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Smashing Pumpkins, Loud Halloween Party Draw Edgewood Police

Edgewood officers also handle retail thefts, stolen presidential campaign signs and other reports.

Someone was smashing pumpkins overnight on Oct. 27 in the 100 block of West Hutchinson Avenue.

Edgewood police were called after three pumpkins belonging to a resident were found smashed on the roadway. The pumpkins had a value of $40.

Police planned to increase patrols in the area.

In a related report, police responded to a complaint about a loud Halloween party in the 200 block of Elm Street on Oct. 20. The residents agreed to control the noise.

Edgewood police handled a number of other complaints over the last few weeks:

Oct. 28

  • A resident of the 300 block of Laurel Street reported that his front yard fence had been damaged, possibly by an Edgewood Volunteer Fire Department truck that responded to a carbon monoxide alarm on Ivy Street that day. It turns out the alarm only needed new batteries.

Oct. 27

  • A resident of Brooklyn, NY was stopped for attempting to steal baby formula and diapers from the Giant Eagle in Edgewood Towne Centre. The store will handle the theft through private prosecution.
  • Two Swissvale residents are being charged with retail theft for reportedly stealing food items totaling $18.56. Misdemeanor charges were to be filed via summons.
  • Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 200 block of East Swissvale Avenue. Two vehicles—a silver Ford Focus and a blue Honda CRV—were seen leaving the scene but police don't know if they were involved in the incident. Police discovered seven shell casings at the intersection of Walnut Street and East Swissvale Avenue, and also in the 300 block of East Swissvale Avenue.
  • Edgewood police assisted Swissvale officers after multiple trees were knocked down in Regent Square due to a motor vehicle accident. A white pickup truck that fled the scene following the incident was not located.

Oct. 26

  • A car caught fire in the 300 block of Dewey Street and had to be towed because of damage.
  • The owner of a business on South Braddock Avenue and a former employee got into a dispute about back pay the employee said was owed to him. The owner told the employee he would not have the money until Oct. 29. Police advised the employee to file a civil complaint in district court if he was not paid.
  • A car parked in the 100 block of Edgewood Avenue was hit by a car overnight. The driver fled the scene.
  • A resident of the 200 block of Oakview Avenue reported that a child-sized yellow utility wagon valued at $50 was stolen from the sidewalk in front of the residence on Oct. 25. 
  • Police responded to a call about a loud party in the 100 block of Linden Avenue. The residents were advised to keep the party quiet.

Oct. 25

  • A resident of the 450 block of Maple Avenue reported that her dogs, which seldom bark, were barking at about 10:15 p.m. Oct. 24. The resident reported that a backyard gate was open.
  • A resident of the 200 block of Oakview Avenue reported finding footprints in the flower bed beneath the living room window.
  • Edgewood police assisted Pennsylvania State Police with an accident on a Parkway East ramp.
  • Someone stole a stop sign from the corner of Gordon and Chestnut. Edgewood Volunteer Fire Department crews placed a temporary stop sign at the location.
  • An Edgewood Volunteer Fire Department rescue truck struck a vehicle near the intersection of West Hutchinson and South Braddock avenues while responding to a apartment building fire. The vehicle had minor to moderate damage and the rescue truck had minor damage.
  • A car was towed from the 200 block of Edgewood Avenue because the owner had nine unpaid tickets. The police report indicates that the car would be impounded until the fines were paid.

Oct. 24

  • A resident of the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue reported that the sidewalk in front of his home had been cracked in several places by someone driving over the sidewalk while making a turn from Lincoln onto Laurel. Police advised him to contact his homeowners insurance and make a report.

Oct. 23

  • A worker at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Edgewood Towne Center fell 8-10 feet while working. He was transported to UPMC Mercy hospital by Eastern Area PreHospital Services.
  • Items were stolen from a vehicle parked overnight at the borough parking lot on Linden Avenue.
  • Police had a vehicle towed from the scene of a motor vehicle accident after learning the driver's license had been suspended for driving under the influence. There were no injuries but police issued the driver two citations.
  • Someone entered an unlocked storage container behind the Giant Eagle in Edgewood Towne Centre and bent in half 35 10-by-1 foot tin sheets.

Oct. 22

  • Police filed charges of defiant trespass via summons against a man who had been stopped for retail theft in the Edgewood Towne Centre Giant Eagle on Oct. 17. The man fled before police arrived.
  • Police charged Erin Bratton, 24, of Palmyra, PA  with burglary after she walked into a residence on Oakview Avenue and went to sleep on the couch.
  • Edgewood police assisted Wilkinsburg Police Department in dealing with an intoxicated woman in the 500 block of Coal Street. Police took the woman into custody after she pushed an officer.

Oct. 21

  • Edgewood police assisted Swissvale Police Department with a burglary in progress in the 2200 block of Woodstock Avenue.

Oct. 20

  • A man was placed under arrest for public intoxication in the 1200 block of South Braddock Avenue. He was lodged at the police station, then released. Police were to issue a citation via summons.

Oct. 18

  • Two presidential election signs were stolen from the front yard of a home in the 1400 block of Walnut Street.

Oct. 17

  • Edgewood police assisted Wilkinsburg Police Department with an incident in the 1000 block of South Avenue after a man fled from officers working an investigation for the Allegheny County District Attorney's Narcotic Enforcement Team. Wilkinsburg officers took the man into custody after deploying a Taser.
  • A man faces private prosecution by the Giant Eagle in Edgewood Towne Centre for stealing a sleep aid valued at $6.49.
  • A young woman stole a sweatshirt valued at $55 from Villa Shoes but fled the scene before police arrived.
  • Edgewood police assisted Swissvale officers after a report that several houses in the 7700 block of Westmoreland Avenue had been shot up. Two black men and a white men were reported to have been seen leaving the area.

Oct. 16

  • A woman was to be charged with retail theft via summons after she reportedly stole $300 worth of clothing from Kmart in Edgewood Towne Centre. 

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