ALLEGHENY COUNTY — Police say an arrest has been made in connection with four separate armed robberies throughout Allegheny County, including two where someone was shot.
32-year-old Eric Jones of Pittsburgh’s East Hills neighborhood, was identified as the person responsible for all four robberies as a result of collaborative effort.
According to a criminal complaint, Jones’ robbing spree began on March 6 at Fox’s Pizza Den in Oakmont. Police said Jones made off with cash after shooting the owner, 34-year-old Greg Scampone.
MONROEVILLE, PA — A $130,000 winning Treasure Hunt Pennyslvania Lottery ticket sold on the Feb. 10 drawing, matching all five balls drawn: 8-13-22-23-28.
The ticket was sold at the Sheetz on William Penn Highway, which will receive a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
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By Michael DiVittorio
Allegheny County Police said an 81-year-old pedestrian was killed by a vehicle on Tuesday evening in White Oak.
The tragedy happened in the 3200 block of Jacks Run Road around 7:20 p.m.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner identified the man as Craig Peden of White Oak. Peden died at the scene.
Police said the car that hit the man, a Ford sedan, was stopped by White Oak police in the 1100 block of Jacks Run Road.
The car was driven by a 65-year-old man, police said. No further information regarding the driver was immediately released.
Detectives and Allegheny County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating.
No further information was available.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Tipline 833-ALL-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.
Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
The crash happened a little before 8:15 a.m. Thursday at Mosside Boulevard and Hillside Avenue.
Allegheny County police said one of the drivers was taken to the hospital, where he died.
The medical examiner’s office identified the victim as James Adams, 77, of West Mifflin.
The other driver was not hurt, police said.
County homicide detectives are investigating the cause of the crash. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 833-ALL-TIPS.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The omicron variant has now been identified in Allegheny County.
As of Thursday, there are two known cases in the county. Both cases were detected in adult men, with one sample collected on Dec. 7 and the other sample collected on Dec. 13.
Those samples were confirmed to be from the variant on Dec. 22 and Dec. 23.
Local doctors expect cases to rise significantly in the area.
“Knowing that it was already in the community in the middle of December and how fast it spreads and how contagious it is, we can pretty much assure that, knowing that it’s dominant already in the rest of America, it’s probably the dominant case that we’re seeing here,” said Brian Lamb, an internal medicine doctor at Allegheny Health Network.
On Wednesday, Allegheny County Health Director Dr. Debra Bogen said it was “only a matter of days” before the variant would be detected, especially since the health department found evidence of the variant in the county’s wastewater.
The confirmed cases come as the omicron variant has become the most dominant in the US, and cases from the variant have overtaken the Delta variant.
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.
Emergency responders were called to the scene of a train derailment in Allegheny County on Sunday morning.
It was around 4:30 a.m. that the incident happened in the area of East Carson Street and Becks Run Road in Baldwin Borough, not far from Pittsburgh’s Hays neighborhood.
Crash happened on Monday night.
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. —
Fifteen vehicles were involved in a pile-up in West Mifflin on Monday night.
The crash was reported a little after 11 p.m. on Lebanon Church Road after a water main break turned the road into a sheet of ice.
PITTSBURGH — Just after 6:30 p.m., on Saturday officers responded to the 100 block of E. Commons in Allegheny Commons East for a ShotSpotter alert.
When they got there, responders found a man shot multiple times and began first aid and CPR.
He was taken to a local hospital where he died from his wounds.
Homicide and Crime Scene Unit detectives processed evidence at the scene.
There is no one in custody at this time and detectives will continue to investigate.
Allegheny County homicide detectives were called to a fatal crash in North Versailles on Monday morning.
One of the shootings killed a 23-year-old man.
SWISSVALE, Pa. —
Allegheny County Police are investigating a pair of overnight shootings in Swissvale, one of which killed a 23-year-old man.
Police responded to Smokey Wood Drive around 1 a.m., and found a man shot in the lower torso. He went to the hospital and later died.
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.
KDKA-TV has a full result breakdown of local, county and statewide election races people in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania need to know about.
A number of important state and locally elected officials were on the ballot and determined by voters.
We have a full breakdown of local and statewide race you need to know about.
