Friday, April 5, 2013
State troopers have already issued more than 130 citations.
Pennsylvania State Police troopers are conducting enforcement on the Parkway East in the area of the Squirrel Hill Tunnel, focusing on speeding and construction zones violations. Troopers have issued 131 citations and 15 written warnings since Jan. 1. Additionally, troopers have made 10 DUI arrests in that time frame. Enforcement activities will be ongoing through the duration of the Squirrel Hill Tunnel construction project. The speed limit through the Squirrel Hill Tunnel construction zone is 45 mph. Motorists could face a 15 day driver’s license suspension if caught driving 11 miles per hour over the speed limit in an active work zone, or are involved in a crash in an active work zone and are convicted for failing to drive at a safe …
Monday, February 18, 2013
District Judge Thomas Caulfield hears several cases in his Forest Hills courtroom last week.
John W. Banks, 65, of North Braddock faces three different DUI charges after an accident occurred while he was driving the wrong way Dec. 16, 2012 on Ardmore Boulevard in Forest Hills. Banks waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Thomas Caulfield on Feb. 13 on charges of driving under the influence (general impairment/incapable of driving safely, second offense), driving under the influence (high rate of alcohol, blood alcohol content .10 to .16, second offense) and driving under the influence (general impairment/incapable of driving safety, first offense). Charges of driving the wrong way and two counts of careless driving filed by Forest Hills police were withdrawn. According to a criminal complaint, Forest Hills…
Friday, December 21, 2012
Judge Kim M. Hoots also handles other cases in Wilkinsburg district court last week.
Two men and a woman were held for court by District Judge Kim M. Hoots last week on charges stemming from a burglary at a home in the 1800 block of Montier Street in Wilkinsburg on Oct. 6. Wilkinsburg police filed charges of receiving stolen property, burglary, conspiracy-burglary and false report-falsely incriminating another against John Joseph Walkiewicz, 42, of 2296 Freeport Rd., Harmar Township; Shari Ann Sennett Brockman, 39, of the same address; and John Francis Brockman Jr., 21, of 1112 Stieren St., Brackenridge, in connection with the break-in. On Oct. 6, Wilkinsburg police responded to a report of a burglary at the Montier Street home and discovered the front door had been forced open. Walkiewicz told police he had been …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
District Judge Kim M. Hoots had a busy day in court Oct. 18 with this and many other cases.
Dania Brittany Agurs, 19, of 6412 Winslow St., waived her right to a preliminary hearing Oct. 18 before District Judge Kim M. Hoots on seven charges relating to an incident where the car she was driving reached a clocked speed of 109.9 mph along Penn Avenue in Wilkinsburg. Agurs is charged by Wilkinsburg police with providing false identification to law enforcement officers, driving under the influence (general impairment/incapable of driving safely, first offense), driving under the influence (minor, first offense), driving without a license, driving the wrong way on a one-way street, exceeding 35 mph in an urban district by 80 mph and reckless driving. According to a criminal complaint filed by Wilkinsburg police, an officer was …
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Police recently gave out a 'fair amount' of tickets during a traffic detail.
It's hard not to speed on Greensburg Pike. A portion of the four-lane road that runs through Forest Hills, Churchill and Wilkins is relatively straight and level and, with no traffic lights or stop signs, an easy place to build up speed. On Sept. 29, Forest Hills police were informed about two cars racing in the vicinity of Marion Avenue. The caller said one car was a black SUV and the other a gray sedan—and that they had pulled into the parking lot adjacent to the Plaza Lounge. By the time police arrived, the cars were gone. Forest Hills police Chief Chuck Williams said officers conducted a traffic detail along Greensburg Pike recently and give out "a fair amount of tickets." He said the three municipalities often conduct the speed traps …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Jessica Lynn Morelli, 22, of Latrobe waived a preliminary hearing before District Judge Kim Hoots on charges stemming from a 27-mile chase along Route 22 from the Squirrel Hill Tunnel to Derry Township.
Jessica Lynn Morelli, 22, of Latrobe waived her right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Kim Hoots in her Wilkinsburg courtroom Aug. 23 on multiple charges stemming from a police chase July 30 that started near the Squirrel Hill Tunnel and lasted about 27 miles before coming to a stop in Derry Township. According to a criminal complaint filed by the Pennsylvania State Police, Morelli attracted the attention of officers after speeding in the Squirrel Hill Tunnel construction zone. The complaint says she reached speeds of 105 mph in her Lexus RX300 with officers in pursuit as she traveled along the Parkway East (I-376), continuing on Route 22 through Murrysville before finally coming to a stop near the intersection of Stone Jug …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Speeding issues, water main breaks and 8 DUI, drug arrests among other topics discussed at Wednesday's council meeting.
A new resident from Barclay Avenue brought up issues in his neighborhood and asked council for help in dealing with littering, speeding, and loitering that has been going on in the area. He reported that his tires had been slashed and excessive dumping was occurring near his property. Borough Manager Steven Morus indicated that a sign was ordered to enforce the "no dumping" policy and should be posted shortly. Council President Frank Porco said he would personally visit the area and have council look into what could be done. Regular Agenda Items
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
After a crash on her street that involved road rage, a neighbor is asking for the borough to look into lowering the speed limit.
After a road rage incident ended with one man shot and a car crashed through a neighboring garage, Cynthia Savitt of Edgewood has decided to renew an effort to lower the speed limit on Elmer Street. A resident on Elmer, Savitt presented a petition to Edgewood Council Monday night during its meeting with eight names of neighbors who live on the same street. While the current speed limit is 25 miles per hour, Savitt would like it to be changed to 15 miles per hour. “About three or four years ago, the speed limit on Maple Avenue was dropped to 15 miles and ever since then, we have had cut through traffic to and from the parkway through our street,” Savitt said. “People have been speeding at ridiculous rates—I have almost had a head-on …