Fugitive Arrested after Delivering Heroin to Undercover Detectives

In October of 2019, an arrest warrant was issued for Herbert Lee Walker III, 25, of Penn Hills, after Allegheny County Police found nearly 7,000 stamp bags of heroin and a handgun at Walker’s residence in Penn Hills during the execution of a search warrant.

On February 13, 2020, Pittsburgh Police officers, aware of Walker’s status as a fugitive, saw him in the 5700 block of Baum Boulevard in the East End. When officers attempted to take him into custody, Walker fled in a white Dodge pickup truck, striking two city police cars in his effort to escape. An additional arrest warrant was obtained by Pittsburgh Police officers stemming from this incident. Walker was charged with Aggravated Assault (3 counts), Reckless Endangerment (3 counts), Fleeing & Eluding, and Flight to Avoid Apprehension.

This Saturday, March 28, 2020, detectives from the Pittsburgh Police Narcotics & Vice Unit were able to obtain a cell phone number for Herbert Lee Walker III. An undercover Narcotics detective was able to establish telephone contact with Walker, who subsequently agreed to meet the undercover detective for the purposes of selling heroin to the detective. Assisted by Pittsburgh SWAT and detectives from the Pittsburgh Police Intelligence Unit, Narcotics detectives formulated plans to take Walker into custody when he arrived at the deal location. Shortly after 5:30 p.m., Walker arrived at the deal location along with another male, Dwayne Nelson, 22, of McKeesport. The men gave (50) stamp bags of heroin to the undercover detective in exchange for $340.00 cash. Immediately following the deal, SWAT officers moved in and took both men into custody without incident. During a search incident to arrest, Walker was found to be in possession of an additional quantity of heroin, as well as over $1,200.00 cash.

Both men were charged with Criminal Conspiracy, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, and Delivery of a Controlled Substance stemming from this incident. Walker was also arrested on his outstanding warrants stemming from the Penn Hills incident in 2019 and the Pittsburgh Police incident on February 13.

Herbert Lee Walker III

Dwayne Nelson

Source: Public Safety Media Blotter

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Stay-At-Home Order Extended Through April 30 In PA | Newsradio 1020 KDKA

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HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – There are now 26 counties under Governor Tom Wolf’s Stay-At-Home order.

Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill Counties join the 22 other counties, including Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland locally under the order.

Wolf announced during a press briefing Monday that he is extending the Stay at Home order through April 30 for all counties affected.

The order that began on the evening of March 23, was originally scheduled to last for two weeks.

Wolf also announced that schools will remain closed indefinitely and he will no longer extend the deadline by two weeks at a time.

Non-life essential businesses remain ordered to close.

Source: Stay-At-Home Order Extended Through April 30 In PA | Newsradio 1020 KDKA

Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Confirms 290 Coronavirus Cases In County – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department says there are 25 new cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total to 290 active cases.

Of those patients, 38 have been or are hospitalized.

The death toll remains at two. Both of those patients were adults.

Allegheny County Health Department@HealthAllegheny

This is the COVID-19 Daily Update from ACHD for March 30, 2020. A map which shows where residents with confirmed COVID-19 live is available: http://bit.ly/ACHDcovid-19 . ACHD is working on making other information available publicly.

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Allegheny County Health Department@HealthAllegheny

The department continues to trace the contacts of people who have confirmed COVID-19 and is recommending self-quarantine when needed. We strongly urge all people in Allegheny County to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus in our community.

The Health Department continues to do contact tracing for the cases that have tested positive, and instructing those people what to do next, like self-quarantining.

The majority of cases in the county remain in the 25-49 age group, with the 50-64 age group next, and then 65 or over.

More women in the county have been diagnosed with 147 cases, but cases in men are close behind with 143.

More information on the Coronavirus pandemic:

Stay with KDKA for the latest on the developing story.

Source: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Confirms 290 Coronavirus Cases In County – CBS Pittsburgh

County Police Investigating Shooting In Homestead – CBS Pittsburgh

HOMESTEAD (KDKA) – Allegheny County Police are investigating a shooting in Homestead.

