Police are investigating an incident where three people were found dead Saturday evening inside a home on the South Side.
Jason G. Heintzelman, 34, Micah Danielle White, 30 and Davon Tae Lipscome 25, all of Pittsburgh, were found deceased in a residence in the 100 block of South 18th Street around 10 p.m. Saturday, according to reports from the medical examiner’s office.
There is currently no cause of death listed.
The police do not suspect any foul play, and the investigation is ongoing, according to Public Safety spokesperson Maurice Matthews.
Detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit and Group Violence Intervention are the investigating agencies, according to the medical examiner’s report.
PITTSBURGH —Giant Eagle announced Monday that they would reinstate the wearing of face masks, cloth face coverings or face shields for all customers and staff, inclusive of all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
The company said all Giant Eagle, Market District and GetGo staff will be required to wear a face mask, cloth face covering or face shield starting August 4.
The company is strongly requesting that customers comply with the same mask requirement starting August 6. Complimentary masks for any guest who does not have one will be provided.
Giant Eagle curbside pickup and delivery service continues to be available.
The company said the introduction of the Delta variant created a renewed sense of urgency.
Giant Eagle said it is actively reviewing paths forward regarding a potential vaccination requirement for all employees.
A Pittsburgh U-Haul employee is dead after a customer shot him during a dispute last week.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office reports Jacob Jaillet, 21, of Pittsburgh, died at a hospital Sunday around 11:46 a.m.
According to the criminal complaint, Jaillet was showing a truck to a man police identify as the shooting suspect — Braijon Burton, 21, of Pittsburgh at the U-Haul located on the 1000 block of Washington Boulevard.”
Burton stated that at that moment he said to himself, ‘I’m taking this truck’ and Burton said that he shot the guy,” according to the paperwork. Police say Burton shot the victim in the neck and was initially reported to be in critical condition.
Burton then stole a U-Haul vehicle and fled the scene, according to police. Burton was then pursued by police on Route 28 near the 31st Street Bridge where he was then taken into custody.
An employee at the U-Haul center spoke with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter Kylie Walker and said the victim is a co-worker and explained what led up to the shooting.”
The dude wanted the truck for too long. We couldn’t give it to him. He was mad about it so he shot my co-worker and ran off with the truck,” the employee said.
Burton is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail.
Police said the girl is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and 100 pounds, with freckles, blue eyes and long, red hair with blonde tips.
She is known to frequent the Lincoln Place, Swissvale, and Lawrenceville areas, police said.
Anyone who has information on the girl’s whereabouts is asked to call Special Victims Unit detectives at 412-323-7141. Anonymous calls will be accepted.
SVU detectives seek the public’s help to find
Lacey Hoover, 17, was last seen on 7/26/21 in the Lincoln Place neighborhood.
She is 5’2″,with blue eyes and red hair. If you know of her whereabouts please call SVU at (412) 323-7141. https://t.co/rP7XEbsB7Vpic.twitter.com/mIh1ws5mX8
We spoke with people who said they didn’t know what was going on, until they saw the fight and blood all over the store.
Alexis Keppel and Yssence Andino were there doing their grocery shopping.“It was one person getting beat up by three or four other people. A tall guy just getting beat up by kids, adults, men, women, everyone,” explained Keppel. “
The woman that was involved the one that ganged up on the guy, she ended up getting hit and I think she broke her nose. Because when we went to the self-checkout, she was absolutely covered in blood.”
PITTSBURGH — One man was shot and two others were pistol-whipped late Wednesday night in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood, police said.
Officers and paramedics were called about 11 p.m. to Brownsville road, where they found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, police said. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
Around the same time, officers were called to Concordia Street for two men with head injuries. Those men told police they were pistol-whipped in the same area of Brownsville Road where the other man was found shot. They were taken to a hospital for treatment.
