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Three Wounded in Area Shootings

January 22, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

Three people were injured Sunday in shootings in Duquesne and Turtle Creek, Allegheny County police said.

The shootings were not fatal, though homicide detectives are investigating.

In the first incident, county police said two victims were sitting in a car in the 1000 block of Lincoln Avenue in Duquesne at 3:57 a.m. Sunday when another car pulled alongside of theirs. Someone inside the other car then opened fire on the first vehicle, county police said in a prepared statement.

 
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Clairton Couple Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

January 17, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A married couple died at their home Wednesday morning in Clairton in what appears to have been a murder-suicide, Allegheny County police said.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office has identified the victims as Robert Lewis, 72, and his wife, Louise, 73. A spokesperson said both were pronounced dead at their home in the 900 block of School Street from apparent gunshot wounds.

Homicide detectives said that Robert Lewis appeared to have shot his wife, and then turned the gun on himself, but that their investigation was ongoing.

 
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Former City Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

January 17, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A former Christy Park resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury after being accused of coercing several minors to engage in sexual activity, and then making videos of them.

Scott Joseph Payne, 31, is charged with three counts of coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, three charges of production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, and one charge of possession of such material, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said Wednesday.

The indictment was returned Tuesday in Pittsburgh, Brady said in a prepared statement.

According to court records, Payne is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail after violating terms of his probation for a previous conviction on child pornography charges.

 
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Few Details Released in Duquesne Man's Death

January 14, 2018 |

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

Few details have been released in connection with the shooting death Friday night of a Duquesne man.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office has identified the victim as 24-year-old Shavell Davidson.

In a prepared statement, Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said officers were dispatched to a home in the 100 block of South Seventh Street just after 7 p.m. Friday for a reported shooting.

When they arrived, they found Davidson suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, Schurman said.

The medical examiner's office said Davidson was pronounced dead at the scene inside a private residence.

Friends and family plan a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Monday at the corner of Seventh Street and Kennedy Avenue, according to information posted on Facebook.

 


Mortgage Broker Sentenced to More Than 6 Years in Fraud Case

January 10, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A West Mifflin man has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for his role in what prosecutors have described as one of the largest mortgage fraud schemes in Western Pennsylvania.

James Nassida IV, 50, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose in federal court in Pittsburgh, said Scott W. Brady, U.S. Attorney, in a prepared statement.

Between 2002 and 2009, Nassida was president of Century III Home Equity in Baldwin. Prosecutors described it as one of the largest mortgage brokerages in the Pittsburgh area, and said it arranged "hundreds of millions of dollars" of home loans with more than a dozen banks.

But prosecutors accused the brokerage --- which advertised that it had "a loan for everyone," including people with "slow or no credit" --- of committing fraud to obtain many of those mortgages.

 
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Judge Gives Former Gun Store Owner Jail Time

January 10, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

The owner of a now-closed Versailles gun store was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for possession of illegal firearms, tampering with evidence and tampering with a witness.

Erik David Lowry, 38, of Versailles also faces a $30,000 fine and three years' probation, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said in a prepared statement.

The sentence was handed down in federal court in Pittsburgh by U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab.

Lowry, who owned Pittsburgh Tactical Firearms on Walnut Street, pleaded guilty to the charges in June 2017. He also pleaded guilty on behalf of the company to illegally selling firearms.

 
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Preliminary Hearings Next Week For Suspects in Attempted Homicide

December 22, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Two people, including a teen-ager charged as an adult, face preliminary hearings next week on charges they shot at a security guard at a McKeesport apartment complex.

Dailan Smith, 26, of McKeesport and Jahi Rox, 17, of Duquesne are each charged by McKeesport police with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, making terroristic threats and reckless endangerment. Both also face additional charges.

They are being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bond.

McKeesport police said a security guard was on duty at Hi-View Gardens on Dec. 6 when a car slowly approached him from the 700 block of Sixth Avenue just before 9 p.m. Police said the car stopped and someone inside the vehicle yelled, "I'll smoke you (expletive)" and began shooting.

 
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NV Twp., County Police Investigating Attempted Home Invasion

December 18, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A North Versailles Twp. homeowner shot at intruders attempting to break into their home, Allegheny County police said Monday.

County police Lt. Richard Mullen said in a prepared statement that several people attempted to force open the door of a house in the 300 block of Foster Road at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

The homeowner, whose name was not released by police, opened fire.

 
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One Dead in Spring Street Shooting

December 16, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

(Updated 11 p.m. with victim's name)

One man is dead following a shooting Saturday morning on Spring Street.

Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said emergency crews responded at 11:43 a.m. after callers reported a man was lying in the street and unresponsive just off of Jenny Lind Street.

The victim, identified as Mahlik Cash, 21, was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and pronounced dead at the scene, Schurman said.

The killing is the 13th in McKeesport and the 29th in the Mon Valley so far this year, according to statistics from the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.

Schurman said county homicide detectives are investigating. No further information has been released.

 


Police Log: Dec. 14, 2017

December 14, 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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