Homestead Police originally responded to a call of a shooting in the 300 block of West 12th Avenue just after 5:00 p.m.

When they arrived, they found a juvenile male shot in the arm. He was taken to the hospital by a private vehicle.

Allegheny County Police were also requested at the scene and they learned shots were fired from a silver, two-door car with tinted windows.

The boy was struck by a gunshot and fled the scene, which they believe took place on Sylvan Avenue.

According to witnesses, the shooter was described as a black male with dreadlocks, wearing a black and gray shirt with white markings.

Anyone with information is asked to call the County Police Tipline at 1-833-255-8477.

Source: County Police Investigating Shooting In Homestead – CBS Pittsburgh

14-Year-Old Girl Killed In West Deer Township Fire, Family Says – CBS Pittsburgh

WEST DEER TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – A 14-year-old girl is dead after a fire in West Deer Township, a family member says.

Officials have not confirmed the death, but according to the family, a 14-year-old Dayanna Shaffer did not make it out. She was an eighth grader at Deer Lakes Middle School.

“I’m just in utter shock. This happened and it shouldn’t have happened. I can’t even believe what she went through,” Brian Shaffer, Dayanna’s father, said. “I’ve never felt so numb in my life. I can’t believe my baby’s gone.

Firefighters say the flames were so intense, they couldn’t get inside the single-family home.

KDKA’s Paul Martino was told there had been some renovations going on in the house, but the fire marshal has not said if that could have been a factor.

The family’s dachshund, named Nessie, was also lost in the blaze.

Anyone with information concerning the incident is asked to call the County Police Tip Line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS.

Source: 14-Year-Old Girl Killed In West Deer Township Fire, Family Says – CBS Pittsburgh

Get Fit During the Pandemic: Local Studios Offer Online Classes | Pittsburgh Magazine

We’ve put together a roundup of virtual fitness options from locally owned small businesses.

Although their physical locations are closed, many locally-owned fitness studios are offering online classes via Instagram, Facebook and other sources. While some have online memberships, other studios are asking for donations. Either way, you’ll be supporting a small business through unchartered territory.

With that in mind, here’s our roundup of online options.

This is an evolving list, so if you know of a local business offering virtual classes, give us a head’s up and we’ll add it.

It’s also worth noting that although there is a stay-at-home mandate in place for Allegheny County, residents are still welcome to take a walk, go to the park or visit other green spaces to take in a breath of fresh air with their fitness. Just, you know, stay a respectable distance from each other, OK?

1.1 Yoga
The Garfield-based yoga studio is offering online classes on its website under the tab “1.1 at Home.” Users may subscribe for $20 per month or rent individual classes for $5 each. “Either way, you’ll be helping keep a small business alive in these scary times, and get to move and breathe while doing it,” a note on the 1.1 website says.
onepointoneyoga.com

Altus-HPO
Located Downtown, Altus-HPO has online classes through its mobile app. “During this time of need everybody needs to do their part to help where they can,” a message on the website says. “We’re really good at coaching people towards getting real results so that’s how we figured we can help.” The first two weeks of classes are free. Users can sign up on the Altus-HPO website.
altus-hpo.com

Amazing Yoga
The yoga studio — which has locations in Wexford, Shadyside, Oakmont and the South Side — is offering practitioners a free 14-day trial of online classes, which include power flow sessions, meditation and “short and sassy” 30-minute classes. Sign up on the Amazing Yoga website.
amazingyoga.net

Amarah Studio and Boutique
The fitness studio and retail shop in Brookline is hosting virtual pay-what-you-can, donation-based classes for practitioners. You also can still shop Amarah’s selection of purses, trays, jewelry and other accessories through its online shop. Items may be shipped or you can schedule a local pickup or delivery.
amarahpgh.com

