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Jefferson Hills police issue citations to discourage teens' 'Assassins' hijinks

| Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 1:06 a.m.

Authorities in the West Jefferson Hills School District hope they have poured cold water on this year's “Assassins” craze.

“We issued citations early on for reckless driving,” Jefferson Hills police Chief Gene Roach said after Monday's council meeting.

Jefferson Hills and Pleasant Hills police said they have zero tolerance for the game, which in their communities was marked by Thomas Jefferson High School seniors staging mock fights with squirt guns and Nerf guns.

“It was a calm weekend,” Roach continued. “It seems like things have settled down a little bit.”

Roach said Thomas Jefferson officials stepped in to dissuade students from taking part in activities that alarmed neighbors in two of the three West Jefferson Hills boroughs.

Activity began a week ago and included chasing other teen-operated vehicles at high speeds, blocking traffic and driving through yards.

One resident along Willem Avenue in Jefferson Hills told Trib Total Media news exchange partner WPXI-11 that he saw three teens speeding past his home and through a neighbor's front yard.

“The car that was behind him flew down the street. The other one flew up the street,” he said. “If I caught my kid doing it, let's just say it would end his days of playing.”

By midweek, police were handing out citations.

At Monday's Jefferson Hills council meeting, Roseanne L. Moore was hired to fill a vacancy for school crossing guard.

Council approved a memorandum of understanding for police services at Mon Valley School.

The borough said it will pay $7,275 for a 36-month license for a mobile speed display from All Traffic Solutions. The money will come from the borough's drug forfeiture fund.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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