Public Safety Updates http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/updates.htm Department of Public Safety (c) 2014 | City of Pittsburgh | All rights reserved FOUND: 17-YEAR-OLD MALE MISSING FROM GREENFIELD http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3528 <p><span style="color:#ff0000;">UPDATE: The below missing person has been located not too far from his Greenfield home. He was not harmed and is in good health.</span></p> <p>The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Missing Person&rsquo;s Unit is asking for assistance in locating a 17-year-old male named Vance Meinhart-McBurney. He was last seen at approximately 5 p.m. today in Greenfield. Meinhart-McBurney has the mental capacity of a 6 year old. He is described as a light skinned black male, 5&rsquo;5&rsquo;&rsquo; 115 lbs with black hair and brown eyes. Vance was last seen wearing camouflage cargo pants, a tee shirt and gray sneakers.</p> <p>Detectives are asking anyone who has seen Vance Meinhart-McBurney to call Pittsburgh Police at 911 or the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Missing Persons Office at 412-323-7141.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:36:31 -0400 POLICE ASKING FOR HELP IDENTIFYING SUSPECT IN SUNOCO ROBBERY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3525 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is releasing video surveillance footage showing a woman entering a Sunoco gas station in the 1700 block of Banksville Road. &nbsp;It is the hope of the bureau that the public can help identify her.</p> <p>On August 22, 2014, Zone 6 Officers were called to the location in response to a burglar alarm. The footage shows a white female in a purple sweat suit using keys to enter the store. She was carrying a distinctive bag.</p> <p>Anyone with information as to the identity of the woman in the photo should call the Burglary Squad at 412-323-7155.</p> <p>Follow the &quot;View Photo Album&quot; link for the video.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:54:11 -0400 ARREST MADE IN AUGUST SHOOTING IN STRIP DISTRICT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3524 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police has arrested Kenneth Harrison, 41, for the August 8, 2014 shooting of Tyrone Tomman in the 2800 block of Penn Avenue in the Strip District.</p> <p>According to the investigation, Harrison is one of two actors who fired numerous shots at five people leaving Arts Tavern. Harrison was found by the Western Pennsylvania U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Allegheny County Sheriff&rsquo;s Deputies.</p> <p>His charges include one count of criminal homicide, five counts of criminal attempt homicide, and five counts of aggravated assault.</p> <p>Click on the &quot;View Photo Album&quot; link for a photo of the actor.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:25:14 -0400 UPDATED STATEMENT FROM CHIEF MCLAY CONCERNING EVACUATION OF SCHOOLS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3523 <p style="font-size: 12.222222328186px;"><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE</strong></p> <p style="font-size: 12.222222328186px;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay would like to share the following concerning today&#39;s evacuation of Pittsburgh South Brook and West Liberty:</span></p> <p style="font-size: 12.222222328186px;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">&quot;<span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">At this point, there is no immediate threat to safety; however, the&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">investigation remains on-going. The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, in collaboration with the School District Police, is&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">treating this as a potentially legitimate threat. Precautions are&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">being taken on the part of the school district to insure the safety of&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">the students.&quot; says Chief McLay.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:38:43 -0400 POLICE INVESTIGATING FATAL CRASH ON BIRMINGHAM BRIDGE (CORRECTION) http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3519 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash;&nbsp;&nbsp;At approximately 3:30 a.m., a female driver going the wrong way across the Birmingham Bridge crashed into the wall of an unfinished ramp. The female was pronounced deceased at UPMC&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">Presbyterian&nbsp;</span>Hospital at approximately 4:30 a.m.</p> <p style="text-align: center; "><strong>###</strong></p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:33:54 -0400 POLICE INVESTIGATING MAN WHO REPORTED TO HOSPITAL WITH STAB WOUND http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3512 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is investigating after a 28-year-old male walked into UPMC Mercy with a stab wound at approximately 5:15 a.m. Sunday, September 14, 2014. He reported that the incident occurred somewhere on the South Side. The victim is in good condition.<span style="font-size: 12px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:48:01 -0400 PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT AT EAST CARSON AND 22nd STREETS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3511 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; At approximately 2:26 a.m. Sunday, September 14, 2014 a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of 22<sup>nd</sup> and E. Carson streets. The driver fled the scene in a red vehicle. The victim was alert on the scene and reported experiencing pain in the neck.<span style="font-size: 12px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:39:49 -0400 PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT AT FEDERAL AND W. GENERAL ROBINSON STREETS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3510 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; At approximately 12:20 a.m. Sunday, September 14, 2014 a mother and her 10-year-old child were struck by a vehicle while crossing Federal and W. General Robinson streets. Both victims suffered no major injuries and declined medical treatment. The driver remained on the scene and tested negative for intoxication. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:33:19 -0400 POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING IN KNOXVILLE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3509 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURG, PA &ndash; At approximately 11:23 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12-2014, Pittsburgh Police were dispatched to the area of Zara and Amanda streets in Knoxville. Mt. Oliver and Port Authority police also responded.</p> <p>A Port Authority bus driver reported that they were traveling through the intersection when they saw a young black male firing a silver revolver.</p> <p>No scene could be found. However, at approximately 12:09 a.m., a male arrived at UPMC Mercy reporting to have been shot. He is in stable condition with a wound in the right arm. The vehicle he arrived in was also struck by a bullet. Other victims were in the car at the time the vehicle was struck by gun fire but no one else was hit or injured.</p> <p>The victim was treated and released from hospital. The investigation into the matter is ongoing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:40:23 -0400 UPDATE CONCERNING MAN WITH FIREARM IN SHADYSIDE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3493 <p><strong>F</strong><strong>OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; At approximately 1:28 p.m., a 911 caller reported seeing a man with a shotgun with a scope in a carrying case in the area of Colfax Elementary School in Squirrel Hill. Pittsburgh Police and School Police searched the area with negative results. Pittsburgh Police have continued to patrol the area to ensure the safety of students.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:55:23 -0400 PERSON OF INTEREST SOUGHT IN CONNECTION WITH FATAL NORTH SIDE STABBING http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3492 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Squad is investigating the stabbing death of a 58-year-old man that occurred on Friday, August 29, 2014 at approximately 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of Cedar Avenue and Pressley Street on the Northside.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Anyone with information related to the identification and/or the whereabouts of the individual in the attached photographs is asked to contact the PBP Homicide Squad at 412-323-7161. Please, do not approach the individual. Callers may remain anonymous.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:10:36 -0400 UPDATED: PITTSBURGH POLICE LOOKING FOR MISSING WOMAN http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3487 <p style="font-size: 12.222222328186px;"><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p style="font-size: 12.222222328186px;">PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">has located a woman who was last seen the Rivers Casino on Sept. 4.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-size: 12.222222328186px;">Theresa Sabina, 54, is a white female with brown hair and eyes and weighs 108 pounds. She is 5 feet tall. She suffers from anxiety and depression and&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">did</span>&nbsp;not have access to her medication.</p> <p style="font-size: 12.222222328186px;">Ms. Sabina was last seen wearing blue shorts and a black T-shirt&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">as she was leaving Rivers Casino. She had checked herself into a local hospital.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 12.222222328186px;">Click on the &quot;View Photo Album&quot; link for a photo.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 06 Sep 2014 19:53:10 -0400 MAN ARRESTED FOR BRIGHTON HEIGHTS BURGLARY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3481 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police has arrested Douglas Meikle, 22, in connection with at least one recent burglary in Brighton Heights involving expensive watches. He was taken into custody at approximately 7 p.m. Sept. 3 at his residence also in Brighton Heights. His charges include 1 count each of burglary, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, and receiving stolen property.</p> <p>Follow the &ldquo;View Photo Album&rdquo; link for a photo.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 15:04:16 -0400 FIRE CAUSES HEAVY DAMAGE TO CHURCH IN ALLENTOWN http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3465 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; A three-alarm fire yesterday at the Hill Top United Methodist Church, 631 E. Warrington Ave., was caused by workers who were using propane torches to repair the roof and gutters.</p> <p>Firefighters removed several items of religious importance from the structure including the communion table, a large cross, a lectern, and some ornate chairs. The fire caused heavy damage to the roof structure.&nbsp; There was extensive water damage to the church and the Allegheny County-run senior center. A conservative estimate of damages is $1.5 million.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:29:09 -0400 FATAL NORTH SIDE STABBING UNDER INVESTIGATION http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3464 <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;">PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash;&nbsp;Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide is investigating the stabbing death of a 58-year-old man from the North Side.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Arial; color: #232323"><span style="font-size:12px;">The victim is believed to have been fatally stabbed in the neck and torso during a fight that occurred on Pressley Street near the Cedar Avenue Giant Eagle grocery store at approximately 12:30 a.m. today.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Arial; color: #232323">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Arial; color: rgb(35, 35, 35); text-align: center; "><strong>###</strong></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:35:57 -0400 UPDATE: PITTSBURGH POLICE SEARCHING FOR MISSING JUVENILE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3463 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Missing Persons Unit is asking for assistance in locating 14-year-old Deja Willis-Thomas. She was last seen around 1 p.m. Thursday, August 28, 2014 in Lawrenceville.&nbsp;</p> <p>Willis-Thomas reportedly has made statements of suicide to friends.</p> <p>She is a black female, 5&rsquo;4&rdquo;, 155 lbs and was last seen wearing a stripped oxford shirt, tan khaki pants and blue or black hi top Nike shoes. Willis-Thomas could be in Homestead or Swissvale.</p> <p>Detectives are asking anyone who information about her whereabouts to call 911 or the Pittsburgh Missing Persons Unit at 412-323-7141.</p> <p>Click on the &quot;View Photo Album&quot; link for a photograph.</p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;">UPDATED: We have found the missing juvenile. She has been taken to Western Psyche for evaluation.</span></p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:15:53 -0400 BRIGHTON ROAD INCIDENT DETERMINED TO BE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3462 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; An incident outside of a Family Dollar store on Brighton Road has been determined to be a medical situation not a police matter.</p> <p>On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at approximately 9:02 p.m., a 60-year-old male fell to the ground in the store&rsquo;s parking lot. The original 911 call was that he was having a seizure but a head wound caused concern that the man may have been shot.</p> <p>Homicide Detectives were called to the scene and found no evidence that a shooting had taken place. The head wound was determined to have been from a prior medical procedure. The man remains in intensive care at Allegheny General Hospital.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:11:38 -0400 POLICE ARREST MAN WHO LED THEM ON FOOT PURSUIT THROUGH EAST LIBERITY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3457 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Pittsburgh Police have arrested Aaron Swan, Jr., 19 of Larimer as a result of foot pursuit through East Liberty.</p> <p>At approximately 5 p.m. yesterday, Officers patrolling in a marked car encountered Swan walking in the 100 block of N. St. Clair St. Officers state Swan turned and walked in the opposite direction immediately upon seeing the Police vehicle.</p> <p>Swan ran while holding what Officers believed to be a firearm against his waist. A foot chase followed as Officers pursued Swan through the yards of several homes before he fell and fired one round from the firearm. Swan then entered Angelus Convalescent Center on Amber Street.</p> <p>Swan was apprehended with the assistance of two K9s &amp; was treated at the scene for his wounds by Pittsburgh Paramedics before being transported to UPMC Presbyterian.</p> <p>He is now residing at the Allegheny County Jail on charges that include escape, flight to avoid apprehension, trial or punishment, carrying a firearm without a license and, as a former convict, he is not able to own a firearm.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:17:13 -0400 THE PITTSBURGH BUREAU OF POLICE IS SEEKING INFORMATION ON MISSING PERSON http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3453 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is still attempting to locate Richard Turton. He was last seen May 27, 2014, at approximately 5 p.m. leaving his home on Colescott Street in Westwood. He was wearing tan jeans, blue/white shirt and white shoes. Mr. Turton, 57, also has a heart condition/defibrillator and left all medications at his residence. He stands approximately 6 feet tall, weights approximately 150 pounds, has brown/grey hair, and brown eyes.</p> <p>Detectives are again asking for the community&#39;s assistance is locating this man. Anyone who may have seen Richard Turton should call the Bureau&#39;s Missing Persons Squad at 412-323-7141.</p> <p>Click on the &quot;View Photo Album&quot; link for a photo.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:37:33 -0400 ARREST MADE IN NORTHVIEW HEIGHTS FATAL SHOOTING http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3451 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; At approximately 2:30 a.m. today, West Homestead Police arrested Paul Kendrick, 19, of Northview Heights, clearing a Pittsburgh Bureau of Police warrant for his arrest on charges of criminal homicide and criminal conspiracy in connection with the August 1, 2014 death of 21-year-old Maurice Freeman also of Northview Heights.</p> <p>Click the &ldquo;View Photo Album&rdquo; link for a photo of Kendrick.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:29:21 -0400 BACK TO SCHOOL HIGHWAY SAFETY INITIATIVE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3441 <p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;With the recent start of the school year the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police will be conducting a two-week proactive &ldquo;Back to School Highway Safety Initiative&rdquo; to help ensure our children make it to and from school in a safe manner. Motorcycle officers and traffic officers will be out in full force to help ensure motorists obey the 15 mph school zone speed and properly stop for school buses using red flashing lights.</p> <p>Commander Scott Schubert says, &ldquo;We will do everything possible to help protect our children.&nbsp;Members of the Pittsburgh Police Bureau will continue to aggressively enforce school zone violations so as to ensure our young children reach school in a safe manner. Drivers are reminded to stay alert, drive with care and obey all laws when travelling through school zones or approaching a school bus that is picking up or dropping off children.&quot; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Pennsylvania&rsquo;s School Bus Stopping Law requires motorists to stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended. Motorists must stop when they are behind the bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety. If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the&nbsp;opposing lanes&nbsp;may proceed without stopping. Drivers who violate the law face the following penalties:&nbsp;60-day driver&rsquo;s license suspension, 5 points on your driving record and a $250.00 fine.</p> <p>Commander Schubert also advised that&nbsp;&ldquo;In addition to the increased officer presence, members of the Pittsburgh Police will also cite violators based on information received from school crossing guards, bus drivers, and other school officials.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tips for Motorists</p> <p>No matter if you have children in school or not,&nbsp;safety is everyone&rsquo;s responsibility.&nbsp;Motorists must pay attention to the task at hand, and that means slowing down in school zones, and watching for children and bicyclists. Younger children aren&rsquo;t able to judge speed and distance as well as adults so it&rsquo;s the responsibility of drivers to be alert.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits; pay attention to school zones.</li> <li>When a school bus is stopped and red flashers are on, drivers in both directions are required to stop before reaching the bus and remain stopped until the flashing lights are turned off.</li> <li>Watch for children walking or bicycling in the street and for youngsters gathering near bus stops.</li> <li>When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, look for children walking or biking to school.</li> <li>Don&rsquo;t drive distracted (putting on makeup, texting, talking on the phone, etc.).</li> <li>Don&rsquo;t drive impaired.</li> <li>Always use your seatbelt.</li> </ul> <p>For more information about the Back to School Highway Safety Initiative, contact Zone 6/SDD Traffic Division by calling 412-937-3051.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:35:42 -0400 POLICE LOOKING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION WITH SANDWICH SHOP ROBBERY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3432 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Robbery Squad is seeking assistance from the public in identifying a man suspected of robbing the Subway Sandwich Shop at 219 Shiloh St. on August 16, 2014.</p> <p>According to the investigation, he showed the clerk a black semi-automatic handgun that was tucked into his waistband and he made off with an unspecified amount of cash from the register. The male is said to have tattoos on both arms, including a newer tattoo on his right arm that spans from his elbow to his shoulder. He is believed to frequent the 2000 block of Brownsville Road.</p> <p>Contact the Robbery Squad with information pertaining to the identity of this individual by calling 412-323-7151.</p> <p><em>Follow the &quot;View Photo Album&quot; link photos of the suspect.</em></p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:03:05 -0400 APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR PITTSBURGH CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3431 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Applications are now being taken for the Pittsburgh Citizen&rsquo;s Police Academy (CPA). Twice a year, CPA brings the police and the community close together in a setting that offers civilians insight into the roles and responsibilities of the Bureau of Police.