PITTSBURGH — An hour-long SWAT incident concluded early Saturday morning after a man who police believe fired several shots was taken into custody in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood.
The incident occurred in the 4500 block of Torley Street just before 3:30 a.m., when police responded to a ShotSpotter activation for multiple rounds fired.
There police found spent shell casings in the area and tried to make contact with the resident, but were unsuccessful. Friends and family members told police that there were several firearms available inside the home and that the male was in crisis, and SWAT and negotiators responded.
More than two hours after police were called, the man came to the door and surrendered. He was evaluated by tactical medics before being taken to receive the assistance he needs, police said.
CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers stopped an Ebensburg woman who had a loaded gun in her purse at a security checkpoint at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, Friday, Sept. 3.
The woman was given a gate pass by an airline to allow her to meet an inbound passenger. When the .38 caliber gun was detected, TSA officers alerted the Westmoreland County Park Police, according to Pa. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials.
She now faces a stiff federal financial penalty for carrying a gun through a security checkpoint, according to the DHS.
It was the fifth handgun that TSA officers have caught at the airport so far this year. Only three guns were caught in 2019 when significantly more people were flying prior to the pandemic.
President Biden on Thursday told Jewish leaders that he spent time at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh after the October 2018 mass murder of 11 people there — but the synagogue told The Post he never visited.
“I remember spending time at the, you know, going to the, you know, the Tree of Life synagogue, speaking with them,” Biden said in a 16-minute virtual address ahead of the Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Barb Feige, executive director of the Tree of Life, said that Biden did not visit the synagogue in the nearly three years since the anti-Semitic attack.
In a phone interview, Feige, executive director since July 2019, said firmly that “no” Biden didn’t visit, even before taking office when he had a lower public profile as a former vice president and then-Democratic presidential candidate.
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.
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.
Two people were killed and another was injured Thursday morning in a shooting near the courthouse in the small northern Illinois city of Kankakee, about 60 miles south of Chicago.
CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Three Lower Yoder Township residents have been arrested after a search warrant led to the discovery of suspected crack cocaine and fentanyl.
Jason Michael Piurkowsky, 24, Tatyana Marie Lynn Simms, 22 and Ryan Anthony Ressler, 20 are all facing multiple drug-related offenses.
A warrant was executed on the 100 block of Peach Street. During the search, police found 12 grams of suspected crack cocaine, 6.5 grams of suspected fentanyl and 407 grams of suspected marijuana.
Police also found three firearms, including a ghost gun with no markings, according to District Attorney Greg Neugebauer.
Cambria County Detectives, the Attorney General’s Office, and Cambria County SERT executed the search warrant.
Joseph Twigger said he didn’t think twice in the emergency room at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg this week when he saw a county jail inmate trying to grab a sheriff deputy’s gun.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Just within a 24-hour period, there were three shootings in Allegheny County.
Pittsburgh City Councilman Bobby Wilson says he was just there Friday and residents shared their concerns about the violence. He says he’s taking a multi-pronged approach to stop the shootings.
“Which is really trying to contact HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development). I just had a meeting with them yesterday to see what can be done to increase safety, to really increase community input in these locations,” said Wilson.
Wilson is also working with local intervention groups to find solutions.
“I want to keep pointing back to if we follow the bullet that was in the guns of everyone that were there, what brought them to that moment?” said Wilson.
Wilson and Councilman Corey O’Connor believe putting more funding into community programs and prevention will help save lives.
“We see this with our young people that have bright futures that we want involved in our city, that they are going to be the future leaders of our city,” said O’Connor. “I think for us, it’s more the education to those individuals to say, ‘Look, there are great opportunities here. How can we help?’”
O’Connor says the Stop the Violence initiative alone receives around $3 million in funding. The council just introduced new grants to distribute in the near future.
“If you have organizations that are working within the community as well as with our leaders down at city government to try to get to the neighborhood and to have people in the neighborhood to work with these young kids, to give them a sense of hope and that there’s other things to do out there,” said O’Connor.
O’Connor says community policing also makes a big difference. He says the police chief and officers go out in neighborhoods to connect with residents and participate in youth programs.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — A gunman walked into a Miami Beach restaurant and fatally shot a tourist who was protecting his 1-year-old son.
The victim’s mother identified him to NBC 6 in Miami as 21-year-old Dustin Wakefield, who was visiting the area from Castle Rock, Colorado. Lora Wakefield said that Dustin was the father of a 1-year-old boy.
Tamarius Blair David Jr. told investigators he shot Wakefield on Tuesday night because he was high on mushrooms, which made him feel empowered.
He told investigators he walked into La Cerveceria restaurant and picked Wakefield out at random. Wakefield’s family says he stood up and got between David and his son, saying “He’s only a boy.”
