Police Look For Burglar Who Stole $8,000 Worth Of Merchandise From Westmoreland Co. Tractor Supply – CBS Pittsburgh

MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. (KDKA) – Police are trying to find the person they say shoplifted $8,000 worth of merchandise from Tractor Supply.

According to state police, a burglar cut the chain to a fenced lot at the Tractor Supply in Mount Pleasant early Tuesday morning.

The suspect allegedly took a $4,000 zero-turn mower, a $2,100 mower and a $2,100 utility trailer.

Police say the suspect then fled the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call State Police Greensburg.

Source: Police Look For Burglar Who Stole $8,000 Worth Of Merchandise From Westmoreland Co. Tractor Supply – CBS Pittsburgh

Two Pittsburgh convenience stores robbed within about 30 minutes

PITTSBURGH — Two convenience stores were robbed early Tuesday morning in Pittsburgh neighborhoods, police said.

The first robbery happened about 2:30 a.m. at the 7-Eleven on Brookline Boulevard in Brookline.

Investigators said two men walked into the store wearing dark hooded sweatshirts and had their faces covered. A gun was displayed and they got away with cigarettes.

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Shortly after 3 a.m., the second robbery was reported at the Speedway on Browns Hill Road in Greenfield.

Police were told two men in dark hooded sweatshirts went into the store with their faces covered. They took an undetermined amount of cash and fled toward Beechwood Boulevard.

No one was hurt in either robbery.

Police are investigating to determine whether the robberies are related.

Source: Two Pittsburgh convenience stores robbed within about 30 minutes

16 killed in shooting rampage, deadliest in Canadian history

TORONTO (AP) — A gunman disguised as a police officer shot people in their homes and set fires in a rampage across the Canadian province of Nova Scotia that killed 16 people, the deadliest such attack in the country’s history. Officials said Sunday the suspected shooter was also dead.

A police officer was among those killed. Several bodies were found inside and outside one home in the small, rural town of Portapique, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of Halifax — what police called the first scene. Bodies were also found at other locations. The assault began late Saturday, and authorities believe the shooter may have targeted his first victims but then began attacking randomly.

Overnight, police began advising residents of the town — already on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic — to lock their doors and stay in their basements. Several homes in the area were set on fire as well.

Police identified the man believed to be the shooter as Gabriel Wortman, 51, who was thought to live part-time in Portapique. Authorities said he wore a police uniform at one point and made his car look like a Royal Canadian Mounted Police cruiser.

Police first announced that they had arrested Wortman at a gas station in Enfield, outside Halifax, but later said he had died. It was not clear how, and they did not explain further.

“This is one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history,” said Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil.

RCMP spokesman Daniel Brien confirmed that 16 people had been killed in addition to the suspect. The dead officer was identified as Constable Heidi Stevenson, a mother of two and a 23-year veteran of the force. Another officer was also injured.

Mass shootings are relatively rare in Canada. The country overhauled its gun-control laws after gunman Marc Lepine killed 14 women and himself at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique college in 1989. Before this weekend’s rampage, that had been the country’s worst.

It is now illegal to possess an unregistered handgun or any kind of rapid-fire weapon in Canada. The country also requires training, a personal risk assessment, two references, spousal notification and criminal record checks to purchase a weapon.

“As a country, in moments like these, we come together to support one another. Together we will mourn with the families of the victims, and help them get through this difficult time,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a written news release.

While they believe the attack did not begin as random, police did not say what the initial motive was. RCMP Chief Superintendent Chris Leather said many of the victims did not know the shooter.

“That fact that this individual had a uniform and a police car at his disposal certainly speaks to it not being a random act,” Leather said. He added that police believe he acted alone.

Leather said they would investigate whether the attack had anything to do with the coronavirus pandemic but no link has been found thus far.

At one point, there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and police, he said.Late Sunday morning, there were half a dozen police vehicles at the scene of the gas station where the suspect died. Yellow police tape surrounded the gas pumps, and a large silver-colored SUV was being investigated.

Cpl. Lisa Croteau, a spokeswoman with the provincial force, said police received a call about “a person with firearms” late Saturday night, and the investigation “evolved into an active shooting investigation.”Christine Mills, a resident of the area, said it had been a frightening night for the small town, with armed officers patrolling the streets.

In the morning, helicopters flew overhead searching for the suspect. “It’s nerve-wracking because you don’t know if somebody has lost their mind and is going to beat in your front door,” she said.Tom Taggart, a lawmaker who represents the Portapique area in the Municipality of Colchester, said the quiet community has been shaken.