&nbsp;</p> <p>The next session begins on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at the Pittsburgh Police Headquarters, 1203 Western Ave. The program will be held each Tuesday evening 6:30-9:30 p.m. for 15 weeks.&nbsp;</p> <p>Participants receive three hours of training one evening each week for 15 weeks in many of the varied functions of law enforcement. They experience some of the highlights of police training and are exposed to the operations of the police bureau.&nbsp; Participants are taught the basics of criminal law, search and seizure, patrol tactics, firearms and many other subjects. They learn about the processing of a crime scene, how police canines are used, and are exposed to many of the specialty police units. CPA participants meet and talk with many of the street officers as well as the command staff and training staff that serves them. All this takes place in a safe and entertaining training environment.&nbsp;</p> <p>Instructors are law enforcement professionals who teach both veteran and recruit police officers. Students leave this training with a greater understanding of the police mission and with increased knowledge of how the police serve the community.</p> <p>Class size is limited to 30 participants. This program is not an accredited certification course to become a sworn police officer. All interested persons must complete an application and give permission for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to conduct a criminal background check. The application can be found at <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/police/citizens_police_academy.htm">http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/police/citizens_police_academy.htm</a>.</p> <p>Please return applications by U.S. mail or hand-deliver to the Pittsburgh Police Training Academy, 1395 Washington Blvd. Applications are due Sept. 3, 2014.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:14:09 -0400 ARREST MADE IN INDEPENDENCE DAY HOMICIDE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3407 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Zachary Threats (pronounced Threets), 36, who was wanted for the murder last month in Homewood of 30-year-old Kaamil Arnold in his Tioga Street home.</p> <p>The U.S. Marshalls Fugitive Task Force made the arrest at approximately 11:10 a.m. in a home in the 5000 block of Broad Street, in Garfield. Drugs were also &nbsp;recovered from the location.</p> <p>Lt. Daniel Herrmann of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Major Crimes Unit said, &ldquo;Residents can rest a bit easier knowing a danger has been removed from the streets of Pittsburgh. We appreciate the assistance of the Fugitive Task Force in capturing Threats.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:11:55 -0400 ZONE 3 POLICE MAKE ARREST IN STREET ROBBERY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3397 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Zone 3 Officers made an arrest in a street robbery that occurred Saturday, Aug. 9 at approximately 7:08 p.m. near the intersection of Suncrest Street and Brownsville Road in Knoxville.</p> <p>The victim, a 21-year-old black female who lives in that neighborhood, was approached by two black males.&nbsp; One removed the victim&rsquo;s cellphone from her pocket and they both fled on foot. Officers were able to locate the suspect, identified as Aaron James Hicks, 20, also from Knoxville, based on the description given by the victim.</p> <p>Hicks was arrested and taken to Allegheny County Jail on charges that include street robbery, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance. When arrested, Officers discovered a glass marijuana pipe, 5 empty stamp bags of heroin, and 3 stamp bags of heroin in Hicks&rsquo; pocket.</p> <p>No photo is available at this time.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:43:22 -0400 STRIP DISTRICT HOMICIDE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3371 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px;">The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide squad is investigating a shooting that occurred at the intersection of Penn Avenue and 29</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size: 12px;"> Street in the Strip District.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>At 1:10 AM Saturday 8-2-14 the 911 Emergency Operation Center received calls that a male had been shot in front of Arts Tavern located at 2852 Penn Avenue.&nbsp; On arrival the Zone 2 Police Officers located a black male lying on his back on Penn Avenue, later to be pronounced deceased by Pgh. Paramedic&rsquo;s at 1:18 AM.&nbsp; It was also learned that five other males were wounded by gunfire from this incident. &nbsp;Bear in mind that the homicide investigation is ongoing but the preliminary information is as follows.&nbsp;</p> <p>Disparaging words were exchanged between two groups of males before entering Arts Tavern.&nbsp; One group is associated with the motorcycle club Pittsburgh Gentlemen from Homewood and drove to Art&rsquo;s Tavern on their cycles.&nbsp; The other group, not associated with any cycle club, involved three, possibly four, males who made statements that they were from the North Side of Pittsburgh.&nbsp; The exchange of words continued between the two groups inside the tavern.&nbsp; Both groups left the tavern shortly after arrivin and it appears that the males associated with the North Side began shooting at several members of the Pittsburgh Gentleman cycle club.&nbsp; Witnesses reported seeing a black SUV speeding away from the scene with gunfire coming from the front and rear window.&nbsp;</p> <p>When the uniformed Officer arrived on scene they found the deceased, later identified as 40 year old Tyrone Tomman, lying on his back on Penn Avenue beside his motorcycle.</p> <p>They also found a 40 year old male on the ground with a gunshot wound to his stomach and another 43 year old male with a gunshot wound to his right upper arm and back.&nbsp; Both of these victims were transported to UPMC Presby and are in stable condition at this time.&nbsp;</p> <p>Additionally a 44 year old victim, associated with the shooting, walked into UMPC Presby with a gunshot wound to his left calf and left arm.&nbsp; He is listed at stable.</p> <p>Another 38 year old male victim drove himself from the scene to UPMC Childrens Hospital.&nbsp; This victim suffered gunshot wound to the torso and is currently listed in critical condition.</p> <p>Three hours after the shooting Zone 2 Police Officers were called to the 500 block of Francis Street in the Hill District for a Chevy Tahoe on fire.&nbsp; It is believed the vehicle may be the same vehicle seen leaving the scene of the shooting and was towed as evidence.</p> <p>At this time Homicide detectives are looking for a black male, 6&rsquo; 7&rdquo; tall, approximately 250-270 pounds who was last seen wearing a blue shirt and eye glasses.&nbsp; Witnesses at the scene described this male a one of the actor shooting a pistol.&nbsp;</p> <p>Detectives are asking anyone with information to call 911 or contact the homicide office at 412-323-7161.&nbsp; Callers can remain anonymous.</p> <p align="center">####</p> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 16:01:01 -0400 HAZLETT STREET HOMICIDE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3370 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Squad is investigating a shooting that occurred at approximately 1:10 a.m. August 1, 2014 near the 100 block of Hazlett Street on Pittsburgh&rsquo;s North Side.</p> <p>A 21-year-old black male was found lying in the courtyard of this location with at least one gunshot to the chest. He was unconscious and unresponsive when police and paramedics arrived on the scene. The victim was transported to Allegheny General Hospital in critical condition and later died at the hospital. The motive for the shooting is unclear, and there are no suspects at this time.</p> <p>Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide Squad at 412-32307161. Callers may remain anonymous. This is preliminary information and will be updated when appropriate.</p> <p align="center">###</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:17:31 -0400 NORTHVIEW HEIGHTS HOMICIDE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3368 <p><span style="font-size:10px;">PITTSBURGH, PA&nbsp;&ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide squad is investigating a shooting that occurred in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Northview Heights neighborhood on July 31. Two people were shot in the 300 block of Penfort Street. One male was pronounced deceased at that location and the other male was taken to Allegheny General Hospital with a gunshot wound to his right thigh.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10px;">Zone 1 Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Penfort Street at 2:38 PM after numerous calls were received at the 911 Emergency Operations Center for gunfire at that location. On arrival the Officers found a 19 year old motionless on the street and the other 41 year old victim nearby with the leg wound. The second victim is listed in good condition at AGH.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10px;">It appears that two different groups of black males had a confrontation with each other when a gunman began to fire randomly toward the other group. Evidence found at the scene indicates that there was more than one actor firing shots. Numerous shell casings were found at the scene. Investigators have not determined at this time what started the confrontation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-left:-4.5pt;"><span style="font-size:10px;">Detectives are asking anyone with information to call 911 or contact the homicide office at 412-323-7161.&nbsp; Callers can remain anonymous.</span></p> <p align="center"><strong>####</strong></p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:30:17 -0400 Statement By Pittsburgh Public Safety Director On July 31 Letter From District Attorney http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3363 <p><font face="arial, sans-serif" size="2">Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Stephen A. Bucar issued the following statement in regard to a July 31, 2014, letter from Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. on eyewitness identification procedures:</font></p> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&quot;If my response was misleading to anyone, I apologize first thing. I have been in law enforcement for 30 years and take all these decisions very seriously as I realize how it affects people&#39;s lives, both the accused and victims. Just as important as not falsely accusing an innocent person is also not contributing to the misery of a victim of a violent crime, such as rape or robbery, by using methods that allow the guilty to go free because they are faulty.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Prior to Mr. Zappala&#39;s letter last week, I had reviewed the draft model policy for sequential eyewitness identification that was distributed to me at this month&#39;s Allegheny County Criminal Justice Advisory Board and as I saw no apparent flaws or dissent in the research offered supporting that method, I likely would have supported the sequential model as the Pittsburgh Police Department was moving in that direction.&nbsp; However, once Mr. Zappala&#39;s letter from last week was disclosed in the media, I started receiving calls from colleagues of mine associated with the United States Justice Department. These colleagues advised that the National Academy of Sciences has been asked to research and hopefully resolve through their research dissent between scientists who claim that the analysis methods used in the research between 2009 and 2011 was faulty and when corrected, will actually show the exact opposite is true, that the simultaneous method is superior.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">As the National Academy of Sciences is expected hopefully to resolve this dissent, in my judgment it is prudent to wait for the report as the dissent itself can be used in court to attack either method. In the end, it is up to the jury to assess the eyewitness and the trial attorney to communicate the evidence properly to the jury, regardless which method is used.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">I promise Mr. Zappala that I will be more dilligent in reading my e-mails but it is the absolute truth that I did not read or know I was sent the e-mail he cites until the media started calling my office&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1449411018" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">on Thursday</span></span>.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">I am a sincere law enforcement professional who only wants to use the most effective tools available in law enforcement in keeping the public safe. The Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety and I are committed to working with the District Attorney&#39;s Office to protect the citizens of the City of Pittsburgh, but will wait until the National Academy of Sciences report is published later this year to consider the sequential eyewitness identification method over simultaneous.&quot;</p> <div class="yj6qo ajU" style="cursor: pointer; outline: none; padding: 10px 0px; width: 22px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">###</div> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:43:01 -0400 STATEMENT FROM PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR BUCAR ON IDENTIFICATION PROCEDURES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3357 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (July 30, 2014) Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Stephen A. Bucar issued the following statement today on Pittsburgh Police identification procedures:</p> <p>&ldquo;There have been several media reports about a letter from Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala, Jr. that is critical of the Bureau of Police for not adopting certain eyewitness identification procedures endorsed by the Allegheny County Chiefs of Police Association, and as Director of the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department I want to be clear about the city&rsquo;s position.</p> <p>It is true that the Allegheny County Chiefs of Police Association developed and endorsed a model identification policy. It is also true that same model policy is now before the Allegheny County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, of which the Bureau of Police is a participating member, for evaluation on whether it should be adopted and endorsed by the 5th Judicial District. That policy was presented as a draft to the board members. Although the model is endorsed by certain academic and research facilities, there is dissenting opinion in those same communities that disputes the conclusion that the best practice for eyewitness identification procedure lies with a sequential process rather than a simultaneous process.</p> <p>This model policy utilizes a sequential process, and the research behind it suggests that sequential is superior to the simultaneous process of eyewitness identification. Officials at the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance are evaluating differences between the two procedures and have not concluded that sequential procedure is the most reliable. Therefore, they are proceeding with caution on which procedure should be adopted across the U.S. Department of Justice and the law enforcement community in general and have asked the National Academy of Sciences to conduct further research in this area.</p> <p>Although Mr. Zappala appears to have concluded that sequential is superior to simultaneous procedure, as long as there is credible dissent and disagreement the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety is not prepared to endorse one over the other. In the interim, we are evaluating aspects of both, and are utilizing those that are not in dispute in the spirit of ensuring that innocent people are not wrongfully accused while the guilty are properly identified.</p> <p>Moreover the Bureau of Police will continue to work closely, as always, with Assistant District Attorneys assigned to this office on all investigations.</p> <p>While I can appreciate Mr. Zappala&rsquo;s concern, I am compelled to proceed with caution on this matter since my experience dealing with professional associations and with the Department of Justice makes me hesitant to endorse an ill-informed position.</p> <p>Additionally, I appreciate the speed at which the press operates; however, I would have expected a phone call from the District Attorney&rsquo;s Office prior to learning of his position in a newspaper article. My office did not receive his letter in the U.S. Mail until Friday, July 25th, after the existence of the letter was reported and the content paraphrased in the media on Thursday, July 24th.</p> <p>I will issue a formal response from the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department to the District Attorney&rsquo;s letter in coming days.&rdquo;</p> <p>###</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:12:19 -0400 NATIONAL NIGHT OUT KICK OFF CELEBRATION http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3347 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; This year&rsquo;s National Night Out celebration kicks off with a family friendly festival in Market Square on&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_24638097" tabindex="0">Tuesday, July 29 beginning at 10 a.m.</span></p> <p>This is the first year for the kick-off celebration, which starts with KidsPlay from 10 until 11:30 a.m. During this time, children will have the opportunity to meet police Officers, explore public safety vehicles up close, and say hi to McGRuff, the&nbsp;crime dog.<br /> <br /> The speaking part of the program begins&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_24638099" tabindex="0">11:30 a.m. </span>and will include remarks by Mayor William Peduto and Public Safety officials.</p> <p>Organized by Safer Together, an outreach project of the Public Safety Department, National Night Out is an opportunity for neighborhoods to celebrate partnerships with the Public Safety Department. Locally, this year&rsquo;s theme is &ldquo;Safety Together,&rdquo; promoting our neighborhoods as safe places in which to live, work, study and play. Pittsburgh has observed this annual event since its inception in 1983.</p> <p>National Night Out will be observed Tuesday,&nbsp;August 5, 5 - 8 p.m.&nbsp;in various neighborhoods throughout the City of Pittsburgh. For more information,&nbsp;visit:&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/nno" target="_blank">pittsburgh<wbr />pa.gov/nno</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:05:19 -0400 2013 POLICE ANNUAL REPORT NOW AVAILABLE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3345 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The 2013 City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety Bureau of Police Annual Report is now available. The 118-page publication has three new components: police expenditures, police training and a Bureau of Police units section that has been reorganized from being a general narrative to a directory-like section.</p> <p>Other highlights of the data in the 2013 report are:</p> <ul> <li>Overall crime has been reduced by 6.6% driven primarily by a decrease in property crimes.</li> <li>Violent crime is down by 2.6%; however, all violent crime is up except for robbery which is down by 15.8%.</li> <li>A significant increase will be seen in the number of rapes as a result of the Uniform Crime Reporting definition of rape being expanded to include male victims.</li> <li>Homicides are up by six while the 10-year homicide average is down by 2. New charts are included showing when homicides occur by day of week and time of day.</li> </ul> <p>Members of the media are able to pick up a hard copy of the report at Police Headquarters, 1203 Western Avenue, North Side. Beginning at 1 p.m. today, the report should be available on the City&rsquo;s Public Safety website <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/">http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/</a>.</p> <p align="center">###</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:51:06 -0400 POLICE INVESTIGATING DEATH OF EAST HILLS INFANT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3339 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Squad is investigating an infant death in East Hills that occurred around 7:49 a.m. today.</p> <p>Firefighters arrived on the scene in the 8400 block of Dersam Street at approximately 7:55 a.m. and began administering CPR. Paramedics arrived at approximately 7:58 a.m. &nbsp;and took over CPR. The 6-week-old infant was transported to Children&rsquo;s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC where she was pronounced deceased at 8:42 a.m.</p> <p>According to the initial investigation, the infant was in the bed with its mother and father. The Homicide Squad does not suspect foul play.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:55:02 -0400 REMINDER: VARIOUS CHANGES ENFORCE FOR WEEKEND PNC PARK CONCERT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3337 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police would like to remind the public about various restrictions that will be in effect to ensure a fun, safe and clean time during Saturday night&rsquo;s concert at PNC Park.</p> <p>One of the major changes is the time that concert goers are able to enter North Shore parking lots. The lots are scheduled to open at 2 p.m. exactly three and a half hours before PNC Park gates open.