Last updated: 3:45 a.m., Wednesday
CITY AND COUNTY ELECTIONS
PITTSBURGH MAYORAL RACE
Edward C. Gainey (Democrat) — 48,430
Tony Moreno (Republican) — 19,552
ALLEGHENY COUNTY SHERIFF
Kevin Kraus — 218,862
Write-In — 7,764
ALLEGHENY COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1
Jack Betkowski (Democrat) — 12,092
Joe Wise (Republican) — 11,490
ALLEGHENY COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 3
Anita Prizio (Democrat) — 14,917
Meredith Dolan (Republican) — 12,604
ALLEGHENY COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4
Patrick Catena Jr. (Democrat) — 15,651
Jennie Brown (Republican) — Did not make the ballot
ALLEGHENY COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 8
Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis (Democrat) — 12,132
Eric Casteel (Republican) — 7,795
ALLEGHENY COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 9
Bob Macey (Democrat) — 11,929
Write-In — 405
ALLEGHENY COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 12
Robert Palmosina (Democrat) — 15,555
Write-In — 394
PITTSBURGH CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2
Theresa Kail Smith (Democrat) — 6,003
Write-In — 243
PITTSBURGH CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4
Anthony Coghill (Democrat) — 5,228
Connor Mulvaney (Green Party) — 2,362
Write-In — 81
PITTSBURGH CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 6
Robert Daniel Lavelle (Democrat) — 4,206
Write-In — 92
PITTSBURGH CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 8
Erika Strassburger (Democrat) — 6,663
Write-In — 164
PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD: DISTRICT 1
Sylvia C. Wilson (incumbent) — 4,213
PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD: DISTRICT 3
Sala Udin (incumbent) — 5,728
PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD: DISTRICT 5
Terry Kennedy (incumbent) — 2,075
Tracey Reed (challenger) — 5,142
PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD: DISTRICT 7
Jamie Piotrowski — 4,537
PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD: DISTRICT 9
Veronica M. Edwards (incumbent) — 2,487
Gene Walker (challenger) — 5,218
ALLEGHENY COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS:
Elliot Howsie — 147,911
Thomas P. Caulfield — 144,435
Jessel Costa — 137,933
Nicola Henry-Taylor — 150,113
Tiffany Sizemore — 148,044
Chelsa Wagner — 145,314
Wrenna Watson — 146,824
Joesph Patrick Murphy — 101,341
Bruce Beemer — 139,459
William Caye II — 97,598
Anthony DeLuca — 108,650
Daniel J. Konieczka Jr. — 95,794
Chuck Porter — 93,776
Sabrina Korbel — 144,605
Mark Patrick Flaherty — 100,827
Rick Hosking — 83,768
Lisa Middleman — 144,610
Green Party Candidates
Richard Weiss — 41,028
WESTMORELAND COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
John Peck (I) (Democrat) — 36,581
Nicole Ziccarelli (C) (Republican) — 49,776
PA SUPREME COURT
Maria McLaughlin (Democrat) — 1,218,406
Kevin Brobson (Republican) — 1,353,039
PA SUPERIOR COURT
Timika Lane (Democrat) — 1,130,612
Megan Sullivan (Republican) — 1,429,265
PA COMMONWEALTH COURT
David Lee Spurgeon (Democrat) — 1,038,515
Lori A. Dumas (Democrat) — 1,147,885
Drew Crompton (Republican) — 1,232,994
Stacy Marie Wallace (Republican) — 1,309,940
The crash happened at the Collier Town Square shopping plaza.
Date: October 31, 2021
Incident Type: Shooting
Location: Zone 3
Pittsburgh Police responded to the 1500 block of Brownsville Road around 2:20 a.m. for a reported shooting.
When Zone 3 officers arrived, they located an unconscious male with multiple gunshot wounds. Officers rendered aid until EMS arrived.
Medics transported the victim to a local hospital in critical condition.
There were no suspect descriptions or direction of flight.
The Mobile Crime Unit arrived to process the scene, and the investigation is ongoing.
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PITTSBURGH —Public safety officials said a crash involving two cars in Overbrook killed one person and sent four others to the hospital early Saturday morning.
PITTSBURGH — Two residents of Allegheny County have been sentenced to prison after conspiring to set fire to a police vehicle during the downtown riot on May 30, 2020, and on a related charge of interference with a law enforcement officer during civil disorder on that same day, Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced on Friday.
Da’Jon Lengyel, 24, of McKees Rocks will spend a little over two years in prison whereas Christopher West, 26, of Pittsburgh will spend four years, according to court documents.
At least one home was destroyed by fire and at least two others were damaged in Pittsburgh’s Perry South neighborhood.
The fire broke out a little before 4:30 a.m. Thursday at a house on the 300 block of Kennedy Avenue.
“We were sleeping and next thing you know we heard a big explosion,” said homeowner Jasmine Archibald.
Archibald said the fire was downstairs and she, her son and her boyfriend had to jump off the roof from the home down to the yard to get out.
“Everything was burning. There was no going back,” said Archibald.
There were no initial reports of injuries.
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WALL, Pa. —
Flames engulfed a house in Wall, Allegheny County, on Wednesday morning.
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Fire Chief John Rogowski, of United Volunteer Fire & Rescue, said the flames spread to a neighboring home. Firefighters said everyone got out of the house safely.
Rogowski said the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
SWISSVALE (KDKA) — A man is in critical condition after an overnight shooting in Swissvale, according to police.
Allegheny County Police say that this happened just after 2 a.m. Sunday on the 7500 block of Washington Avenue.
The man was shot in the stomach and taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Allegheny County Police have launched an investigation.
Anyone who knows anything about the shooting is asked to reach out to police at the County Police Tip Line 1-833-ALL-TIPS.
