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Fighting, Underage Drinking Lead to Police Activity During Caste Fireworks

And other stories in these Whitehall Borough police notes from June 20-July 2.

Injured Man, Fight, Warrant Out

As the annual was wrapping up in  at around 10 p.m. on Friday, a collection of officers received a report of an injured male lying on the ground in the main Caste parking lot.

Officers found the male, who had recently received a blow to his mouth area, Whitehall police Chief Donald R. Dolfi said. Police called medics to the scene and cleared the area to treat the victim.

The officers interviewed witnesses and were pointed to the direction that the attacker fled after allegedly striking the victim from his rear, blind side. Witnesses knew the attacker by name.

As officers began to head in that direction, another male arrived at the scene and tackled one of the witnesses who was showing police the way, Chief Dolfi said. The tackler then attempted to throw some punches, but the officers broke up that fight.

The tackler, Michael Fazio, 22, of 1838 Parkline Dr., Apt. 13, in Whitehall's area, was taken into custody, processed and released. Police are charging Fazio with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.

Also, a warrant has been issued for Daniel Laplace Jr., 23, of 649 Glowood Dr. in Whitehall, on charges of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, simple assault and harassment. Police believe that Laplace is the attacker who ran from the scene.

Also charged in connection with the incident are Raymond Fleisner, 21, of 1556 Barnes Ave. in South Park Township, and Nathan Reed, 18, of 352 Benson Cir. in Whitehall. Fleisner and Reed are being charged with disorderly conduct.

It Pays to Be Honest

At around 9 p.m. on Friday, a Whitehall police officer came upon three teenage girls at  in possession of alcohol, Dolfi said.

The officer took the girls—two 16 year olds and one 17 year old—to a police command post and waited for their parents to come get them.

Parents did arrive to get the girls, but the officer realized that two of the teens—the oldest one and one of the 16 year olds—had given false names.

The next day, the officer visited those girls' parents after discovering their true identities. The girls who gave false names are being charged with violating liquor laws, while the girl who was honest is not being charged.

Except for One

At around 8:57 p.m. on Friday, Whitehall police officers came upon approximately 25 young adults being loud and crowding traffic ways at the Caste Village parking lot.

The officers requested that the adults stay away from the traffic, and most of them complied, Dolfi said, except for one—Bradley Everett Haas Jr., 24, of 812 Rolling Rock Rd. in —who continued to display "disorderly and hazardous actions."

The officers believed that Haas was extremely intoxicated, Dolfi said. He was led away from the scene and eventually taken home by a friend. Haas is being charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

Slashed Tires

A resident of the 1100 block of Prospect Road contacted Whitehall police at around 1:54 p.m. on Friday to report that the two front tires on his 2002 black Cadillac Escalade had been slashed while it was parked in his driveway.

The resident had been advertising the vehicle as for sale. He has not been able to provide a monetary value for the tires' damage.

Police have canvassed the area and spoken to nearby residents but have not turned up any leads.

The investigation is open.

Broken Glass on Bevan Road

Whitehall police received a report at around 12:39 p.m. on Friday that someone had broken the glass on the front door of an

A maintenance worker there said that the glass had been broken since June 22.

Police, who are investigating the incident, believe that the glass had been kicked in, Dolfi said.

Stolen(?) Money

A resident of 1745 Skyline Dr. in the Prospect Park area contacted Whitehall police at around 3:52 p.m. on Wednesday to report that the money order that she was using to pay rent to management was stolen.

The woman said that she placed her rent in its assigned mail drop slot but was surprised to learn that Whitehall Place management never received it. She eventually discovered that the money order was cashed but not by her landlords.

Whitehall police have been investigating the incident and have discovered a person of interest who also lives at Whitehall Place, Dolfi said. The person of interest is denying any wrongdoing but has nonetheless given the would-be victim her money back.

Dolfi said that his department is weighing its options when it comes to potentially charging the person of interest.

"No victim, no crime," Dolfi said. "The police department can't be a victim."

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JustMe July 03, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Bet any money that these teens were taking booze from their parents down at Caste and they didn't even know it. There was more teens drunk down there this year then in the past. It is a shame that Parents can't keep an eye on their children stealing their booze, wait they are too drunk also.
NorthBaldwinTransplant July 04, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Our Police Department is great. Kudos and support to our officers. Under-appreciated most of the time.
JustMe July 04, 2012 at 02:09 AM
ml if you would read the section IT PAYS TO BE HONEST "Parents did arrive to get the girls, but the officer realized that two of the teens—the oldest one and one of the 16 year olds—had given false names. The next day, the officer visited those girls' parents after discovering their true identities. The girls who gave false names are being charged with violating liquor laws, while the girl who was honest is not being charged." BTW I was down at Caste Village from around 5 pm and there were quite a few teens that I would say were between the ages of 14-18 that had one to many to drink. We watched a group of teens stealing beer and wine coolers out of coolers and sticking them down the back of their shorts, in their purses and walking away from where their parents were drinking at. The parents were to busy drinking them selves to notice what their teens were doing. Once again Whitehall Police did a fine job down at Caste this year as they always does. ML
JustMe July 04, 2012 at 02:11 AM
North Baldwin Transplant, I totally agree with you there Whitehall has one of the best Police Departments around in the South Hills. They even had a few of Castle Shannon Officers working under cover to help with the drinking problem down there.
Paula Lim July 04, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Agreed. They don't get nearly enough credit for all that they do. They are always a visible presence and are right there when you needs them.....like the time that I was chasing 20 deer off of my patio with a broom (while in my nightgown). They don't miss a trick. Many thanks to them.
JustMe July 04, 2012 at 12:53 PM
LOL ML,
JustMe July 04, 2012 at 04:35 PM
no ml just laughing at your stupid answer. It says in the article that "The next day, the officer visited those girls' parents after discovering their true identities. The girls who gave false names are being charged with violating liquor laws, while the girl who was honest is not being charged." All three should be charged with violating liquor laws, but the officers are giving one of them a break for being honest. ml i always get a kick out of your stupid answers.
JustMe July 04, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Yes one to many as in they were doing something that they were not suppose to be doing, drinking underage. I don't approve of anyone drinking, drinking and driving or parents being irresponsible about not keeping an eye on their children and them stealing booze from their parents. But then again I get such a kick out of your stupid answers and that you always think your correct about everything in the world and how you correct everyone. Even your neighbors say you do the same thing in the neighborhood.
JustMe July 05, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Who's pretending ml, you've been pointed out many of times. Get a life mr ml
JustMe July 05, 2012 at 09:43 AM
Then ml I suggest then that you quit harassing me and get a life other then living on the patch.
JustMe July 05, 2012 at 08:00 PM
ml, your the one that isn't capable of it. I love how you were slammed by another on the obamacare. My hats off to Outraged Citizen, who also is sick and tired of your bashing of everyone.
Jon Wain July 15, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Yins two need to jump into bed together and get it over wit
Jean Smith July 16, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Sorry Jon but wouldn't want to be anywhere near that thing at all.

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