</p> <p>All vehicles parked in the designated lots will be provided trash and recycling bags. Two hundred portable toilets will be provided by Alco Parking Corp. and will be located in the parking lots. Police Officers will enforce the posted parking lot code of conduct.</p> <p>Tailgating during the concert is prohibited. Police Officers will direct non-ticketed guests to leave the parking areas when the first act takes the stage. Guests with tickets will be directed to enter PNC Park by 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Additionally, due to safety concerns, authorities advise boaters against &ldquo;rafting&rdquo; or tying boats together.</p> <p>The Public Safety Department and its bureaus encourage everyone to help keep Pittsburgh safe and and enjoy the show.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:53:46 -0400 FEDERAL GRANT WILL ENSURE CONTINUED IMPROVED PROFESSIONALSM AMONG FIRE BUREAU http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3336 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire has been awarded a highly competitive grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am pleased to announce that the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire has received this federal grant. It will help the bureau better deliver public safety services by certifying all company officers and chief officers to meet National Fire Protection Association standards,&rdquo; said Fire Chief Darryl Jones.</p> <p>The $571,500 grant will bring each of the nearly 600 firefighters up to the same level of training, providing a consistent standard of care to all residents and visitors who are served by the Fire Bureau. Most importantly, the training enabled by this grant will better ensure the safety of our firefighters by preventing in-the-line-of-duty injuries.</p> <p>The total cost of the training project is $635,000. The City will cover 10 percent of the cost for a total of $63,500.</p> <p>&ldquo;This grant will enable the Fire Bureau to build upon what we have already done to continue to provide the most highly trained workforce of firefighters in the nation,&rdquo; said Michael Huss, of the City&rsquo;s Public Safety Department.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:40:28 -0400 UPDATE: LAPTOP TAKEN FROM DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3333 <p><strong><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Thanks to tips from the public, a recent theft from a Downtown restaurant has been solved.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">On July 16, the Police Bureau released surveillance video showing a man taking a laptop from the Hong Kong Express on Second Avenue. A tip came in that helped Detectives identify the suspect as Jeffrey Woods, 55 of Duquesne, Pa. A summons has been issued for Woods on the charge of theft by unlawful taking.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Click <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3308">here</a> for the original press release and link to video.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p align="center" style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">###</span></strong><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:53:53 -0400 UPDATE: SUSPECTED HOME INVASION ENDS WITH TWO SHOT IN CARRICK http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3325 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Squad is investigating a Carrick home invasion in which two men were shot, one fatally.</p> <p>At approximately 2:20 a.m. Zone 3 Units were dispatched to an apartment building in the 20 block of Merritt Avenue for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, Officers discovered a male lying face down on the steps in front of the building who was taken to UPMC Mercy in critical condition. He was later identified as Christopher A. Thomas, 27, of Marshall-Shadeland. A second man was fatally shot inside.</p> <p>A 19-year-old male and 17-year-old female living in the second floor apartment claimed that the two males who were shot were in the process of invading their apartment. They fired a weapon through the apartment door once before entering and pushed the male occupant into the bedroom where he was able to pick up a shotgun, which he fired three times.</p> <p>The Homicide Squad is continuing the investigation into this matter.</p> <p><font color="#ff0000">UPDATE: Christopher Thomas has been arrested. Charges &nbsp;include carrying a firearm without a license, persons not to possess a firearm, aggravated assault, burglary, robbery, criminal conspiracy. There was also a Pittsburgh warrant for his arrest connected to a rape that occured in April of this year. Thomas remains in UPMC Mercy.</font></p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:14:02 -0400 SUSPECTED HOME INVASION ENDS WITH TWO SHOT IN CARRICK http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3321 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Squad is investigating a Carrick home invasion in which two men were shot, one fatally.</p> <p>At approximately 2:20 a.m. Zone 3 Units were dispatched to an apartment building in the 20 block of Merritt Avenue for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, Officers discovered a male lying face down on the steps in front of the building who was taken to UPMC Mercy in critical condition. He was later identified as Christopher A. Thomas, 27, of Marshall-Shadeland. A second man was fatally shot inside.</p> <p>A 19-year-old male and 17-year-old female living in the second floor apartment claimed that the two males who were shot were in the process of invading their apartment. They fired a weapon through the apartment door once before entering and pushed the male occupant into the bedroom where he was able to pick up a shotgun, which he fired three times.</p> <p>The Homicide Squad is continuing the investigation into this matter.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:03:42 -0400 THE PITTSBURGH BUREAU OF POLICE IS SEEKING INFORMATION ON MISSING PERSON http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3316 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p><strong>NAME: </strong>Ne&rsquo;Ajha Willliams <strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> <p><strong>AGE:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>14</p> <p><strong>SEX:&nbsp; </strong>Female&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>RACE: </strong>African American</p> <p><strong>HEIGHT: </strong>5&rsquo;1&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>WEIGHT: </strong>120 lbs.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>HAIR</strong>:&nbsp; Brown&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>EYES:&nbsp; </strong>Brown &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>COMPLEXION: </strong>Medium Brown &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Pittsburgh Bureau Police is requesting the public&#39;s help in locating the above missing juvenile, Ne&rsquo;Ajha Williams, who was last seen on July 20, 2014 at approximately 9:30 p.m. at her Southside residence located at 2827 Sarah Street.</p> <p style="margin-left:-2.25pt;">If you have any information regarding Ne&rsquo;Ajha Williams whereabouts, please contact 911, or the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Squad at 412-323-7161.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: -2.25pt; text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:57:18 -0400 LAPTOP TAKEN FROM DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3308 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Zone 2 Detectives are attempting to identify a man who is shown on surveillance video taking a laptop from a Downtown restaurant.</p> <p>At approximately 9:25 a.m. on July 2, the male entered the Hong Kong Express on Second Avenue. He places an order. When the restaurant worker goes to prepare the food, he can be seen removing a laptop from behind the counter, placing it under his shirt and walking out of the establishment. He returns to pick up his food.</p> <p>Anyone with information about the identity of this male is encouraged to call Detectives Al Flemm or John Ficorilli at 412-255-2827.</p> <p>Follow the &quot;View Photo Album&quot; link to view video.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:01:14 -0400 UPDATE: PITTSBURGH BUREAU OF POLICE MAKE ARREST IN WHARTON SQUARE BANK ROBBERY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3307 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; &nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">The suspect in the Sunday, July 13 robbery at Citizen Bank in the Wharton Square Giant Eagle on the South Side has been arrested by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">Jeffrey Schrott turned himself in to Pittsburgh Police on Sunday, July 20 and was transported to Allegheny County Police headquarters where he was interviewed by both the County and City. He is now in the Allegheny County Jail.</span></p> <p>During the Citizens Bank robbery, Schrott approached a grocery story bank teller at approximately 2:20 p.m. and revealed a handwritten note that read, &ldquo;I have a 9mm. 100&rsquo;s 50&rsquo;s No dye packs and nobody gets hurt.&rdquo; He was unmasked and made off with an unspecified amount of money.</p> <p>Allegheny County Police also had a warrant for Schrott&rsquo;s arrest in the July 7 robbery of First Niagra Bank on Mill Street in Coraopolis.</p> <p>Click the &ldquo;View Photo Album&rdquo; link for photos.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></div> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:26:23 -0400 MALE FATALLY SHOT IN HOMEWOOD http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3297 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; At approximately 1:14 a.m., Pittsburgh Bureau of Police were dispatched to Brushton Avenue and Race Street in Homewood for a report of shots fired. The 911 caller heard an estimated six shots and saw three males run into a nearby park.</p> <p>Officers arrived on the scene and began searching the area. With the help of a passerby, they located a male victim face down in a grassy area in the 1000 block of Brushton Avenue.</p> <p>Paramedics arrived and pronounced the victim deceased at 1:29 a.m.<br /> <br /> No demographic information is available about the victim. Homicide Detectives are investigating.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 08:24:43 -0400 MAN FATALLY SHOT IN KNOXVILLE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3296 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; At approximately 1:52 a.m., Pittsburgh Bureau of Police were dispatched to Allen and Manton Way in Allentown for a male who had been shot and was lying in the street next to a bicycle.<br /> <br /> Paramedics arrived and began to administer aid to the victim before transporting him to UPMC Mercy where he was pronounced deceased at 2:26 a.m.<br /> <br /> The investigation determined that the victim, a 44-year-old male from McKees Rocks, got into an argument with at least one person outside of Stretches Bar, 750 E. Warrington Ave., when he was shot. People in the area where unable to offer a description of the actor or actors.</p> <p>Homicide Detectives are investigating.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 08:16:42 -0400 ARREST MADE IN TEENAGE GIRL'S SHOOTING IN BROOKLINE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3292 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Zone 6 Detectives arrested Kevin Kaiser, 20, of Brookline today at approximately 3:30 p.m. for the shooting incident that occurred near the intersection of Bellaire and Edgebrook avenues in Brookline&nbsp;on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 1:10 a.m.</p> <p>The shooting occurred after a group of 75 to 100 teens and young adults were leaving a house party on Bellaire Avenue.&nbsp;The investigation determined that during an altercation between Kaiser and a group of males, Kaiser pulled out a handgun and fired indiscriminately into the crowd. A 15-year-old female from Mt. Washington was struck in the shoulder.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another stray bullet entered a nearby home on Edgebrook Avenue where a husband, wife, and three children lay sleeping. No one inside the home was injured.</p> <p>Kaiser is charged with simple assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a firearm without a license, discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, and two counts of recklessly endangering another person.</p> <p>He is currently in the Allegheny County Jail awaiting arraignment.</p> <p>Click on the &ldquo;View Photo Album&rdquo; link for a photo.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:12:37 -0400 POLICE LOOKING FOR SEX ASSAULT SUSPECT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3291 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; At approximately 4 p.m. today, Zone 5 officers were dispatched to the&nbsp;400 block of Roup Street in Friendship for a sexual assault. The&nbsp;victim, a female in her 20s, resides in the area. The victim reported that she was returning home after going for a run, when the suspect confronted her at knife point. She was able to fight back and the male actor fled on foot. Zone 5 officers responded to the incident and searched the area for more than an hour with negative results.&nbsp;</p> <p>The actor is described as a black male in his 30s, 6&#39;2&quot; 160-170 lbs with a thin build. He was wearing an orange shirt, and dark blue or black &quot;windbreaker&quot; pants. He also has &quot;lines&quot; and a &quot;star&quot; design cut into his hair.</p> <p>Any one with information that might lead to the arrest of the suspect is encouraged to call 911.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:56:45 -0400 HILL DISTRICT INFANT REGAINS HEARTBEAT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3290 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; At approximately 8:30 p.m. Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Zone 2 Officers were dispatched to the 2400 block of Bedford Avenue for a 3-month old infant who was not breathing. Housing Authority security officers were attempting CPR when a Pittsburgh Officer arrived and took over until Paramedics arrived.</p> <p>The mother reported that she left the napping infant with a relative for a few moments. Upon returning, she discovered that her baby was unresponsive.</p> <p>Paramedics transported the infant to Children&rsquo;s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in critical condition. The hospital last reported that the infant had regained a heartbeat.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:47:03 -0400 POLICE INVESTIGATING FATAL FINEVIEW STABBING http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3273 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Pittsburgh Police have arrested the suspect in an early morning fatal stabbing in the 1700 block of Belleau Drive.</p> <p>Investigators state a 22-year-old man from Fineview was in an altercation when the suspect, Michael Monroe, stabbed him in the chest at approximately 5:45 a.m.</p> <p>A &quot;Be On Look Out&quot; alert was issued bureau wide for Monroe, 43, and Zone 3 Officers stopped him while he was driving on Mt. Oliver Street.</p> <p>Monroe is currently in Allegheny County Jail. His charges include criminal homicide, simple assault, and terroristic threats.</p> <p>Click on the &quot;View Photo Album&quot; link for a photo of Monroe.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 17:48:59 -0400 TEEN ARRIVES AT HOSPITAL WITH GUNSHOT WOUND TO SHOULDER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3272 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Pittsburgh Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a 15-year-old Mt. Washington girl who arrived at UPMC Mercy with a gunshot wound to in her right shoulder.</p> <p>At approximately 1:35 a.m., Zone 2 Officers were dispatched to the hospital. There, the victim said she was walking with two friends near a 7-Eleven on Brookline Boulevard when she was shot and they drove to Mercy.</p> <p>The investigation has given reason to believe this incident may be related to a call for shots fired in the 2300 block of Edgebrook Avenue in Brookline at approximately the same time.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 10:04:08 -0400 ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER JUMPING OFF 10TH STREET BRIDGE TO ELUDE POLICE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3271 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; A robbery suspect jumped off the 10<sup>th</sup> Street Bridge early this morning to elude police but his attempts were thwarted after a nearly two-hour search.</p> <p>At approximately 12:12 a.m., Zone 3 Officers responded to the area of E. Carson and 14<sup>th</sup> streets where a robbery had just occurred. The 30-year-old male victim from Braddock stated that he received a call from an individual he knew who asked that he meet him. The actor, later identified as 27-year-old Evan Thornton, reached into the pocket of the victim&rsquo;s short, tearing the pocket, and ran off with approximately $300 in cash.</p> <p>Thornton fled to the 10th Street Bridge and jumped off as he was approached by a patrol car. He fell approximately 50 feet landing in thick brush along the shoreline.</p> <p>He was discovered after he sent a text to a female associate asking that she call a jitney for him. The woman instead called 911 to have him picked up.</p> <p>River Rescue spotted Thornton about 15 yards from the shore in the Monongahela River and took him into custody at approximately 3:37a.m.</p> <p>An Officer broke his ankle assisting with the search. He was transported to UPMC Mercy and is recovering at home. &nbsp;</p> <p>Thornton, who complained of leg and back pain, was taken to Allegheny General Hospital before being delivered to Allegheny County Jail. He faces a robbery charge and had an outstanding warrant from the City of Pittsburgh and a bench warrant from the Allegheny County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office.</p> <p>At this time, no photo is available.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 09:36:49 -0400 POLICE INVESTIGATING BROOKLINE HOMICIDE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3270 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Uniformed Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Officers received a phone call this morning at approximately 11:15 a.m. from a man who stated he could not get into his residence in the 2300 block of Pioneer Avenue in Brookline, and that he could see his unresponsive roommate on the floor.</p> <p>The individual was calling from a nearby Sunoco gas station.</p> <p>Upon forcing entry, the responding Officers discovered a male on the floor. He had been stabbed multiple times.</p> <p><font color="#ff0000">After further investigation, the nextdoor neighbor, Christopher Richardson, 44, was arrested and charged with homicide and robbery.</font></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p align="center">###</p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 13:34:18 -0400 FIRE AT VACANT NORTH SIDE HOUSE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3269 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; There was a two alarm fire last night at a vacant house in the 1900 block of Perrysville Avenue. The fire was reported at approximately 8:34 p.m.&nbsp; Firefighters arrived to find the top floor of the three-story structure engulfed in flames. &nbsp;The house also had two floors below street level. Arson investigators suspect squatters may have started the fire. There were no injuries.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:51:30 -0400 STRIP DISTRICT BAR BRAWL RESULTS IN ARRESTS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3268 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; A fight inside a Strip District bar resulted in one person being arrested and one person being injured.</p> <p>At approximately 1:05 a.m., Zone 2 Officers responded to Cruze Bar at 1600 Small Street for a call that a female had been stabbed inside the bar. The 21-year-old victim from Sewickley said she was backing away from a fight that had broke out between three people when she was stabbed in the upper left thigh. She was taken to UPMC Mercy where she was last reported to be in good condition.</p> <p>The investigation identifed Deandre Yarbrough, 22, from Perry South as the person who stabled her. &nbsp;The knife was recovered at the scene. Yarbrough, was taken to Allegheny County Jail, charged with aggravated assault.</p> <p>In a separate incident at the same scene, Matthew Pressley, 23, of Marshall-Shadeland, was also arrested and charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and public drunkenness stemming from an argument with the bar owner.</p> <p>Photos are not available at this time.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:40:48 -0400 TODDLER IN FAIR CONDITION AFTER TROY HILL HIT & RUN http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3267 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Zone 1 Police are investigating a hit and run incident that sent a 3-year-old boy to Children&rsquo;s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC this afternoon. The incident occurred approximately at 3:15 p.m. in the 1500 block of Hatteras Street when the toddler wandered into the street and walked into the back end of a passing vehicle. Witnesses were unable to give a clear description of the car. Investigators state it is possible the driver may not have realized what had happened. The child is in fair condition with no serious injuries.