Deputies Arrest Second Suspect
in Route 30 Shooting

March 11, 2020 |

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

Sheriff's deputies have apprehended a second suspect wanted in connection with a Oct. 27 shooting in North Versailles Twp.

That incident left one man dead and caused a three-car accident on Route 30 that injured several people.

Erik Desean Addison, 24, of Homestead was arrested Wednesday morning in Mount Oliver, said Tony Griffith, spokesman for Allegheny County Sheriff William Mullen.

Addison was wanted by Allegheny County police on charges of homicide, criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, unlawful possession of a firearm, recklessly endangering other persons and carrying a firearm without a license.

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Suspect Sought in Evans Ave. Shooting

March 10, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 29-year-old man is critical condition following a shooting Tuesday morning on Evans Avenue in the city.

Allegheny County police Lt. Venerando Costa said in a prepared statement that the motive for the shooting is unknown.

McKeesport police were dispatched just after 2 a.m. to the 600 block of Evans for a report of “shots fired.”

At almost the same time, police were notified that a gunshot victim had just walked into the emergency room at UPMC McKeesport hospital.

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City Pursuing High-Tech Solution to Gun Violence

March 06, 2020 |

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

A technician works in ShotSpotter’s incident review center. McKeesport officials are investigating whether or not the technology can be brought to the city with the help of a federal grant. (Submitted photo)

City officials are seeking a federal grant to bring gunshot detection technology to McKeesport in an effort to respond more quickly to incidents.

At Wednesday’s meeting, city council authorized Mayor Michael Cherepko’s administration to apply for a grant through the U.S. Justice Department’s Community Policing Development program to acquire “ShotSpotter” technology.

ShotSpotter, based in Newark, Calif., uses an network of electronic sensors to detect gunfire, pinpoint its exact location, and then alert police. The company says that its system depends on artificial intelligence to analyze the sounds of loud noises and that it ignores things like thunder, fireworks and trucks backfiring.

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AG: Pharmacy Tech Stole $500K in Drugs

March 02, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Duquesne woman was indicted by a state grand jury after investigators accused her of stealing more than $500,000 of a prescription drug — about 66,000 doses — from the pharmacy where she worked.

The drug, Suboxone, is commonly used to help wean addicts from narcotics, but according to public health experts, it has its own potential for abuse.

Rena L. Schleehauf, 33, was arrested Friday by the state Attorney General’s office and charged with acquisition of controlled substances by misrepresentation, possession of controlled substances, possession with intent to deliver, theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception.

She remains free on her own recognizance pending a preliminary hearing March 19 before Magisterial District Judge Richard Olasz Jr.

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Police Seek Suspect in Freemont St. Shooting

March 02, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect who shot a 19-year-old man Sunday afternoon on Freemont Street near the site of the former George Washington School.

The victim, whose name has not been released, is in critical condition at an unidentified trauma hospital, police said.

Allegheny County police Lt. Venerando Costa said the incident happened at around 2:30 p.m. Police said the victim was a passenger in a gray Ford Taurus being driven by a 20-year-old man. A 13-year-old boy was in the back seat of the vehicle, Costa said.

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W.M. Teen Charged in Duquesne Shooting

March 02, 2020 |

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

A 17-year-old from West Mifflin has been charged as an adult in connection with a February shooting in Duquesne.

Terril Leverett was arrested Friday by Allegheny County police and charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license and possession of a firearm by a minor. He is free on $15,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing March 13 before Allegheny County Judge Kim Berkeley Clark.

According to police reports, an unidentified 19-year-old man was shot in the 600 block of West Grant Avenue at around 12:30 p.m. Feb. 16.

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Chief: Parking Tickets Issued in Error

March 02, 2020 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Some motorists who parked on Fifth Avenue on Thursday and paid using the MeterFeeder smartphone app got an unpleasant surprise --- parking tickets.

McKeesport police Chief Adam Alfer said the tickets were issued in error by a new officer who was unfamiliar with how MeterFeeder works. The glitch will not happen again, he said.

MeterFeeder allows motorists to pay for parking at a metered space, without putting coins into the meter. The city began using the app in 2017. Homestead, Braddock, Dormont, Sewickley and other towns also use the app.

Any motorists who received a parking ticket in error should bring the citation to the police chief's office, second floor of the Public Safety Building, 201 Lysle Blvd., and the ticket will be waived, Alfer said.


Three Charged After Fight, Break-In

February 27, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Three women have been charged after McKeesport police said a dispute early Saturday morning in the 2500 block of Stewart Street turned into a break-in.

Cherri Ann Barber, 30, of Munhall, and Shada D. Williams, 31, and Gabrielle M. Sinkler, 28, both of McKeesport, are each free on $10,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing March 9 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

Police said officers were dispatched late Friday night to the area of Stewart and Packer streets when callers to 9-1-1 reported several women were creating a disturbance. Officers left the neighborhood after not finding anyone at the scene, police said.

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Two Charged in Monroeville Woman’s Murder

February 19, 2020 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Cellular phone records and blood-stained blue jeans link two men to a murder victim whose body was dumped in Renziehausen Park in September.

Allegheny County police on Monday charged Ramonta “Mo” Yancey, 26, of Pittsburgh and Daron D. Parks, 26, of Bridgeville with criminal homicide, robbery of a motor vehicle, tampering with physical evidence, abuse of a corpse and criminal conspiracy in connection with the death of Tameka Dallas, 43, of Monroeville.

Yancey and Parks are being held without bond in the Allegheny County Jail pending a preliminary hearing Feb. 28 before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Kim Berkeley Clark.

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Tow Truck Driver Killed
in Apparent Accident

February 18, 2020 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A tow-truck driver was killed Tuesday morning after police said his rig apparently rolled back onto him.

Allegheny County police Inspector Andrew Schurman said McKeesport police and paramedics were dispatched before 5 a.m. in response to a 9-1-1 call about a man trapped under a tow truck.

Andrew Sester, 42, of Lucerne Mines, Indiana County, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said. The cause and manner of his death are pending an autopsy.

County detectives said Sester worked for International Recovery Systems and was repossessing a pickup truck.

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