South Side crash involves 2 cars and Port Authority bus

A car overturned in a crash involving another car and a Port Authority bus on South 18th Street in Pittsburgh’s South Side Friday morning.

The crash happened on South 18th Street near Edwards Way just after 10 a.m, according to a statement from the Port Authority.

There is a blind spot coming downhill on South 18th street where the collision took place.

The Port Authority says two cars were coming down South 18th toward Carson Street at a high speed, crossed the center line and made contact.

Just then, the Port Authority 54 D Oakland/South Side bus that was heading in the opposite direction was approaching the bend.

One of the two cars slid into the side of the bus.

Then, a Nissan Maxima went on top of and over a Ford Bronco, before the Maxima rolled over on its roof.

No one was seriously hurt. The man and woman who were inside the flipped car were injured but authorities say their injuries were minor and not life-threatening.

Pittsburgh EMS took them to UPMC Mercy Hospital for treatment.

Source: South Side crash involves 2 cars and Port Authority bus

Police issue warrant for suspect in Thanksgiving night Munhall shooting | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

County and Munhall police investigated and have issued an arrest warrant for 53-year-old Darnell Pearson. Detectives say Pearson illegally entered the Scotia Way home and shot the victim, who was visiting the home’s resident. A 10-year-old child was also in the home.

Source: Police issue warrant for suspect in Thanksgiving night Munhall shooting | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh police help those in need with Thanksgiving meals

PITTSBURGH — Officers packed up and handed out meals to community members in need.

“It means a lot to us actually. It’s probably one of the best parts of our jobs,” said Commander Shawn Malloy.

St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in South Side donated more than 3,200 meals of turkey and sides.

“Any time we can help out with the community, that’s what we’re here for,” said Malloy.

Officers say they love the opportunity to get out into the neighborhoods and build positive relationships.

“The officers really love doing this part,” said Malloy. “This is what we love to do the most.”

People like Sharon Smith, who received a meal, are grateful.

“It’s very meaningful, especially for our community so that we get to see our policemen in action and that they want to help us out and be grateful that they’re around to help us,” she said.

Source: Pittsburgh police help those in need with Thanksgiving meals

Detectives issue arrest warrant after 58-year-old man was killed in Wilkinsburg home – WPXI

WILKINSBURG — Allegheny County detectives spent Thursday morning investigating at a Wilkinsburg home where a man was shot and later died at the hospital.

The home is on North Avenue, near the MLK Jr. East Busway and a People’s Gas facility. Investigators said they were called to the scene around 1 a.m. A Channel 11 photographer at the scene saw several detectives inside and outside the home, as well as one person being taken away in an ambulance.

The 58-year-old man died at an area hospital, police said.

Detectives determined an argument occurred inside the residence between the victim and 52-year old George Edwin Booker, during the argument Booker shot the victim.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Booker charging him with Criminal Homicide and Persons Not To Possess a Firearm.

Booker is described as a black male, 6′00″ in height, 175 lbs. in weight. Booker is known to frequent the Homewood, Wilkinsburg and McKees Rocks areas.

Anyone who sees Booker should use caution and contact 911. Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS

Source: Detectives issue arrest warrant after 58-year-old man was killed in Wilkinsburg home – WPXI

Robbers attack security guard, steal designer purses from Topanga mall Nordstrom store

CANOGA PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A security guard was assaulted as a group of suspects fled with merchandise worth an estimated $25,000 during a smash-and-grab robbery at the Nordstrom store in Westfield Topanga mall Wednesday.

Multiple police cruisers, as well as fire trucks and ambulances, were seen parked outside the Nordstrom store at the popular shopping complex in Canoga Park.

Source: Robbers attack security guard, steal designer purses from Topanga mall Nordstrom store

U.S., other nations to release oil from reserves to lower gas prices

The U.S. will release 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in an effort to combat climbing gas prices.

