Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Police responded to the following recent calls.
Two Sewickley Valley YMCA patrons recently reported wallets stolen from their lockers while they were working out. Police said a 54-year-old Moon Township woman reported at 3:15 p.m. May 7 that her wallet was taken from an unlocked locker near the swimming pool area. A staff member later called to notify her that the wallet was found in the trash. Police said $12 was missing. Police said the victim was worried about identifty theft because her wallet also contained credit cards and a driver’s license. Shortly after 3 p.m. the same day, a61-year-old Moon Township woman also reported a theft from her locker. Police said the woman secured her locker only to come back and discover the padlock opened and her wallet missing from her purse. She…
Monday, April 29, 2013
The following people were charged and scheduled for preliminary hearings.
The following people were charged and scheduled for preliminary hearings April 23 at District Judge Robert Ford's office in Leetsdale: Held for Court Chuck Nacke, 55, of Franklin Park, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Franklin Park police reported officers received a report Feb. 5 that Nacke was trying to leave a bar on Brandt School Road and drive home while intoxicated. Police said officers found Nacke at home slouched over the driver's seat of his vehicle, which was parked in his garage. The vehicle was off, but was still mking a ticking sound from being driven. Police reported a blood-alcohol content of 0.239 percent. Waived Keith Stewart, 66, of Franklin Park, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. …
Friday, April 19, 2013
The recent actions of the patrolman and the borough fire chief have received special commendations.
Sewickley Police Patrolman Bill Hanlon is being recognized for his quick action that recently saved a man's life on the Sewickley Bridge. Officers had gathered on the Moon Township end of the bridge March 29, where authorities were attempting to talk a mixed martial arts fighter out of jumping. At one point, the man made a movement as if he was going to jump over the side. Hanlon went over a jersey barrier and grabbed the man before he could go, according to borough officials. "This is just a good example of the fine job he does everyday," Sewickley Police Chief James Ersher said of Hanlon, an officer with the department for 12 years. Sewickley Mayor Brian Jeffe recently announced commendations would be awarded to Hanlon as well as Cochran…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Residents can drop off old and unused prescription medications at the Sewickley and Sewickley Heights police stations.
Two local police departments will serve as collection sites for unwanted drugs. The Sewickley and Sewickley Heights police departments will take part Saturday, April 27 in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents can drop off unused and old prescriptions at either 601 Thorn St. in Sewickley or 1901 Glen Mitchell Road in Sewickley Heights. Sewickley Police Chief James Ersher said the event allows for medications to be properly disposed of on behalf of residents. “This way people don’t leave their medications in their homes where there’s a chance for abuse,” Ersher said. Participating departments will even accept illegal drugs, no questions asked…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Police said a man walked down the middle of the Sewickley Bridge while carrying the drugs cocaine and Ecstasy.
A man charged with carrying cocaine and Ecstasy in his pocket while walking down the middle of the Sewickley Bridge will face a preliminary hearing today in Leetsdale District Court. James C. Bulger, 38, of Sewickley, was found walking down the center of the Sewickley Bridge at 3 a.m. towards Moon Township, according to a criminal complaint filed by Sewickley Police. When stopped by police, Bulger said he was walking to his home on Chestnut Road—located in the opposite direction of where Bulger was headed. Bulger, who had urinated himself before police arrived, was found carrying a sandwich bag containing cocaine and several MDMA pills, also known as Ecstasy. He is scheduled to appear today before Magisterial Judge Robert Ford for a …
Friday, March 22, 2013
A man said someone drove off with his car while he stopped into Starbucks on Beaver Street.
A man said his 2003 gold Ford Taurus was stolen while he was grabbing coffee at Starbucks on Beaver Street. Sewickley Police said a man reported that he parked his vehicle at 7:30 a.m. March 12 in front of Shafer's Flowers at 420 Beaver Street, and walked into the nearby Starbucks location. When he returned to the street 15 minutes later, the vehicle was gone, Sewickley Police said in a complaint. Officers searched the area but did not find the car, which is valued at $5,000. Sewickley Police also responded to the following recent incidents and made the following recent arrests. Each item is a reflection of police records.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Catch up on news that you may have missed this week.
Here are the top five stories this week: Take a Look: 12 Open Houses in Sewickley Couple Faces Charges in Steelers Ticket Scam Sewickley Police Respond to Public Disturbance Sewickley Academy Does the Harlem Shake Nearby: Imperial Man Shot to Death in North Fayette Bar
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Two children were also evaluated at the crash scene.
A 90-year-old woman was taken to Heritage Valley Sewickley hospital following a two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon in Glen Osborne. Sewickley police said one passenger, Anna Mae Ganzar, who turns 91 next month, complained of neck pain and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Valley Ambulance medics also evaluated two brothers ages 3 and 7, who were passengers in a separate vehicle. Police said the crash happened shortly after 2 p.m. on Route 65 at River Road as the vehicles were traveling southbound. Police said Ganzer was in the vehicle with her daughter, Barbara Starr, 54, of Sewickley, stopped at the traffic light when Abby Leigh Vargo's sport utility vehicle struck the back of their car. Vargo, 29, told police she was distracted …
Friday, March 15, 2013
If you insist on driving after a few drinks to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, here's what you should know about how alcohol affects your system—and your criminal record.
Do you know how many drinks you can have before you're in danger of getting a drunken driving violation? PA State Police along with Sewickley, Edgeworth and Leetsdale police under the West Hills DUI Task Force are always on the lookout for drunk drivers, particularly over the St. Patrick's Day weekend. When police pull drivers over for suspected drunken driving, officers ask them to perform field sobriety tests and to take a breath test to measure Blood Alcohol Content. A BAC test measures the percentage of alcohol present in a person's bloodstream. Pennsylvania's legal limit is 0.08. According to the Virginia Tech Alcohol Abuse Prevention website, every 40 minutes, 0.01 percent of alcohol leaves your system. Check out the charts in the …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Sewickley police responded to the following recent incidents. Each incident reflects police records and is not an indication of guilt.
Disturbance report Police were called at 3:12 a.m. Saturday to Heritage Valley Sewickley hospital for an argument outside the emergency room. Police said the arguing was over when officers arrived. One of the people had been assaulted in Ambridge and had already reported the matter to the Ambridge police. Tree hazard Traffic was closed off at 1:15 p.m. Sunday to Davis Lane in Glen Osborne after a large tree fell across the road, causing a hazard. Police taped off the road and firefighters secured the area until Duquesne Light Co. workers arrived. Missing phone Police said someone reported a cell phone that was either lost or stolen Thursday, March 7 from Starbucks. The phone is described as a black iPhone 4S with a black waterproof case. …