Police in Australia have arrested and charged two dozen people they say deliberately lit blazes during the wildfire season that has so far killed at least 18 people, destroyed thousands of homes and ravaged over 10 million acres of land.
New South Wales police said that since the beginning of November, 24 people have been charged over allegedly deliberately lighting fires as officers continue to investigate the role that arson has played in the devastation. Starting a wildfire can result in a jail sentence of up to 21 years.
“Investigations into the cause, origin and overall impact of fires are continuing and since the latest State of Emergency was declared…Strike Force Tronto has provided expertise to six police area commands and eight police districts,” NSW police said in a statement.
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One man was taken into custody yesterday after the shots fired call in Mingo Junction.
Dennis Bernardi Jr. , 20 of Mingo Junction was arrested with charges pending and public intoxication.
The call came in around 1 am in Mingo on Grandview Avenue.
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According to Jefferson County 911 police were called to Grandville Avenue in Mingo Junction after getting reports of shots fired.
Police arrived at the scene and found no activity.
7News will update this story if more details become available
PITTSBURGH — A man wanted for a deadly double shooting that occurred during a blinding snow squall earlier this month was arrested at his mother’s house in Pitcairn, police said.
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Investigators said Maurice Demond King, 26, of Turtle Creek, was arrested on Dec. 26. He was charged with homicide, aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license, tampering with evidence and other charges in connection with the double shooting on Dec. 18.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An Uber driver fired a shot in self-defense when he said four of his passengers assaulted him.
Pittsburgh Police say they responded to a report of an assault on the 300 block of Crafton Avenue around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.
When they arrived, they met an Uber driver who told police he was assaulted by four men who were passengers in the car.
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Police say the driver claimed he shot in self-defense, with his shot grazing a suspect in the head. That suspect was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
The other passengers ran, but police say they were later arrested on robbery charges.
Uber says its firearms policy prohibits “riders and their guests, as well as driver and delivery partners, from carrying firearms of any kind while using our app.”
Police are investigating.
A North Braddock woman is suing North Braddock Borough and four police officers in federal court for allegedly violating her civil rights after her arrest for filming an Aug. 19 traffic stop.
Keaira Booker, 23, said that she was wrongly arrested when a North Braddock police officer spotted her filming the traffic stop near Brinton and Sheridan Streets in North Braddock.
WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) — The capture of two fugitives in Westmoreland County led to a drug bust that netted three other fugitives, three stolen firearms and 12 bricks of heroin in a hotel room with children inside.
According to Westmoreland County’s sheriff, the drug bust that netted several fugitives and stolen firearms started at a home in Greensburg on Willow Avenue.
“We were looking for two fugitives,” Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held said.
When deputies knocked on the door, homeowner Christine Barron answered and said the wanted pair wasn’t there.
However, a deputy at the back door saw one of the fugitives running toward the back of the home.
The two fugitives, wanted on drug-related charges, were arrested inside the home.
Officials found several alleged crack pipes, and Barron was charged with hindering apprehension and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Barron is a drug counselor.
Five people have been indicted on charges of trying to traffic $1.4 million worth of cocaine at Pittsburgh International Airport.
State police received a tip and began watching two vehicles at a Days Inn in Monroeville on Nov. 20. Police followed the vehicles to a short-term parking facility at the airport where officers say the suspects were observed transferring luggage and bags, according to the federal indictment handed up Tuesday,A search uncovered 14 kilogram-sized blocks of cocaine hidden in a rear compartment of one of the vehicles, police said.
Prosecutors said the suspects conspired to deal cocaine in western Pennsylvania and elsewhere from October through November.
Three of the suspects are from Mexico and were visiting the U.S. on tourist visas.
Two men and a woman are charged in connection with a burglary spree in Westmoreland County.
Investigators found out that thousands of dollars in gift cards were stolen from Heritage United Methodist Church. They were able to trace it back to the same suspects after they allegedly used them at the GetGo just a block away from the church.
But a third suspect was still on the run.
Police said Joseph Minno was essentially the ringleader, seen on surveillance video behind a handful of burglaries.
Officers found him within two days hiding inside a business on Main Street and surrounded by stolen goods and cash.
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Eyewitnesses reported seeing a man with a knife before armed police were seen approaching a man on the ground. Reem Yousef, who was at the scene, told Metro.co.uk she was directly below the bridge when she heard a fight break out at around 2pm between several people. She then heard someone shout ‘move back’ before hearing two gunshots, after which she ran away. She says police arrived within a minute and blocked off the area.
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An Ellwood City man is facing charges after a domestic incident.
According to the release from Pennsylvania State Police, the incident happened on November 12th around 8:40 p.m. on Hogue Road in Slippery Rock Township.
State Police listed strangulation as the nature of the incident.
Reports say the male suspect fled on foot when police arrived.
Officers found the suspect on November 13th and charges were filed.
An unnamed informant tipped state police about a cocaine operation in the Pittsburgh area that resulted in the arrests of five people at a parking garage in the area, according to a complaint filed in federal court.
Authorities found 14 kilogram-sized bricks of suspected cocaine in hidden compartments in the rear wheel wells of a GMC Acadia SUV they searched, according to FBI Agent Darcos Cruz, who is assigned to the state police task force.
The exact location of the Wednesday bust wasn’t detailed in court records.
According to Weirton PD, police arrested Katie A. Smith, 44, after Weirton PD executed a search warrant at North 12th St.
Police say they were able to find a small amount of methamphetamine and items indicative of the distribution of illegal controlled substances.
Smith was arrested for distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute, and possession of a controlled substance.
Also, at the residence was Gary Swiger, 34, who was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance.
SOMERSET BOROUGH, Pa. (WTAJ) — Two people have been charged after making illegal drug deliveries in Somerset Borough November 15.
Police say they were called to assist the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigations in the investigation of a car that was traveling into Somerset Borough to make an illegal drug delivery.
According to police, officers saw the vehicle stopped at the Laundry Arena on Plank Road and they obtained surveillance, which showed a drug delivery.
A K9 officer from the City of Johnstown was called in for a full search and found drug paraphernalia, cash, and 6.3 grams of methamphetamine, police say.
The vehicle’s driver, Stephen Andrew Walter, 50, of Stoystown, and the passenger, Paige Elizabeth Beal, 23, of Meyersdale, are being charged with Prohibited Acts Controlled Substance/Possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Beal was placed in the Somserset County Jail on a $50,000 secured bond and Walter was placed in the Somerset County Jail on a $75,000 secured bond.
PITTSBURGH – A 17-year-old girl who was wanted in connection with a shooting in Pittsburgh’s Spring Hill neighborhood that led to a man’s death was arrested Tuesday in Homewood, police said.
According to investigators, Shayla Johnson was involved in the July 2 shooting of 24-year-old Julian Carpenter, who died Nov. 4.
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Johnson lured Carpenter to an apartment building on Rhine Street, police said. Carpenter was then robbed and shot.Johnson was previously charged with criminal conspiracy, but she is now also charged with homicide, police said.Onaje Dickinson pulled the trigger, according to police. He died two weeks later after an officer-involved shooting in Penn Hills.
An Illinois teen has been arrested for a hate crime for allegedly placing a racist ad on Craigslist that included a photo of an African American classmate.
The teen, who is a student at Naperville High School, appeared in court on Wednesday morning on two counts of felony hate crime and one count of disorderly conduct, police said in a news release.