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:59:30 -0400 FOURTH OF JULY ROAD CLOSURES & PARKING RESTRICTIONS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3263 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Many activities are planned during this holiday weekend. With activities along our rivers, Downtown and on the North Shore, the City of Pittsburgh Public Safety Department would like to inform the public of various road, river and parking restrictions.</p> <p>&ldquo;July 4 is a day that Americans celebrate our nation&rsquo;s freedom and honor the brave men and women who continue to protect those freedoms. As you participate in the various celebrations throughout the city, I encourage you to help keep Pittsburgh safe by reporting any unusual or suspicious activity to 911,&rdquo; says Public Safety Director Stephen A. Bucar.</p> <p>Please be aware:</p> <ul> <li>No boaters are permitted along the Allegheny River; however, mooring is permitted on the Monongahela River side of Point State Park.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Adults entering Point State Park with alcoholic beverages will be given the option of leaving the area with their beverages or depositing them into a trash receptacle.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Any road closures on Mt. Washington will occur at the discretion (based on pedestrian and vehicular, weather, and any other incident as necessary) of the police supervisor who will be on site.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>Street Closures</strong></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p align="center">Name</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p align="center">From</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p align="center">To</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p align="center">Hours</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Commonwealth Place</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Ft. Duquesne Blvd.</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>New Penn</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>After 12:00 Noon</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Clemente Bridge</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Ft. Duquesne Blvd.</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>After 10:00 AM</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Federal Street</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>General Robinson</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Clemente Bridge</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>After 10:00 AM</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>Parking Restrictions</strong></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p align="center">Name</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p align="center">From</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p align="center">To</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p align="center">Hours</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Boulevard of Allies</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Ft. Pitt Blvd.</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Stanwix Street</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>After 7:00 AM</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Commonwealth Place</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Ft. Duquesne Blvd.</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Ft. Pitt Blvd.</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>After 7:00 AM</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>New Liberty Avenue</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Commonwealth</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Stanwix Street</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>After 7:00 AM</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Fort Duquesne Blvd.</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Commonwealth</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>10<sup>th</sup> Street Bypass</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>After 7:00 AM</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>General Robinson</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Art Rooney Avenue</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Chuck Noll Way</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>After 8:00 AM</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Art Rooney Avenue</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>After 8:00 AM</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>North Shore Drive</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Casino Drive</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Mazeroski</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Mazeroski Way</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>North Shore</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>General Robinson</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>General Robinson</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Mazeroski Way</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Anderson</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Federal Street</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>General Robinson</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Clemente Bridge</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Grandview Avenue</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>McArdle</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Wyoming</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>At 6:30 PM</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4" style="width:638px;"> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Intersecting streets leading to Grandview will be barricaded</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4" style="width:638px;"> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; When appropriate Major arteries leading to Grandview (Sycamore, Greenleaf, Shaler) will be closed.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>Handicapped Parking</strong></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p align="center">Name</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p align="center">From</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p align="center">To</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p align="center">Hours</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>New Liberty (East Side)</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Commonwealth Pl.</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>Garage Entrance</p> </td> <td style="width:160px;"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:56:21 -0400 CORRECTION: MIFFLIN ROAD AT RODGERS STREET IN LINCOLN PLACE CLOSED DUE TO WATER MAIN BREAK http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3240 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Due to a <font color="#ff0000">recent&nbsp;</font>water main break in Lincoln Place on, Mifflin Road <span style="color:#ff0000;">at Mohrbach and McElhinny&nbsp;</span>is closed until further notice. The water main break caused flooding that affected several homes. &nbsp;There was structural damage to the pavement. Surrounding hillsides were also adversely affected.&nbsp; The City of Pittsburgh Public Safety Department asks that people avoid the intersection until further notice.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:26:06 -0400 2 CARRICK SHOOTINGS BELIEVED TO BE RELATED http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3239 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is investigating two shootings in Carrick early this morning believed to be connected.</p> <p>Zone 3 police responded to the 1900 block of Brownsville Road at approximately 2:34 a.m. for a report of a man who had been shot. Officers found a 31-year-old male victim from Bellevue who had been shot once in the neck. The victim was transported to UPMC Mercy where he was listed in serious but stable condition.</p> <p>While Officers were investigating the scene, a second victim, a 25-year-old male from Lawrenceville, walked into UPMC Mercy with a gunshot wound to the buttocks. He was last reported to be in stable condition.</p> <p>Based on the investigation, it is believed that the both shootings are related. Both victims refused to cooperate with police.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:04:42 -0400 POLICE LOOKING FOR SUSPECT IN CARRICK BANK ROBBERY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3221 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; A&nbsp;<span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">lone gunman, armed with a black and silver semi-automatic weapon, robbed Huntington Bank, 1817 Brownsville Road in Carrick, <span style="color:#ff0000;">Monday, June 23</span> at approximately 1 p.m.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">The male actor escaped with an undetermined amount of cash, dropping some money on the street as he fled. Additionally, a dye pack exploded as he fled. Both the dye pack money and other money scattered on the street were recovered. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">During the robbery, the actor was communicating with someone on a cell phone. Investigators believe it may have been the get-a-way driver. </span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">The actor fled to an area near Amanda and Concordia streets then possibly jumped into an awaiting vehicle.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">The actor is believed to be a black male, approximately 6 feet tall. He was wearing a pink plaid shirt with what appeared to be pink and white pajama-like pants. A long black apron with grease marks on it covered the pants. His white tennis shoes were also stained with grease. The actor wore a skeleton mask and a black wig covered with a black hoodie. He stuffed the money in black purse.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Anyone with information regarding this crime should call the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Robbery Squad at 412-323-7151&nbsp;<span style="color:#ff0000;">or 911. Callers can remain anonymous.</span></span></p> <p><font color="#ff0000" face="arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 13.333333969116211px;">For photos of the actor, follow the &quot;View Photo Album&quot; link.</span></font></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>###</strong></span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:02:22 -0400 OVERVIEW OF ARRESTS FROM LUKE BRYAN CONCERT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3216 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; A total of 19 arrests were made and 37 citations were issued in conjunction with Saturday&#39;s Luke Bryan concert at Heinz Field. What follows is an overview of all police and EMS activity related to concert goers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; font-style: italic;">Nontraffic Citations</span><span style="text-decoration: underline;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; font-style: italic;">: (</span><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; font-style: italic;">37</span><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; font-style: italic;">)</span></span></p> <div style="font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 36px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-style: italic;">Scalping:&nbsp;</span><span style="font-style: italic;">20</span></span></div> <div style="font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 36px;"> <div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; font-style: italic;">Public&nbsp;Intox:&nbsp;1</div> </div> <div style="font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 36px;"> <div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; font-style: italic;">Disorderly Conduct:&nbsp;6</div> </div> <div style="font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 36px;"> <div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; font-style: italic;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Public Urination: 10</span></div> </div> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; font-style: italic;">Arrests:</span><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; font-style: italic;">&nbsp;(8</span><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; font-style: italic;">)</span></span></p> <div style="font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 39px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-style: italic;">2</span><span style="font-style: italic;">-Defiant Trespass/Public Intox/</span><span style="font-style: italic;">Resisting Arrest</span><span style="font-style: italic;">&nbsp;</span></span></div> <div style="font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 39px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-style: italic;">1</span><span style="font-style: italic;">-</span><span style="font-style: italic;">Aggravated Assault/Simple Assault</span><span style="font-style: italic;">&nbsp;</span></span></div> <div style="font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 39px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-style: italic;">1</span><span style="font-style: italic;">-</span><span style="font-style: italic;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-style: italic;">Aggravated Assault/Ethnic Intimidation/Public Intox</span></span></div> <div style="font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 39px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-style: italic;">1-</span><span style="font-style: italic;">Obstruction Administration Law/Resisting Arrest/Disorderly Conduct</span></span></div> <div style="font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 39px;"><span style="font-style: italic; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">1-Warrant Arrest (Domestic)</span></div> <div style="font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 39px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-style: italic;">1-</span><span style="font-style: italic;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-style: italic;">Defiant Trespass/Public Intox/Disorderly Conduct</span></span></div> <div style="font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 39px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-style: italic;">1 -&nbsp;</span></span>Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Public Intox &amp; Crim Mischief&nbsp;</div> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 21px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 21px;"><i style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><b>Additional information</b>:&nbsp;</i></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 21px;"><i style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Fights: 15&nbsp;</i></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 21px;"><i style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Additional on-view arrests: 11</i></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 21px;"><i style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">911 calls for&nbsp;<b>police</b>&nbsp;services: 154 (14 transferred from EOC)</i></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 21px;"><i style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">911 calls for&nbsp;<b>medic</b>&nbsp;services: 100 with 34 transports.</i></p> <div style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;"> <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Most of the home addresses listed for the actors are from outside the City of Pittsburgh; including actors from Kittanning, PA; Harrison City, PA; Scottsdale, PA; and&nbsp;West&nbsp;Virginia, Texas and&nbsp;Ohio.</span></p> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:14:20 -0400 PRESS CONFERENCE CONCERNING ARREST DURING PRIDE FEST PARADE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3186 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Public Safety Director Stephen Bucar will be joined by Mayor William Peduto to make a statement regarding yesterday&rsquo;s arrest during the Pride Fest Parade. They will be joined by Acting Police Chief Regina McDonald, City Solicitor Lourdes Sanchez-Ridge and OMI Director Deborah Walker.</p> <p><strong>WHEN: </strong>11:45 A.M. TODAY</p> <p><strong>WHERE: </strong>Public Safety Department conference room</p> <p>City County Building 4<sup>th</sup> floor</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:50:34 -0400 POLICE ARREST 2 IN HOMEWOOD SHOOTINGS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3184 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; &nbsp;Two Homewood men are under arrest in connection with a shooting this morning in the 7300 block of Susquehanna Street.</p> <p>At approximately 2:16 a.m., Officers were dispatched to the scene after a 911 caller reported that two people had been shot. Upon arriving to the scene, Officers located the victims &ndash; a 41 year old black male from Swissvale who had been shot in back and a 35 year old black male from Dormont who had been shot in the ankle.</p> <p>Both victims were taken to UPMC Presbyterian. The victim with the ankle injury has been treated. The victim who was shot in the back was taken to surgery.</p> <p>Further investigation determined that the shots were fired from inside of a home in 7300 block. The occupants of the house did not respond to orders from Officers to come out of the house. SWAT was called and arrived at approximately 2:16 a.m.</p> <p>Inside the home were five juveniles and two adult males. The juveniles were all released into the custody of their guardians. The two adults &ndash; Aaron Lyons and Davon Nichols both 20 years old from Homewood &ndash; were arrested and charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, former convict not to own a firearm, and possession of controlled substances (20 stamp bags heroin, cocaine, and a small amount of marijuana).</p> <p>The firearm believed to be used in the shooting was also recovered from the location.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 11:59:15 -0400 HOMESTEAD MAN CHARGED IN TWO SQUIRREL HILL ROBBERIES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3180 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Zone 4 Officers recently apprehended a suspect believed to be responsible for at least two robberies in Squirrel Hill.</p> <p>Aaron Yingling, 28, of Homestead, was arrested June 10 as he fled the scene of a robbery at Anytime Tan Tanning Club on Murray Avenue. While en route to the scene, Officers spotted a vehicle with a license plate matching one reported on seen leaving the club at the time of the robbery and initiated a traffic stop.</p> <p>The suspect was found with more than $230 taken from Anytime Tan. Further investigation determined that Yingling was also responsible for a June 6 robbery of Vocelli Pizza on Murray Avenue in which $300 was taken. He will formally be charged tomorrow for the Vocellie robbery.</p> <p>Click on the &ldquo;View Photo Album&rdquo; link for a photo of Yingling.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:20:37 -0400 POLICE INVESTIGATING HOMEWOOD SHOOTING http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3177 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Detectives are investigating the shooting of a black female this morning in Homewood.</p> <p>At approximately 1:37 a.m., Zone 5 Officers were dispatched to the intersection of Chaucer and North Murtland streets where the female was lying in the street with a gunshot wound to her neck.</p> <p>Medics transported the 54-year-old Fairywood resident to UMPC Presbyterian where she was last reported to be in critical condition.</p> <p>The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Squad encourages anyone with information that might lead to the arrest of a suspect in this shooting to call 412-323-7800.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:45:47 -0400 MAN FOUND DEAD IN STRIP DISTRICT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3176 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; A 56-year-old homeless white male was found dead in a parking lot at Smallman and 16<sup>th</sup> Street in the Strip District at approximately 1:40 a.m.</p> <p>The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Squad believes the fatality was related to huffing and does not suspect foul play.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:15:57 -0400 'PITTSBURGH PRIDE' STREET CLOSURES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3164 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; On Saturday, June 14, 2014&nbsp;beginning at&nbsp;4 a.m., Liberty Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic between 9th and Grant streets and Smithfield Street from Liberty to 7th avenues for &quot;Pride in the Street&quot; featuring a concert by 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan.&nbsp;</p> <p>The hours for this event will be&nbsp;5 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.&nbsp;The listed streets will close&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;morning and remain closed through June 15, 2014 at 11 p.m.</p> <p>On&nbsp;Sunday, June 15, 2014, limited street closures will occur for the &quot;Pride March&quot; which will take place from&nbsp;noon - 1 p.m. The staging area for the march will be on the Boulevard of the Allies between Grant and Wood streets.&nbsp;The route will begin at the Boulevard of the Allies, turn left onto Grant Street utilizing the outbound lanes, left onto Fifth Avenue, right onto Liberty Avenue&nbsp;and will end at Sixth and Liberty.&nbsp;The march will go directly into the &quot;PrideFest&quot; event at 7th and Liberty, which will take place from&nbsp;1 - 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Signs for no parking will be posted on&nbsp;Saturday, June 14&nbsp;indicating parking restrictions after&nbsp;7 a.m.