Vehicle in Fatal Penn Hills Hit-and-Run Tracked to City

May 10, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

(Photo courtesy Allegheny County police)


A car wanted in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident in Penn Hills has been tracked to McKeesport.

Allegheny County police Inspector Andrew Schurman said Friday morning that investigators located the car, a silver-blue Saturn sedan, parked at Hi-View Gardens apartments on Sixth Avenue.

In a prepared released, Schurman said police acted on a lead received through the county's tip line. More information is expected later on Friday, he said.

Police said Joseph Morris, 51, of Penn Hills, was struck by a car on the night of April 28 and dragged about a half-mile.

 
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Glassport Man Jailed in Connection With Kentucky Girl's Disappearance

May 09, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Glassport man is being held without bond in the Allegheny County Jail after police accused him of transporting a 16-year-old girl from her foster home in Kentucky and hiding her in his apartment.

Rory E. Shelton Sr., 56, is charged by Allegheny County police with interfering with the custody of children and obstruction of justice. Court officials said Shelton faces a preliminary hearing May 21 before Magisterial District Judge Armand Martin.

Paducah, Ky., police said Shelton also faces charges in that state, including custodial interference, a felony. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible, Paducah police said.

 
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Pittsburgh Man Dies After Evans Ave. Stabbing

May 09, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Pittsburgh man has died after being stabbed Wednesday afternoon on Evans Avenue.

Irvin Green, 48, was pronounced dead just after 6 p.m. at a hospital emergency room, said a spokesperson for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.

In a prepared statement, Allegheny County police Sgt. Venerando Costa said McKeesport police and paramedics were dispatched at 5:39 p.m. to the 1200 block of Evans Avenue for a report of a stabbing.

 
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Ex-Kane Careworker Charged With Photographing Residents

May 03, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Dravosburg woman who worked as a practical nurse at McKeesport's Kane nursing center has been charged with taking photos of patients without their consent.

Allegheny County police allege the photos were taken to "humiliate" the patients.

Ashley A. Smith, 30, was arrested Friday and charged by county police with 16 counts of neglect of a care-dependent person, four counts each of criminal use of a communications facility, invasion of privacy and sending lewd photos, and one count of possession and dissemination of child pornography.

Court officials said Friday night that Smith is free on $50,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing May 13 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

 
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Police Seek Suspect in Route 837 Shooting

May 03, 2019 |

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

(Duquesne police photo via Facebook)


A 30-year-old man was in critical condition Friday afternoon after being shot on Route 837 in Duquesne.

Duquesne and Allegheny County police said the shooting happened just after 10:30 a.m. during an argument at a traffic light. The suspect fled in a dark-colored sedan in the direction of Homestead.

In a prepared statement, county police Inspector Andrew Schurman said that it appears the victim was driving his SUV on Route 837 when he stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Grant Street. The victim got out of his car and approached another vehicle, on foot, Schurman said.

 
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County Police Seek Suspects, Motive in 7th Ward Shooting

April 19, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Allegheny County police have released few details in connection with a shooting Thursday night in the city's Seventh Ward that left a teen-ager hospitalized in critical condition.

In a prepared statement, county police Lt. Kenneth Ruckel said 9-1-1 emergency dispatchers received "multiple calls" just before 7 p.m. Thursday reporting that shots were being fired in the 1300 block of Hamilton Street, and that a young man was injured.

McKeesport police and paramedics responded and discovered the victim, a 15-year-old, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on Dinsmore Street near Pirl Street.

 
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Police: Man Shot Dead During Apparent Robbery Attempt

April 03, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

UPDATED with additional details from Allegheny County police; age of the deceased has been corrected.


A 33-year-old man was killed Wednesday afternoon in Duquesne in what police described as a failed robbery attempt.

Police said the deceased man, whose name was not released, attempted to rob a jitney driver at gunpoint --- but the jitney driver, 73, turned out to be armed as well, and shot him.

No charges have been filed against the jitney driver.

Allegheny County police Lt. Ken Ruckel said in a prepared statement that investigators would turn over details of the case to the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office for a recommendation.

 
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Area Man Charged With Soliciting Minors Online

April 02, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A former school bus driver has been jailed after state investigators alleged that he tried to solicit a juvenile for sexual activity.

Todd M. Murray, 55, who investigators said has addresses in Port Vue and Elizabeth Twp., is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing April 10 before Magisterial District Judge Beth S. Mills in Forward Twp.

Murray was charged with dissemination of pornography to minors, corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a communication facility.

The bus company for which Murray worked, Pennsylvania Coach Lines, has cooperated fully with investigators, said a spokesman for state Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

 
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City Woman Charged With Homicide in 2018 Hit-Run

March 27, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Leslie Robertson, 72, died March 15 of injuries suffered in a car accident last July. The driver has been charged with homicide in connection with his death. (Photo courtesy Robert A. Waters Funeral Home)


A McKeesport woman who was arrested last year after police said she struck a man with her car has now been charged with homicide in connection with his death.

Jakiia A. Williams, 33, was arrested Tuesday and is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bond pending a preliminary hearing April 5 before Allegheny County Judge Kim Berkeley Clark.

The victim, Leslie Robertson, 72, died March 15 at a hospital in Shadyside of multiple traumatic injuries sustained in the accident, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office determined. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Robertson's funeral was March 21 at Bethlehem Baptist Church.

 
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Suspect Held For Court in Home Invasion

February 05, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport resident faces formal arraignment in Allegheny County Court on March 4 in connection with a suspected home invasion during which she was shot in the leg by the homeowner.

Police said both people have a previous relationship and that the incident stemmed from an earlier argument.

Tanya M. Johnson, 34, was ordered held for court on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault (domestic violence) and making terroristic threats following a preliminary arraignment before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi. She is currently free on bond.

 
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