Pittsburgh police stand down on nationwide threat made against ‘Central High School’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Pittsburgh police said Sunday that an alleged social media threat made nationwide against “Central High School” is no longer a threat.

Previously, the city’s police and intelligence units were investigating the message as a possible threat against Central Catholic High School in Oakland.

Police said the threat was issued on social media platforms and targeted “Central High School” nationwide. The message — which was not local — had since circulated out-of-state. There is no active threat at any Central High School in Pennsylvania, police said.

The suspect was arrested in Missouri and is in custody, police said.

While the threat was not deemed credible, Central Catholic principal Brother Tony Baginski said in a statement that “out of an abundance of caution,” the school will have “increased police presence in and around the school on Monday.”

“In addition, our teachers will review safety procedures with students and our school counselors and licensed school psychologist are available to students in need of support. We are thankful for the quick work of the Zone 4 Police, the cyber intelligence unit and the FBI in resolving this case so we can resume school normally on Monday,” Brother Tony said in a statement.

Brother Tony also said that the safety of students, faculty and staff is the school’s top priority.

“[T]hroughout the years, Central Catholic High School has taken several safety precautions to protect our community, including utilizing the Safe 2 Say app, the installation of the Blue Point Security system, and maintaining close relationships with the Zone 4 police,” Brother Tony said in a statement.

Source: Pittsburgh police stand down on nationwide threat made against ‘Central High School’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Woman shot, wounded in Duquesne | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The department’s General Investigations Unit responded to a request for assistance in Duquesne about 7:20 p.m., according to a department news release.

First responders who were sent to the 1000 block of Duquesne Boulevard found the woman, who had been shot in “an upper extremity,” investigators said.

She was taken to a hospital with what was believed to be a non-life-threatening wound, they said.

Investigators asked anyone with information about the shooting to call them at 1-833-ALL-TIPS.

Source: Woman shot, wounded in Duquesne | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Trump makes surprise visit to New York police and firefighters on 9/11

Former President Trump made a surprise visit with New York City police and firefighters Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

In remarks to assembled guests, the former president sharply rebuked President Biden and the US pullout from Afghanistan.

“It was gross incompetence and I hate to talk about it on this day,” Trump said.

Trump praised New York’s Finest, telling the crowd, “if they let you do your job you wouldn’t have crime in New York!”

As some in the crowd nodded their heads, The Donald jokingly warned them to “just stand and just be perfect.”

Source: Trump makes surprise visit to New York police and firefighters on 9/11

One killed, one injured in shooting at Haunted Hills Hayride

Police from several local departments are still searching for the shooter

One teenager was killed and a second is in critical condition after a shooting Saturday night at a popular Halloween attraction in North Versailles, Allegheny County.

The shooting happened at 8:15 p.m. at Haunted Hills Hayride on Mosside Boulevard.

According to Allegheny County Police, both victims are 15-year-old boys.

Police from several local departments are still searching for the shooter, also believed to be a teenager.

Police tell Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 the shooting appears to have stemmed from an argument near the ticket booth.

Haunted Hills Hayride was set to kick off the season by hosting a “Lights Out Event”. Gates were scheduled to open at 8:30 p.m.

Allegheny County Police say a couple hundred people were at the attraction at the time of the shooting.

Officers are currently interviewing workers and patrons. Anyone with information is asked to call Allegheny County Police at 1-833-ALL-TIPS.

Source: One killed, one injured in shooting at Haunted Hills Hayride

Entire police department resigns in Missouri | TheHill

An entire Missouri police department, including the police chief and his officers, resigned leaving the city of Kimberling without immediate authority.

Citing problems like an inadequate pay rate and not having the right tools to do the job, the department has local leaders struggling to find replacements, especially when rhetoric against law enforcement is high amongst some, Fox News reported.


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“It will be a struggle to fill the police department back up with qualified officers, but hopefully they can start working on that soon and get that accomplished,” Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said of the resignations at the Kimberling City Police Department, noting that most police stations are understaffed.

What preempted the mass exodus, according to Rader, was Kimberling City Police Chief Craig Alexander’s resignation on Aug. 23. He wanted changes from the town’s mayor and he wanted to better himself, Fox News reported.

Soon after, Alexander’s resignation was joined by three officers and a sergeant, with their reasons for quitting being the absence of a police clerk to assist the department, not having qualified officers in the department, and wanting new opportunities with a better pay rate, according to NBC Springfield, Missouri.

