Thursday, February 28, 2013
And 12 other updates from Judge Barton's Caste Village office.
The following results are from recent hearings held in the Caste Village office of Magistrate David J. Barton of District Court 05-2-17: Whitehall Borough Charges Baldwin Township Charges --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for the (free) daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
And three other stories in these Whitehall police notes.
Theft The caretaker of the property at 3091 Provost Rd.—formerly home to the Whitehall Country Club and to Rising Sun Martial Arts—reported at around 11:30 on Thursday that three sheds on the property had been entered into and that approximately 30 feet of copper pipe was missing, Whitehall Borough police Chief Donald R. Dolfi said. Also, several fixtures from the property's restrooms had been taken. The caretaker had not been at the site in several weeks, Dolfi said. The incident is under investigation. Whitehall Man Charged Whitehall police responded to the 1600 block of Parkline Drive in the Wallace (Prospect) Park area at around 5:58 p.m. on Feb. 12 for a report of a disturbance, Dolfi said. When officers arrived at the scene, they …
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 …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
The shooting occurred at around 4 a.m. on Sunday at a home on Elmwood Drive.
A Baldwin Borough police sergeant remains in stable condition at a Pittsburgh-area hospital, where he is being treated for gunshot wounds in his hip/lower back area, according to Allegheny County police Superintendent Charles Moffatt. Baldwin Council Vice President Michael Stelmasczyk confirmed that the injured officer is Sgt. Ralph Miller. Miller was injured by two rifle blasts from another Baldwin police officer while they and a third Baldwin officer were responding to a domestic disturbance at 5147 Elmwood Dr. in Baldwin (near the Wallace Building) at around 4 Sunday morning. The other two officers are not being identified and have been placed on administrative leave, Baldwin Police Chief Michael Scott said. "We want to make sure that …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
A draft ordinance is being prepared that may be made available to the council in time for its Feb. 20 meeting.
The issue over backyard fire pits in Whitehall Borough is coming to a head. Borough Manager James E. Leventry said that a draft ordinance regarding fire pits is being prepared and may be made available to the Whitehall Council before its next meeting—Feb. 20. While the new Whitehall ordinance might not be enacted for some time after that, the borough council could start discussing the pros and cons of the draft after being presented with it. Fire pits were a major topic of discussion at the council's June 20 meeting when some council members admitted to personally enjoying pits while, at the same time, acknowledging why other residents might not. Councilman Philip Lahr said at the time, for example, that residents have told him that they …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
And three other stories in these borough police notes.
Theft from Vehicle Whitehall Borough police received a call from a resident of the 3200 block of Longwood Drive on Friday. The resident reported that, sometime during Thursday night or Friday morning, somebody went into his unlocked vehicle while it was parked in his driveway and removed 15-20 $1 bills and some personal keys, Whitehall police Deputy Chief Richard M. Danko said. The theft is under investigation. There have been numerous theft-from-vehicle cases reported recently in Whitehall and Baldwin boroughs. "Note to all readers," Danko said on Jan. 15, "lock your cars." Marijuana Possession A Whitehall police officer spotted a suspicious vehicle leaving Wallace (Prospect) Park at around 8 a.m. on Wednesday and stopped the vehicle on …
She was pulled over for erratic driving on Route 51.
A Brentwood Borough woman is in the Allegheny County Jail on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, aggravated harassment by a prisoner and institutional vandalism following an arrest on Route 51 on Monday night. Jenna Rose Difrancesco, 28, of 105 Kaplan Ave., was stopped by a Whitehall Borough police officer between Stewart Avenue and Greenlee Road at around 9:10 that night for erratic driving, Whitehall police Deputy Chief Richard M. Danko said. As the officer approached Difrancesco's vehicle, he smelled alcohol coming from her, Danko said, and put her through field-sobriety tests, which she failed, before arresting her. Difrancesco refused to be subjected to breath-analyzer and blood …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Also, a man leaving Princess Lanes was turned over to constables for an outstanding warrant.
Copper Thefts Copper thieves have hit Duquesne Light's Elwyn Power Station in Whitehall Borough three times this month, Whitehall police Deputy Chief Richard M. Danko said. As with similar Jan. 20 and Jan. 4 reports, Duquesne Light corporate security personnel contacted Whitehall police this past Saturday to report that one or more people had recently broken into the power station on Earlsdale Road and removed copper wiring. Most recently removed was ground wire in 20-to-25 different places, often in areas of high voltage, Danko said, and a spool of copper wire weighing approximately 500 pounds. The spool is valued at around $5,000, Danko said, while the other copper taken is valued between $1,000 and $2,000. Police are investigating the …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
And 12 other courts updates from Whitehall Borough.
The following results are from recent hearings held in the Caste Village office of Magistrate David J. Barton of District Court 05-2-17: Whitehall Borough Charges Baldwin Township Charges --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for the daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
And five other stories in these Whitehall Borough police notes.
Marijuana Alarm Whitehall Borough police responded to a smoke alarm at 4348 Seton Dr. at around 6:39 p.m. on Jan. 15 only to find that the homeowner's marijuana smoke admittedly had caused the alarm, Whitehall police Deputy Chief Richard M. Danko said. The home's alarm notifies local police when it is triggered. When police arrived at 4348 Seton, they met the homeowner—William J. Korach, 33—at his doorway and detected an odor of marijuana coming from the house. Korach said that the alarm was false, but upon further investigation, police located a small amount of marijuana and some drug paraphernalia that Korach said was his, Danko said. The deputy chief said that Korach admitted to smoking marijuana and that that's what set off his alarm. …