Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood robbed during peak business hours – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — Imagine running to the grocery store after work to grab a few items, only for the place to be robbed in broad daylight and during peak hours. That’s what happened at the Giant Eagle on Murray Avenue.

“Yes, I’m afraid,” said Juda Kohenbash.

Kohenbash lives in Squirrel Hill and said yesterday’s robbery has him on edge.

At about 5:30 p.m. Monday, a man wearing a yellow hoodie went into the Giant Eagle on Murray Avenue. He said he had a weapon – but no one saw it.

The man demanded money from the register and then ran off. Police wouldn’t say how much he got. Regardless, it’s unnerving for people who live here.“

Pamela’s closed down, Eat N Park closed down. This neighborhood has become like a ghost town,” said Kohenbash.

Source: Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood robbed during peak business hours – WPXI

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Man Pleads Guilty To Murder In Pittsburgh Motel Shooting – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A man has pleaded guilty to shooting another man to death in the parking lot of a motel in Robinson Township.

Jaquay Murray pleaded guilty to one count of third degree murder and two firearms violations in Christopher Langham’s death.

Langham was found dead in the parking lot of the Pittsburgh Motel in June of 2020. Police said Langham was invited into a room and Murray came out of the bathroom with a gun, shooting as Langham tried to leave. Witnesses said they heard several gunshots.

Source: Man Pleads Guilty To Murder In Pittsburgh Motel Shooting – CBS Pittsburgh

Nurse anesthetist accused of stealing painkillers from Greensburg hospital operating rooms | TribLIVE.com

A certified nurse anesthetist who worked at Excela Health Westmoreland was arrested by agents from the state Attorney General’s office on accusations of stealing powerful painkillers from locked cabinets in the Greensburg hospital’s operating rooms, according to court papers.

Todd A. Hrtyanski, 59, of Unity, who worked at the hospital as a nurse anesthetist, was arrested Friday after a months-long investigation by the hospital and state narcotics agents, according to court documents filed by agents of state Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office.

Agent Erin P. Kabler reported that hospital officials notified the attorney general’s office late last year that Hrtyanski was observed entering locked OR cabinets “to which he was not assigned” between Oct. 14 and Nov. 15.

Kabler reported that after learning of the questionable activities involving the secure cabinets where narcotics were stored, a pharmaceutical audit revealed that amounts of fentanyl and hydromorphine were found missing during the period.

During an interview with hospital officials, Kabler said that Hrtyanski admitted taking the painkillers for personal use.

In Jan. 14 interview between Hrtyanski, his attorney Lee Westbrook of Mt. Lebanon, and Kabler, Hrtyanski again admitted taking the painkillers for his own back pain “that was uncontrolled with his own prescription medications,” according to court documents.

Source: Nurse anesthetist accused of stealing painkillers from Greensburg hospital operating rooms | TribLIVE.com

Man shot in the back in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood overnight – WPXI

 

PITTSBURGH — A man is in the hospital after Pittsburgh police found him shot in Homewood early this morning.

Police responded to reports of a man shot on the ground in the 1000 block of Brushton Avenue at 2:12 a.m.

When they arrived, police found the victim shot in the upper back.

Source: Man shot in the back in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood overnight – WPXI

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Las Vegas shooting: 13 wounded and one dead at hookah lounge, police say | Las Vegas | The Guardian

Fourteen people were shot before dawn on Saturday at a hookah lounge in Las Vegas. Police said one man died and two people suffered critical injuries.

The shooting happened at about 3.15am and preliminary information indicated there was a party during which two people got into an altercation and exchanged gunfire, striking multiple people, said police captain Dori Koren.

Koren told reporters no arrests had been made and no suspect descriptions were immediately available but added that authorities did not believe there was any danger to the general public.

Source: Las Vegas shooting: 13 wounded and one dead at hookah lounge, police say | Las Vegas | The Guardian

Police search for snowboarder who punched teen at Seven Springs Ski Resort

State police said they’re looking for a man who punched a 16-year-old in the face at Seven Springs Ski Resort in Somerset County and then snowboarded down the mountain.

The incident happened a little before 4 p.m. on Feb. 13.

State police said the assault happened following a brief verbal altercation.

The suspect was described as a man who was wearing all-tan snowboarding equipment.

Anyone with information should call state police at 814-445-4104.

Source: Police search for snowboarder who punched teen at Seven Springs Ski Resort

Thousands Of Dollars In Fake Cash Circulating In Westmoreland County – CBS Pittsburgh

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State police said on Saturday night, two men paid for nearly $2,000 worth of items at the Delmont Walmart with $20 bills that turned out to be counterfeit. The fake bills also turned up at a Speedway gas station.

