Woman Found Dead Near Renzie; Two Held For Questioning

September 12, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News


A similar car to the one wanted in connection with the case. (Photo courtesy Allegheny County police)

An unidentified woman was found dead Thursday morning in a wooded area alongside Renziehausen Park, Allegheny County police said.

A vehicle believed to be connected with her death was found Thursday night in Washington County and two men are being questioned. County police detectives said they are currently looking for a third person of interest.

In a prepared statement, Allegheny County police Inspector Andrew Schurman said McKeesport police and paramedics were dispatched just before 10 a.m. Thursday to the parking lot of the dek hockey complex in Renzie.

Witnesses had reported seeing a woman in the woods who was not breathing or moving, not far from a trail, Schurman said. The victim was described as a black woman wearing a yellow sundress. She was pronounced dead at the scene, Schurman said.

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State Investigating After Death of Care Home Resident

September 12, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

The state Department of Human Services has opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a former Steelers player who was living at a McKeesport personal care home.

Samuel R. "The Tight Man" Davis, 75, died Tuesday night of complications related to heart disease, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday. The office ruled that his death was of natural causes.

Davis was found in the basement of New Life Personal Care Home on Versailles Avenue about 14 hours after he was reported missing to McKeesport police and was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital.

Davis, who was legally blind, was reportedly suffering from dementia related to a severe injury he suffered in 1991, after retiring from professional football.

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Former Steeler Found Dead at Versailles Ave. Care Home

September 11, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A former Pittsburgh Steelers guard who was found in the basement of a personal care home on Versailles Avenue in the city died of complications related to heart disease, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Samuel R. Davis, 75, known as "the Tight Man" while playing with Steelers teams that won four Super Bowls in the 1970s, was found just after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at New Life Personal Care Home on Versailles Avenue.

McKeesport police said Davis, who was legally blind and needed daily medications, had been seen leaving the care home Tuesday morning and was reported missing before 7 a.m.

The medical examiner's office said Davis was taken to the hospital Tuesday night and pronounced dead a few minutes later. His death was of natural causes, a spokesperson said.

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N. Versailles Man Dies After Being Struck By Vehicle

September 10, 2019 |

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

A North Versailles Twp. man died Tuesday morning after being struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Routes 30 and 48.

Kevin Kolesar, 60, died before 7 a.m. in the emergency room of Forbes Regional Hospital of blunt-force traumatic injuries, said a spokesperson for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office. His death has been ruled an accident.

Allegheny County police Lt. Kenneth Ruckel said Kolesar was struck while walking on Aldi Drive near Route 48, in front of the Home Depot store, just after 6 a.m. Tuesday. The driver of the car, a 57-year-old woman whose name was not released, stayed at the scene, Ruckel said.

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Teen Charged Following Dirt-Bike Chase, Crash

September 04, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 17-year-old city teen-ager was arrested after McKeesport police alleged he drove an unlicensed dirt bike at high speeds on the Great Allegheny Passage.

The youth, whose name was not released by police, was charged after he lost control of the dirt bike and collided with a patrol car near the corner of Market Street and 11th Avenue on the afternoon of Aug. 24.

Following treatment at UPMC McKeesport hospital for a leg injury, the suspect was transported to Shuman Juvenile Detention Center for processing, police said.

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City Man Held in Connection With Pittsburgh Double-Stabbing

August 08, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport man has been charged with homicide in connection with a brutal double-stabbing Thursday morning in downtown Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh police said there is still no clear reason why the suspect, identified as James Wyatt, 23, slashed Janice Purdue-Dance, 61, of Erie.

The victim was talking to a police officer at a bus stop in front of the Heinz 57 Center on Sixth Avenue when the attack occurred.

Police allege that Wyatt stabbed another woman before the officer subdued him and took him into custody. The second victim survived the attack and was in stable condition at a hospital Thursday night.

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Burglary Investigation Nets Suspected Narcotics, Stolen Gun

August 08, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

McKeesport police investigating a suspected burglary in Highland Grove wound up arresting three people --- including a fugitive wanted in Maryland.

Officers recovered a stolen 9-mm semiautomatic pistol, more than $1,500 in suspected heroin and two bags of suspected crack cocaine following the incident Saturday morning.

One of the people arrested is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bond after city police allege that he pointed a firearm at officers.

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City Man, 24, Held in Erie Shooting

July 28, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport man is in jail in Erie in connection with a shooting Monday night in that city's East End.

Saquazne D. McClendon, 24, is in Erie County Prison in lieu of $50,000 cash bond pending a preliminary hearing Aug. 9 before Magisterial District Judge Paul G. Urbaniak in Erie, court officials there said.

Erie police told the Erie Times-News in a story for Saturday's editions that McClendon is accused of firing at least nine shots in an incident near the corner of East 11th Street and East Avenue. No one was injured.

Court records indicate that McClendon also has an address in Erie.

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City Man Found Dead in Versailles Ave. Shooting

July 27, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

UPDATED with information from the medical examiner's office.

A McKeesport man was found dead in an garage on Versailles Avenue on Saturday afternoon.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office identified the victim as 22-year-old Tareef Del Tae McClellan. McClellan died of a gunshot wound to the neck, the office said Sunday following an autopsy. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Allegheny County police Sgt. Venerando Costa said McKeesport paramedics were dispatched to a home in the 1500 block of Versailles at 3:37 p.m. for a woman who reported being unable to breathe.

When they arrived, Costa said in a statement, the woman told them she had found a dead body in her garage.

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Reward Offered in Connection with Pittsburgh Man's Slaying

July 27, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Pittsburgh Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the persons responsible for the death earlier this month of a North Side man on McKeesport's Beacon Street.

Delquay James, 21, was found by McKeesport police at around 8 p.m. July 13 outside a house near the corner of Beacon and Hazel streets suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Allegheny County police homicide detectives found shell casings from several different caliber handguns at the scene. Police said that prior to James' shooting, a group of men were seen in the street near a dark-colored vehicle. Witnesses told police that following the shooting, the car sped away.
Anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to call the Allegheny County police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477). Callers may remain anonymous.


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