33 Charged as Drug Sweep Touches Mon Valley, East Suburbs

June 12, 2019 |

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

More than 30 people --- many from the Mon Valley --- were rounded up early Wednesday morning by FBI agents and local police and arrested on federal drug charges related to trafficking cocaine, heroin, crack cocaine and firearms.

In a prepared release, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has issued three separate, but related indictments which were unsealed this week.

Brady said that charged by federal prosecutors in a conspiracy to possess and distribute heroin, cocaine and crack between August 2018 and May of this year are:

 
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Three Charged in Harrison Village Shooting Incident

June 04, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

(UPDATED after publication.)


Two people, including a 17-year-old, face charges after police say they opened fire on one another following a fight at the Harrison Village housing complex on Monday afternoon.

A third woman who is accused of giving a handgun to one of the shooters also faces charges, and Allegheny County police are looking for a fourth person who fled the scene.

A 22-year-old man whose name was not released was hospitalized with a leg wound, police said.

The shooting came 24 hours after Ciquann Dudley Jr., 17, of McKeesport was found shot dead in the 1300 block of Tube Works Alley, about two blocks away.

 
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City Teen Dead in Sunday Shooting

June 03, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport teenager was found dead Sunday afternoon after a shooting in the city's Third Ward.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Ciquann Dudley Jr., 17, was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting in the 1300 block of Tube Works Alley.

Allegheny County police said he had been shot multiple times. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Friends and family said Dudley was a student at McKeesport Area High School. He is the second student killed in less than a month.

 
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NV Twp. Posts Police, Fire Reports

May 29, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: Crime and Police News, North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. commissioners posted the monthly reports for the police and fire departments.

During March, North Versailles police department received 728 calls, made 23 arrests and housed five inmates from East McKeesport and eight from Turtle Creek. Firefighters answered 49 calls during March.

 
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McKeesport School Board OK's Police Chief, Officer Positions

May 28, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: Crime and Police News, McKeesport and Region News

McKeesport Area School District officials have approved the hiring of a police chief and police officer for the 2019-20 school year.

At last week’s school board meeting, school directors also voted to approve a $55,000 annual salary for the police chief and $50,000 for a police officer. School Directors Mindy Sturgess and David Donato left the meeting prior to the vote.

Currently, the district contracts with the City of McKeesport for a school resource officer.

“This is no reflection on our current SRO, who has done an outstanding job for many years,” said Mark Holtzman Jr., district superintendent. “It's an opportunity to have our own police department and save some money down the road.”

 
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City Teen Killed in Pittsburgh Shooting; Friends, Family Grieving

May 24, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

UPDATED to clarify that the shooting did not involve the prom.


A McKeesport teen-ager was killed early Friday morning in a shooting on Pittsburgh's South Side, less than a week before she was to graduate from high school.

Morgan Dunston, 18, died at UPMC Mercy Hospital, Uptown, of injuries received in the incident, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said. An online fundraising campaign has been created to help the family to defray funeral expenses.

Dunston was a senior at McKeesport Area High School, and friends said she was leaving a dance when the shooting occurred. Although McKeesport held its senior prom Thursday night, Dunston did not attend, said Kristen James, district spokeswoman.

"This young lady was an active student within our high school who was slated to graduate next week," said James, who called the shooting "senseless."

 
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Philadelphia Man Dies Following Duquesne Shooting

May 16, 2019 |

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

A Philadelphia man died after being shot multiple times Wednesday night at a home in Duquesne.

Ivan Walls, 45, was pronounced dead at a Pittsburgh hospital nearly three hours after the incident, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.

In a prepared statement, Duquesne police said the incident happened inside a house in the 1100 block of Karl Avenue just before 7 p.m.

 
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NV Twp. Man Wounded in Shooting; Police Seek Suspect

May 15, 2019 |

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

A Braddock man is wanted by Allegheny County police in connection with a shooting Tuesday night in West Wilmerding.

Melvin McCane Jr., 36, is charged by county police with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and carrying a firearm without a license. Police said he is considered armed and dangerous.

The victim, a 45-year-old man whose name was not released by police, was in stable condition at a hospital.

 
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Owner of Car Suspected in Fatal Hit-Run Surrenders to Police

May 15, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

The owner of a car that is suspected of being involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident in Penn Hills has surrendered to police.

Allegheny County police said Modesty L. Hopper, 21, of McKeesport is being held in the Allegheny County Jail pending formal arraignment on a charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Police allege that Hopper's Saturn sedan struck Joseph Morris, 51, of Penn Hills on April 28 and dragged him about a half-mile, the fled the scene. Morris was pronounced dead at the scene.

The car was located in the parking lot of Hi View Gardens on Sixth Avenue in McKeesport on May 10. Police said they have physical evidence that links the vehicle to the accident scene.

 

Arrest Warrant Issued in Connection With Route 837 Shooting

May 15, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News, North Versailles Twp. News

Allegheny County police have named a suspect in connection with a shooting on Route 837 in Duquesne that sent a motorist to the hospital.

In a prepared statement, county police Sgt. Venerando Costa said Tarone T. Jones (above), 39, of North Versailles Twp. is wanted in connection with the shooting May 3 of a 30-year-old man near the intersection of Route 837 and Grant Street.

On Tuesday, a warrant was issued for Jones' arrest by Magisterial District Judge Scott Schricker. Jones is charged with aggravated assault and attempted homicide.

 
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