3 Hurt as Bus Collides With Cars

June 18, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Three people, including a child, sustained minor injuries Wednesday afternoon when a school bus collided with four cars near the 15th Avenue Bridge.

McKeesport police Chief Adam Alfer said the accident occurred at 4:25 p.m. on Walnut Street just north of the intersection. The school bus, carrying middle-school-age pupils home from an extra-curricular activity, was following four other vehicles south toward Christy Park, he said.

According to a police report, as the traffic reached the intersection at 15th Avenue, the light turned red. Although the first four vehicles stopped for the traffic signal, a preliminary investigation indicates that the bus driver was momentarily distracted and didn't realize that traffic had halted, Alfer said.

“He hit the brakes, but it was too late to stop,” Alfer said.

 
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City Man, Two Other Dead in Pittsburgh Crash

June 14, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Pittsburgh firefighters work to extinguish a blaze that ignited after a car crashed into this office building on that city’s North Side. Three people, including a McKeesport man and a Clairton woman, died in the crash. (Pittsburgh police photo)


Three people, including a McKeesport man, died after a car crashed into a blood plasma center on Pittsburgh’s North Side on Saturday morning.

Pittsburgh police said Ronald K. Morgan, 50, was inside the vehicle that crashed into the Biomat USA plasma center in the 1300 block of Western Avenue just before 12 noon. Morgan was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other two victims, Laura E. Meneskie, 35, of Pittsburgh, and Parveena Abdul, 55, of Clairton were employees of Biomat USA who were working inside the building, emergency personnel said.

 
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Former City Man Found Dead in Vehicle

May 23, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A former McKeesport man was found dead early Saturday morning inside a parked car on Riverview Street.

On Sunday night, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Jered J. Gambrill, 21. He was pronounced dead at the scene of an apparent gunshot wound.

Allegheny County police said in a prepared statement that a 9-1-1 caller reported a shooting in the 2200 block of Riverview just before 6 a.m. Homicide detectives are investigating but no further information was available.

The medical examiner’s office said Gambrill was living at Lincoln University in Chester County, but it could not immediately be confirmed Sunday night if he was currently a student. Gambrill had been a standout basketball player at Propel Andrew Street High School in Munhall, from which he graduated in 2018.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to call the Allegheny County police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous, a spokesman said.

 

Hobbyist Badly Burned in Fireworks Explosion

May 20, 2021 |

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

A Banker Street man who emergency personnel said is a fireworks enthusiast was badly burned Thursday morning in an explosion.

The victim, whose name was not immediately released, was airlifted by STAT MedEvac helicopter to UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh following the incident just before 3 a.m.

The Allegheny County police bomb squad responded to the scene to remove what officials described as a large quantity of fireworks, which were labeled for retail sale and appeared to have been purchased legally.

“Vast amounts, and when I say vast amounts, I mean there were many, many boxes throughout the house,” said McKeesport deputy fire Chief Tom Perciavalle. Some of the fireworks were in the large cardboard tubes of the types sold for public displays, he said.

 
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Children Found Handcuffed, Two Adults Arrested

May 06, 2021 |

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

Two people face child abuse and assault charges after school officials and White Oak police said they found two children handcuffed in the back seat of their car.

According to court records, Richard Hayes, 37, of Mt. Oliver is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bail, while his girlfriend, Natosha Bell, 26, of Rankin is free on $50,000 bond. Hayes faces a preliminary hearing May 19 before Magisterial District Judge Richard G. King, while Bell faces a preliminary hearing June 30.

The two children who were restrained in the car, ages 7 and 10, and a third child, age 11, are now in the emergency care of Allegheny County Children, Youth and Families, said county police Inspector Michael Peairs.

 
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City Man Held in Connection With Fire

April 29, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport man is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in connection with a fire in Christy Park that police said was deliberately set.

Jesse Henderson, 23, is jailed in lieu of $25,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing May 10 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi. He was arrested Tuesday.

Police said McKeesport firefighters were dispatched to a home in the 2200 block of Walnut Street on the afternoon of April 19 for a reported structure fire.

 
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Pittsburgh Man Charged in Three-Car Wreck

April 29, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Pittsburgh man was charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering other persons and reckless driving after McKeesport police allege that he deliberately caused a three-car wreck in the East End in an attempt to injure himself.

Carl E. Taylor, 30, of Lawrenceville faces a preliminary hearing May 10 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi. He is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

City police said they were dispatched to the area under the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge during evening rush hour on April 20 for a report of a three-vehicle crash with injuries.

 
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Police: Woman’s Death Not Suspicious

April 28, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

The death of a woman whose body was found just off Versailles Avenue early Sunday morning is not considered suspicious, investigators said.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said the body of Myra Huff, 36, of Duquesne was discovered just before 7 a.m. near the intersection of Versailles Avenue and Park Street. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Allegheny County police Lt. Venerando Costa said Huff’s death does not appear to have been a homicide and may have been an overdose. Investigators are awaiting a report from the medical examiner’s office, he said.

 

Clairton Man Dead Following 837 Crash

April 16, 2021 |

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

A Clairton man died following a crash early Friday morning near the intersection of North Second Street and Route 837 in Duquesne.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Ralpheal Franz Greene, 30. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Allegheny County police said Greene was thrown from the vehicle following the crash. An unidentified juvenile passenger in the car was taken to the hospital and was reportedly in stable condition.

County police homicide detectives and the Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating. Anyone with information about the crash is being asked to call the county police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.

 

City Man Pleads Guilty on Federal Charges

April 09, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of possession of child pornography.

Michael Brooks, 54, also faces a fine of up to $250,000, said a spokeswoman for acting U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman in Pittsburgh.

Brooks entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Marilyn J. Horan. Sentencing is scheduled for July 27.

 
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