Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Jamal Tompkins was charged with raping a mentally disabled girl, but he pleaded guilty only to sexual assault and corruption of minors.
The man whom Baldwin Borough police officers tracked down in Erie, PA, over a year ago on charges that he raped a mentally disabled girl in south Baldwin in September 2010 has been sentenced to approximately 1-2 years of confinement for sexual assault and corruption of minors. Jamal Tompkins pleaded guilty to those charges in front of Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel on Dec. 10 before McDaniel withdrew nine other charges and issued the sentence. McDaniel also sentenced Tompkins to five years of probation and lifetime registration as a sex offender. The nine withdrawn charges were rape-forcible compulsion, rape of a mentally disabled person, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse-forcible compulsion, …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The decision does not come lightly, as things got heated on Tuesday night. More funds should be coming for the borough's road program, as well.
Chalk one up for the underdogs. Actually, chalk two up. John Conley played the role of swing voter at a special Baldwin Council meeting on Tuesday night, joining fellow Councilmen Bob Collet, Larry Brown and Ed Moeller in support of adding a full-time patrol officer to the Baldwin Borough Police Department roster. The foursome made up an unofficial majority during the meeting—which was scheduled as part of a continued discussion regarding the borough's 2013 budget—when council members couldn't agree on whether or not to add the police officer. Although the borough's 2013 budget hasn't been passed yet—it will have to be before 2012 is over—the trio of council President David Depretis, council Vice President Michael Stelmasczyk and council …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Board member Nancy Crowder 'takes the lollipop.' And other notes from an Oct. 10 board meeting.
'Take This Lollipop' Baldwin Borough police Detective Anthony Cortazzo put a little fear into the hearts of the crowd at Wednesday night's Baldwin-Whitehall School Board meeting. Appearing on behalf of the Pennsylvania Chapter of Children's Advocacy Centers, of which he is an instructor, Cortazzo made a presentation to the school board to warn of the risks associated with sharing information on the Internet, particularly when young people do so. Board member Nancy Lee Crowder volunteered to help Cortazzo with showing fellow board members and the meeting's audience a video featuring a fictional—albeit realistic—man that abuses the information made available publicly on a person's Facebook page—in this case, Crowder's. "It was creepy," …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Trial began in February.
UPDATE: Jamal Tompkins' jury trial is ongoing and is scheduled to resume again on Dec. 10, 2012. Jamal Tompkins, 22, of 433 Zara St. in Pittsburgh's Knoxville neighborhood, whom Baldwin Borough police have accused of raping a mentally disabled girl in a vacant apartment at Baldwin's Leland Point Apartments complex in September 2010, will face a jury trial starting in February 2012 for numerous charges stemming from the incident. The incident also involved two male juveniles, whom police are charging in connection to the attack on the 17-year-old victim, as well. Baldwin police detective Anthony Cortazzo said that the girl knew at least one of the three males charged in connection with the rape, which took place as the girl was making her …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Leftovers from an April 17 council meeting.
Baldwin Formally Enters Shade Tree Commission Despite saying that the Whitehall Borough Council's urging of the Baldwin Borough Council to support a multi-municipal Shade Tree Commission was "in bad form," Baldwin Councilman Michael Stelmasczyk joined five of his colleagues in supporting the commission, 6-1, on Tuesday night. But Stelmasczyk made some demands before agreeing to join the commission, demands that Baldwin solicitor Stanley B. Lederman said will still allow Baldwin Borough to be an effective partner in the commission with nearby Whitehall and Brentwood boroughs. (Whitehall has already agreed to join, and Brentwood is expected to join later this month.) Essentially, Stelmasczyk made changes to the language of a Baldwin bill …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Emails to Baldwin police Detective Anthony Cortazzo are needed to ultimately present a case to PennDOT.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
A letter-writing—make that email-writing—campaign has been started by a group of Baldwin Borough residents from near the Route 51-Irwin Drive intersection. The campaign calls for area citizens to email Baldwin Borough police Detective Anthony Cortazzo (by Thursday, March 29) with their concerns over pedestrian safety along Route 51, particularly between the Route 51 cloverleaf and Streets Run Road, where at least two serious vehicular accidents have occurred since Feb. 1: UPDATE: Email campaign has closed. Email address removed. The group's organizers say that Cortazzo is working with them to make a compelling case to ultimately take to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to institute changes along Route 51, namely: --- Follow …