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Two Men Headed to Common Pleas Court on Edgewood Burglary Charges

District Judge Kim M. Hoots heard their cases and others in her Wilkinsburg courtroom Jan. 3.

Two men who broke into a house in the 800 block of East Hutchinson Avenue on Dec. 20 had hearings before District Judge Kim M. Hoots in her Wilkinsburg courtroom on Jan. 3.

Michael Patterson, 18, of 2270 Wilner Drive, East Hills, was held for court on charges of criminal trespass-break into structure; burglary; receiving stolen property; criminal mischief/damage property, intent, reckless or negligent; and conspiracy-burglary-overnight accommodations, no person present.

Dejon Edwards Jackson, 20, of 718 Montooth St., Beltzhoover, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of burglary, conspiracy-burglary and criminal mischief/damage property, intent, reckless or negligent.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Edgewood police, five Edgewood officers responded to neighbor's call about a burglary in progress at the East Hutchinson Avenue home on Dec. 20, 2012. The complaint states that Jackson jumped out a second-story window onto a wooden deck and was taken into custody.

Police searching the interior of the house located Patterson on the third floor, hiding under a railing in a pile of clothes. Jackson and Patterson each wore one gray glove from a matching pair.

Both men face a formal arraignment in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court on Feb. 21.

In other cases heard by Hoots last week:

  • Melvin Iii R. Moore, 22, of 1335 Franklin Ave., Wilkinsburg waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of driving under the influence (general impairment/incapable of driving safely, first offense), driving under the influence (highest rate, blood alcohol content .16+, first offense) and obedience to traffic control devices. Charges of improper turn/green light and restraint systems (seat belts) were withdrawn. According to a criminal complaint filed by Wilkinsburg police, an officer on patrol noticed a vehicle driven by Moore remain stopped at a green light at the corner of Swissvale and Penn avenues on Sept. 19, 2012. After the driver of the vehicle behind Moore's car pulled up and knocked on the window, the officer responded and saw Moore passed out at the wheel. The officer said Moore woke up when he knocked at the window and showed signs of intoxication. Moore failed field sobriety tests and was taken to UPMC Mercy for a blood alcohol content test. He faces a formal arraignment in Common Pleas Court on Feb. 21.
  • Dwayne Kareem Feeney, 21, of 500 Kellywood Manor, Plum Borough, was held for court on a charge of firearms not to be carried without a license filed by Wilkinsburg police. According to a criminal complaint, Wilkinsburg officers conducted surveillance on three people who were in the 1500 block of Park Avenue on Oct. 18, 2012. Police watched Feeney walk to the side of a building, then emerge again and walk to a vehicle that drove away. When the vehicle returned, the officers watched Feeney walk again to the side of the building, and then leave the scene. Police retrieved a Jennings 22-caliber, semi-automatic firearm from inside a potato chip bag. When the vehicle returned again, police took Feeney to the station. The criminal complaint noted that Feeney was not of legal age to carry a firearm as he did not turn 21 years old until a few weeks after the incident. He faces a formal arraignment in Common Pleas Court on Feb. 21.

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