Source: 16 killed in shooting rampage, deadliest in Canadian history

Man charged with robbing girlfriend, dragging her out of car in Uniontown | Local News | heraldstandard.com

A man was arrested Friday for allegedly robbing his girlfriend and dragging her from a car while it was in the road in Uniontown.

Darrell Howard Foster, 42, of River Avenue in Masontown was charged with strangulation, robbery, simple assault, theft and receiving stolen property.

According to court paperwork, Uniontown City Police were called to the intersection of South Gallatin Avenue and Main Street at about 6:45 a.m. Friday when a bystander called 911, reporting a woman was dragged from a vehicle and screaming for help.

Source: Man charged with robbing girlfriend, dragging her out of car in Uniontown | Local News | heraldstandard.com

Police: One Man Dead, Another Injured After Double Stabbing In Shaler – CBS Pittsburgh

SHALER (KDKA) — Allegheny County Homicide Detectives are investigating after a double stabbing that left one dead in Shaler Township.

Investigators said first responders were dispatched to Arlington Court around 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday for a reported stabbing.

When officers arrived they discovered two men had been stabbed inside a home.

Officers found a 27-year-old male outside with stab wounds, officials said. Venerando Costa, Lieutenant, Allegheny County Homicide Unit said the man called police after it happened.

“He fled the house, went to the neighbors to call for help,” said Lt. Costa.

Police were then alerted to 23-year-old Matthew Barndt inside the home who had also been stabbed.

Both men were transported to the hospital.

Source: Police: One Man Dead, Another Injured After Double Stabbing In Shaler – CBS Pittsburgh

Two wanted in Mount Oliver armed robbery | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Police in Mount Oliver and Allegheny County are looking for two males they say used an AR-15-style rifle to rob a convenience store and its customers early Wednesday on Brownsville Road.

The men robbed the Sunoco gas station and convenience store around 5:30 a.m. in Mount Oliver, county police said.

The two suspects demanded cash from the clerk and robbed the other customers who were in the store.

No one was injured.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Tipline at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477). Callers can remain anonymous.

Source: Two wanted in Mount Oliver armed robbery | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

South Carolina murder suspect arrested in Pittsburgh after police chase on I-79

A man suspected in a homicide on March 20 in Greenville, South Carolina was arrested on Thursday in Pittsburgh following a police chase on Interstate 79 in Washington County.

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High speed chase that started in Washington County ends in Pittsburgh on the 900 block of Saw Mill Blvd. Canonsburg PD cruiser sustained damage. 2 suspects detained. @PAStatePolice investigating.

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A Channel 11 photojournalist captured video of two people being arrested on Route 51 in Pittsburgh.

A Canonsburg police cruiser was damaged in the chase.

Canonsburg police Chief Al Coghill said he felt frustrated that his officers don’t have enough protective gear.

Source: South Carolina murder suspect arrested in Pittsburgh after police chase on I-79

Florida man tortured 2-year-old with torch, airsoft gun while wearing werewolf mask, sheriff says | WPXI

Andrew Ross-Celaius, who is accused of beating and burning the girl, was acquitted in the 2006 killing of a 2-year-old boy.

 

PENSACOLA, Fla. – A Florida man previously acquitted in the killing of a child was arrested last month and charged with torturing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter, sometimes while wearing a werewolf mask, authorities said.

Andrew Bennett Ross-Celaius, 37, of Pensacola, was arrested April 9 and charged with six counts of aggravated child abuse, four counts of child abuse, a variety of drug charges, possession of a weapon, tampering with evidence and a probation violation, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Another man, Eric Everett Furnans, 36, of Pensacola, was arrested Tuesday and charged with destroying evidence in the case after Ross-Celaius was taken into custody. He has since been booked on drug charges

Source: Florida man tortured 2-year-old with torch, airsoft gun while wearing werewolf mask, sheriff says | WPXI

Police chase ends with woman in custody in Beaver County

A 25-minute police chase in Beaver County started in Aliquippa and traveled through several communities before ending in Center Township.

The chase began around 6:20 a.m. Tuesday and ended around 6:45 a.m. when the suspect’s vehicle hit a Center Township police vehicle.

