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, …
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 (UPDATE: The robbery charge was withdrawn on Nov. 13.)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 …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
There have been no arrests in the murder of the owner of a Ross Township beer distributor more than five years ago.
Sheli Heller does something that few people do. Heller works every day in the same building—sometimes just feet away—from the exact spot where her husband was fatally wounded in what police believe was an apparent robbery attempt. Joseph Krainc Jr., 33, was closing up Joe's Beer Distributor on Lowries Run Road on Friday, Oct. 13, 2006, when someone came inside of that Ross Township business and apparently demanded money. Minutes later, Krainc lie dying in the distributor's parking lot—his killer, gone, and so far, unknown. "He chased them out," said Heller, who goes by her maiden name, "and he collapsed in front of the building. "But he was shot inside of our building. Everything leads to believe that it was a robbery attempt. It seems …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
A roundup of the region's top stories.
Here are this week's top stories from Patch sites in your area: Pig on Parkway Gets a Squeal Out of Drivers The Fresh Market May Soon Be Coming to Route 19 Police Looking for Armed Robber of Route 51 Dairy Queen Woman Racks Up $8K on Grandma's Credit Card Police Warn Residents to Lock Cars Watch Your Speed: Traffic-Calming Measures Coming to Hill Place Road --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for the daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
And other police notes from May 22-28.
Dairy Queen Robbed at Gunpoint The Whitehall Police Department is still looking for the man that Whitehall police Chief Donald R. Dolfi said robbed a Route 51 Dairy Queen at gunpoint on Saturday night. That Dairy Queen is on the border of Whitehall Borough and Pittsburgh's Carrick neighborhood. Dolfi said that a man in his early 20s or slightly younger came into Dairy Queen at around 10:38 p.m. on Saturday armed with a semi-automatic handgun and ordered employees to give him money from the restaurant's cash register. Dolfi described the man as approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall with a slender build and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and material that was covering his face. He was carrying a small black duffle bag. No one at …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Suspects are in the custody of the Allegheny County police.
A student at Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)'s South Campus in West Mifflin Borough was robbed on campus on Tuesday night and was injured when he attempted to resist the multiple robbers, according to David Hoovler, CCAC's executive assistant to the president for public relations. Hoovler said that the robbers quickly left the South Campus after the incident. The victim was eventually treated and released from a local hospital, Hoovler said. Hoovler also said that CCAC security detained three of the four suspects in the case on campus on Wednesday and that those suspects are in the custody of Allegheny County police. A fourth suspect has also been identified, Hoovler said. Following the incident, CCAC officials made …