Friday, March 15, 2013
The Moon resident said he was wrongfully taken into custody by Coraopolis police.
Moon Township and Coraopolis borough have settled a lawsuit with a Sewickley Heights dispatcher who said he was mistakenly arrested on drug charges. Jason A. Cercone, 30, of Moon, sued both Moon and Coraopolis, claiming borough police wrongfully arrested him on drug charges based on statements made by a Moon Township police officer, according to court records. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Moon has agreed to pay the man $12,500 to settle the federal suit; Coraopolis will pay $25,000. Cercone alleged in the suit, filed in July 2012, that police confused him with another man when they arrested him for selling drugs on April 10, 2012. The charges were withdrawn days after the arrest in Coraopolis District Court. According to …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
A former Moon Township woman is headed to trial on a series of drug charges.
A woman is slated to go to trial today on charges she used her children to help her sell drugs from her Moon Township home. Pamela Smallis, 49, who formerly resided in Moon but now lives in Oakdale, is charged with dozens of counts of drug possession with intent to deliver and endangering the welfare of children, stemming from a series of drug sales monitored by Moon Police in 2011. In a criminal complaint, police said Smallis met with police informants to sell them marijuana and narcotics on five occasions in 2011, including twice in Sewickley. They said she frequently brought her children along with her while she made drug sales. Smallis arranged for informants to come to her home on December 16, 2011 at the 300 block of Stocker Drive…
Sunday, January 20, 2013
A 300-pound bear is first seen ambling through the Moon Plaza parking lot, according to reports.
Moon Police Chief Leo McCarthy called it "extremely unusual"—a 300 to 350-pound bear running through one of Moon Township's busiest shopping centers. Customers shopping at Moon Plaza spotted a black bear running through the Giant Eagle parking lot at 5:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. A resident also reported a bear sighting just after 9 a.m. Monday near Flaugherty Run Road. "It's not the first time (a bear has been seen in Moon) but, this is my 37th year working for the township and we've had maybe three bear sightings in that time," McCarthy said. "I always thought they hibernated in the winter, but we had a warm spell," he said. The bear was seen Sunday running toward Robert Morris University's campus, and was then spotted an hour later …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Staff members at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Moon Township called police when a woman came to the front desk and said her boyfriend held a gun to her head during a fight.
A New Year's Day domestic fight at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Moon Township lead to a couple's arrest on drug charges, police said. Staff members at the Thorn Run Road hotel called police when a woman, later identified as 19-year-old Phalonda Pollard, of Pittsburgh, came to the front desk and said her boyfriend held a gun to her head during a fight in their hotel room. After police arrived, Pollard warned officers that her boyfriend, 20-year-old William Richard Jackson Bosley, of Penn Hills, was armed and could be coming to the lobby. When Bosley came to the lobby, police found no weapons on him. Pollard then recanted her story, claiming she "made up the story about the gun," according to a complaint filed by Officer James Kazmierczak. …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Joseph D. Stoberski, 20, is now facing burglary charges and a preliminary hearing next week.
A Monroeville man charged with burglary said he was "looking for a friend" when he stumbled into a woman's apartment at 3:30 a.m. one morning and was subsequently tackled, according to Moon Township police. Joseph Douglas Stoberski, 20, now faces a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 8 in Coraopolis District Court. Moon police said Stoberski walked into a woman's Kris Drive apartment in the early morning of Dec. 22, startling the apartment's residents and prompting the woman's boyfriend to tackle Stoberski in the apartment. In addition to burglary, Stoberski is also charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and underage drinking in connection to the incident. The woman told police she awoke after 3 a.m. …
Monday, September 17, 2012
Pamela Smallis, of Moon Township, is charged with sexual abuse and exploiting minors following a drug investigation.
A former daycare worker with a history of drug arrests is charged with owning child pornography. Pamela Smallis, 49, of Moon Township, who was charged earlier this year by Moon Police with using her children to sell drugs from her home, is accused of possessing photos and videos depicting nude minors engaged in sexual activity, according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly's office. Smallis, who was once employed at a Beaver County daycare center, was initially being investigated for selling narcotics and prescription medications to children, according to a statement from Kelly. During the investigation, the attorney's general office examined a phone memory card and discovered 33 pornographic photos and two videos depicting …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Former Moon resident Pamela Smallis appeared Tuesday in Coraopolis District Court.
A former Moon woman who police said used her children to sell drugs from her Stocker Drive home and on two occasions in Sewickley waived her right to a preliminary hearing on Tuesday. Pamela Smallis, 48, of Oakdale is slated to face a formal arraignment Sept. 13 in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. She was scheduled to attend a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Coraopolis District Court. Smallis is charged with child endangerment, corruption of minors and drug possession after police said she met with informants to sell them drugs and narcotics on five different occassions in 2011. Authorities said she frequently brought her children along when she made drug sales. Smallis, who formerly worked for the Children's Palace daycare …
Friday, July 13, 2012
The Moon resident's lawsuit claims he was falsely arrested for selling drugs in Coraopolis.
A Sewickley Heights police dispatcher has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming he was falsely arrested and jailed by Coraopolis police on drug charges. Moon resident Jason Cercone, 29, names Coraopolis police, its Chief Alan DeRusso and Officer Albert Marxs; Moon police and its Detective Brian Buydasz; as well as Moon Township and Coraopolis Borough in the lawsuit filed on Thursday. Cercone alleges that police confused him with another man when they arrested him for selling drugs on April 10. The charges were withdrawn days after his arrest. In the suit, Cercone said he was approached by Chief DeRusso and Officer Marx in the parking lot of the Sewickley Heights police station, where he has worked as a dispatcher for six years. …
Friday, May 18, 2012
The ambulance authority will open its doors to the public on Saturday.
The public can tour Valley Ambulance Authority's University Boulevard facility this weekend and learn more about area public safety services. The event, held in honor of National Emergency Medical Services Week, will include emergency service departments from Moon, Crescent, Sewickley and Robinson. Residents can meet local EMTs and paramedics from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the authority's 3500 University Boulevard facility. The event is free to attend. Click the media in this article to view a full listing of events. Events scheduled for the day include: Throughout the day:
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Moon Police said a Moon Township woman and her son sold prescriptions and marijuana to undercover police informants.
Moon Police today arrested a former childcare worker for using her children to sell drugs from her Stocker Drive home and on two occasions in Sewickley. Police said 48-year-old Pamela Smallis met with police informants on five separate occasions in 2011 to sell them marijuana and narcotics, frequently bringing her children along with her to drug sales. Her son, Richard Smallis, 19, of Moon, has also been charged in connection to the incident. Smallis, who formerly worked for the Children's Palace daycare center in Monaca, on Dec. 16 arranged for undercover informants to come to her home in the 300 block of Stocker Drive where one of her children, who is a minor, sold them prescription drugs and marijuana. On Jan. 3, police seized …