Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Also, a 10-year-old is charged with stealing a fire extinguisher, and one other Whitehall police story from this past week.
Public Drunkenness Charge After Police Claim Disobedience A Whitehall Borough police officer on patrol stopped at the Sunoco/APlus gas station and convenience store along Route 51 at around 12:53 a.m. on Friday. When the officer walked into the store, he observed a man arguing with a clerk in what appeared to be an intoxicated state, Whitehall police Deputy Chief Richard M. Danko said. The officer advised the man—John Mallon Kearns, 21, of 541 Elaine Dr. in Baldwin Borough—not to get into his car in his current condition and drive away, but Kearns responded to the officer with vulgarity and dismissiveness, Danko said, and tried to get into his car anyway. The officer prevented Kearns from doing so and arrested him in the store's parking …
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 …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Christopher Lyons faces sentencing in March.
A Brentwood Borough man pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to a 2011 bank robbery at a Giant Eagle in Moon Township. Christopher Lyons, 32, admitted to robbing a Citizens Bank location within the supermarket of an undisclosed amount of cash on Nov. 6, 2011. Lyons is scheduled to face sentencing in U.S. District Court on March 25. During the robbery, Lyons passed a note to a bank teller that read, "This is a robbery ... I have a gun," according to court documents. The teller then handed Lyons a stack of cash that contained an exploding dye pack. Lyons fled Giant Eagle with the cash, which exploded in the store's Moon Plaza parking lot before he drove away in a black Cadillac Escalade. With the help of surveillance footage, …
Monday, September 17, 2012
Number of break-ins has approached double digits in the past 2-3 weeks.
Chief Robert Butelli of the Brentwood Borough Police Department confirmed on Monday that the number of vehicle break-ins in Brentwood, particularly along Brownsville Road and the streets that adjoin it, has approached double digits in recent weeks. Butelli said that the break-ins probably could have been avoided. "They were all unlocked vehicles," he said. "We've caught kids doing this before many, many times, whether they're at a bad age, it's somebody on drugs, or it's a young kid just looking for cash or something. They'll walk along and just try the door handles as they're walking down the street. We've had witnesses report it. "And if the door's unlocked, they'll open up the car and grab any kind of change or money that's lying around…
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Whitehall's Juliana Fortunato is recovering from a scary accident in Brentwood in June.
Everything about a scary accident at the intersection of Brownsville Road and Route 51 on June 16 looked bad. The intersection was a mess that Saturday morning in Brentwood Borough as a car rested against a utility pole and guardrail along the southbound lane near the Greater Beneficial Union building. Blood was on the road. The crash also sounded bad, not just for the emergency sirens that accompanied two victims to UPMC Mercy Hospital but as word surfaced three days later from Brentwood police Chief Robert Butelli that a man and a girl were both in comas. Speculation abounded in the days following the crash. Who were the victims? How did this happen? Butelli told the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on June 19 that one of the victims was Laurence…
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Christopher Lyons is in the courts system.
UPDATE: Christopher Lyons had a pretrial conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse on July 20 to face the charges of prohibited use of a firearm, making terroristic threats and aggravated assault. He will now face a non-jury trial for those charges at the same location, beginning on Sept. 21. A Brentwood Borough man has been indicted on one count of bank robbery in connection with a November holdup in Moon Township. Following an investigation by Moon police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Christopher Lyons, 32, of 103 Beisner Ave., was charged in federal court on April 25 with robbing a Citizens Bank inside of a Moon Giant Eagle of $1,140. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
A 17-year-old Whitehall girl was hit while jogging near PNC Bank.
A male driver and a 17-year-old female pedestrian were both taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital in serious condition after they were injured in a traffic collision at the Route 51-Brownsville Road intersection in Brentwood Borough on Saturday. Brentwood police Chief Robert Butelli said on Tuesday that the last update that he received on the driver and pedestrian's conditions was that both are in comas. The crash happened at around 8:20 a.m., Chief Butelli said, when Laurence McGaffin, of Stilley Road in Whitehall Borough, struck the 17-year-old jogger from Prospect Road in Whitehall as she was standing on or near a street island close to the intersection's PNC Bank. Butelli said that it is not known whether the girl was actually on the island …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
A roundup of the region's top stories.
Here are this week's top stories from Patch sites in your area: Pig on Parkway Gets a Squeal Out of Drivers The Fresh Market May Soon Be Coming to Route 19 Police Looking for Armed Robber of Route 51 Dairy Queen Woman Racks Up $8K on Grandma's Credit Card Police Warn Residents to Lock Cars Watch Your Speed: Traffic-Calming Measures Coming to Hill Place Road --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for the daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
And other police notes from May 22-28.
Dairy Queen Robbed at Gunpoint The Whitehall Police Department is still looking for the man that Whitehall police Chief Donald R. Dolfi said robbed a Route 51 Dairy Queen at gunpoint on Saturday night. That Dairy Queen is on the border of Whitehall Borough and Pittsburgh's Carrick neighborhood. Dolfi said that a man in his early 20s or slightly younger came into Dairy Queen at around 10:38 p.m. on Saturday armed with a semi-automatic handgun and ordered employees to give him money from the restaurant's cash register. Dolfi described the man as approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall with a slender build and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and material that was covering his face. He was carrying a small black duffle bag. No one at …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Whitehall Borough police notes from March 27-April 2.
Scary Home Entry on Greenlee Road A resident of Whitehall Borough's 500 block of Greenlee Road called police at around 10:28 a.m. on Friday to report that a man had forced himself into her home by breaking through the home's rear door, Whitehall police Chief Donald R. Dolfi said. The woman ran from her home through her front door and to a neighbor's home. She told police that the intruder was around 18 or 19 years old with brown hair and wearing a light brown jacket. Officers from the Whitehall and Brentwood Borough police departments came to the scene to search for the man. They did not find him in the home or in the immediate area. A crime scene unit from the district attorney's office processed the scene for evidence, and an …