Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Frank Zahler is accused of telling a man in Barnes & Noble that he had bomb materials in his briefcase similar to the bombs used in the Boston Marathon.
The elderly man accused of causing the evacuation of South Hills Village mall last month was in tears apologizing to the judge and thanking the Bethel Park police for treating him well at the end of his preliminary hearing on Monday. District Judge Robert Wyda continued the hearing for Frank Zahler until July 1 so that behavioral health specialists could help Zahler discover the underlying cause of why he made the "callous and stupid" remarks on April 21, just days after the Boston Marathon tragedy. "What you said was clearly wrong," Wyda told Zahler. "We need to get things mentally and emotionally under control. "You need to continue to work with these people (health specialists) to help you help yourself." Zahler was handcuffed in the …
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, "…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Parents rushing to pick up their children caused a traffic disaster after a bomb threat was found on calculators.
Peters Township Police Chief Harry Fruecht told Peters Council Monday night that he made the decision to evacuate Peters Township Middle School on Friday after school authorities found a threat on calculators that said the school would blow up at 10:40 a.m. Fruecht said police received the report of the threat around 10:15 a.m., which did not give them enough time to sweep the building before the supposed detonation. Four bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in to search the building and no credible threat was found. Meantime, students were evacuated to buses outside of the school to keep them warm. It was then decided to shuttle the students to McMurray Elementary for the rest of the day, but the traffic from all the concerned parents coming …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Peters Township High School was evacuated on Wednesday.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
There will be an increase in security over the next few days.
Peters Township High School was evacuated for 15-20 minutes Wednesday morning after a student alerted the administration about a bomb threat written on a wall inside a student restroom. "While this threat was general and did not appear credible, the district takes all safety matters very seriously and the building was placed in lockdown," stated Shelly Belcher, the district's spokesperson, in an email to parents. The high school's officer, Peters Township police and Peters Township firefighters searched the building and found nothing. Belcher said there will be an increase in security over the next few days and that the administration will continue to investigate teh origin of the threat.