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.
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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.
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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.
According to Allegheny County Police, a shooting was reported in the 2700 block of Mosside Boulevard at 4:40 a.m.First responders found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
No suspects have been identified. County homicide detectives are investigating.
Anyone with information is asked to call the county police tip line at 833-ALL-TIPS. Anonymous calls will be accepted.
NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. —
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.
BETHEL PARK, Pa. —
A large water main break has closed a road in Bethel Park Monday morning.
Bethel Church Road at Logan Road is shut down due to the water main break.The break was reported just before 5 a.m.
Rushing water was seen coming up from the ground.
Police said it is not known when the road will reopen.
Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 has reached out to Pennsylvania American Water to see how many customers are impacted.
A Coraopolis gas station sold a scratch-off ticket worth $1 million, Pennsylvania Lottery officials announced this week.
The Feelin’ Like a Million Bucks scratch-off ticket was sold at Sunoco, located at 6700 University Boulevard. The gas station will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the ticket.
Feelin’ Like a Million Bucks is a $20 game that offers a top prize of $1 million.
The chances of winning $1 million are one in 1.8 million, according to the lottery website.
The winner of the game was not identified.
Scratch-off prizes expire within a year from the game’s end-sale date. Winners should sign the back of their ticket and call the lottery at 1-800-692-7481.
According to the Port Authority, they are currently 100 drivers and 60 maintenance crew members short.
Port Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph says there were a larger number of issues Monday morning.
“We are aware that riders are being left at stops, buses aren’t showing up and they’re coming very late. Of course, if you’re somebody who’s relying on transit to get to work, to get to childcare, or to get to schools, that can be unacceptable, right?” said Laura Wiens, Pittsburghers for Public Transit executive director.
The Port Authority said the shortage could also impact Pittsburgh Public Schools students riding buses to school.
The Port Authority and a union for the drivers said there have been retirements and recruitment efforts have been difficult. They also said the extensive 10-week training course drivers have to go through is tougher to do with social distancing requirements.
The Port Authority said it is working on recruitment and is hosting a job fair Sept. 10 at the PA Career Link on Wood Street in downtown Pittsburgh at 10 a.m.
“We take this very seriously. When we put out a schedule, that is our contract with the public and when we can’t make that schedule, we really take that seriously. We ask for patience and some courtesy and even kindness for the operators, the drivers who are out there busting their butts today,” Port Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph said.
Pittsburgh Public Schools leaders said they’re aware of the Port Authority’s shortages, and for any student taking a port authority bus that’s late, they will not be penalized by the school.
Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 spoke with Felicia Snyder, a parent, who says she’s expecting some transportation issues given the delay in the school start time and staggering of schedules, but Snyder encourages patience among parents and the district.
“It’s just one of those things where we’re going to have to learn how to be kind. We’re going to have to learn how to be empathetic, and we’ll have to learn how to just be decent human beings because it’s the right thing to do,” Snyder said.
The full statement from Pittsburgh Public Schools is below:
“Our transportation department works very closely with Port Authority and stays up to date on the challenges they are also facing due to the driver shortage. As part of our planning, we consider the impact students’ commutes will have on bus capacities to alleviate overcrowding concerns. With many of our students getting to school in new ways and expecting that challenges with driver coverage will continue, school leaders will not penalize students who face challenges getting to school on time due to unexpected delays and inconsistent route coverage.”
A family of six is getting help from the American Red Cross after flames ripped through their Carrick home late Saturday night.
Emergency crews were called the home in the 300 block of Carrick Avenue at 11:55 p.m.County officials said no one was hurt in the fire.
The American Red Cross said they provided comfort kits and financial assistance to the two adults and four children who lived in the home.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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SWISSVALE — A popular hot dog shop in Swissvale was damaged by a fire early Sunday morning, which police believe was intentionally set.
Emergency crews responded to D’s Six Pax & Dogz in the 1100 block of Braddock Avenue around 2:30 a.m. for a reported dumpster fire. The fire spread to the building, damaging the back area of the restaurant.
The business in the Swissvale section of the Regent Square neighborhood that also includes parts of Edgewood and Pittsburgh, was not open at the time and no injuries were reported.
The location will remain closed on Monday while the business assesses the damage and how to move forward.
Police said they believe the fire was set intentionally and the investigation is ongoing.
No information about possible suspects was released.
PITTSBURGH — Residents in Avalon Borough woke up Wednesday morning to find their cars broken into and items missing.
Many of the vehicles parked along Florence Avenue and Cleveland Avenue were locked, and residents want to know how someone was able to gain access to them.
Not only were several locked cars broken into, but some break-ins were captured on a neighbor’s surveillance camera.
David Shane is one of the victims
.“When this happened, I was furious trying to figure out how I’m going to bait them and catch them. Of course, (I) contacted law enforcement.
”His brother-in-law’s car was also targeted. “They actually broke into his car as well. Stole a pair of AirPods and some money,” Shane said.
The break-in happened early Tuesday morning, and Shane knew something was wrong right away.
When Shane walked outside, all of his windows were rolled down, his sunroof was open, and the big question is how that happened to begin with. He also knew something was wrong when he saw show boxes from his car scattered through the street; it was no surprise that they were empty.
