14 arrested for L.A. smash-and-grab robberies all released on zero-bail policies

 

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.

Source: 14 arrested for L.A. smash-and-grab robberies all released on zero-bail policies

Authorities: Crumbley parents arrested early Saturday

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.

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Source: Authorities: Crumbley parents arrested early Saturday

School shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan leaves 3 dead, several injured – CNN

(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.

Source: School shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan leaves 3 dead, several injured – CNN

Report: 4 children dead, 6 people injured in shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan, officials say

Three children are dead and multiple people were injured in a shooting Tuesday at Oxford High School in suburban Detroit, authorities said.

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.

Source: Multiple people injured in shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan, officials say

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

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

One arrested after car crashes into a home in Pittsburgh’s Hill District

PITTSBURGH — One person was arrested after a car crashed into a house Saturday night in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.

Just before 10:30, police were tracking a stolen vehicle when the driver veered into the back side a home in the 300 block of Elmore Street, public safety officials said.

No one was injured and the driver was arrested at the scene.

Fire and PLI also responded to the crash to inspect the damage.

The investigation is ongoing.

Source: One arrested after car crashes into a home in Pittsburgh’s Hill District

2 young men arrested after armed robbery at Pittsburgh store – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — Two juveniles have been arrested after an armed robbery at a convenience store in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood, police announced Thursday.

The robbery happened at the Uni-Mart on Brownsville Road on Oct. 30, just before 4 a.m.

One of the young men held someone at gunpoint while the second young man demanded money from a safe, police said. They got away with about $2,000 and 10 joint roller packs worth $30 each.

Source: 2 young men arrested after armed robbery at Pittsburgh store – WPXI

Man arrested after allegedly punching Port Authority driver in Pittsburgh over face mask issue

PITTSBURGH — A man was arrested and charged after he boarded a Port Authority bus in Pittsburgh, was asked to put a mask on and subsequently punched the bus driver, police said.

According to court documents, David Moore, 28, was charged with aggravated assault and terroristic threats in relation to the incident that took place at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Atwood Street on Monday just before 7 a.m.

Police said Moore took a mask out of his pocket when he was asked to put one on but started walking down the bus aisle without wearing it. The driver, a woman, asked him to put it on and he responded he was going to kill her.

Source: Man arrested after allegedly punching Port Authority driver in Pittsburgh over face mask issue

Woman arrested after 5-month-old exposed to narcotics in Pittsburgh – WPXI

A woman was arrested after police said a 5-month-old child was exposed to narcotics and emergency personnel had to use Narcan on the child.

When officers arrived, firefighters and paramedics were rendering aid to the child, who was then transported to UPMC Children’s Hospital in stable condition after first responders had administered Narcan.

According to the criminal complaint, officials at the hospital said the child presented symptoms of opioid overdose.

Special Victims Unit detectives interviewed Rexrode, who is the infant’s guardian. She told police her and her boyfriend went to a local park on Bausman Street where she noticed the child being very lethargic and her lips turning blue. They took her home where the child’s skin started to turn blue and she wasn’t waking up, so they went to the first station.

During the interview, Rexrode admitted to using heroin and cocaine recently. A search of her home turned up empty stamp bags, as well as suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia in the living room where she had been sleeping on the couch.

Source: Woman arrested after 5-month-old exposed to narcotics in Pittsburgh – WPXI

Man arrested after Ligonier Township police chase | TribLIVE.com

Ligonier Valley police say a 27-year-old man who resisted arrest and led officers on a 3 mile chase in a stolen car along Route 30 was arrested and jailed on $200,000 bond.

Jesse Vaughn Lawson of New Alexandria is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, driving on a suspended license, fleeing and eluding, receiving stolen property, reckless driving, resisting arrest and simple assault.

Source: Man arrested after Ligonier Township police chase | TribLIVE.com

Detectives arrest Hempfield man after seizing heroin, Xanax, firearms, $11K from home | TribLIVE.com

Acting on tips, the Westmoreland County Drug Task Forced served a warrant at a Hempfield home this week and seized 61 bricks of heroin, Xanax pills, three handguns, a rifle, two Tasers and about $11,000, according to court documents.

After the search, county detectives charged the homeowner, Chad J. Gilbert, 51, with multiple counts of manufacture, delivery and possession of a controlled substance, possession of prohibited offensive weapons and drug paraphernalia.

