Police: Fire that damaged popular Swissvale hot dog shop intentionally set – WPXI

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.

Source: Police: Fire that damaged popular Swissvale hot dog shop intentionally set – WPXI

Someone is breaking into locked cars in Avalon, surveillance video captures suspect – WPXI

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.”

Source: Someone is breaking into locked cars in Avalon, surveillance video captures suspect – WPXI

Deadly fentanyl overdoses mount in Pittsburgh region | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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.

Source: Deadly fentanyl overdoses mount in Pittsburgh region | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

2 people injured after shooting in Wilkinsburg

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.

Source: 2 people injured after shooting in Wilkinsburg

Man kills parents before shootout with officers in Mount Lebanon – WPXI

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.

Source: Man kills parents before shootout with officers in Mount Lebanon – WPXI

Pa., local authorities seize $40K in meth from McKeesport home | TribLIVE.com

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.

Source: Pa., local authorities seize $40K in meth from McKeesport home | TribLIVE.com

Police: 16-Year-Old Arrested In Shooting Death Of 18-Year-Old In McKeesport – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

MCKEESPORT (KDKA) — A teen was shot and killed overnight in McKeesport.

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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.

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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.

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He is facing charges of Criminal Homicide and Firearm Offenses and will be held at the Allegheny County Jail.

Source: Police: 16-Year-Old Arrested In Shooting Death Of 18-Year-Old In McKeesport – CBS Pittsburgh

Auto body shop catches fire after powerline falls in McKeesport

MCKEESPORT, Pa. —An auto body shop caught fire after a powerline fell on it in McKeesport Friday.

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.

Source: Auto body shop catches fire after powerline falls in McKeesport

FBI: Raids lead to at least 5 charged in cocaine ring that supplied Johnstown, Monroeville – WPXI

 

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.

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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.

Source: FBI: Raids lead to at least 5 charged in cocaine ring that supplied Johnstown, Monroeville – WPXI

19-year-old man found shot in Swissvale

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.

Source: 19-year-old man found shot in Swissvale

Body found inside car that exploded in Cranberry restaurant parking lot – WPXI

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.

Source: Body found inside car that exploded in Cranberry restaurant parking lot – WPXI

Monroeville woman, 64, sues restaurant, police after arrest over wrong food order | TribLIVE.com

A Monroeville woman is suing a police officer and a Panda Express restaurant, alleging she was arrested for complaining that she got the wrong meal.

According to the lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court, Diana Broadnax, 64, went to the Panda Express on William Penn Highway in Monroeville on May 5, 2019, to place a take-out order.

When she got home, she realized she had gotten the wrong order, the lawsuit said. She immediately went back to the restaurant to exchange it.

According to the complaint, the manager, who is described as a white woman, responded angrily, yelled at Broadnax, who is Black, and threatened to call the police.

The manager did call the Monroeville police, complaining that Broadnax had been disorderly and was drunk.

“Plaintiff was not intoxicated, had not consumed any alcohol, was not disorderly, and since it was Sunday, her only activity before going to the Panda Express, was to attend church services,” the lawsuit said.

It continued that Broadnax had not engaged in any physical or verbal activity that justified the manager’s behavior or her calling the police.

Source: Monroeville woman, 64, sues restaurant, police after arrest over wrong food order | TribLIVE.com

15-year-old boy dead in Lincoln-Lemington shooting | TribLIVE.com

A 15-year-old boy was killed after a shooting in Pittsburgh’s Lincoln-Lemington neighborhood Tuesday night, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner.

Don Angelo Castapheny of Pittsburgh was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police from Zone 5 responded to the 1300 block of Montezuma Street around 9:10 p.m., and shortly after found Castapheny in the 1400 block of Olivant Street, a few blocks away.

Police said they do not have a description of a suspect.

The city’s Mobile Crime and Violent Crime units were processing the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

Source: 15-year-old boy dead in Lincoln-Lemington shooting | TribLIVE.com

Allegheny Co. Police Investigating McKeesport Shooting – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

MCKEESPORT (KDKA) — Allegheny County homicide detectives are investigating a shooting that took place in McKeesport.

