Friday, January 11, 2013
Police have told victims that two teenagers are suspected of causing damage throughout Upper St. Clair last summer.
Upper St. Clair police have contacted multiple victims to report that they've arrested two teenagers accused of vandalizing a variety of residences and institutions last summer. However, police have not filed any charges against the teenagers. One victim said she was told the suspects would be paying her for her damaged mailbox. Upper St. Clair police have not returned Patch's phone calls. Was your property vandalized? Share your experience in the comments.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Neighbors say they're going to be on the watch Friday night.
Halloween in Upper St. Clair got postponed when Allegheny County declared a disaster emergency ahead of Hurricane Sandy. And now neighbors are wondering, "Does that mean Devil's Night will be rescheduled as well?" Some aren't taking any chances, and plan on staying up through the night Friday into Saturday to guard their homes from any vandalism. District Judge Robert Wyda told Upper St. Clair Patch earlier this week that the Castle Doctrine law makes him concerned for any would-be vandals. The Pennsylvania law expands the homeowner's right to protect himself or herself with lethal force. "I am very concerned that the new Castle Doctrine law could cause a trigger-happy citizen to prematurely hurt a kid whose motives are not criminal but …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
District Judge Robert Wyda says the new Castle Doctrine law in Pennsylvania changes how people view strangers.
"Devil's Night," the night before Halloween, is a time when some residents in Upper St. Clair experience vandalism each year. District Judge Robert Wyda this year urges would-be vandals not to participate, especially because of the new Castle Doctrine law in Pennsylvania—a law which expands the homeowner's right to protect himself or herself with lethal force. "I am very concerned that the new Castle Doctrine law could cause a trigger-happy citizen to prematurely hurt a kid whose motives are not criminal but purely mischievous," he said. "The law really changes how people view strangers." Upper St. Clair police told Patch this summer that the township was experiencing a rash of vandalism that was "particularly destructive." "It's no longer…
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Numerous mailboxes were damaged last weekend.
It appears the vandalism hasn't stopped in Upper St. Clair. On Saturday morning, a number of residents along Hidden Timber Drive woke up to damaged mailboxes. "These vandals should be caught and brought to justice. The behavior is childish and immature. When you destroy property, you have broken the law," said Laura Whitcomb, a victim to the vandalism. Another woman nearby reportedly heard noise at 1:40 a.m. Saturday, but didn't bother to look out the window. Now she wishes she had. In July, the Upper St. Clair police alerted residents to a rash of vandalism through the new emergency notification system, USC Notify. A broken stained-glass window at St. Gregory Byzantine Catholic Church and a punctured garage door were among the reported …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Numerous car windows and taillights were smashed last week during a night-time vandalism spree that struck vehicles cars parked in Scott Township and Mt. Lebanon neighborhoods.
Numerous car windows and taillights were smashed last week during a night-time vandalism spree that struck vehicles cars parked in Scott Township and Mt. Lebanon neighborhoods. Upper St. Clair police dealt with a rash of vandalism incidents in late spring and early summer. Scott Township police said at least six cars were vandalized during the early hours of Aug. 29 with the majority of the damage being done to vehicles parked on Artvue, Borland, Berwood and Moynelle. Residents living in that area said they heard of more reports on other nearby streets. Scott police said they also received some reports of damage done to cars in neighboring Mt. Lebanon. Police said they are not sure who did the damage, although they think it’s connected. …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Police seek input as destructive acts of vandalism mount.
With summer come the inevitable reports of vandalism. But the summer of 2012 has been out of the ordinary in that regard. “This is not just a couple of mailboxes being damaged,” Upper St. Clair police Lt. James Englert said Wednesday. “Within the last couple of days, it has not let up at all.” Township residents on Tuesday afternoon received calls from USC Notify, the emergency notification system launched this year, with the message to report suspicious noise or activity. The rash of vandalism, which Englert called particularly destructive, started a few weeks ago in the Deerfield Manor plan and since has spread to many other parts of the township. Residents have reported incidents of smashed home and auto glass, destruction of lights and…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Township residents are urged to report suspicious activity.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
USC Notify, the emergency notification system launched by Upper St. Clair this year, provided the following message for township residents Tuesday afternoon: “A rash of criminal mischief spread across the township this summer. It has grown increasingly malicious and destructive to include slashing tires, smashing car windows, hacking at front and garage doors, church windows, lampposts, vehicle entries and mailboxes. “The police department urges all residents to review security protocol for their home and auto. Report any suspicious noise or activity immediately to the police department at 412-833-7500. Please call promptly and band together to halt this senseless vandalism.”