He was ordered held in the county prison after failing to post $250,000 bond.

Source: Detectives arrest Hempfield man after seizing heroin, Xanax, firearms, $11K from home | TribLIVE.com

Police: Cambria County man found passed out in car with crystal meth

CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A Cambria County man is behind bars again after police allegedly found him passed out and hanging outside his car door with drugs in his vehicle.

According to Upper Yoder Township police, 30-year-old Jesse Lamer had the following in his vehicle:

  • 1 plastic container with white crystal substance approx. 34.6 grams
  • 15 stamp bags with white crystal substance approx. 5.15 grams
  • 1 glass vial with white crystal substance approx. 8.01 grams
  • 1 glass vial with white crystal substance approx. 13.24 grams
  • 3 glass smoking devices in the center console
  • 1 glass smoking device in the glove box
  • 1 kit containing a scale, baggies, straws and two glass smoking devices on the passenger seat and throughout the vehicle

Police managed to seize this evidence after they were dispatched to the 200 block of Derby Street Aug. 29 for a report of a man hanging out the passenger side of his car, according to the affidavit.

Source: Police: Cambria County man found passed out in car with crystal meth

Hempfield man accused in wrong-way DUI crash on Route 30 | TribLIVE.com

A Hempfield man is accused by police of being intoxicated during a 2019 wrong-way crash on Route 30 that seriously injured another motorist, according to court papers.

Larry Thomas Miller Sr., 74, is charged with aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence and several other related misdemeanors and summary offenses.

State police said they were called at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14, 2019 to a head-on crash on Route 30 eastbound near the Cedar Street exit in Hempfield. Miller was driving west in the eastbound lanes and collided with another vehicle around a bend, according to court papers.

The female driver of the eastbound vehicle saw headlights coming toward her but didn’t have time to react, police said. She was hospitalized with a fractured neck vertebrae.

Police said Miller appeared to be intoxicated at the scene and told authorities that he had a few beers at a local bar before heading home. He was taken by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment of what authorities described as extensive injuries.

Troopers said Miller’s blood-alcohol content was 0.156%. The legal limit to drive in Pennsylvania is 0.08%. Miller also had opiates and prescription medication used to treat anxiety in his system, according to court papers. Police said they found about 3 grams of suspected cocaine in Miller’s pocket.

Source: Hempfield man accused in wrong-way DUI crash on Route 30 | TribLIVE.com

Groups clash in NE Portland after planned rallies; man arrested after shooting downtown | Local News | kptv.com

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – On the one-year anniversary of demonstrators fighting in downtown Portland, groups again faced off against each other on Sunday.

A group of about 100 gathered at the old K-Mart on Northeast 122nd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard was met by another group around 4 p.m. The latter group of about 50 set off fireworks, smoke bombs and shot paintballs briefly. The crowd then advanced and retreated for about 45 minutes.

Source: Groups clash in NE Portland after planned rallies; man arrested after shooting downtown | Local News | kptv.com

Police Investigating After Man Shot At Rivers Casino Parking Garage, Suspect Taken Into Custody – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man was arrested following a shooting in the parking garage at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.

According to police, a man was shot in the leg in the upper levels of the parking garage just before 1:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Source: Police Investigating After Man Shot At Rivers Casino Parking Garage, Suspect Taken Into Custody – CBS Pittsburgh

Intoxicated couple with drugs arrested at Cambria County Dollar General

CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — An Indiana County couple face charges after they showed up intoxicated at the Carrolltown Dollar General with heroin and several other drugs on them, according to state police at Ebensburg.

On Aug. 10, employees at Dollar General called the cops on 33-year-old Kathryn Hoover and 41-year-old Jessey Borruto, saying that Borruto wasn’t wearing shoes and refused to leave, and Hoover was in the bathroom for over an hour.

Once police arrived and escorted them out, Hoover kept giving police false names before finally identifying herself. It turns out, Hoover was wanted by the Cambria County Sheriff’s Office, police note.

Police report they asked Hoover if she had anything on her, and she pulled out an orange pill bottle with several pills and stamp bags. She also had additional stamp bags with “Taylor Gang” printed on them, and she admitted to police that they were heroin.

