Police activity week of 06-07-10 through 06-13-10

06-07-10 10:18 hours – Sgt. J. McCaughan – Assaults-other simple
100 block Green Ave. (PWHS) – Police responded to PWHS for a report of a fight that occurred earlier with both parties of the fight being detained in the attendance office. On police arrival this officer was directed to the Principals office where the offender was being detained. The school resources officer reported that the offender assaulted another student in the cafeteria and was chocking the victim forcefully when the school resources officer arrived. It took two security officer to break the strangle hold that the offender had on the victim. The victim was seen by the school nurse. The offender will be charged appropriately.


06-09-10 16:34 hours – Ptl. M. McGinnis – Criminal Mischief to public buildings
Unit block N. Lansdowne Ave. – Police received a call for criminal mischief discovered. Once on location the victim indicated that sometime between 20:00 hours on 06-08-10 and 08:00 hours this date two twelve inch by twenty four inch door windows on the south west corner of the building were broken. This officer did inspect the windows and located a BB inside the door on the floor. The victim indicated that the business has no known suspects and no security cameras.


06-10-10 17:00 hours – Ptl. M. McGinnis – Borough-ordinance -soliciting
Unit block E. Stratford Ave. – A call came through police headquarters for soliciting. On arrival the offender admitted to soliciting without a permit. This officer and other officers have had prior contact with the offender and he had been given several warnings. The offender was advised that he will be receiving a citation in the mail. On prior contact the offender indicated he was working for a juvenile work camp, today he indicated he was working for American Community Services. The offender had no paperwork for either organization.


06-10-10 15:57 hours – Sgt. B. Eidell – All other ordinance violations
100 block N. Highland Ave. – Police received a call for two black males in the rear of Patricia Court Apartments shooting a gun in the rear parking lot by the dumpsters, prior to police arrival police dispatch advised that the anonymous caller indicated that the gun might be a BB gun, but it looked like a real gun to the reporting party. Police received a description of the two males. As this officer was pulling into the rear parking lot of the apartment complex I observed an older white male subject placing items into a dumpster. This officer also noticed two black male subjects in the rear of a property that sits directly behind Patricia Court. Upon observing this officer these males entered the rear of the house via the back door. Upon entering the rear yard of the property this officer did observe empty CO2 cartridges, some loose BB’s and a plastic container of Copperhead 1500 BB’s. This officer knocked on the rear door of the property and the offender answered and this officer recognized him as one of the two subjects I had observed in the rear yard. This officer asked the offender if he had been shooting a BB gun in his rear yard. The offender stated that he had and that he was just showing his friend the BB gun. The offender stated that only he had fired the gun and the the involved party was simply watching. The offender stated he thought it was legal to shoot a BB gun in his yard. This officer advised him of the Borough Ordinance and my authorization to confiscate the BB gun and to have the Chief of Police destroy it. The offender understood and apologized for the scare. This officer advised the offender he would be receiving a citation for violation of Lansdowne Borough Ordinance # 326-2.


06-11-10 17:14 hours – Ptl. L. Doyle – Assault
100 block E. Essex Ave. – While on routine patrol this officer heard a female and two males screaming and using obscene language on unit block of E. Essex Avenue. This officer along with Officer Selimis approached the party. The adult female and juvenile male were having a dispute with the adult male.

This officer and Officer Selimis attempted to calm down the juvenile male offender. The juvenile offender was screaming and cursing and attempting to fight police. The juvenile offender did elbow Officer Selimis and did attempt to resist arrest. The juvenile offender was taken into custody and was processed and transported to juvenile detention.


06-12-10 13:36 hours – Ptl. T. Selimis – Assault
Unit block S. Lansdowne Ave. – Police were dispatched for a domestic fight male vs female. The male offender stated that he and his girlfriend had an argument and that was it. Police poke with his girlfriend who stated they got into an argument and that the boyfriend threw an object at her face and continued to yell at her. The girlfriend stated she attempted to leave the room and the boyfriend grabbed her by the neck and slammed her on the bed. The victim was unable to get the boyfriend off her. The offender then punched the girlfriend in the face with an open palm with his fingers curled. The sister of the offender was also in the apartment, came in and had to separate the two. The victim is four months pregnant and refused any medical attention. The victim wanted to press charges as she stated he had done this before. The victim was observed with finger groves marks on the right side of her neck along with a finger nail scratch. The offender was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters to be processed.


06-13-10 21:42 hours – Sgt. J. Eisenhart – Arson-incendiary device
100 block W. Greenwood Ave. – The police and fire department were dispatched for a report of a fire in the street. Upon arrival, there was no fire on location. This officer made contact with the complainant. The complainant stated he and his wife heard the loud sound of glass breaking, looked outside and noticed large flames in the middle of the street.

Upon closer examination here appeared to be a burnt piece of cloth in the middle of the street. West of the burnt cloth was a metal cap to a pickle jar. There were shards of glass scattered all around and a distinct odor of butane in the area. 7th district Fire Marshall Rufus Stokes was dispatched and did take several pictures of the evidence. Evidence was taken into custody by this department.

The complainant did not see anyone suspicious and is not having a problem with anyone in the neighborhood. It does not appear that nay property was targeted and there were no similar incidents reported in Lansdowne or the area.