Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The man is OK and is now charged with drug possession.
A St. Clair Country Club employee who was found unconscious and not breathing in a men's restroom last month was held for court on two charges, including possession of heroin. Steven R. McNally, 27, of Carrick, was suspected of overdosing on heroin in the bathroom and was rushed to St. Clair Hospital on April 6, according to the criminal complaint filed in magisterial district Judge Robert Wyda's office. McNally's formal arraignment is scheduled for July 10. Judge Wyda also heard the following cases on Monday: Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
There were nearly 4,000 motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania last year.
The Greater Pittsburgh Motorcycle Safety Council was just created in response to the increased number of motorcycle crashes occurring regionally. According to PennDOT data there were nearly 4,000 motorcycle crashes in Pennsylvania last year. Tragically, 210 people lost their lives in those crashes. In District 11, which encompasses Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties, there were 429 motorcycle crashes, resulting in 13 fatalities in 2012. With the growing number of licensed motorcyclists statewide, the council is charged with raising safety awareness among motorists and motorcyclists. The organization is comprised of motorcycle groups, local police officers and safety advocates. Representatives from the Greater Pittsburgh Motorcycle …
Monday, May 20, 2013
The vehicle a drunk driver died in is also sitting outside of Upper St. Clair High School this week.
There was complete silence amongst the normally chatty students on Monday at Upper St. Clair High School as they witnessed a mock, yet powerful, fatal DUI crash. It's the first time in 20 years the high school organized the event for the students around prom season. This year, students will be eating dinner at the site of the prom—the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe—and officials expect more kids will be driving to the event instead of taking a limo for a short time. "We're hoping that this sends the seniors a message and that it's well received," said Dr. Bill Rullo, guidance counselor. If Monday's simulation doesn't do the trick, the school bells will be switched to tolling bells on Tuesday, representing the actual amount of people who die…
Frank Zahler is accused of telling a man in Barnes & Noble that he had bomb materials in his briefcase similar to the bombs used in the Boston Marathon.
The elderly man accused of causing the evacuation of South Hills Village mall last month was in tears apologizing to the judge and thanking the Bethel Park police for treating him well at the end of his preliminary hearing on Monday. District Judge Robert Wyda continued the hearing for Frank Zahler until July 1 so that behavioral health specialists could help Zahler discover the underlying cause of why he made the "callous and stupid" remarks on April 21, just days after the Boston Marathon tragedy. "What you said was clearly wrong," Wyda told Zahler. "We need to get things mentally and emotionally under control. "You need to continue to work with these people (health specialists) to help you help yourself." Zahler was handcuffed in the …
Friday, May 17, 2013
An update on police happenings was given during a recent Youth Steering Committee meeting.
Upper St. Clair police are "keeping an eye out" for bath salts and synthetic marijuana use as these kind of drugs becomes more prevalent in other areas. Lt. James Englert said an adult motorist passing through Upper St. Clair recently had to be rushed to the hospital because he had taken K2, a synthetic form of marijuana, and was hallucinating and hyperventilating. He also said a young student had gotten ahold of the drug a few weeks ago. Englert addressed the state of the township with the Upper St. Clair Youth Steering Committee last week and overall, he said, he's very pleased with how things are going. Heroin usage has not been a recent problem in Upper St. Clair, according to Englert. "The senior class has been exemplary. Last year's…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Upper St. Clair police, Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department and Tri-Community EMS will be participating.
A dramatic, mock drunk-driving crash will be staged for Upper St. Clair High School students on Monday, May 20 as a pre-prom activity. The crash is designed to encourage students to think about their decisions and consequences to help them make the right choices for themselves. The event is organized by the Natural Helpers Program, a peer-to-peer support based program that has been at the high school for the past 28 years. Upper St. Clair police, Upper St. Clair volunteer firefighters and Tri-Community EMS will be participating, along with several high school students to create a “real-life” scenario of an alcohol-related crash. If it rains on May 20, the mock crash will be rescheduled for May 21. In addition, another wrecked vehicle …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The latest from the office of Magisterial District Judge Robert Wyda.
Magisterial District Judge Robert Wyda heard two Upper St. Clair DUI cases this week. In the first case, Ian Vaughn Hambelton, 34, of Upper St. Clair, waived his DUI-related charges to court. Upper St. Clair police stated in the criminal complaint that Hembelton was pulled over at Berkshire and Maryland drives after an officer spotted him driving with the vehicle's high beams on and running a stop sign at the intersection of Hastings Mill and Old Washington roads. Police arrested Hambelton shortly after 3 a.m. on March 23. According to court documents, Hambelton's blood alchohol content measured at .152 percent, nearly twice Pennsylvania's legal limit of .08 percent. Patrick Ray Miller, 27, of Washington, PA, is also facing DUI charges. …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Dormont police are asking drivers to remember that parking is not allowed on Route 19 during rush hour.
Dormont police are again warning drivers not to park on West Liberty Avenue during rush hour, after seeing an increase in the number of citations issued for the offense in the past few weeks. "It seems to be happening more often again, and when people do that it creates a major traffic problem," said Dormont police Sgt. James Burke. Burke said the police have had a number of vehicles towed from West Liberty because they were parked on the street during rush hour. Burke said the quickest way to report illegally parked cars is to call 911 and tell the responder it is not an emergency. The responder will then contact a member of the police department to address the issue, he said.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The latest from the office of Magisterial District Judge Robert Wyda.
A Mt. Lebanon woman is facing charges in both Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park following an alleged stealing spree. Upper St. Clair police charged Lisa Anne Chambers, 52, with one count of retail theft for allegedly stealing nearly $250 worth of items from CVS. Bethel Park police charged Chambers with two more counts of retail theft for allegedly stealing more than $700 of goods from Kohl's and more than $250 of cat items from PetCo on the same day. Bethel Park police arrested Chambers after receiving a call about the alleged theft from Kohl's. She tried to run from the scene, according to the criminal complaint filed by Bethel Park police, but was arrested near a transit stop behind L.A. Fitness. Chambers waived her right to a preliminary …
The department participated in Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday.
More than 75 people dropped off unused or expired drugs to the Upper St. Clair Police Department. in an effort to combat prescription drug abuse and to help the enviroment. The drugs filled up 26 boxes, according to organizers. Saturday, April 27, was Upper St. Clair's third Drug Take-Back Day. It was organized by the police and the Youth Steering Committee.