It is being reported that some of the Kimberling City Police Officers left to join the Branson West Police Department, which caught Mayor Bob Fritz of Kimberling City off guard.

“I didn’t know there were that many openings in Branson West because we didn’t see an advertisement for police,” Fritz said, referring to Alexander and officer Shaun McCafferty taking jobs at the Branson West Police Department.

“[The resignations were] unexpected and the short notice disappointing,” the mayor said.

Source: Entire police department resigns in Missouri | TheHill

Violent Pittsburgh neighborhood gang ‘Hazelwood Mob’ busted – WPXI

A major drug ring was busted early Thursday morning in a Pittsburgh neighborhood, the Department of Justice announced.

PITTSBURGH — A violent Pittsburgh neighborhood gang was busted during an FBI and police raid in Hazelwood early Thursday morning.

The gang, known as the “Hazelwood Mob,” was dismantled after a four-month-long investigation into violence and drug trafficking in the neighborhood. The indictment charged 25 people with drug trafficking and firearm violations, the Department of Justice announced. Investigators said they used wire taps and tips from the community to identify who was involved and what their role was in the organization.

Channel 11 was there as Pittsburgh police raided two houses along Second Avenue in Hazelwood around 6 a.m.

Source: Violent Pittsburgh neighborhood gang ‘Hazelwood Mob’ busted – WPXI

Woman surrenders after standoff in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

An armed woman who had barricaded herself in a building South Braddock Avenue in Pittsburgh surrendered without incident early Thursday night, according to Pittsburgh police.

The woman, who was not identified, ended the standoff in the 200 block of South Braddock Avenue at 7 p.m. and was going to be taken into custody, once being medically cleared by paramedics who responded to the incident, police said

The city’s SWAT unit responded to the emergency. Police had called to her to safely surrender, according to the Pittsburgh Public Safety’s Twitter page.

Additional details were not available late Thursday night.

Source: Woman surrenders after standoff in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

Guns drawn during dispute over parking spot in Westmoreland County

State police said two men got into a verbal altercation over the parking spot and the altercation escalated to the point where both men displayed handguns.

No one was hurt.

Police said both men were separated at the scene.

The incident happened a little before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on the 800 block of Georges Station Road in Hempfield Township.

Source: Guns drawn during dispute over parking spot in Westmoreland County

High-speed police chase crosses several communities in Westmoreland and Allegheny County

A police chase that went through several communities on Monday ended with an arrest.

The high-speed pursuit began Monday afternoon when the suspect was stopped by police in New Kensington for traffic violations and then took off.

The police went through New Kensington, Arnold, Springdale and Cheswick, crossing from Westmoreland to Allegheny County.

After being arrested, the suspect was taken to the New Kensington police.

No injuries were reported during the pursuit.

Police have not released the suspect’s name.

Source: High-speed police chase crosses several communities in Westmoreland and Allegheny County

SWAT called after shooting in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood – WPXI

 

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.

Source: SWAT called after shooting in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood – WPXI

Public Safety Blotter

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Summary As Reported On Police Blotter Aug 27:

Date: August 27, 2021
Incident Type: Stabbing
Location: Zone 2

Pittsburgh Police from Zone 2 were called to 11th Avenue at Liberty Avenue for reports of a stabbing around 6:45 p.m. outside the Greyhound bus station.

Arriving units found one male victim with a stab wound to the arm and a wound to the back of the head. Officers applied a tourniquet to his arm until medics arrived.

He was transported to the hospital in stable condition. The second male was apprehended by police inside the station without incident.

The two males had reportedly been arguing inside before moving out onto the sidewalk where the stabbing occurred. The actor was positively identified by the victim.

He will be transported to the Allegheny County Jail after he is treated at the hospital for an injury to his hand.

Date: August 27, 2021
Incident Type: Stabbing
Location: Zone 2

Source: Public Safety Blotter

5 People Shot Within 24 Hours In Allegheny County – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Just within a 24-hour period, there were three shootings in Allegheny County.

15-year-old boy was shot in Stowe Townshipa man was shot in the Hill District and two men and a woman were shot in Spring Hill outside of the Three Rivers Manor apartment complex.

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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.

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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.

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Source: 5 People Shot Within 24 Hours In Allegheny County – CBS Pittsburgh

Butler police fatally shoot man who stabbed officer

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.

Source: Butler police fatally shoot man who stabbed officer

Police investigate after person is shot in the stomach in New Castle

Shooting happened Monday afternoon

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.

