Friday, May 10, 2013
And four other stories in these Whitehall police notes.
Man Sets Off Frisch's Alarm Police officers responded to a burglar alarm activated at Frisch's Restaurant in Whitehall Borough at around 3 a.m. on Sunday, Whitehall police Deputy Chief Richard M. Danko said. After investigating the incident at the popular Caste Village business, including interviewing a resident of nearby Grove Road, the officers learned that an individual had run from the restaurant area shortly after the alarm had gone off. Police tracked that individual down on nearby Weyman Road, Danko said, and identified him as Joseph Iannaccio, 28, of 332 Flowers Ave. in Pittsburgh's Hazelwood neighborhood, Danko said. Iannaccio was in "a highly intoxicated condition," according to the deputy chief, and was taken into custody …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Police chased Plack onto a roof along Grove Road in November 2011.
The man whom Whitehall Borough police officers chased onto a roof along Grove Road a little over a year ago has been sentenced to 5-10 years of confinement for burglarizing homes near Whitehall's Caste Village area. Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Donald E. Machen issued that sentence to Jonathan Patrick Plack, 31, of 406 Meeting House Rd. in South Fayette Township, on Tuesday. Plack pleaded guilty on July 9 to Whitehall police's charges of burglary (two counts) and theft, resisting arrest and possession of an instrument of crime with intent to employ it criminally (one count each). Whitehall police Deputy Chief Richard M. Danko reported on Nov. 8, 2011, that police received a call from the 5000 block of Azalea Drive during …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
A broken water line was to blame.
UPDATE (11:17 p.m., Nov. 28, 2012): Baptist Road has reopened in all directions. ... Crews from the Pennsylvania American Water Company remain on Baptist Road in Whitehall Borough, repairing a broken water line between the Baptist-Grove Road and Baptist-Lachman Road intersections (above the Caste Village Giant Eagle). The water line broke on Wednesday morning, according to a worker at the scene, and Whitehall police officers are there now preventing any traffic from heading south past Grove Road (toward Bethel Park). Earlier in the day, flaggers were allowing traffic to head both ways through the work area, but that is no longer the case as different trucks need space to head to and from the scene to help to repair a large hole left by …
Where to buy a Powerball ticket in Baldwin-Whitehall and the odds of winning the jackpot.
The historic Powerball jackpot rose to a record $500 million on Tuesday, and many Baldwin-Whitehall residents are expected to purchase a ticket on Wednesday—if they haven't already. According to this Pennsylvania Lottery Web page, there are quite a few places to purchase a Powerball ticket in Baldwin-Whitehall. There has been no Powerball winner since Oct. 6. The chance of winning the $500 million jackpot is 1 in 175,223,510. The Powerball is drawn every Wednesday and Saturday night at 10:59 p.m. Ticket sales are cut off at least 59 minutes before the draw. Each ticket costs $2. Good luck. You'll need it! --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for the daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter.
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 …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Heavy storms this summer may prove costly for the borough.
Responding to multiple floods at Whitehall Borough homes this summer—thanks largely in part to a slow, heavy downpour on July 20—the Whitehall Council on Wednesday night approved, 6-0, official investigations to be conducted regarding the potential installation of backflow preventers at three borough homes. Following a closer look by borough engineers, the backflow preventers—described by borough engineer Ruthann L. Omer as valves that are installed on lateral sewer lines "to prevent backflow (water) from the main sewer going into the house during a storm"—would be purchased for the homes at 4797 Barone Dr., 4368 E. Barlind Dr. and 4927 Oakridge Dr. Depending on installation variables, Omer estimated that the preventers would cost …