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District Attorney
{Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger}
Richard A. Goldinger
Third Floor, County Government Center
124 West Diamond Street
P.O. Box 1208
Butler, PA 16003
(724)284-5222
butlerda@co.butler.pa.us



Program Descriptions
Prosecutors:
The District Attorney's Office prosecuted approximately 2,500 cases in 2013. Each case is individually handled by the District Attorney and/or an Assistant District Attorney from the Preliminary Hearing at the Magisterial District Justice Office through the Trial Level in the Court of Common Pleas through Appeals in the State and Federal Courts. Statistics for cases prosecuted through the District Attorney's office:
Adult Court System:
2003 - 2,446 new cases
2004 - 2,779 new cases
2005 - 2,661 new cases
2006 - 2,911 new cases
2007 - 2,926 new cases
2008 - 2,909 new cases
2009 - 2,525 new cases
2010 - 2,429 new cases
2011 - 2,476 new cases  
2012 - 2,287 new cases
2013-  2,427 new cases   *Excludes cases prosecuted at the                                                 Magisterial District Judge level.
 
Juvenile Court System:
2005:  449 new cases
2006:  400 new cases
2007:  320 new cases
2008:  332 new cases
2009:  449 new cases
2010:  406 new cases 
2011:  358 new cases 
2012:  259 new cases
2013:  219 new cases    *Delinquency
Phone: 724-284-5464
Fax:  724-284-9807
 
Detectives:
The County Detectives are the investigative tool used by the District Attorney and staff. The County Detectives investigate any incident assigned to them by the District Attorney. The County Detectives investigate each individual going through the court system for prior record and handle all investigations involving Butler County Row Offices and other facilities. They are also responsible for all fugitive investigations involving any actors who fail to appear for a preliminary hearing. The County Detectives also assist Butler County Municipal Police Agencies in investigations when requested, as well as the Pennsylvania State Police.
 
Phone:  724-284-5222
Fax:  724-284-5460
 
Victim Services Program:
The Victim/Witness Program is designed to provide direct assistance to Victims,Witnesses and significant others through the Court Process. The Advocates notify all Crime Victims of Court dates, case status, victim rights and assist the prosecutors with various matters.
In providing services to our Victims and Witnesses in the Criminal and Juvenile Systems we follow the guidelines as provided by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Deliquency (PCCD).
These guidelines include, but are not limited to:
Courtroom Orientation     Courtroom Accompaniement
Supportive Counseling     Assistance with Restitution Issues
Crisis Intervention           Victim Compensation Asssistance Program
Prior Comment                  Assistance with Victim Impact Statements 
Intimidation Issues          Community Referral Agency
Early Outreach                  Orientation of the Juvenile Court       
Case status inquires       Prior comment of charges and diversions
Appeal Information          Prior comment of Disposition decisions
Witness Management      Victim Impact Statements
Escape Information         Restitution
Court Accompaniment     Supportive Counseling 
Dispositions and Disposition Review notification
Notification of significant actions and proceedings
SystemSupportive Counseling  Crisis Intervention 
Assistance with Intimidation Protection  
Victim Compensation Assistance Program
Assistance with property returns                                  
Assistance with transportation
Notification of Court Proceedings/SAVIN-Info/Victim Rights Notification 
 
Phone:  724-284-5232 or 724-284-5465
Fax:  724-284-9807
   
          SAVIN:
        Savin designates Statewide Automated Victim Information and
        Notification. It is a statewide program implemented by the PA
        Commission on Crime to assist victims of crime.
                         You may call 1-866-972-7284 or log onto:
                information about the inmate custody status of an offender. You will
                need a 4 digit pin number in your personal registration.  The offender
                will not know you are registered and if you are not at home it will
                leave a message.  You may also register more than 1 phone or email.
                You will need to know your pin numbr for any future inquiries. 
 
Drug Task Force:
Coordinator: Detective Timothy Fennell
The Butler County Drug Task Force was created by the District Attorney's Office in July, 1996. The Task Force is made up of two teams, one in the northern area of Butler County and one in the Southern Area. The Task Force is made up of officers from most of the municipalities in Butler County. Through the seventeen years of its existence, the Butler County Drug Task Force has made over 1,700 arrests, the Majority of which have been Felony arrests.
The Butler County Drug Task Force also conducts educational programs throughout the year.   There are forty or more Drug Awareness Programs conducted by officers for the Task Force in schools, youth groups, businesses, fraternal organizations and other interest groups.  
The Drug Task Force is working to keep drug dealers off the streets of Butler County and has been a major contributor to drug enforcement in Butler County.  
Phone:  724-284-5225
Fax:  724-477-1064
Anonymous Tip Line:  1-866-363-3784  
                                                                             

Butler County Medication Drop Box Program

The Butler County Medication Drop Box Program is a free service provided to the citizens of Butler County.  The program allows citizens to safely dispose of unwanted or unused prescription medications at any of seven (7) convenient locations throughout Butler County.  The program is completely anonymous and is available to all citizens of Butler County.  The medication drop boxes are located at the following locations:

