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Missing Girl, 16, Found Safe in City; Two Men Jailed

January 17, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

An East Pittsburgh man is being held without bail on charges that he kidnapped a 16-year-old girl from her home in Penn Hills.

The victim, Marjani Aquil, was found Wednesday night by McKeesport police at a residence in Christy Park, a county police spokeswoman said. Aquil had suffered facial injuries during her abduction and was treated at a local hospital, county police said.

Jermaine Laquay Rodgers, 19, was arrested by McKeesport police and the Allegheny County Police SWAT team following a three-hour standoff.

He is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bond pending a preliminary hearing Jan. 28 before Magisteral District Judge Anthony L. DeLuca, court documents indicate.

 
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Dravosburg Man Charged Following Hit-Run Accident

January 16, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Dravosburg man faces charges after McKeesport police accused him of deliberately striking a car being driven by an off-duty police officer, and then fleeing the scene.

Edward M. Gibson, 31, is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, leaving the scene of an accident involving an attended vehicle and reckless driving.

He remains free on his own recognizance pending a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. March 28 before Magisterial District Judge Richard D. Olasz Jr.

McKeesport police said the off-duty officer, whose name was not released, was on Maple Avenue just before 11 p.m. Jan. 5 when another driver in a Jeep started to tailgate him.

 
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Few Details Released in Connection With Monday Shooting

January 03, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Few details have been released in connection with a shooting Monday night that left a Christy Park woman in critical condition.

Friends and family members have identified the victim as 46-year-old Stacey Stinson. A crowdfunding page has been set up at GoFundMe to raise money for her medical care.

McKeesport police referred questions to Allegheny County police.

Allegheny County police said in a prepared statement that the victim was shot once inside her home on 31st Avenue just before 7 p.m. Monday.

 
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White Oak Standoff Ends Peacefully, No Charges Filed

January 03, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News, White Oak News

A White Oak man was hospitalized following a two-hour standoff with police and the Allegheny County SWAT team.

No charges have been filed but the investigation remains open, White Oak police Chief Mark Sargent said.

Police were dispatched to a home on State Street just before 4 a.m. Wednesday when callers reported a 20-year-old man living there was suicidal.

As officers entered the front door, Sargent said, they heard a shot from the second floor.

 
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Police Chief Announces Retirement, Effective Feb. 1

January 02, 2019 |

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

McKeesport's police chief will wrap up an almost 26-year career with the department on Feb. 1.

Bryan J. "B.J." Washowich, who has served as chief since 2010, has announced his retirement. His successor has not yet been named.

Washowich, 47, grew up in White Oak, where his father, the late Wayne Washowich, served as a police officer, planning and zoning director, and code enforcement officer.

 
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Police Seek Suspect in Palmgreen Street Shooting

December 27, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 22-year-old man is reportedly in critical condition following a shooting Thursday afternoon on Palmgreen Street.

Allegheny County police are investigating but have released few details.

County police said McKeesport police and paramedics were dispatched to the 2700 block at 1:15 p.m. for reports of a shooting.

The victim, whose name was not released, was found suffering from a gunshot wound and was flown to a Pittsburgh trauma hospital for treatment.

 
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'Duquesne Light' Phone Scam is Back, With New Twist

December 27, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

An old scam is making the rounds again, and police and Duquesne Light are warning local residents to be aware.

The con artists call customers and tell them they owe money, said Alicia George, spokeswoman for Pittsburgh Police, which sent out an alert on Thursday. The scammers tell the customers that unless they pay the balance immediately, their power will be shut off.

Although similar scams have made the rounds of the Pittsburgh area before, this time, the scammers are sending fake information over Caller ID so that the calls actually appear to be coming from Duquesne Light.

“The callers are getting more savvy in their approach,” said Jessica Rock, Duquesne Light spokeswoman.

 
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Two Jailed After Arrests By Sheriff's Office

December 26, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A city resident is being held in the Allegheny County Jail after being arrested by sheriff's deputies for violating probation.

Breanne T. Jefferson, 29, formerly of Rankin, is being held without bond pending a hearing before Allegheny County Judge Edward Borkowski on an alleged probation violation, court documents indicate.

In a prepared statement, sheriff's deputies said Jefferson was first arrested by McKeesport police in 2014 in connection with several house burglaries in the city. She pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and received probation.

 
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Bank Robber Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

December 24, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A security camera image of the July 14, 2015, robbery of a First National Bank branch in West Mifflin. (Tube City Almanac file photo)


A former resident of Philadelphia has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of robbing two banks near Century III Mall.

Germaine Kelly, 39, faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said. Sentencing has been scheduled for May 16 before U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon.

Prosecutors said that on July 10, 2015, Kelly entered the Dollar Bank on Route 51 in Pleasant Hills and presented a teller with a note demanding money. He escaped with $1,115.

 
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Police, Family Seek Answers in Dravosburg Woman's Disappearance

December 07, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Family and friends of a Dravosburg woman missing for more than a month are seeking any information about her disappearance and current whereabouts.

At a press conference Friday in Munhall, the family of Heather Short said she was last seen on Nov. 6 at a residence on Third Avenue in West Mifflin, where she was visiting with friends.

Short, 46, is approximately 6 feet tall with a medium build, short blond hair, and glasses. She has a physical impairment of her right leg which causes her to walk with a limp, sometimes uses crutches.

 
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