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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police and EMS responded to a rollover crash early on Monday morning.
Just before 1:00 a.m., Pittsburgh Police and medics were called to Allegheny Avenue near Abdell Street, and once on the scene, they found an SUV rolled over onto its roof.
The SUV hit a few parked cars during the crash.
The condition of the driver is unknown at this time.
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A couple from Monroeville is charged with trying to defraud the Pandemic Rent Assistance Program.
Police say applications by Devon Lane and Victoria Bennett were flagged by Action Housing.
Police investigated and say they found Lane applied for more than $645,000 in rent relief and received more than $222,000.
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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Increasing clouds this morning with showers and isolated thunderstorms developing in the western Pennsylvania area in the afternoon and evening.
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.
A woman was arrested after police said a 5-month-old child was exposed to narcotics and emergency personnel had to use Narcan on the child.
When officers arrived, firefighters and paramedics were rendering aid to the child, who was then transported to UPMC Children’s Hospital in stable condition after first responders had administered Narcan.
According to the criminal complaint, officials at the hospital said the child presented symptoms of opioid overdose.
Special Victims Unit detectives interviewed Rexrode, who is the infant’s guardian. She told police her and her boyfriend went to a local park on Bausman Street where she noticed the child being very lethargic and her lips turning blue. They took her home where the child’s skin started to turn blue and she wasn’t waking up, so they went to the first station.
During the interview, Rexrode admitted to using heroin and cocaine recently. A search of her home turned up empty stamp bags, as well as suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia in the living room where she had been sleeping on the couch.
The department’s General Investigations Unit responded to a request for assistance in Duquesne about 7:20 p.m., according to a department news release.
First responders who were sent to the 1000 block of Duquesne Boulevard found the woman, who had been shot in “an upper extremity,” investigators said.
She was taken to a hospital with what was believed to be a non-life-threatening wound, they said.
Investigators asked anyone with information about the shooting to call them at 1-833-ALL-TIPS.
A Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Pittsburgh ended up with a flat tire a short time after rejecting takeoff because of technical issues.
Spirit said the plane braked safely but while taxiing back to the gate, it experienced a flat tire.
Guests were taken off the plane and given hotel and meal accommodations.
A McCarran International Airport Spokesperson said there were 186 people on board.
No injuries were reported.
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.
Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an overnight shooting in East Pittsburgh that left one person dead and injured another.
Police were first called to Prospect Terrance for reports of shots fired around 4 a.m. Sunday.
State Police say that the one victim showed signs of “apparent gunshot wounds” and was 22-years-old.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Medics transported the other victim, whose age is not known at this time, for emergency treatment.
Pennsylvania State Police and the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating.
In August, a task force was formed to crack down on these so-called ride-outs across the city.
PITTSBURGH — A man was taken to the hospital in serious condition after a stabbing that occurred at Color Park in Pittsburgh’s South Side.
The incident occurred just before 11:45 p.m., in the area of Color Park at 11 S. 4th Street.
Police said when officers arrived, a man was found with a stab wound to the neck. Medics transported him to the hospital in a serious condition.
PITTSBURGH — A violent Pittsburgh neighborhood gang was busted during an FBI and police raid in Hazelwood early Thursday morning.
The gang, known as the “Hazelwood Mob,” was dismantled after a four-month-long investigation into violence and drug trafficking in the neighborhood. The indictment charged 25 people with drug trafficking and firearm violations, the Department of Justice announced. Investigators said they used wire taps and tips from the community to identify who was involved and what their role was in the organization.
Channel 11 was there as Pittsburgh police raided two houses along Second Avenue in Hazelwood around 6 a.m.
An armed woman who had barricaded herself in a building South Braddock Avenue in Pittsburgh surrendered without incident early Thursday night, according to Pittsburgh police.
The woman, who was not identified, ended the standoff in the 200 block of South Braddock Avenue at 7 p.m. and was going to be taken into custody, once being medically cleared by paramedics who responded to the incident, police said
The city’s SWAT unit responded to the emergency. Police had called to her to safely surrender, according to the Pittsburgh Public Safety’s Twitter page.
Additional details were not available late Thursday night.
Pittsburgh City Council passed a guaranteed basic income pilot that will give 200 people $500 a month.
In Pittsburgh, it’s called ACE, or the Assured Cash Experiment.
Two hundred low-income individuals will get $500 a month for two years, including 100 African American women and another 100 individuals of any race and gender randomly selected from low-income zip codes (15204, 15208, 15210, 15214, and 15219).
Pittsburgh will use $2.5 million from the American Rescue Plan to fund this project.
“Guaranteed basic income has happened in other cities. Other cities have used their ARP funding to do this pilot,” Lindsay Powell, the Mayor’s deputy chief of staff, told City Council on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh joins a couple dozen cities experimenting with guaranteed cash assistance, and the early results are promising, says Michele Abbott, who will run the Pittsburgh program.
District officials said Wednesday that Superintendent Anthony Hamlet submitted his resignation, effective Oct. 1. He will get a severance package worth about $400,000, equal to one year of salary and benefits, according to the district solicitor, Ira Weiss.
