Belle Vernon wife charged after police said she removed Rostraver’s deadly gun from her home
The girlfriend of a Belle Vernon man charged in a Rostraver shootout surrendered Monday after police said she saw her take a gun from her home, according to court records.
Shaquala L. Poole, 29, faces charges of obstructing arrest or prosecution, manipulating evidence and having drug possession.
Westmoreland County Detective Ray Dupilka said the gun is believed to be the one used by Anthony M. Hairston, 26, in a New Year’s Day shootout that killed another motorist on Rostraver Road 90 minutes after 2022. Holly B. Vadella, 59, from Rostraver was found dead in her SUV driving home from a party with her mother.
Investigators said they pieced together surveillance footage of homes and businesses and used testimony to identify Hairston as a suspect. Witnesses told authorities they were at Hairston’s home for a New Year’s Eve party when they decided to reschedule the celebration to Sweeney’s Steakhouse on Rostraver Road, according to court records.
Hairston was driving Poole’s Chevrolet Traverse, police said. On the way there, the two witnesses said they drove behind a red SUV that drove slowly and braked. When Hairston tried to overtake the SUV, it turned into its lane and, according to court records, fired two shots after lowering the passenger window. The witnesses said Hairston continued to drive to Sweeney and the group stayed there until about 2:30 am
Vadella was found dead in her SUV by a community police officer on Rostraver Road near the intersection with Virginia Drive before 2am
Investigators began watching Hairston’s home on Main Street on Jan. 2, and police said he was arrested when he left the Chevrolet Traverse around 12:30 p.m.
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About an hour later, authorities said they saw Poole leave her residence with a pink duffel bag, backpack and shopping bag. Poole told police that Hairston called them when he was stopped at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Route 906.
A search warrant in the apartment found the 9mm semi-automatic pistol with a loaded magazine, suspected cocaine and a digital scale in the pink duffel bag, according to court files. Poole is free with an unsecured deposit of $ 50,000.
“It’s tragic what happened to the victim,” said Poole’s lawyer Fred Rabner. “Nobody is sick as a result of this than my client. I wish the family as much comfort as possible during this time. “
You and Hairston both have preliminary hearings scheduled for January 24th. Hairston has been charged with murder, gun offenses and drinking and driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license. He is being held in Westmoreland County Prison without bail.
According to her obituary, a memorial service was held last week for Vadella, who had a grown son. She worked as a typist at the California University of Pennsylvania. Her dog Theo, who was in the passenger seat at the time of the shooting, is staying with the family.
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