Police Believe McKeesport Man Was Shot in Rankin, But Say Witness Isn't Cooperating

October 15, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport man is dead following a drive-by shooting Saturday morning that police believe happened near the Rankin Bridge.

Dijuan Bray, 24, died Sunday afternoon at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Oakland, of wounds sustained in the incident, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Allegheny County police said Bray was a passenger in a Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck, similar to the one pictured below, when someone shot at him and the driver.

In a prepared statement, county police Lt. Andrew Schurman said Bray and the driver arrived at the emergency room at UPMC McKeesport Hospital at 3:42 a.m. Saturday. Both were suffering gunshot wounds to the head, Schurman said.

 
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Duquesne Police, Fire Post Monthly Report

October 10, 2018 |

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

Duquesne police Chief Tom Dunlevy reported 564 calls for service for the month of August, resulting in 52 arrests. 

Calls for service included 24 abandoned vehicles, 25 criminal mischief calls, 10 juvenile complaints, 33 domestics, 17 disturbances and 10 thefts. A full list of calls for service can be viewed on the department’s Facebook page or at the police department.

 
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Underage Driver Charged After Stolen Car Hits Police Cruiser

October 04, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 14-year-old Duquesne resident faces charges in Allegheny County juvenile court after McKeesport police said he was behind the wheel of a stolen car that hit a police cruiser.

The young man, whose name was not released by police, is charged with receiving stolen property, driving without a license and causing an accident involving an occupied vehicle.

McKeesport police said two officers were on patrol early Saturday morning on Evans Avenue when they saw a black Mercury sedan matching the description of a car that had been reported stolen a few hours earlier in Duquesne.

 
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Update: McKeesport Man Found Dead After Shooting

October 01, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

UPDATED: The victim's identity has now been released. 4:30 p.m.


A 26-year-old McKeesport man was found dead in an alley off of Beaver Street on Monday morning.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office has identified the victim as Andrew J. Jefferson.

In a prepared statement, Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said city police and paramedics were dispatched to the 1800 block of Forte Alley at 12:24 a.m. Monday for a report of "shots being fired."

When they arrived, Schurman said, they found a man, later identified as Jefferson, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 
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McKeesport Woman Killed in Wreck; Driver Faces Charges

September 23, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport woman died Sunday morning when the car in which she was a passenger was struck by another vehicle near Allegheny County Airport.

Marlee Anne Hill, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said. The accident happened just before 4 a.m.

Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said in a prepared statement that Hill was in the back seat of a Volkswagen Jetta sedan that was stopped at the three-way intersection of Lebanon Church Road, Buttermilk Hollow Road and MacArthur Drive.

 
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One Dead in Duquesne Shooting; Man's Death Ruled Homicide

September 23, 2018 |

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

(Updated 10 p.m. Sunday)

A Pittsburgh man died following a shooting Saturday afternoon in Duquesne.

A spokesman for the Allegheny County police said Duquesne police and McKeesport paramedics were dispatched to the 1100 block of Grant Avenue just after 4:30 p.m. when callers to 9-1-1 reported that a man had been shot.

When police and paramedics arrived, they found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office on Sunday identified the victim as Bronson Szallar, 22. A spokesperson said Szallar was found near the intersection of Pitts Avenue and Wilmot Street. Szallar's death has been ruled a homicide.

 
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Local Legislators Unveil Plan to Reform Police-Community Relations

September 17, 2018 |

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

State Rep. Austin Davis, center, and State Sen. Jim Brewster (right, back to camera) participated in a peace walk through McKeesport July 6 following a police-involved shooting in East Pittsburgh. The McKeesport legislators have joined colleagues from Pittsburgh, Forest Hills and Mt. Lebanon to promote police reform legislation. (Vickie Babyak photo for Tube City Almanac)


In the wake of a police-involved shooting in East Pittsburgh that killed a 17-year-old and roiled the community, several local state legislators have unveiled a package of reform bills.

The legislation would be designed to improve police officer training and salaries; provide incentives for small municipalities to pursue regional police forces; encourage additional community oversight and recruitment of more diverse candidates to become police officers; and provide for an independent response team to investigate police shootings.

Backing the package of bills are state Sens. Jim Brewster of McKeesport, Jay Costa of Forest Hills and Wayne Fontana of Pittsburgh's Brookline neighborhood, along with state Reps. Austin Davis of McKeesport, Ed Gainey of East Liberty and Jake Wheatley of the Hill District.

“We need to do more to improve the training, quality and support of officers,” Costa said at a press conference last week. “But our improvements need to extend beyond police departments and into communities. I believe the package of bills we are working on can do that.”

 
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State Grant Will Fund 'Multi-Faceted' Program to Reduce Gun Violence in City

September 07, 2018 |

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

State officials have awarded almost $150,000 to McKeesport police and partner agencies to create a program designed to reduce gun violence in the city.

The grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency was announced Friday by state Sen. Jim Brewster and state Rep. Austin Davis, both of McKeesport.

It will fund a new McKeesport Gun Violence Reduction Program designed by the office of Mayor Mike Cherepko, city police Chief Bryan Washowich, and other local and county leaders, including volunteers and churches.

The program will be modeled after successful strategies used in other cities to get illegal guns off the streets, a spokeswoman for the mayor's office said, and will work with young people in an effort to convince them not to resort to violence in the first place.

 
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Police Allege Man Set Crawford Village Fire Following Dispute

August 30, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Pittsburgh man is being held in the Allegheny County Jail after McKeesport police said he deliberately set a fire at the Crawford Village housing complex to retaliate against his former girlfriend.

Willie McKinnon, 58, no fixed address given, is charged by McKeesport police with aggravated arson, arson, endangering other persons, endangering property, causing or risking a catastrophe, making terroristic threats, stalking, recklessly endangering other persons, defiant trespassing and criminal mischief in connection with the Aug. 16 incident.

According to court records, McKinnon is jailed in lieu of $50,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing Sept. 10 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

 
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Pittsburgh Man Arrested in Duquesne Bar Shooting

August 29, 2018 |

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

A Hill District man has been arrested and charged in connection with a shooting in a Duquesne bar that led to another man's death.

Carl Jones, 27, was arrested on Tuesday by Allegheny County sheriff's deputies, a spokesman said. He is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bond on charges of homicide and a firearms violation pending a preliminary hearing Sept. 9 before Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning.

Jones was wanted by county police in connection with the death of Donnell Demery, 54, on Aug. 13.

 
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