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Johnstown man still at large following altercation, chase with police | WJAC

Police in Cambria County continue to search for a man following an altercation with an officer earlier Friday.

The Ferndale police chief says an officer suffered minor injuries Friday afternoon after getting into a struggle with a man who said he had a weapon.

Chief John Blake says the officer responded to the 100 block of Quaker Avenue in Ferndale for a parking complaint and reports of a man, who Blake identified as John Hoffman of Middle Taylor Township, trying to unsuccessfully carjack a vehicle.

Blake says the officer noticed Hoffman was intoxicated; Hoffman told the officer he had a gun, and they began to struggle.

According to Blake, Hoffman ran away, and a chase ensued involving other officers.

The injured officer was treated and is okay.

Hoffman remains at large and the Ferndale Police Department is currently consulting with the Cambria County district attorney to press charges.

Source: Johnstown man still at large following altercation, chase with police | WJAC

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WORK ZONE SPEED ENFORCEMENT: Cameras being tested in Pittsburgh as part of PennDOT’s program

A main artery for drivers in Pittsburgh is one of the locations for PennDOT’s new Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program.

A two-mile stretch of Boulevard of the Allies (PA 885) is one of the locations where the mobile speed cameras will be in use.

Boulevard of the Allies -- PennDOT Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement

A 60-day pre-enforcement period is currently underway. Drivers will be penalized beginning March 4.

  • A first offense will result in a warning letter to the registered vehicle owner.
  • There will be a $75 fine for a second offense and a $150 fine for third and subsequent offenses.
  • These violations are civil penalties only; no points will be assessed to driver’s licenses.

Click here to see all of them and learn more about the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program.

Source: WORK ZONE SPEED ENFORCEMENT: Cameras being tested in Pittsburgh as part of PennDOT’s program

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Police: Man dead after officer-involved shooting in Wilkinsburg, suspect fired first

Authorities say officers were chasing the man before he fired his weapon. Incident happened at the corner of Penn and Wood streets.

Source: Police: Man dead after officer-involved shooting in Wilkinsburg, suspect fired first

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Woman claims North Braddock officer arrested her for filming traffic stop | TribLIVE.com

A North Braddock woman is suing North Braddock Borough and four police officers in federal court for allegedly violating her civil rights after her arrest for filming an Aug. 19 traffic stop.

Keaira Booker, 23, said that she was wrongly arrested when a North Braddock police officer spotted her filming the traffic stop near Brinton and Sheridan Streets in North Braddock.

Source: Woman claims North Braddock officer arrested her for filming traffic stop | TribLIVE.com

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Daylight burglary: Police in Greensburg searching for suspect

Police asking for the public’s help

Police did not say exactly when the burglary occurred in Northmont but posted images and surveillance video on Tuesday.

Anyone with information is asked to call 724-834-3800.

Source: Daylight burglary: Police in Greensburg searching for suspect

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Man arrested after swat team visits home in Mt Lebanon – KDKA 

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Pennsylvania State Police trooper shot on duty, flown to hospital

Pennsylvania State Police said the trooper was shot during a welfare check in Tioga County on Tuesday afternoon.

Source: Pennsylvania State Police trooper shot on duty, flown to hospital

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Police officers shot in standoff with gunman, New Jersey governor says

Sporadic, heavy gunfire rang out over the course of at least an hour along a major thoroughfare where the shooting occurred.

 

Police officers were shot Tuesday in the Jersey City standoff that left a neighborhood, including a school, on lockdown, authorities said.

Sporadic, heavy gunfire rang out over the course of at least an hour along a major thoroughfare. SWAT teams, state police and federal agents responded to the scene, and police blocked off the area, which has a Catholic school, some stores, a kosher supermarket and a hair stylist.

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FBI spokeswoman Patty Hartman said that more than one officer has been shot but could not give any other information. She said the bureau is assisting.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Jersey City Police Department, especially with the officers shot during this standoff, and with the residents and schoolchildren currently under lockdown,” Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said. “I have every confidence in our law enforcement professionals to ensure the safety of the community and resolve this situation.”

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I have been briefed on the unfolding situation in Jersey City. Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Jersey City Police Department, especially with the officers shot during this standoff, and with the residents and schoolchildren currently under lockdown.

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Source: Police officers shot in standoff with gunman, New Jersey governor says

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Arkansas cop ‘ambushed, executed’ in fatal shooting near station

A police officer in Arkansas was shot and killed as he sat in his patrol vehicle outside his police station Saturday night before the suspected shooter was gunned down by responding officers in a nearby alley, according to officials.

