Pittsburgh police arrested four teens in connection to the death of a man who was assaulted with a BB gun downtown.
Karmelo Harshey, 18, Desmond Robinson, 15, and Isaiah Johnson, 16, and Lee Wilson, 16, are being charged in connection with the death of a man found unresponsive on Coffey Way in November.
Robinson, Johnson, and Wilson are charged as adults, according to police.
The driver, Jelyssa Martinez, 28, of Pittsburgh, was allegedly five times over the legal limit.
Detectives say it was in December when Martinez crossed the center line causing a collision with another vehicle along Frankstown Road, near Erhardt Drive, in Penn Hills. Investigators said four women and a 3-year-old were in the gray Subaru Legacy Sedan that Martinez allegedly crashed into.
A passenger in the Subaru was found unresponsive and has been hospitalized ever since the crash with several injuries, including a skull fracture. The driver of the Subaru has been wearing a neck brace and has had neck pain since the crash. The toddler reportedly had a concussion and the other passenger suffered from chest and back pain. The fifth passenger received medical treatment for neck and back pain at the hospital after the toddler was stable.
Martinez, who was driving a blue Toyota Rav4, was not hurt in the crash.
Police officers detained the suspect of the Half Moon Bay mass shooting that left seven people dead. Police identified the suspect as 67-year-old Chunli Zhao.
Rioters aimed fireworks and rocks at the Atlanta Police Foundation building on Saturday evening, according to video of the scene.
Atlanta police arrested at least six people after a peaceful protest Saturday erupted into a night of chaos and violence that included protesters smashing windows and setting a police vehicle on fire, the mayor said.
“Atlanta is safe and our police officers have resolved the disruptions downtown from earlier in the evening,” City of Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said Saturday evening.
“The City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Police Department will continue to protect the right to peaceful protest. We will not tolerate violence or property destruction,” the mayor added.
Allegheny County sheriffs have arrested a man who was wanted for allegedly shooting his wife earlier this winter and leaving her injured on the side of a highway. Kevin Crew, 37, whose home address is unknown, had been wanted since Nov. 28, 2022 for the shooting incident
Boy in custody after shooting wounds teacher in abdomen during an altercation, according to authorities
The apparently deliberate shooting of a Virginia school teacher by a gun-carrying six-year-old pupil has shocked many across the United States, causing outrage and horror even in a country long-used to regular school shootings that are rare elsewhere in the world.
Authorities have not described the exact circumstances of the shooting nor how they believe the boy came to possess the weapon or to whom it belongs. They may struggle to define exactly what action can be taken against someone so young, who is now in custody.
“We are ensuring he has all the services that he currently needs right now,” Newport News mayor Phillip Jones said Saturday.
The mayor said he considers the incident, the first recorded US school shooting of 2023, “a red flag for our country”. Jones added: “I do think that after this event, there is going to be a nationwide discussion on how these sorts of things can be prevented”.
The condition of the teacher, Abby Zwerner, 25, is now “trending in a positive direction”, Jones said over the weekend after she entered hospital in a critical condition.
PITTSBURGH — A man is in custody after two employees and a manager at an Eat’n Park were held hostage, Pittsburgh police said.
Larry Elkins II, 30, of Erie, is facing multiple charges after the Thursday incident.
According to police, officers were called to the 1200 block of Banksville Road for a report of shots fired.
He is facing multiple charges including kidnapping, robbery, aggravated assault, discharging a firearm, terroristic threats, and DUI.
Three shell casings and a firearm were recovered from the scene.
Police are still investigating.
Pittsburgh police were called to the Hyatt House hotel on Baum Boulevard in Bloomfield just before midnight Saturday after receiving multiple noise complaints about a group of people in a room at the hotel. Two men were arrested.
Jamar Jacobs and Deandre Williams each face multiple charges after an encounter with the responding officers.
Matthew Nicholes turned himself in Friday after starting the fire at the Knights Inn in Greensburg.
A judge has dismissed all charges against a 15-year-old arrested in connection with the shooting at Kennywood Park back in September.
At a hearing Wednesday, the judge said there’s not enough evidence to support the charges against the teen.Investigators testified that gunshot residue was found on the teen’s clothing, along with a bullet hole in the clothes. Investigators believed the teen fired a handgun from underneath his clothes the night of the shooting.
