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City Teen Killed in Pittsburgh Shooting; Friends, Family Grieving

May 24, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

UPDATED to clarify that the shooting did not involve the prom.


A McKeesport teen-ager was killed early Friday morning in a shooting on Pittsburgh's South Side, less than a week before she was to graduate from high school.

Morgan Dunston, 18, died at UPMC Mercy Hospital, Uptown, of injuries received in the incident, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said. An online fundraising campaign has been created to help the family to defray funeral expenses.

Dunston was a senior at McKeesport Area High School, and friends said she was leaving a dance when the shooting occurred. Although McKeesport held its senior prom Thursday night, Dunston did not attend, said Kristen James, district spokeswoman.

"This young lady was an active student within our high school who was slated to graduate next week," said James, who called the shooting "senseless."

 
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Philadelphia Man Dies Following Duquesne Shooting

May 16, 2019 |

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

A Philadelphia man died after being shot multiple times Wednesday night at a home in Duquesne.

Ivan Walls, 45, was pronounced dead at a Pittsburgh hospital nearly three hours after the incident, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.

In a prepared statement, Duquesne police said the incident happened inside a house in the 1100 block of Karl Avenue just before 7 p.m.

 
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NV Twp. Man Wounded in Shooting; Police Seek Suspect

May 15, 2019 |

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

A Braddock man is wanted by Allegheny County police in connection with a shooting Tuesday night in West Wilmerding.

Melvin McCane Jr., 36, is charged by county police with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and carrying a firearm without a license. Police said he is considered armed and dangerous.

The victim, a 45-year-old man whose name was not released by police, was in stable condition at a hospital.

 
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Owner of Car Suspected in Fatal Hit-Run Surrenders to Police

May 15, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

The owner of a car that is suspected of being involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident in Penn Hills has surrendered to police.

Allegheny County police said Modesty L. Hopper, 21, of McKeesport is being held in the Allegheny County Jail pending formal arraignment on a charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Police allege that Hopper's Saturn sedan struck Joseph Morris, 51, of Penn Hills on April 28 and dragged him about a half-mile, the fled the scene. Morris was pronounced dead at the scene.

The car was located in the parking lot of Hi View Gardens on Sixth Avenue in McKeesport on May 10. Police said they have physical evidence that links the vehicle to the accident scene.

 


Arrest Warrant Issued in Connection With Route 837 Shooting

May 15, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News, North Versailles Twp. News

Allegheny County police have named a suspect in connection with a shooting on Route 837 in Duquesne that sent a motorist to the hospital.

In a prepared statement, county police Sgt. Venerando Costa said Tarone T. Jones (above), 39, of North Versailles Twp. is wanted in connection with the shooting May 3 of a 30-year-old man near the intersection of Route 837 and Grant Street.

On Tuesday, a warrant was issued for Jones' arrest by Magisterial District Judge Scott Schricker. Jones is charged with aggravated assault and attempted homicide.

 
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Police Seek Owner of Car in Fatal Hit-Run

May 14, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport woman is wanted by Allegheny County police in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident in Penn Hills.

County detectives said Tuesday they have obtained an arrest warrant for 21-year-old Modesty L. Hopper (above) in connection with the April 28 death of Joseph Morris, 51, of Penn Hills.

Police allege that Hopper's Saturn sedan struck Morris on Hershey Road in Penn Hills and dragged him about a half-mile to Universal Road, then fled. Morris, who was walking home from work, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 
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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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