Source: Police investigate after person is shot in the stomach in New Castle

Suspect on the run after two-county police chase ends in Coraopolis

Incident happened late Sunday night

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.

Source: Suspect on the run after two-county police chase ends in Coraopolis

SHOTS FIRED: Police in Cambria investigating multiple gunshot reports

CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Stonycreek Township Police Department is warning Oakland and Solomon residence that there were multiple calls of shots fired yesterday.

Callers said they heard the gunshots in the area of the 1400 block of Ocala Avenue and the wooded area behind Solomon Homes yesterday, Aug. 11, according to the department.

Once officers arrived, they report that multiple armed suspects fled on foot down the powerline from the water tower to Solomon Homes, but they were unable to arrest them.

Police said they found multiple pieces of evidence that they recovered from the scene, and they feel confident that they will be able to identify the suspects.

Additionally, police noted that they have received multiple calls of shots fired in the past in the wooded area off of Upper Penrod Street and Tampa Avenue, which they discovered is a legal personal range on private property.

However, this incident is NOT related to the range and is “illegal and extremely dangerous.”

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Source: SHOTS FIRED: Police in Cambria investigating multiple gunshot reports

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

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

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

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

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

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

Incident happened in July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chicago shooting leaves 1 police officer dead, another wounded; 3 suspects nabbed: reports | Fox News

One Chicago police officer died and another was critically wounded Saturday night after a confrontation on the city’s South Side, according to reports.

The officers were shot during a traffic stop in the West Englewood neighborhood. They returned fire and struck one of three suspects, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. That male suspect was hospitalized and another male suspect was taken into custody.

A third suspect, a woman, fled the scene but was arrested Sunday morning, FOX 32 of Chicago reported.

The three suspects were undergoing questioning and were not yet formally charged, police said, according to the station.

The suspect who was shot was believed to have been the gunman, and police recovered a weapon at the scene, FOX 32 reported.

Source: Chicago shooting leaves 1 police officer dead, another wounded; 3 suspects nabbed: reports | Fox News

Man sent to hospital after shooting in a Pittsburgh neighborhood – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — A man was sent to the hospital after being shot in the chest near Locust Street in Mt. Oliver.

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According to Allegheny County 911 officials, the call for a five-round ShotSpotter came in at approximately 10:18 p.m.

Stay with WPXI.com and watch Channel 11 News for updates on this developing story.

There is also no word about the condition of the victim.

Source: Man sent to hospital after shooting in a Pittsburgh neighborhood – WPXI

Man running from Pittsburgh police plunges over rocky hillside during foot chase – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — A man running from Pittsburgh police plunged over a rocky hillside in the city’s Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood during a foot chase.

According to investigators, the man ran up a set of stairs during the chase and then tried to get through a row of hedges or bushes. Police said he didn’t realize what was on the other side and slipped over the steep, rocky hillside and landed on Brighton Road below.

He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Source: Man running from Pittsburgh police plunges over rocky hillside during foot chase – WPXI

Pittsburgh police looking for missing 17-year-old girl

Police said the girl is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and 100 pounds, with freckles, blue eyes and long, red hair with blonde tips.

She is known to frequent the Lincoln Place, Swissvale, and Lawrenceville areas, police said.

Anyone who has information on the girl’s whereabouts is asked to call Special Victims Unit detectives at 412-323-7141. Anonymous calls will be accepted.

 


Source: Pittsburgh police looking for missing 17-year-old girl

FBI Pittsburgh Assists In Taking Down Drug Trafficking Operation Spanning 3 States And Dominican Republic – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The FBI in Pittsburgh helped in taking down a massive drug trafficking operation that spanned Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, and the Dominican Republic.

In that bust, 34 people were indicted, including a suspect from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

According to investigators, they seized more than eight kilos of cocaine, a kilo of heroin, and 12 ounces of crack.

Source: FBI Pittsburgh Assists In Taking Down Drug Trafficking Operation Spanning 3 States And Dominican Republic – CBS Pittsburgh

Police arrest New Jersey man after 90 mph chase through Greensburg

A New Jersey man is behind bars after Greensburg police said he fled a traffic stop at 90 mph before crashing and being apprehended, according to court papers.

Nicholas Michael Tedesco, 27, of Newton, N.J., is charged with flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest, escape and related offenses.

City police said they were on patrol at 3:30 a.m. Friday when they pulled over a Chevrolet Malibu that had an inoperable tail light and revoked registration. The car fled the stop on South Main Street as an officer approached the car, according to court papers.