The handgun investigators believe was used by the teen was found at the scene on the night of the shooting, but investigators said there was no DNA or fingerprint evidence on the gun or magazine linking the weapon to the teen.
A Pittsburgh man faces double homicide charges in connection with the deaths of two bystanders during an Oct. 15 shooting police said was “a concerted assault stemming from gang activity.”
Jaylone Hines, 21, is charged with two counts of homicide in connection with the fatal shooting of Betty Jean Averytt, 59, and Jacquelyn C. Mehalic, 33. Police have said both were bystanders waiting at a nearby bus stop and were not part of the dispute.
A man is in custody after crews were called to an early morning fire in Latrobe, Westmoreland County, on Wednesday.
Latrobe Police said the fire was the result of a domestic dispute. Dale Smith Jr., 34, faces multiple charges, including arson, terroristic threats and causing and risking a catastrophe.
Sarah Lugo, 41, is facing several charges
KITTANNING, Pa. —
Kittanning Police said charges have been filed against a woman after a newborn baby girl was dropped on her head.
The incident happened around 12:00 p.m. Tuesday on Oak Avenue.Police said, as they were investigating, Sarah Lugo, 41, of Kittanning, fled the scene.
Police said they arrested her about 11 hours later after she barricaded herself inside a home on North Jefferson Street.
Lugo is charged with endangering the welfare of children and other offenses.
The baby girl was taken to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for treatment.
PITTSBURGH — A social media post showing a teen waiving a gun has led to two arrests.
Police say they recognized the location in the post and acted fast.
Police said discovered that the video was shot in a parking lot in East Hills. They went to the scene and found a large group of young people, many of which were underage. The group fled and police were able to catch up with two of them.Some of the people at the scene were known to be gang members.
Police arrested an underage male and 21-year-old Storm Marby. Marby is accused of dropping a stolen firearm during the foot pursuit with police. Officers found a total of eight firearms, four bricks of heroin, two bundles of fentanyl and other drugs in vehicles left behind at the scene.
(CNN)Security personnel at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Sunday night arrested one person with a weapon, while another remains at large, according to a news release, shortly after Vice President Kamala Harris had arrived on the base.Security personnel deployed barriers to stop the intruders’ vehicle, which arrived around 9 p.m. ET and failed to follow commands at the base’s Main Gate, the release said. No shots were fired.Harris had arrived on the base at 8:47 p.m. ET via Air Force Two, according to pool reports, after a trip to Selma, Alabama, to mark the 57th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.The motive behind the incident was not immediately clear.
By: Erika Stanish/KDKA-TV
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — An 18-year-old is accused of leading police on a car chase through the Squirrel Hill Tunnel and crashing into another car inside.
Police said a trooper saw a black Nissan Altima driving erratically on Interstate-376, but when the trooper tried to stop the driver, he took off through the tunnel before crashing into another car.
A witness inside the tunnel caught the crash on his dashcam and said it all happened within seconds.
“I look to my left rearview mirror and I saw a car swerve from the right to the left lane at a ridiculous speed through the tunnels. I would estimate 65 to 70 miles per hour,” Thomas Maryanski said. “He passed me doing that speed and realized the vehicles in front of me, which were about 30 yards ahead of me, started braking. Everybody started slowing down and he slammed on his brakes, but it was too late. He lost control of his car, slammed into the car in the right lane. He flipped back and smashed against the wall and came to a stop.”
Cash Jones is in jail following the incident.
A Georgia pastor and his wife were arrested on charges of false imprisonment after officials found up to eight people locked in their basement, police said.
A Pittsburgh man has been charged with acting as a straw buyer in the purchase of dozens of guns across the region because he “needed money,” according to federal agents.
Donald Ware Jr., 22, who has several addresses around the city, was in federal court Tuesday afternoon on a complaint filed by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Agents said Mr. Ware bought 34 guns for others at numerous firearms dealers in the Pittsburgh region and admitted he lied on firearms purchase forms that he was the actual buyer.
It’s not clear for whom he was buying, but typically straw buyers purchase weapons for criminals who can’t have one.
Marc Wilner, an ATF agent, said in an affidavit that he began investigating Mr. Ware in October after noticing that he was buying a lot of guns, didn’t have much income from a job and was associated with another accused gun trafficker, John Louis Moon.
Agents interviewed Mr. Ware in November, and he told them he’d been buying guns for other people and lying about it. Most of the guns were Glock semi-automatics bought at Dunham’s stores in the North Hills, Monroeville and Homestead, Island Firearms in McKees Rocks, Pete’s Firearms in Westmoreland County and other area dealers.