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Police said at first glance, the fake bills are easy to mistake for the real thing. They said you should check the $20 bills to see if any of the serial numbers are duplicated. Fuzzy watermarks are another indicator that the bills might be fake.

Trooper Stephen Limani said the fake 50s and 100s going around are also missing a security strip.

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If you receive fake cash, contact the business you got it from.

Source: Thousands Of Dollars In Fake Cash Circulating In Westmoreland County – CBS Pittsburgh

Police: Casino winner followed home from Pittsburgh, robbed

 

A 66-year-old man who won money at a Pittsburgh casino was assaulted and robbed early Tuesday morning by someone who followed him to his Aspinwall home, police said.

In a statement, Allegheny County police said the man arrived at a hospital with injuries to his face and head, and that he reported being pistol-whipped by a woman who demanded cash.

“Through their investigation, detectives learned that the suspect followed the victim to his residence after the suspect observed the victim redeem winnings at the Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. The suspect made off with approximately $1,500 from the victim’s pocket,” police said in a statement.

Police identified the suspect as 28-year-old Jaimeca Johnson, of Forest Hills, and said she was detained in Forest Hills at about 9:30 a.m.

Source: Police: Casino winner followed home from Pittsburgh, robbed

Man believes he was followed from ATM before being robbed in Pittsburgh – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — A man was robbed at knifepoint early Monday morning in Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington neighborhood, police said.

The man told officers he believes he was followed from an ATM at Shiloh Street and Virginia Avenue before he was robbed about 12:15 a.m. at Bailey Avenue and Cushman Street.

The man’s wallet and cellphone were taken, police said.

No arrests have been made, but police said it is believed two men are responsible for the robbery.

Source: Man believes he was followed from ATM before being robbed in Pittsburgh – WPXI

Uber driver killed: Criminal complaint details what led to arrest of Penn Hills man

Twenty-two-year-old Calvin Crew has been charged with homicide in the death of 38-year-old Christina Spicuzza of Turtle Creek.

Spicuzza was reported missing by family members after they didn’t hear from her while she was working as an Uber driver.

Police found her body in a wooded area in Monroeville on Saturday afternoon. On Feb. 13, police said an autopsy was performed on Spicuzza and it was determined that Spicuzza died from a single gunshot wound that entered her head on the back left side. The cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was homicide.

According to the criminal complaint, she was found lying face down and was wearing a COVID-19 face mask. Police said one 9mm casing was found behind her.

While on scene, investigators learned that she was reported missing by her boyfriend on Feb. 11. She was working as an Uber driver on Feb. 10 when he had last heard from her.

Investigators also learned that her car was found earlier that day in Pitcairn.

While interviewing Spicuzza’s boyfriend, the criminal complaint said he told officers that he had purchased a dash camera for Spicuzza and it is normally inside her vehicle.

Police said when they searched her vehicle, the camera was not in its usual place.

Police then contacted Uber to obtain trip information for Spicuzza. It was learned that her last completed trip began at 9 p.m. on Feb. 10 from Brinton Road.

On Feb. 12, police said they were contacted by a person who was working along the railroad tracks beneath the TriBoro Expressway. The person found a pink cellphone with a cracked screen. The phone was determined to be Spicuzza’s.

Police then checked license plate readers for Spicuzza’s license plate numbers and found several “hits,” with someone along the TriBoro Expressway.

Detectives were then able to download Spicuzza’s cellphone and learn the locations she traveled. They also were able to find out when her phone stopped tracking new locations.

On Feb. 14, detectives in Penn Hills contacted a woman, later identified as Crew’s girlfriend, and asked to speak with her. When she arrived at the Penn Hills police station, she was with her boyfriend Calvin Crew.

The criminal complaint said Crew’s girlfriend told detectives that she was in Swissvale on Feb. 10 when she got a call from Crew asking her to order an Uber for him. She said Crew gave her an address to enter into the ride request.

In another interview with Crew’s girlfriend, police said she told them she purchased a 9 mm gun at a store in McKeesport and it went missing. She said she never reported the gun missing/stolen.

The criminal complaint also said she told investigators that she had a feeling that Crew had her gun because he was the only person around her. When police went to retrieve the gun box and paperwork from her home, both were missing.

During an interview with Crew, police said he told them he got out of the Uber after the trip was completed then walked to the bus station in Wilkinsburg and took the Trafford bus to Pitcairn.

