Sunday, May 12, 2013
William Murphy III remains in jail and charged with an array of offenses.
William Joseph Murphy III, who has been charged with multiple counts of burglary, criminal trespassing, theft and receiving stolen property stemming from late 2012 and early 2013 incidents, is facing a non-jury trial that starts on May 16, according to an online docket sheet. The alleged south Baldwin Borough burglar remains in the Allegheny County Jail on $50,000 bail. Officers from multiple police departments detained Murphy at a Blossom Drive home on Jan. 4 as part of a burglary investigation in the area, according to Baldwin police Chief Michael Scott. The Baldwin-Whitehall Patch captured the detainment on video. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The alleged south Baldwin burglar remains in jail and charged with an array of offenses.
A pretrial conference awaits William Joseph Murphy III, the alleged south Baldwin Borough burglar who remains in the Allegheny County Jail, according to an online docket sheet. Murphy, who has been charged with multiple counts of burglary, criminal trespassing, theft and receiving stolen property stemming from late 2012 and early 2013 incidents, will have a pretrial conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse on April 26—the result of his March 18 formal arraignment. Officers from multiple police departments detained Murphy at a Blossom Drive home on Jan. 4 as part of a burglary investigation in the area, according to Baldwin police Chief Michael Scott. The Baldwin-Whitehall Patch captured the detainment on video. --- Follow the Baldwin…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Meantime, a suspect involved in the February incident remains in jail.
The suspect who allegedly shut a door on Baldwin Borough police officers, leading to one officer's rifle going off and firing two shots into a police sergeant's back, remains in the Allegheny County Jail after waiving his preliminary hearing last week, according to an online docket sheet. Meantime, Baldwin Mayor Alexander R. Bennett Jr. is reviewing an internal investigation of the incident that included a firearms review, interviews with police officers and an Allegheny County police investigation, to determine if any action should be taken on his part, according to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report. The county police's investigation determined that there was no criminal negligence by Baldwin police, the newspaper reported. Police were …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
William Scherz, 73, was a bus driver for the Baldwin-Whitehall School District.
Charges against William Scherz, 73, of Brentwood, were held for court on Monday. Scherz was a Baldwin-Whitehall School District bus driver when he was accused in February of driving to Elizabeth Township to have sex with a 15-year-old boy. Scherz faces charges of corruption of minors, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and statutory sexual assault, among others. His formal arraignment at the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas is scheduled for May 9 at 1 p.m., according to an online court document. B-W School District Superintendent Dr. Randal A. Lutz said that Scherz is on unpaid leave from the district pending the outcome of the legal process. Scherz has not been disciplined by the district, Lutz said. For more details about this …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Joseph Manning faces the charge after his wife was found dead inside of their home by police.
UPDATE (April 25, 2013): Manning's plea hearing has been continued to Sept. 23. UPDATE: Manning is scheduled for a plea hearing at the Allegheny County Courthouse on April 25, 2013, according to an online court document. UPDATE: Manning is scheduled for a pretrial conference at the county courthouse on March 15, 2013, according to an online court document. ... Joseph R. Manning, 75, of 1146 Brant Dr. in Whitehall Borough, is facing a criminal homicide charge after an incident at Manning's home on March 31, 2012. Whitehall police were called to Manning's residence along Brant Drive at around 3:30 p.m. that day, WPXI reported. Brant Drive sits just off of Teal Drive near Streets Run Road and the Route 51 Eat'n Park. That's where officers …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
And three other stories in these Whitehall Borough police notes.
Window Smashed A Whitehall Borough resident from the 5000 block of South Passage Drive contacted police at around 7 a.m. on Feb. 26 to report that a rear window of his van had been smashed out. The incident occurred sometime after 7 the previous night while it was parked in the victim's driveway, Whitehall police Chief Donald R. Dolfi said. Police checked in and around the van in an attempt to find an object that could have been used to do the damage, but nothing was found. Nothing was stolen from the van, and the victim could not think of why anyone would target him. "It appears to be an isolated incident," Dolfi said. Assault, Harassment Charges Along Parkline Drive Whitehall police went to the rear parking area of 1801 Parkline Dr. in …
Monday, February 25, 2013
The 73-year-old is a Brentwood Borough resident.
William Scherz, a Baldwin-Whitehall School District bus driver, is accused of driving to Elizabeth Township to have sex with a 15-year-old boy, according to a WPXI report. Scherz, 73, of Brentwood Borough, was taken to the Allegheny County Jail on charges of corruption of minors, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and statutory sexual assault, among others. He eventually made bail, was released and is scheduled to appear at District Magistrate Beth Scagline Mills' Route 51 office on Jan. 28 (UPDATE: continued to Feb. 25 and then to March 18). WPXI's report states, "According to police, Scherz was off duty on Jan. 22 when he drove to Elizabeth Township and had sex with the 10th-grade boy." Police found Scherz's false teeth on the boy's …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
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 …
Friday, February 1, 2013
The trial is expected to begin on April 22.
UPDATE (Friday, Feb. 1, 2:09 p.m.): Nothing of major significance in this case changed with today's status hearing, according to an available docket sheet. Conway Jr. remains in the Allegheny County Jail. UPDATE (Friday, Jan. 4, 11:50 a.m.): Conway Jr. will have a status hearing at the Allegheny County Courthouse on Feb. 1, followed by a jury trial to begin on April 22. UPDATE (Tuesday, Dec. 18, 4:59 p.m.): Conway Jr. will have a pretrial conference at the county courthouse on Jan. 4. UPDATE (Friday, Nov. 16, 11:15 p.m.): Conway Jr.'s homicide charge has been held for court, and he faces a formal arraignment at the county courthouse on Dec. 18. ... Police are charging Benjamin Conway Jr. with criminal homicide in the killing of his wife…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
William Murphy remains charged with an array of south Baldwin crimes.
District Magistrate John N. Bova granted the withdrawal of three charges against William Joseph Murphy III at a preliminary hearing at Bova's Wallace Building office on Tuesday. Withdrawn were both charges of receiving stolen property and one charge of the illegal sale or transfer of firearms, all stemming from a Jan. 4 incident in Baldwin Borough. But also from that incident, one charge each of burglary and trespassing have been waived for Allegheny County Court, where Murphy is scheduled to appear for a formal arraignment on March 18. Likewise, one charge each of trespassing and burglary from a Jan. 16 incident in Baldwin have been waived for county court on March 18. In addition, 28 other Baldwin charges against Murphy—all since Oct. 1 …