When first responders arrived at the scene, in the Harrison Village housing complex, they found a 19-year-old man who had been shot in the chest.

He was taken to an area hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-833-ALL-TIPS.

Stay with KDKA for more on this developing story.

Source: Allegheny Co. Police Investigating McKeesport Shooting – CBS Pittsburgh

SWAT called to Arlington home after neighbor dispute

PITTSBURGH —SWAT was called after a dispute in Arlington Sunday afternoon.

Pittsburgh police responded to the 2800 block of Spring Street around noon for man in dispute with his neighbors.

When officers arrived, they were alerted that the man went inside of his residence. Police say the man refused the commands from officers to come outside.

Police learned the man had warrants after he had barricaded himself inside the house.

Upon the arrival of SWAT, the suspect walked out of the house and surrendered to police without incident.

Source: SWAT called to Arlington home after neighbor dispute

Man in critical condition after shooting in Millvale

Allegheny County police are investigating after a man was shot in Millvale Sunday afternoon.

County 911 was notified of a shooting in the 300 block of North Avenue around 2:30 p.m.

First responders found a 36-year-old man shot in the chest. The victim was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.

Homicide detectives have initiated an investigation.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the County Police Tip Line 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.

Source: Man in critical condition after shooting in Millvale

Wilkinsburg man pleads to manslaughter after friend is killed in drug deal gone bad | TribLIVE.com

A Wilkinsburg man with ties to two high-profile cases pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter in an unrelated shooting.

Demetres Beck, 26, admitted to Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski that he and a friend, Kierre Simmons, participated in a robbery on Dec. 29, 2014.

According to Deputy District Attorney Ilan Zur, Beck and Simmons went to a home in North Braddock to buy marijuana that day, but then pulled guns and tried to rob the two men selling it.

Police said Beck pulled the trigger first, and the sellers had guns and returned fire.

Simmons, 25, of Shadyside, was killed.

Beck was ordered to serve 2-1/2 to five years in prison to be followed by three years probation.

Defense attorney Casey White said his client has already serve 55 months in custody.

During the hearing, Beck apologized to the court for his actions.

Source: Wilkinsburg man pleads to manslaughter after friend is killed in drug deal gone bad | TribLIVE.com

Crews On Scene Of Motorcycle Crash With Injury In Penn Hills – CBS Pittsburgh

Crews are on the scene of a motorcycle crash with an injury in Penn Hills.

The county says the roadway will be closed for accident reconstruction. The Penn Hills police chief says a Jeep and motorcycle collided.

 

County police have been called to investigate the crash.

There’s a report of an injury, but no other immediate details available.

Source: Crews On Scene Of Motorcycle Crash With Injury In Penn Hills – CBS Pittsburgh

Hundreds Show Up For License To Carry Event In Allegheny County – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

ELIZABETH, Pa. (KDKA) — Hundreds of people have shown up for a license to carry and medicine dropoff event at the Forward Township Municipal Building.

KDKA crews observed 226 people showed up between the hours of 8 and 10 a.m.

People are also asked to bring a completed application, a valid PA driver’s license or ID and $20 cash.

The agencies are also hosting Project D.U.M.P. and people can drop off unused or expired medications. The agencies say that glass bottles, liquids, syringes, inhalers/insulin and creams will not be accepted.

Source: Hundreds Show Up For License To Carry Event In Allegheny County – CBS Pittsburgh

One Person Killed, Another Left In Critical Condition In Saw Mill Run Blvd. Crash – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A crash along Saw Mill Run Boulevard has left a 26-year-old woman dead and another in critical condition.

Police say the single-vehicle crash happened around 11:20 p.m. on Saturday night.

When first responders arrived at the scene, there were two female victims inside a sedan that had struck a utility pole.

Paramedics pronounced 26-year-old Katherine Lynn Barvilchak dead at the scene. The other occupant was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.

Saw Mill Run Boulevard was closed in both directions while the Collision Investigation Unit processed the scene.

Stay with KDKA for more on this developing story.

Source: One Person Killed, Another Left In Critical Condition In Saw Mill Run Blvd. Crash – CBS Pittsburgh

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Argument leads to shooting in Penn Hills

Penn Hills police said two men were arguing at a bar and the argument continued as they walked in the area.

