Monday, January 7, 2013
Arrests were made on Saturday and Monday mornings.
Arrest on Becks Run Road A Baldwin Borough police officer stopped a vehicle on Becks Run Road at around 2:18 a.m. on Monday for erratic driving, according to a police report. The officer reported smelling alcohol when he approached the vehicle's driver—Robert Anthony Hassett, 54, of East Agnew Avenue in Pittsburgh's Carrick neighborhood. The officer also reported that Hassett admitted to recently drinking alcohol. Hassett was put through field-sobriety and breath-analyzer tests, which he failed, before being arrested and taken to the Baldwin police station. He then failed another breath-analyzer test before being released. Police are charging Hassett with suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Arrest on Steiner Street A …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
And a theft-from-vehicle report in these Baldwin Borough police notes.
Multiple Charges for Brentwood Borough Man A Baldwin Borough police officer stopped motorist Samuel James Fullerton on Kirk Avenue in Pittsburgh's Carrick neighborhood at around 2:35 a.m. on Dec. 19 for driving erratically on Becks Run Road and other nearby streets, according to a police report. The vehicle being driven by Fullerton, 31, of Beechdale Street in Brentwood Borough, also had what appeared to be fresh damage to it, and according to the officer, Fullerton admitted that he was recently involved in a traffic accident but failed to stop to report it. The officer smelled alcohol coming from Fullerton and put him through field-sobriety and breath-analyzer tests, which he failed, before arresting him and taking him to Jefferson …
Saturday, December 29, 2012
The auto club has some sobering statistics for you to think about before drinking and driving.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Mike Jones
Saturday, December 29, 2012
If you plan to party on New Year's Eve, AAA has some sobering statistics for you to think about before drinking and driving. Compared to all other days in 2012, New Year's Day had the highest percentage of deaths that occurred in crashes with a driver who had a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher, according to AAA spokesperson Bevi Powell. AAA statistics show that 122 people were killed in crashes on New Year's Day 2012, and a little more than half of those crashes involved a drunk driver. "If you plan to drink, absolutely don't drive," Powell said. "If you plan to drink, make sure to bring a friend who can drive you home." Powell also cautioned against anyone getting into a car with a driver who has been drinking. If you're hosting a New…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The district attorney's office requested that the charges be withdrawn.
The withdrawal of several charges against a woman whom police say assaulted three people in a November road rage incident in Baldwin Township has raised some eyebrows. While it is typical for district magistrates to grant the withdrawal of charges based on a lack of evidence, it also often occurs that the victims and/or witnesses of crimes do not wish to participate in the accused's prosecution. Such was the case of Amanda Marie Petrelli, whom a Baldwin Township police officer drew his gun at on Nov. 13 after a traffic accident involving the Dormont Borough woman escalated into violence. According to Baldwin Township police Chief Terrence P. O'Brien, Petrelli, 29, of Tennessee Avenue, punched two other women in the face and ran her vehicle…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
District Judge Barton withdrew most of the charges on Tuesday.
ROAD RAGE UPDATE: Victims Did Not Want to Participate in Prosecution Amanda Marie Petrelli, whom Baldwin Township police say punched two other women in the face and ran her vehicle into a pedestrian in a November road-rage incident, will not face charges for those allegations, district Magistrate David J. Barton decided on Tuesday. Barton withdrew Petrelli's charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, while her driving under the influence of alcohol charge was waived for Allegheny County Court, where she's scheduled to be formally arraigned on Feb. 6. (UPDATE: Petrelli will face her DUI charge at a pretrial conference at the…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
And five other stories in these Baldwin Borough police notes.
Charges for Whitehall, Baldwin Township Men A Baldwin Borough police officer approached a motorist stopped in a driveway along the 600 block of Charlotte Drive at around 2 p.m. on Saturday for almost causing an accident near that driveway, according to a police report. The officer reported smelling alcohol coming from the vehicle of the driver—Christopher James Laplace, 20, of Glowood Drive in Whitehall Borough—who said that he was visiting a friend on Charlotte. Laplace, who was joined by four other people in his vehicle, later changed his story and said that he was dropping people off at the Charlotte driveway, the officer reported. But another person in the vehicle said that Laplace panicked and simply pulled into the driveway to avoid …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Also, an attempted burglary and another DUI arrest in these Baldwin Borough police notes.
Two Baldwin Men Charged in Connection with DUI Incident A Baldwin Borough police officer stopped motorist Aaron Robert Sohl, 31, of Churchview Avenue in Baldwin Borough, at around 12:54 a.m. on Thursday for failing to obey a stop sign at the intersection of Churchview and Willett Road, according to a police report. That intersection is on the border of Baldwin and Brentwood boroughs. The officer reported smelling alcohol while talking with Sohl and put him through field-sobriety and breath-analyzer tests, which he failed. He was arrested and taken to the Baldwin police station, where he twice failed additional breath-analyzer tests before being taken home and released. Police are charging Sohl with suspicion of driving under the influence …
Monday, November 26, 2012
And a Mount Washington woman is arrested for the same thing.
Whitehall Man Arrested A Baldwin Borough police officer stopped motorist Thomas Edward Brannan, 63, of Sherwood Drive in Whitehall Borough, in the Brownsville Plaza parking lot at around 3:40 a.m. on Nov. 17 for erratic driving, according to a police report. The officer tried to pull Brannan over in the 100 block of Knoedler Road, he reported, but Brannan drove over a sidewalk and a grassy area in front of the south Baldwin shopping center before stopping in front of Dave's Terrace Bakery. The officer smelled alcohol upon approaching Brannan and reported that Brannan admitted to recently drinking alcohol. Brannan also failed field-sobriety and breath-analyzer tests before being arrested and taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center for a …
Monday, November 19, 2012
And four other stories in these borough police notes, including another involving a motorcycle.
Motorcycle, Part I A Baldwin Borough police officer went to the 400 block of Grace Street at around 8:06 p.m. on Nov. 11 for a report of a man who fell off of his motorcycle there. When the officer arrived, he observed the biker—Joseph Micha Martin, 63, who lives on that street—pushing his vehicle to the side of the road with the assistance of two bystanders, according to a police report. The officer asked Martin what happened, and Martin said that his black Harley Davidson had stalled, causing him to fall off. The officer reported smelling alcohol on Martin's breath and that Martin admitted to recently drinking alcohol. He then put Martin through field-sobriety tests, which he failed, before arresting him and taking him to Jefferson …
Friday, November 16, 2012
And five other stories in these township police notes.
Woman Arrested in Road Rage Incident on Dewalt Drive A Baldwin Township police officer aimed his gun at a Dormont Borough woman at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday after she punched two other women in the face and ran her vehicle into a pedestrian, township police Chief Terrence P. O'Brien said. Baldwin Township police arrived at the scene of the incident—the intersection of Dewalt and Newport drives—after the Dormont woman—Amanda Marie Petrelli, 29, of Tennessee Avenue—had already punched the other two women, O'Brien said. All three women were involved in the same traffic accident at the intersection. According to a township resident who witnessed the accident from his porch on Newport—he is the same man who was eventually struck by Petrelli's …