Clairton Man Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Trafficking Charge

January 07, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Clairton man pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of sex trafficking of a child, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Robert Allen Middlebrook, 41, pleaded guilty to one count before U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab in Pittsburgh.

Prosecutors say that in February 2015, Middlebrook "knowingly recruited, enticed, harbored, transported, provided and obtained a female minor" to engage in commercial sex acts. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation, a spokeswoman said.

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Police Log: Jan. 5, 2016

January 05, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

  • The arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport Police Department.
  • 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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Driver Charged With Murder in Connection With Turtle Creek Hit-and-Run

January 04, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 34-year-old Munhall man has been arrested and charged in connection with the New Year's Day hit-and-run death of a woman in Turtle Creek.

William Lekovitch is awaiting arraignment on charges of homicide by motor vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and numerous other offenses, an Allegheny County police spokesperson said.

County police said that the 60-year-old victim, identified in broadcast reports as a Wilkinsburg woman, was walking in the 200 block of Penn Avenue Extension when she was struck by a vehicle sometime before 6:35 a.m. Friday (Jan. 1).

Turtle Creek police responded and found the victim suffering from multiple injuries and the vehicle that had struck her, abandoned, nearby, and the driver nowhere in the area.

The victim died of her injuries in a hospital on Sunday evening, county police said. Lekovitch surrendered to police without incident. The investigation is ongoing.


Local Police Warn of Burglary, Theft Attempts

December 09, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Photo by Scott Davidson via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

As the holidays approach, local police are warning of an increased number of thefts and burglary attempts.

In White Oak, police this week said more than 15 vehicles were entered over the weekend throughout the borough, while thefts also were reported in Jefferson Hills. Meanwhile, Wilkins police are investigating a burglary in the Gilmore Acres section of the township.

"Burglaries and break-ins are always prevalent around the holidays," a Wilkins Twp. police spokesperson said in an email yesterday, adding that residents should make sure to lock their homes and vehicles. Residents should consider leaving lights on and drawing their curtains when they're away from home, Wilkins police said.

The spokesperson added that police have a suspect in mind in the Gilmore Acres burglary, which occurred in an unoccupied home.

In White Oak, police said items were stolen from vehicles on Summit Street, Delaware, California and Kansas avenues, and Carmella, Marietta and Victoria drives. The thefts are believed to have occurred sometime in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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UPDATED: Police Seek Suspect in City Shooting

November 30, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

McKeesport police are looking for a suspect in connection with a shooting this morning Downtown.

City detectives said the incident in the 900 block of Fifth Avenue happened during domestic dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend. Police said an argument between the 25-year-old female victim and her boyfriend turned physical and violent at about 5 a.m. and the two began to struggle with a handgun.

The victim told police the gun went off and she was shot in the shoulder. Her boyfriend then fled before emergency personnel arrived.

She was taken to the hospital and was referred to a victim's assistance program to deal with domestic violence.

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Homestead police, FBI Seek Suspect in Robbery

November 24, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Police and the FBI are looking for a man accused of robbing the First Commonwealth Bank in the Waterfront in Homestead.

An FBI spokesman said the robbery happened at around 11:50 a.m. this morning when a thin, white male, carrying a dark-colored, cube-like case, entered the bank and told a teller he had a bomb. He fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.

The man had light brown or "dirty blond" hair and a beard and was wearing business-casual clothes and sunglasses, the FBI said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Pittsburgh office of the FBI at (412) 432-4000, Allegheny County police at (412) 473-1200, or Homestead police at (412) 461-1344.


WM Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

November 24, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

West Mifflin police have arrested a man in connection with the robbery of the Huntington Bank on Route 51 near Century III Mall, a spokesman said.

William Eger, 51, was arrested Tuesday morning, said borough police Chief Ken Davies.

"The investigation of this incident was greatly enhanced by the cooperation of the media, the public and our own social media pages," Davies said. "With the tips received via tips lines we eventually were directed to the actor who then gave us incriminating statements of his involvement with the robbery."

The bank was robbed at about 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning by a man described as a white male, 5-feet-8, with a brown hair, beard and mustache. He was wearing a dark-colored, hooded sweatshirt, winter cap, jeans and tennis shoes, and fled the scene on foot toward Century III.

West Mifflin police and the FBI are investigating the incident.


WashCo Police Seek Suspect in Local Hit-and-Run

July 24, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Police are asking for the public's help in locating the driver of a vehicle that rear-ended another car near Finleyville, then fled the scene.

Southwest Regional Police say Carla Abrasheff, 47, of South Park Twp. was on Route 88 in Union Twp., Washington County, when another driver rear-ended her Honda sedan. The other driver failed to stop, police said.

The other vehicle was described as an older model, black Lincoln with West Virginia plates. Police did not say if any injuries were reported.

Anyone with information is asked to call Southwest Regional Police at (724) 929-8484.

In other news, police say a resident of Elrama reported that someone stole the license plate from their trailer while it was parked in the 4500 block of Finleyville-Elrama Road. Anyone with information is asked to contact Southwest Regional Police.


Clairton Police Remind Residents to Lock Cars

July 20, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

The Clairton Police Department is advising residents to keep car doors locked at all times.

"We have had a recent rash of items stolen from unlocked vehicles in several areas around the city," said Clairton police Sgt. Robert Ferry, acting police chief, in a statement.

Any residents who see suspicious activity around cars are asked to call 9-1-1, Ferry said.


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