Neighbors' Dispute Ends with Arrest of Teenager

And other Whitehall borough police stories from this past week.

Neighbors' Dispute

Whitehall Borough police officers went to the 5000 block of Carlyn Drive at around 9:14 on Wednesday night for a report of a disturbance happening outside of a home there.

When the officers arrived, they met with an injured man who said that an argument between him and a neighbor resulted in him being pushed and knocked down, Whitehall police Chief Donald R. Dolfi said. The victim had struck his head on something as he was falling to the ground.

Crews from Medical Rescue Team South Authority arrived at the scene to treat the victim, who provided officers with the name of the other man involved in the altercation.

Police searched the immediate area but could not initially find the other man, Dolfi said. But after obtaining a warrant from night court, officers went to a residence on Carlyn and took James Patrick Bruder, 18, of 5050 Carlyn, into custody at around 12:50 a.m. on Thursday.

Bruder was taken to the Allegheny County Jail on a simple assault charge.

TV Believed to Be Stolen by Relative

Whitehall police officers arrived at the 5300 block of Orchard Hill Drive at around 7:32 a.m. on Friday in response to a burglary report there.

The victims told police that someone had entered their home recently and stolen a 27-inch Toshiba flat-screen TV valued at $300, Dolfi said.

However, neither the victims nor police observed signs of forced entry to the Orchard Hill home.

Eventually, Dolfi said, the victims were able to discern that the TV was taken by a relative—Marley Fisher, 24, of 5369 Orchard Hill—who had access to the home.

Fisher is being charged with theft.

Attempted Burglary on Radford Road

Whitehall police officers arrived at the 1500 block of Radford Road in the Wallace (Prospect) Park area at around 9:46 p.m. on Thursday in response to an attempted burglary there.

Officers met with the victim, who said that she last left her apartment at around 3:30 p.m. that day, and when she returned at around 9:30, she noticed that her front door frame and lock were both broken, Dolfi said.

Strangely, nothing was missing from the woman's apartment, leaving police to wonder if the would-be burglar was somehow scared away.

The incident is under investigation.

Ladders Missing from Jewel Drive

A resident from the 4700 block of Jewel Drive notified Whitehall police at around 11:40 a.m. on Sunday that two ladders were recently taken from his property. The resident last noticed them near his backyard shed on Wednesday night, Dolfi said.

The ladders—an 8-foot, green and yellow fiberglass one and a white fiberglass pool one—were left unsecured in the victim's backyard. The victim valued the white ladder at around $150 but could not place a value on the green and yellow one.

Officers spoke to the man's neighbors, some of whom said that they last saw the pool ladder lying across nearby railroad tracks sometime in the past few days.

Police called the railway company but learned of no reports of a sighting of any ladders on or near the tracks.

The incident is under investigation.

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Paula Lim October 24, 2012 at 01:34 PM
During Whitehall Community Day, anti-fracking activists had a table set up where like-minded neighbors and those just curious could pick up info on gas drilling. One local resident, whose name I don't recall, said that he fully agreed with our mission, but, that we should be aware of another problem that just might be the ruin of cozy community....the crime making it's way from Knoxville, Mt. Oliver , thru Carrick and on it's way down Brownsville road to our borough. As I read the Patch's crime news, he just may have been on to something........ Either the local crime reports never made the news or things have really taken a turn for the worse. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our local law enforcement.
Tim Rose May 27, 2014 at 01:41 PM
our police suck
john4602 October 24, 2012 at 02:02 PM
So please stop worrying about a myth of gas drilling causes harm and focus on crime. Still to this date the EPA has not one case of where hydraulic fracturing contaminated a water well. Look it up. Call the epa call the dep. your protests are just annoying Educate yourselves on gas drilling more please.


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