“The glove box was open. The center console was up. Some things thrown around,” Shane explained.
Shane says his shoes, clothes and even money were stolen.
“It’s probably a lesson I learned, like most people a long time ago, not to leave belongings in your vehicle or things of worth, but I wasn’t anticipating having it being taken,” he said.
It couldn’t have happened at a worse time. Shane is visiting from Florida, but is looking for a job right now because he wants to move to Pittsburgh.
“If you are a business owner, you need anything marketing, someone to grow your brand — I’m your guy.”
In the meantime — Shane is trying to be positive.
“Could’ve been much worse, and at the end of the day, I hope someone gets to enjoy the shoes.”
At least a dozen times this year, medical rescue workers in the county responded to four or more deadly overdoses in a single day, the vast majority involving fentanyl.
In the small working-class city of Clairton, at least six people have died this year in overdoses involving the drug — two on the same street, records show.
The rise in deaths has prompted public officials to call for efforts from law enforcement and other government agencies to battle the crisis, including the legalization in Pennsylvania of the distribution of fentanyl strips — a tool that can alert people to the presence of the drug.
WILKINSBURG, Pa. —
Two people were injured after a shooting in Wilkinsburg Saturday night.
First responders responded to reports of a shooting in the 1900 block of McNary Boulevard around 10:16 p.m.
Police said two men were found on scene with injuries indicating they were struck by gunfire.
Both were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Anyone with more information on this incident is asked to call the county police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS.
MOUNT LEBANON, Pa. — A man killed his parents before getting into a shootout with police in Mount Lebanon, then leading officers on a chase and being found dead after a crash, authorities said.
The 25-year-old man, who has not been identified, called police shortly after 12 a.m. Thursday to a home on Gilkeson Road. It was discovered that he had shot and killed both of his parents and was ready to surrender.
Police said he was calm at first, but he then began shooting at officers.
Authorities seized nine guns and more than $40,000 worth of meth from a McKeesport man’s home, according to Attorney General Josh Shapiro, all of which he says stems from a new partnership between state and local authorities in the Mon Valley.
Franklin Gribschaw, 42, faces multiple charges of drug possession and drug delivery.
MCKEESPORT (KDKA) — A teen was shot and killed overnight in McKeesport.
Allegheny County Police say the 18-year-old was found on Sole Street just before 2 a.m. Saturday.
Dontae McKenith was pronounced dead at the scene.
During an investigation, police say they found evidence that Dontae McKenith and 16-year-old Phillip Payne were handling a handgun.
Payne allegedly then turned the gun on McKenith and shot him.
Police accuse Payne of fleeing the crime scene originally, but that he later turned himself in to authorities around 8 a.m. Saturday.
He is facing charges of Criminal Homicide and Firearm Offenses and will be held at the Allegheny County Jail.
At least three people have been shot and one officer injured in a shooting on E. Carson Street on the South Side.
Flames and smoke billowed from the McKeesport Auto Body on Rebecca Avenue.
“Half the building, you can see the flames behind the smoke. It’s noticeably above the building, so it had to be something serious,” said witness Justin Bowers.
At least one person was sent to the hospital for a medical emergency.
Fire crews from across the Mon Valley assisted McKeesport. There were several water tanks at the scene.
The McKeesport emergency management coordinator said initially there was no water pressure and high tension wires fell on the building.
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — At least five people are facing federal charges for their involvement in a large cocaine ring that distributed drugs throughout the region, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
According to a criminal complaint in U.S. District Court, Mikal Davis, James Dotson, Azheem Ellis, Dwight Logan and Timothy Mollet have been charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine.
Agents with the FBI, Department of Homeland Security were assisted by state and local law enforcement as they executed warrants at several locations throughout the city Thursday morning, according to WJAC.Investigators say the quintet distributed the drugs in the Johnstown and Monroeville areas and beyond.
According to the complaint, agents and Task Force Officers used multiple confidential informants throughout the investigation.
The complaint says investigators recorded phone calls and made controlled buys from the defendants between June 3, 2019 and March 31, 2021.
Davis is described by the FBI as the co-leader of the organization, Dotson is described as the lieutenant and Ellis, Logan and Mollet are described as distributors.
Authorities say Hector Concepcion is also facing federal charges for distributing cocaine and heroin between August 12, 2019 and December 23, 2020.
Duquesne Light said all customers should expect to have power back by 11 p.m. Thursday.
About 28000 were without power Wednesday after storms hit the Pittsburgh area.
SWISSVALE, Pa. —
Allegheny County police are investigating after a 19-year-old man was found shot in the leg inside an apartment building in Swissvale.
The shooting happened around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday at a building on the 2700 block of Hawthorne Avenue.The victim was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.
Although the victim was found in the apartment building, investigators said they haven’t been able to determine exactly where the shooting occurred.
No arrests have been announced.
RANBERRY, Pa. — A body was found inside the burned-out remains of a car in Cranberry Friday evening.
Channel 11′s crew at the scene could see the remains inside what was left of the vehicle.
Viewer video sent to Channel 11 showed massive flames engulfing the vehicle as it sat in the parking lot near Moe’s and Red Robin. Fire officials said the vehicle exploded.