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Shanea Messenger, 30, of 1205 McKean Ave., Charleroi, was arrested Monday, July 21, 2014, after police caught her allegedly ripping apart marijuana plants she was growing on her back porch.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014, 12:11 a.m.

A Charleroi woman was sent to jail after police purportedly caught her trying to destroy marijuana plants she was growing on her back porch.

Charleroi Regional police said they found Shanea Marie Messinger, a.k.a. Shanea Nakoneczny, 30, of 1205 McKean Ave., lying on her back porch surrounded by pieces of marijuana plants she had allegedly ripped apart when she heard officers arrive around 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Officer David Kimball said he was serving a search warrant he had obtained earlier that day from Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins of Charleroi after he had spotted the two potted marijuana plants blooming on Messinger's porch.

Police executed the warrant and found various items associated with smoking marijuana, including two glass smoking pipes, a pink bong, a vodka bottle that had been altered into a smoking device and a glass smoking “bowl” shaped like a lizard, Kimball said. All the devices smelled like burnt marijuana, he said.

Police also found a digital scale and metal grinder, both containing marijuana residue.

Kimball said Messinger was placed under arrest and taken to the police station, where she allegedly admitted to growing the plants. Messinger also said she was on the porch watering the plants Monday afternoon when she heard officers arrived and tried destroying them, Kimball said.

Messinger was charged with one felony count of manufacture of a controlled substance and single misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence, and 11 misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arraigned via video before Magisterial District Judge Gary Havelka and sent to the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $20,000 cash bond, where she remained Wednesday night.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on July 31 before Hopkins.

Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-684-2635.

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