.

They were arrested after an anonymous caller told police it sounded as if a woman was being beaten at Haney's and Corbett's apartment 7:17 p.m. April 25.

When Officer Mike Leasure knocked on the apartment's front door, he allegedly heard “a lot of moving around” inside.

Haney came to the door and told police nobody was fighting or yelling, according to a criminal complaint.

Haney reportedly told Leasure his girlfriend, Corbett, along with Smith and Griest were inside.

Haney gave Leasure permission to enter the apartment to make sure everyone was all right, the complaint states.

Standing by the door, Leasure saw a hypodermic needle in a garbage bag, the report states.

Leasure asked the group if any of them were diabetic and had a medical need for the needle. They all said they were not diabetic, the complaint states.

Leasure said he found four more hypodermic needles and four empty stamp bags inside the bathroom. Stamp bags commonly are used to package heroin.

Leasure arrested the four and received permission from Corbett to search the rest of the apartment. With the assistance of Lt. Mike Polinski and Officer Michael Carcella, Leasure allegedly located a bundle of suspected heroin in a couch.

Carcella later found a partially opened brick of suspected heroin containing three bundles – 30 stamp bags – stuffed inside the couch. He found three empty stamp bags in a drawer next to the couch, according to the complaint.

Leasure found a blue makeup bag on the kitchen counter that contained several needles and empty stamp bags, the complaint states. Griest reportedly told police the bag belonged to her and Smith.

The 44 stamp bags of suspected heroin were labeled “RB,” police said.

Later at the police station, Haney and Corbett allegedly provided a written statement indicating they gave Griest $200 to buy heroin and that she retuned with a brick of the drug.

Corbett told police she hid the brick of heroin in the couch, the report states.

They were released and told their charges would be sent via postal summons.

Haney and Corbett each are charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Griest is charged with six counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Smith faces three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi. The suspects face preliminary hearings before Hopkins 9 a.m. May 29.

All four have criminal backgrounds.

Haney was sentenced to three years probation in Washington County Court after pleading guilty April 19, 2013, in two cases.

He pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property for an incident Oct. 16, 2012, in Monongahela.

Haney pleaded guilty to criminal mischief, loitering/prowling at night and criminal trespass for an incident March 10, 2013, in Monongahela.

Haney was sentenced to one year probation in Westmoreland County Court after pleading guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia for an incident Aug. 23, 2012, in Monessen.

Corbett was accepted March 21 to the Washington County Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program after pleading guilty to driving under suspension Aug. 11 in North Strabane Township.

Smith is scheduled to appear in Washington County plea court June 2 on charges of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and conspiracy stemming from an alleged incident March 15, 2013, in Charleroi.

Griest is scheduled to appear in Westmoreland County plea court April 30 related to two Rostraver Township cases. She was charged with two counts of retail theft and one count of conspiracy for alleged incidents Dec. 9 and Dec. 13.

Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at