Friday, February 15, 2013
Numerous police departments, including Baldwin Township's, are planning to participate this weekend.
Numerous police departments from across Pittsburgh's South Hills area, including Baldwin Township's, are planning to participate in roving DUI patrols on Friday night and early Saturday morning. Other participating police departments include ones from Bridgeville Borough, Scott Township, Heidelberg Borough, Collier Township, South Fayette Township, Mt. Lebanon, Castle Shannon Borough, Dormont Borough and Green Tree Borough. Officers from those municipalities will be on patrol looking for impaired drivers. However, they will not set up any stationary checkpoints throughout the night, police said. The effort is in conjunction with the Mt. Lebanon Area DUI Task Force and is funded through the Pennsylvania DUI Association with grants from the …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Joan Meissonier, 59, was reported missing on New Year's Day.
UPDATE (Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, 1:59 p.m.): According to Castle Shannon police, Meissonier was found in Pittsburgh's East Liberty area on Thursday afternoon by an acquaintance who then notified a family member. ... A woman missing from Castle Shannon Borough could be in danger, according to the Castle Shannon police website. Joan Lynn Meissonier, 59, was reported missing on New Year's Day. She reportedly left her home some time after 2 p.m. Meissonier, described as being 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 120 pounds, has told her family that she wanted to live on the streets. She does not have her medications with her. She has green eyes, dark brown shoulder-length hair and may be wearing tennis shoes and a black winter coat. She is…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Arrest happened on Nov. 19 along Streets Run Road.
A SWAT team was ready, but it turns out that it wasn't necessary to bring down a heroin dealer in Whitehall Borough in mid-November, Whitehall police Chief Donald R. Dolfi said. Police arrested Joshua Gunter, 24, of 455 Streets Run Rd. in Whitehall, on Nov. 19 after Dolfi said that a confidential informant engaged in a "drug-buy" with Gunter at Gunter's residence that afternoon. Dolfi said that police officers from the nearby Baldwin Borough, Bethel Park and Mt. Lebanon police departments, as well as a Castle Shannon K-9 unit, joined Whitehall police on Nov. 19. Groups from those and other municipalities helped to form a South Hills Area Council of Governments SWAT team prior to the arrest that day, but Dolfi said that the SWAT team was …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
A man is charged again with doing something for the second time in just over a year.
A man with a history of stealing from the Giant Eagle in Whitehall Borough's Caste Village is charged with doing the same thing again after he led police from Whitehall and Castle Shannon boroughs, and Bethel Park, on a search for him through Whitehall on Saturday. Brenton Fawcett, 37, of 353 Brookline Blvd., was arrested that day and taken to the Allegheny County Jail on charges of robbery, receiving stolen property, retail theft and defiant trespass for stealing DVDs and other merchandise from Giant Eagle at around 1:03 p.m., Whitehall police Chief Donald R. Dolfi said. (UPDATE: The robbery charge was withdrawn on Nov. 13.) Dolfi explained that the trespass charge stems from a restriction placed on Fawcett from entering that Giant Eagle …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Three burglaries were reported in Brookline this past week, all while the victims were at home and sleeping. Another happened in Castle Shannon.
Three home burglaries were reported in Pittsburgh's Brookline neighborhood this past week, and the victims were not only home during the break-ins; they were asleep. The first occurred in the 700 block of Berkshire Avenue on Thursday between 4:45 and 6:45 a.m. The victim told police that someone forced open a side window of his home and entered his residence while he was sleeping. Money and jewelry were stolen. Then, either late on Thursday or early on Friday, two similar burglaries were reported, both in the 1600 block of Greencrest Drive. In both cases, a burglar forced open windows to enter the homes. Cigarettes, money and a checkbook were reported stolen from one home, and money was reported stolen from the other. The Pittsburgh Bureau…
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Two occurred very near Baldwin Township; another on the Whitehall border.
Thieves usually know no boundaries, but luckily for Baldwin-Whitehall residents, a string of possibly related home break-ins in the area has been limited so far—albeit barely—to Castle Shannon Borough. The Castle Shannon Police Department is investigating the three similar burglaries, two of which occurred very near Baldwin Township. The other happened just past the Whitehall Borough border. The latest incident occurred in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Aug. 15, on 6th Street, adjacent to the northwestern border of Whitehall, according to the Castle Shannon municipal website. The burglar, or burglars, entered a 6th Street home through an unlocked rear kitchen window, gaining access by climbing on lawn furniture. Cash was taken from …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Problem ongoing in Baldwin Twp., Castle Shannon, Brookline, Dormont, Mt. Lebanon.
Police from a number of communities in Pittsburgh's South Hills area are looking for information that they hope will lead them to whomever is responsible for a recent string of vehicular vandalism. A person, or persons, has been smashing the windows of vehicles—and causing other significant damage to vehicles—parked in the neighboring communities of Baldwin Township, Castle Shannon Borough, Dormont Borough, Mt. Lebanon and Pittsburgh's Brookline neighborhood over the past few weeks. According to an April 17 report on the Dormont-Brookline Patch, people in a small, dark-colored vehicle, or two small, dark-colored vehicles, were reported to police as having damaged over 10 vehicles in Brookline and Castle Shannon on Friday and Saturday, …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Did this woman come to your door? And another item in these Whitehall Borough police notes.
A Pattern of Fraud Something seemed strange when Amanda Krull came to a home in the 700 block of Whitehall Borough's Dunn Drive on Wednesday night. As it turned out, something was. Krull, 22, of 59 Pearl Dr. in neighboring Brentwood Borough, visited the home at around 6:30 that night to ask for donations for an epilepsy research fundraising walk in Washington, DC, from May 1-3. A woman from nearby Greenlee Road, who was at her father's Dunn Drive home at the time, spoke to Krull and gave her $20, but when the daughter did some research the next morning about the 2012 National Walk for Epilepsy—which was actually completed in March—she called the Whitehall Police Department to report the fraud. Krull was soon after arrested by constables …
Friday, March 16, 2012
Area police departments are rolling out sobriety checks and extra DUI patrols.
With all of the St. Patrick's Day events happening in and around Pittsburgh this weekend, area police departments want everyone to have fun, but they also want to keep everyone safe. The South Hills Area DUI Task Force, which includes police departments from Baldwin Borough, Bridgeville Borough, Scott Township, Collier Township, South Fayette Township and Castle Shannon Borough, will increase efforts to find impaired drivers this weekend. And Baldwin Township police will partner with Mt. Lebanon police and the Mt. Lebanon Area DUI Task Force to do the same. Also, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police will be conducting DUI patrols and managing sobriety checkpoints throughout the city this weekend. Pittsburgh's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade—…
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
A roundup of the region's top stories for Wednesday, Dec. 28.
Here are today's top stories from Patch sites in your area: Criminal Complaint: Man Threatened to Kill Wife, Himself Armed Man Robs Parkvale Bank at Caste Village Brookline Cars Shot by BB Guns on Christmas T-Shirt Sales to Benefit Fallen Officer's Family Ft. Couch 'Reaches Out,' Raises $11K for Charities Tote Drive Exudes True Holiday Meaning --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter.