Grill Smoke Sets Off C.C. Mellor Library Alarm

Bat in bedroom, nail salon incident filed, woman barred from returning items to store among Edgewood police calls last week.

Edgewood police responded to four not-so-usual calls over the past week:

Grill smoke

Edgewood police responded on Aug. 18 with to investigate the smell of smoke and find out what set off a fire alarm at on Pennwood Avenue. It turns out smoke from a grill in the neighborhood infiltrated the building, causing a false alarm.

Bat in bedroom

and police responded to a call about a bat in a bedroom on Aug. 18. The bat was captured and released.

Salon situation

A female patron of came unglued on Aug. 17 after expressing dissatisfaction with her nail and destroyed the inside of the South Braddock Avenue salon, breaking multiple items, according to a police report. An investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

No returns

Police received a report of retail theft from in Edgewood Towne Centre on Aug. 15 after a woman attempted to return a pack of sausage she had picked up off a shelf after entering the store. Her store Advantage Card showed she makes several returns a week, police said. She was advised that she would still be permitted in the store but her card was locked so she could no longer make returns.

In other police news:

Aug. 19

  • Police found a man and woman sleeping on the back seat of a Ford after parking in Aberdeen Alley. Both were identified and sent on their way.
  • An unknown man removed a book of bus passes from behind the customer service desk at Giant Eagle, but fled the scene prior to police arriving.
  • Edgewood Volunteer Fire Department was summoned to the 400 block of West Hutchinson Avenue for a possible gas leak. Peoples Natural Gas responded to the scene to investigate.
  • A man discovered sleeping behind the wheel of his car on Allenby Avenue was arrested and tranported to UPMC Mercy for a blood alcohol content test.
  • Edgewood police assisted North Braddock Police Department in an attempt to locate a suspect in a double shooting, but the man was not found.

Aug. 18

  • Edgewood police assisted Wilkinsburg Police Department near the corner of South and Swissvale avenues, where a large fight had erupted. When Wilkinsburg officers attempted to break up the fight, the crowd closed in on them. Swissvale police also responded and assisted in dispersing the intoxicated group.
  • Turtle Creek police recovered the near in Edgewood Towne Centre. The county crime lab was to look for fingerprints in the vehicle. The owner of the vehicle was notified.

Aug. 17

  • The resident of an apartment in the 100 block of Elm Street returned home after a few days away to discover $560 worth of electronics missing. She told police she knew the man who stole them and will pursue a civil complaint against him.

Aug. 16

  • A hit-and-run was reported behind .
  • Edgewood police assisted Swissvale Police Department with a report of multiple shots fired into an occupied structure in the 2300 block of Patterson Avenue. No one was injured but multiple rounds made it into the interior of the residence.
  • During a traffic stop, police discovered the man driving had a suspended license. A woman in the car was cited for disorderly conduct for possessing a small amount of marijuana.
  • Edgewood police assisted Wilkinsburg Police Department with breaking up a large "coke" party in the 1500 block of Sylvan Terrace. Police made multiple arrests and one man had to be Tasered. Another man was transported to a hospital after swallowing a large amount of crack cocaine. Two handguns and an AK-47 were recovered. Wilkinsburg police obtained a search warrant for the structure and several vehicles.
  • Edgewood police assisted Wilkinsburg Police Department with a motor vehicle accident at the corner of Penn Avenue and Coal Street while Wilkinsburg was busy with the Sylvan Terrace incident (above).

Aug. 15

  • A resident reported the theft of 12 compact discs valued at $144 that were taken from his vehicle overnight while it was parked on the street.
  • A resident of the 800 block of East Hutchinson Avenue reported that an unlocked vehicle had been gone through overnight but that no items were stolen.

Aug. 14

  • Police seized a large knife inside a vehicle after making a traffic stop on South Braddock Avenue near . The knife was subsequently given back to the owner.




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