He bought 34 guns in all, ATF said.
Pittsburgh Police have issued an arrest warrant for a man in connection to the fatal shooting of three people on New Year’s Eve in Homewood South.
Ronald Steave, 29, of Pittsburgh, is being charged with three counts of criminal homicide and possession.
Crystal Leschner’s family says boyfriend is responsible for her death.
Police have arrested a man in connection to the murder of a woman found dead in a shed behind a house in Pittsburgh’s Knoxville neighborhood.
Pittsburgh Police homicide detectives have arrested Montel Reed, 26, on charges of criminal homicide, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse Sunday evening.
Police were alerted to reports of human remains found in a shed behind a residence on the 300 block of Reifert Street around 4:30 p.m.
Early Sunday morning, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office identified the woman as Crystal Leschner, 38.
Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 talked with three of Leschner’s siblings. According to them, Reed physically abused their sister a few weeks ago.
“She had marks all over her face and as a brother, it’s hard to see your baby sister go through anything like that…I was hoping she didn’t go back, but apparently she went back,” said Joey Leschner.
Leschner’s sister, Kacey Gola, said it was not clear exactly when she died, but investigators told her sometime between Dec. 26 and New Year’s.
“She was found in a shed inside of a suitcase. She had been chopped up after she was dead,” Gola said.
All of Leschner’s siblings described her as a loving person and the fun aunt.
“She could never have kids, so she was the best aunt to all of her nieces and nephews…she was always right there. Even if we didn’t talk for a few weeks, months, if something happened, she was right there,” Gola said.
“A very kindhearted person. She would do anything for anyone which makes it even more hard to believe,” Joey Leschner said.
Now as Leschner’s family waits for more answers, they are determined to get justice for their sister.
“She needs justice for what happened, and he needs to be put away for a long time. He took away someone so special who we will never be able to get back. I’ll never be able to hug my sister,” said Chanel Warner.
Reed has been transported to Allegheny County Jail.
A criminal complaint obtained by Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 early Monday morning said Reed confessed to investigators that he stabbed Leschner several times on Dec. 27 during a domestic dispute, resulting in her death.
According to court documents, Reed was just in the Allegheny County Jail two days prior on a robbery charge for an incident on Jan. 1.
He was brought in to the Allegheny County Jail on Jan. 7 and was released the same day after posting a $5,000 bail.
Major Crimes Detectives and the Pittsburgh Crime Scene unit were called to the scene to collect evidence.
Neighbor Ronnie Davis said the scene was unsettling.
“I’m a single father, and I have two kids, and if it was a homicide, I need to know,” Davis said.
Pittsburgh Public Safety spokeswoman Cara Cruz said the investigation could take time.
“It is going to be a long investigation, of course. This is not usual. We are used to other things in the city, but this is definitely unusual,” Cruz said.
She said it was unclear at that point if the initial report came from someone who lives there.
Leschner’s family has set up a GoFundMe for expenses.
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG (KDKA) – A Pennsylvania State Police trooper was taken into custody early on Saturday morning.
Trooper Scott Myers was arrested following an off-duty physical altercation in the early morning hours on Saturday at a home in Summerhill Township, Cambria County.
Myers is facing a felony charge along with multiple misdemeanor charges related to a physical altercation with another adult male.
He is facing charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, terrorist threats, and harassment.
Myers has been suspended without pay pending the resolution of the criminal charges.
NEWARK, Del. – Delaware State Police say they have taken five suspects into custody after they were located inside the stolen vehicle belonging to U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA 5th District).
The 2017 blue Acura MDX was located at 2800 Fashion Center Blvd. in Newark at approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday, police said. The suspects were taken to Delaware State Police Troop 2 for processing.
Two armed men, approximately 20-30 years of age, approached Scanlon Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia and demanded the keys to her vehicle, the Philadelphia Police Department reported.
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – What started as a call to ensure a firing went without incident turned into an arrest for murder.
On Wednesday night, Pittsburgh Police got a call from the Family Dollar in the Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood about a shoplifting employee. The store manager told police that 22-year-old Joseph Tedder had been stealing from the store and was to be fired.
Once police arrived, they learned Tedder had fled the store.