  1. Butler City Police Department, 200 West New Castle Street, Butler, PA 16001
  2. Butler County Prison, 201 South Washington Street, Butler, PA 16001
  3. Butler Township Police Department, 290 South Duffy Road, Butler, PA 16001
  4. Slippery Rock Borough Police Department, 308 East Water Street, Slippery Rock, PA 16057
  5. Cranberry Township Police Department, 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066
  6. Saxonburg Borough Police Department, 420 West Main Street, Saxonburg, PA 16056
  7. Penn Township Police Department, 157 East Airport Road, Butler, PA 16002

Butler County District Attorney Bad Check Program

Visit the Web Site at www.checkprogram.com/butlercountypa for all contact information and requirements.
                                                
Domestic Violence:
The Domestic Violence Unit was established to provide comprehensive prosecution of domestic violence incidents, assist law enforcement agencies of Butler County with investigations of Domestic Violence and provide liaison and coordination with victims of domestic violence as their individual cases proceed through the system.
Phone:  724-284-5232
Fax:  724-284-5447
Sobriety Checkpoint and Expanded DUI/Underage Drinking Enforcement Program:
The Program was established to educate drivers on dangers of Driving While Under the Influence. The field coordinator for the program is Officer Steve Hensel of the Butler Township Police Department. Using officers from several of the municipal police departments of Butler County, the program conducts checkpoints at various times of the year, conducts roving patrols to detect traffic offenses and unsafe driving which indicate persons who are then arrested and prosecuted by the Butler County District Attorney's Office.
 Auto Theft Task Force:

The Butler County District Attorney’s Office joined with the Pennsylvania State Police in 1997 to establish the Western Regional Auto Theft Task Force.  Ten investigators from the State Police and other Counties conduct investigations throughout the Western third of the State of Pennsylvania focusing on Chop Shops, Auto Theft and Insurance Fraud.  In 2007, the Western Regional Auto Theft Task Force recovered over $2,600,000.00 worth of stolen vehicles, cycles, heavy equipment, etc.  In 2008, the amount of recoveries totaled over $3,100,000.00 plus over $500,000.00 in stolen vehicle parts.  This Task Force covers 27 Counties in Pennsylvania. 

                     * 2011 Auto Task Force recoveries for Butler: over $280,000.00

                     * March 1, 2011 to February 29, 2012 Arrests total = 21

                     * March 1, 2012 to February 28, 2013 Arrests total = 11

                     * March 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014:

                                    Stolen/Recovered/Prosecuted Vehicles total=15

Detective John Hertzog’s Office is located at

2060 William Pitt Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.

Phone:  412-826-0153 (ext: 228)

Fax:      412-826-0280.

 

Right to Know Law:

Requests for open records may be made in writing to the District Attorney's Office, P.O. Box 1208 Butler, PA 16003-1208.

Detective Charles Barger, Open Records Officer.

ADA Patricia J. McLean, Esquire, Appeals Officer

Adopt a School Program:
Butler County District Attorney's Office Representative:
ADA Russell Karl
Contact person: Bonnie Zaludek
Phone:  724-284-5232
The Adopt-a-School Initiative is a model program developed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The program is implemented throughout school districts in the United States and provides for instruction of schools by local police enforcement and other volunteers who conduct presentations and act as role models for youth stressing the importance of obtaining a good education, living healthy and drug free, and abstaining from violent and/or criminal behavior. This model not only addresses quality of life issues, but also attempts to bridge the gap between communities and law enforcement to create partnerships that support the healthy emotional and physical growth of our children.
CJAB:
The Butler County Criminal Justice Advisory Board was formed and recognized by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency the summer of 2004. The purpose of having this group meet regularly is to continually monitor the Criminal Justice System of Butler County and its delivery of justice to all citizens of the County through the operation of the courts and the prison. The mission statement of the Board is the following:
The Principal Mission of the Butler County Criminal Justice Advisory Board is to Identify and prioritize strengths and deficiencies for the criminal justice system of Butler County; to seek out and formulate solutions and opportunities for improvement and to provide the forum through which to effectuate change on a system-wide basis.
The memberships include 24 voting members with the following positions:
President Judge of Butler
Judge Court of Common Pleas
Magisterial District Judge
Sheriff
Deputy Sheriff
District Attorney
First Assistant District Attorney
Public Defender
First Assistant Public Defender
Director of County Corrections
Chief Adult Probation Officer
Chief Juvenile Probation Officer
Family Court Administrator
District Court Administrator
Assistant District Court Administrator
A County Commissioner
Chief Clerk
Clerk of Courts
Human Service Director
Mental Health Director
Drug and Alcohol Director
Information Services Director
Warden
Emergency Services Director
 
There are also 11 voting members from the community at large. These include...
2 member of the Butler County Bar Association
2 community leaders
2 human service/victim advocacy providers
1 criminal justice vendor
1 representative from Pennsylvania State Police
1 representative from local municipal law enforcement
1 representative from Butler County Chief of Police Association
1 representative from local government
Local Policy Board:
          Phone 724-284-5232
            
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency requires the Local Policy Board (LPB). The main purpose of the LPB is to encourage collective decision-making on the improvement of local services for victims of crime. The LPB meet every other month to recommend the distribution of state and federal funds. The board provides an opportunity for individuals in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and victim services to collaborate, meeting the needs of victims at the local level and an opportunity to recommend the distribution of state and federal dollars to address those needs. The LPB is made up of Judicial, prosecutorial, victim services, court administration, mental health, clergy, children and youth services, probation and law enforcement groups.
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