A suspicious fire engulfed three Pittsburgh police vehicles on Wednesday morning.
The fire broke out a little before 3 a.m. outside of a building on Western Avenue on the city’s North Side.No injuries were reported.
Officials said they determined the fire is arson.
Police have not announced any arrests.
Allegheny County dispatchers said police and medics were sent to Middletown Road and Evanston Street in Sheraden at 5:40 p.m.
A juvenile was taken to the UPMC Children’s Hospital and one person is in custody after a police pursuit ended in a Pittsburgh neighborhood, police say.
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By Rick Earle
Target 11 has learned that a Pittsburgh police officer has been taken off the street and assigned to desk duty after a social media post criticizing Pittsburgh leaders.
Delmont police said this started with a 911 call for an “erratic driver” along Route 66 on Saturday.
Police say the man had a loaded .40 caliber handgun in his pocket, and that a search found two more loaded handguns in his vehicle.
“The male continued to state that he was ‘undercover’ and then stated he was ‘working to restore Trump to President King of the United States’ and that he was armed to ‘kill Democrats and liberals’ and protect himself from ‘drug traffickers,'” police said in the statement.
Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a shooting in Fayette County.
State police confirmed the shooting took place in the 400 block of Clover Street in Brownsville.
Faith leaders and community members, including the mother of a 26-year-old man who died this March, honored the 16 men who have died in Allegheny County Jail since April 2020 on Thursday evening at an event organized by the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network.
“If they were not in that jail, they would be alive today,” Brandi Fisher, president of the nonprofit Alliance for Police Accountability, told the crowd outside the Allegheny County Courthouse.
The event took place right before a tense jail oversight board meeting where the results of a survey taken at the height of the coronavirus pandemic revealed harrowing conditions inside the jail.
The group demanded immediate jail reforms
PITTSBURGH — A search for a missing woman took a deadly turn when a man was shot and killed after confronting a Pittsburgh police officer with a gun Thursday night.
Pittsburgh police responded to the 1400 block of Rydal Street in Pittsburgh’s Westwood neighborhood around 8:58 p.m. to assist Robinson Township police with locating a missing woman.
The woman from Robinson Township was reported missing and endangered by family earlier that evening at 6:45 p.m.
Police said the missing woman was found inside the home. It’s unclear if she was being held against her will, or what brought her to the home. We’re working to learn more about those circumstances.
An Oklahoma County deputy died and another was injured after a suspect opened fire Monday afternoon in an Oklahoma City neighborhood.
Authorities said the suspect and officers exchanged gunfire during the pursuit, which ended at Tinker Air Force Base’s main gate. The suspect surrendered outside the gate and was taken into custody.
CENTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – A man is dead after state police said he shot himself inside a Center Township police vehicle on Friday.
The Beaver County district attorney said Center Township officers served a search warrant at a home on Geneva Drive shortly after noon and took a man into custody.
Sources said the man resisted arrest and had a gun. Police disarmed him, handcuffed him, then put him inside the police vehicle.
On the way to the police station, the district attorney said the man shot a gun, then died.
Police have not said how the man got a gun inside the car.
Police officials were able to clear the first scene as of 10:39 PM.
Then, nearby on Craig Street, our photojournalists were able to capture video of a car that went into a home’s porch.
It is unknown if these two incidents are connected at this time.
PITTSBURGH — A social media post showing a teen waiving a gun has led to two arrests.
Police say they recognized the location in the post and acted fast.
Police said discovered that the video was shot in a parking lot in East Hills. They went to the scene and found a large group of young people, many of which were underage. The group fled and police were able to catch up with two of them.Some of the people at the scene were known to be gang members.
Police arrested an underage male and 21-year-old Storm Marby. Marby is accused of dropping a stolen firearm during the foot pursuit with police. Officers found a total of eight firearms, four bricks of heroin, two bundles of fentanyl and other drugs in vehicles left behind at the scene.
The crash happened late Thursday night
Pittsburgh Public Safety said three officers who happened to be in the area came upon the burning car, reached in and freed the unconscious man from the vehicle.
The man was taken to the hospital in critical condition
The officers were not hurt when they rescued sthe man..
