USC Firefighters Respond to Apartment Fire, Find Drugs
In other news from district Judge Robert Wyda's courtroom this week, a Wesley Spectrum Academy student is charged with stealing a teacher's iPhone and hiding it in her underwear.
An Upper St. Clair man and Bethel Park woman are facing charges after the Upper St. Clair police and Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department responded to reports of smoke coming from their apartment unit.
According to the criminal complaint, the firefighters and police officers went into a St. Clair Woods apartment unit at 9:45 p.m. on Valentine's Day because it was filled with smoke and found Randy Oswald, 27, of 404 Painters Dr., Upper St. Clair and Tricia Lynn Vavro, 28, of 2782 Bertha St., Bethel Park, sitting inside.
Police found a clear bag of suspected marijuana and three bongs in front of the sofa Oswald and Vavro had been sitting on, according to the criminal complaint. Police also saw a driver's license, and three debit and credit cards belonging to a man who reported his wallet missing a year ago.
After the fire department evacuated the building with 11 apartments, the firefighters found that the broiler control knob on the oven was in the on position and caused the smoke inside.
Oswald and Vavro are facing drug charges. In addition, Oswald is charged with one count of recklessly endangering another person, one count of having lost property and one count of access device fraud.
Both of their hearings were continued on Monday.
Kaylin Lyon, 18, of 1479 Yorktown Dr., Lawrence, PA, is charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking.
According to a criminal complaint filed by Upper St. Clair police, Wesley Spectrum Academy staff used a metal detector wand to discover that Lyon was hiding a teacher's stolen iPhone in her underwear.
Police stated that when the teacher left her office during a meeting with Lyon, her iPhone went missing.
The teacher asked another staff member to watch Lyon when she left the office, but the staff member briefly looked away and Lyon asked to use the restroom.
School staff found the iPhone's cover in the ladies' room trash.
Lyon left school with her mother. Her preliminary hearing on Monday at district Judge Robert Wyda's courtroom was continued for 30 days.