Police say David then shot Wakefield multiple times. David then ran from the restaurant and was captured in a nearby alley. He is charged with murder.
BUTLER, Pa. —
A man was shot and killed by police in Butler after stabbing an officer Tuesday morning, state police said.
The incident happened in the area of the 300 block of West Jefferson Street, as the officer responded to a 911 call about a man acting erratically and jumping in and out of traffic, state police said.No information on the officer’s condition was immediately available.
Police have not identified the man who was killed.
The investigation is ongoing. State police said they would discuss the incident at the Butler station at 10:30 a.m.
PITTSBURGH — A man is in stable condition in hospital after being stabbed several times during an argument in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood early Sunday.
Police said the incident occurred in the 2200 block of E. Carson Street around 2 a.m. Officers responded to a call for a man who was stabbed, and found him with multiple stab wounds to the upper body.
He was taken to hospital in critical condition, but was upgraded to stable condition shortly before arriving at the hospital.
Witnesses stated the victim was stabbed after an argument. There were no suspect descriptions and the investigation is ongoing.
(CNN)A pair of young brothers had to take control of their SUV and steer themselves to safety when their dad was fatally shot Friday night while driving on a Texas freeway.Their father, a 29-year-old man, had been driving a Toyota Sequoia on Interstate 10 in Houston with his sons, ages 8 and 6, when he was shot just before 11 p.m., Houston Police Department (HPD) Public Information Officer John Cannon told CNN.The victim’s sons then steered the SUV off the freeway to a strip mall parking lot where one of the children got out of the car and ran to get help, Cannon said.Their father was pronounced dead at the scene and both boys were unharmed, he added.
While much of the nation has experienced a dramatic increase in murders and other violent crimes, Pittsburgh has seen a 46% rise in shootings that left people injured and a similar percentage jump in homicides over the same time last year.
One 15-year-old boy was fatally shot on Brookline’s Creedmoor Avenue after several individuals chased him down, witnesses told reporters. Weeks earlier, a 17-year-old boy was followed from an Allentown convenience store and shot five times.
In April, a teenager was shot and killed in a Hill District apartment stairwell where a group of teens were “play fighting” with a gun, court records state. A 15-year-old was taken into custody in the shooting.
“It’s almost traumatizing to see so many young people dying prematurely, especially African-Americans,” said local anti-violence advocate the Rev. Glenn Grayson, who partners with the city on the Reach Initiative, a violence intervention program.
“We’re losing our future, the gifts and talents that could’ve been major contributions to society.”
NORTH UNION TWP, Pa. — State police are investigating a deadly shooting Friday afternoon in North Union Township.
It happened at Meridian Point Apartments on Confer Vista Drive shortly after 12:30 p.m.
According to police, Michael Cole Debeary, 32, was shot during an altercation involving two other men.Debeary died at the scene.
State Police said the Fayette County district attorney has been consulted as part of the ongoing investigation.
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WJAC) — A Philadelphia man is facing charges for refusing to wear a mask on an Amtrak train in Johnstown, officials say.
According to charging documents, 22-year-old Damier Bingham faces two misdemeanor charges related to disorderly conduct and delaying a train.
The Amtrak Police Department says the incident happened in June when Bingham refused to comply with the Transportation Security Administration’s mask mandate.
According to the federal requirement, Americans must wear masks while on public transportation to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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.
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
CLAIRTON, Pa. (KDKA) — Police are investigating a shooting in Clairton.
The Allegheny County Police Department said officials were notified of a shooting on Thursday in the 400 block of Halcomb Avenue.
First responders found a man who was shot multiple times. He was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive.
The police closed off several streets and sent alerts to congressional staff members, prompting evacuations.
WASHINGTON — A man who claimed to have a bomb in a pickup truck outside the Library of Congress surrendered to the police on Thursday, after hours of negotiations and evacuations of several government buildings in the area.
The man surrendered peacefully, according to a law enforcement official.
The man drove a black pickup onto the sidewalk of the Library of Congress at about 9:15 Thursday morning, and the police responded to a disturbance call, Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Capitol Police said in a news conference.
When the police arrived, the man said he had a bomb and one of the officers observed what appeared to be a detonator in his hand, Chief Manger said.
The police spent hours negotiating with the man, he said. It was unclear whether the man did actually have explosives.
“We don’t know what his motives are at this time,” Chief Manger said. He confirmed that some of those negotiations had been streamed live on social media.
“We’re trying to get as much information as we can to try to find a way to peacefully resolve this,” he said. Chief Manger declined to describe the conversation between the man and the negotiators.
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The man, whom officials identified as a resident of Grover, N.C., named Floyd Ray Roseberry, about 50 years old, was making anti-government statements, according to a law enforcement official.