Police later reviewed the surveillance camera from the bus station and did not see anyone matching Crew’s description.

On Thursday, Feb. 17 detectives were canvassing an area in Penn Hills when a detective found the dash camera that was missing from Spicuzza’s vehicle.

The camera was found .1 mile from where Crew requested the Uber, police said.

A mini-SD card was found inside the camera and police were able to view the footage from the card.

The video recorded from the front and rear of the camera and also records audio from inside of the vehicle.

This evidence resulted in Crew being charged with criminal homicide, robbery and tampering with evidence.

Source: Uber driver killed: Criminal complaint details what led to arrest of Penn Hills man

Shots Fired During Downtown Road Rage Incident

 

Police are looking for the person accused of firing shots during a road rage incident in downtown Pittsburgh.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police are looking for the person accused of firing shots during a road rage incident in downtown Pittsburgh.

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The victim told police he was behind a red Chevy Impala that was blocking two lanes at the intersection of Smithfield Street and Fort Pitt Boulevard around 12:30 Thursday.

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He said he honked his horn and when he pulled up alongside the Impala, the passenger fired several rounds at his car before taking off, heading downtown.

While the victim’s car was hit twice in the rear driver’s side door, he wasn’t injured.

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No one has been arrested yet. Police are investigating.

Source: Shots Fired During Downtown Road Rage Incident

New York girl who went missing in 2019 found alive in hidden staircase space

A girl who was missing for more than two years has been found alive in Ulster County, New York.

Paislee Shultis, then 4 years old, was reported missing in July of 2019, but police found her Monday night in a secret room under a staircase in Saugerties, New York, WCBS-TV reported.

The little girl was said to be in good condition. She was found more than 150 miles away from her home.

Police had been at the location before looking for the girl, but after a two-year search she was found in a cold, cramped secret space under a set of stairs.

Paislee was initially reported missing from the Tompkins County village of Cayuga Heights, near Ithaca.

Police have long suspected her biological parents, Kimberly Cooper and Kirk Shultis, of kidnapping the girl, but previous searches of their home in Saugerties, New York, came up empty.

Then a tip came in to police this week that the girl was being held in the home.

Source: New York girl who went missing in 2019 found alive in hidden staircase space

Man shot multiple times inside Downtown Pittsburgh apartment building

A man was found inside a Downtown Pittsburgh apartment building with gunshot wounds to both of his legs.

The shooting happened a little before 9:45 p.m. Monday inside a building on the 600 block of Stanwix Street.

Pittsburgh Public Safety said the victim was found in an 11th-floor suite and officers applied tourniquets until paramedics got on scene.

The victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

No arrests have been announced.

Source: Man shot multiple times inside Downtown Pittsburgh apartment building

Police: Westmoreland County woman discovers AirTag on vehicle; man she had PFA against is charged

The 43-year-old victim said she began looking for the AirTag after receiving notifications on her cell phone that one was tracking her location.

Police said they questioned Ronald Roessler, 57, about the incident after he was identified as the owner of the AirTag.

The victim had an active protection from abuse order against Roessler.

Police said Roessler denied involvement and said it was a mistake though a trooper said he saw Roessler delete an AirTag from his phone after he agreed to show the phone to the trooper.

Roessler is charged with stalking and other offenses, and faces a preliminary hearing later this month.

Source: Police: Westmoreland County woman discovers AirTag on vehicle; man she had PFA against is charged

An Albuquerque stabbing spree leaves 11 people wounded, police say

(CNN)At least 11 people were stabbed Sunday in Albuquerque, New Mexico — and police believe the same suspect was responsible for each attack.”Officers are investigating 7 possible scenes — stretching from Downtown to Central and Wyoming — with reports of 11 stabbing victims,” the Albuquerque Police Department tweeted Sunday evening.Tobias Gutierrez, 43, was arrested in connection to the stabbings. He is charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, police said.

Albuquerque police responded to several stabbing scenes Sunday and a suspect is in custody.

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/14/us/new-mexico-albuquerque-stabbings/index.html

Pittsburgh woman gets 6 to 12 months in fatal Route 51 crash that killed her cousin

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Allison Matthew stopped halfway through her court statement Monday, unable to continue because she was sobbing.

About a year earlier, Matthew had been drunk while driving a car that reached speeds of nearly 102 mph before crashing on Pittsburgh’s Saw Mill Run Boulevard, killing her cousin.

“I’ve not been able to understand how I let this happen. I will never forgive myself for that night,” Matthew said at a sentencing hearing before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jill E. Rangos.