&nbsp;which will be in effect on&nbsp;Sunday, June 15 for the march at the following locations: Boulevard of the Allies (both sides) from Grant to Market streets.&nbsp;Fifth Avenue between Grant Street and Liberty Avenue and Liberty Avenue between Fifth and Seventh streets.&nbsp;Barricades will be erected in cross street areas as applicable and Police Officers will be posted at major intersections for the safety of the marchers, as well as other citizens.</p> <p>For additional information regarding Pittsburgh Pride events, please contact:&nbsp;Christine Bryan, Director of Marketing, Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh by calling 412-322-2800.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 06:41:22 -0400 MT. WASHINGTON BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT SOUGHT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3157 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; At approximately 2:30 p.m. today, the First Niagara Bank, at 22 Shilo St., in Mt. Washington was robbed. Surveillance cameras captured the image of the suspect believed to be a black male in his mid 20s. A dark bandana covered his face and he was wearing a white baseball cap and gray sweat pants. He may have fled in an older model, four-door, gray Ford Sable. The actor was armed and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money that contained a dye pack.&nbsp;</p> <p>No one was injuries were reported during this robbery.</p> <p>Anyone with information that may aide the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Robbery Squad in locating the actor is encouraged to call 412-323-7151.</p> <p>Click the &quot;View Photo Album&quot; link for photos.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:41:03 -0400 JUVENILE LEADS POLICE ON CHASE FROM HILL DISTRICT INTO DOWNTOWN http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3150 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Police arrested a juvenile today who stole a car and led police on a chase from the Hill District, through Uptown and into Downtown during the evening rush hour.</p> <p>At approximately 4:27 p.m., Zone 2 police officers encountered a dark blue Chevrolet Malibu with two occupants on Bedford Avenue near the intersection with Somers Drive. After running the plate, they learned the vehicle had been reported stolen.</p> <p>When the officers turned on their lights and siren, the driver sped off. The officers gave chase; however, the pursuit was soon called off to prevent harm to the numerous pedestrians, including children, who were in the area.</p> <p>Other officers on patrol spotted the Malibu on Devilliers Street, Centre Avenue, Dinwiddie Street, Fifth Avenue, Miltenberger Street, Watson Street (in the wrong direction), and Forbes Avenue.</p> <p>The vehicle struck a white Cadillac SRX4 at the intersection of Forbes and Ross. Then struck a grey Nissan Altima near Ross and Second Avenue, ricocheting into a red Volkswagen Passat. The collision caused the Passat to rear end a Nissan Altima.</p> <p>The 17-year-old driver then fled on foot before being stopped near Ft. Pitt Boulevard and Cherry Way. He was transported to UPMC Mercy where he was treated for three Taser punctures and a cut over his right eye.</p> <p>The Sheraden resident is at Shuman Juvenile Detention Center facing charges that include receiving stolen property, fleeing a police officer, four counts of causing accidents involving damage to attended vehicles or property, resisting arrest, and unlawful restraint.</p> <p>A 20-year-old female who was in the car with the actor was uninjured and was not charged.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 23:25:18 -0400 FATAL SHOOTING IN HILL DISTRICT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3142 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Zone 2 Police were called to the scene of a fatal shooting at 2535 Chauncey Drive in the Bedford Dwellings housing community in the Hill District at shortly after 6:30 p.m. today. &nbsp;A 24-year-old black male was shot in the chest.</p> <p>The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Squad encourages anyone with information that might lead to the arrest of a suspect in this shooting to call 412-323-7800.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:54:13 -0400 POLICE BUREAU SEEKING MISSING PERSON http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3139 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is still attempting to locate Richard Turton. He was last seen May 27, 2014, at approximately 5 p.m. leaving Colescott Street in Westwood. He was wearing tan jeans, blue/white shirt and white shoes. Mr. Turton, 57, also has a heart condition/defibrillator and left all medications at his residence. He stands approximately 6 feet tall, weights approximately 150 pounds, has brown/grey hair, and brown eyes.</p> <p>Detectives are again asking for the community&#39;s assistance is locating this man. Anyone who may have seen Richard Turton should call 911.</p> <p>Click on the &quot;View Photo Album&quot; link for a photo.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:07:31 -0400 INVESTIGATION LEADS TO 2 DRUG ARRESTS IN BELTZHOOVER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3130 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; After an investigation, Zone 3 Police Officers arrested two Beltzhoover residents May 31 on charges related to selling heroin.</p> <p>At approximately 12:34 p.m. on May 31 in the 800 block of Climax Street, Officers stopped Dewayne Chatfield, Jr., a 28-year-old black male, after observing him make a drug transaction with Michelle Szulkowski, a 35-year-old white female.</p> <p>The investigation was precipitated by numerous community complaints.</p> <p>Officers confiscated 100 stamp bags of heroin marked &ldquo;ALWAYS GOOD,&rdquo; two clonazepam (treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety) pills, a hypodermic needle and $320 from Szulkowski. A total of $2,340, three cell phones were confiscated from Chatfield at the scene.</p> <p>A search of his residence recovered $8,295 and an additional nine stamped bags of heroin. In a child&rsquo;s book bag were found multiple bundles of heroin and additional paraphernalia.</p> <p>The investigation further revealed there were two juvenile children living in Chatfield&rsquo;s residence that he had left alone in order to conduct the drug transaction.</p> <p>Charges include possession of controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance, and possession/use of paraphernalia. Chatfield was also charged with driving with a suspended license and 2 counts of child endangerment.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Sun, 01 Jun 2014 16:16:02 -0400 UPDATED: MISSING PERSON http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3128 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>NAME: Victoria Harris&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; AGE:&nbsp; 12</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; SEX:&nbsp; Female&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; RACE:&nbsp; Biracial&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; HEIGHT: 5&rsquo;2&rdquo; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; WEIGHT: 100 lbs&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; HAIR: Brown&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;EYES: Brown</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; COMPLEXION: Light&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>LAST SEEN:&nbsp; Child last seen on Zephyr Avenue at 12:30 p.m. wearing a black tank top and pink sweatpants with gold lettering.</p> <p>Click on the &quot;View Photo Album&quot; link for a picture.</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">Mt. Oliver Police have located this juvenile. She is safe and unharmed.</span></p> Sat, 31 May 2014 23:15:16 -0400 JUVENILE APPREHENDED IN DOWNTOWN CELLPHONE ROBBERY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3119 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Pittsburgh Zone 2 Officers arrested a juvenile Tuesday, May 27 for robbery and resisting arrest charges in connection with cellphone snatching in Downtown Pittsburgh.</p> <p>A woman was texting on her cellphone while waiting for a bus near the intersection of Fifth and Liberty avenues Tuesday when a male quickly approached and snatched the phone from her hand. The actor fled on foot toward Penn Avenue.</p> <p>A Bicycle Officer located a person fitting the suspect&rsquo;s description near the intersection of Sixth Street and Penn Avenue, and witnessed the suspect&nbsp;discarding a cellphone onto a chair as he approached.</p> <p>After being positively identified, the suspect, a 15-year-old male from the North Side, was arrested and taken to Shuman Juvenile Detention Center.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 19:15:48 -0400 3-YEAR INVESTIGATION WITH STATE POLICE SHUTS DOWN SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA OPERATION http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3118 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; After a three-year investigation involving State Police, Zone 3 Officers arrested a Carrick store owner today in connection with a synthetic marijuana operation.</p> <p>A search warrant served at approximately 10:22 a.m. on Zach&rsquo;s Market on Brownsville Road in Carrick included the store owner&rsquo;s Beechview home.</p> <p>Items confiscated included 50,000 pieces of drug paraphernalia, 30 pounds of synthetic marijuana, 300 packets of the drug that were ready for sale, and one firearm.</p> <p>The store owner, Ali Zoror, 51, of Middle Eastern descent, is in Allegheny County Jail facing a variety of drug-related charges.</p> <p align="center">###</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 19:05:03 -0400 POLICE DISCOVER MAJOR MARIJUANA GROW LAB http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3117 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; An early &nbsp;911 call reporting suspicious activity led to the discovery of a marijuana grow lab that contained approximately 325 plants with an estimated street value of $500,000.</p> <p>At approximately 3:58 a.m. Zone 2 police officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Main Street in Lawrenceville for two suspicious men walking toward Davidson Street with&nbsp; one of the males putting a mask on his face and stuffing an object into the front of his waistline.</p> <p>The investigation revealed that the three males were in the process of burglarizing a nearby commercial building in the 4100 block of Davison Street. Arrested were Michael Snee,&nbsp;a 31-year-old white male, Shaun Hollis, a 30-year-old black male, and Frederick Jeffcoat, a 34-year-old white male. All three are from McKeesport.</p> <p>They are currently in Allegheny County Jail charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy, carrying a firearm without a license, possessing instruments of crime, and possession with intent to distribute. Jeffcoat was also charged with driving with a suspended license.</p> <p>The PBP Narcotics &amp; Vice Squad continues to investigate to determine the operators of the grow lab.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:29:58 -0400 MCKEES ROCKS MAN ARRESTED IN NORTH VIEW HEIGHTS SHOOTING http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3103 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; At approximately 11:28 p.m. last night, Zone 1 Officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Mt. Pleasant Road, in North View Heights.</p> <p>Upon arrival, Police Officers assisted Security Officers on patrol in the neighborhood in breaking up a fight. After separating the parties involved, the investigation revealed that one man had been shot in the groin while he and his brother attempted to defend themselves against an armed man.</p> <p>The victim, a 36-year-old black male from North View Heights, was transported to UPMC Mercy where he is reported to be in stable condition.</p> <p>The gunman, Blake L. Green, a 34-year-old black male from McKees Rocks, was transported to Allegheny General Hospital where he remains in stable condition. Upon release, he will be transported to Allegheny County Jail.</p> <p>In Green&rsquo;s possession was a stolen gun, nine stamp bags of heroin and $150 in counterfeit bills.</p> <p>Charges include simple assault, aggravated assault, possession with intent to deliver, and various firearm offenses.</p> <p>Because Green is still in the hospital no photo is available.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Sun, 25 May 2014 13:26:16 -0400 SUSPECTED ARRESTED IN TWO ARMED ROBBERIES OF PARKING LOTS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3097 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Pittsburgh Zone 1 and Zone 2 Officers successfully apprehended a man accused of robbing two parking lot attendants at gunpoint hours apart.</p> <p>At approximately 4:59 p.m., May 22, an attendant at ALCO Parking Lot located at 8th Street and Ft. Duquesne Boulevard in Downtown reported a white male who brandished a small handgun had robbed him at gunpoint. The actor threatened to take cash out of the parking booth but was unsuccessful and fled toward Liberty Avenue.</p> <p>A search was initiated involving both Zone 1 and Zone 2 patrol units but the actor was not located.</p> <p>Then, at approximately 6:12 p.m., an attendant at a parking lot located at East General Robinson and Sandusky streets on the North Shore reported that a white male attempted to rob him and that he may be armed. The attendant gave a physical description that closely matched that of the suspect from the Downtown robbery.</p> <p>At approximately 6:30 p.m., a Zone 1 officer spotted a male suspect on the River Walk along the Allegheny River who fit the description of the actor from both robberies.</p> <p>The male, later identified as Benjamin Dobrzynski, 19, was positively identified as the actor who robbed both parking lots in Downtown and the North Shore and was arrested.</p> <p>Both Harrison Township and Tarentum Borough Police Departments have warrants for Dobrzynski and he is wanted for questioning for two burglaries in Harrison Township.</p> <p>Click on &quot;View Photo Album&quot; for a photo.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 09:42:50 -0400 PITTSBURGH, BRENTWOOD POLICE LOOKING FOR POTENTIAL HOAGIE SCAM VICTIMS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3085 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; In collaboration with the Brentwood Police Department, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is working to identify Carrick residents who have recently placed hoagie orders with a woman who came knocking at their door.</p> <p>On May 18, Brentwood Police arrested Angela Sibert, 27, in connection with a fake door-to-door fundraising effort in which she would take advance payment for hoagies at approximately $6 each. During the course of the investigation, Brentwood Police determined that 31-year-old Margie Johnson was also involved in the scheme. According to a list of potential victims confiscated during the investigation, it is believed that the pair solicited at least 95 false hoagie sales in the Carrick area.</p> <p>Potential victims are encouraged to call Zone 3 Detective John Gagliardi at 412-488-8330 ext. 300.</p> <p>Click &ldquo;View Photo Album&rdquo; link for photos.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 14:42:30 -0400 PITTSBURGH BUREAU OF POLICE TO FOCUS ON UNBUCKLED MOTORISTS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3084 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Police department, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, participated in the kick off of NHTSA&rsquo;s Border to Border Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign on Monday, May 19, 2014.</p> <p>The enforcement action occurred 6 p.m. &ndash; 10 p.m. and police had contact with more than 600 drivers.</p> <p>The Pittsburgh Police will continue with random enforcement patrols city wide through June 8, 2014 in support of PennDOT&rsquo;s Buckle Up PA program.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 12:31:48 -0400 BBI TO TEMPORARILY BRING ON THIRD-PARTY ELECTRICAL INSPECTORS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3083 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; In order to deliver services in a timely manner as it relates to electrical inspections, the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Building Inspection (BBI) is temporarily contracting with third-party vendors.</p> <p>An overturn in staff has reduced the department&rsquo;s ability to offer timely inspections, prompting BBI to post a job announcement for electrical wiring inspectors on May 5 with a filing deadline of May 26. Click&nbsp;<a href="https://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/pers-depo/Announcements/ELECWIRINGINSP1.HTM" target="_blank">here</a> to view the job announcement. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In a letter sent to various contractors this week, BBI Chief Maura Kennedy wrote, &ldquo;While the process of hiring additional inspectors is already underway, it will take several months to interview, hire, and certify additional inspectors. This necessitates a stopgap measure until the electrical inspection unit is sufficiently staffed.&rdquo;</p> <p>BBI is committed to offering the highest standard of services possible to residents. This temporary, stopgap measure will help ensure that inspections will be done in a timely manner.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 11:30:44 -0400 DEBUT OF NEWEST PITTSBURGH BUREAU OF POLICE K9 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3072 <p><strong>FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police will debut its newest K9 Officer during a press conference <strong>Monday, May 19, 2014</strong> at <strong>9:30 a.m.</strong> at the Canine Training Academy on Washington Boulevard. The purchase of the K9 was made possible through the support of Councilman Dan Gilman and locally owned security management company AM-GARD.&nbsp;</p> <p>Those participating in the press conference include Councilman Gilman, Jennifer Boczar of AM-GARD, Police Chief Regina McDonald, Mayor William Peduto, and the new K9.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 16:58:19 -0400 3 SHOT OVERNIGHT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3069 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Three people were shot overnight in an incident currently under investigation by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Squad. Police believe the shootings, which occurred at two locations, involved two people who were shooting at each other.</p> <p>An innocent bystander was shot and a 7-month-old baby had minor cuts from glass from a car window.</p> <p>Shots were initially reported shortly after 9 p.m. near the Uni-Mart at 748 Brownsville Road in Knoxville.&nbsp; The rear passenger side window of vehicle in the store&rsquo;s parking lot was shot out. &nbsp;The driver, a 47-year-old white female, and front seat passenger, a 27-year-old white female, were unharmed. The passenger&rsquo;s 7-month-old baby was uninjured but hit by broken glass. Paramedics treated the baby at the scene. The mother and child are from Bon Air. The driver is from Dormont.</p> <p>At approximately 9:15 p.m., more shots were reported in the 200 block of Michigan Street. At this scene, a 22-year-old black male sustained a gunshot wound to his lower back. The investigation has determined him to be an innocent bystander who had been walking from his home to a nearby bus stop. He is being treated at Allegheny General Hospital where he is in stable condition.</p> <p>Detectives believe two shooting victims who arrived at UPMC Mercy by private means are actors in the shooting. One, a 20-year-old black male from Allentown, was shot in the neck and is in critical condition. The other, a 21-year-old black male from Penn Hills, was shot in the leg and is in stable condition.</p> <p align="center">###</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 11:22:12 -0400 3 ARRESTED IN CHARTIERS CITY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3065 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Zone 6 Officers arrested three individuals for drug and firearm violations on Wednesday, May 15, 2014.</p> <p>At approximately 11 p.m., Officers responded to a shots fired call in the 1500 block of Summerdale Street in Chartiers City. Multiple cars at the scene were damaged by gunfire, including&nbsp;a silver Hyundai that was parked in a driveway. The Hyundai matched the description of a vehicle that Zone Detectives were looking for related to a previous shooting on Thursday, May 8, 2014 in the 900 block of Woodlow Street in Crafton Heights.</p> <p>Zone 6 Detectives arrived on the scene and attempted to make contact with the occupant of home where the Hyundai was parked. A female, later identified as Jaraya Porter, answered the door and stated there was nobody else in the home.&nbsp;</p> <p>Officers smelled marijuana and found two additional occupants &ndash; Geron Anderson and Deonta Rhinehart &ndash; in second floor bedrooms.</p> <p>During the course of the investigation,&nbsp;<span style="color:#ff0000;">it was determined that</span>&nbsp;two vehicles approached the home and began shooting at Anderson.&nbsp;<span style="color:#ff0000;">No information is available about the vehicles or the shooters.</span></p> <p>A search warrant was served on the home and two stolen firearms were recovered, along with narcotics.