The Fayetteville Police Department said in a news release the incident happened around 9:42 p.m. when officers inside the station heard gunshots, went outside and heard additional gunshots before encountering a suspect behind the police department fleeing the area. After a confrontation where the suspect was shot and killed, deputies discovered Officer Stephen Carr shot inside his patrol vehicle.

“It appears the suspect came into the back parking lot and just executed my officer,”  Fayetteville Police Chief Mike Reynolds said at a brief news conference.

Reynolds told reporters that the suspect, 35-year-old London Phillips, of Fayetteville, was chased into an alley between the police department and the city prosecutor’s office. Officers then “engaged the suspect,” and shots were fired, injuring Phillips.

Three minutes after the shooting was reported, police said that emergency medical personnel responded to the scene, but both the officer and suspected shooter died of their injuries.

Source: Arkansas cop ‘ambushed, executed’ in fatal shooting near station

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Breaking: Houston police officer dead after east Houston shooting

A Houston police sergeant died Saturday night after he was shot in the chest with a semi-automatic pistol during a domestic disturbance near Magnolia Park in east Houston.

Mayor Sylvester Turner praised the service of Christopher Brewster, 32, who had been with the department since 2010.

“This is a tough moment for our city,” Turner said. “Today and in days to come, years to come, we will honor him as a hero in the city of Houston for the work he performed on behalf of everyone in the city.”

Officers were called at about 5:50 p.m. to the 7400 block of Avenue I after a woman told 911 dispatchers that her boyfriend was assaulting her and that he had two firearms, Police Chief Art Acevedo said during a press conference.

Source: Breaking: Houston police officer dead after east Houston shooting

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Starbucks barista writes ‘Pig’ on police officer’s cup | Fox News

Starbucks apologized on Thanksgiving after one of its baristas wrote “Pig” on the label for a police officer’s order.

An Oklahoma Starbucks apologized on Thanksgiving after one of its baristas wrote “Pig” on the label for a police officer‘s order.

Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O’Mara shared a photo of the insulting cup handed to one of his officers, who purchased the beverages on Thursday morning in Glenpool, just south of Tulsa, as a kind gesture for the dispatchers on duty.

STARBUCKS SHOP BOOTS POLICE OFFICERS BECAUSE CUSTOMER ‘DID NOT FEEL SAFE’ AROUND THEM: REPORTS

“What irks me is the absolute and total disrespect for a police officer who, instead of being home with family and enjoying a meal and a football game, is patrolling his little town,” O’Mara wrote in a Facebook post that quickly went viral.

The barista has been suspended “pending the outcome of our investigation,” Starbucks told FOX 25 Thursday night.

Source: Starbucks barista writes ‘Pig’ on police officer’s cup | Fox News

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AR-15 rifle, ammunition seized, student arrested for threat of mass shooting at South LA middle school | abc7.com

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Sheriff’s investigators have arrested a 13-year-old boy after responding to a call of a threat to shoot staff members and fellow students at Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School in South Los Angeles, authorities announced Friday.

According to Undersheriff Tim Murakami, deputies from the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Century station initiated the investigation, which led to a search warrant and the seizure of a AR-15 rifle, a large cache of ammunition and “a list of intended victims and a drawing of the school layout.”

At a morning news conference, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said several students notified teachers after overhearing a threat that a shooting would take place at the campus on Friday.

Source: AR-15 rifle, ammunition seized, student arrested for threat of mass shooting at South LA middle school | abc7.com

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Hong Kong: Protesters and police in fiery stand-off at university – BBC News

A stand-off at a Hong Kong university campus has led to fiery clashes overnight, as hundreds of protesters tried to repel a police advance.

Large fires broke out at entrances to the Polytechnic University (PolyU), where protesters hurled petrol bombs and shot arrows from behind barricades.

Officers earlier warned they could use live ammunition if protesters did not stop attacking them using such weapons.

Months of anti-government protests have caused turmoil in the city.

The latest violence is some of the worst the semi-autonomous Chinese territory has seen since the movement began.

The police have become targets for radical demonstrators, who accuse them of excessive force.

Demonstrators have been occupying the PolyU for days. Fresh clashes erupted on Sunday, with tear gas and water cannon being met with petrol bombs, bricks and other improvised weapons.

A police media liaison officer was wounded in the leg with an arrow on Sunday.