By: KDKA-TV’s Erika Stanish, Jessica Guay and Royce Jones
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The day started off mild and seasonable, but that all changed this afternoon after severe weather hit western Pennsylvania.
The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for parts of Butler, Mercer, Allegheny, Washington, Greene and Beaver counties on Thursday, but all warnings have now expired.
Allegheny County says the Hampton Township Fire Department believes a microburst hit the area, causing extensive damage. There were no reported injuries.
Hampton: The Fire Dept is reporting that they believe a microburst passed through the township causing widespread damage. No injuries have been reported.
— Allegheny County (@Allegheny_Co) October 22, 2021
In Hampton Township, the strong winds ripped the roof off a home on Kirk Avenue. Crews put a tarp over the roof to protect it from the elements. Another nearby home had its roof partially ripped off during the wild storms.
Fire officials in the township said they responded to about 30 calls on Thursday night.
— Erika Stanish (@Erika_Stanish) October 22, 2021
On Middle Road, a homeowner described the scene after storms hit the area.
“It was terrible. Just trees down on one side of the road. Had to use the other side of the road. It was just scary driving with all the debris on the road,” Jen Koervel said.
Many neighborhoods in the area were left without power after tree branches fell on power lines.
The American Red Cross has set up a staging area at the Hampton Volunteer Fire Department to help impacted residents.
In Washington County, the Peters Township fire chief said several homes were impacted. The chief said one home has substantial damage. The family was home at the time, but no one was hurt.
The NWS will be out in the area on Friday morning to survey the damage.
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Some Port Authority riders say they’re being left behind, and it’s a problem that’s been going on for more than a year.
ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. — A man accused of breaking into homes in two Allegheny County communities has been arrested.
Police had been searching for Elwood Bartrug, 62, who was arraigned and booked into jail early Friday morning.
Police said he would ring home doorbells in Reserve Township and would break in if no one came to the door. However, if someone answered, he’d ask for directions.
At one point during the search for Bartrug, Millvale police tracked him to a home, but he took off running and jumped out of a third-story window to get away.
According to a criminal complaint outlining two of the Millvale break-ins, Bartrug is charged with burglary, criminal trespass and theft by unlawful taking. Those two burglaries happened on Stanton Avenue on Sept. 13.
In one of them, an air conditioning unit was removed from a side window, but nothing was taken from the home, the complaint said. Surveillance video showed Bartrug inside the home, then running to and unlocking the front door to get out when an alarm went off.
In the other break-in, the homeowner returned home to find it had been ransacked. The glass window on the basement door was broken, and a video game console, controllers and video games were missing, the complaint said. The stolen items were later found at an electronics store on Grant Avenue in Millvale, where they had been traded in.
Crash happened late Thursday night.
MONROEVILLE, Pa. —
A man was struck and killed by a vehicle in Monroeville on Thursday night.
The incident happened in the eastbound lanes of Route 22 near Elliott Road around 9:45 p.m.
A woman was struck by a vehicle following a dispute with a man in Pittsburgh’s Glen Hazel neighborhood.
The incident happened around 1:30 a.m. Monday on the 600 block of Johnston Avenue
WEXFORD, Pa — One local police chief told Channel 11 that a recent crime spree in his community could be one for the history books.
Northern Regional Police Chief John Sicilia said the stolen cars are worth nearly $500,000.
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One Bentley, For F250 Platinum Truck, Two Mercedes Benz and Two BMWs were stolen from the Bentley Pittsburgh dealership along route 19 early Thursday morning. Chief Sicilia says the crime started across the street at the enterprise in Warrendale, where the same group stole several license plates from rental cars to use on the Bentleys.
The chief says thieves then broke into the Bentleys by manipulating the key lock box on each car.
“We did enter the license plates and the vehicles into NCIC so any police officer around the country who would run that plate or VIN it would come back stolen.”
It now appears the thieves left the state and the cars are long gone. So far police have been able to locate one Bentley which was found abandoned in Summerville, West Virginia.
“We are working to process that vehicle for any kind of evidence we’ve been working with the PA state police auto theft task force but at this time we don’t have any suspects.”
Two bank robberies are under investigation in the Pittsburgh area on Thursday afternoon.
One happened at the PNC Bank on Washington Road in South Strabane Township, Washington County.
The second robbery happened at the Brentwood Bank in South Fayette.
South Fayette police said one person of interest was taken into custody during a traffic stop near the McKees Rocks area, about 20 miles from the Brentwood Bank.
Police said a second person of interest has been identified but has not yet been arrested.
Police are not releasing their identities at this time.
South Fayette police said no money was taken at the PNC Bank, however, money was taken from the Brentwood Brank.
An FBI spokesperson said no injuries were reported.
This is a developing story. Stay with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for updates. Download the WTAE mobile app to stay connected with breaking news.
Shooting happened late Monday night
A shooting in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood sent a man to the hospital and left police searching for the shooter.
The shooting happened a little before 11 p.m. Monday on the 7100 block of Frankstown Avenue.
Police from several local departments are still searching for the shooter
NORTH VERSAILLES, Pa. —
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.