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West Mifflin police chief praises officers in home invasion investigation

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 2:46 a.m.

West Mifflin police Chief Ken Davies on Tuesday hailed eight officers and K-9 Rico for tackling a home invasion in Homeville.

Dejohn Galloway, 20, of West Mifflin and Daivonne M. Arnett, 19, of Carrick were arrested after the March 3 incident at 8:23 a.m. in the area of Duquesne Avenue.

“We responded to the report of a firearm,” Davies said during the council meeting. “A bullet round went off in the house but no one was struck.”

The chief said Galloway was caught as he ran from the scene while Rico tracked Arnett to Galloway's home.

Galloway is free on $10,000 bond while Arnett is free on $5,000 bond pending a hearing on Thursday at 9 a.m. before Magisterial District Judge Richard D. Olasz Jr.

Davies hailed Rico as well as Lt. Mike Ragan, Sgt. Robert Husfelt, Detective Sgt. Anthony Topolnak, Detective Ronald Skillpa and Officers Timothy Kintigh, Greg McCullough, James Farrell and Tyler Scruggs.

Davies said his officers responded to 2,124 calls and made 257 arrests in February.

Council approved upgrades for police laptop computers from Response Computer Services Inc. for $3,600.

Baldwin EMS Chief William Plunkett said his paramedics responded to 267 calls last month including 199 for life-threatening reasons with an average time of 7.8 minutes.

Plunkett introduced new assistant chief Brian McCaffrey, a 19-year veteran of Baldwin EMS promoted after Marty Mayer retired in December.

Plunkett said Baldwin EMS moved West Mifflin operations on March 5 into the new borough building.

Public works director James Hess said the borough moved its street sweepers out for the first time this year on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, roughly close to 1,000 tons of salt remain, Hess said, with one outstanding delivery left after a recent load of 500 tons arrived.

Council authorized borough consulting engineers at NIRA to draw up specifications for the 2014 paving program.

Council approved purchase of a 2015 Ford Super Duty F-350 SRW four-wheel-drive vehicle with a Western 8.5 Ultra Mount Pro-plus plow for public works use from Hondru Ford for $36,530.80 under a state Costars contract.

New recreation director Tony DiCenzo reminded residents that Macy's stores in the Waterfront and Century III Mall are taking donations through March 31 that the Macy foundation will match to aid West Mifflin Community Park and its Ryan Hacke memorial playground.

DiCenzo said the annual Easter egg hunt and a chance to take pictures with the Easter bunny is on April 12 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at West Mifflin Area High School.

He said Jump Start Sports will start a six-week instructional flag football league for elementary-age youngsters on June 2 at Filo Field, at a cost of $60 per person.

DiCenzo said letters will go out to businesses asking for donations for the borough's Community Day.

Council approved recall of two park wardens beginning May 1 and named John Inglis to the new Parks and Recreation Recommendation Committee.

It authorized borough manager Brian Kamauf to sign the “hold harmless indemnification” with the Allegheny County Airport Authority so the County Airport parking lot can be used on Aug. 16 for a hard-to-recycle event.

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



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