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Officer, Suspect Injured in Tussle

Also in the weekly police blotter, a rash of car break-ins were reported in Bridgeville.

A Bridgeville man wanted on drug charges now faces a number of additional charges when borough police said he resisted arrest and injured an officer.

Bridgeville police Chief Chad King said they saw 39-year-old Harry Gonzales walking along Baldwin Street on Oct. 10 and attempted to arrest him on an outstanding warrant.

Police said Gonzales then resisted and began fighting the officers, injuring one of them. Other officers at the scene were eventually able to subdue Gonzales using pepper spray and force, before taking him to St. Clair Hospital to be treated for injuries he suffered in the fight.

Police said they charged him with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of a controlled substance, aggravated assault, resisting arrest, flight to avoid apprehension and criminal mischief. He is currently at Allegheny County Jail on $75,000 straight bond.

King declined to release the officer's name, but said he is a 6-year veteran of the department. The officer apparently tore his Achilles tendon and underwent surgery Monday to repair the injury. King said he expects the officer to be out for nine months, so he plans to hire a part-time officer to temporarily fill the vacancy.

 

Car break-ins reported: Bridgeville police are warning people to lock their car doors and be vigilant after three vehicle break-ins over the past month. Police said a wallet containing about $300 was stolen from a car parked along Prestley Road on Oct. 2 after the thief broke a passenger side window. The following day, a Laurel Street resident said someone entered a vehicle and stole a wallet with credit and debit cards that were later used. On Oct. 11, a resident living on Harding Street said $10 was stolen from a car parked overnight on that street.

Resisting arrest charge: Bridgeville police said Robert Gallocher resisted officers when they attempted to serve a warrant at his Mill Street home on Oct. 18. Police said the 29-year-old slammed his door, striking a police officer and then resisted arrest. Gallocher is charged with simple assault and resisting arrest. No police officers were injured.

Following a woman: Eugene Bott, 48, of Bridgeville, was charged with harassment on Sept. 30 after borough police said he went into the CoGo’s on Station Street, followed a woman around and pushed her against a cooler.

Drunkenness and possession charges: Justin Walker, 38, of Bridgeville, was charged with public drunkenness and possession of marijuana on Oct. 9 after borough police said they found him on the railroad tracks near Station Street.

Outstanding warrant arrest: Bridgeville police said they arrested Franchesca Reyes, 18, of Pittsburgh, on an outstanding felony warrant on Oct. 9. Police said they found marijuana and a pipe in her possession during the arrest.

Underage drinking charges: Three 20-year-olds were charged with underage drinking while they partied in their car parked in a Bridgeville lot, borough police said.  Joshua Horvath of Hickory, Daniel McAnany of Washington and Natalie Prince of Bridgeville all were charged with underage drinking.

 

Retail theft: Lindsay Harms, 25, of Pittsburgh, was charged with retail theft on Oct. 12 after Collier police said she took $106 worth of cosmetics from Kmart.

 

Assault charge: Township police said they charged Timothy Conway, 54, of Scott, with assault and harassment following an argument at his Worcester Drive home on Oct. 12.

Retail theft charge: Elizabeth M. Goimarac, 22, of Dormont, was charged with retail theft on Oct. 15 when Scott Township police said she took several items from the CVS Pharmacy on Route 50.

Bike stolen: A white bicycle stored behind a home in the 600 block of Idlewood Avenue was reported stolen on Oct. 12, Scott police said.

Business vandalism: A window was broken at the Bodnar Matress building on Hope Street some time over the weekend, township police said.

Public intox arrest: Charles Tigner, 41, of Scott, was charged with public drunkenness after township police said they found him intoxicated in the 500 block of Carothers Avenue.

 

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