Couple faces charges in incident
Eagle Staff Writer
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April 16, 2017

CRANBERRY TWP — A couple is facing charges after a domestic violence incident near Cranberry Mall last week.

Scott Stephenson, 41, of Cranberry was charged with simple assault and harassment and Ciera Neely, 35, of New Sewickley was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Neely on April 7 waived her charge to county court, where she’ll be arraigned May. 16.

Cranberry Township police Officers Robin Winters and Justin Hewitt responded to the area of 20111 Route 19 around 1 p.m. April 3 after a witness reported she observed a white male strike a white female in the face, and the female “appeared to lose her balance and appear to be disoriented after the punch,” according to the affidavit.

Cpl. William Och arrived on the scene first and identified the pair as Neely and Stephenson. Neely said Stephenson is her boyfriend, and they got into a verbal and physical altercation. Winters observed a red bump on the right side of Neely’s face below her eye and fresh, bloody scratch marks on the left side of Neely’s neck.

As Neely searched through her book bag for her ID, Och noticed a spoon with heroin residue inside, according to court documents.

Neely also was found to have an active warrant for her arrest out of Cranberry Township, so she was placed into custody. A search of Neely’s book bag revealed two uncapped needles, two empty Suboxone wrappers and one empty heroin stamp bag.

Stephenson’s charges were held for county court, where he’ll be arraigned May 16. He is being held in the Butler County Prison on

$10,000 bail.

Neely also waived to court charges stemming from an accident last March on Rochester Road.

On March 26, 2016, around 8 p.m., Neely pulled out from Graham School Road onto Rochester Road in front of a Nissan Sentra heading west, causing the Sentra to strike the driver’s side door of Neely’s Chevy Cavalier, according to court documents.

When Officer Hewitt arrived, Neely was bleeding from the top of her head but conscious and alert, police said. Her passenger, Stephenson, stated he was OK.

Hewitt stated he noticed the smell of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle, and Stephenson told another police officer on scene that he’d been drinking earlier in the evening. Hewitt knew Neely and Stephenson as having past issues with substance abuse, so he suspected Neely could be driving under the influence, according to court documents.

Neely was transported to Allegheny General Hospital for further evaluation and submitted to a blood test, which revealed she had clonazepam, a schedule 4 controlled substance used to treat seizures and panic disorders, and methadone in her system, according to court documents.

She was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, driving with a suspended license and careless driving. She’ll be arraigned in county court on June 5 for those charges.