Source: Hong Kong: Protesters and police in fiery stand-off at university – BBC News

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Man arrested in Wilkinsburg Homicide

Police said argument led to deadly gunfire

A man was arrested after a deadly shooting in Wilkinsburg.

Allegheny County Police charged 32-year-old Dilon Bartifay with criminal homicide.

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Police were called to Center Street around 10:30 P.M. Saturday.

Officers found a 46-year-old man with a gunshot wound.

He died at the hospital.

Officers said the victim and Bartifay got into an argument.

During the argument, Bartify allegedly shot the victim and then walked away.

The victim has not been identified.

Source: Man arrested in Wilkinsburg Homicide

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Yellow vest protests: More than 100 arrested as violence returns to Paris – BBC News

Rioters clash with police, unleashing some of the worst violence Paris has seen in months.

With many clad in black and wearing masks to hide their faces, rioters in parts of the city burned barricades, vandalised banks, set rubbish bins on fire and hurled cobblestones at police.

By Saturday evening, Paris police said 147 people had been arrested across the capital.

The nationwide protests were intended to send a message to French President Emmanuel Macron, whose government has been accused of ignoring the needs of ordinary citizens.

Source: Yellow vest protests: More than 100 arrested as violence returns to Paris – BBC News

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A doorbell camera captured a woman screaming for help from a passing car. Police want to find her – CNN

(CNN)A Los Angeles doorbell camera captured the gut-wrenching screams of a woman police say they believe may have been kidnapped, but it did not capture images of what caused her calls for help.

Witnesses in the Leimert Park neighborhood called Los Angeles police Tuesday to report hearing a woman screaming, according to an LAPD news release.
“Help me,” a woman’s voice can be heard screaming in the footage, which shows only a dark street from a porch. “Somebody help me, please.”
A car then races into and out of the frame.

Source: A doorbell camera captured a woman screaming for help from a passing car. Police want to find her – CNN

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Pittsburgh police cruiser involved in crash on city’s North Side

Crash happened Sunday evening

It is unclear at this time if anyone was injured in the crash.

Nicholas Najeski, 33, of West Mifflin, was charged with multiple offenses after the crash including driving under the influence.

Source: Pittsburgh police cruiser involved in crash on city’s North Side

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Man Runs From Cops, Throws Weed Into The Woods – CBS Pittsburgh

PENN HILLS (KDKA) — A 27-year-old man was arrested yesterday after fleeing police and attempting to throw away a bag of marijuana.

Penn Hills Police originally tried to stop Davaughn Jones for not using his turn signal while turning into the Penn Hills Shopping Center from Rodi Road.

The report from an officer states that he was in a marked police car and uniform during the incident and that the Jones was looking at him through the rear view mirror. Another patrol car also pursued Jones after he sped away from the first officer on Universal Road.

Jones then got out of his car on Collins Drive and ran from the Penn Hill officers, which was when he threw a “large bag” of marijuana in a wooded creek bed.

The officers were able to catch up with Jones and arrested him. They found then that Jones had a small bag of cocaine in his possession.

Jones had a warrant for a probation violation for robbery.

Source: Man Runs From Cops, Throws Weed Into The Woods – CBS Pittsburgh

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Schiphol airport: False alarm causes Amsterdam security alert – BBC News

An accidental alert about a hijacking causes disruption at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.

A false report of an airline hijacking sparked a large police response on board a plane at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on Wednesday evening.

Dutch police tweeted at about 19:30 (18:30 GMT) that they were investigating a “suspicious situation”.

Part of the airport, which is one of Europe’s busiest, was closed to passengers as officials investigated.

But after people were evacuated from the plane, Air Europa announced a pilot had accidentally set off an alert.

“False alarm. In the flight Amsterdam-Madrid this afternoon was activated, by mistake, a warning that triggers protocols on hijackings at the airport,” the airline tweeted.

“Nothing has happened, all passengers are safe and sound waiting to fly soon. We deeply apologize.”

Shortly before their announcement, Dutch military police confirmed all passengers and staff had been safely evacuated from the Madrid-bound flight.

Images posted on social media showed parts of the airport’s D-pier cordoned off to the public, with passengers waiting around for information.

Source: Schiphol airport: False alarm causes Amsterdam security alert – BBC News

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Video shows attack at downtown Pittsburgh McDonald’s that left man paralyzed, employee charged

Smartphone video captures verbal altercation between couple, employees

A criminal complaint names 24-year-old Roneese Davis as one of the employees who attacked Marc Conn and his companion, Billie Jo Goldsworthy.

