Sunday, February 24, 2013
While it is widely believed that serial killer Edward Surratt is responsible for their deaths, he never admitted to the slayings nor was he ever charged in their deaths.
Richard Hyde, the principal of Fern Hollow Elementary School in Moon Township, was talking with a friend on the phone in the bedroom of the home that he shared with his wife, Donna, and two daughters. That was at about 1 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, 1977. During the conversation, he heard glass break in a window on the other end of his ranch home. After hanging up, he walked past a nightstand that contained a loaded gun and proceeded to the hallway, according to a story in the Beaver County Times. A 12-gauge shotgun blast ripped through his chest/abdomen area. He staggered to the kitchen, past his wife who was in a bathroom off of the hallway, and died in a pool of blood on the linoleum floor of the kitchen. Donna, a beautician who had a shop…
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
U.S. Air Force security smelled an odor of marijuana emanating from contractors' van.
Contractors working at the 911th Airlift Wing in Moon Township were detained by U.S. Air Force security forces on Jan. 7 and charged with drug possession. The men—48-year-old Emil Provident of Whitehall Borough (Margaret Street) and 37-year-old Robert McGrail—were charged by Moon Township police with prohibited acts after Air Force security said that the men tried to bring marijuana paraphernalia onto their base. Provident and McGrail, who are employed by a roofing contractor working for the air base, were stopped at a security gate after security smelled an odor of marijuana emanating from their van. Security then searched the vehicle and found a pipe and bags smelling like marijuana. All persons are subject to search on a military …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Sally Haas, president of the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, died unexpectedly on Thursday. Friends and colleagues praise her leadership.
Chip Holsworth, president of the Military Affairs Coalition of Western Pennsylvania, said that the local military advocacy group will have to search "far and wide" to find another leader like Sally Haas. Haas, the president of the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce and the co-chair of its military coalition, died unexpectedly on Thursday following surgery for an undisclosed condition. She was 58 and lived in Whitehall Borough. A fixture at coalition meetings and Moon Township military community events, Haas was tireless in her efforts to stave off a potential closure of the 911th Airlift Wing in Moon, Holsworth said. "She was our most active member," Holsworth said. "It's an incredible loss." Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, who …
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, …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The decision does not come lightly, as things got heated on Tuesday night. More funds should be coming for the borough's road program, as well.
Chalk one up for the underdogs. Actually, chalk two up. John Conley played the role of swing voter at a special Baldwin Council meeting on Tuesday night, joining fellow Councilmen Bob Collet, Larry Brown and Ed Moeller in support of adding a full-time patrol officer to the Baldwin Borough Police Department roster. The foursome made up an unofficial majority during the meeting—which was scheduled as part of a continued discussion regarding the borough's 2013 budget—when council members couldn't agree on whether or not to add the police officer. Although the borough's 2013 budget hasn't been passed yet—it will have to be before 2012 is over—the trio of council President David Depretis, council Vice President Michael Stelmasczyk and council …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The Republican presidential nominee will stop Tuesday afternoon at Atlantic Aviation at Pittsburgh International Airport.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will come to Moon Township today, making a last-minute campaign stop in the final hours of election day. The former Massachusetts governor will be at the Atlantic Aviation hangar on Horizon Drive at 2:55 p.m. today for a rally. Few details were available on the campaign stop. His running mate Paul Ryan also made an appearance in October at the Moon Township hangar. Campaign spokesman Bradley White said the speech at the hangar will be open to media only. Romney will be leaving Atlantic Aviation in a motorcade. White said his schedule in Pittsburgh is not public. Check back with Patch for coverage.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Republican campaign staffers said the rally is part of the GOP campaign's effort to reach out to blue-collar voters in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania’s coal and natural gas industries and the jobs they generate—key issues to the state's voters—were on the mind of GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan during a campaign rally Saturday in Moon Township. “He'll keep his war on coal going," Ryan said of his ticket's opponent, President Barack Obama, in an appearance before several hundred supporters who gathered in the Atlantic Aviation hangar on Horizon Drive, near Pittsburgh International Airport. "Not only are these policies wrong, they are keeping us from having a boom," Ryan said. "They are keeping us from having jobs." Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin tapped to run alongside former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on the Republican ticket, spent much of his brief …
Friday, October 19, 2012
The GOP candidate plans a campaign stop here before heading to other events later in the day.
The 2012 race for the White House is coming to Moon. GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will appear Saturday in Moon Township for a campaign rally. Billy Pitman, spokesman for the Republican National Committee, confirmed that the event will begin at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the Atlantic Aviation hangar at 300 Horizon Drive in Moon, just outside Pittsburgh International Airport. Doors open at 8:15. All attendees at the event will go through airport-like security before being admitted. Cameras are allowed, but attendees are asked to not bring sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids or signs, according to the announcement. The Secret Service has contacted Moon Township Police regarding the campaign event, said dispatcher Don Neely. The …
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, July 3, 2012
Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley will decide whether or not to hold a special election to fill the last few months of John Pippy's term.
The resignation of Pennsylvania Sen. John Pippy, (R-Pennsylvania's 37th Senatorial District) could leave his constituents without a senator for the next six months. According to state law, if a Senate vacancy happens fewer than seven months before the expiration of that seat's term, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley will have 10 days to decide if there should be a special election or if the seat should remain empty. Pippy (R-Moon Township), whose 37th District included all of Whitehall Borough, resigned from his Senate seat on July 1 after voting on this year's state budget. However, his district and its capital staff members are expected to remain intact to assist constituents. With fewer than six months until Pippy's term expires, Cawley will have to …