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Motorcyclist, Passenger Hurt in Route 30 Crash

January 29, 2024 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A motorcyclist and his passenger were injured Saturday afternoon when they collided with a car on Route 30 in North Versailles Twp.

Allegheny County police said the motorcycle was headed east on Route 30 near the Greensburg Pike overpass at around 2:30 p.m. when a sedan turned left onto the highway from Highwood Avenue into its path, and the vehicles collided.

The cyclist was taken to a hospital in critical condition, while the passenger was taken to the hospital in stable condition, police said. Neither person’s name was released.

The driver and passengers of the sedan were not injured, police said. Homicide detectives initiated an investigation.

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

 


Two Hurt in Mansfield Bridge Crash

January 28, 2024 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Allegheny County police are investigating a head-on collision on the Mansfield Bridge that sent two people to area hospitals.

Police said that just after 3:15 p.m. Friday, a red Hyundai sedan entered the bridge from the Glassport side, traveling the wrong way in the southbound lanes.

There, police said, it collided with a black Honda SUV. The driver of the Hyundai, identified only as an adult male, was taken to a hospital in critical condition, while the Honda’s driver, identified only as an adult female, was in stable condition. Neither drivers’ name was released.

The bridge was closed to traffic for several hours as police worked on the accident scene.

The Allegheny County police Collision Reconstruction and Homicide Unit is investigating. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the county police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.

 


Two Face Trial in Fatal School Bus Crash

January 28, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Two men accused of racing one another across the Mansfield Bridge before a fatal school-bus crash will face trial on all of the charges.

At a preliminary hearing Friday before Magisterial District Judge Katherine P. Lovelace in Pittsburgh’s Highland Park neighborhood, William R. Soliday II, 43, of Irwin, and Andrew N. Voigt, 37, of Penn Hills, were ordered held for court in connection with the Sept. 20 death of Samantha Kalkbrenner, a sophomore at Serra Catholic High School, and injuries suffered by four other people on the bus, including the driver.

Formal arraignment has been scheduled for Feb. 26 in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

Soliday is currently being held without bond on homicide and related charges in Allegheny County Jail. Voigt is free on $150,000 cash bond.

 
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Duquesne Mother Charged in Infant’s Death

January 11, 2024 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

A Duquesne woman is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bond in connection with the death of her three-month-old son from a head injury.

Alisha L. Parker, 26, is charged by Allegheny County police with criminal homicide and endangering the welfare of children in connection with the death on Sunday of Dal’von Means.

County detectives allege that Parker was intoxicated at ther time of her baby’s death, and that an autopsy indicated the infant had a skull fracture that could only have been delivered by someone with the strength of an adult.

Police allege Parker attempted to blame the infant’s death on her other child, age 3, who she described to detectives as “jealous” and “dangerous,” telling investigators the other child “gotta go.”

 
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Ex-Security Guard Charged in Sexual Assault

January 08, 2024 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

(This is a developing story and will be updated if necessary.)

A former security guard at McKeesport Area High School was arrested Monday on charges that she had a sexual relationship with a now 17-year-old student.

Alexis Brown, 24, of McKeesport is charged by Allegheny County police with institutional sexual assault, corrupting the morals of minors and unlawful contact with a minor. She was being held in the Allegheny County Jail Monday night awaiting arraignment.

In affidavits filed in Allegheny County Night Court, police said the relationship was reported in early December. Police accused Brown of striking up a relationship with the student over Facebook Messenger that they described as “casual” at first, but which investigators allege turned sexual in nature.

 
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Tenn. Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Mayor

January 06, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Prosecutors in Tennessee withdrew two citations against McKeesport’s mayor, who said he is grateful to supporters who stood by him following a November incident at a Nashville nightclub.

“I knew it was a misunderstanding and that everything would work out, but I’m so grateful to have this case dismissed and for the system to view it as I had,” Mayor Michael Cherepko said Saturday.

Cherepko was cited by Metro Nashville police after an incident Nov. 19 at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row. The mayor, who was on vacation with his wife, had been at the bar earlier in the evening, then went back to look for a missing credit card.

Security guards flagged down a passing police officer and asked Cherepko to be cited for criminal trespassing and public intoxication.

 
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M.E.: Local Driver Died of Natural Causes

January 02, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

An woman who was found dead in her car Thursday afternoon along Route 48 died of natural causes, the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said.

Harriet D. Sigmund, 82, was pronounced dead at the scene after her car went off the road, officials said. She died of cardiovascular disease, the medical examiner’s office said.

Allegheny County police said the incident happened just after 4 p.m. near the intersection of Long Run Road and Marshall Drive. The Allegheny County police homicide unit and collision reconstruction unit investigated.

McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service and UPMC personnel also responded to the scene.

 


Duo in Fatal Crash Face Court Dates This Week

December 18, 2023 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Samantha Lee Kalkbrenner, 15, of Dravosburg was killed when the school van in which she was riding was struck by a car on Richland Avenue. Four other occupants of the van, including the driver, were injured. Police have charged two men in connection with Kalkbrenner’s death. (Photo courtesy Serra Catholic High School)

Two men accused by police of causing a school-bus crash on Dravosburg Hill that killed a 15-year-old student and injured four other people are scheduled for preliminary hearings this week.

In court filings, Allegheny County homicide detectives said that license-plate cameras, onboard vehicle computers and witness testimony led them to charge William R. Soliday II, 43, of Irwin, and Andrew N. Voigt, 37, of Penn Hills, in connection with the Sept. 20 death of Samantha Kalkbrenner, a sophomore at Serra Catholic High School.

“Because of the senselessness and the recklessness of the one defendant, Soliday, we think this is a murder case,” Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. said. “We believe they were racing.”

According to court documents, both men work at nearby Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. Investigators allege that Soliday’s high-performance Volkswagen Jetta GLI was traveling at 107 mph before it slammed into the school bus in which Kalkbrenner and three classmates were riding.

Soliday is currently being held without bond in Allegheny County Jail pending a preliminary hearing Friday before Magisterial District Judge Kim Berkeley Clark in Pittsburgh.

 
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Two Dead in Christy Park Shooting

December 03, 2023 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Allegheny County police are investigating a shooting in the city’s Christy Park neighborhood that left two people dead.

In a prepared release, homicide detectives said the victims were found dead of gunshot wounds inside a home in the 400 block of 27th Avenue on Saturday afternoon after worried relatives called police and asked them to check on the occupants.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office identified the deceased as Maria Moffitt, 49, and Roy Steele, 58, both of McKeesport.

Detectives said the circumstances of what led up to the shootings are currently under investigation, but investigators do not believe anyone else was involved, and said there is no threat to the community.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the County Police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous.

 


Suspect in Officer’s Shooting Apologizes

November 25, 2023 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News, North Versailles Twp. News

A man accused of shooting a North Versailles Twp. police officer early Friday morning apologized to detectives and his girlfriend before passing out from his own injuries, investigators said.

Ian Lamont Fields, 47, of Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood is being held at the Allegheny County Jail without bond pending a preliminary hearing Nov. 29 before Magisterial District Judge Kim Berkeley Clark.

Fields, who sustained two gunshot wounds to the leg in Friday’s incident, is accused of wounding a North Versailles officer following a domestic dispute in the 200 block of Arlington Avenue.

The wounded police officer was treated and released at a local hospital. His name has not been officially released.

In an affidavit of probable cause filed in Allegheny County night court, county detectives alleged that shots fired from Fields’ .40-caliber Glock pistol wounded the officer in the face and hand. Officers returned fire, according to the criminal complaint, striking Fields twice in the right leg.

 
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