Police Investigating Bloody Incident at Eat'n Park, and More (Whitehall Borough Police Briefs)
Also, physical harassment on Streets Run, a drunk teenager on Parkline, an assault arrest and other police news from Nov. 13-21.
Police Investigating Bloody Incident at Eat'n Park
The employee said that the restaurant experienced a disturbance of some sort in its men's bathroom and that, soon after, an unknown male, partially covered in blood, was causing another disturbance in its parking lot. The male denied medical assistance when police arrived at the scene, Whitehall Police Department Chief Donald R. Dolfi said.
Police learned that a party of five people had recently left the restaurant after the bathroom disturbance, and one of the Whitehall officers asked area hospitals to report anything suspicious that could relate to the incident.
Eventually, a representative of the Jefferson Regional Medical Center contacted the Whitehall police with information that could be related to the Eat'n Park disturbances.
Whitehall police have conducted five interviews related to the incident and have a person of interest to possibly charge with a crime.
Check back with the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch for updates.
Harassment (Physical) on Streets Run Road
A victim came to the Whitehall police station to file an assault report on Nov. 17 at around 10:15 p.m.
The victim said that a former friend of hers had gotten into an argument with her while she was giving him a ride to the 200 block of Streets Run Road. The argument became physical, the woman said, when the man—Edward Seemiller, 44, of 3700 S. Water St. in Pittsburgh—struck her around her face after being taken to his destination and immediately before leaving her vehicle.
Police have charged Seemiller with harassment.
Drunk Teenager on Parkline Drive
Whitehall police officers came to the rear of 1838 Parkline Drive in the Whitehall Place Apartments complex on Nov. 13 at around 3:31 a.m. in response to a report of a suspicious vehicle there with a male slumped over its back seat.
As the officers approached the vehicle in question, they observed two feet hanging from its open right rear door and reported detecting the odor of alcohol.
The officers also reported that the male—a 16 year old—showed signs of intoxication. They turned the male over to his mother and cited him for underage drinking.
Identity Thefts Galore
Chief Dolfi said that his department has handled three cases of identity theft and/or fraudulent use of credit cards in the past week.
Dolfi said that, during the Christmas shopping season, people are at a higher risk of having their identities stolen and that everyone should keep an extremely close eye on their bank and credit card statements.
Whitehall police officers came to the 1600 block of Parkline in Whitehall Place on Nov. 15 at around 8:40 a.m. in response to an assault report there.
When officers met with the victim, she had visible signs of swelling on her face. The victim told police that her altercation with the assault suspect—Nathan Vincent Contosta, 32, of 238 Cedar St. in Baldwin Borough—began as an argument the night before and escalated into physical contact the next morning.
Officers arrested Contosta and charged him with simple assault and harassment.
Prospect Park Dugout Damaged by Vehicle
On Nov. 15 at around 12:49 p.m., Whitehall's Public Works director contacted borough police to report that a dugout at Wallace (Prospect) Park was damaged by a vehicle sometime the night before.
Police searched the area for tire tracks and any other information and are investigating the incident. Anyone with more information is being asked to call the Whitehall police at 412-884-1100.
Marijuana on Route 51
An off-duty Whitehall police officer contacted his station on Nov. 15 at around 1:12 p.m. and reported that he witnessed a man driving along Route 51 drop a blunt (cigar) out of his vehicle.
Through his training and experience, the off-duty officer believed that the cigar was similar to ones used to smoke marijuana.
Whitehall K-9 officers pulled the man—Shawn Patrick Judy, 40, of 318 35th Ave. in McKeesport, PA—over on Route 51, searched his vehicle and reported finding a bag of marijuana, as well as drug paraphernalia, inside of it.
Police are charging Judy with possession of a controlled substance. UPDATE: That charge was withdrawn on Dec. 20.
Missing Porch Swing from Sherwood Drive
A resident from the 5200 block of Sherwood Drive contacted the Whitehall police on Nov. 16 at around 10:05 a.m. to report that someone had stolen the metal frame of a porch swing from that resident's side yard sometime the night before.
The resident valued the frame at around $130. Police are investigating.