Rangos ordered Matthew to serve 6 to 12 months at Allegheny County Jail, followed by three years of probation during which she must complete 400 hours of community service.

Source: Pittsburgh woman gets 6 to 12 months in fatal Route 51 crash that killed her 

Man in custody after police say he robbed Downtown Pittsburgh bank; tried to get away on a bus

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pittsburgh Police responded to a bank robbery in Downtown Pittsburgh Tuesday morning.

Officers were called to the First National Bank at 307 Fourth Avenue around 9:15 a.m.

According to police, the suspect said that he had a gun and demanded money.

The suspect tried to get away on a bus.

The suspect left the bank on a bus and police were able to take him into custody in the Midtown area.

Police have not released the name of the suspect but said that charges are pending.

Source: Man in custody after police say he robbed Downtown Pittsburgh bank; tried to get away on a bus

Downtown Bank Robbery Under Investigation – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police are investigating after a bank robbery downtown.

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The robbery happened just before 9:30 a.m. on Fourth Avenue, emergency officials said. There is a First National Bank at that location.

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The suspect reportedly got away.

Investigators have not yet said how much money was taken or if there were any injuries.

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Source: Downtown Bank Robbery Under Investigation – CBS Pittsburgh

Bridgewater College shooting: Two officers shot and killed – CNN

CNN)Two campus officers were shot and killed Tuesday during an active shooter situation at Bridgewater College in Virginia, according to college spokesperson Logan Bogert.

“I can confirm that a campus police officer and a campus safety officer died from gunshot wounds today,” Bogert told CNN’s Josh Campbell.
A male suspect was taken into custody and an investigation is ongoing, according to Virginia State Police.
A news conference on the incident was planned for Tuesday evening.

Source: Bridgewater College shooting: Two officers shot and killed – CNN

Two people shot outside of Greensburg bar

City of Greensburg Police say that two people were shot outside of The Rialto overnight Sunday.

The shooting happened just before 2 a.m.

Detectives ask that anyone with any information regarding the shooting contact City of Greensburg Police.

Source: Two people shot outside of Greensburg bar

Westmoreland County man accused of attacking three people over discarded meth

State police said a 50-year-old man attacked a woman and two children inside a home Saturday evening after he woke up and discovered his methamphetamine had been destroyed.

Jason Bingaman, 50, is charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault and one count of making terroristic threats.

According to police, Bingaman was asleep in the bathtub in his home along Evans Street in Sewickley Township.

When he woke up, police said he discovered a woman in the home had destroyed his stash of methamphetamine and became irate. Bingaman is accused of attacking the woman with a pair of scissors. She was able to escape the attack, police said.

Police said Bingaman then turned his attention to a 17-year-old girl in the home, striking her in the head and upper body area with a shovel.

Police said the victims were able to get outside and a man nearby helped stop the assault. According to the criminal complaint, Bingaman then went back into the home and grabbed a crossbow, firing it in the direction of the woman.

Source: Westmoreland County man accused of attacking three people over discarded meth

1 found shot after gunfire erupts outside Midtown restaurant

 

Cellphone video captured chaos outside a popular Midtown restaurant on Sunday night as at least a dozen gunshots were fired in the parking lot.

Atlanta police told the news station they believe the two incidents are connected.

Source: 1 found shot after gunfire erupts outside Midtown restaurant

Five people were found dead inside a Wisconsin home in a suspected homicide – CNN

CNN)Five people were discovered dead inside a home in Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon in what police are investigating as a homicide.

Police were assisting with a welfare check at a residence in Milwaukee around 3:45 p.m. when they found the bodies of five people, including four men and one woman.
“All five deaths are being treated as homicides,” Milwaukee Police Assistant Chief Paul Formolo said at an evening news conference. “At this time, the motive and information regarding any involved suspects is not known to us right now.”
The identities of the victims are pending and autopsies will be conducted on Monday, according to Formolo.
Authorities do not believe there is a threat to the community, the assistant chief said.

Source: Five people were found dead inside a Wisconsin home in a suspected homicide – CNN

Woman killed after being struck by car, man shot in head found in bordering neighborhood

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Police responded to a ShotSpotter alert this morning that led to finding a woman struck by a car and a man with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police responded to the alert in the 300 block of Minton Street in Pittsburgh’s Sheraden neighborhood around 5:40 a.m.

When officers arrived, they found an unresponsive woman who was pronounced dead at the scene. Early into the investigation, police learned she was hit by a car.

Police were then notified of a shooting victim at the Sunoco in Esplen, the neighborhood next to Sheraden.