  • The U.S. will release 50 million barrels of crude from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the White House said Tuesday.
  • The move is a coordinated effort between energy-consuming nations including China and Japan to combat the rapid rise in energy prices.
  • Prior to Tuesday’s announcement the Biden administration repeatedly said that it was looking at the tools at its disposal as prices at the pump hover around a seven-year high.

Source: U.S., other nations to release oil from reserves to lower gas prices

Pittsburgh police officer charged with DUI and rear-ending car driven by WPXI reporter

A Pittsburgh police officer is on unpaid administrative leave after he was charged with rear-ending a car while intoxicated in Plum earlier this month.

The driver of the car he hit, according to police, is WPXI-TV reporter Amy Hudak.

Tariq Jamal-Francis is charged with driving under the influence, endangering the welfare of children, and moving violations in connection with the Nov. 12 incident.

The crash happened about 2:30 p.m. on New Texas Road near Saltsburg Road, according to the criminal complaint. Hudak told officers she’d been rear-ended and the car that struck hers fled the scene. She told police that she recognized the car as belonging to a neighbor.

Police found Jamal-Francis pulled over near Boyce Park Village, and he told officers he’d been in an accident on New Texas Road, authorities wrote, noting that his 17-year-old son was in the front passenger seat. Police said the boy said he’d been injured, but declined treatment.

An officer asked Jamal-Francis if he’d been drinking, according to the complaint, to which he responded he had been. He refused to perform a field sobriety test, according to the complaint, but he consented to having his blood drawn to determine his blood-alcohol content.

Officers said Jamal-Francis kept saying “that he did it and should not have put himself in that position and should have had his son get a ride to practice,” according to the complaint.

Public Safety spokeswoman Cara Cruz said Jamal-Francis was off-duty at the time of the crash, and he remains on unpaid leave.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 19.

Source: Pittsburgh police officer charged with DUI and rear-ending car driven by WPXI reporter

Jury finds men guilty on most charges in death of Ahmaud Arbery

Jury deliberations resumed for a second day Wednesday in the trial of three white men charged with chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery after the 25-year-old Black man was spotted running in their coastal Georgia neighborhood.

The disproportionately white jury

found the men guilty on most charges in the death of Ahmaud Arbery

Source: Jury finds men guilty on most charges in death of Ahmaud Arbery

US to release 50 million barrels of oil to ease rising energy costs

 

President Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver remarks Tuesday “on the economy and lowering prices for the American people,” according to the White House schedule.

President Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered 50 million barrels of oil released from the strategic reserve to help bring down energy costs, in coordination with other major energy-consuming nations, including China, India, and the United Kingdom.

The move is aimed at global energy markets, but also at voters who are coping with higher inflation and rising prices ahead of Thanksgiving and winter holiday travel. Gas prices are at about $3.40 a gallon, more than double their price a year ago, according to the American Automobile Association.

Source: US to release 50 million barrels of oil to ease rising energy costs

Woman injured in road rage shooting on PA Turnpike

A woman was injured in a road rage shooting on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Westmoreland County on Sunday afternoon.

State police said the 38-year-old woman accidentally drifted into another lane of travel which resulted in another motorist being cut-off.

That other driver, identified by police as Andrew Skinner, 30, allegedly accelerated to the left side of the victim’s vehicle while traveling eastbound.

Police said Skinner then brandished a handgun and fired a single shot from his vehicle.

Skinner was later apprehended. State police say he’s expected to face several charges including attempted homicide.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 is working to get an update on the victim’s condition.

Source: Woman injured in road rage shooting on PA Turnpike

Third night of rioting erupts over Dutch COVID-19 rules | Reuters

AMSTERDAM, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Riots broke out in cities across the Netherlands on Sunday, the third night in a row that police clashed with mobs of angry youths who set fires and threw rocks to protest COVID-19 restrictions.

Unrest was reported in locations including Leeuwarden and Groningen in the north, the eastern town of Enschede and Tilburg in the south. In Enschede, where an emergency ordinance was issued, police used batons to try to disperse a crowd, according to video on social media. In Leeuwarden, police vans were pelted with rocks and black-clad groups chanted and set off flares.