California Cycle Path
The North Side-based studio — which offers indoor cycling, rowing, dance fitness and more — is hosting virtual classes on Instagram and Facebook live. “The Workout of Shame – 10,000 meters same clothes as last night, hair not did, teeth not brushed, this is me!!!,” said one comical Instagram post from owner John Bratton after a home-based rowing session.
californiacyclepath.com

Dragonfly Pilates
The Pilates studio — which has locations in Shadyside and Murrysville — is offering virtual face-to-face classes where students can receive correction and feedback from instructors. Students will need to set up a camera and tripod. Class size is limited to four to allow for individual instruction from the instructor. Dragonfly Pilates home kits, which include bands and balls, also are available for $25.
dragonflypilates.com

Elevate Fusion Fitness
The Strip District-based fitness studio, which offers versa-climbing classes and boxing as well as full-body classes, is hosting virtual classes on Instagram Live. Visit Elevate’s Instagram page for a schedule of upcoming classes.

Source: Get Fit During the Pandemic: Local Studios Offer Online Classes | Pittsburgh Magazine

Allegheny Co. Health Dept.: First Person Dies Of Coronavirus, Brings County Case Total To 31 – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department says the first person has died in Allegheny County of the coronavirus.

The person who died had been hospitalized.

According to Allegheny Health Network, the patient had been hospitalized at Jefferson Hospital.

They will not release any other information about the patient.

Bethany Hallam, councilwoman for Allegheny County Council At Large, tweeted out her support for the patient’s family.

Bethany Hallam@bethanyhallam

I’m so heart broken to hear that a member of our Allegheny County community has lost their life to COVID-19. My sincerest sympathies to their family at this most difficult time 💔 We are now at 31 confirmed cases here.

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There is now a total of 31 positive cases of coronavirus in the county. Out of all the cases, five people are being hospitalized for treatment.

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Source: Allegheny Co. Health Dept.: First Person Dies Of Coronavirus, Brings County Case Total To 31 – CBS Pittsburgh

LIVE UPDATES: 479 total coronavirus cases in PA; new cases popping up in Fayette, Washington, Allegheny Co.

PITTSBURGH — Cases of the novel coronavirus in Pennsylvania have surpassed 370. Furthering steps to help limit the virus’ spread, Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in the state to close their physical locations. Keep checking back for the latest COVID-19 updates throughout the day.

Have questions about the spread of the coronavirus? We have an entire section dedicated to coverage of the outbreak. CLICK HERE for more.

Source: LIVE UPDATES: 479 total coronavirus cases in PA; new cases popping up in Fayette, Washington, Allegheny Co.

Penn Hills Home Destroyed After Driver Of SUV Crashes Into House – CBS Pittsburgh

PENN HILLS (KDKA) — A family’s home was destroyed after a driver of an SUV crashed through the front of their house in Penn Hills.

According to fire officials, the crash happened Friday on the 1200 block of Universal Road at around 4 p.m.

The driver, who police described as a young woman, removed herself from the vehicle and sustained minor injuries.

The house, on the other hand, was a total loss.

Source: Penn Hills Home Destroyed After Driver Of SUV Crashes Into House – CBS Pittsburgh

Hempfield man charged in theft scheme involving 2 Allegheny County school districts | TribLIVE.com

A 45-year-old Hempfield man turned himself in to Allegheny County detectives Wednesday on charges he stole about $31,000 from two area school districts last year, according to the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office.

John Trageser is accused of theft, forgery and other crimes for allegedly devising a scheme where two school districts wrote checks for new wrestling mats to WTL, which authorities determined was the Westmoreland Travel League, a baseball organization led by Trageser.

Checks totalling just over $31,000 were issued to the league by Chartiers Valley and West Jefferson Hills school districts for new wrestling mats that were sold to them by Trageser, who worked for S&S Flooring of Ambridge, the company that sold and installed the mats.

Source: Hempfield man charged in theft scheme involving 2 Allegheny County school districts | TribLIVE.com

LIVE UPDATES: Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: What you need to know Wednesday

PITTSBURGH — Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus have reached all 50 states, with at least 13 in western Pennsylvania and a total of at least 96 statewide. Keep checking back for the latest COVID-19 updates throughout the day.