It was then when police learned that Tedder had been wanted in Austin, Texas for a murder during a suspected drug deal. The criminal complaint says that Tedder and two other men entered an apartment in Austin with plans to sell drugs and shortly after, gunfire rang out and a man was dead.
The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office was then called to assist Pittsburgh Police.
After 10:00 p.m., deputies located a vehicle that Tedder was believed to be in on the 3300 block of Brighton Road.
Tedder was then found inside a home and taken into custody without incident.
A Colorado district attorney has moved for a hearing to examine whether a 110-year prison sentence for a truck driver who killed four people in a crash in 2019 should stand.
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, was sentenced to the lengthy term last week because of state laws that require sentences for certain crimes to be served consecutively, or back to back.
The 100-year-plus sentence was quickly criticized by some and prompted calls for a reduction. More than 4.6 million people have signed a petition asking Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, to grant clemency or commute the sentence.
First Judicial District Attorney Alexis King filed a motion Friday for a hearing to reconsider the sentence under the state’s mandatory minimum law.
“The law also permits the Court to reconsider its sentence in an exceptional case involving unusual and extenuating circumstances,” the motion reads.
Aguilera-Mederos, who was hauling lumber in a tractor-trailer on Interstate 70 on April 25, 2019, said his brakes failed before he crashed into traffic that had been stopped for another accident in Lakewood. A fire erupted, engulfing vehicles.
Doyle Harrison, 61; William Bailey, 67; Stanley Politano, 69; and Miguel Lamas Arrellano, 24, were killed.
The chain-reaction crash and fire involved 28 vehicles. The semi was traveling an estimated 84 mph before the crash.
RICES LANDING, Pa. — Three people are in Pennsylvania State Police custody after being involved in a lengthy standoff in Greene County in Rices Landing.
State police surrounded a home on Bayard Avenue after trying serve an arrest warrant.
After some confrontation, police entered into a standoff with the person. After some time, police were able to place them in custody
Over a dozen suspects tied to the spate of nearly a dozen smash-and-grab robberies in Los Angeles were busted but then quickly released due to zero-bail policies, which has left the LAPD’s top cop frustrated.
The 14 arrests followed a “rash” of 11 “flash-mob type” raids in which nearly $350,000 in goods was swiped in just 10 days in the City of Angels last month, with the last on Nov. 28, LAPD chief Michel Moore said Thursday.
“All of the suspects taken into custody are out of custody,” Moore complained, blaming “zero-bail criteria” for the release of all but one, who was a juvenile.
“There’s criminal elements that are recognizing that condition and are capitalizing on it,” he warned of crooks emboldened by the soft-touch approach.
The parents of the teen accused of killing four Oxford High School students Tuesday have been taken into the custody of authorities in Detroit early Saturday.
James and Jennifer Crumbley were arrested just hours after a gathering attended by thousands was held in downtown Oxford.
United States Marshals joined local, county and state officials who announced they were seeking to apprehend the pair after Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald announced at a Friday noon press conference they were being charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter each.
Tuesday, Ethan Crumbley, 15, was arrested and later charged with killing four Oxford High School students and wounding seven others, some severely. After the charges against Crumbley’s parents were revealed, attorneys representing the couple said they had left the area out of concern for their own health but when they did not return a manhunt ensured. By early evening Friday, United States Marshals offered a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of each.
The four killed were Tate Myre, 16, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, Hana St Juliana, 14, and Justin Shilling, 17. Seven others were injured.
Ethan Crumbley is being charged as an adult, and is facing one count of terrorism, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assaults with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm.The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.
(CNN)Three people died and six were injured in a shooting Tuesday afternoon at a high school in Oxford, Michigan, authorities said.The three killed at Oxford High School are believed to be students, Oakland County Undersheriff Michael G. McCabe said at a news conference. One of those shot is believed to be a teacher.The suspect was identified as a 15-year-old boy who is a sophomore at the school, McCabe said.A handgun was recovered from the suspect, McCabe said. Authorities recovered multiple shell casings in the school and believe around 15-to-20 shots were fired.“At this point in time, we believe he acted alone,” McCabe said.The 15-year-old did not resist arrest, has invoked his right not to speak and is not telling law enforcement officers anything right now, McCabe said.Officers were searching the school for possible additional victims.All evacuated students were relocated to a nearby store for reunification with relatives.
A suspected shooter is in custody, according to Michael McCabe, undersheriff with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. A handgun was also located, he said.
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.