Five passengers and a bus driver were on board the Port Authority bus that was involved in the crash.
Four of the five passengers were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
PITTSBURGH — A misinterpreted text message sparked a scary situation in the city’s North Side on Friday afternoon.
At around 12:30 p.m. many workers and guests at Nova Place were promptly evacuated, while nearby neighbors watched police and EMS fill the entire block of South Commons Street, shutting down portions of the street to manage what was believed to be an active shooter.
Police confirmed that this afternoon, a frantic 911 caller had reported that shots were heard in the Nova Place office building. In response, both city and county police arrived at the scene.
For more than two hours, police searched Nova Place and the vicinity.
At one point, Pittsburgh Public School District also confirmed that nearby elementary schools such as King PreK-8 and Allegheny PreK-5 were also placed on lockdown.
All these actions, for what ultimately turned out to be a big misunderstanding.
According to police, a person meant to text “fire alarm,” but instead sent “firearm.”
“The person texted [another] person off-site fire alarm. [But] what was meant to say fire alarm came out as firearm. When they didn’t respond to their phone, the person that got the text called police because they thought there was an immediate danger, but there was not,” said Maurice Matthews, PIO for the City of Pittsburgh Police.
Officials later confirmed there were no injuries, victims, or a shooter.
“Responding officers arrived on scene and didn’t find any evidence of a shooting, no victims, and few people even said that they didn’t hear anything,” added Mathews.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A bar in Uptown was shut down after a raid.
The state calls it a nuisance bar with complaints about drug activity and late-night noise and has been trying to shut it down for years. On Wednesday, agents once again raided Ace’s & Deuce’s lounge on Fifth Avenue and shut it down — at least for now.
Agents from the Nuisance Bar Taskforce descended on the bar shortly after 1 p.m. and by midday, the Allegheny County Health Department had shut it down for numerous violations. But the investigation goes deeper.
Detectives from vice and narcotics, state police and agents from the Liquor Control Board descended on the bar en masse much to the delight of the bar’s neighbor, the Bethlehem Haven Woman’s Shelter.
The shelter for women in recovery has been one of the major sources of complaints against the bar for drug activity and late-night noise. Executive Director Annette Fetchko calls it a threat to the health and safety of her clients.
Source: Uptown Bar Shut Down After Raid
A state trooper’s duties have been restricted after he was cited this week in connection with an incident at his Mt. Pleasant Township home. Michael S.J. Predajna, 37, is facing two counts of harassment. Citations filed by state police indicate that he slapped someone at his home at 2:10 a.m.
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG (KDKA) – A Pennsylvania State Police trooper was taken into custody early on Saturday morning.
Trooper Scott Myers was arrested following an off-duty physical altercation in the early morning hours on Saturday at a home in Summerhill Township, Cambria County.
Myers is facing a felony charge along with multiple misdemeanor charges related to a physical altercation with another adult male.
He is facing charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, terrorist threats, and harassment.
Myers has been suspended without pay pending the resolution of the criminal charges.
Police are investigating after human remains were found in a shed behind a house in Pittsburgh’s Knoxville neighborhood.
Police were alerted to reports of human remains found in a shed behind a residence on the 300 block of Reifert Street around 4:30 p.m.
Early Sunday morning, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office identified the woman as Crystal Leshner, 38.
Major Crimes Detectives and the Pittsburgh Crime Scene unit were called to the scene to collect evidence.
Neighbor Ronnie Davis said the scene was unsettling.
“I’m a single father, and I have two kids, and if it was a homicide, I need to know,” Davis said.
Pittsburgh Public Safety spokeswoman Cara Cruz said the investigation could take time.
“It is going to be a long investigation, of course. This is not usual. We are used to other things in the city, but this is definitely unusual,” Cruz said.
She said it was unclear at that point if the initial report came from someone who lives there.
Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 crew on scene saw the medical examiner come to the scene and take the body away.
No information on the demographic or identification of the remains was provided at this time. Cruz said she had no information if there is anyone in custody at this time.
This is a developing story. Stay with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for updates.