Source: Police chase ends with woman in custody in Beaver County

BEAVER COUNTY POLICE CHASE: Woman arrested after chase, crash into 2 police vehicles | WPXI

A woman was arrested Tuesday morning after her SUV crashed into two police vehicles following a chase in Beaver County, authorities said.

Authorities said the woman was followed for about 25 miles as she zigzagged through traffic, nearly hitting a school bus and other cars and traveling upward of 80 mph at times.

“She definitely posed a threat the several times she went through areas. There were people moving on the side of the streets that I could see while we were chasing her,” Aliquippa police Sgt. Steven Roberts said.

The woman arrested was wanted on multiple arrest warrants in the county, police said, and she appeared to be intoxicated. Officials said she refused to take a blood test or Breathalyzer.

After the woman’s SUV hit the police vehicles — one from Center Township and the other from Aliquippa — additional police vehicles helped block her in, officials said.

The woman is facing charges, including two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer.

No injuries were reported.

Source: BEAVER COUNTY POLICE CHASE: Woman arrested after chase, crash into 2 police vehicles | WPXI

Micalla Rettinger: A 25-year-old Iowa woman was shot and killed while driving home from work – CNN

A 25-year-old Iowa woman was driving home from work when a bullet tore through the driver’s window of her vehicle and killed her, Waterloo police said.

Waterloo police said there is a $6,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the person who shot her.
“We are also asking anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in this area or has a trail/surveillance camera in this area to contact the Waterloo Police Department Investigations Division at 319-291-4340, Option 7,” the department said.

Source: Micalla Rettinger: A 25-year-old Iowa woman was shot and killed while driving home from work – CNN

Man traps himself in hole he dug to spy on his ex

MEXICO CITY — A man in northern Mexico had to be rescued after he accidentally trapped himself in a hole that he dug so he could spy on his former girlfriend in violation of a court order to stay away from her, authorities said Sunday.

The Sonora state attorney general’s office said the 50-year-old man had spent days digging the hole in Puerto Penasco, a town on the Gulf of California, only to become trapped and require assistance to get out.

The man had been ordered to stay away from his former girlfriend due to domestic violence charges and he is now in jail, authorities said.

Source: Man traps himself in hole he dug to spy on his ex

PENN HILLS HIT AND RUN: Man dies after being dragged for blocks in hit-and-run | WPXI

PENN HILLS, Pa. – A man was hit and dragged by a vehicle, which then took off Sunday night in Penn Hills, investigators said.

Police were called about 9:30 p.m. after a pedestrian was struck and his body was found on Universal Road.

The man, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Source: PENN HILLS HIT AND RUN: Man dies after being dragged for blocks in hit-and-run | WPXI

Police: 8 shot, 1 fatally, in latest Baltimore shooting | WTOP

A gunman fired indiscriminately into a crowd where people were gathered for cookouts on a street in Baltimore, wounding seven people including one of them fatally, the city’s police commissioner said.

Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the gunfire erupted after 5 p.m. on a block in the city’s western district of brick row homes. Harrison said a man approached a crowd on foot and began firing in what he called “a very tragic, very cowardly shooting.” Speaking at the scene afterward, Harrison said the shooting appeared “extremely targeted,” but he didn’t provide a possible motive.

Source: Police: 8 shot, 1 fatally, in latest Baltimore shooting | WTOP

1 of 3 stabbed inside Erie club dies

Authorities say one of three men stabbed in an Erie club over the weekend has died.

The Erie Times-News reports that the county coroner’s office says the 34-year-old man was pronounced dead shortly after 3:30 a.m. Saturday at UPMC Hamot. Deputy Coroner John Maloney says an autopsy is planned Monday.

Maloney said a 25-year-old man and a 27-year-old man were treated and one was admitted to the hospital. One victim was wanted on an arrest warrant. Police were questioning several people in the stabbings.

Source: 1 of 3 stabbed inside Erie club dies

HOMESTEAD SHOOTING: 1 injured in Homestead shooting | WPXI

After investigating, police learned the victim was shot on East Pine Way, which is between East 14th and 15th streets.

Police said the suspect in the shooting has been identified as a black male who was wearing a black hoodie with white stripes, blue jeans and back tennis shoes at the time.

Allegheny County homicide detectives are investigating.


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Source: HOMESTEAD SHOOTING: 1 injured in Homestead shooting | WPXI

Rare, 400-Year-Old Bible Stolen From US Library Found and Returned – Sputnik International

A Geneva Bible dating to 1615 that was stolen from a Pennsylvania library has been found in the Netherlands and returned to the US, authorities announced at a Thursday news conference.