Pittsburgh has a strong connection to horror films. From being featured in George A. Romero’s Living Dead movies to Silence of the Lambs, we love a good scare. It makes sense that many indie filmmakers in the city have gravitated toward the horror genre, and Massacre Academy makes one more to add to the list.
Massacre Academy will have its red carpet premiere on Sat., July 31 at the Lamp Theatre in Irwin, Pa. In an email, the film’s writer/director Mark Cantu describes it as an ’80s slasher comedy. Cantu, who produces films under his Pittsburgh-based independent film production Cineworx, says the film was shot locally during the pandemic. Besides using a local cast and crew, Massacre Academy also features horror heavyweights like Felissa Rose, noted for playing the lead character in the 1983 cult horror film Sleepaway Camp.
Massacre Academy follows Kris McNeil (played by Jess Uhler), one of few survivors of a brutal series of murders by a slasher known as Carnie (Dave Sheridan). The film is set in 1987, two years after the massacre when Carnie is presumed dead. The trailer features a soundbite that says Carnie “sank to the bottom of a lake and drowned” but, as happens in horror films, a new series of killings begins and all signs point to him.
Tickets for the premiere are still available but limited, so get them while they last.
Massacre Academy premiere. 7 p.m. Lamp Theatre.222 Main St., Irwin. $30. lamptheatre.org
PITTSBURGH — An employee at a U-Haul facility in Pittsburgh’s Larimer neighborhood was shot in the neck and the suspect took off in a U-Haul truck before being arrested along Route. 28, according to police.
Investigators said the shooting happened at the U-Haul rental store on Washington Boulevard around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The employee was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Police said they were able to find the suspect fleeing in a U-Haul truck on Route 28. During a brief pursuit, the suspect fired a weapon at another vehicle. A police vehicle was hit during the chase and an officer suffered a minor leg injury as a result.
The chase ended near the 31st Street Bridge when the U-Haul truck was damaged. The suspect was then taken into custody.
A carjacking and shooting near a U-Haul facility in Pittsburgh spurred a police chase that culminated in an arrest made on Route 28 during rush-hour traffic Tuesday evening, initial reports indicate.
A Pittsburgh officer was injured when the suspect’s stolen rental truck struck him in the leg during the pursuit, police said. The officer’s injury was described as minor, and city public safety officials said he transported to a local hospital in stable condition.
Pittsburgh Public Safety officials told Trib news partner WPXI-TV that during the carjacking, an employee at the U-Haul dealer on Washington Boulevard in the city’s Larimer neighborhood was shot in the neck.
The wounded employee was rushed by medics to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
Shortly after 4:30 p.m., emergency dispatchers received a request for police, fire and ambulance support along Route 28 near the 31st Street Bridge, an Allegheny County 911 shift commander told the Tribune-Review. The dispatcher confirmed that the dozens of police cars swarming the highway and re-routing passing drivers were there in connection to an incident involving police in Larimer.
During the pursuit, the suspect shot at a civilian vehicle, according to city public safety officials. The vehicle was hit but the driver was not injured.
A Pittsburgh police SUV with a badly damaged rear-end was parked along the highway. A bit farther south, a smashed-up U-Haul pickup truck was wedged against the highway’s barrier.
The suspect who was arrested and taken into custody was not immediately identified. All lanes of Route 28 were reopened before 6 p.m.
PITTSBURGH — There has been an increase in violence in recent months in the South Side, including shootings and fights. Also, as more people return to the area following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, sidewalks have become more crowded and more people are walking into streets, leading to some instances in which people have been hit by cars.
Police are now investigating a deadly shooting in the South Side Slopes, hours after a violent night rocked a different part of the neighborhood.
According to police, after the shooting, a friend of the victim started to drive them to the hospital but stopped after seeing police patrolling the area. The friend then asked the officers for help.
Unfortunately, after they tried to render aid, the victim died. The Pittsburgh police chief had this to say.
