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Fights Along Curry Road Cap Youth Football Banquet

The incident occurred on Saturday night at Salvatore's in south Baldwin Borough.

Baldwin Borough police went to the Curry Commons shopping plaza in south Baldwin at around 10:33 p.m. on Saturday for a report of multiple fights and a driver suspected by police of being intoxicated leaving the plaza's parking lot with children.

The incident took place after a banquet for Thomas Jefferson Youth Football at Salvatore's of Little Giant World of Catering.

According to a police report of the incident, multiple witnesses said that they saw Gregory M. Borneman, 31, of Chelton Avenue in Pittsburgh's Brookline neighborhood, fighting with other men both before and after driving his car in and near the parking lot.

A police officer reported that, after arriving at the scene—near the Curry Road-Rosewood Drive intersection—he noticed that Borneman had bloodshot, glassy red eyes; slurred speech; and an odor of alcohol coming from him.

Borneman was not in his car when police arrived. Instead, another man was standing at the Rosewood intersection holding Borneman up by his arm.

At that point, Borneman's car, which contained his two children and a male driver, came upon the scene. The driver told police that he took Borneman's car and moved it to a safe location because Borneman was drunk while trying to drive away from the scene himself, according to the police report.

Another witness said that Borneman, after fighting with another man in the parking lot who was also attending the banquet, was able to get into his car and circle around the parking lot twice before coming to a stop at the Rosewood intersection.

Two men were able to pressure Borneman out of his car at that intersection, but Borneman then got into a fight with one of those men while the other got into the car and drove it and the children away from the scene.

Police report that Borneman refused field-sobriety tests before being arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center for a blood test. Borneman also refused to be subjected to a blood test at the hospital, police report, before then threatening an officer with violence.

A family member eventually picked up Borneman and his children and left the hospital with them. While traveling on Coal Valley Road toward Route 51, Borneman got out of his relative's vehicle and directed two middle fingers and an expletive at police, police reported.

In addition to the DUI charge, police are charging Borneman with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

The other men involved in the fights with Borneman are reporting injuries. The man involved in the fight in the parking lot is reporting a brush burn. The other man—from the fight near the Rosewood intersection—is reporting a broken right hand.

The cause for the parking lot fight is unknown.

Read through other Baldwin Borough police items here.

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Sasafras Jackson January 28, 2013 at 08:48 PM
It sounds like Ms. Borneman has a character flaw. There is no excuse for putting children at risk even when you decide to “throw a few back” at a youth football banquet. I applaud these proverbial superhero crime fighters that stopped Ms. Borneman and in turn put themselves in harms way. I equate this situation to the time that Jose Canseco and his ex-wife were driving down a FL highway at 100 miles per hour bumping into each other’s cars. Cooler heads prevailed that day, as is the case here. Will the crime fighters be honored in anyway by the Baldwin police?
Kathleen January 29, 2013 at 01:25 PM
I don't understand the need for alcohol at a children's banquet.
old man January 29, 2013 at 01:50 PM
It is amazing that an individual would endanger his children and others, after consuming alcohol. What I can't understand is why would the police release him to a relative at the hospital, if he was that intoxicated. This is definately a person who needs treatment for alcohol problem's.
Smitty Jones January 29, 2013 at 02:32 PM
It sounds like the "fights" were simply 2 responsible people trying to prevent the drunken man from driving. The article implies that Mr. Borneman attended the banquet, which would also imply that's where he got drunk (as opposed to getting drunk somewhere else and then just showing up to pick up his kids.). I agree with Kathleen, it's not appropriate to serve alcohol at a children's banquet.
Concerned parent February 01, 2013 at 02:52 AM
I agree. I could care less about a few idiots getting in a fight but what about all the other parents that chose to indulge in a "few" drinks then proceed to drive their kids home. Alcohol of any kind has no business being at a kids function!!
other parent February 03, 2013 at 11:39 PM
The fights only occured because they were trying to stop someone driving drunk. Borneman attacked people because of his drinking. I am grateful that we weren't attending his kids' funerals or an innocent bystander! No one needed to be drinking.
other parent February 03, 2013 at 11:42 PM
P.S. Those "idiots" were helping defenseless children.
Concerned parent February 05, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Oh, so you were there and saw that Mr borneman was the only one drinking?? I find that hard to believe. Again taking me back to my original post...ALCOHOL HAS NO BUSINESS BEING ANYWHERE NEAR A YOUTH FUNCTION!!
other parent February 05, 2013 at 06:13 PM
I was there. In fact, I agree that no one should have been drinking. I don't believe that people should drink around kids, as my own personal value system. That is why I stated that in a previous comment. All I was saying is I know that the fights were protecting the children and in my eyes that doesn't make them idiots. It makes me grateful that there are still people that would put themselves in harms way to help the innocent. I also know for a fact that the one man that he attacked didn't have any alcohol to drink. I just don't think it is fair to call people idiots for doing the right thing. Even for people that drink and drive that do not carry childen in their car, other people's children are on the road and I think either way is unacceptable.

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