Source: Intoxicated couple with drugs arrested at Cambria County Dollar General

2 women dead after shooting at Indiana factory: Sheriff’s office – ABC News

The two people shot dead Wednesday at an NHK factory in Frankfort, Indiana, were employees of the company — a grandmother and granddaughter who were arriving for their shift, according to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office.

The alleged suspect, 26-year-old Gary C. Ferrell, was an employee at the factory is in custody, authorities said.

The shooting took place in the parking lot of NHK Seating of America in Frankfurt, Indiana. The plant manufactures seats and seating parts for a Subaru plant in nearby Lafayette.

“Please avoid the area of our new NHK,” the sheriff’s office wrote shortly after the incident began. “This is an active scene.”

ABC News’ Will Gretsky contributed to this report.

Source: 2 women dead after shooting at Indiana factory: Sheriff’s office – ABC News

Hill District man was killed in Downtown Pittsburgh in dispute over woman | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Hill District man has been charged after fatally shooting a man Thursday afternoon in Downtown Pittsburgh in a dispute about a woman, according to police.

Terrance Coates — whose age has not yet been made available — was shot multiple times in the chest around 1 p.m. in an alley near Fort Duquesne Boulevard between Sixth and Seventh streets, a criminal complaint said. He was taken to UPMC Mercy hospital in critical condition but was pronounced dead an hour later.

Taylor Wible, 21, of the Hill District, has been charged with criminal homicide and a firearm violation. Ela Aydin,18, of Oakdale, has been charged with hindering apprehension. Both are being held at the Allegheny County Jail.

The shooting happened after a verbal dispute between Mr. Wible and Mr. Coates, police said in a criminal complaint.

Source: Hill District man was killed in Downtown Pittsburgh in dispute over woman | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Kiski Township police say they found $3,750 worth of illegal drugs hidden in car

Kiski Township police say they found 50 packets of heroin and an ounce of methamphetamine hidden in a car that they pulled over for a traffic violation.

Police on Wednesday charged James D. Higgins, 41, of Apollo and Autumn Rogers, 21, of Leechburg with possession with intent to deliver controlled substances, conspiracy to attempt to commit delivery of controlled substances and other charges.

Police stopped Higgins and Rogers on Tuesday along Route 56 in Kiski Township for a traffic violation.

When police identified Higgins, they arrested him because he was wanted in Allegheny County on charges of possession with intent to deliver drug.

Source: Kiski Township police say they found $3,750 worth of illegal drugs hidden in car

Arrest made after man found shot to death inside car parked on Pittsburgh street – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — A Westmoreland County man is facing a homicide charge after police said he shot another man dead in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood on Aug. 2.

Roemon Howard, 21, of Export, was charged with homicide, carrying a firearm without a license, discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and recklessly endangering another person, after he was arrested by the Fugitive Task Force in connection to the fatal shooting of Erik Thomas, 22, on Monticello Street on Aug. 2.

Howard is currently held in the Allegheny County Jail.

Police said Thomas was found shot to death inside a car after police responded to a ShotSpotter alert for multiple gunshots fired just after 10:30 p.m.

Source: Arrest made after man found shot to death inside car parked on Pittsburgh street – WPXI

Mother charged after young child found wandering in a diaper in Westmoreland County

The incident happened a little before 10 a.m. on July 7 on State Route 136 in Hempfield Township.

Police said Riffer told them her 2-year-old daughter must not have woken her up.

Police said the young child found on the side of the road was dirty and had a full diaper.

Investigators also said the residence was covered in food waste and smelled of animal feces and decomposing garbage.

Riffer is charged with endangering the welfare of children and faces a preliminary hearing on Oct. 15.

Incident happened in July

Source: Mother charged after young child found wandering in a diaper in Westmoreland County

Man attempts to impersonate police officer while being pulled over in Westmoreland County

A Mt. Pleasant man is facing charges after police said he claimed to be a law enforcement officer during a traffic stop with a state trooper.

NORTH HUNTINGDON, Pa. — A Mt. Pleasant man is facing charges after police said he claimed to be a law enforcement officer during a traffic stop with a state trooper.

Jonathan Matthew Kauric II, 38, was charged with impersonating a public servant, disorderly conduct, false identification to police and several summary traffic violations after the incident on Route 30 near the intersection of Portal Lane in North Huntingdon.

Police said Kauric’s Honda Accord was pulled over just before 11 a.m. for an inoperable tail light and expired inspection.