Police said Tedesco traveled 90 mph south on South Main Street and through two red lights before crashing into traffic islands and an embankment at the on-ramp for Route 30 east. He ran from the scene and officers apprehended him behind a nearby business, according to court papers.

There were warrants for his arrest in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and police said he had a suspended New Jersey driver’s license.

Tedesco was taken to the Westmoreland County Prison Friday on a bench warrant in a June 2020 case for receiving stolen property, filed by Jeannette police, according to online court records. His parole in that case was revoked in May and he was ordered to remain detained.

He was arraigned on charges in the new case Tuesday. He was denied bail because District Judge Chris Flanigan deemed him a flight risk, according to online court records. Tedesco did not have an attorney listed in online court records. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 5.

Source: Police arrest New Jersey man after 90 mph chase through Greensburg

Suspect shoots Pittsburgh U-Haul employee, leads police on chase along Rt. 28 – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — An employee at a U-Haul facility in Pittsburgh’s Larimer neighborhood was shot in the neck and the suspect took off in a U-Haul truck before being arrested along Route. 28, according to police.

Investigators said the shooting happened at the U-Haul rental store on Washington Boulevard around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The employee was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Police said they were able to find the suspect fleeing in a U-Haul truck on Route 28. During a brief pursuit, the suspect fired a weapon at another vehicle. A police vehicle was hit during the chase and an officer suffered a minor leg injury as a result.

The chase ended near the 31st Street Bridge when the U-Haul truck was damaged. The suspect was then taken into custody.

Source: Suspect shoots Pittsburgh U-Haul employee, leads police on chase along Rt. 28 – WPXI

Trib Live Reports:

A carjacking and shooting near a U-Haul facility in Pittsburgh spurred a police chase that culminated in an arrest made on Route 28 during rush-hour traffic Tuesday evening, initial reports indicate.

A Pittsburgh officer was injured when the suspect’s stolen rental truck struck him in the leg during the pursuit, police said. The officer’s injury was described as minor, and city public safety officials said he transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

Pittsburgh Public Safety officials told Trib news partner WPXI-TV that during the carjacking, an employee at the U-Haul dealer on Washington Boulevard in the city’s Larimer neighborhood was shot in the neck.

The wounded employee was rushed by medics to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

Shortly after 4:30 p.m., emergency dispatchers received a request for police, fire and ambulance support along Route 28 near the 31st Street Bridge, an Allegheny County 911 shift commander told the Tribune-Review. The dispatcher confirmed that the dozens of police cars swarming the highway and re-routing passing drivers were there in connection to an incident involving police in Larimer.

During the pursuit, the suspect shot at a civilian vehicle, according to city public safety officials. The vehicle was hit but the driver was not injured.

A Pittsburgh police SUV with a badly damaged rear-end was parked along the highway. A bit farther south, a smashed-up U-Haul pickup truck was wedged against the highway’s barrier.

The suspect who was arrested and taken into custody was not immediately identified. All lanes of Route 28 were reopened before 6 p.m.

Police have not released further details.

Source: https://triblive.com/local/police-arrest-carjacking-suspect-along-route-28-near-31st-street-bridge-1-shot-when-u-haul-truck-stolen-in-larimer/

Washington state deputy is killed in the line of duty; authorities search for remaining suspect – CNN

 

(CNN)Law enforcement officers from the Vancouver, Washington, area are mourning a deputy killed in a shooting Friday night.

Police said Saturday they have detained two suspects and are searching for a third. Tthe suspects “may be armed and dangerous,” authorities alerted earlier.
Sgt. Brent Waddell with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office told a media briefing that the shooting occurred in Vancouver, which is a suburb of Portland, Oregon.
Waddell said the deputy was taken to the hospital in unknown condition. The department later announced in a press release that the deputy had been “killed in the line of duty.”

 

Source: Washington state deputy is killed in the line of duty; authorities search for remaining suspect – CNN

Texas SWAT commander killed, 3 other officers wounded in standoff; suspect arrested | Fox News

One Texas law enforcement officer was killed and three others were wounded Thursday in what became an hours-long standoff with a barricaded suspect in Levelland, about 30 miles west of Lubbock, authorities said.

The suspect, identified as Omar Soto-Chavira, 22, was eventually taken into custody late Thursday night and was to be hospitalized for unspecified injuries, according to KCBD-TV in Lubbock.

Source: Texas SWAT commander killed, 3 other officers wounded in standoff; suspect arrested | Fox News