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Separate incidents reported by Bridgeville girls

| Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 4:33 p.m.

Bridgeville police are warning parents and children to be extra vigilant after two separate incidents involving school-aged girls in the borough earlier this month.

The first incident, which took place March 11, involved a note left in a residents' yard that threatened violence against one of the family's daughters.

The next day, two female students at Chartiers Valley High School were followed by a brown, two-toned panel van. Bridgeville police Chief Chad King said the van followed the girls at a slow pace as they walked home after getting off the school bus. The girls eventually ran home when they realized they were being followed, and the van eventually made a U-turn in the middle of the street and headed off in the opposite direction.

“The driver of the van never said anything to the kids, but the kids got scared because it was just following them at a slow pace,” said King, who added the only window in the van was the windshield.

King said the girls described the driver as a white male in his late 50s to early 60s with gray and brown hair.

The chief said he wasn't sure whether the incidents were related, though both happened in the area of Bank Street. Because the incidents took place within 24 hours of each other, the department notified Chartiers Valley School District. Public relations coordinator Chuck McCartney said school officials notified parents with a note on the district website.

Both incidents are under investigation.

While the girl in the first incident is homeschooled and doesn't attend Chartiers Valley, King is cautioning parents to keep an eye on their children before and after they get on the bus to school each day.

“We feel that 10,000 eyes are better than just 10 eyes at this point,” King said. “If everybody's out waiting for their kids when they get off the school bus, just be extra vigilant and pay attention to detail.”

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-8527 or dgulasy@tribweb.com.

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