“It’s concerning with the level of violence that’s going on in the city of Pittsburgh. The number of people carrying guns and here, once again, area kids are playing football, and to have someone shot is unacceptable. This has to stop,” said Scott Schubert.
It is not known at this time how many shooters were involved or the motive behind it.
“I have to compliment the officers and their quick work as the chief said we do have multiple witnesses that were actually held as well as some individuals being detained and that would not have happened if it wasn’t for the quick work of the officers,” said Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich.
Since there are multiple crime scenes, police say this will be a lengthy investigation.
As of 4:30 a.m., E. Carson Street has reopened to traffic.
Thirsty folks from American Craft Beer, a website dedicated to national brew news, recently paid a visit to our fair city to soak up the hoppy culture and its liquid assets. Not, surprisingly, they were impressed.
The Washington, D.C.-based bloggers had this to say:
“Pittsburgh turned out to be more interesting, more vibrant and more fun than we ever expected, and its beer scene, which is pretty amazing, was only part of the ride. Any great beer destination starts with a combination of things, the city, its people, character and vibe … and, of course, its beer. And as it turns out, Pittsburgh has all of those things in spades.”
Pittsburgh Public Safety said a man showed up at the hospital after being shot in the face in Pittsburgh.
The victim showed up at UPMC Mercy Hospital on Friday morning with a gunshot wound to the face.
Pittsburgh Public Safety said the man told officials he had been shot on Pittsburgh’s South Side, though a location was not confirmed.
Around the same time as this incident, there was police activity in the 200 block of Arabella Street in the city’s Knoxville neighborhood, although it was unconfirmed if that was related to this incident.
The victim was last reported to be in stable condition.
A rainbow-colored sea of humanity flooded parts of Downtown Pittsburgh as hundreds upon hundreds of people from nearby states joined in the Pittsburgh Pride Revolution March on Saturday afternoon.
Participants made their way from the City-County Building along Grant Street, down Sixth and Seventh avenues and across the Andy Warhol Bridge to East Commons and Allegheny Center with intermittent chants of “Gay Pride” and “Taste the Rainbow.”
FAIRVIEW, Pa. — A Pittsburgh woman is facing attempted homicide and assault charges after police said that she shot at four women who attacked her.
The incident happened on May 19, 2021, at approximately 5:35 p.m.
Police responded to a ShotSpotter alert on Belleau Drive in Fineview. When they arrived at the scene, they spoke with women who said they were shot at while driving.
Officers learned from video surveillance that Quayona Wilson, 25, of Pittsburgh, was walking down Belleau Drive and stopping at a car to take children out of it. When the car left, a brown Hyundai Tucson drove down the street and stopped in front of Wilson.
Four women then got out of the car and ran toward Wilson to attack her, according to a criminal complaint.
After kicking her head and body, they then run back to the car. Wilson got up off the ground and slammed her hand into the window of the car as it drove away.
Police said that Wilson then took a gun and fired multiple shots at the car. The driver of the car then backed the car up, turned it around and headed straight for Wilson.
She tried to move out of the way, but her right leg got ran over.
The car then drove on the sidewalk as another woman was shooting at it. When the driver passed by Wilson while leaving the area, Wilson fired additional rounds at them.
It’s unclear at this time if anyone else will be charged.
After a year off during the pandemic, Pittsburgh Pride returns with a mix of live and virtual events.
The Pittsburgh Pride Revolution March steps off at noon Saturday, June 5, from the City-County Building, Downtown, and proceeds down Grant Street, to Sixth Avenue, Seventh Street and the Andy Warhol Bridge, through Allegheny Center, and into Allegheny Commons Park West.
At the park, marchers will find the free Pittsburgh Pride Mini-Festival with food trucks, music, performances and booths through 6 p.m. with a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” sing-along at 5 p.m.
