Man Found Dead Along N. Versailles Twp. Road; Suspects Sought

July 09, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A man who was found dead Sunday morning alongside a highway in the Dixon Hollow area of North Versailles Twp. was likely shot inside a car, police said.

The victim was identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office as Zack Moore, 28, no address given. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said township police and paramedics were dispatched to East Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard just after 5:30 a.m. Sunday after a 9-1-1 caller reported that a man was lying on the road near Dixon Avenue.

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After 20 Years, Teen-Ager's Unsolved Death Still Haunts, Hurts

July 04, 2018 |

By Lynne Glover | Posted in: Crime and Police News, News

Engraved on Kimmie Krimm’s marker: “When you look up into the evening sky and see the brightest star shining down on earth, pause for a moment and remember that star’s name is Kimberlie Rose Krimm.” (Lynne Glover photo, special to Tube City Almanac)

Having recently been released from the hospital, Jeanie Krimm said it was simply too much for her to plan a 20-year anniversary remembrance for her daughter, Kimberlie Rose Krimm.

Fourteen-year-old Kimberlie Krimm's body was found 20 years ago this week, on July 6, 1998, on a hillside at McKeesport & Versailles Cemetery by a utility worker.    

“People talk about pain,” said Jeanie Krimm, two decades after her daughter’s death. “They don’t know pain until they lose a child. I’ll never be the same. Never.”

Part of the suffering is not really knowing what happened to Kimberlie, and how and why she died. The cause and manner of Kimmie’s death were ruled “undetermined” by the Allegheny County Coroner's Office—and it was never officially declared a homicide.

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Police Allege Man Set Apartment Fire, Then Threatened Victim

June 25, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Pittsburgh man is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bail after McKeesport police said he set another man's apartment on fire, and then threatened to come back and "finish the job."

Julien J. Sewell, 24, of Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood faces a preliminary hearing at 2:30 p.m. July 2 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi in McKeesport.

A hearing originally scheduled for Monday was continued, court officials said.

McKeesport firefighters were called to an apartment in the 700 block of Ridge Street early on June 3 after callers reported smelling smoke. According to McKeesport police, firefighters arrived to find the door to the apartment unlocked, and paper plates on top of a stove, burning.

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One Dead in Weekend Motorcycle Crash

June 25, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Glassport man died Saturday evening when his motorcycle crashed in West Mifflin.

Frank Wehrer, 40, died of blunt-force trauma to the head sustained in the wreck, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said. His death has been ruled an accident.

A spokeswoman for Allegheny County Police said the wreck occurred near the intersection of Duquesne and Center avenues just before 7 p.m. The accident is under investigation and police are still working to determine what caused Wehrer to lose control of the motorcycle.

Paramedics transported Wehrer to UPMC McKeesport hospital, where he was pronounced dead just after 7:30 p.m., officials said. He was not wearing a helmet, police said.


Teenager Dead in Duquesne Shooting; Police Seek Suspects

June 16, 2018 |

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

(UPDATED with name of young man who was killed.)

A shooting Saturday morning in Duquesne left one young man dead and another hospitalized.

Duquesne police said in a release that officers were dispatched to the corner of Auriles Steet and Viola Alley at 1:18 a.m. when multiple callers reported hearing shots fired.

Upon arrival, police said, they found a white Chevrolet Impala stopped on Newford Alley, with the doors open. Inside the backseat, police found a 15-year-old, suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim, identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office as Daevion Raines, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Clairton Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal Drug Death

June 14, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Clairton man pleaded guilty in federal court to distributing the drugs that led to the death of a local man.

Skyler Carter, 37, faces 20 years to life in prison and up to a $1 million fine, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said in a prepared statement Thursday. U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab scheduled sentencing for Oct. 4 at the federal courthouse in Pittsburgh.

Prosecutors allege that Carter had supplied fentanyl, an opioid painkiller, and cocaine to a co-defendant, Katie Spratt, which Spratt then sold to a victim identified only as "A.B.," causing his overdose death on June 5, 2017.

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Former Valley Man Headed to Prison on Heroin Charges

June 14, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Washington County man with ties to West Mifflin is headed to federal prison after prosecutors said he sold heroin while on probation.

Maurice "Reece" Frezzell, 35, faces nearly 29 years in prison after his convictions this week before U.S. District Judges Arthur J. Schwab and David S. Cercone.

U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady called Frezzell "a career criminal and one of the most significant heroin and fentanyl dealers in Washington County" and said that people are "safer today, now that he is behind bars."

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Two Men Sought in Connection With Teen's Shooting Death

June 13, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Two men are being sought by Allegheny County police in connection with the death Tuesday night of a teen-ager in McKeesport.

Khaire Charles Cole, 17, of North Versailles Twp. died just before midnight at UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Oakland of a gunshot wound to the head, the Allegheny County medical examiner's office said.

His death has been ruled a homicide, a spokesperson said Wednesday night.

Another victim was wounded in the altercation, Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said in a prepared statement. The second victim's name was not released. He was listed in stable condition and is expected to recover.

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City Man Arrested After Brief Pursuit

May 24, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport man led city police on a brief car chase Wednesday afternoon before being arrested at the home of his girlfriend.

Harry Hobson, 55, is charged by McKeesport police with fleeing or attempting to elude police, reckless driving, careless driving, driving with a suspended license and failing to stop at a stop sign. A preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled.

City police said an officer was monitoring traffic just after 12 noon in Myer Park when a car headed eastbound on Myer Boulevard failed to stop for a stop sign.

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Three Face Trial in Connection With Penny Street Shooting

May 23, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Three people are currently being held in Allegheny County Jail on charges that include attempted homicide in connection with a shooting Dec. 17 on Penny Street in the city.

Two of the suspects were ordered held for court this week following a preliminary hearing, while an alleged accomplice faces formal arraignment next week in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

Following a preliminary hearing Monday, Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi ordered Aaron W. Smith, 24, of Pittsburgh's West End, and Cortrell L. McKenzie, 24, of Pitcairn, both held for court on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, robbery, conspiracy, carrying a firearm without a license, theft by unlawful taking and reckless endangerment.

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