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Man Held Without Bail in Stabbing Death

May 27, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport man is being held without bail in the Allegheny County Jail in connection with a stabbing at a Downtown apartment building.

Jeffrey S. Leisten, 52, is charged by county police with homicide, burglary and robbery in the death of Gordon Danielson Jr., 57, at McKeesport Downtown Housing, 523 Sinclair St.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 10 before Allegheny County Judge Kim Berkeley Clark.

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Downtown Death Not Considered Suspicious

May 27, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A city woman died after falling or jumping from a ninth-story window at the Midtown Towers apartments, Allegheny County police said.

Aaliyah Johnson, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene in the 500 block of Sinclair Street at around 8:21 a.m. Tuesday, said county police Lt. Venerando Costa.

A passerby discovered Johnson’s body on the sidewalk and called McKeesport police.

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$119K Federal Grant Supports City Police

May 22, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, McKeesport and Region News

A U.S. Department of Justice grant will provide more than $119,000 to McKeesport to help support police operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant from the federal Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program was announced this week by U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady in Pittsburgh.

The public safety funds can be used for the most pressing needs of state and local law-enforcement agencies, including new hiring and overtime pay, training, personal protective equipment and supplies and medical needs of prisoners.

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FBI Thanks W.O. Police Officer for Assistance

May 21, 2020 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: Crime and Police News, White Oak News

White Oak police Officer Gregory Smith has been commended for his help investigating a bank robbery in December.

At Monday’s council meeting, Mayor Ina Jean Marton read a letter from FBI Supervisory Special Agent Timothy Wolford commending Smith for providing “exceptional assistance” in assisting the FBI during the investigation of the Dec. 14, 2019 robbery of the PNC Bank in White Oak.

The investigation led to the indictment March 3 by a federal grand jury of Chezeq Morgan, 26, of Monroeville, on robbery charges.

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Man, 57, Stabbed at Downtown Residence

May 18, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A city man who appeared to have been stabbed multiple times was found dead Sunday evening inside his apartment at the former YMCA of McKeesport, Downtown.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the victim as Gordon Danielson Jr., 57.

Police were called to McKeesport Downtown Housing, 523 Sinclair St., just after 6 p.m. Sunday and discovered Danielson dead inside his apartment.

The Allegheny County police homicide unit is investigating. No further details were released.


Two Teens Wounded in Craig St. Shooting

April 30, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Two teen-agers were reportedly in critical condition after a shooting near Yester Square on Tuesday night.

Allegheny County police said the male victims, both 15, were taken to an area hospital. Their names were not released.

The incident happened just after 9 p.m. in the 900 block of Craig Street. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that a bronze Chevrolet Malibu with Wisconsin license plates fled the scene and that the vehicle was located in Whitaker on Wednesday afternoon.

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Few Details Released in Woman’s Death

April 30, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Editor’s Note: This story was edited following publication.

Allegheny County police have released few details in connection with the shooting death of a woman whose body was found near Myer Park on Sunday morning.

On Thursday, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that the victim was Amber Rose Dolby, 38, also known as Amber Bailey.

In a prepared statement, county homicide detectives said McKeesport police and paramedics were dispatched to the corner of Rogena Street and Riverview Avenue just before 5:30 a.m. Sunday when a caller to 9-1-1 reported that a woman was lying in the intersection.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene of an apparent gunshot wound to the head, county police said.

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Driver Questioned Following East End Accident

April 28, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

An Elizabeth Twp. man was held overnight following a crash on Fifth Avenue in the city’s East End.

McKeesport police said charges are pending completion of their investigation.

Police said a gray Ford Fusion left the road in the 1700 block of East Fifth Avenue just after 8 p.m. April 20, narrowly missing a car in the oncoming lane, and crashed into the side of the AI Solutions building.

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Two Teens Charged in Grandview Arsons

April 28, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Two teen-aged girls have been charged with arson in connection with several fires in the Grandview area of the city that investigators believe were deliberately set.

The girls, both 14, from McKeesport and White Oak, were arrested following a fire at an abandoned house on Easler Street on April 16, and police believe the youths are also responsible for fires at three other vacant houses in the neighborhood.

The teens are charged with five counts each of arson and causing or risking a catastrophe. Both were arrested April 17 and taken to Shuman Juvenile Detention Center for processing, police said.

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NHT Man Dead in Route 48 Crash

April 10, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, White Oak News

A North Huntingdon Twp. man died Thursday afternoon following a head-on collision near White Oak Park.

Donald Pivirotto, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said. The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

Allegheny County police Lt. Venerando Costa said a Nissan Sentra driven by Pivirotto was on Route 48 near McClintock Road, heading toward Lincoln Way, when it was struck head-on by a box truck traveling in the other direction.

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