&nbsp;All three occupants of the home were subsequently arrested and charged as follows:</p> <p><strong><u>Jaraya Porter, 21, from Chartiers</u></strong></p> <p>Receiving stolen property (X2) firearms</p> <p>Possession of heroin</p> <p>Possession of heroin with intent to deliver</p> <p>Possession of paraphernalia</p> <p>Possession of MDMA (Ecstasy)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Deonta Rhinehart,19, from Elliot </u></strong></p> <p>Recklessly endangering another person</p> <p>Receiving stolen property (X2) firearms</p> <p>Possession of heroin</p> <p>Possession of heroin with intent to deliver</p> <p>Criminal mischief (X5)</p> <p>Discharging a firearm into an occupied structure</p> <p>Person not to possess a firearm</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Geron Anderson, 19, residing in Chartiers</u></strong></p> <p>Receiving stolen property (X2) firearms</p> <p>Possession of heroin</p> <p>Possession of heroin with intent to deliver</p> <p>Possession of paraphernalia</p> <p>Possession of MDMA (Ecstasy)</p> <p>Recklessly endangering another person</p> <p>Criminal mischief (X5)</p> <p>Discharging a firearm into an occupied structure</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Click on the &quot;View Photo Album&quot; link for photographs.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 13:50:16 -0400 FINEVIEW SHOOTING INJURES TWO http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3062 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; At approximately 1:10 p.m., Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Zone 1 Officers responded to the scene of a shooting in the 1700 block of Belleau Drive in Fineview.</p> <p>A light-colored Ford SUV with the PA license plate JFJ-5719 came into the courtyard of Allegheny Dwellings housing community and turned around at the end of the cul-de-sac. A passenger, identified only as a black male, opened fire into a group of people. One bystander in the crowed returned fire.</p> <p>One victim was shot in the right leg and right arm. Another suffered a gunshot wound to the face. Both, believed to be in their early 20s, were taken to Allegheny General Hospital and are in stable condition. Both victims were in the group of people in the courtyard.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 16:24:03 -0400 WOMAN, 2 CHILDREN ATTACKED BY FERAL CAT IN SPRING HILL http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3050 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Spring Hill residents are urged to be cautious around feral cats after one attacked a woman and two children on Royal Street Friday.</p> <p>The City&rsquo;s Animal Care &amp; Control says at approximately 3 p.m. that day a woman was outside with her daughter and nephew, both three years old, when a cat attacked them. Animal Care captured the cat, which tested positive for rabies.&nbsp;</p> <p>Today, all three victims were treated for rabies at Children&rsquo;s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.</p> <p>Pittsburgh Animal Care &amp; Control urges residents not to go near a stray cat that is behaving strangely. Instead, call animal care &amp; control immediately at 412-255-2036.</p> <p>The City offers 24-hour service through Animal Care &amp; Control. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Operations continue from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturdays, Sundays and holiday operations are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All &ldquo;after hour&rdquo; operations are for any emergency that a resident may have.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Sat, 10 May 2014 17:47:43 -0400 2-ALARM LAWRENCEVILLE FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3047 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire is investigating a blaze in the 100 block of 43rd Street in Lawrenceville. Approximately $95,000 in estimated damages are believed to have resulted from the two-alarm fire that began in or near the attic/roof area. The single family home was vacant and undergoing renovations. No injuries were reported.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 13:04:57 -0400 SUSPECT ARRESTED IN LAWRENCEVILLE HOME INVASION http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3046 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; An arrest yesterday is a perfect example of how police and the community can work together to solve crimes.</p> <p>Detectives from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police along with Officers from Zones 1, 2 and 5 arrested 35-year-old Timothy Lau yesterday in connection with a home invasion May 6 in Lawrenceville.&nbsp;</p> <p>Lau is believed to have forcibly entered a home of an 89-year-old World War II veteran on 43 &frac12; Street in Lawrenceville. The victim pulled a firearm to defend himself, but Lau grabbed it from him. He punched another man on the first floor of the home before fleeing the property.</p> <p>The subsequent investigation by the Robbery Squad positively identified Lau as the suspect. The case was featured on Crime Stoppers which led to a number of tips about Lau&rsquo;s whereabouts.</p> <p>On May 8, robbery detectives conducted roaming surveillance throughout the day. Shortly before 10 p.m., information led the detectives and officers to East liberty where Lau was spotted driving a recently stolen vehicle. The vehicle was stopped on Mossfield Street in Garfield where Lau was taken into custody without incident.</p> <p>Lau is currently in Allegheny County Jail. His charges include robbery, burglary, simple assault and theft.</p> <p>Click on the &quot;View Photo Album&quot; link for a photograph of Lau.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 13:13:12 -0400 CAN YOU HELP IDENTIFY THIS MAN? http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3040 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Robbery Squad is seeking assistance with the identification of a suspect involved in a robbery at Game Stop, 3608 Forbes Ave., on April 20, 2014.</p> <p>The suspect was armed with a handgun at the time of the robbery and is shown in the attached photos taken from surveillance video. Click on the &quot;View Photo Album&quot; link for the photos.</p> <p>Anyone with any information leading to identifying this suspect should call Det. Rich Baumgart or Det. Nick Bobbs 412-255-7151.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 16:16:26 -0400 A SAFE MARATHON CONCLUDES IN PITTSBURGH http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3033 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The City of Pittsburgh Public Safety Department reports that no major incidents occurred during today&rsquo;s Dick&rsquo;s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon.</p> <p>&ldquo;The marathon was a boost for the City of Pittsburgh and a positive experience for the runners involved. I salute all public safety workers who were on hand today to ensure the security of participants, volunteers and onlookers. Job well done,&rdquo; said Public Safety Director Michael Huss. &ldquo;And I appreciate City residents for the patience, friendliness and support they exhibited.&rdquo;</p> <p>Several universities, county, state and federal agencies assisted with today&rsquo;s marathon.</p> <p>Police report there were no major traffic issues.</p> <p>EMS transported 27 individuals (down from 33 last year), including one volunteer, none of which had life threatening issues. There were 50 patient contacts in total.&nbsp;</p> <p>Several suspicious packages were checked out. All of them proved to be personal items that had been left behind.</p> <p>There was a 1-alarm fire in the 800 block of Hale Street in Homewood approximately at noon. The fire began in a vacant duplex two blocks from the marathon route and did not disturb the race. There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Sun, 04 May 2014 14:35:56 -0400 MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THREE ARMED ROBBERIES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3029 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; After a brief foot pursuit, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police arrested a male actor believed to be connected with three West End robberies.</p> <p>Shortly after midnight, Zone 3 Officers were dispatched to a CoGo&rsquo;s convenience store at the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Bertha Street for an armed robbery. Responding units encountered the suspect and a foot pursuit followed. With the help of a K-9 Officer, the actor was located, subdued, and arrested.&nbsp;</p> <p>He was discovered to be carrying a stolen pistol and was in possession of seven bags of suspected Heroin.</p> <p>The actor, identified as 19-year-old Tyler Sieg of Beltzhoover, was taken to Mercy Hospital where he was treated for a dog bite to his right arm. He was then transported to police headquarters where he was questioned about two other CoGo&rsquo;s robberies in the area on May 1 at 4:46 a.m. on Bailey Avenue and another at 11:55 p.m. the same day on Virginia Avenue. As a result of the investigation, Sieg will also be charged with those two robberies.</p> <p>Sieg&rsquo;s vehicle was recovered and all of the stolen property from the previous robberies was still inside.</p> <p>He is in Allegheny County Jail on armed robbery charges.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 13:18:51 -0400 DAVID L. LAWRENCE CONVENTION CENTER REMAINS OPEN AFTER MINOR INCIDENT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3028 <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><strong style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">&nbsp;</div> <p>PITTSBURH, PA &ndash;&nbsp;<font color="#000000" style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><font face="arial, sans-serif">At approximately 10:37 p.m. on April 30, part of a 4-foot section of the ceiling inside of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center collapsed. Damage was minor and there were no injuries.&nbsp;</font></font><font color="#000000" style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><font face="arial, sans-serif">The City&#39;s Bureau of Building Inspection reports there are no&nbsp;structural problems.</font></font><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;The building remains open.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>###</strong></span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 12:57:41 -0400 DETECTIVES ASK FOR PUBLIC TO HELP IDENTIFY PERSONS OF INTEREST http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3022 <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><strong style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">PITTSBURH, PA &ndash; Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Zone 2 Detectives are asking for assistance from the public in identifying&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">people of interest in an assault that occurred on March 22, 2014 at approximately 5:45 p.m. at Shale&#39;s Bar, 1208 5th Avenue in Uptown.</span></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Click on the &quot;View Photo Album&quot; link for the photos.</span></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">The victim is in the blue striped &nbsp;Penguin jersey. Detectives are looking for the taller male shown in the first image, the male in the subsequent pictures with the female in the last four pictures.</span></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Anyone with information regarding to the identification of these people of interests and anyone who was present in the bar who may have information related to this incident is encouraged to contact Det. John Ficorilli or Det. John Mook at the Zone 2 Police Station by calling 412-255-2827.</span></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; text-align: center;">###</div> Thu, 01 May 2014 16:09:39 -0400 STOVE FIRE DAMAGES DOWNTOWN MULTI-UNIT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=3014 <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><strong style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">PITTSBURH, PA &ndash;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">At approximately 9:09 p.m. on April, 28, 2014, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire responded to a one-alarm fire in the 500 block of Liberty Avenue in Downtown. The one-alarm fire caused an estimated $500 in damages to the multi-unit apartment building before being extinguished.</span></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Smoke detectors were present &nbsp;and functioned propertly.</span></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">The fire began on a stove in one of the apartments where the occupant was melting wax and threw water on the fire. The resident was educated on the dangers of throwing water on such fires.</span></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:41:11 -0400 ATTEMPT TO LOCATE MISSING MALE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2985 <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><strong style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Missing Person&rsquo;s Unit is asking for assistance in locating a 63-year-old black male named Kenny Latimer who&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">was last seen at his home in the Greenfield/Hazelwood section of the City of Pittsburgh on April 12, 2014.</span></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Latimer was headed to the North Side, but may be in the Downtown area. Latimer is described as 5&rsquo;10&rsquo;&rsquo;, 150 lbs with long partially grey hair he wears in a ponytail that extends to the middle of his back. He was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt, grey pants and black and grey sneakers.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Detectives are asking anyone who has seen Latimer to call 911 or the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Missing Persons Office at 412-323-7141.</span></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><strong>###</strong></span></div> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:16:08 -0400 FIRE DAMAGES BEECHVIEW AVENUE BOARDING HOUSE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2974 <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><strong style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">PITTSBURH, PA &ndash;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">At approximately 12:43 p.m. today the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire responded to a fire at a residential boarding house in the 1500 block of Beechview Avenue. The one-alarm fire caused an estimated $30,000 in damages to the structure and its contents.</span></div> <p>An alarm system with smoke detectors was present but did not operate. As a result, the Bureau of Building Inspection was also called to the scene.</p> <p>The fire began on an outside deck and spread to the kitchen and dining room. The fast acting firefighters at Engine 28, just a block away, had the fire under control in 20 minutes.</p> <p>The American Red Cross assisted the 17 male adult residents with temporary housing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:49:34 -0400 POLICE SEARCHING FOR MALE SUSPECT IN SHADYSIDE BURGLARY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2973 <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><strong style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">PITTSBURH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is asking the public to help identify a man believed to be connected with a crime that took place Nov. 6, 2013. On that date, a woman&#39;s </span>vehicle was broken into while parked near The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts,1047 Shady Ave. in Shadyside.</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">The actor stole a purse containing credit cards and used a card&nbsp;at the East Liberty Target stroe to purchase two Vizio TV&#39;s and a Generation 4 iPad. The same card was also used at the Waterworks Mall Wine and Spirits store and Walmart.&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">Anyone with information regarding the identity of the man in photo is asked to call Zone 4&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">Detective Frederick Wright at 412-422-6578.</span></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><strong>###</strong></span></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:23:57 -0400 FIRE DAMAGES BROOKLINE BUSINESS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2968 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURH, PA &ndash; An April 11, 2014 fire at S.N. Glass &amp; Mirror, 954 Brookline Boulevard, caused an estimated $4,000 in damages. The one-alarm fire was reported at 10 p.m. and firefighters had it extinguished at approximately 10:30 p.m. There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:50:13 -0400 ZONE 2 POLICE ARREST MARIJUANA GROWTH LAB OPERATOR http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2963 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURH, PA &ndash; Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Officers patrolling Zone 2 successfully arrested a man responsible for a marijuana growth lab in Uptown.</p> <p>At approximately 5:54 p.m. on April 11, Officers observed a man identified as Andre Butler holding an open container of alcohol and smoking a marijuana blunt in the 2000 block of Watson Street.</p> <p>Officers were placing Butler under arrest when a second man, Jeremiah Smith, exited the residence with marijuana in his hand. Smith was also placed under arrest.</p> <p>After a brief investigation, Zone 2 Officers recovered eight marijuana plants, a .32 caliber Beretta Pistol, a Mossberg sawed-off shotgun with 18 shells, $269 in U.S. Currency, three sets of grow lights and amps. All evidence was recovered from Smith&rsquo;s bedroom.&nbsp;</p> <p>Smith was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, possession with the intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a prohibited offensive weapon. He was transported to the Allegheny County Jail.</p> <p>Butler was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possessing an open container on a public sidewalk. Butler was released by summons. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:48:30 -0400 EVACUATION ORDER FOR LEMONT LIFTED http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2960 The City's Bureau of Building Inspection has lifted the evacuation order for the LeMont Restaurant. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:14:19 -0400 LEMONT RESTAURANT REMAINS CLOSED http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2957 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The evacuation order for the LeMont Restaurant remains as the City&#39;s Bureau of Building Inspection continues to assess the hillside below the Mt. Washington establishment.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:52:09 -0400 PITTSBURGH POLICE ARREST FUGITIVE WANTED IN ALABAMA MURDER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2954 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is extraditing Andre Dunlap, 19, to Alabama where he is wanted for capital murder during a robbery on Dec. 21, 2013.</p> <p>At approximately 4:15 a.m. today, Zone 1 Officers were called out for an assault at an address in the 500 block of W. North Ave. in Central Northside. Dunlap, the victim of the assault, had a head laceration and was transported to Allegheny General Hospital.</p> <p>Then the arresting Officer made the extra effort to check for Dunlap&rsquo;s name in the National Crime Information Center index and discovered the warrant in Alabama. Police arrested Dunlap after he received medical treatment and transported him to the Allegheny County Jail for processing.</p> <p>Follow the photo album link to view and download images.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:34:48 -0400 TWO MEN ARRESTED FOR HEROIN POSSESSION IN PERRY SOUTH http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2952 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Two actors were arrested recently by a Zone 6 Police Officer and charged with possession of heroin and tampering with physical evidence.</p> <p>At approximately 11:15 a.m. Saturday, April 5 the Officer noticed a red Eagle parked on Tweed Street in the Perry South neighborhood. Two males exited the vehicle and walked toward the nearby city steps. The Officer stopped them as they returned to the vehicle.</p> <p>The Officer recovered four bundles of heroin from one actor, identified as Chester Lesjak, 35 of Houston, Pa., and two bundles from the other, identified as Dustin Mikec, 33 also of Houston, Pa.</p> <p>Both were transported to the Allegheny County Jail.</p> <p>Follow the photo album link to view and download images.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:42:53 -0400 MT. WASHINGTON LANDSLIDE UPDATE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2951 <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The City is continuing its evaluation of the site of yesterday&#39;s landslide on Mt. Washington. GAI Consultants, engineers under contract with the Department of Public Works, are working in conjunction with Norfolk Southern Engineers testing samples to determine the stability of the hillside.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Both rail lines are currently operable and the access roads to the tracks are clear of debris.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">No additional debris will removed from the site until the Norfolk Engineers determine that the hillside is secure. