Thursday, March 21, 2013
Bridgeville police said a man, whose girlfriend was allegedly stealing items inside Rite Aid, left her behind to face the music when officers arrived.
Bridgeville police said a man, whose girlfriend was allegedly stealing items inside a Chartiers Street business, left her behind when officers arrived. Police said they were alerted to a woman being stopped for retail theft by store employees inside the Rite Aid on March 1. Officers said they arrested Jonna Swisher, 33, of Canonsburg, and charged her with retail theft and criminal conspiracy. But her boyfriend, Joshua Patragas, 32, of Washington, who police said was supposed to be the getaway driver, left the parking lot when officers arrived. Police said he left Swisher alone to be arrested. However, investigators eventually found Patragas and charged him with retail theft and criminal conspiracy.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Parents of Upper St. Clair School District students received an e-alert on Friday.
The Upper St. Clair Superintendent sent an e-alert to parents on Friday afternoon about two possible threats to students in neighboring Bridgeville. The Chartiers Valley School District said Bridgeville police are investigating a case where a threatening letter was left in front of a Bridgeville home on March 11. The letter indicated the author was watching the daughter of the resident and threatened to abduct the daughter. On March 12 around 2:50 p.m., two students were followed by a multi-brown colored panel van after they got off their bus in Bridgeville, according to the school district. The van reportedly stayed approximately 5-10 feet behind the two girls as they walked towards their home. When the girls became aware of the van and …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The crash caused lengthy traffic delays last Friday.
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Wednesday, February 13
A Cecil Township man is being charged with DUI and other crimes after he crashed into a tanker truck Friday afternoon, causing lengthy delays. Devin D. Carter, 38, was arrested minutes after the crash along Bower Hill Road on Feb. 8 after Bridgeville police officers said they spotted him walking away from the scene. Investigators said they believe Carter was under the influence of drugs when he crossed the centerline and crashed into the side of the tanker. The truck’s fuel tank ruptured, spilling diesel onto the roadway, although the used motor oil it was transporting did not leak, police said. Police said Carter failed a field sobriety test and claimed to be “still recovering from a hangover from the Super Bowl” even though the game was …
Friday, February 8, 2013
A tanker spill in Bridgeville on Friday afternoon closed Bower Hill Road near McLaughlin Run for two hours. The road reopened around 4:30 p.m.
UPDATE: 4:50 p.m. - Bower Hill Road reopened to traffic around 4:30 p.m. A tanker truck crash in Bridgeville is causing traffic back-ups on a busy road many Upper St. Clair residents use. Bridgeville police said the tanker crashed at Bower Hill and McLaughlin Run roads around 2:25 p.m. Friday, forcing them to close the intersection. It's not known how many vehicles were involved or if anyone was injured. The tanker is leaking either fuel or oil, so a hazardous material crew has been called to the scene to assist in the clean up. Motorists are urged to stay away from the area. Police are detouring traffic onto Baldwin Street to avoid the crash scene. Continue to monitor Patch as more details become available. Do you have photos of the …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Police and federal agents raided a Bridgeville spa believed to be at the center of a prostitution and human trafficking ring.
Police and federal agents on Tuesday afternoon raided a Bridgeville spa accused of being at the center of a prostitution and human trafficking ring. Three women were arrested and $2,733 in cash was seized from the 88 Spa on Route 50, Bridgeville police Chief Chad King said. Police officers from Bridgeville, Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, and federal agents from the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided the business shortly after noon Tuesday. The spa located at the center of the borough’s business district across from the main parking lot was suspected almost immediately of being involved in prostitution when it opened in October 2011, King said. “Pretty much right away we heard something was going on,” King said. …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Laurie "Larry" McDonald, the Bridgeville man went missing Thursday night.
The missing Bridgeville man who vanished Thursday night has been found dead in Edgewood, according to authorities. The body of Laurie “Larry” McDonald, 81, was found in a wooded area not far from the Parkway East, Bridgeville police Chief Chad King said. WPXI-TV reported McDonald’s body was found around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. King said McDonald left for a doctor’s appointment in Homewood on Thursday and apparently got lost on his way home. He somehow ended up on an access road, King said, and either crashed his car or got stuck in the mud. McDonald then called his wife around 9 p.m. Thursday to say he saw a gas station and planned to walk through a wooded area to get assistance. Wilkinsburg police found the car around 9:30 p.m. and had it towed…
Friday, January 25, 2013
Police are searching for an 81-year-old Larry McDonald after he went missing Thursday.
Police are searching for an 81-year-old Bridgeville man who went missing Thursday night. Laurie “Larry” McDonald last spoke to his family by phone around 9 p.m. Thursday. His car was found on Ardmore Boulevard in Wilkinsburg. Police are asking people in the Wilkinsburg area to be on the look out for the missing Bridgeville man. Police said they are searching in the surrounding neighborhoods and wood areas. It is not known what McDonald was wearing when he went missing. Anyone with information on McDonald’s location, contact Bridgeville police at 412-221-6052, Wilkinsburg police at 412-244-2915 or emergency dispatchers at 911. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook
Friday, December 7, 2012
Bridgeville police said they cited an Upper St. Clair man for allegedly stealing a Pittsburgh Steelers helmet from Castaway’s Bar.
An Upper St. Clair man was cited after allegedly stealing a Pittsburgh Steelers helmet from Castaway’s Bar in Bridgeville last month. Bridgeville police said they received a call from a Castaway’s employee around 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 24 that the decorative helmet was stolen from a shelf behind the bar. Police said their investigation led them to 22-year-old Matthew Wholey. Wholey was not taken into custody, but officers cited him for disorderly conduct and trespassing. Investigators said they recovered the helmet from Wholey’s house and returned it to the bar’s owner. In other police news, two people from Upper St. Clair were charged with disorderly conduct after Bridgeville police said they egged a borough apartment building and vehicle …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Police wrote 32 speeding tickets and seven other traffic citations on the road in October.
Speeding is becoming a major issue on McLaughlin Run Road. Bridgeville police Chief Chad King said his department wrote 32 speeding tickets and seven other traffic citations along the road in October. King said residents near Coolidge Street started complaining about speeders in early October, prompting officers to increase patrols in the area. The results surprised King when the roadway overtook Bower Hill Road as the town’s new speedzone. “We received some complaints on McLaughlin and we’ve been hitting it hard. It’s unbelievable,” King said. “If we’re writing this many tickets then there’s an obvious problem there.” And the problem is continuing in November. King said they’re on pace to match the October ticket results this month. “I …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Three police officers from Collier Township and Bridgeville are being hailed as heroes for stopping a woman from leaping to her death off an Interstate 79 overpass.
Three police officers from Collier Township and Bridgeville are being hailed as heroes for stopping a woman from leaping to her death off an Interstate 79 overpass and possibly injuring unsuspecting motorists below. Sgt. Robert Ferrence and Officer Steve Oberle of Collier, and Officer Roger Itzel of Bridgeville were awarded a commendation by Collier Township officials Wednesday night for their efforts to save the woman and prevent others from being hurt. Collier police Chief Thomas Devin said the officers received a call on Oct. 24 of a woman sitting on the I-79 overpass along Prestley Road with her feet dangling over the edge. Oberle and Itzel blocked the road while Ferrence tried talking to the unidentified woman “to keep her busy” as …