Belle Vernon firefighter faces harassment charges
A Belle Vernon Borough firefighter is accused of harassing a dispatcher Friday as she worked for Mon Valley Emergency Medical Services.
Thomas Crouse, 27, of 326 Main St., Apt. 5, Belle Vernon, was charged by Monessen police with stalking-repeatedly communicating to cause fear and harassment.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Officer Rebekah Shrader was dispatched to Mon Valley EMS at 1001 Donner Ave., where she spoke to dispatcher Christina Williamson.
Williamson told Shrader she had received multiple calls from Crouse, adding she previously paid to have her cell phone number changed.
Shrader learned that Williamson had spoken Thursday to Monessen officers Dave Yuhasz and Patrick Schmidt about Crouse allegedly sending her photographs of himself lying on railroad tracks, a picture of a letter on his bed with a picture of his daughter and a letter for Williamson.
Crouse allegedly told Williamson he was going to walk to her residence in Monessen from Belle Vernon.
Williamson told Shrader that Crouse was repeatedly calling the emergency hotline at Mon Valley EMS, preventing emergency callers from accessing the line.
Williamson said she answered seven calls from Crouse. Jerry Jenko, who was also working at the time, answered three calls from Crouse.
Paramedic Terry Foster reportedly told Crouse to stop calling. Foster heard the conversations between Williamson and Crouse, according to the affidavit.
During the calls, Crouse allegedly threatened to go to Williamson's house, threatened to go to Mon Valley EMS while she was working, threatened Williamson's husband and made remarks about her child.
Shrader told Crouse the calls were being recorded and that she was going to request copies of the conversations.
Crouse will receive notification of the charges via postal summons.
Belle Vernon fire Chief Richard Saxberg said he was unaware of the situation, adding he will not stand for such conduct.
“I will investigate the incident, but you can be sure that there's going to be some discipline,” Saxberg said. “I'm definitely going to deal with the situation.”
Crouse has faced criminal charges in the past.
In September 2012, Pittsburgh police charged Crouse with three counts of disorderly conduct, simple assault, aggravated assault, criminal mischief and harassment.
In February 2013, Allegheny County Judge Donna Jo McDaniel dismissed the aggravated assault and criminal mischief charges. Crouse pleaded guilty June 3, 2013, to three counts of disorderly conduct and harassment.
On Oct. 21, 2012, Baldwin Borough police charged Crouse with harassment. He pleaded guilty June 3 to a summary count of harassment.
The two cases were adjudicated together. He was sentenced to 90 days probation , ordered to attend anger management classes and to have no contact with the victim.
Supervision was transferred to Fayette County, according to court records.
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2667.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Lawmaker eyes Charleroi street woes
- Ringgold goal to foster excellence
- Charleroi man charged in fatal crash to stand trial
- Top students named at California Area High School
- Holiday weekend memories abound for 1965 enthusiast
- Alleged Bunola shooter out of hospital
- ‘Misfits’ shoot video for tour in Monessen
- Monessen man faces trial in shooting
- Demolition of last Donora-Webster bridge section delayed
- Mon City cemetery dressed up for Memorial Day
- Drug charges continue to mount against North Belle Vernon man