Sunday, March 3, 2013
Brad Childs and Robert McMaster are working to make their Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team a nonprofit organization.
Brad Childs, of Upper St. Clair, and Robert McMaster, of Finleyville, are using more than fire trucks and police cruisers to help others—they're using an airplane. Childs, an Upper St. Clair volunteer firefighter and the vice president of Eyetique, and McMaster, an Upper St. Clair officer, both have a love for flying and animals, so they've teamed up to create the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team. The organization transports at-risk animals by working with volunteer rescue organizations and shelters. For example, Childs said he'll get a call that a shelter is going to euthanize dozens of dogs, so he'll work through Pilots N Paws to help get the dogs to a no-kill shelter or a "furever" home. "It's weird, but they (the dogs) know you'…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
A 19-year-old man was arrested and warrants have been issued for three other suspects. Northern Regional Police say the four are sought for robberies in Washington, PA; Chartiers Township; Wexford and Castle Shannon.
A 19-year-old Washington County man has been arrested and warrants have been issued for three other suspects charged with being involved in multiple robberies, including one in Upper St. Clair near the Peters Township border, according to Northern Regional Police Chief T. Robert Amann. The individuals are also suspected in robberies in Wexford, Washington, Chartiers Township and Castle Shannon. Matthew McDonald was arrested Nov. 21 in Chartiers Township and charged with robbery, criminal conspiracy and theft in the BP case, the chief said. McDonald is being held in the Washington County Jail. Amann said police have obtained warrants for three others—Travis Hallam, 19; David Piatt, 21; and Charles Clark Jr., 21. All three are from the …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Mini Mart employee said he "went blank" when a young man demanded money and showed a gun.
Upper St. Clair police are still searching for the man who held up the St. Clair Mini Mart last week at gunpoint, according to an employee. Tissa Dissa, of Bethel Park, said he was working behind the cash register around 8:15 p.m. last Monday when a young, white, skinny man in his early 20s demanded money. Dissa said he didn't take the man serious at first. But then the robber reached into his jacket, took out something covered in a cloth and revealed a gun. "I went blank after that," Dissa said. "I just gave him the money." The man took off with more than $600 in a silver SUV, possibly a Mercedes SUV. Dissa ran out of the gas station and asked a female customer who walked out of the store just before the robbery to help him remember the …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Scanner information indicates the employees at the St. Clair Mini Mart on Route 19 were robbed at gunpoint.
Upper St. Clair police are investigating an armed robbery at St. Clair Mini Mart on Route 19. Township Manager Matthew Serakowski has confirmed that the employees were held at gunpoint and $600 was stolen on Monday night. He was unable to provide any additional information. One of multiple officers confirmed to Patch that no one was hurt. Just before 9 p.m., an officer was seen interviewing three employees inside the store. They appeared to be shaken up. A sign on the door said the store was closed. Vehicles were still outside using the gas pumps. Patch will continue to monitor the situation.
Monday, August 6, 2012
The Upper St. Clair police chief's son was arrested by Peters Township police last August.
An Upper St. Clair man accused of driving under the influence of alcohol while riding a bicycle on Route 19 in Peters Township last year was held for trial on that and other charges Monday. District Judge Valarie Costanzo held John Anthony Pardini, 44, for trial on charges of DUI (third offense), public drunkenness, resisting arrest, possession of a small amount of marijuana, use of drug paraphernalia and a traffic violation, a clerk confirmed. Online court records indicate the charges stem from an Aug. 6, 2011 incident. Pardini, of Monterey Drive, Upper St. Clair, was arrested in August 2011 when an officer spotted him riding a bike in circles on Washington Road just before 11:30 p.m. The charges were refilled last month by Peters police…
Thursday, June 14, 2012
John Pardini was first charged last year for riding a bicycle on Route 19 while under the influence, among other charges.
Peters police refiled charges against a son of the Upper St. Clair police chief on Monday. John Anthony Pardini, 44, 2632 Monterey Dr., Upper St. Clair, was arrested in August 2011 when an officer spotted him riding a bike in circles on Washington Road just before 11:30 p.m. The officer stated in a criminal complaint filed with District Judge Valarie Costanzo's office that there were no lights on the bicycle and that it appeared the rider was having a hard time keeping balance. The officer stated Pardini was carrying a cold, six-pack of beer while riding the bike and that two bottles were missing. After Pardini failed field sobriety tests, the officer told him he was going to be arrested for DUI. Pardini yelled an obscenity, tried to run …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The district attorney's office added charges against Marquis Richie.
A former Outback Steakhouse employee accused of pulling knives on his co-workers is headed to trial with two new attempted homicide charges. The district attorney added a total of eight charges against Marquis V. Richie, 44, of Bethel Park, before the preliminary hearing Monday. District Judge Robert Wyda held all charges for court except for two counts of terroristic threats and one count of simple assault. According to witness testimony, Richie showed up at the back door of the restaurant the morning of March 2 with tears in his eyes. Randolph Gatz, who described Richie as a friend he had worked with for five years, let Richie in, and then Richie backed him in a corner and pulled out a kitchen knife from his pocket. Richie was demanding …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
A 12-year-old girl in Mt. Lebanon said a man asked her to get into his truck.
Mt. Lebanon police are investigating an attempted child luring in a neighborhood near St. Clair Hospital. The 12-year-old Jefferson Middle School sixth grader told Upper St. Clair Patch she was near the intersection of Pinewood and Maplewood drives when she heard a vehicle squeal behind her. She said an older man in a white truck asked her where she lived and said he'd give her a ride home. The victim said she had a bad feeling in her stomach and took off running through the neighborhood backyards until she got to her house. "I just ran away as fast as I could," she said. Her father was watching television when she came to the back door banging. "I was like oh my gosh and I was so scared and the cops came," she said. "She had this look of …