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Arrests follow traffic stop in Donora

| Tuesday, April 26, 2005

DONORA - Three people were arrested on drug charges following a routine traffic stop 6:08 p.m. Sunday.

Mark Yarbrough Sr., 38, of Washington, Pa., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a small amount of marijuana, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, former convict not to carry a firearm, and firearms not to be carried without a license.

Yarbrough, a former Donora resident, became belligerent during the traffic stop and yelled obscenities at the officers.

Police also arrested passengers Jamilla Gallmore, 27, of Donora, and Diana Gallo, 20, of Washington, Pa.

Gallmore told police officers Brett Massafra and Jason Paternoster that her name was Setia Valentine. However, one of the officers knew her true identity.

Gallmore was charged with possession of a controlled substance (suspected cocaine), possession of a small amount of marijuana, tampering with physical evidence, and false identification to law enforcement.

Gallo was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and disorderly conduct.

Police said a .357-caliber Magnum handgun was also allegedly found under the front driver's seat, along with bullets. Police found a drug scale in the vehicle.

They were all arraigned before Magisterial District Justice Jay Weller, of South Strabane Township, and remanded to the Washington County Correctional Facility. Yarbrough's bond was set at $5,000 straight cash; Gallmore's, $3,000 straight cash; and Gallo's, $1,000 straight cash, police said.

Donora Police Superintendent Jim Brice said that when officers requested assistance, police from Monessen, Rostraver Township, North Belle Vernon, Monongahela, Carroll Township and Charleroi responded. Four state police vehicles also responded.

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