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles police officers shot and killed both a 14-year-old girl and an assault suspect when they opened fire inside a Burlington store in North Hollywood Thursday morning, authorities said.
Los Angeles police believe the girl was struck by a stray bullet that passed through a dressing room wall. The 14-year-old was identified by the L.A. County Coroner’s Office Friday as Valentina Orellana-Peralta. The male suspect’s name has not yet been released.
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – What started as a call to ensure a firing went without incident turned into an arrest for murder.
On Wednesday night, Pittsburgh Police got a call from the Family Dollar in the Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood about a shoplifting employee. The store manager told police that 22-year-old Joseph Tedder had been stealing from the store and was to be fired.
Once police arrived, they learned Tedder had fled the store.
It was then when police learned that Tedder had been wanted in Austin, Texas for a murder during a suspected drug deal. The criminal complaint says that Tedder and two other men entered an apartment in Austin with plans to sell drugs and shortly after, gunfire rang out and a man was dead.
The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office was then called to assist Pittsburgh Police.
After 10:00 p.m., deputies located a vehicle that Tedder was believed to be in on the 3300 block of Brighton Road.
Tedder was then found inside a home and taken into custody without incident.
Police said a man was leaving the mall when he was confronted by another man at his vehicle.
The man who approached the victim opened the passenger side door and confronted him.
Police said the victim fled from the vehicle and the suspect also fled the area, without taking anything.
Police said the vehicle had been left running in reverse and drifted backward, unoccupied, and hit another vehicle parked in the next row.
Police said the victim did not have anything taken and was not injured.
Police also said the two may have known each other, but it is unclear at this time.
Ross police said they have obtained surveillance video of the incident and are still investigating.
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Police said Marcus Quevi, 30, grabbed his girlfriend and threatened to kill her when she told him to leave her roommate alone.
Police said the girlfriend told Quevi to leave the house, which he did, but he allegedly then climbed the fire escape and broke back into the home.
Police said Quevi’s girlfriend and her roommate hid in the basement until police count get them out safely.
Police said Quevi barricaded himself inside but surrendered about an hour later.
Quevi faces several charges including burglary and simple assault.
Westmoreland County drivers can expect to see more police patrols focused on cracking down on aggressive and impaired drivers in the region through the New Year’s holiday.
“Whether it’s day or night, people can expect to see increased state police patrols targeting impaired drivers,” said Lt. Ryan Maher of Troop A in Greensburg.
Maher was among the local and state police officers and PennDOT officials who Thursday at the Latrobe Municipal Building announced the launch of the annual Operation Safe Holiday Campaign.
The patrols in Cambria, Indiana, Somerset and Westmoreland counties with Troop A will not only be focusing on impaired drivers, “but aggressive drivers and speeders,” Maher said.
During 2020, between Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, Troop A investigated six traffic fatalities and 96 additional wrecks that resulted in injuries. Maher said 27 of those “holiday” accidents involved impaired drivers.
“Our goal is to attempt to reduce that number this year,” Maher said.
PITTSBURGH — Officers packed up and handed out meals to community members in need.
“It means a lot to us actually. It’s probably one of the best parts of our jobs,” said Commander Shawn Malloy.
St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in South Side donated more than 3,200 meals of turkey and sides.
“Any time we can help out with the community, that’s what we’re here for,” said Malloy.
Officers say they love the opportunity to get out into the neighborhoods and build positive relationships.
“The officers really love doing this part,” said Malloy. “This is what we love to do the most.”
People like Sharon Smith, who received a meal, are grateful.
“It’s very meaningful, especially for our community so that we get to see our policemen in action and that they want to help us out and be grateful that they’re around to help us,” she said.
A Pittsburgh police officer is on unpaid administrative leave after he was charged with rear-ending a car while intoxicated in Plum earlier this month.
The driver of the car he hit, according to police, is WPXI-TV reporter Amy Hudak.
Tariq Jamal-Francis is charged with driving under the influence, endangering the welfare of children, and moving violations in connection with the Nov. 12 incident.
The crash happened about 2:30 p.m. on New Texas Road near Saltsburg Road, according to the criminal complaint. Hudak told officers she’d been rear-ended and the car that struck hers fled the scene. She told police that she recognized the car as belonging to a neighbor.