Sunday brings the free Pittsburgh Pride Revolution Mini Fest Day 2 from 3 to 10 p.m. outside of Trace Brewing (4312 Main St.) with a showing of the Pittsburgh Pride Revolution Virtual Pride event hosted by Luna La Creme, Mix Universe and Malcum Tent with 30 acts from all kinds of local, national and international performers, facepainting, food trucks, Drag Queen Story Time with Akasha LeStat Van Cartier for the kids at 5 p.m. then DJ Huny and dancing and a small closing celebration around 9:30 p.m.
There is a virtual event, Broadcasts From the End of the World with Cosmic Misfits, at 10 p.m. Friday.
Challengers Ed Gainey, Tony Moreno and Mike Thompson will face off against Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto in next Tuesday’s primary elections, after a heated campaign season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In-person voting takes place on May 18 between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and all requested mail-in or absentee ballots must be turned in before 8 p.m. on Election Day. Unless a Republican enters the race for mayor, the winner of the Democratic primary will run unopposed in November’s general election.
Allegheny County Proposed Ordinance
If approved, the Allegheny County Code will be amended to prohibit solitary confinement (more than 20 hours per day) in the Allegheny County Jail, except for limited circumstances and not to be used as punishment.
Proposed Home Rule Charter Amendment
If approved, Pittsburgh’s Home Rule Charter would be amended to prohibit the City police from executing warrants at any residence without knocking and announcing themselves first.
Statewide Referendum – Act 2020-91
This question asks Pennsylvanians to vote on making municipal fire departments and emergency medical companies with paid employees eligible to apply for loans from an existing state program.
Proposed Constitutional Amendment 1
If approved, this amendment would allow the General Assembly to end or extend all or part of a disaster emergency declaration without needing the governor’s approval.
Proposed Constitutional Amendment 2
If approved, this amendment would restrict the governor’s emergency powers in several ways.
Proposed Constitutional Amendment 3
If approved, this amendment would protect Pennsylvania citizens against denial of equal rights based on their ethnicity or race.
The building was home to the South Side Chamber of Commerce offices, a barbershop and six apartments.
Pittsburgh police said Christian Ross (pictured below), 25, of Pittsburgh was arrested and faces the following charges: aggravated arson, two counts of arson endangering persons, two counts of arson endangering property, one count of criminal mischief and one count of causing a catastrophe.
Pittsburgh police, Christian Ross
According to the criminal complaint, Ross was a former tenant in an apartment on the second floor. Investigators said he broke into the apartment multiple times last year after he moved out.
On the day of the fire, investigators said he was allowed back inside to remove his belongings while unsupervised.
May 5, police said Ross handed over a written confession note as an inmate inside the Allegheny County Jail for an unrelated incident.
However, before the confession note, police said surveillance cameras captured Ross leaving the building while it was on fire.The cameras are mounted on the side of the First National Bank building next door.
Investigators also said Ross used a small propane/butane torch to start the fire and he later left it behind at a friend’s house.
The criminal complaint said Ross did not say why he set the fire but did say he only confessed because the incident had been “weighing on him.”
Police said Ross is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail on separate charges.”
This arrest and corresponding charges were made possible thanks to the seamless cooperation between our Fire Investigation Unit, the ATF, and the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office. I thank everyone for their hard work in bringing this case to a close,” Department of Public Safety Director, Wendell Hissrich said in a news release.
Officials said members of Pittsburgh’s SWAT team surrounded a house on the 100 block of Freeland Street just before 10 p.m. after a domestic call. When officers arrived at the scene a woman came out of the home with injuries to her face. She was treated by medics at the scene.
According to police the woman claimed her male domestic partner had barricade himself in the house. Police said the suspect refused calls to come out of the residence.
Pittsburgh’s SWAT surrounded the house. After a two-hour standoff in which the suspect did not respond to repeated calls for him to exit the house police said they entered the home and found it to be empty.
No additional details were available Sunday morning, although according to a news release the investigation is ongoing, police said.