A spokesman for Facebook confirmed that the company had taken down a post with a video broadcast from man in the truck. In the rambling video, he addresses President Biden, demanding to speak with him or a representative, and sometimes shows a metal object in his lap. He describes himself as “a patriot” and expresses grievances with Democrats. He repeatedly says he does not want to die or hurt anyone but warns that the device will explode if the police fire at him, though the man offered no evidence to support that.
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.
PITTSBURGH — A man was found shot to death early Tuesday morning inside a duplex in Pittsburgh’s Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood, police said.
Officers went to Malden Street just after 5 a.m. after receiving a ShotSpotter alert for gunshots fired.
A man was found shot to death early Tuesday morning inside a duplex in Pittsburgh’s Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood, police said.
GREENSBURG, Pa. — Former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez was sentenced Tuesday to two to four years in state prison for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in Westmoreland County.
Vazquez was found guilty in May on 15 charges: 10 counts of sexual abuse of children, two counts of unlawful contact with a minor and one count each of statutory sexual assault, indecent sexual assault and corruption of a minor.
During the trial, Vazquez did not deny the sexual relationship he had with the teenager, but he did deny knowing that she was only 13 years old.
Vazquez’ attorney claimed the teen misled his client about her age.
Investigators said Vazquez and the girl began a relationship in 2017 and it continued until he was arrested in 2019. The investigation began after the girl’s mother found photos from Vazquez on her daughter’s cellphone and called police.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. —
Police were investigating after a person was shot in the stomach in New Castle, Lawrence County.
The shooting happened around 2 p.m. Monday afternoon on Beech Street in the Westview Terrace Housing Project.
PITTSBURGH — Four people, including a juvenile, were arrested and charged with gun and drug violations after a SWAT incident at a hotel in Pittsburgh’s North Side.
Samuel Mitchell, 27, Dorian Ingram, 26, Kevin Whitely, 22, and one juvenile were charged with in the incident at 1 a.m. Aug. 13 at the Double Tree Hotel at 1 Bigelow Square.
Officers with the Pittsburgh Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice, Violent Crime Unit and Pittsburgh SWAT served a search warrant on a room on the 10th floor of the hotel, following ongoing investigation into the recent rash of violence on the North Side.Police said during an initial sweep of the room, large quantities of narcotics and one firearm were observed in plain view.
Following a second search, six firearms, 12 bricks of heroin and about $900 in cash was found.
Mitchell, Ingram and Whitely are currently held in the Allegheny County Jail, while the juvenile was taken to the Shuman Center.
ALIQUIPPA, Pa. —
Police are searching for a suspect who led officers on a chase from Beaver County into Allegheny County late Sunday night.
The chase started in Aliquippa, Beaver County and ended in the area of Sixth and Locust Streets in Coraopolis.
A dark-colored sedan was spotted in a grassy area near where the chase ended.
Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 is working to figure out why police were pursuing this suspect and any information about the person officers are looking for.
CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)– The Cambria County coroner has been called to the scene of a deadly shooting on Lunen Street near Park Avenue in the Moxham district that happened around 2:48 p.m.
A male who appears to be in his late 20s was found dead in the driver’s seat of a car parked along Lunen Street. It is possible that he died due to a gunshot wound according to the coroner.
The Johnstown Police Department along with the coroner are currently investigating the deadly shooting. An autopsy will be conducted tomorrow.
The name of the male has not been released due to the dead male’s family needing to be notified.
A man who barricaded himself inside a home in Pittsburgh’s East Allegheny neighborhood surrendered to police early Saturday morning.
Officers responded to reports of a domestic incident inside a home on the 400 block of Suismon Street shortly after midnight, according to Pittsburgh Public Safety Spokeswoman Cara Cruz.
One Man Stabbed In Downtown LA As Dueling Protesters Clashed
“Breaking: Brutal right-wing vs antifa brawl breaks out at anti-mask protest in Los Angeles,” journalist Andy Ngo tweeted Saturday along with a video from videographer Sean Carmitchel who was at the scene. “One of the antifa who charges in to fight gets pummeled to the ground. A woman trying to help him gets hit on the head. The antifa end up retreating.”
At one point, Carmitchel tweeted that a man had been stabbed which he says was confirmed by the LAPD. That man was transferred to a hospital via ambulance.
A 3-year-old girl was killed after a 5-year-old boy shot her early Friday morning in Minnesota, officials said.
The shooting was reported in a residence in the town of Bena at 3:54 a.m., according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Upon arrival, deputies learned that the victim had been shot inside the home, Sheriff Tom Burch said in a news release.
Family members took her to Deer River Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to authorities.
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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.