Police found Jamal-Francis pulled over near Boyce Park Village, and he told officers he’d been in an accident on New Texas Road, authorities wrote, noting that his 17-year-old son was in the front passenger seat. Police said the boy said he’d been injured, but declined treatment.
An officer asked Jamal-Francis if he’d been drinking, according to the complaint, to which he responded he had been. He refused to perform a field sobriety test, according to the complaint, but he consented to having his blood drawn to determine his blood-alcohol content.
Officers said Jamal-Francis kept saying “that he did it and should not have put himself in that position and should have had his son get a ride to practice,” according to the complaint.
Public Safety spokeswoman Cara Cruz said Jamal-Francis was off-duty at the time of the crash, and he remains on unpaid leave.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 19.
Freeport hasn’t had a police officer on duty since Nov. 3, when the newly hired police chief quit at the end of his first shift. With no officers left on the force, state police are handling calls in the 1.3-square-mile borough of about 1,700 residents, officials said.
Freeport hasn’t had a police officer on duty since Nov. 3, when the newly hired police chief quit at the end of his first shift.
With no officers left on the force, state police are handling calls in the 1.3-square-mile borough of about 1,700 residents, officials said.
Retired Plum police Sgt. Matthew Feldmeier, 58, was hired as chief Nov. 1 and was sworn in that night by Mayor James Swartz Jr. He was the only applicant for the $53,500-a-year job.
Swartz said Feldmeier worked his first shift during the day on Nov. 2 and participated in interviews that evening to fill two open positions for police officers.
But when the borough secretary arrived at the borough building the following morning, she found the chief’s badge, office keys and a handwritten letter of resignation stating that he was leaving “to pursue other interests,” the mayor said.
Several telephone and text messages seeking comment from Feldmeier were not returned.
The only other police officer on the borough’s roster is Terry Lucas, a part-timer who also works as a police officer at a hospital in Pittsburgh.
But the mayor said Lucas hasn’t worked a shift for the borough in nearly five months because of the demands of his other job.
Swartz said Feldmeier gave him no indication that he was planning to resign.
Incident began on Sunday night
The bomb squad was called when a suspicious device was spotted in Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood.
Police were first called to the scene around 11:45 p.m. Sunday in the area of Brosville Street and East Warrington Avenue.
Pittsburgh Public Safety said there was a disabled vehicle with a suspicious device inside.
The device was later determined to be some kind of speaker and not dangerous.
Allegheny County police are investigating after a man was found dead in McKeesport late Friday afternoon.
The county medical examiner has identified the victim as 41-year-old Stephen Rucinski of McKeesport. County Police said Rucinski was found dead in a house along the 2900 block of Grover Avenue at around 4:40 Friday afternoon.
Police said detectives were called to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.
No other details about the man’s death have been released.
This is a developing story. Stay with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for updates.
PITTSBURGH — Police activity was reported outside of Oliver Citywide Academy on Brighton Road over a disturbance.
Channel 11 had crew at the school to gather more information.
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After arriving at the scene, Channel 11 learned that there was an altercation that was quickly resolved.
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A third Pittsburgh Police officer has passed away from complications of COVID-19.
Pittsburgh Police say Sgt. Timothy Werner, 49, died at UPMC Mercy Hospital Tuesday morning following complications from the COVID-19 virus.
Sgt. Werner was entering his 22nd year with the Pittsburgh Police Bureau.
In a statement, Police Chief Scott Schubert said, “It is with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of Sergeant Tim Werner. Tim has been a friend to many and a dedicated public servant for the City of Pittsburgh for many years. It’s going to be extremely difficult not seeing Tim at Police Headquarters every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. He will be truly missed.”
Sgt. Werner worked for many years in Zones 4 and 5. Most recently, the bureau says he worked as a supervisor in the property room at Police Headquarters.
The bureau says Sgt. Werner will be dearly missed by his brothers and sisters in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.
His funeral will be private.
Sgt. Richard Howe and Officer Brian Rowland both died in October from COVID-19 complications.