Source: Video shows attack at downtown Pittsburgh McDonald’s that left man paralyzed, employee charged

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FAKE MONEY: Police investigating replica dollar bills circulating in the Pittsburgh area | WPXI

DUQUESNE, Pa. – A string of fake dollar bills is circulating in the Pittsburgh area and they’re being passed as real money, according to police.

Investigators with the City of Duquesne Police Department are asking area business owners to check their money closely.

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In pictures posted to their social media, police point out fine print on the bills with the word “replica.”

Police said the money can be bought legally online and it only becomes a crime when someone tries to pass it off as real.

Source: FAKE MONEY: Police investigating replica dollar bills circulating in the Pittsburgh area | WPXI

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Woman In Custody After Leading Police On High-Speed Chase Down I-79S – CBS Pittsburgh

One woman is in custody after leading police on a two-county high-speed chase Saturday afternoon.

Source: Woman In Custody After Leading Police On High-Speed Chase Down I-79S – CBS Pittsburgh

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Penn Hills man found shot to death inside ransacked home

A Penn Hills man was found shot to death inside his home Wednesday evening after a report of a home invasion, police said.

The victim, identified by the medical examiner as 35-year-old Aaron Evans, was found dead when police responded to the 7200 block of Lawton Street a little after 6:15 p.m.

“We’re not sure exactly what happened inside the home, but we know he was forced back inside the home. At some point, he was shot,” county police Inspector Andrew Schurman said.

The house had been ransacked, and police said robbery appears to be a motive for the shooting.

“That’s something we’re trying to determine more definitively — what the motive was, and why he was selected,” Schurman said. “At this point, we have no reason to think he was randomly selected. There was something in his life that caused these men to show up and ransack his home.”

No suspects have been identified. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call county police at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477). Anonymous calls will be accepted.

Source: Penn Hills man found shot to death inside ransacked home

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Police Make 2 Arrests After Chase, Crash Involving Alleged Stolen Vehicle – CBS Pittsburgh

Two people are in custody following a police chase and crash Monday night on the North Side.

Source: Police Make 2 Arrests After Chase, Crash Involving Alleged Stolen Vehicle – CBS Pittsburgh

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Johnstown police searching for Hornerstown vandalism suspect | WJAC

Johnstown police are looking to identify a person they say is suspected of vandalism in Hornerstown. The Johnstown Police Department posted pictures on their Facebook page of a suspect after they say numerous vehicles and properties were vandalized. Anyone with information is asked to call Johnstown Police at 814-472-2100.

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Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander discusses incident at Town Center Mall in Boca Raton – YouTube

Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander discusses incident at Town Center Mall in Boca Raton.

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PA DRUG LACED CANDY: THC-laced candy found in Pa. has police warning parents ahead of Halloween | WPXI

THC-laced candy found in Pennsylvania has police in Johnstown warning parents to check their children’s Halloween candy.

Source: PA DRUG LACED CANDY: THC-laced candy found in Pa. has police warning parents ahead of Halloween | WPXI

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2 men hospitalized after shooting in Pittsburgh’s Knoxville neighborhood | TribLIVE.com

Two men were hospitalized in stable condition after being shot in Pittsburgh on Friday morning.

Officers responded to a ShotSpotter report of gunfire around 10 a.m. along the 800 block of Georgia Avenue in the city’s Knoxville neighborhood.

Authorities said police observed a vehicle speeding away from the area and were able to stop it.

Inside were two men who had been shot in their lower body.

Authorities said they were transported by medics to a local hospital. The incident remains under investigation.

Source: 2 men hospitalized after shooting in Pittsburgh’s Knoxville neighborhood | TribLIVE.com

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Johnstown school on lockdown as Police handle situation in town | WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WTAJ) –Johnstown High School  was under a “shelter in place” causing dismissal to be delayed Friday.

Police were on the scene to handle a situation in the Moxham neighborhood of Johnstown.

Source: Johnstown school on lockdown as Police handle situation in town | WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com

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Police: Man barricaded in house for hours in Rostraver taken for mental evaluation | TribLIVE.com

A man who barricaded himself inside a home in Rostraver for hours Thursday was taken to Pittsburgh for a mental health evaluation, police said.

Rostraver police did not identify the person who was taken from the house by ambulance.

A Westmoreland County 911 dispatcher said the incident began around 2:20 p.m. Thursday along the 500 block of West Spring Grove Boulevard.

No injuries were reported.

Source: Police: Man barricaded in house for hours in Rostraver taken for mental evaluation | TribLIVE.com