Police: Heroin Found by K-9, Remnant City Burglarized and More
Whitehall Borough police stories from this past week.
Heroin Found by K-9 on Spring Valley Drive
A Whitehall Borough police officer monitoring traffic in the 5300 block of Spring Valley Drive stopped a vehicle for speeding at around 9:55 a.m. on Monday, Whitehall police Chief Donald R. Dolfi said.
As the officer interacted with the speeding driver—Paul Howard Schuetz, 29, of 243 Whitehaven Dr. in Richland Township—Schuetz appeared nervous and fidgety, Dolfi said.
The officer then noticed an orange needle cap beneath Schuetz's seat, which he reported that Schuetz was trying to conceal.
Unluckily for Schuetz, the officer had a K-9 unit available and used the dog to search for and locate heroin and drug paraphernalia in Schuetz's vehicle.
Schuetz has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. (UPDATE: The charges were withdrawn on Oct. 30.)
Remnant City Burglarized
One of the owners of Remnant City on Route 51—just inside the Whitehall border past Pittsburgh's Overbrook and Carrick neighborhoods—contacted Whitehall police at around 4:40 p.m. on Sunday to report a burglary there, Dolfi said.
The owner said that she left her business location at around 5:15 p.m on Saturday and did not notice anything missing until Sunday, when it was clear that one or more people had recently forced their way into the business and taken U.S. currency and some of the owners' personal items.
Dolfi said that a Whitehall police officer on patrol did not notice any forced entry to the building as of 1 a.m. on Sunday, meaning that the burglary must have happened sometime between 1 a.m. and 4:40 p.m. that day.
The Allegheny County Crime Lab has processed the scene, and the incident is under investigation.
A man lifted a colorful glass pipe to his mouth and took a lighter to its bowl end while sitting in plain view on the steps outside of Princess Lanes at Caste Village at around 8:29 p.m. on Wednesday, Dolfi said.
This happened just as a Whitehall police officer was passing by while on patrol, and when the officer approached the man—Timothy Teahan, 52, of 829 Shadyside Dr. in West Mifflin Borough—he indeed found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in Teahan's possession, Dolfi said.
The instrument and controlled substance were both destroyed, and police are charging Teahan with disorderly conduct.
Family Argument Turns Violent
A family argument evolved into property damage in the rear parking lot of 1680 Skyline Dr. in the Wallace (Prospect) Park area at around 9:25 p.m. on Friday, Dolfi said.
A resident there contacted Whitehall police to complain about a loud noise coming from the parking lot, and when officers arrived, they found a 17-year-old boy standing in front of a car with a large dent in its hood.
The boy admitted to throwing a large stone at the car, which belonged to his sister-in-law and brother.
Police cited the boy with criminal mischief.
Fight on Skyline; Nhial Charged Again
Whitehall police officers went to 1600 Skyline at around 8:05 p.m. on Friday for a report of a fight in progress.
When officers arrived at the scene, the fight was over, but they were able to locate one of the combatants—James Nhial, 32, of 1600 Skyline—nearby.
Through interviews with Nhial and with witnesses of the fight, Dolfi said, the officers determined that Nhial was the aggressor, and he was charged with simple assault and harassment and taken to the Allegheny County Jail. (UPDATE: The assault charge was dismissed on Sept. 25.)
Whitehall police charged Nhial with the same crimes on Aug. 3.
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