Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Dormont police news, May 3 to May 10.
A Brookline man faces charges after police said he attacked a Dormont business owner with a broom handle on May 6. Mahdi Ghasempour, 51, of Brookline, was charged with aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person after an incident in the 1400 block of Potomac Avenue just before 11 a.m. According to the report by Dormont police, Ghasempour was dressed only in plaid shorts, with no shirt, socks or shoes, and was carrying a five-foot long broom handle, with which he allegedly chased and attempted to strike the owner of Woven Rug Gallery. Police said the suspect believed the victim owed him money. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 16 at 1:30 p.m. before Magisterial District Judge Blaise P. Larotonda. Also in the …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The McCormick-Dorman VFW made a donation that allowed Dormont police to buy several equipment items.
McCormick-Dorman VFW Post #694 frequently makes donations to foster community betterment, and that was just the idea behind a January donation to Dormont Police Department. The VFW donated $3,000 to the police department, allowing the department to outfit its Chevy Tahoe with new equipment. “The borough bought the Tahoe and lights, but with this money, we’ve been able to outfit this to make it a command-type vehicle,” said Dormont police Sgt. James Burke. The Tahoe now carries a number of flashlights with battery chargers, an incident board, and a tactical entry kit that includes an ax and wire cutters, among other tools. The equipment will aid officers when they respond to car accidents or other dangerous situations, or when they must be…
Dormont police updates, April 26 to May 3.
A Beechview man was arrested following a fight at Jamison’s Bar that resulted in a number of injuries. Officers from Dormont, Mt. Lebanon and Castle Shannon, as well as Medical Rescue Team South Authority responded to the bar at 1:30 a.m. for a report of a fight with injuries. According to the police report, David Domostoy, 28, was refused service at the bar because he appeared to be highly intoxicated when he arrived. The bar’s owner told police that after he was refused, Domostoy began attacking the owner, and other patrons. Police said that when a patron attempted to help the bar owner restrain Domostoy, Domostoy threw the patron through the glass front door of the bar, shattering the door and injuring the patron. The patron sustained …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Three incidents, two of them related, were reported at the bar between April 27 and 28.
Dormont police responded to multiple incidents at Vasta Lounge on West Liberty Avenue between April 27 and April 28. Officers on patrol in the area at 2:15 a.m. on April 27 saw a fight in front of the bar. Two men—identified as Shandrew Vaughn, 35, of Pittsburgh and Carlies Womack, 34, also of Pittsburgh—were arrested after police said they refused to leave the scene, and yelled obscenities at officers. According to the police reports, Vaughn attempted to start fights with bar patrons while in the presence of police. He was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. Womack was cited for public drunkenness. At 2:40 a.m. on the same day, police again responded to the area for a report that …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Dormont police are asking drivers to remember that parking is not allowed on West Liberty Avenue during rush hour.
Dormont police are again warning drivers not to park on West Liberty Avenue during rush hour, after seeing an increase in the number of citations issued for the offense in the past few weeks. "It seems to be happening more often again, and when people do that it creates a major traffic problem," said Dormont police Sgt. James Burke. Burke said the police have had a number of vehicles towed from West Liberty because they were parked on the street during rush hour. Burke said the quickest way to report illegally parked cars is to call 911 and tell the responder it is not an emergency. The responder will then contact a member of the police department to address the issue, he said. Drivers also can report issues via smart phone or computer …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Dormont police news, April 19 to April 26.
Dormont police made multiple public drunkenness arrests in the borough last week, with several occurring on the same day. Three arrests were made on April 25: Also in the blotter: This information was supplied by Dormont Police. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction. Follow Dormont-Brookline Patch on Facebook and Twitter. For more news, sign up for our email Newsletter.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Dormont police blotter, April 12 to April 19.
Dormont police are investigating a theft-from-vehicle case that occurred in the 1200 block of Wisconsin Avenue. According to the police report, a car was parked on a parking pad in that block when someone stole a backpack containing a laptop computer from inside the car. The owner told police the theft likely occurred between 11 p.m. on April 13 and 11 a.m. on April 14. Police Chief Michael Bisignani told Dormont-Brookline Patch the number of theft-from-vehicle cases typically increases when the weather improves, and warned that residents should be careful to keep vehicles locked. Those with information can contact the Dormont Police Department. Also in the blotter: Dormont police responded to Vasta Lounge on April 18 at 1:30 a.m. for a …
Monday, April 22, 2013
In two separate incidents last Sunday, alcohol-related arrests were made on the LRT tracks in Dormont.
Alcohol played a role in two separate arrests near the LRT tracks in Dormont on April 14. Just before 2:30 a.m., a Dormont officer on patrol in the 1400 block of Dormont Avenue reportedly saw a Jeep driving the wrong way down the one-way street. According the police report, while the officer was turning his car around to follow the Jeep, the driver made a left-hand turn onto the Port Authority tracks and became stuck. The officer notified the Port Authority Police, who arrived on scene and placed the driver, Simon Mason, 29, of Pittsburgh, under arrest for driving under the influence. Dormont police said that while waiting for a tow truck to remove the Jeep from the tracks, the Port Authority police received another call, this one for a …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The presentation is scheduled for Thursday morning.
Thursday morning Seton LaSalle High School students will view the dramatic aftermath of an alcohol-involved car crash, according to The Almanac. The mock accident will be put on by police from Mt. Lebanon, Castle Shannon and Dormont, the Mt. Lebanon Fire Department, Medical Rescue Team South, LifeFlight and the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office to teach the students about unsafe driving practices. The presentation is part of Mt. Lebanon police department's "Survival 101" and is sponsored by the Students Against Destructive Decisions at Keystone Oaks and Seton LaSalle High schools, according to the newspaper.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Dormont police are investigating the incident.
Dormont police are investigating a theft-from-vehicle incident that occurred last week in the 3000 block of Wainbell Avenue. According to the police report, a purse containing a driver's license, other identification, checks, two credit cards and various accessories was stolen from the car. The victim told police the theft likely happened between 2 p.m. on April 7 and 11 a.m. on April 8. It is unknown whether the car was locked at the time of the theft, but no signs of forced entry were found. Police are investigating the incident. Those with information can contact Dormont police. Follow Dormont-Brookline Patch on Facebook and Twitter. For more news, sign up for our email Newsletter.