Two Students Charged After School Bus Gun Incident

December 04, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 16-year-old male student at McKeesport Area High School is being held at Shuman Juvenile Detention Center after police said he brought a gun onto a school bus.

In a prepared statement, police said the student got onto the bus after dismissal on Monday and brandished the firearm. A video circulated on social media showed the student with the weapon, police said.

A school district spokesperson said MASD officials learned of the incident Tuesday morning and called police.

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Friends Raising Money for Shooting Victim; Suspect Held Without Bail

December 03, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

The suspect in the killing of an East End garage owner is being held without bail in the Allegheny County Jail pending a preliminary hearing on a charge of criminal homicide.

Eben Brown, 46, of McKeesport was denied bail following an arraignment early Saturday before Magisterial District Judge Regis C. Welsh. A hearing is slated for 11 a.m. Dec. 14 before Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning.

Allegheny County police said Brown is accused of shooting John T. Benedek Jr., 41, of Elizabeth Twp. on Friday afternoon at J&M Automotive Services, the East Fifth Avenue garage he had co-owned and operated since 2017.

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East End Garage Owner Shot During Dispute; Customer Charged

December 01, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

An Elizabeth man was killed Friday afternoon in his East End auto repair shop in what police described as a dispute with a customer.

John T. Benedek Jr., 41, died in the emergency room at UPMC McKeesport hospital, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Benedek was the co-owner and operator of J&M Automotive Services on East Fifth Avenue near Hartman Street. The garage opened in 2017, according to tax records and posts on Facebook.

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City Man Jailed on Rape, Child Abuse Charges

November 27, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

TW: Rape, child abuse

A Maple Street man is being held without bail in the Allegheny County Jail pending a preliminary hearing on rape and sexual assault charges. Police said the victim was his own daughter.

A preliminary hearing for the 38-year-old suspect is scheduled for Dec. 17 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi in McKeesport.

McKeesport police said the alleged incident happened three years ago in Maryland. The victim, who is now 16, became pregnant following the assault, police said.

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Police Log: Nov. 27, 2018

November 27, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and 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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Duquesne Man Struck, Killed on Bridge

November 23, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Duquesne man was killed Wednesday night while crossing the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge.

Albert J. Vavra, 71, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Allegheny County medical examiner's office said.

Police said Vavra was on foot, crossing the traffic lanes, just after 6 p.m. when he was struck by a passing vehicle. The motorist, who was not identified, immediately stopped and called 9-1-1, police said.

The accident is under investigation. No further details were released.


MAHS Student Injured By Car Returned to School Next Day

November 19, 2018 |

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

A McKeesport Area High School student who was injured by a car on Eden Park Boulevard on Wednesday morning was back in class Thursday, a spokesperson said.

Neither school officials nor McKeesport police would identify the student or release their class year.

A district spokesperson said the unidentified student stepped from behind a parked car near the entrance to the high school at about 6:25 a.m. Wednesday and was struck. Start time at the high school is 7:22 a.m.

The accident happened about 35 minutes before students generally start arriving, and flashing yellow "school zone" lights designed to slow traffic on Eden Park were not yet lit, the district said.

The student was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where they were treated for their injuries and released, the district said.

No further information was released.


Two Men Charged With Forgery in $11K Check Scam

November 02, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Two Pittsburgh men are headed for Allegheny County Common Pleas Court after police charged them with forging checks and attempting to defraud the City of McKeesport out of more than $11,477.

On Monday, Christopher B. Carter, 31, of Brookline and Christopher M. Belch, 41, of the Hill District waived their right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

Both are charged by McKeesport police with forgery, conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception and passing bad checks.

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Duquesne Police Chief Notes Improvements to Department

October 21, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

Calls to Duquesne police for assistance are up --- but so are arrests.

Duquesne police Chief Tom Dunlevy reported the increases during the Oct. 9 city council meeting.

Through the third quarter of 2018, Dunlevy said, calls for service are up 40 percent compared with the previous period in 2017, while arrests are up 21 percent. Traffic stops are up 56 percent and traffic citations are up 59 percent, but traffic accidents are down 26 percent, he said.

“I’m very proud of the accomplishments of the department so far this year,” said Dunlevy, who became the Duquesne police chief in January.

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N. Hills Man Charged in Fatal West Mifflin Crash

October 17, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

An Avalon man faces a preliminary hearing Friday in connection with the death of a McKeesport woman in a traffic accident.

Robert L. Darrisaw Jr., 23, is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bond, court records indicate.

Allegheny County police charged Darrisaw on Oct. 12. In a statement, county police Lt. Andrew Schurman said that Darrisaw has been identified as the driver of a car that broadsided another vehicle near the intersection of Lebanon Church Road and Buttermilk Hollow Road in West Mifflin just before 4 a.m. Sept. 23.

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