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><strong>###</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:46:43 -0400 LEMONT RESTAURANT CLOSED AS A PRECAUTION AFTER LANDSLIDE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2942 <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"> <div dir="ltr"> <div> <p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Engineers continue to inspect the landslide on Mt. Washington this morning that prompted the City&rsquo;s Bureau of Building Inspection to close the LeMont Restaurant as a precautionary measure.</p> </div> <p>While the slide caused no damage to the building or its foundation, the ground at the site of the slide continues to show signs of movement. BBI will again meet with CEC, Inc., civil engineers for the LeMont&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_690870656" tabindex="0">tomorrow</span>&nbsp;morning to determine if the restaurant will reopen&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_690870657" tabindex="0">on Thursday</span>.</p> </div> <div> <div aria-label="Show trimmed content" data-tooltip="Show trimmed content" id=":u4" role="button" style="clear:both;" tabindex="0"><img src="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif" style="height:8px;width:20px;" /></div> </div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></div> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:17:26 -0400 PITTSBURGH ROBBERY SQUAD LOOKING FOR SERIAL BANK ROBBER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2941 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Robbery Squad is investigating four bank robberies from mid-December 2013 through April 4 of this year.&nbsp; Pittsburgh Police believe the same man committed each robbery.</p> <p>The dates and locations of the robberies are as follows:</p> <ul> <li>Dec. 11, 2013 First Niagara, 22 Wabash St.</li> <li>Dec. 30, 2013 First National, 503 Greenfield Ave.</li> <li>March 23, 2014 First Niagara, 2001 Murray Ave.</li> <li>April 4, 2014 Northwest Savings, 5835 Forbes Ave.</li> </ul> <p>The Robbery Squad is releasing photos from the scene. While the actor covered his face, the Robbery Squad believes he may be recognizable by people who are familiar with him. There is also a photo of a white Ford 5-150 pickup truck believed to be the actor&rsquo;s vehicle.</p> <p>Follow the photo album link to view the images.</p> <p>Anyone with information regarding these robberies and the identity and whereabouts of the man in the photos is encouraged to call the Robbery Squad at 412-323-7151.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:10:14 -0400 MT. WASHINGTON LANDSLIDE PRESS CONFERENCE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2938 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Public Safety Director Mike Huss and Chief Operations Officer Guy Costa will address the media concerning this morning&#39;s landslide on Mt. Washington.</p> <p>WHEN: Today at 11:30 a.m.</p> <p>WHERE: Public Safety Department Conference Room, 4th floor City County Building</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:16:03 -0400 CORRECTED: ARREST WARRANT ISSUED IN GOETTMAN STREET HOMICIDE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2937 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <div style="width: 160px; height: 208px; float: right;margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px;font-size: 14px;font-weight: bold;line-height: 1.2em;text-align: center;"><img alt="Theodore Smedley" src="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dps/Theodore_Smedley_2.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 200px;" />Theodore Smedley</div> <p>PITTSBURGH &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Squad has obtained an arrest warrant for Theodore Smedley for the murder of <span style="color:#ff0000;">18-year-old</span> Rasheed Strader.</p> <p>On March 24, 2014 at 9:25 p.m., Zone 1 officers responded to a call for a man shot in the 1100 block of Goettman Street. Officers arrived on scene and found Rasheed Strader lying on the street between two parked vehicles with multiple gunshot wounds. Family members and officers attempted to revive the victim by performing CPR but their efforts proved to be unsuccessful. Strader died at the scene at 9:37 p.m. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>During the course of this investigation, detectives developed information and analyzed evidence that produced Smedley as one of the prime suspects in this case. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Smedley&rsquo;s is known to frequent the Troy Hill neighborhood&nbsp;<span style="color:#ff0000;">where he lives</span> and the East End sections of the City of Pittsburgh and may be driving a blue Chevy Malibu or a tan Dodge Avenger.</p> <p>Smedley is 20 years old, approximately 5&rsquo;7&rdquo;, thin build, and appears to be a bi-racial male or a light skinned black male. &nbsp;</p> <p>If anyone has information on Smedley&rsquo;s whereabouts, please call 911 or the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Squad at 412-323-7161. Smedley is considered armed and dangerous, and should not be approached if located.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:54:31 -0400 North Shore Road Restrictions Tomorrow http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2930 <p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; There will be road restrictions near PNC Park Tuesday, April 8&nbsp;while a homeland security exercise takes place.</p> <p>The City of Pittsburgh Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the U.S. Army National Guard, the Ohio State Civil Support Team, and PNC Park will conduct the exercise from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.</p> <p>As a result, Mazeroski Way from General Robinson Boulevard to North Shore Drive will be closed to traffic and there will be no parking allowed. Only local traffic will be allowed to enter North Shore Drive at Tony Dorsett Drive.</p> <p>The scenario for the exercise involves hazmat, law enforcement and emergency management addressing a series of suspicious packages during the World Series.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:42:55 -0400 POLICE ARREST AJ RICHARDSON, WIFE, 2 SONS FOR 911 ABUSE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2926 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Officers have arrested Abdula J. Richardson, his wife Felecia, and two of their three juvenile sons on a battery of charges stemming from fraudulent 911 calls beginning on Feb. 9, 2014.</p> <p>An investigation began March 8. Since that time, approximately 120 calls came into the Emergency Operation Center from the Richardson&rsquo;s Sheriden home or a cell phone at their residence. The City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police spent in excess of $11,000 investigating and responding to these fraudulent calls.&nbsp;Additional expenses were incurred by the Bureau of Fire and Animal Care and Control.</p> <p>After working closely with the Allegheny County District Attorney&rsquo;s Office to compile evidence in this matter, Pittsburgh Police Officers made the arrests at approximately 6:26 p.m.</p> <p>Richardson and his wife have been transported to Allegheny County Jail. Two sons, 12 and 15 years of age, were transported to Shuman Juvenile Detention Center. The family dog was taken by Animal Care and Control.</p> <p>The charges include various counts of filing a false report to 911, abuse of 911, conspiracy of filing a false report to 911, conspiracy to abuse 911, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, harassment, obstruction of the administration of justice, intimidation, and disorderly conduct.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:58:30 -0400 PITTSBURGH BUREAU OF POLICE RECEIVES ACCREDITED STATUS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2923 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; On Wednesday, April 2, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police was accredited by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (PLEAC).</p> <p>The accreditation program is a three-phase process that includes completing an application, a self-assessment, and a formal assessment.</p> <p>In a written statement to the Police Bureau, Acting Chief Regina McDonald said, &ldquo;I would like to congratulate you on this milestone for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. You are good, hardworking, professional men and women.&rdquo; She added, &ldquo;This is a difficult job and the public should know that every officer is committed to doing the very best to serve and protect residents and visitors. This achievement reflects that sentiment.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association introduced the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Program to the Commonwealth in July 2001. The accreditation process is a way of assisting police departments in evaluating and improving their overall performance.</p> <p>Since November 2008, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police has worked to meet the 132 professional standards and mandates that include more than 320 inspectable tasks that must be addressed and managed to achieve accreditation.</p> <p>The first onsite inspection occurred in January 2013. The second onsite inspection was in December 2013. The PLEAC voted yesterday to give the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police accredited status at a meeting with Chief McDonald in Harrisburg.</p> <p>Public Safety Director Mike Huss said, &ldquo;The men and women who wear the uniform of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police should be commended for continuing to uphold the best practices and standards of policing. This accreditation is encouragement to continue to build on that tradition of excellence.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:12:10 -0400 MISSING MAN RETURNS HOME UNHARMED http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2917 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dps/WyattWoods-150.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 170px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 0px; float: right;" /><span style="color:#ff0000;">UPDATE: Mr. Woods has returned to his home and is unharmed.</span></p> <p>PITTBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Missing Person&#39;s Unit is asking for assistance from the public in locating Wyatt Woods, a 75-year-old black male last seen April 1 at approximately 2 p.m. in his apartment complex on Bricelyn Street in the City&#39;s East End.</p> <p>When he was last seen, Woods was reported to be wearing a brown dress hat, a dark brown leather jacket, and brown dress pants. He is 5&#39;3&quot;, 120 pounds, with grey hair, brown eyes, and glasses. He walks with a three-pronged cane. Woods also suffers from Dementia, has severe diabetes, and is in the early stages of kidney failure.</p> <p>Anywone who has seen Woods should call the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Missing Persons Office at 412-323-7141 or 911.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:05:42 -0400 FIRE DAMAGES MT. WASHINGTON HOME http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2915 <p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</p> <p>PITTBURGH, PA &ndash; A one-alarm fire resulted in an estimated $45,000 worth of damage to a single-family home at 80 Greenbush Street in Mt. Washington. The fire was reported at approximately 10:50 p.m. April 1.</p> <p>There were no known injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:48:53 -0400 FOP, LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER CONTRIBUTE TO PITTSBURGH FOUNDATION'S ROCCO FUND http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2907 <p><strong>FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY</strong></p> <p>PITTBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Fraternal Order of Police will present money raised in memory of the late K9 Officer Rocco to the Pittsburgh Foundation this afternoon.</p> <p>The Pittsburgh Foundation created the fund in Rocco&rsquo;s name at the request of Mayor William Peduto so that the public would have one place to send donations to be used exclusively to benefit the K9 Unit of the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.</p> <p>Also contributing to the fund will be Betsi Mooney of Mooney&rsquo;s Place on Brownsville Road who held a fundraiser March 22.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>WHEN:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>Tuesday, April 1 at 4:30 p.m.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>WHERE: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>Greater Pittsburgh Police Federal Credit Union</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1338 Chartiers Ave.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>WHO:</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; Howard McQuillan, FOP President</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Mike LaPorte, FOP Trustee Chair and Immediate Past President</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Betsi Mooney, business owner</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Leigh Halverson, Special Assistant, Pittsburgh Foundation Pres. and CEO</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Jennie Zioncheck, Pittsburgh Foundation Development Officer</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 08:40:39 -0400 POLICE INVESTIGATING DEATH OF TEEN FOUND SHOT ON CITY STEPS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2900 PITTSBURGH, PA – A teenager succumbed to injuries and was pronounced dead this morning after being found by pedestrians on a set of city steps in the Hill District. At approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday, Zone 2 Officers and EMS responded to a 911 call that two people came across a man draped over the railing on the steps. The victim had blood coming out of his mouth and the back of his head. EMS transported the victim to UPMC Presbyterian where medical personnel determined he had a gunshot wound in the back of his head. He was pronounced dead at approximately 4 a.m. He has been identified as 17 year old Tymere Prior. Police are continuing to investigate. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:52:59 -0400 TWO PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT IN THE PITTSBURGH BUREAU OF POLICE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2895 <p><strong>FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police will promote Sergeants Matthew Gauntner and Martin Devine to the rank of lieutenant during a ceremony in City Council Chambers Friday, March 28 at 10 a.m. Mayor William Peduto will give the oath of office.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:40:02 -0400 TWO MEN FOUND DEAD IN CAR IN GARFIELD http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2889 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; At approximately 11:06 p.m. last night, Pittsburgh Police responded to a 911 call concerning two black males who had been shot. The victims were in a black Cadillac Escalade that had crashed into the rear of Radiant Life Alliance Church, 5341 Kincaid St. in Garfield.</p> <p>Both passengers &ndash; one 19 and the other 36 &ndash; were confirmed to be dead at the scene. The investigation has been turned over to the PBP Homicide Squad. Currently, no further information is available.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 03:26:10 -0400 SWAT INCIDENT ON FORMOSA WAY ENDS QUICKLY, WITHOUT INCIDENT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2878 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; One man is in custody after the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police SWAT Team responded to a 911 call about a domestic situation that came in at approximately 5:35 a.m.</p> <p>The female caller stated her boyfriend left the home on Formosa Way in Homewood after a dispute and returned with a gun. She called 911 and left the premises with her three sisters.</p> <p>At some point after SWAT arrived, the actor was spotted walking near a Rite Aid at 331 Penn Ave. where he was apprehended without incident by Zone 4 Officers at approximatly 6:11 a.m. Police recovered a 38 Special from the actor who is charged with burglary, simple assault, theft, and carrying a firearm without a license.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 10:33:26 -0400 1 SHOT OVERNIGHT IN LARIMER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2877 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; At approximately 11:31 p.m. last night, a 27-year-old male was shot three times in the lower extremities near the Sunoco gas station at 6481 Frankstown Ave. in Larimer.</p> <p>The victim was taken to UPMC Presbyterian and is in stable condition.</p> <p>The shooting is believed to have stemmed from an argument that began at the gas pumps.</p> <p>No arrests were made.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 06:06:37 -0400 ZONE 2 OFFICERS ARREST MAN WITH GUNS, DRUGS DURING TRAFFIC STOP http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2876 <p><em>Note: Media contact has been changed.</em></p> <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <div style="width: 160px; height: 208px; float: right;margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px;font-size: 14px;font-weight: bold;line-height: 1.2em;text-align: center;"><img alt="Andre Cain" src="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dps/AndreCain-160.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 200px;" />Andre Cain</div> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Zone 2 Officers conducted a traffic stop Thursday, March 20, 2014, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Vine Street. As Officers approached the vehicle, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Upon arriving at the vehicle, they observed that the passenger, later identified as Andre Cain, seated behind the driver had a large bulge in the front pocket of his hooded sweatshirt. Officers observed Cain reaching inside this pocket numerous times. Believing him to be armed, Officers asked Cain to exit the vehicle. He was then patted down for weapons. During the pat down, officers felt what they knew to be packaged marijuana in his front pocket.&nbsp;</p> <p>Cain was placed under arrest and a plastic bag containing 11 knotted bags of marijuana and a silver digital scale were recovered from his front pocket. &nbsp;Additionally, Officers recovered a Glock 26 9mm firearm loaded with 8 rounds of ammunition from Cain&rsquo;s front waistband, three cell phones, a clear baggie containing a large amount of crack cocaine, and $1,873.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The driver and other occupant of the vehicle were identified, checked for warrants and released from the scene. Cain was charged with CC 6106 &ndash; Carrying a firearm without a license, two counts of CS 13a16 &ndash; Possession of controlled substance (marijuana &amp; crack cocaine) and two counts of CS 13a30 &ndash; Possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:46:06 -0400 PITTSBURGH ROBBERY SQUAD SEEKS PUBLIC'S HELP IDENTIFYING MAN http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2875 <p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Robbery Squad is seeking the public&rsquo;s assistance in identifying a man caught on surveillance video taken near a robbery of the Boulevard Motor Mart, 2230 Saw Mill Run Blvd., on Feb. 15, 2014. A total of $4,400 was taken from the business.</p> <p>The Robbery Squad is asking anyone who knows the identity and whereabouts of the man in this video to call 412-323-7151.</p> <p>Watch the video <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/police/robbery-2-15-14">here</a>. If you prefer that the video or still shots be emailed to you and cannot reach Detective Stacey Hawthorne-Bey, contact Public Information Officer Sonya Toler at <a href="mailto:sonya.toler@pittsburghpa.gov">sonya.toler@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:24:32 -0400 PUBLIC INVITED TO SHREDDING EVENT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2873 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; &nbsp;On Saturday, March 22, the public is invited to bring any documents that could more safely be disposed of by shredding to the Bike Oval parking lot next to Zone 5 Police Station on Washington Boulevard, 9 a.m. &ndash; noon. &nbsp;</p> <p>By participating in this shredding event, individuals can protect themselves against identity theft, be good to the environment and raise money for a good cause.</p> <p>A donation of $5 per small box will support local riders in the Police Unity Tour in which bicyclist ride in honor of law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty.</p> <p>Money raised will help carry out the work of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which honors the heroes of American law enforcement. The Memorial Fund does not receive taxpayer money to fund its day-to-day operations.</p> <p>Documents commonly recommended for shredding include: tax information &amp; returns, investment records &amp; statements, bank statements &amp; canceled checks, pay check stubs, ATM receipts, credit card statements, credit card receipts, utility bills and other household receipts, warranties, insurance policies &amp; claims forms, home financial information and anything else containing sensitive information.</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:36:07 -0400 FIREFIGHTER PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2869 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto joined Bureau of Fire Chief Darryl Jones today in promoting Firefighter Charles J. Lewis, 31, to the rank of lieutenant.</p> <p>A third-generation firefighter, Lewis was appointed to the Bureau February 6, 2006. He graduated from the academy with the highest academic scores in his class. Since graduating, he has worked at Engine and Truck #8 in East Liberty &ndash;&nbsp;one of the busiest engine houses in the city.