The Bible, which has survived more than four centuries, was one of more than 300 items allegedly stolen from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh as part of a 20-year scheme by a former archivist Gregory Priore, 62, and rare books dealer John Schulman, 54, local outlet KDKA reports, both of whom had long worked closely with the library. They have been charged with theft, conspiracy and forgery, among other counts.

Investigators traced the tome to the American Pilgrim Museum in Leiden, which had paid about $1,200 for it. Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala explained that the director of the Leiden museum realized the Bible it had purchased belonged to the Carnegie Library and reached out to the institution. He’s “an honest man,” Zappala said, according to KDKA.

Source: Rare, 400-Year-Old Bible Stolen From US Library Found and Returned (PHOTOS) – Sputnik International

San Diego Synagogue Shooting: Multiple People Including Children Injured at Synagogue Chabad of Poway, Suspect in Custody

At least four people were injured, including children, following a shooting at a San Diego area synagogue, local authorities said.

The San Diego Sheriff’s Office said that a man is in custody and being question by investigators and they do not believe there are other suspects.

“We don’t believe there are any other suspects,” a spokesperson for San Diego police told The Daily Beast.

Source: San Diego Synagogue Shooting: Multiple People Including Children Injured at Synagogue Chabad of Poway, Suspect in Custody

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, on leave amid book probe, has homes and City Hall office raided by feds | Fox News

Federal agents raided two homes belonging to Baltimore’s embattled mayor as well as City Hall on Thursday amid ongoing investigations into lucrative sales of her “Healthy Holly” books.

The Democratic mayor, who is currently on a leave of absence she’s blamed on pneumonia, has faced mounting calls to resign after it was discovered she reportedly received $500,000 from the University of Maryland Medical System for her self-authored “Healthy Holly” children’s book series.

UMMS reportedly paid Pugh for 100,000 copies of her books between 2011 and 2018, while she was on its board, with the stated intention of distributing the books to schools and day care centers.

But some 50,000 copies remain unaccounted for and officials are probing if they were ever even printed.

Source: Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, on leave amid book probe, has homes and City Hall office raided by feds | Fox News

Man assaulted four state troopers, investigators say | WPXI

WASHINGTON, Pa. – A man assaulted four state troopers and even broke one of their hands, according to investigators.

David White was sitting in his car early Monday morning in the parking lot of Saint Hilary Church in Washington, according to police.

They knocked on the car window and said they saw marijuana, as well as items that were reported stolen from nearby convenience stores.

Source: Man assaulted four state troopers, investigators say | WPXI

BREAKING: FBI arrests militia member near border, described as “armed vigilante” – KVIA

The FBI arrested a 69-year-old militia member in Sunland Park on Saturday in connection with possessing firearms and ammunition as a felon, according to the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office.

The man, Larry Mitchell Hopkins, is a Flora Vista, N.M., native also known as “Johnny Horton Jr.,” according to an FBI release.

ABC-7’s Mauricio Casillas interviewed the United Constitutional Patriots Commander in a story that aired in March.

Source: BREAKING: FBI arrests militia member near border, described as “armed vigilante” – KVIA

BUTLER COUPLE INDICTED: Former hospital CEO and ex-county detective charged in $1.3 million fraud

The U.S. attorney in Pittsburgh says the indictment includes charges of mail fraud, conspiracy, embezzlement from a healthcare benefit program and money laundering.

A former CEO of Butler Memorial Hospital and her husband, a former longtime Butler County detective whose duties involved fraud investigations, are named in a federal indictment that alleges a $1.3 million fraud, authorities said Friday.

The 37-count indictment against Stephanie Roskovski, 48, and Scott Roskovski, 50, includes charges of mail fraud, conspiracy, embezzlement from a health care benefit program, money laundering and false statement in a loan application, U.S. Attorney Scott Brady’s office said.

Source: BUTLER COUPLE INDICTED: Former hospital CEO and ex-county detective charged in $1.3 million fraud

France’s Yellow Vest protesters return to the streets enraged by billions pledged to rebuild Notre Dame | Fox News

Yellow vest protestors in Paris battled police during violent clashes Saturday–newly enraged at the billions of dollars that have been pledged to rebuild fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral, overshadowing their anti-wealth cause.

Source: France’s Yellow Vest protesters return to the streets enraged by billions pledged to rebuild Notre Dame | Fox News