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- 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.
9-1-1 Complaint: A McKeesport woman faces multiple charges after city police claim she called Allegheny County emergency dispatch operators and harassed them. Police have charged Shalawrae M. Shogan, 23, with making terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and making false reports to law enforcement in connection with a Feb. 28 incident. Police said someone called Allegheny County 9-1-1 that day and told them that a child had been abducted. The caller then threatened the operators and McKeesport police if officers did not respond immediately to take a report. Police said the complaint was unfounded. A preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled.
Assault and Robbery Complaint: A man from Pittsburgh's Beltzhoover neighborhood faces a preliminary hearing on June 20 after McKeesport police accused him of attempting to run down someone with his car. On the evening of May 19, McKeesport police responded to the corner of 25th and Walnut streets in Christy Park after witnesses called Allegheny County 9-1-1 and said a man was trying to run over someone on a bicycle.
Police responded and found the victim, who told officers he was riding his bicycle on Walnut Street when a man in a car pulled alongside and demanded money that the driver said he was owed by the victim. When the victim attempted to get away, the driver pursued him in the car, police said. At one point, according to McKeesport police, the victim and his bike were pinned to a wall along Kountz Alley by the driver's car.
The damaged bicycle was recovered in the 2700 block of Walnut Street, police said. McKeesport police charged Louis Cardello, 67, with robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated assault by vehicle, making terroristic threats and reckless driving.
Robbery Charge: Kevin T. Castle, 41, of McKeesport was charged May 25 by McKeesport police with simple assault, robbery and criminal mischief in connection with a robbery in the 300 block of Ringgold Street. Police said the victim reported that $29 cash and a cell phone were taken by force. Castle is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $7,500 bond. He faces a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. June 13 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi Jr.
Vehicle Pursuit: A 17-year-old from Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood was arrested May 27 by McKeesport police after a car chase --- only four days after being arrested by McKeesport police for leading them on a separate chase.
McKeesport police said officers on patrol in the 2300 block of Bowman Avenue observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. When they attempted to stop the vehicle, police said, the driver refused to pull over. The driver was eventually stopped near the intersection of Brownlee Avenue and Yester Square. The teen-ager was charged with fleeing and eluding police, resisting arrest, obstructing law enforcement, recklessly endangering another person, driving without a license, reckless driving, speeding and numerous moving violations.
The driver's mother, a 51-year-old McKeesport woman, will be cited for allowing an unlicensed driver to use her car, McKeesport police said.
Police said the same teen-aged driver was arrested May 24 after leading officers on a pursuit that began in Downtown McKeesport and ended in Munhall.
Domestic Dispute: Marcus Wyatt, 26, of White Oak was charged May 28 by McKeesport police with two counts of each of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person and one count of harassment in connection with a domestic incident at Harrison Village. He faces a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. June 13 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi Jr.
Firearms Charge: Christopher Cobbs, 23, of Duquesne was charged May 28 by McKeesport police with violation of the uniform firearms act and carrying a prohibited offensive weapon after an arrest at 2:30 a.m. at the corner of Fifth and White streets.
Dirt Bike: Shanon Williams, 21, of McKeesport was charged May 28 by McKeesport police with fleeing and attempting to elude police, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and multiple moving violations. Police said that officers responding at 5:51 p.m. to a complaint of "shots fired" in the area of Riverview Playground observed a dirt bike traveling on the roadway without lights, a license plate or any other required safety equipment. An officer followed the dirt bike until the operator apparently lost control near the corner of Beaver and Maple streets, police said. No serious injuries were reported. Williams faces a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. July 25 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi Jr.
Fight Reported: Deidra Shabazz-Lomax, 20, of McKeesport and Steve Hampton, 58, of Clairton were charged by McKeesport police on May 29 with simple assault and harassment in connection with a fight in Crawford Village.
Child Welfare: Arshaya S. Hardy, 30, of McKeesport was charged May 31 by McKeesport police with four counts of endangering the welfare of children in connection with a May 26 incident.
Stolen Property Recovered: Items reported stolen from The Home Depot and Kohl's Department Store in Ross Twp. were recovered June 1 following a traffic stop near the corner of Soles and Stewart streets. McKeesport police said officers on routine patrol at 7:26 p.m. observed a car with a license plate that had been reported stolen from Robinson Twp. They stopped the vehicle and questioned the driver.
Police said Chauntae Jeffries, 39, of Pittsburgh's Elliott neighborhood was charged with two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of driving with a suspended license. Jeffries faces a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. June 13 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi Jr.
Jeffries also has been charged by Ross Twp. police with retail theft and driving with a suspended license; a preliminary hearing on those charges is scheduled for June 15 before Magisterial District Judge Richard G. Opiela in Ross Twp.
Originally published June 07, 2016.