At one point, one of the men pulled out a gun and shot the other near the Sunoco gas station.

The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

No suspects have been identified.

Source: Argument leads to shooting in Penn Hills

Several water main breaks in Allegheny County this morning

One of the breaks happened on 20th Street at East Carson Street, shutting down the westbound side of East Carson Street near that intersection.

Another happened on Sarah Street near East Carson Street. Sarah Street is being blocked in that area.

A third water main break happened right outside of a home on Short Street in Baldwin.

Source: Several water main breaks in Allegheny County this morning

19-year-old woman dead following shooting in Pittsburgh -WTAE

PITTSBURGH —A 19-year-old woman was killed in a shooting in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office identified the victim early Thursday morning as Kwaeonte Carpenter, of Pittsburgh.

Police said the incident began a little after 8:30 p.m. when they got a Shotspotter alert on the 300 block of Flowers Avenue in the city’s Hazelwood neighborhood.

Responding officers said a vehicle stopped in front of them on Blair Street near the intersection with Eliza Street with two gunshot victims inside.

Carpenter was shot in the shoulder and taken to the hospital, where she died.

A man suffered a gunshot wound to the hand.

No arrests have been announced.

The investigation is ongoing.

Source: 19-year-old woman dead following shooting in Pittsburgh

Man killed in home invasion, one charged

Police said it was reported that two men invaded the home in the 2900 block of Grover Street in McKeesport. A witness told police there was a knock at the rear door of the home and when they answered, a firearm was pointed in their face.

A witness identified Hale, and it was reported that Hale hit Gutierrez-Faust in the head and face multiple times and then strangled him, according to the criminal complaint.

The second suspect, still unidentified, then reached into Gutierrez-Faust’s pocket after and took money and crack cocaine, according to the document.

Police said it was reported that two men invaded the home in the 2900 block of Grover Street in McKeesport. A witness told police there was a knock at the rear door of the home and when they answered, a firearm was pointed in their face.

A witness identified Hale, and it was reported that Hale hit Gutierrez-Faust in the head and face multiple times and then strangled him, according to the criminal complaint.

The second suspect, still unidentified, then reached into Gutierrez-Faust’s pocket after and took money and crack cocaine, according to the document.

Source: Man killed in home invasion, one charged

One dead after crash in Hampton | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

An Allegheny County man died after he was involved in a crash Friday evening in Hampton, the county Office of the Medical Examiner said.

Douglas Hanson, 57, died at Allegheny General Hospital after the single-vehicle wreck in the 4000 block of Branding Place, according to the office. It listed his home as the Allison Park area.

The county had reported a vehicle over a hillside late Friday at the Branding Place location. It occurred shortly before 7 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

Hampton police could not be reached immediately early Saturday.

Source: One dead after crash in Hampton | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Early morning fire destroys Carnegie home, damages another | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Two people got out safely after a fire broke out around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at a home in the 100 block of Railroad Avenue in Carnegie.

 

 

According to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette news partner KDKA, a mother and her adult son were able to safely get out of the home that caught fire.

A neighbor who lives in one of the nearby houses told KDKA her house had smoke and water damage.

The Red Cross arrived at the scene to assist both families, KDKA said.

The Allegheny County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

First Published January 19, 2021, 4:42am

Source: Early morning fire destroys Carnegie home, damages another | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny Co. Police Investigating Fatal Shooting In Penn Hills

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PENN HILLS (KDKA) — Allegheny County Police are investigating a deadly shooting that took place in Penn Hills.

Police say 32-year-old Jamal Pamplin was shot several times just before midnight on Saturday night along Frankstown Road.

Pamplin was taken to an area hospital where he later died.

Allegheny County Police say that their initial investigations shows that Pamplin was shot while in the Monroe Muffler parking lot across from the Numbers Lounge, and that several vehicles were in the Monroe Muffler parking lot at the time.

Police are asking anyone who was in the area of Monroe Muffler or Numbers Lounge around midnight on Saturday night to contact the Allegheny County Police’s Homicide Unit.

Source: Allegheny Co. Police Investigating Fatal Shooting In Penn Hills