Source: Man attempts to impersonate police officer while being pulled over in Westmoreland County

Man arrested, charged with arson after Indiana County house fire

ARMSTRONG TOWNSHIP, Pa. —Pennsylvania State Police said a Shelocta man has been arrested on arson charges following a house fire in Armstrong Township, Indiana County, on Monday morning

Police said Kevin P. Olechovski, 37, was arrested without incident outside his 240 Vista Lane home after troopers learned that he had intentionally set fire to the home following a verbal argument with a family member.

Firefighters said one person had to be rescued from the home but no injuries were reported.

Police said the home is believed to be a total loss.

The Red Cross is assisting two adults following the fire.

“We were able to provide comfort kits, blankets and resources for immediate needs,” the Red Cross said in a tweet.

Police said Olechovski was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Susanne Steffee at 3:15 p.m. and was remanded to the Indiana County Jail in lieu of $50,000 monetary bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 24.

Source: Man arrested, charged with arson after Indiana County house fire

Man pleads guilty to placing backpack of ‘destructive devices’ in Downtown Pittsburgh

Matthew Michanowicz, 53, pleaded guilty to one count of of violating federal firearms law Monday.

Michanowicz admitted that, on or about May 31, 2020, he placed three unregistered homemade destructive devices in a camouflage backpack at PNC Plaza.

The law provides for a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Michanowicz.

Sentencing is scheduled to take place on Dec. 13.

Source: Man pleads guilty to placing backpack of ‘destructive devices’ in Downtown Pittsburgh

Two Johnstown juveniles arrested in burglary-turned-chase | News | tribdem.com

Two Johnstown-area juveniles face charges stemming from an attempted burglary-turned-chase Sunday in Lorain Borough.

According to Stonycreek Township police Officer Tom Owens, the teenagers were two of five who forced entry into the Lorain residence Sunday morning – and the group is believed to be behind a string of vehicle thefts in the West Hills, Ferndale and Johnstown in recent weeks.

Police were called to the 300 block of Lunen Street at 10:40 a.m.

Owens said the five individuals forced their way into the residence through a door, which caused a loud enough noise that it alerted the homeowner.

He armed himself and encountered the teens in his basement, “hollering at them to get out,” and then pursuing them when they left the basement and headed into his yard.

While in the yard, the occupant fired his weapon, but no one was struck, Owens said.

“All five subjects fled in a white vehicle,” said Owens, which police later learned was a Chevy sedan.

Stonycreek, Johnstown, West Hills and other neighboring departments joined in the pursuit.

Owens said a West Hills officer spotted the vehicle on Bedford Street and followed it into Moxham.

Near Cypress Avenue, the fleeing juveniles brought their car to a stop and bailed, each of them taking off in the neighborhood.

The West Hills officer caught one of them and a Johnstown police officer caught another a short time later, Owens said.

Police were working Monday to identify and locate the other three suspects, one of whom was the driver of the car.

The Chevrolet was seized by police, and plans were in motion to search it for evidence, Owens added.

A stolen firearm was recovered from one of the teens, he said.

Both will face a list of counts through the Cambria County Juvenile Court system, Owens said.

The youths’ names weren’t released because they are younger than 18.

But the charges will include burglary, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property, unlawful firearm possession, resisting arrest and fleeing and eluding police, he said.

Anyone with information that could help in the investigation can call Stonycreek Township police at 814-266-3112.

Source: Two Johnstown juveniles arrested in burglary-turned-chase | News | tribdem.com

Police Arrest Man After He Allegedly Fires Rounds From A Shotgun At Person’s Residence – CBS Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania State Police arrested a man in Lawrence County after he allegedly fired two rounds from a shotgun at a person’s home.

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Christopher Rodgers, 40, of Volant, Pennsylvania is now facing multiple charges.

The incident is one of reportedly many disturbances in the area police are attributing to Rodgers.

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Police accuse Rodgers of setting off fireworks and making loud noises in the past, requiring police to show up four times in the last 10 days.

On Saturday, police cited Rodgers for summary disorderly conduct and harassment in relation to the prior incidents.

State Police returned Sunday for the alleged shotgun incident to arrest Rodgers, who is now facing charges of Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Disorderly Conduct.

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He is currently in the Lawrence County Jail.

Source: Police Arrest Man After He Allegedly Fires Rounds From A Shotgun At Person’s Residence – CBS Pittsburgh