19-Year-Old Man Shot in Braddock; Suspect in Custody

October 10, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 22-year-old man was arrested in Carrick this morning in connection with a shooting in Braddock.

Dion Parker is charged by Allegheny County police with aggravated assault and violations of the uniform firearms act and is currently being held for questioning, police said.

Emergency personnel said a 19-year-old man was shot just before 3 a.m. in the 400 block of Verona Street in Braddock. The victim was taken to a local hospital and is in stable condition, police said. His name was not released by police.

Allegheny County police homicide detectives were asked to assist with the investigation.

 
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Homicide Suspect Arrested After Deputies, Firefighters Break Into Crawlspace

October 04, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A suspect wanted in connection with a murder in Penn Hills was arrested this morning in McKeesport after firefighters helped police and sheriff's deputies break into an attic to reach him.

Steven L. Sparrow Jr., 20, of Verona is charged by Allegheny County police with homicide, robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with what Allegheny County Sheriff William Mullen described as the "execution-style murder" of Andre Williams, 26.

In a prepared statement, Mullen said that even after breaking into the crawlspace of a home on Bridge Street where Sparrow was hiding, it took pepper spray and 45 minutes of negotiations with McKeesport police and sheriff's deputies before Sparrow surrendered.

Mullen thanked city police and firefighters for what he called "their amazing support and teamwork."

 
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Second Arrest Made in Fatal Double-Shooting

September 21, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Monroeville man is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bond in connection with the fatal shooting Sept. 1 of two sisters inside a home in lower 10th Ward.

McKeesport police said Kylee S. Lankford, 19, was arrested by North Versailles Twp. police on a warrant obtained by Allegheny County in connection with the deaths of Melodie Robb, 52, and Kimberly Lesko, 55.

A third person was seriously wounded in what police said was a burglary turned violent.

Lankford was arraigned early Wednesday morning in Allegheny County night court by Magisterial District Judge Edward Tibbs on charges of homicide, aggravated assault, robbery, conspiracy and burglary.

Miras M. Kelly II, 19, of McKeesport was arrested Sept. 7 and is also charged by Allegheny County police with criminal homicide, burglary, robbery, conspiracy and aggravated assault in connection with the deaths of Robb and Lesko.

A formal arraignment on the charges has not yet been scheduled, according to court officials.

 

Police Log: Sept. 12, 2017

September 12, 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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Local Residents Sentenced After Defying Federal Court Order

September 11, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Three people from Duquesne have been sentenced to nine months in prison and three years' probation after defying a federal court order.

Shane Brooks, 30; Victoria Morgan, 32; and Bobby Rodgers, 48; all of Duquesne, and Khayri Battle, 36, of Newark, N.J., received the sentences for contempt of court last week from U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton, said a spokeswoman for Soo C. Song, acting U.S. Attorney in Pittsburgh.

The four had been granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying against accused drug traffickers Anthony Pryor and Lance Yarbough, the spokeswoman said. But the four refused to testify at the trial.

 
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Arrest Made in Fatal Double Shooting; Second Suspect Sought

September 07, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

One man has been arrested and another suspect is wanted in connection with a shooting in lower 10th Ward that left two people dead and another seriously wounded.

Miras M. Kelly II, 19, of McKeesport is charged with criminal homicide, burglary, robbery, conspiracy and aggravated assault in connection with the deaths of Melodie Robb, 52, and Kimberly Lesko, 55, said Allegheny County police Sgt. Scott Scherer in a prepared statement.

Also wanted in connection with the shooting is Kylee S. Lankford, 19, of Monroeville. Police said Lankford (shown below) is 5-feet-9 and weighs approximately 150 pounds, and is considered armed and dangerous.

Kelly has surrendered to police and is being held in the Allegheny County Jail pending a preliminary hearing, Scherer said.

 
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West End Man Held in Homestead Bank Robbery

September 07, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A man from Pittsburgh's West End is being held in Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond after police charged him in connection with a bank robbery in Homestead.

Christian Moore, 27, faces a preliminary hearing Sept. 13 before Magisterial District Judge Thomas Torkowsky in Munhall.

Allegheny County police said a man entered the First National Bank branch at 116 W. Eighth Ave. in Homestead at 1:40 p.m. Tueaday and gave a bank teller a note demanding money. The note said the man was armed.

Police said the bank robber was given "an unknown amount of money" and then fled on foot.

 
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20 Fugitives Arrested in City-Wide Warrant Sweep

September 06, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Allegheny County sheriff's deputies arrested 20 people with outstanding warrants during a sweep of city neighborhoods Thursday.

Chief Deputy Kevin Kraus said the sweep was conducted with the assistance of FBI agents and McKeesport police. Suspects were wanted both on criminal charges and for failing to pay child support, Kraus said.

In addition, while executing a bench warrant at residence in the 1700 block of Abraham Street, deputies saw a firearm and suspected heroin. A search warrant was obtained, Kraus said, and deputies recovered two full loaded 9mm handguns and 75 bricks of suspected heroin from the home.

Deputies also seized a .380 caliber handgun and suspected crack cocaine while executing an arrest warrant at a home in the 1300 block of Maple Street, Kraus said.

Names of the people arrested were not released by the sheriff's office.

 

One Dead in Dravosburg Bus Crash

September 02, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

(Updated with victim's name, 10:28 p.m.)

A 41-year-old woman was killed Saturday morning when the car she was driving collided with a Port Authority bus on Dravosburg Hill, Allegheny County police said.

Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard and Richland Avenue were still closed at 12 noon as county homicide detectives investigated. Traffic was being turned around at Lebanon Church Road and at Sixth Street in Dravosburg.

The victim was identified late Saturday as Jennifer Benjock Sprowls of Dravosburg.

Allegheny County police said the wreck occurred about 8:30 a.m. in the 700 block of Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard when Sprowls' car, which was headed south toward McKeesport, went out of control, striking a guardrail and then colliding with the bus.

The bus was headed toward West Mifflin Garage from McKeesport, said Port Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph. Brandolph said the bus, running on the 61C McKeesport route, was not in service at the time of the crash and no passengers were aboard.

Sprowls was pronounced dead at the scene. County police said she was not wearing a seatbelt and appeared to be talking on the phone with a co-worker at the time of the accident. Port Authority of Allegheny County police also are investigating.

 
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Two Dead in Early Morning Shooting

September 01, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

(UPDATED with additional information from medical examiner.)

Two people are dead and a third is hospitalized following a shooting this morning in lower 10th Ward.

The victims have been identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office as Kimberly Lesko, 55, and Melodie J. Robb, 52. Both women were pronounced dead at the scene at 3:26 a.m. today, the medical examiner’s office said.

The medical examiner’s office said the incident occured at 3:07 a.m. in a home in the 400 block of Gross Street. Upon arrival, McKeesport police found three people suffering from gunshot wounds, Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said in a prepared statement.

The third victim, a man whose name was not released by police, was taken to the hospital. Allegheny County homicide detectives are investigating.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

 

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