Driver Questioned Following East End Accident

April 28, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

An Elizabeth Twp. man was held overnight following a crash on Fifth Avenue in the city’s East End.

McKeesport police said charges are pending completion of their investigation.

Police said a gray Ford Fusion left the road in the 1700 block of East Fifth Avenue just after 8 p.m. April 20, narrowly missing a car in the oncoming lane, and crashed into the side of the AI Solutions building.

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Two Teens Charged in Grandview Arsons

April 28, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Two teen-aged girls have been charged with arson in connection with several fires in the Grandview area of the city that investigators believe were deliberately set.

The girls, both 14, from McKeesport and White Oak, were arrested following a fire at an abandoned house on Easler Street on April 16, and police believe the youths are also responsible for fires at three other vacant houses in the neighborhood.

The teens are charged with five counts each of arson and causing or risking a catastrophe. Both were arrested April 17 and taken to Shuman Juvenile Detention Center for processing, police said.

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NHT Man Dead in Route 48 Crash

April 10, 2020 |

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

A North Huntingdon Twp. man died Thursday afternoon following a head-on collision near White Oak Park.

Donald Pivirotto, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said. The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

Allegheny County police Lt. Venerando Costa said a Nissan Sentra driven by Pivirotto was on Route 48 near McClintock Road, heading toward Lincoln Way, when it was struck head-on by a box truck traveling in the other direction.

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Local Police Modify Operations

March 19, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements, Crime and Police News, Duquesne News, McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News, White Oak News

Local police departments are modifying their procedures in response to concerns over the spread of novel coronavirus.

Officers will respond immediately to emergency calls to 9-1-1, police said, but tours and routine visits are cancelled indefinitely.

Police in Duquesne, McKeesport, North Versailles Twp. and White Oak are asking residents not to come to their stations in person for routine requests.

Information requests, general complaints and reports about suspicious behaviors should be telephoned to non-emergency numbers, and will be handled by phone. If an officer needs additional information in person, they will make arrangements to meet the other party, police said.

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Deputies Arrest Second Suspect
in Route 30 Shooting

March 11, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, North Versailles Twp. News

Sheriff's deputies have apprehended a second suspect wanted in connection with a Oct. 27 shooting in North Versailles Twp.

That incident left one man dead and caused a three-car accident on Route 30 that injured several people.

Erik Desean Addison, 24, of Homestead was arrested Wednesday morning in Mount Oliver, said Tony Griffith, spokesman for Allegheny County Sheriff William Mullen.

Addison was wanted by Allegheny County police on charges of homicide, criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, unlawful possession of a firearm, recklessly endangering other persons and carrying a firearm without a license.

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Suspect Sought in Evans Ave. Shooting

March 10, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 29-year-old man is critical condition following a shooting Tuesday morning on Evans Avenue in the city.

Allegheny County police Lt. Venerando Costa said in a prepared statement that the motive for the shooting is unknown.

McKeesport police were dispatched just after 2 a.m. to the 600 block of Evans for a report of “shots fired.”

At almost the same time, police were notified that a gunshot victim had just walked into the emergency room at UPMC McKeesport hospital.

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City Pursuing High-Tech Solution to Gun Violence

March 06, 2020 |

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

A technician works in ShotSpotter’s incident review center. McKeesport officials are investigating whether or not the technology can be brought to the city with the help of a federal grant. (Submitted photo)

City officials are seeking a federal grant to bring gunshot detection technology to McKeesport in an effort to respond more quickly to incidents.

At Wednesday’s meeting, city council authorized Mayor Michael Cherepko’s administration to apply for a grant through the U.S. Justice Department’s Community Policing Development program to acquire “ShotSpotter” technology.

ShotSpotter, based in Newark, Calif., uses an network of electronic sensors to detect gunfire, pinpoint its exact location, and then alert police. The company says that its system depends on artificial intelligence to analyze the sounds of loud noises and that it ignores things like thunder, fireworks and trucks backfiring.

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AG: Pharmacy Tech Stole $500K in Drugs

March 02, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Duquesne woman was indicted by a state grand jury after investigators accused her of stealing more than $500,000 of a prescription drug — about 66,000 doses — from the pharmacy where she worked.

The drug, Suboxone, is commonly used to help wean addicts from narcotics, but according to public health experts, it has its own potential for abuse.

Rena L. Schleehauf, 33, was arrested Friday by the state Attorney General’s office and charged with acquisition of controlled substances by misrepresentation, possession of controlled substances, possession with intent to deliver, theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception.

She remains free on her own recognizance pending a preliminary hearing March 19 before Magisterial District Judge Richard Olasz Jr.

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Police Seek Suspect in Freemont St. Shooting

March 02, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect who shot a 19-year-old man Sunday afternoon on Freemont Street near the site of the former George Washington School.

The victim, whose name has not been released, is in critical condition at an unidentified trauma hospital, police said.

Allegheny County police Lt. Venerando Costa said the incident happened at around 2:30 p.m. Police said the victim was a passenger in a gray Ford Taurus being driven by a 20-year-old man. A 13-year-old boy was in the back seat of the vehicle, Costa said.

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W.M. Teen Charged in Duquesne Shooting

March 02, 2020 |

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

A 17-year-old from West Mifflin has been charged as an adult in connection with a February shooting in Duquesne.

Terril Leverett was arrested Friday by Allegheny County police and charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license and possession of a firearm by a minor. He is free on $15,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing March 13 before Allegheny County Judge Kim Berkeley Clark.

According to police reports, an unidentified 19-year-old man was shot in the 600 block of West Grant Avenue at around 12:30 p.m. Feb. 16.

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