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Complaint Alleges Wrong-Way Driver Hit Police Car

July 11, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A city man is charged with driving under the influence and several moving violations after police said he drove the wrong way on a one-way street and struck a squad car.

Jose Rodriguez-Claudio, 42, is also charged by McKeesport police with speeding, reckless driving, careless driving, driving the wrong way and causing an accident. He is free on his own recognizance pending a preliminary hearing Sept. 16 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

According to a criminal complaint, an officer was driving on Centennial Street, en route to a call on Grant Street, on the evening of July 7 when he observed a minivan heading toward him at “a high rate of speed.”

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Four Teens Jailed in Convenience Store Robbery

July 11, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Four teen-agers — aged 15 to 16 — are being held in the Allegheny County Jail in connection with an armed robbery last week at a Grandview Avenue convenience store.

At a hearing yesterday in Pittsburgh Municipal Court, the youths were ordered held in lieu of $5,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing July 24.

Pennsylvania law requires juveniles who are accused of using a weapon in commission of a felony to be charged as adults. Except in rare cases, Tube City Almanac does not publish the names of minors charged with crimes.

According to a criminal complaint, a group of three young men entered the convenience store on July 4 and a fourth stood outside as a lookout.

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Police: One Dead in Friday Shooting

July 06, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A day at the park turned tragic for a McKeesport man on Friday afternoon, who died after being struck by a shotgun blast inside an acquaintance’s home on Garbett Street.

David Gamble, 39, was pronounced dead at the scene, the medical examiner’s office said.

Isaiah Bridges, 30, has been charged by county police with criminal homicide in connection with the shooting and is awaiting arraignment, court officials said.

According to an affidavit filed in Allegheny County night court, Bridges told police that he and Gamble had taken a group of children to a nearby park on Friday afternoon and returned to the Garbett Street residence afterward.

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Duquesne Man Dead in Overnight Shooting

June 13, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Duquesne man was pronounced dead following an incident at a tavern on Eden Park Boulevard in McKeesport.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said Bryant Boyd, 64, was pronounced dead just before 1 a.m. today (June 13) outside of Cal’s Cantina.

In a statement, Allegheny County police said emergency dispatchers received a report of the shooting at 12:40 a.m. and found the victim, later identified as Boyd, dead at the scene. Homicide detectives are investigating.

Anyone with information concerning the incident is asked to call the county police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.


Man Jailed in Connection With Shooting

June 03, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Lawrence County man is jailed without bond pending a preliminary hearing on charges that he shot a fellow partygoer at an event on Marshall Drive in the city’s Haler Heights section.

Vance Lee Sykes, 30, of New Castle, formerly of Pittsburgh, is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license and recklessly endangering another person in connection with the Memorial Day weekend incident.

Sykes also was wounded during the incident, according to a criminal complaint, which alleges that at least five shots were fired — two by Sykes, and third by another, unnamed person.

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County Police Investigating Haler Heights Incident

May 31, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Allegheny County police continue their investigation of a shooting incident Sunday night in Haler Heights that sent two men to local hospitals with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries.

Details remain sketchy. The incident was reported at around 7 p.m. at a home in the 100 block of Marshall Drive, emergency personnel said.

Neighbors have speculated that a party was in progress at a private home and that an argument began, but county police have declined to confirm any details.

Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states that exempts police reports from public open-records laws.

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Police: North Side Man Forged Paychecks

May 29, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A man from Pittsburgh’s North Side is being held in the Allegheny County Jail after McKeesport police allege he forged and attemped to cash more than $4,700 in paychecks from a city contracting business.

Sherman S. Jones, 46, is charged by McKeesport police with six counts each of forgery and passing bad checks, three counts of access device fraud, and theft by deception.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 3 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

In an affidavit of probable cause, McKeesport police said that a plumbing contractor in the city reported Nov. 14 that someone had forged six paychecks from their business and attempted to cash them at a check-cashing store in Homestead.

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Motorcycle Crashes Kill 2 in North Versailles

May 22, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, North Versailles Twp. News

Motorcycle crashes claimed the lives of two men in separate incidents Sunday in North Versailles Twp.

The first, just after 4 p.m., involved a minivan and a motorcycle on Fifth Avenue just north of the McKeesport city limits. The second happened on Route 30 just five hours later.

Allegheny County police are investigating both cases.

In the first incident, county police said a motorcycle driven by Benjamin Petkovsek, 23, of Monroeville collided with a minivan near the intersection of Fifth and Westinghouse avenues just after 4 p.m. Sunday.

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Two Children Hurt After Falling From Window

April 29, 2024 |

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

Two children were critically injured Monday afternoon after they fell from a third-story window in a White Oak apartment building, Allegheny County police said.

Emergency personnel said a 6-year-old boy fell from a window at the Lincoln School Apartments in the 1700 block of Ohio Avenue just after 3 p.m. Minutes later — as police and emergency responders were en route — a 3-year-old girl fell from the same window.

The girl was flown by medical helicopter to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Lawrenceville, emergency personnel said. The boy was transported by ambulance. Their names were not released.

Allegheny County police are investigating.

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Vacant House Fire Under Investigation

April 17, 2024 |

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

(Tube City Almanac photo)

McKeesport police and the Allegheny County fire marshal’s office are investigating a blaze that caused extensive damage Tuesday afternoon to a vacant house in the 500 block of Olive Street.

Emergency personnel were dispatched at 5:40 p.m. when passersby reported smoke coming from the two-story wood frame structure. McKeesport fire Chief Jeff Tomovcsik said the call was raised to a second alarm, bringing in additional volunteer firefighters from Dravosburg, Glassport, Liberty, Munhall No. 4, Port Vue and White Oak No. 1 as well as a crew from Allegheny County Airport.

The Salvation Army also assisted.

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