Retired Trooper Indicted for Mail Fraud

March 23, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A former state trooper from the Mon Valley has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges he tried to trick his pension fund into not paying out benefits to his ex-wife.

Steven P. Grados, 51, of Carroll Twp., Washington County, was charged with mail fraud and counterfeiting a federal court seal, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Published reports indicate that Grados is a former Pennsylvania state police corporal, at one time assigned to Troop A, Greensburg barracks.

According to the three-count indictment, Grados created false documents that consisted of an opinion and court order and mailed them to the Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System offices in Harrisburg in order to deceive that office into discontinuing paying a portion of his state police pension to his former spouse.

 
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Police Log: March 21, 2016

March 21, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport Police Department.
  • 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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More Than 30 Arrested After 14-Month Drug Investigation

March 18, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 14-month investigation into drug trafficking in the Mon-Yough area resulted in the arrest today of 31 suspects and arrest warrants for another 16.

Detectives from the Allegheny County police narcotics unit made the arrests during a sweep of Glassport with the assistance of officers from Clairton, Glassport, McKeesport, Elizabeth Borough, Liberty, Lincoln and Port Vue.

More than 50 police officers participated.

The investigation included 115 undercover drug buys, police said. The vast majority of them --- 99 --- involved heroin, police said, while another 11 included marijuana. The others included suboxone, hydrocodone and oxycodone, as well as one cocaine buy, a spokesman said.

Police also confiscated two shotguns --- including one reported stolen in Tennessee --- a handgun and suspected heroin, a spokesman said.

 
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West Mifflin Man Sentenced in Pornography Case

March 17, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A West Mifflin man has been sentenced in federal court to 72 months' imprisonment, followed by 15 years supervised release, on a charge of distribution of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton said today.

United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Paul Robert Fike, 37.

Prosecutors allege that in June 2014, Fike distributed images containing material that depicted sexual acts performed by children. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

 
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Whitaker Man Indicted By Feds; Charged in Fentanyl Death

March 09, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Whitaker man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh in connection with the death of a drug user.

Justin Thornton, 32, is accused of distributing acetylfentanyl and fentanyl in August 2015 that killed a user, says a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton.

The indictment also charges Thornton with possession with intent to distribute heroin, acetylfentanyl, fentanyl, crack cocaine and cocaine.

Fentanyl is a prescription narcotic used to control severe pain. Widely abused, the drug is sold illegally under street names such as "china girl" and "china white." According to published reports, nearly 100 people in Allegheny County died last year from abusing fentanyl.

Acetylfentanyl is a so-called designer drug that is similar to fentanyl.

Thornton is currently being held in Allegheny County Jail awaiting a trial April 20 before Common Pleas Court Judge Edward J. Borkowski on drug trafficking charges filed by Allegheny County Police.

 
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Police Log: March 7, 2016

March 07, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport Police Department.
  • 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, Borough Officials Warn of Unlicensed Peddlers

March 04, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Dravosburg officials and McKeesport police are warning residents not to open their doors to salespeople unless they have a "hawker's permit" from the borough.

An email sent Wednesday by the borough said that if someone comes door-to-door, residents should feel free to ask to see the permit, and that if they "cannot produce their permit, please call 911."

On Tuesday, McKeesport police arrested a Florida man after a resident of Scott Drive in Dravosburg reported someone had come to their door selling books on behalf of a charity. James A. Gundrum, 30, of Riviera, Fla., is charged by McKeesport police with theft by deception.

 
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East Liberty Man Charged in White Oak, Wilmerding Bank Robberies

March 03, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A man from Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with the robbery of the First Commonwealth Bank in White Oak and Compass Federal Savings Bank in Wilmerding.

Leonard D. Gibbons, 55, of Station Street was indicted Tuesday on five counts, including bank robbery and violations of federal firearms laws, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton said yesterday.

Gibbons is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond, court officials said.

Investigators said that on July 17, 2015, Gibbons held up Compass Bank, fleeing with $7,828. Four months later, on Nov. 19, 2015, Gibbons used a firearm and held up First Commonwealth, netting $3,971, Hickton said.

According to a published report, the robber was spotted fleeing First Commonwealth by a worker at a nearby store, who gave police a description of his getaway car. When the car was seen in McKeesport a short time later, city police and the Allegheny County sheriff's office gave chase and ultimately arrested the driver, identified as Gibbons.

 
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Three Indicted for Firearms Violations

March 02, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Three Allegheny County residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury for violating firearms laws.

In a 13-count indictment returned on Tuesday, Joshua Bristo, 23, and James Pamplin Jr., 21, both of Clairton, along with Richard Van Holt Jr., 27, of Mt. Oliver, were charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, tampering with a witness by threat of physical force, and brandishing, using, carrying, and possessing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, said U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton.

Prosecutors said that the three men were not eligible to own firearms due to past felony convictions. Instead, Hickton said, the men falsified purchase forms so that they could buy weapons.

The indictment also charges that in March 2015, Bristo pointed a gun at a witness and threatened to kill him.

“Individuals who illegally sell guns end up arming violent criminals, who time and again pull the trigger on our streets and put the public’s safety at risk,” said Sam Rabadi, a special agent-in-charge in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.and prosecute gun crimes.

 
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City Man Jailed After Miles-Long Police Chase

February 24, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport man is being held in the Allegheny County Jail on $100,000 cash bond after leading police on a wild chase through the Mon Valley that ended with a crash on the Parkway East.

According to court officials, Andre Lamont Johnson, 27, faces a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 29 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi on an array of charges, including driving under the influence, aggravated assault and multiple moving violations.

McKeesport police Chief Bryan Washowich said officers on routine patrol Friday night near the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Lysle Boulevard pulled alongside a car and smelled a "strong odor" of burnt marijuana.

 
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