Source: Woman killed after being struck by car, man shot in head found in bordering neighborhood

2 New York City cops shot, 1 killed, in deadly exchange with suspect, police say

Two New York City police officers were shot in a Harlem gunfight Friday night – one fatally and one critically wounded, days after a 16-year-old boy allegedly wounded another officer in the Bronx, according to police sources.

Source: 2 New York City cops shot, 1 killed, in deadly exchange with suspect, police say

Rite-Aid in Pittsburgh held up by man with knife

Pittsburgh Police were investigating after a man armed with a knife robbed a Rite-Aid store in the city’s Morningside neighborhood.

The robbery happened around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at the store on Morningside Avenue.

A Pittsburgh Public Safety spokesperson said an employee told police that the man showed the knife and demanded cash and then ran off after getting the money. The suspect was described as wearing dark pants and a dark jacket. No injuries were reported and no arrests have been announced.

Source: Rite-Aid in Pittsburgh held up by man with knife

1 Dead After Shooting In Bellevue – CBS Pittsburgh

 

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

BELLEVUE, Pa. (KDKA) — Police are investigating after a 28-year-old woman was fatally shot in Bellevue.

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The Allegheny County Police Department said officials were notified of a shooting Wednesday night in the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue.

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First responders found the victim, who was shot multiple times. She was taken to a local hospital, where she died.

A witness told KDKA-TV’s Erika Stanish that the woman was standing at the bus stop when two men approached her and started shooting. The shooting happened near the Dollar General store and Pizza Hut. An employee at Pizza Hut said they heard at least two shots.

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No word on any arrests or suspects.

Source: 1 Dead After Shooting In Bellevue – CBS Pittsburgh

Police: Teen dead after being shot outside school on Pittsburgh’s North Side | TribLIVE.com

A 15-year-old boy waiting to go home after school Wednesday died after at least one person opened fire on the school van he was sitting in outside his school on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

Two suspects, at least one of whom had a handgun, remained at large hours after the shooting outside Oliver Citywide Academy in Marshall-Shadeland. Pittsburgh police investigators confirmed shortly before 5:30 p.m. that the child had died. Authorities did not identify the teen.

“As a former principal, I know just the possibility of an incident like today is what keeps us up at night,” said interim Superintendent Wayne Walters.

The shooting happened around 1:45 p.m., said Cmdr. Richard Ford. He said the teen was taken to Allegheny General Hospital in critical condition where he later died.

Oliver Citywide is a special education center for students in grades 3 through 12, according to the district website.

The school remained under lockdown until shortly after 3 p.m. Pittsburgh Public Schools spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said the family of the student had been notified of the shooting, and a notification was sent to parents of other Oliver students.

Walters said the boy had been a student at Oliver Citywide since he was in third grade, and teachers at the school are inconsolable.

“He loved school, and he was so happy today to be back after the long weekend and school covid closure,” Walters said a teacher relayed. “His sense of humor was infectious.”

Source: Police: Teen dead after being shot outside school on Pittsburgh’s North Side | TribLIVE.com

State police warn of counterfeit $100 bills circulating in Westmoreland

Pennsylvania State Police are warning area businesses that some counterfeit $100 bills have been circulated in the area that appear to defy rapid detection using the standard counterfeit detector pens.

“We’ve had two reports in the past few days of the counterfeits being passed locally. In over 20 years as a trooper, I never saw them get around the counterfeit detector pens like this before,” state Trooper Stephen Limani said.

Limani said one bill was passed this week at Sally Beauty in Greengate Center Plaza in Hempfield.

When a trooper responded and used a detection pen on the suspected fake currency, the marking turned a light yellow.

“If it’s counterfeit, the line usually would be a dark brown or even black,” Limani said.

Limani said the trooper took the suspected counterfeit bill to a nearby PNC Bank, also in Hempfield, to inquire if the bill was fake, “and they said they had a counterfeit one too — with the same serial number.”

“It apparently came through and was detected in a night deposit,” he said.

Limani said both fake bills are being forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service for further investigation.

According to Limani, the fake bills appear to look “much older” than authentic hundreds. The Ben Franklin portrait on the fake bill is much smaller than on a legitimate bill.

Limani said both counterfeit hundreds also carried the same serial number, B22081273B. He said genuine currency has a security thread — a plastic strip — running from top to bottom consumers can see to verify authenticity.

“We’re asking anyone who may see any of these bills to contact us and save video security footage so we are able to learn who is circulating them,” Limani said.

Source: State police warn of counterfeit $100 bills circulating in Westmoreland

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