Thursday, May 16, 2013
Here is a security update from the district.
In the wake of a bomb threat found at the Peters Township High School on Wednesday, students belongings were searched as they entered the building Thursday morning. "As you know, late Wednesday afternoon, a bomb threat was found inside the high school. Police and fire departments were on site through the evening conducting a thorough search of the facility, finding nothing to substantiate the threat," a district spokeswoman said. "We appreciate the patience of our students and parents as we went through this process. The cooperation of everyone involved made the search this morning quick and efficient, and we were able to begin a normal school day." District officials indicated that while they do not believe the threat to be credible, "…
The crash happened Tuesday afternoon.
A five-year-old girl suffered a minor injury after a vehicle crash just after 3 p.m. Tuesday. Peters Township police said Ashley Bodner, 27, of Washington, was travelling on East McMurray Road near Holly Drive when the vehicle in front of hers suddenly stopped. She told officers that she swerved to avoid a collision, which is when her vehicle struck a pole. Her daughter, Ivy Bodner, 5, suffered what police called a minor head laceration. As a precaution, Bodner, her daughter Ivy, and two other children in the vehicle were taken to The Washington Hospital. No other injuries were reported, according to police. The crash tied up traffic in the area, and prompted the Peters Township School District to issue an alert to parents indicating that …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The biology Keystone exams have been postponed and will now take place on Friday, May 17.
Peters Township School District officials are postponing Thursday's biology Keystone exams after a bomb threat was found in a Peters Township High School bathroom late Wednesday afternoon. Peters Township police officers and firefighters searched the building and found nothing to substantiate the threat. "While we do not believe this threat to be credicble, extra security precautions will be in place throughout the day on Thursday," according to a statement from the school district. Students are asked to leave backpacks at home and keep personal items in a clear plastic bag. There will be extra police presence in the building Thursday. The Keystone exam will be made up on Friday, May 17. Wednesday's threat will also affect Peters Township …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Officials from Peters Township School District sent out a notice Tuesday afternoon.
Peters Township School District officials are warning parents that a traffic accident could cause a bus delay for some students. A district spokeswoman said an accident is blocking traffic on East McMurray Road. As a result, buses coming from McMurray Elementary, Pleasant Valley and Bower Hill may experience delays arriving home. A Washington County 911 supervisor said there were unknown injuries in the two-vehicle crash, which happened at East McMurray and Holly Road around 3:15 p.m. No further information was immediately available Tuesday afternoon. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The charges are the result of a traffic stop early Tuesday morning.
Peters Township police are charging a Finleyville man with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Police said the charges, which will proceed by summons, are the result of a traffic stop around 1:30 a.m. in the area of Turkeyfoot Road and Iron Horse Drive. Police said the officer detected the odor of marijuana when he approached the vehicle, and that both the driver, Dylan Christopher Janda, 20, and a passenger were both cooperative. According to police, an officer seized a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia from Janda.
A bike, steel pipes and more were reported stolen Monday.
Peters Township police said several thefts have been reported over the weekend. Police said a township man told police on Monday that his Schwinn 10-speed bicycle was stolen as he was completing a workout routine. The man told police he rode his bike on the Montour Trail and parked it, then went for a run. When he arrived back at where his bike should have been, it was gone. Police said the man indicated that he has been completing the same workout routine for 10 years and this was the first time he had an issue. Peters police were also summoned to U-Store-It, located at 510 Venetia Road, for a report of theft on Monday. Police said someone cut the locks off of four different units. One of the owners of the storage units broken into told …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Investigators are searching for a motive.
Allegheny County homicide detectives and Bethel Park police are investigating what prompted a Venetia man to attack the owners of Armen's House of Music on Library Road on Saturday, according to the Observer-Reporter. Police say Andrew Moore, 31, of Venetia, stopped in the store for a few minutes and then left. Shortly before noon, he returned with a wooden club and attacked Sylvia and Alfred Armen, according to the Post-Gazette. Mr. Armen shot Moore with his gun. Moore was pronounced dead at the scene. The Armens are in their 70s and are known for being active in the Bethel Park community. They were both injured during the attack, and are expected to be OK. They told police they had never met Moore before the incident. No charges have …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Runners should arrive early for the extra security measures and attendees will see K-9s that detect explosives along the course.
Pittsburgh and marathon officials held a news conference Thursday morning to ensure safety at the May 5 race. "I feel it's important to emphasize the actions being taken to ensure the safety for runners and spectators," Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said. "We're making sure the terrible acts in Boston don't deter the spirit of the marathon in Pittsburgh." "The show is going on. It's going to be a great day. It's going to be a safe day," said Patrice Maramoros, director of the Pittsburgh Marathon. Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Michael Huss told runners to arrive to the race early. "There will be things in place that weren't there before," he said. He said attendees could expect to see K-9s along the course that detect explosives. He …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The man accused of the crime spent four days in jail and nine months on house arrest.
A Venetia teenager waived her right to a preliminary hearing in district Judge Robert Wyda's courtroom Monday on charges she lied about being raped in the South Park Wave Pool parking lot. The formal arraignment for Katelyn Webster, 18, is scheduled for June 10. Allegheny County police say Webster testified that she was raped by Matthew Folino so that she wouldn't get in trouble with her father about having "sucker bites," better known as hickies. Folino spent four days in jail and nine months on house arrest before police say Webster admitted to lying to them about the rape. Webster faces one count of perjury, one count of false reports to law enforcement authorities and one count of false swearing.
Peters Township Police Department will be accepting expired or unwanted drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various locations Saturday.
One woman brought 11 pills to the Peters Township Police Department to be disposed of—a prescription she said cost her $1,200. Another resident brought in a box of drugs—prescriptions written for a former cancer patient. And Peters Township Police Chief Harry Fruecht encouraged anyone in the community with unwanted or expired medications—either prescription or over-the-counter—to do just what these folks did: Let the department dispose of them properly. This Saturday the department will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Program, and invites residents to clean out their medicine cabinets. "We will take it," the chief said. "Let us take care of it." And he said that no only does participating in the take back program help curb …