Crime Stoppers Offers Reward in Duquesne Shooting

February 08, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

A $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of suspects in connection with the shooting of two people on Jan. 21 in Duquesne.

Police said the victims --- two men and a woman --- had left a private social club in the early hours of the morning and were parked in the 1000 block of Lincoln Avenue.

At approximately 4 a.m., a silver car pulled alongside their vehicle and someone began shooting into their car, police said.

 
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Two Arrested in Robbery at Duquesne Store

February 02, 2018 |

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

Two juveniles are charged with robbery and related offenses after a hold-up at a discount store in Duquesne.

The young men, ages 15 and 17, will be charged as adults, Duquesne police Chief Thomas Dunlevy said.

The robbery happened just before 9 p.m. Thursday at the Dollar General store on Hoffman Boulevard.

One of the suspects put a silver-colored pistol against the clerk's head and demanded money, Dunlevy said. The employees were not injured.

After taking money, the suspects fled, police said, and store employees called 9-1-1.

 
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City Man's Death Ruled Homicide

February 02, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Allegheny County police are investigating a city man's death as a homicide.

The body of Craig Rhodes-Mitchell, 24, was discovered at around 10 p.m. Jan. 27 inside a home in the 1300 block of Centennial Street, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.

Initial reports were that Rhodes-Mitchell was found "unresponsive inside the home."

But on Friday, a county spokeswoman said Rhodes-Mitchell was suffering from gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The medical examiner's office has ruled the death a homicide. No other details were released.

Anyone with information regarding Rhodes-Mitchell's death is asked to contact the Allegheny County Police Tipline at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477).

 

Police Log: Jan. 31, 2018

January 31, 2018 |

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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Teen-Ager Charged By Pittsburgh Police in Death of White Oak Man

January 29, 2018 |

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

(UPDATED with arrest)

A teen-ager from Pittsburgh has been arrested in connection with the murder Sunday of a White Oak man.

Melik Johnson, 17, of Northview Heights and East Liberty, was charged Monday by Pittsburgh police with homicide, robbery, criminal conspiracy and possession of a firearm by a minor in connection with the death of Devlen Neiko Prosdocimo, 24, said Alicia George, police spokeswoman.

Prosdocimo was found at 7:20 p.m. Sunday in a parking lot in the 2200 block of Wilner Drive, near East Hills Park, not far from the Penn Hills and Wilkinsburg border.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said Prosdocimo was pronounced dead at the scene and appeared to have been both shot and struck by a vehicle. The death has been ruled a homicide.

 
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Three Wounded in Area Shootings

January 22, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

Three people were injured Sunday in shootings in Duquesne and Turtle Creek, Allegheny County police said.

The shootings were not fatal, though homicide detectives are investigating.

In the first incident, county police said two victims were sitting in a car in the 1000 block of Lincoln Avenue in Duquesne at 3:57 a.m. Sunday when another car pulled alongside of theirs. Someone inside the other car then opened fire on the first vehicle, county police said in a prepared statement.

 
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Clairton Couple Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

January 17, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A married couple died at their home Wednesday morning in Clairton in what appears to have been a murder-suicide, Allegheny County police said.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office has identified the victims as Robert Lewis, 72, and his wife, Louise, 73. A spokesperson said both were pronounced dead at their home in the 900 block of School Street from apparent gunshot wounds.

Homicide detectives said that Robert Lewis appeared to have shot his wife, and then turned the gun on himself, but that their investigation was ongoing.

 
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Former City Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

January 17, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A former Christy Park resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury after being accused of coercing several minors to engage in sexual activity, and then making videos of them.

Scott Joseph Payne, 31, is charged with three counts of coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, three charges of production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, and one charge of possession of such material, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said Wednesday.

The indictment was returned Tuesday in Pittsburgh, Brady said in a prepared statement.

According to court records, Payne is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail after violating terms of his probation for a previous conviction on child pornography charges.

 
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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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