The board said it will announce an interim superintendent Sept. 29, and a national search for Hamlet’s replacement will begin in December.
“Members of the board reviewed the Pennsylvania Ethics Commission Report with diligence, discussed its findings in detail, assessed the overall situation, and remain steadfast in the belief that this outcome is unfortunate, but necessary,” school board President Sylvia Wilson said a statement. “Most importantly, this course of action creates an opportunity to remain focused on providing quality education for district students while eliminating unrelated distractions. We look forward to moving ahead, and keeping our students safe and engaged in their learning. The board would like to thank Dr. Hamlet for his five-plus years of service and wish him well.”
At a back-to-school event last week, Hamlet spoke about the state ethics investigation that found he improperly filed financial disclosures, travel reimbursements and didn’t disclose paid appearances. Hamlet said he didn’t intentionally do anything wrong.
Hamlet said in a resignation letter that it was best for the district’s students and families that he step down and “embark upon a new chapter in my professional life.”
Leading up to the first day of school, parents protested in Oakland. Some parents said Hamlet didn’t create issues the district faces, while others called for the school board to pass a no-confidence vote against him. They were upset that the district’s start date for school was pushed back, and about the lack of bus drivers.
“I definitely understand their frustrations, and one of the things that we need to think about is that we’re in a pandemic. There’s no playbook for a pandemic. We’ll have one after this is over, but right now this is an ongoing issue,” Hamlet said Friday at South Hills Middle School. “When it comes to transportation, even in the best of times, there is a bus driver shortage. This has been maybe four, five years in the making as far as bus drivers, and the pandemic has exacerbated that, unfortunately.”
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — One person was taken to the hospital following a rollover crash in Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood.
The crash happened along Arlington Avenue between Hartford Street and E. Warrington Avenue.
One person was taken to the hospital.
It’s unclear what led to the crash.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say a wrong-way driver collided head-on with another car in a western Pennsylvania tunnel, critically injuring the other driver.
State police in Pittsburgh say the vehicle entered Route I-376 traveling west in the eastbound lanes shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday.
Police said the car entered the Fort Pitt tunnel under Mount Washington, still traveling in the wrong direction, and collided head-on with another car.
The 36-year-old driver of the other car was taken to a local hospital and listed in critical condition with multiple injuries.
The other 21-year-old driver was uninjured.
FOR THE filmmakers showcased in 2021 ReelAbilities Pittsburgh, that aphorism would be amended to never relinquishing the camera or final edit control.
Running Sept. 8-12 at Carnegie Museum of Art Theater, ReelAbilities Pittsburgh has been presented annually since 2013 by Film Pittsburgh. It features films that promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of individuals with disabilities.
The 2021 lineup includes showings of 12 eclectic films from Venezuela, Australia, Spain, Hong Kong and the U.S., supplemented by special discussion events with festival directors and actors Christina Abernethy, Sachi Cunningham, Nicholas Bruckman, Chandler Evans, Kaitlin Kerr, Kristin Rebstock, Afton Quast Saler and internationally renowned Pittsburgh street performer Bill Shannon, whose career as a skate punk and breakdancer is explored in Crutch.
Viewers will encounter the occasional well-known personage — George Lopez (At Last), Will Ferrell and William Jackson Harper (David), Latin percusssion star Ruper Vásquez (The Special) and U.S. Senators Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Vice-President Kamala Harris (Not Going Quietly).
But at its core, the ReelAbilities films provide a series of life stories told with an unsurpassed level of intimacy, intensity and introspection. The settings may be ordinary … a subway car (Distances), summer camp (Best Summer Ever), Sunday church (Who Fights for You?), golf course (Re-Inventing the Wheel), family dinner table (Groundhog Night) or high school prom (At Last) … but the people whose worlds we enter are undeniably extraordinary.
Film Pittsburgh’s executive director Kathryn Spitz Cohan concurs. “That’s what’s so unique about ReelAbilities Pittsburgh,” she says. “The films and events emphasize how similar people are despite whatever differences we think we have.”
Following the Sept. 11 screening of Best Summer Ever, the Richard Meritzer Award for outstanding leadership in advancing the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act will be presented to Dr. Josie Badger of Pittsburgh.
PITTSBURGH — A man is in critical condition after an off-road vehicle crash in Pittsburgh’s Sheraden neighborhood.
The incident occurred in an alley behind the 1200 block of Faust Street around 8:15 p.m. Friday.
Police said a man was found on the ground several yards from his overturned quad. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He was not wearing a helmet, police said.
The investigation is ongoing.
HOMEWOOD, PA — Pittsburgh Police responded to ShotSpotter alerts for multiple rounds fired in the 7300 block of Hamilton Avenue and 500 block of Panke Avenue at 3:20 p.m.
Responding units located three victims in the 7300 block of Hamilton Avenue, two males and one female, all with gunshot wounds to the leg. One male also sustained a graze wound to his side.
EMS transported all three victims to the hospital in stable condition.
PITTSBURGH — An hour-long SWAT incident concluded early Saturday morning after a man who police believe fired several shots was taken into custody in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood.