Have questions about the spread of the coronavirus? We have an entire section dedicated to coverage of the outbreak. CLICK HERE for more.

Source: LIVE UPDATES: Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: What you need to know Wednesday

Allegheny County officials call on all nonessential businesses to close, implement alternative work strategies for at least 2 weeks

Allegheny County officials are calling on all nonessential businesses in the county to close or implement alternative work strategies for at least 14 days beginning Monday.

Source: Allegheny County officials call on all nonessential businesses to close, implement alternative work strategies for at least 2 weeks

City Of Pittsburgh Bans All Gatherings Of 50 Or More People – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The City of Pittsburgh is following the CDC recommendation of avoiding 50 people or more to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

This comes after the city announced on Friday that all events with 250 more people would be prohibited starting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday.

It is now expanded to require the cancelation of all gatherings that would include 50 or more people inside the city.

Along with the ban, Allegheny County is calling for a voluntary closure of all non-essential businesses within the county for two weeks.

Source: City Of Pittsburgh Bans All Gatherings Of 50 Or More People – CBS Pittsburgh

Allegheny County, State Give Different Advice On COVID-19 Precautions | 90.5 WESA

Allegheny County is not following Gov. Tom Wolf’s recommendation that Pennsylvanians cancel and avoid any gatherings larger than 250 people, so as to discourage the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.

During a Thursday afternoon press conference the governor also urged the public to not visit places like gyms, movie theaters or malls.

Reporters asked about this discrepancy, at a different Thursday press conference that included Allegheny County officials and representatives from UPMC and Allegheny Health Network, the two biggest medical systems in western Pennsylvania.

Source: Allegheny County, State Give Different Advice On COVID-19 Precautions | 90.5 WESA

Allegheny Co. woman charged with stealing $500K worth of suboxone from pharmacy where she worked

ALLEGHENY CO., Pa. — An Allegheny County woman was charged with stealing $500,000 worth of suboxone – a powerful drug used to treat opioid addiction – from the pharmacy she worked at.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a release Friday that Rena Schleehauf was a lead pharmacy fill technician at Johnson’s Pharmaceutical Services in Allegheny County. Her job was overseeing inventory and ordering medications there.

Source: Allegheny Co. woman charged with stealing $500K worth of suboxone from pharmacy where she worked

1 woman killed in late night Hampton crash | TribLIVE.com

A Canton, Ohio, woman was killed in a head-on crash in Hampton late Friday night, officials said.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner identified the woman as Kaitlyn Eckelberry, 23. She was pronounced dead shortly after midnight after being struck head-on by another vehicle in the 3800 block of William Flinn Highway (Route 8).

No details were available on the condition of the other driver.

Allegheny County Police are investigating.

Source: 1 woman killed in late night Hampton crash | TribLIVE.com

Three arrested after drug bust in parking lot of restaurant and hotel in Monroeville

Incident happened earlier this month

Source: Three arrested after drug bust in parking lot of restaurant and hotel in Monroeville

Woman killed when struck by tractor-trailer at Pittsburgh-area shopping center

An elderly woman was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer at a shopping center in Crafton Thursday morning.

Source: Woman killed when struck by tractor-trailer at Pittsburgh-area shopping center

Woman and suspect dead after murder-suicide in Pittsburgh’s Hays neighborhood

2 dead after incident in Pittsburgh’s Hays neighborhood.

Pittsburgh Public Safety director Wendell Hissrich says a third person who was with the victim and the suspect went to a neighboring police department to let them know something was happening in the home.

When Pittsburgh police arrived, they made contact with the suspect but when he would not come out, the SWAT team was brought in and gas canisters were used.

Police later determined the suspect, identified only as a man, was dead inside the duplex, as well as the victim.

The identities of the victim and the suspect have not been released.

Source: Woman and suspect dead after murder-suicide in Pittsburgh’s Hays neighborhood