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Swissvale Woman Waives Hearing on Multiple Charges after Accident

District Judge Thomas Caulfield handles several cases Oct. 10 in his Forest Hills courtroom.

Stephanie Michelle Scott, 29, of Swissvale waived her right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Thomas Caulfield on Oct. 10 on a number of charges stemming from an accident in Braddock Hills on July 5.

According to a criminal complaint, Scott's car hit two vehicles in the 2700 block of Columbia Avenue in Braddock Hills before landing over a retaining wall in the backyard of a residence. Police said she first struck a parked car, then hit a second car in the rear before traveling behind the home.

The two vehicles received moderate to major damage and Scott's car also caused structural damage to a garage, a basketball hoop and the retaining wall. All three cars had to be towed from the scene. Scott had children in the car at the time of the accident.

The complaint states that Scott gave police contradictory stories about what happened—one that she was searching for cigarettes and another that she had lost the brakes. Police observed that Scott seemed drowsy and sedated and had taken three different prescription drugs. She was transported to Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville.

Scott faces two counts of recklessly endangering another person; two counts of endangering the welfare of children—parent, guardian, other commits offense; and one count each of driving under the influence (general impairment/incapable of driving safely, first offense), driving under the influence (controlled substances, Schedule 2 or 3, first offense); operating a vehicle without required financial responsbility; reckless driving; and accidental damage to unattended vehicle or property; criminal mischief/damage property/reckless or negligent (felony). She also faces three counts of criminal mischief/damage property/reckless or negligent (misdemeanor).

In other cases handled by Caulfield on Oct. 10:

  • Nathaniel Deshawn Wilson, 31, of Wilmerding was held for court on charges of carrying a firearm without a license; persons not to possess, use, manufacture, control, sell or transfer firearm; possessing instruments of crime. Forest Hills police filed the charges after stopping Wilson, who had been walking in the roadway along Yost Boulevard on Sept. 20. According to a criminal complaint, Wilson reached toward his waist as if he had a weapon. When he was frisked by police, a handgun was discovered in his waistband. The magazine had seven 9mm rounds and one 9mm round in the chamber. Wilson claimed to have found the gun in the roadway.
  • Charles Fey, 33, of East Pittsburgh was held for court on charges of ethnic intimidation; terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another; scattering rubbish upon land/stream; and harassment-communicate with lewd, threatening, etc. language. According to a criminal complaint, Braddock Hills police were dispatched to Jones Avenue on Sept. 26 for a report of a man being threatened with a gun. After the victim confronted the suspect, identified as Fey, about throwing garbage in his yard, Fey allegedly become violent, used racial slurs and threatened to shoot him, the complaint stated. Fey fled in a silver pickup truck but was located about an hour later on Brinton Road. East Pittsburgh and Turtle Creek police assisted Braddock Hills after a traffic stop in East Pittsburgh. Braddock Hills police filed the charges.
  • Michael Alan Marasco, 26, of Irwin waived his right to a preliminary hearing on a charge of driving under the influence-general impairment (blood alcohol content .08-.10, first offense). Swissvale police filed the charges after Marasco failed a field sobriety test and registered a .96 on a portable breath test at a DUI checkpoint in the 1600 block of South Braddock Avenue on May 13.
  • Mark Robert Moreland, 32, of Lincoln-Lemington waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of theft by unlawful taking (moveable property); receiving stolen property; terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another; and harassment, communicating lewd, threatening, etc. language. A charge of burglary was withdrawn. Swissvale police filed the charges after a television and video game equipment were reported missing from an apartment in the 2100 block of Swissvale Avenue. A detective recovered the television at Ninja Entertainment in downtown Pittsburgh and Moreland was identified as the person who sold it to the store.

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