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…
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 …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
William Murphy remains charged with an array of south Baldwin crimes.
District Magistrate John N. Bova granted the withdrawal of three charges against William Joseph Murphy III at a preliminary hearing at Bova's Wallace Building office on Tuesday. Withdrawn were both charges of receiving stolen property and one charge of the illegal sale or transfer of firearms, all stemming from a Jan. 4 incident in Baldwin Borough. But also from that incident, one charge each of burglary and trespassing have been waived for Allegheny County Court, where Murphy is scheduled to appear for a formal arraignment on March 18. Likewise, one charge each of trespassing and burglary from a Jan. 16 incident in Baldwin have been waived for county court on March 18. In addition, 28 other Baldwin charges against Murphy—all since Oct. 1 …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Police arrested Murphy at a motel on Route 51 in Jefferson Hills.
William Joseph Murphy III is accused of burglarizing eight Baldwin Borough homes—and attempting to burglarize two others—leading to an arrest by Baldwin police on Thursday at a motel on Route 51 in Jefferson Hills Borough, police Chief Michael Scott said. Until recently, Murphy, 28, lived in the 600 block of Blossom Drive in Baldwin. He is accused of stealing items from the homes of four neighbors in that same block in south Baldwin—including one home twice—Scott said. The three other burglaries happened on nearby Elaine and Norma drives, and on Elderslee Road in central Baldwin. The eight burglaries for which he is being charged all occurred since October 2012, Scott said. That does not include incidents on Jan. 4 or 16 in which residents…
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…
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 …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The same man arrested for burglarizing the Baldwin Boro police chief a year ago tries again on the same street.
If at first you don't succeed ... Try the exact same thing again? Two men were arrested early Tuesday morning after they broke into a house in the 1400 block of Woodbourne Avenue in Pittsburgh's Brookline neighborhood. Pittsburgh police officers were dispatched to the Woodbourne house just before 2 a.m. for a report of a burglary in progress. One of the men arrested—George Joseph Assenat, 33, of Pittsburgh's Carrick neighborhood—is the same person who was arrested in June 2011 for breaking into a house owned by Baldwin Borough police Chief Michael Scott and trying to steal copper piping from it. That house was also located on Woodbourne. According to the police report of Tuesday's incident, the rear door of the victimized house had been …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
And other police news from Feb. 7-13.
Man Issued Citation After Incident Whitehall Borough police officers on Friday night, while searching Route 51 between Brownsville Road and Borough Park Drive for a report of a distressed man, said that they found the man in question drunk and lying behind the Whitehall Fire Company station in the 4400 block of Clairton Boulevard. The officers received a call from a motorist passing through that area at around 10:49 p.m. who said that the man was lying along the side of Route 51. The officers said that the man—Daniel Robert Kerekes, 48, of 1253 Megown Drive in South Park Township—was highly intoxicated when they found him and issued him a citation for public drunkenness. WIC Checks (and Other Items) Taken from Vehicle on Curry Road A …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
And five other incidents detailed in these Whitehall Borough police briefs from Dec. 6-19.
Burglary on Flamingo Drive Residents from the 4800 block of Whitehall Borough's Flamingo Drive called the Whitehall Police Department on Monday, Dec. 19, at around 12:17 p.m. to report a burglary there. The residents said that cash and electronics were recently taken from their home. Whitehall police officers responded to Flamingo Drive, searched the area and interviewed neighbors. Officers on patrol earlier that day reported seeing two juvenile males walking around the area. After establishing descriptions of those two males, the Whitehall police spoke to officials from nearby Baldwin High School, who said that two males who fit those descriptions were sent home from the high school earlier that day. Whitehall officers obtained a search …