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…
Monday, March 4, 2013
Steven Kowalski was sentenced to 3-to-6 years in prison after stealing $150,000 worth of items from Providence Point residents in 2011.
The Providence Point security guard accused of stealing $150,000 worth of items from residents in 2011 pleaded guilty last week. Steven Kowalski, 49, of 681 Elaine Dr. in Baldwin Borough, pleaded guilty on Feb. 28 to 16 counts of felony burglary charges and nine charges of receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to 3-to-6 years in prison and faces another 10 years of probation. Kowalski was accused of burglarizing numerous apartments in the Scott Township retirement home and taking jewelry, fine silverware and plate settings. The thefts began in late October 2011 and ramped up in early December when residents reported seven thefts in 10 days. Investigators identified Kowalski after a resident came home and found a security guard in her…
Monday, February 18, 2013
Police say that a Providence Point security guard is responsible for a rash of burglaries and thefts at a Scott Township retirement home in 2011.
UPDATE: Kowalski will have a non-jury trial at the Allegheny County Courthouse starting on Feb. 28. ... Scott Township police say that a Providence Point security guard was responsible for a rash of burglaries and thefts at that retirement home in 2011. Steven Kowalski, 49, of 681 Elaine Dr. in Baldwin Borough, already has been charged with two counts of burglary along with receiving stolen property and theft after police said that they arrested him when he showed up for his evening shift on May 31. Investigators said that they received a break in the case earlier that morning when a resident came home to find her deadbolt unlocked and a man hiding behind a chair in her apartment. Police said that Kowalski put a cushion over his face and…
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Len Novak and Stephen Bonetti are charged with misusing approximately $25K from the Pennsylvania firemen's relief fund.
A pretrial conference on Friday for Leonard "Len" Novak and Stephen Bonetti has resulted in a non-jury trial for the two men. The trial is scheduled to begin on April 22 at the Allegheny County Courthouse. In August, the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office charged Novak and Bonetti, chief and deputy chief, respectively, of the Becks Run Volunteer Fire Department in north Baldwin Borough, with misusing approximately $25,000 from the Pennsylvania firemen's relief fund over an approximately five-year period. According to an affidavit, investigators believe that Novak and Bonetti misappropriated the money by using it instead for personal expenses, including the cashing of checks at C.J. Chugs bar on Custer Avenue and Dean's Beer …
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 …
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 …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Police arrested Murphy at a motel on Route 51 in Jefferson Hills.
William Joseph Murphy III is accused of burglarizing eight Baldwin Borough homes—and attempting to burglarize two others—leading to an arrest by Baldwin police on Thursday at a motel on Route 51 in Jefferson Hills Borough, police Chief Michael Scott said. Until recently, Murphy, 28, lived in the 600 block of Blossom Drive in Baldwin. He is accused of stealing items from the homes of four neighbors in that same block in south Baldwin—including one home twice—Scott said. The three other burglaries happened on nearby Elaine and Norma drives, and on Elderslee Road in central Baldwin. The eight burglaries for which he is being charged all occurred since October 2012, Scott said. That does not include incidents on Jan. 4 or 16 in which residents…
Friday, January 18, 2013
Details emerge from Jan. 4 incident on Blossom Drive in south Baldwin.
William Joseph Murphy III has admitted to trying to burglarize a house in south Baldwin Borough, according to a criminal complaint filed at District Magistrate John N. Bova's Wallace Building office. Officers from multiple police departments detained Murphy at a Blossom Drive home on Jan. 4 as part of a burglary investigation in south Baldwin, according to Baldwin police Chief Michael Scott. The Baldwin-Whitehall Patch captured the detainment on video. The Baldwin police received a 911 call that day from a woman reporting that a suspicious male was knocking on the front door of a home in the 500 block of Elaine Drive. When there was no answer at the door, the caller advised the 911 operator that the male was now going around to the back of…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Novak and Bonetti will have a pretrial conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse on Feb. 15.
UPDATE: The result of Novak and Bonetti's formal arraignment is a pretrial conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse scheduled for Feb. 15. ... District Judge Robert Wyda waived for court on Friday all 24 combined charges against Becks Run firefighters Leonard "Len" Novak and Stephen Bonetti, pushing their case onto a formal arraignment at the Allegheny County Courthouse on Jan. 8. Wyda, the magistrate for Upper St. Clair Township and Bethel Park, oversaw Novak and Bonetti's preliminary hearing because District Judge John N. Bova of Baldwin Borough has recused himself from their case. A judge may recuse him or herself from a case should he or she feel a conflict of interest with any of the participating parties, or have some other …