The latest unrest began on Friday night in Rotterdam, where police opened fire on a crowd that had swelled to hundreds during a protest that the city’s mayor said had turned into “an orgy of violence”.

Source: Third night of rioting erupts over Dutch COVID-19 rules | Reuters

Dozens of thieves hit Walnut Creek Nordstrom, S.F. police probe possible links to Union Square heists

Bay Area retailers were on alert Sunday after about 80 people rushed a Nordstrom store in Walnut Creek and stole merchandise, a day after groups of thieves ransacked San Francisco high-end retailers in Union Square. San Francisco police were investigating possible linkage between the brazen heists.

Walnut Creek police warned stores to take precautions againt the prospect of further incursions.

“Our investigators will be looking into the Walnut Creek incident to see if they are related,” San Francisco Police Department spokesman Officer Robert Rueca said Sunday afternoon.

The back-to-back thefts occurred 25 miles and two days apart, on Friday in Union Square, and Saturday night in at the department store in Walnut Creek. In both cases, dozens of people ransacked stores, scooping up armfuls of merchandise such as clothing and bags and dashing away.

Source: Dozens of thieves hit Walnut Creek Nordstrom, S.F. police probe possible links to Union Square heists

A person plowed their SUV through the Waukesha Christmas Parade and more than 40 people are injured, with 5 fatalities authorities say

More than 20 people were reported injured after an SUV plowed through a holiday parade in a Milwaukee suburb.

WAUKESHA – A treasured rite of the holiday season turned into a scene of bloody, violent mayhem late Sunday afternoon as a vehicle plowed into the Waukesha Christmas Parade, leaving more than 20 people injured, including children, and shaking the community, authorities said.

There were some fatalities but a figure was not released as authorities sought to notify families.

Eleven adults and 12 children were ferried to local hospitals.

Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly called the incident a “horrible and senseless act.”

Source: Car plows through Christmas parade in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin

A car plowed through the Waukesha Christmas Parade and more than 20 people are injured, authorities say

More than 20 people were reported injured after an SUV plowed through a holiday parade in a Milwaukee suburb.

WAUKESHA – A car plowed into the Waukesha Christmas Parade Sunday evening, leaving more than 20 people injured, authorities said.

“Tonight was a traumatic situation for the City of Waukesha,” Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly said at a news conference.

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said that at around 4:39 p.m. a red SUV drove into the Christmas Parade “and more than 20 people were injured as a result of this incident.”

A suspect vehicle was recovered and there is a “person of interest we’re looking into,” the police chief said. People were transported to local hospitals via ambulances and police vehicles, he added.

“Very tragic incident, very chaotic,” Thompson said.

He said the “scene was now safe.”

The incident occurred during one of the city’s biggest and most cherished annual events.

Angelito Tenorio, a West Allis alderman who is running for Wisconsin state treasurer, said he had just finished marching in the parade with his family and friends and was walking back toward Main Street.

Source: A car plowed through the Waukesha Christmas Parade and more than 20 people are injured, authorities say

Palestinian carries out deadly shooting in Jerusalem – The Washington Post

TEL AVIV — A Palestinian man opened fire on a group of Israelis near a holy site in Jerusalem’s Old Cityon Sunday morning, killing one and injuring four others, according to Israeli security forces. Police said they fatally shot the assailant within 32 seconds of the start of the incident, the second attack in the area within the week.

Israeli Minister of Public Security Omer Bar-Lev said the assailant, 42, is a known member of Hamas’s political wing, who had come to pray on a daily basis at the flashpoint site known by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Entrance to the Old City was immediately closed and is being investigated as a crime scene.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett ordered an increase of security forces and continued high alert throughout the city “out of concern for copycat attacks.”

Source: Palestinian carries out deadly shooting in Jerusalem – The Washington Post