Police Arrest Wheeling Man for Alleged Stalking Dating Back to June

A man accused of stalking a woman over the course of several months was arrested last week after allegedly being seen following her at work.

In June, police were alerted by a woman that Dennis Uchanski, 64, of Wheeling, had begun to follow the woman. He was convicted in 2016 for doing the same. Because of the conviction, the woman had a protection order against him as well as a year of GPS monitoring, which ended in May.

Less than a month after the monitoring stopped, the woman said Uchanski was seen following her in a parking lot. Later that week, she was told by a neighbor that he was in an alley by her house.

The woman said that frightened her, because she said she believes he felt as though he “had nothing to lose.” Police stopped Uchanski on June 4. He admitted that he had been in the area but police did not arrest him.

The woman then called police last week to report further issues. She said she saw Uchanski driving through a parking lot in the row in which she was parked. She said she saw him again the following week when he allegedly was parked in an employee lot at the hospital where she was taking classes. During the second incident, he allegedly drove off in a hurry when she saw him.

Uchanski was arrested Sept. 17 without incident and remains at the Northern Regional Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond. He is charged with second offense stalking.

In an unrelated matter, Desirae Repine, 36, of Wheeling, was charged with wanton endangerment with a firearm after a Sept. 13 incident. A man informed police he was at Repine’s residence to get his belongings when she grabbed a gun and fired at him during an altercation. After the incident, the man said he took the gun and hid it.

At the residence, police said Repine allegedly admitted she had fired at the man in self defense when he was coming up the stairs. She told police she had closed her eyes and fired down the staircase toward him to keep him from advancing, after which he grabbed the gun and ran into the basement. A bullet hole was found in the floor.

Repine remains in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Additionally, Ryan Fadul, 30, of Wheeling, also was arrested Sept. 13 when police responded to a call for drug activity at Heritage Port.

At the scene, police found several people in tie-dyed shirts with open alcohol containers. Fadul attempted to leave and briefly struggled with police, which led to his arrest.

Police allegedly found on Fadul more than 40 stamps of LSD and more than $3,000 in cash. During his arrest, police say Fadul told them he was “just trying to spread the love.”

Fadul was charged with possession with intent to deliver and remains in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.


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