Police Log: Nov. 22, 2017

November 22, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Police News

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport Police Department.
  • Not all arrest records are published.
  • A report of an arrest does not mean the person identified has been convicted of a crime.
  • All people arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 
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North Versailles Twp. Man Found Dead in Wilkins Twp.

November 21, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Police News

A North Versailles Twp. man was found shot to death Monday in a wooded area just off business Route 22 in Wilkins Twp., Allegheny County police said.

The victim has been identified as Shawn M. Havaran, 44, the Allegheny County medical examiner's office said. He was pronounced dead at the scene off of Lougeay Road, near the Wilkins border with Penn Hills.

An autopsy is pending, officials said.

In a prepared statement, county homicide detectives said Wilkins police and Woodland Hills EMS paramedics were called at 2:10 p.m. Monday when a passing motorist reported a man was unresponsive and lying in a creek.

Police said Havaran had multiple gunshot wounds. Police have no information about posssible suspects or motives in Havaran's death.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Tipline at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477). Callers may remain anonymous.

 

Liberty Boro Man Killed in Route 51 Bus Crash

November 17, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Police News

A Liberty Borough man died after the truck he was driving collided Thursday with a Port Authority bus on Route 51 in Jefferson Hills.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Timothy J. Minkus, 57, died at Jefferson Regional Medical Center of injuries sustained in the crash. His death has been ruled an accident.

Port Authority Transit police are investigating. Witnesses told police that Minkus' truck appeared to be traveling north in the southbound lanes of Route 51 when it collided head-on with the bus just before 4 p.m.

The bus was empty at the time, except for the driver, police said. No further details were available.

 

Versailles Fire Chief Removed After Marina Incident

November 13, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Police News

Versailles Volunteer Fire Co. has removed the department's chief after McKeesport police charged him with open lewdness and corrupting the morals of minors.

According to an Allegheny County court docket, Aaron "Buster" Powell, 46, was arrested by McKeesport police on Sunday night at McKees Point Marina with an underage girl.

McKeesport police were not immediately available for comment Monday afternoon.

The arrest was first reported by WTAE-TV (4) in Pittsburgh on their 12 p.m. news Monday. WTAE reported that Powell was found by McKeesport police engaged in sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl.

 
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County Police Seek Leads in Sunday Morning Shooting

November 12, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Police News

A 22-year-old man is in critical condition at a Pittsburgh hospital after a shooting Sunday morning in the Third Ward.

Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said in a prepared statement that McKeesport police and paramedics responded to the 1100 block of Walnut Street at 2:45 a.m. after 9-1-1 callers reported a shooting.

There, they found the victim, whose name has not been released, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Allegheny County police homicide detectives are investigating, Schurman said.

Anyone who heard or saw any of the events leading up to the shooting is asked to call the Allegheny County Police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477). Schurman said callers can remain anonymous.

 

Three People Charged in Convenience Store Robberies

November 10, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Police News

From left: Damon Gergely, Lindsay Vasko and Bennie Carter. (Photos courtesy McKeesport and West Mifflin police.)


Three people face charges in connection with convenience store robberies in Dravosburg and West Mifflin.

And police say at least seven similar holdups in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties are being investigated.

"We anticipate additional robbery charges will be filed," West Mifflin police Chief Kenneth Davies said in a prepared statement.

Damon M. Gergely, 24, of North Huntingdon Twp. is charged by McKeesport police with robbery, theft by unlawful taking, recklessly endangering another person and criminal conspiracy in connection with the Oct. 22 holdup at the Spee-D Mart on Richland Avenue, police said.

In a prepared statement, McKeesport police said Lindsay S. Vasko, 25, of Duquesne also faces charges of criminal conspiracy in connection with the Dravosburg robbery.

 
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Six Held in Drug Bust Involving Heroin, Tranquilizers

November 09, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Police News

Six suspected narcotics dealers have been charged with selling a substance that state Attorney General Josh Shapiro described as "literally a drug used to tranquilize elephants."

The case centers on an alleged drug ring, operated out of the Braddock and Homestead areas, that sold $750,000 in suspected narcotics in 2016 and 2017.

It resulted in the first known seizure in Allegheny County of carfentanil, said a spokesman for Shapiro's office.

“It is outrageous criminal conduct, we won’t allow it, and with strong law enforcement collaboration, we’ve shut down a drug ring that sold three-quarters of a million dollars of poison in towns across Allegheny County," Shapiro said Thursday in a prepared statement.

Carfentanil is marketed under the trade name "Wildnil" and is intended as a tranquilizer for large animals, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The drug is about 10,000 times more potent than morphine, the FDA has said.

 
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Hearing Slated For Man Charged in Attempted Homicide

November 06, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Police News

TW: Domestic violence


A McKeesport man is charged by city police with attempted homicide in connection with a violent domestic dispute.

Andre Taylor, 44, faces a preliminary hearing Nov. 20 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint and simple assault.

Court officials said Taylor is being held in Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $7,000 cash bond.

McKeesport police said officers were dispatched to a home on Baldwin Avenue early on the morning of Sept. 26 when callers reported a domestic dispute in progress.

 
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Police Log: Nov. 6, 2017

November 06, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Police News

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport Police Department.
  • Not all arrest records are published.
  • A report of an arrest does not mean the person identified has been convicted of a crime.
  • All people arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 
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Police Still Seeking Dravosburg Convenience Store Bandit

November 01, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Police News

McKeesport police are still seeking the public's help in identifying the man who robbed a Dravosburg convenience store.

McKeesport police Chief Bryan Washowich said the suspect entered the store on Richland Avenue just after 9 p.m. Oct. 22 and demanded money.

Although he did not display a weapon, Washowich said, the suspect did threaten the clerk. He was given cash and fled, on foot, toward Euclid Avenue, the chief said.

No vehicle was seen leaving the scene, Washowich said.

 
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