Monday, May 6, 2013
Three felony counts for intent to deliver were withdrawn.
A Whitehall Borough teenager pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors but avoided three felony drug charges as the result of his April 24 non-jury trial at the Allegheny County Courthouse, according to an online docket sheet. Ryan Christopher Brooks, 18, of 3197 Bel Air Dr., pleaded guilty before Judge Anthony M. Mariani to two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of making repairs, selling or otherwise dealing in, using or possessing an offensive weapon. Meantime, Brooks' felony charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver were withdrawn. The guilty plea is labeled as "negotiated" on the docket sheet. Brooks was sentenced to complete one year of probation for both drug misdemeanors and three …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
And three other stories in these borough police notes.
AutoZone Employee Charged with Retail Theft Police officers went to the AutoZone on Route 51 in Whitehall Borough at around 11:50 a.m. on Thursday to speak with the store's loss prevention officer, according to Whitehall police Chief Donald R. Dolfi. The loss prevention officer informed police that an employee of the store—Danielle Hibbs, 36, of 2089 Plainview Ave. in Pittsburgh's Brookline neighborhood—was caught taking money from the store's register and stealing merchandise, Dolfi said. The approximate value of the cash and merchandise taken was $87. The theft occurred across numerous incidents during an unspecified period of time, but "it came to a head" on Thursday, Dolfi said. Whitehall police are citing Hibbs with retail theft. …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
We will reveal the answer on Tuesday.
ANSWER: And the answer is ... The station was located at the corner of Churchview Avenue and Glass Run Road until the present station was built in 1958 when Baldwin became mostly a borough. - - - - - The Baldwin Historical Society brings you another trivia question that delves into our area's colorful past. Pat Lombardi and Patty Woehler, co-presidents of the society, generously write the questions and provide the pictures. Here is this week's question: Standing in front of a new Chrysler Scout patrol car in November 1949 are, left to right, Baldwin Township police Captain Charles Powell, Lt. Carl Schultz, Chief John Weis and patrolmen Charles Colosi and Edward Pethia. At that time, the force consisted of five full-time officers, including…
Monday, April 29, 2013
Reports of suspicious activity in the greater area have nearly doubled since the Boston Marathon bombing.
Allegheny County Chief of Emergency Services Alvin Henderson Jr. and Allegheny County police Superintendent Charles Moffatt urge residents to continue to remain vigilant in their communities, and if they see something, say something. With efforts by the Pennsylvania State police, residents can now send something, too. "With the recent explosions in Boston, we are reminded once again that we must remain vigilant and aware of what is going on around us in our communities," Henderson said. "Federal, state and local officials continue to work together with first responders and the private sector to protect our communities, but the residents are really our eyes and ears." While many reports are for harmless items that were left behind or …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Incessantly barking dogs and the feeding of feral cats would be illegal in the borough, for examples.
The Whitehall Borough Council is reviewing a draft ordinance that would greater restrict animal activity in the borough. An ordinance presented recently to the council, if officially adopted, would make it illegal for someone to feed wild and stray animals in Whitehall. It would also make it illegal to own a pet that creates an offensive odor or excessive noise, such as incessant barking. The ordinance is on display at the borough municipal complex along Borough Park Drive and is also available in this article's media gallery (below the photo). Borough Manager James E. Leventry said that he anticipates that the council will make a decision on whether to adopt, alter or reject this ordinance at its second meeting of May. If approved, the …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The road reopened at around 11:30 a.m.
Route 51 in Pittsburgh's Overbrook neighborhood—near the Maytide Street intersection—is back open after police closed down the state road at around 10:40 a.m. on Thursday due to a suspicious package found there, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The device was described as a small transformer with copper wiring around the top "which most likely alarmed people," Pittsburgh Bureau of Police spokeswoman Diane Richard told the paper. The road reopened at around 11:30 a.m. Our newsletter subscribers received this story first. --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for the daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter.
Runners should arrive early for the extra security measures and attendees will see K-9s that detect explosives along the course.
Pittsburgh and marathon officials held a news conference Thursday morning to ensure safety at the May 5 race. "I feel it's important to emphasize the actions being taken to ensure the safety for runners and spectators," Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said. "We're making sure the terrible acts in Boston don't deter the spirit of the marathon in Pittsburgh." "The show is going on. It's going to be a great day. It's going to be a safe day," said Patrice Maramoros, director of the Pittsburgh Marathon. Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Michael Huss told runners to arrive to the race early. "There will be things in place that weren't there before," he said. He said attendees could expect to see K-9s along the course that detect explosives. He …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The alleged south Baldwin burglar remains in jail and charged with an array of offenses.
A pretrial conference awaits William Joseph Murphy III, the alleged south Baldwin Borough burglar who remains in the Allegheny County Jail, according to an online docket sheet. Murphy, who has been charged with multiple counts of burglary, criminal trespassing, theft and receiving stolen property stemming from late 2012 and early 2013 incidents, will have a pretrial conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse on April 26—the result of his March 18 formal arraignment. Officers from multiple police departments detained Murphy at a Blossom Drive home on Jan. 4 as part of a burglary investigation in the area, according to Baldwin police Chief Michael Scott. The Baldwin-Whitehall Patch captured the detainment on video. --- Follow the Baldwin…
Monday, April 22, 2013
Bethel Park police charged Frank Zahler, 70, with three felonies on Sunday.
Bethel Park police have charged a Castle Shannon Borough man with making terroristic threats, threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction and causing or risking a catastrophe following a bomb threat at South Hills Village Mall on Sunday. All of the charges against Frank Zahler, 70, are felonies. Zahler, who is accused of making a bomb threat at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at South Hills Village on Sunday night, blames his arrest on "hoity, toity kids," according to The Associated Press. Police say that Zahler asked some other customers at Barnes & Noble to watch his briefcase and joked that it contained some explosives relating to the Boston Marathon. The customers alerted the store's manager, who then called police. Police evacuated …
The suspect is a 70-year-old man from Castle Shannon.
A Castle Shannon man accused of making a bomb threat at the Barnes & Noble at South Hills Village Sunday night blames his arrest on "hoity, toity kids," according to the AP. Police say Frank Zahler, 70, asked some other customers to watch his briefcase and joked it contained some explosives relating to the Boston Marathon. The customers alerted the manager, who then called police. The Bethel Park police evacuated the mall, the movie theater and surrounding restaurants. "In my day, we would have laughed it off, you know? There's no hope," Zahler told reporters, according to the AP. The image of Zahler comes from WPXI.