Few Details Released in Duquesne Man's Death

January 14, 2018 |

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

Few details have been released in connection with the shooting death Friday night of a Duquesne man.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office has identified the victim as 24-year-old Shavell Davidson.

In a prepared statement, Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said officers were dispatched to a home in the 100 block of South Seventh Street just after 7 p.m. Friday for a reported shooting.

When they arrived, they found Davidson suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, Schurman said.

The medical examiner's office said Davidson was pronounced dead at the scene inside a private residence.

Friends and family plan a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Monday at the corner of Seventh Street and Kennedy Avenue, according to information posted on Facebook.


Mortgage Broker Sentenced to More Than 6 Years in Fraud Case

January 10, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A West Mifflin man has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for his role in what prosecutors have described as one of the largest mortgage fraud schemes in Western Pennsylvania.

James Nassida IV, 50, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose in federal court in Pittsburgh, said Scott W. Brady, U.S. Attorney, in a prepared statement.

Between 2002 and 2009, Nassida was president of Century III Home Equity in Baldwin. Prosecutors described it as one of the largest mortgage brokerages in the Pittsburgh area, and said it arranged "hundreds of millions of dollars" of home loans with more than a dozen banks.

But prosecutors accused the brokerage --- which advertised that it had "a loan for everyone," including people with "slow or no credit" --- of committing fraud to obtain many of those mortgages.

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Judge Gives Former Gun Store Owner Jail Time

January 10, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

The owner of a now-closed Versailles gun store was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for possession of illegal firearms, tampering with evidence and tampering with a witness.

Erik David Lowry, 38, of Versailles also faces a $30,000 fine and three years' probation, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said in a prepared statement.

The sentence was handed down in federal court in Pittsburgh by U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab.

Lowry, who owned Pittsburgh Tactical Firearms on Walnut Street, pleaded guilty to the charges in June 2017. He also pleaded guilty on behalf of the company to illegally selling firearms.

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Preliminary Hearings Next Week For Suspects in Attempted Homicide

December 22, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Two people, including a teen-ager charged as an adult, face preliminary hearings next week on charges they shot at a security guard at a McKeesport apartment complex.

Dailan Smith, 26, of McKeesport and Jahi Rox, 17, of Duquesne are each charged by McKeesport police with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, making terroristic threats and reckless endangerment. Both also face additional charges.

They are being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bond.

McKeesport police said a security guard was on duty at Hi-View Gardens on Dec. 6 when a car slowly approached him from the 700 block of Sixth Avenue just before 9 p.m. Police said the car stopped and someone inside the vehicle yelled, "I'll smoke you (expletive)" and began shooting.

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NV Twp., County Police Investigating Attempted Home Invasion

December 18, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A North Versailles Twp. homeowner shot at intruders attempting to break into their home, Allegheny County police said Monday.

County police Lt. Richard Mullen said in a prepared statement that several people attempted to force open the door of a house in the 300 block of Foster Road at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

The homeowner, whose name was not released by police, opened fire.

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One Dead in Spring Street Shooting

December 16, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

(Updated 11 p.m. with victim's name)

One man is dead following a shooting Saturday morning on Spring Street.

Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said emergency crews responded at 11:43 a.m. after callers reported a man was lying in the street and unresponsive just off of Jenny Lind Street.

The victim, identified as Mahlik Cash, 21, was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and pronounced dead at the scene, Schurman said.

The killing is the 13th in McKeesport and the 29th in the Mon Valley so far this year, according to statistics from the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.

Schurman said county homicide detectives are investigating. No further information has been released.


Police Log: Dec. 14, 2017

December 14, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | 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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Former State Representative Sentenced in Gambling Case

December 11, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A former state representative from White Oak who pleaded guilty to his role in a video poker ring has been sentenced to 18 months of electronic monitoring.

Marc J. Gergely, 48, also was sentenced Monday to two years' probation after pleading guilty before Allegheny County Judge Ed Borkowski to violating state election laws and conspiracy to violate state gambling laws, court officials said.

Both charges are misdemeanors.

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One Teen Dead, Another Wounded in Turtle Creek Shooting

November 28, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 16-year-old from Turtle Creek died Monday night following a shooting in that borough, Allegheny County police said, and a 13-year-old was wounded.

Homicide detectives said the motive for the shooting is "not exceptionally clear" and did not release the identity of any suspect or suspects.

County police said the shooting happened just before 11 p.m. in the 400 block of George Street. When Turtle Creek police arrived, they found the first victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

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Foul Play Not Suspected in Liberty Man's Death

November 27, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Liberty Borough man was found dead under the Mansfield Bridge in Dravosburg on Sunday night, the Allegheny County medical examiner's office reports.

James P. McFadden, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:49 p.m., the office said in a statement.

Foul play is not suspected in McFadden's death, but the Allegheny County police are investigating, a spokeswoman said.


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