The incident occurred in the 4500 block of Torley Street just before 3:30 a.m., when police responded to a ShotSpotter activation for multiple rounds fired.
There police found spent shell casings in the area and tried to make contact with the resident, but were unsuccessful. Friends and family members told police that there were several firearms available inside the home and that the male was in crisis, and SWAT and negotiators responded.
More than two hours after police were called, the man came to the door and surrendered. He was evaluated by tactical medics before being taken to receive the assistance he needs, police said.
President Biden on Thursday told Jewish leaders that he spent time at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh after the October 2018 mass murder of 11 people there — but the synagogue told The Post he never visited.
“I remember spending time at the, you know, going to the, you know, the Tree of Life synagogue, speaking with them,” Biden said in a 16-minute virtual address ahead of the Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Barb Feige, executive director of the Tree of Life, said that Biden did not visit the synagogue in the nearly three years since the anti-Semitic attack.
In a phone interview, Feige, executive director since July 2019, said firmly that “no” Biden didn’t visit, even before taking office when he had a lower public profile as a former vice president and then-Democratic presidential candidate.
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto signed an executive order Tuesday allowing the possession and use of fentanyl test strips.
The City of Pittsburgh is adopting a policy to not arrest people who have or distribute fentanyl test strips for harm reduction purposes.
The Mayor’s Office says fentanyl test strips have been proven to prevent overdoses by allowing users to identify the presence of fentanyl in drugs.
Pointing to a recent study from the City of Pittsburgh Office of Community Health and Safety, the Mayor’s Office says there’s been an increased presence of fentanyl in drugs like heroin, cocaine and meth in the greater Pittsburgh area.
“While fentanyl has been present in the heroin supply for several years in this region, there are increasing reports of other, non-opioid drugs that have been cut with or contaminated by fentanyl,” the report says.
Peduto signed the order on Overdose Awareness Day.
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.”
An investigation is underway and a man is in critical condition following an overnight shooting on Pittsburgh’s South Side.
Just before 2 a.m., Pittsburgh Police officers from Zone 3 responded to a ShotSpotter alert in the 80 block of S.13th Street and reports of a gunshot victim on Muriel Street at S.14th.
Officers located a male victim there with three gunshot wounds. He was transported by medics to the hospital in critical condition.
The Crime Scene Unit processed evidence at more than one location in the vicinity of where the gunshot victim was located.
Violence Crime Unit detectives are investigating.
Summary As Reported On Police Blotter Aug 27:
Date: August 27, 2021
Incident Type: Stabbing
Location: Zone 2
Pittsburgh Police from Zone 2 were called to 11th Avenue at Liberty Avenue for reports of a stabbing around 6:45 p.m. outside the Greyhound bus station.
Arriving units found one male victim with a stab wound to the arm and a wound to the back of the head. Officers applied a tourniquet to his arm until medics arrived.
He was transported to the hospital in stable condition. The second male was apprehended by police inside the station without incident.
The two males had reportedly been arguing inside before moving out onto the sidewalk where the stabbing occurred. The actor was positively identified by the victim.
He will be transported to the Allegheny County Jail after he is treated at the hospital for an injury to his hand.
Date: August 27, 2021
Incident Type: Stabbing
Location: Zone 2
Source: Public Safety Blotter
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Just within a 24-hour period, there were three shootings in Allegheny County.
Pittsburgh City Councilman Bobby Wilson says he was just there Friday and residents shared their concerns about the violence. He says he’s taking a multi-pronged approach to stop the shootings.
“Which is really trying to contact HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development). I just had a meeting with them yesterday to see what can be done to increase safety, to really increase community input in these locations,” said Wilson.
Wilson is also working with local intervention groups to find solutions.
“I want to keep pointing back to if we follow the bullet that was in the guns of everyone that were there, what brought them to that moment?” said Wilson.
Wilson and Councilman Corey O’Connor believe putting more funding into community programs and prevention will help save lives.
“We see this with our young people that have bright futures that we want involved in our city, that they are going to be the future leaders of our city,” said O’Connor. “I think for us, it’s more the education to those individuals to say, ‘Look, there are great opportunities here. How can we help?’”
O’Connor says the Stop the Violence initiative alone receives around $3 million in funding. The council just introduced new grants to distribute in the near future.
“If you have organizations that are working within the community as well as with our leaders down at city government to try to get to the neighborhood and to have people in the neighborhood to work with these young kids, to give them a sense of hope and that there’s other things to do out there,” said O’Connor.
O’Connor says community policing also makes a big difference. He says the police chief and officers go out in neighborhoods to connect with residents and participate in youth programs.
PITTSBURGH — A woman was hit by a motorcycle that went off the road and onto a sidewalk in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood Monday evening.
Police said the driver of the motorcycle was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic on Fifth Avenue near South Aiken Avenue before the crash, which happened just after 6 p.m.
Officers had activated their lights and sirens to pull the motorcyclist over, but before they could even pursue or follow the bike, it jumped up onto the sidewalk and hit the woman as she was walking.The woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition, police said. Two people who were in the area and have medical training helped her until paramedics arrived.
The man who was driving the motorcycle was taken to a hospital with jaw injuries, police said.