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Whitehall Borough Police Briefs (Feb. 28-March 6)

Police report five incidents, including two related to possible heroin possession.

Whitehall Borough Police Briefs (Feb. 28-March 6)

The Baldwin-Whitehall Patch spoke with  Chief Donald R. Dolfi on Monday, March 7, to gather the 's police briefs for the time period of Feb. 28-March 6.

Dolfi reported five incidents for that time period, including two related to possible heroin possession.

On March 2 at approximately 11:23 a.m., a male Whitehall resident and his mother walked into the Whitehall Police Department to report that the son may have been a victim of identity theft.

The son apparently received a letter from a collection agency seeking $157 for transactions in Mesa, Ariz. The alleged victim said that he was never in Arizona but that his father lives there. The man and his mother reported that they hadn't seen the man's father in nearly 20 years.

Whitehall Police provided the man and his mother with information on how to issue a fraud watch with credit-reporting organizations and recommended that the man call the U.S. Social Security Administration.

Later that day at approximately 1:03 p.m., Whitehall Police responded to a call that a male juvenile student was out of control at . Police officers observed the student in question acting violently. Officers accused the student of assaulting a teacher but there are no serious injuries known at this time.

Police ensured the safety of those at Wesley and then had the student removed from the building by his parents.

The student is being charged as a juvenile for aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment. Because he is a minor, his name is not being released.

On March 3 at approximately 9:07 a.m., Whitehall Police responded to a call of a disturbance at the 4800 block of McAnulty Road. Police arrived at the scene and calmed the situation down before sorting out the disturbance, questioning those involved and obtaining their identification.

In doing so, police discovered that one of the people involved in the disturbance — Xavier Pinero, 26, of 4844 McAnulty Road — had an outstanding warrant from the City of Pittsburgh for a probation violation.

Pinero was taken into custody and released to state constables to be transferred to  Allegheny County Jail. No charges were filed.

Later that day at approximately 11:15 a.m., Whitehall Police officers observed two men walking in a highly unusual manner on Radford Road. When officers approached the two men, they noticed that both of them were displaying slow motor skills and dilated pupils.

The officers determined that it was not safe for the two men to be walking about. One of the individuals was identified as Lawrence Tusai, 28, of 4 Marilyn Drive in the Borough of West Mifflin. Police noticed that Tusai had an outstanding warrant from West Mifflin and detained him.

As they were preparing to transport Tusai, police discovered a hypodermic needle on him, as well as a controlled substance that they suspected to be heroin.

Police also discovered that the other male — Justin Michael Pape, 27, of 203 Nicole Lane in West Mifflin — also was in possession of a hypodermic needle and what police think was a controlled substance.

All of the items taken from the two men were sent to the Allegheny County Crime Lab for analysis, and both Tusai and Pape are being charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

On March 5 at approximately 1:45 p.m., Whitehall Police officers obtained information on possible illegal activity occurring in apartment No. 54 at 1745 Skyline Drive of the complex.

As officers approached, a male exited the apartment and left the door open. While officers were talking with the man, they noticed drug paraphernalia in plain view through the open doorway.

All three people at that apartment were detained before a search warrant was obtained from an on-call district judge. The results of a search of the apartment turned up stamp bags containing suspected heroin, empty stamp bags, other drug paraphernalia and multiple syringes.

The evidence was packaged and sent to the county crime lab for analysis.

Marisa Schandel-Robinson, 30, who resides in that apartment, is being charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jonathan Scott Dugan, 29, of 303 Lawnwood Drive in the Borough of Brentwood, and Thomas Joseph Brown, 28, of 2569 Ivyglen St. in the Overbrook neighborhood of Pittsburgh, are both charged with one count of each offense.

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