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Traffic stops in Monessen result in arrests, citations

| Monday, Feb. 12, 2007

MONESSEN - City police made two separate drug arrests that precipitated from traffic stops Sunday.

At 4:38 p.m., while on routine patrol, police observed a vehicle in the vicinity of Tyrol Boulevard operated by Lori Sergi, 32, of 221 Luce Ave., Monessen.

Police realized that Sergi did not have a license and attempted to pull her vehicle over.

The vehicle stopped on the 100 block of Donner Avenue.

However, as police approached the vehicle, it started to pull away slowly.

At the time, the officer noticed an occupant in the vehicle who appeared to be ducking down.

The officer also noticed the individual appeared to be trying to open the door and run from the vehicle.

Police pulled alongside the car on the 200 block of Donner and discovered the passenger was Timothy Kershaw, 20, of 630 Summit Ave., Monessen.

Kershaw had active drug warrants against him from Pennsylvania state police.

Kershaw was taken to the station and held until state police arrived and took him to the Westmoreland County Jail.

Sergi, meanwhile, was cited for driving without a valid license and released.

At 7:43 p.m., while again on routine patrol, police stopped a vehicle operated by Dennis Long, 34, of 811 Chestnut St., Donora, for traffic violations.

Upon routine investigation, police discovered that two passengers in Long's vehicle were in possession of drugs.

David Walters, 49, of 121 Coyle Curtin Road, Monongahela, and Melonie Bongyer, 25, of 378 Kenneth Drive, Belle Vernon, were each charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

In addition, Walters was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police also seized over $1,900 in cash from Walters and Bongyer.

Walters was taken to the county jail, while Bongyer was charged and later released as she was to have unrelated surgery today.

Long was cited for various traffic offenses and released.

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