Sunday, May 12, 2013
William Murphy III remains in jail and charged with an array of offenses.
William Joseph Murphy III, who has been charged with multiple counts of burglary, criminal trespassing, theft and receiving stolen property stemming from late 2012 and early 2013 incidents, is facing a non-jury trial that starts on May 16, according to an online docket sheet. The alleged south Baldwin Borough burglar remains in the Allegheny County Jail on $50,000 bail. 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. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
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…
Friday, January 18, 2013
Details emerge from Jan. 4 incident on Blossom Drive in south Baldwin.
William Joseph Murphy III has admitted to trying to burglarize a house in south Baldwin Borough, according to a criminal complaint filed at District Magistrate John N. Bova's Wallace Building office. Officers from multiple police departments detained Murphy at a Blossom Drive home on Jan. 4 as part of a burglary investigation in south Baldwin, according to Baldwin police Chief Michael Scott. The Baldwin-Whitehall Patch captured the detainment on video. The Baldwin police received a 911 call that day from a woman reporting that a suspicious male was knocking on the front door of a home in the 500 block of Elaine Drive. When there was no answer at the door, the caller advised the 911 operator that the male was now going around to the back of…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
'The street is dark.' - Dave Brogan, Meadowcrest Road
Residents from close, parallel streets in south Baldwin Borough didn't plan to show up at Tuesday night's regular Baldwin Council meeting with the same complaint, they said. It just worked out that way. The complaint: It's too dark in Baldwin. Speaking to the council first during public-comments time was Sandra Beyer of Blossom Drive. This marked Beyer's third time in front of the council since June regarding the topic of streetlights reduction in Baldwin, including the elimination of 11 lights on Blossom. On Tuesday, Beyer pointed out that multiple homes in her 600 block of Blossom, where at least two of three scheduled light-eliminations have been completed, have been victimized recently by burglaries. Baldwin police Chief Michael Scott …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Is there a need for armed guards at local schools?
In Case of Emergency ... The topic of school safety dominated discussions on Wednesday night at the first Baldwin-Whitehall School Board meeting since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, CT, in mid-December. Multiple school board members, the district superintendent, a student board representative and a vocal member of the public each spoke on the issue, and the theme was constant: Baldwin-Whitehall, like all school districts, is vulnerable to attack. "I don't know how anybody can fight against a military assault rifle," school board President Nancy Sciulli DiNardo said toward the end of Wednesday's meeting before also saying that school district officials "need to do everything we can within the…
Monday, January 7, 2013
Murphy was detained by police on Blossom Drive on Friday.
Officers from multiple police departments detained William Joseph Murphy III at a Blossom Drive home on Friday as part of a burglary investigation in the south Baldwin Borough area, according to Baldwin police Chief Michael Scott. Upon questioning, Allegheny County police brought charges against Murphy of one count each of burglary, criminal trespassing and the illegal sale or transfer of firearms, and two counts of receiving stolen property, according to an online court document. Murphy turns 28 on Monday. Police entered 620 Blossom after Murphy's mother, the homeowner, granted permission to do so. Eyewitness accounts show at least the Baldwin Borough, Bethel Park, Pleasant Hills, Brentwood Borough and Whitehall police departments on …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
A house on Elaine Drive was victimized either late on Jan. 1 or early on Jan. 2.
Baldwin Borough police have identified a second person of interest in connection with a recent series of home burglaries in south Baldwin. That news comes along with other news that jewelry and coins were stolen from a house on Elaine Drive either during the evening of Jan. 1 or the morning of Jan. 2. The Elaine Drive invasion follows reports of multiple homes similarly being victimized recently on nearby Blossom Drive. Police officers and residents of the area have been in contact with the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch regarding the burglaries and are warning fellow residents of south Baldwin and nearby Bethel Park to lock their windows and doors. In most cases regarding these incidents, the burglar, or burglars, have been entering homes …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Police Chief Scott warns against unlocked windows and doors.
Multiple residents of the 600 block of Blossom Drive in south Baldwin Borough have, in the past month, reported being victims of home burglaries, Baldwin police Chief Michael Scott confirmed on Monday. Neighbors have informed the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch of the burglaries and are warning fellow residents of south Baldwin and nearby Bethel Park to lock their windows and doors. Scott expressed the same warning and said that Baldwin police have identified a person of interest in their investigation of the burglaries—an adult male. That person of interest lives in an unvictimized home in the same block of Blossom. Police were able to track footprints from one of the victimized homes to the person of interest's home, Scott said, but the victims …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Leftovers from Tuesday night's Baldwin Council meeting.
Triangle Pet Control Services Contract Ended By a unanimous vote on Tuesday night, the Baldwin Council officially ended Baldwin Borough's contract with Triangle Pet Control Services, which was shut down by officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture on Oct. 1 after it allegedly defrauded the state by getting paid for services that it didn't perform. Baldwin Borough has been without animal control services throughout October as a result of the shutdown. On Oct. 2, borough Manager John Barrett said that Baldwin officials will "have to figure something out" in order to replace Triangle Pet. Borough Will Soon Stop Paying for Trash Collection at Apartments By another unanimous vote, the Baldwin Council agreed to have …