</p> <p>Fire fighting is in Lt. Lewis&#39; blood. His father Charles L. Lewis served in the Bureau from 1975 to 2005 and retired as a Captain. His uncle, Dave Lewis, currently is a Captain in the Bureau and is stationed at Truck Company No. 26 in Brookline. His grandfather, Charles A. Lewis, was the Fire Chief of the department in the 1980s.</p> <p>Other Pittsburgh firefighters in the Lieutenant&#39;s family include:</p> <ul> <li>Brother in law Matt Smith currently works at Engine 38 and was hired in 2005</li> <li>Uncle John Kerestes, Sr. is a retired Captain from the Fire Boat</li> <li>Uncle John Kerestes, Jr. is a retired Captain from Engine 15</li> <li>Uncle Robert Kerestes is a retired Lieutenant from Engine 30</li> <li>Uncle Dale Hall is a retired Captain from Truck 30</li> <li>His cousin&#39;s husband, Jeremiah Waters, will be starting in next month&#39;s recruitment class</li> </ul> <p>Lt. Lewis and his wife Gretchen, a dance teacher, have three-year-old twins, Charles and Cullen, and live in Beechview.</p> <p>Additionally, Lt. Lewis&#39; grandfather created the &quot;Fill the Boot&quot; campaign that raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:49:54 -0400 1-ALARM FIRE DAMAGES STRUCTURE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2864 <p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; A one-alarm fire caused an estimated $10,000 worth of damage to a structure in the 100 block of Rhine Court on the Spring Hill/City View section of the North Side.&nbsp;</p> <p>The fire occured shortly after 1 a.m. today. Smoke dectors were installed and were activated. There were no injuries.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:36:55 -0400 ADDRESSING DISPROPORTIONATE MINORITY CONTACT WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2859 <p><strong>FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Local law enforcement is continuing efforts to address Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) by hosting another round of training meant to improve communication between youth and law enforcement. Details of what is happening in Allegheny County will be announced <u>Thursday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m.</u> at a press conference at City of Pittsburgh Police Headquarters, 1203 Western Ave.</p> <p>DMC refers to the overrepresentation of minority youth at every stage of the juvenile justice system from arrest and detention to probation and confinement in secure commitment facilities.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>BACKGROUND ON DMC</strong></p> <p>The 1988 reauthorization of the federal Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act mandated that all states receiving federal JJDP Formula Grant funds assess and address the issue of DMC.</p> <p>In 1986, DMC was identified as an action issue in Pennsylvania. Activities to decrease DMC were funded in 1987. In 1990, the state&rsquo;s DMC Subcommittee was formed and chaired by Daniel P. Elby, CEO of York, PA&rsquo;s Alternative Rehabilitation Communities. He remains as chair.</p> <p>Through formal research/data collection and prevention/intervention programming, the support of the DMC Subcommittee and staff support at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Commonwealth&#39;s DMC Subcommittee has been one of only three in the nation in full compliance with the federal DMC mandate. As a result, Pennsylvania continues to be a leader in the nation in DMC efforts.</p> <p>In 2003, the DMC Subcommittee began to focus its efforts at the stage of initial contact with the juvenile justice system. Four regions of the state were identified as key areas where minority youth and law enforcement are having communication and relationship problems. These regions are Harrisburg, Reading, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Most recently, Lancaster has been added as a fifth region. Regional forums have been held in each region bringing together law enforcement, minority youth, community members, and key stakeholders to discuss what the issues are and how to best resolve these concerns.</p> <p>Participants in Thursday&rsquo;s press conference will include:</p> <ul> <li>City of Pittsburgh Acting Police Chief Regina McDonald</li> <li>Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender Deputy Director Shanicka Kennedy</li> <li>Allegheny County District Attorney Office, Eric Woltshock</li> <li>Allegheny County Sheriff&rsquo;s Department Commander Donna Best</li> <li>Allegheny County Juvenile Probation Assistant Chief Probation Officer Kim Booth</li> <li>Allegheny County Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Division Senior Patrol Officer Mike Spagnoletti</li> <li>Allegheny Intermediate Unit Executive Director Dr. Linda Hippert</li> <li>The Center for Victims</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:46:06 -0400 NO MAJOR INCIDENTS DURING ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2848 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The 2014 St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day celebration had 23,000 participants and attracted thousands of onlookers who lined the streets of Downtown.</p> <p>No major incidents were reported during the parade or the neighborhood celebrations. The early reports show there were 29 &ldquo;on-view&rdquo; arrests (21 of which were on the South Side), 5 summary arrests, and there were 37 non-traffic arrests. For a total of 71.</p> <p>Public Safety Director Mike Huss said he is &ldquo;pleased that everything turned out well for what has become the nation&rsquo;s second largest St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day celebration. I&rsquo;d like to thank all of the law enforcement officers for displaying professionalism and the thousands of citizens who did their part in making this a safe and family-friendly day.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I appreciate the hard work and effort of our command staff supervisors and officers who responded to each situation with the highest level of professionalism,&rdquo; said Acting Police Chief Regina McDonald. &ldquo;Also our partners &ndash; the Pennsylvania State Police, state Liquor Control Enforcement, the Allegheny County Police, Allegheny County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office, and the South Side Chamber of Commerce &ndash; all played a major role in ensuring a successful St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day celebration.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 09:56:04 -0400 1 FATALITY IN SHADYSIDE 3-ALARM FIRE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2847 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">&ndash; City of Pittsburgh Fire and EMS were called to a three-alarm fire this morning in the 5000 block of Alder Street in Shadyside. There was one female fatality.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">The 911 call came in at 4:58 a.m. Firefighters were dispatched at 4:59 a.m. and the first engine was on the scene at 5:04 a.m.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">One firefighter slipped on ice at the scene and was taken to the hospital.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">The Salvation Army also responded to the scene to offer support to Public Safety personnel in the form of coffee and food.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><strong>###</strong></span></p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 08:20:21 -0400 CHURCH JOINS WITH CITY TO OBSERVE 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF TRAGIC FIRE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2843 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire and Emergency Medical Services will participate in the 10-year memorial service in remembrance of a tragic five-alarm fire in which two fire fighters lost their lives and 29 others were injured.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">The March 16, 2004 blaze destroyed the historic edifice of the Hill District&rsquo;s Ebenezer Baptist Church during the St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day Parade. The congregation has dedicated time annually to remember the service of the fire fighters and EMS personnel who heroically battled the fire. The memorial service will include a candlelight ceremony for the two firefighters who lost their lives.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">WHEN: &nbsp; 10:30 a.m.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">WHERE: Ebenezer Baptist Church<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 2001 Wylie Ave., Hill District<o:p></o:p></span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:15:12 -0400 PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR MIKE HUSS ANNOUNCES PREPARATIONS FOR ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2841 <p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; In order to ensure a safe celebration of the annual St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day Parade and festivities, the City of Pittsburgh Public Safety Department wants to inform the public of street closures and the details regarding the day&rsquo;s planned activities.</p> <p>Public Safety Director Mike Huss said, &ldquo;The City of Pittsburgh Public Safety Department and all supporting agencies are committed to making sure that those citizens coming out to enjoy St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day can do so in a family-friendly atmosphere that will be violence free. I encourage everyone to act responsibly throughout the day.&rdquo;</p> <p>Enforcement will be coordinated among city, county and state law enforcement agencies. Roving patrols will include mounted officers, motocycle officers, bike patrols &amp; plain clothes officers.</p> <p>On Saturday, March 15, the annual St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day Parade will close several streets and again include an Irish Festival in Market Square. The South Side business district along East Carson Street is also expecting a large contingent of revelers.</p> <p>The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Liberty and 11<sup>th</sup> avenues. The procession will continue along Liberty Avenue to Grant Street, Grant Street to the Boulevard of the Allies, and end at the reviewing stand near the intersection of the Boulevard of the Allies and Stanwix Street.</p> <p>The following streets will&nbsp;be closed and all posted no parking after&nbsp;7 a.m. The parade route streets&nbsp;will close at 9:30 a.m. and will reopen after the parade:</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Liberty Ave&nbsp;between 28<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;St and 11<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;St</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 27<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;St&nbsp;between Liberty &amp; Penn</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 26<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;St&nbsp;between Liberty &amp; Penn</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 25<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;St&nbsp;between Liberty &amp; Penn</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 24<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;St&nbsp;between Liberty &amp; Penn</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 23<sup>rd</sup>&nbsp;St&nbsp;between Liberty &amp; Penn</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 22<sup>nd</sup>&nbsp;St&nbsp;between Liberty &amp; Penn</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 21<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;St&nbsp;between Liberty &amp; Penn</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 20<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;St&nbsp;between Liberty &amp; Penn</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 17<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;St&nbsp;between Liberty &amp; Penn</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 16<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;St&nbsp;between Liberty &amp; Penn</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 14<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;St&nbsp;between Liberty &amp; Penn</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 12<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;St&nbsp;between Liberty &amp; Penn</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 11<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;St&nbsp;between Liberty &amp; Penn</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Grant Street&nbsp;between 11th &amp; Blvd. of the Allies.</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Blvd. of the Allies between Grant Street &amp; Commonwealth Place. &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Liberty Ave. (east &amp; west bound-both sides).</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Commonwealth Place&nbsp;between Ft. Pitt &amp; Ft. Duquesne boulevards (both sides)</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ft Pitt Blvd.&nbsp;between Wood and Stanwix</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Forbes Ave&nbsp;between Wood &amp; Stanwix</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Market Square (will remain closed until after Irish Festival, approximately&nbsp;6-8 p.m.&nbsp;depending on cleanup)</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Market Street</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Graeme Way (open for residents)</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Delray</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Market Square will be closed as follows:</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1:30 pm Forbes Ave between Wood &amp; Stanwix</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Graeme Way</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Market St</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; McMasters Way &ndash; access only granted to garage</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Delray between Liberty &amp; Fourth</p> <p>Market Square roads reopen at 6 p.m. once patrons have cleared from area.</p> <p>Additional Info:</p> <p style="margin-left:79.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No open containers are permitted on parade route &ndash; officers and LCE will enforce open container law</p> <p style="margin-left:79.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Open container law will be enforced in Market Square until 2 p.m.&nbsp;Open containers will be permitted from 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.</p> <p style="margin-left:79.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; All patrons going to Market Square after 2 p.m. will be required to enter through a controlled entrance.&nbsp;No glass bottles/cans or alcohol is permitted to be brought into or taken outside of the Square</p> <p style="margin-left:79.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; All patrons wishing to drink during the allowed hours (2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) will be required to provide ID at one of the four carding stations and will receive a hand stamp &amp; wrist band.&nbsp; If you do not have a stamp/wristband &ndash; you will not be permitted to purchase alcohol.</p> <p style="margin-left:79.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Police &amp; LCE will be in the Square enforcing drinking laws (underage drinking, serving minors, etc.)</p> <p style="margin-left:79.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Last call is at 5:30 p.m. and the streets of the Square will be cleared and opened up at 6 p.m.</p> <p style="margin-left:79.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Parking violators in the parade route or where signs are posted will be ticketed and towed at</p> <p style="margin-left:79.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Barricades and fencing will be set up at in various locations. Violators of parking and/or breaching those barriers will be ticketed and towed at owner&rsquo;s expense.</p> <p style="margin-left:79.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Public Safety personal will be stationed strategically along the parade route for any emergencies.</p> <p style="margin-left:79.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No coolers are permitted in Market Square</p> <p style="margin-left:79.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No pets are permitted in Market Square unless they are assistant animals.</p> <p style="margin-left:79.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No glass bottles are permitted in Market Square. Beverages will be served in plastic cups or cans.&nbsp; Anyone in violation will be told to leave Market Square and dispose of glass container in the trash.</p> <p style="margin-left:79.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No vehicles except emergency vehicles will be permitted in Market Square.</p> <p style="margin-left:79.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There will be roving DUI checkpoints throughout the City.&nbsp; Officers will also be targeting people with open containers of alcoholic beverages. Violators will be cited.</p> <p style="margin-left:79.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Checkpoints, roving patrols, undercover officers will be in effect.</p> <p style="margin-left:79.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If anyone observes an intoxicated driver, they are urged to call 911 with a description of the person, vehicle and direction of travel.</p> <p style="margin-left:79.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There will be uniformed and plainclothes officers patrolling and enforcing public intoxication and public urination violators.</p> <p style="margin-left:79.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Disorderly behavior will not be tolerated and violators may be subject to citations and/or physical arrests.</p> <p style="margin-left:79.5pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p>Tips for impaired drivers:</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Designate a sober driver and do not let friends drive while impaired.</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If you are impaired, call a taxi or a responsible sober family member or friend to transport you home safely.</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Always buckle up.</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For more information about specific to the South Side, follow this link: <a href="http://www.rhiweb.org/pgh/transportation/pr.html">http://www.rhiweb.org/pgh/transportation/pr.html</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><u>PARKING</u></p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Arrive early and be patient. The use of mass transit, parking structures and open surface lots is recommended.</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There will be shuttle service between the Second Avenue Garage and Southside.</p> <p style="margin-left:61.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Pittsburgh Transportation Group will offer shuttle bus service at Pittsburgh Parking Authority Second Avenue parking lot across Tenth Street Bridge via Muriel, Wharton, 18th and East Carson Streets to South Side Works and back continuously.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>TOW POUND</p> <p>Any vehicles cited and towed by the City will go to McGann &amp; Chester Towing located at 700 Hargrove St., Pittsburgh, PA 15226. The phone number is 412-381-9400.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:08:51 -0400 PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR HUSS TO DISCUSS ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE PREPARATION http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2840 <p>FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>WHAT: Public Safety Director Mike Huss will discuss plans for St. Patrick&#39;s Day parade</p> <p>WHEN: 11:30 a.m.</p> <p>WHERE: City-County Building</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;4th Floor, Room 457 (conference room inside room 400)</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:36:34 -0400 UPDATE – ARREST MADE IN WOODLAND AVENUE HOMICIDE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2831 <p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</p> <div style="width: 160px; height: 208px; float: right;margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px;font-size: 14px;font-weight: bold;line-height: 1.2em;text-align: center;"><img alt="David Miklos" src="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dps/David_Miklos_Photo_160.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 200px;" />David Miklos</div> <p><strong>PITTSBURGH</strong> &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Division investigated a shooting that occurred at approximately 7:58 p.m. on February 10, 2014, in the 1200 block of Woodland Avenue on Pittsburgh&rsquo;s North Side. Mr. Richard Didonato, 66, North Side, was found lying on the sidewalk at that location with at least one gunshot to the torso. He was conscious and talking with police and paramedics when they arrived at the scene. He was transported to Allegheny General Hospital in critical condition and later died at the hospital.&nbsp;</p> <p>Members of the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested David Miklos, 53, today at 240 Kennedy Avenue on Pittsburgh&rsquo;s North Side. The task force developed information that he was staying at his sister&rsquo;s residence and they found him hiding under a pile of clothing in a bedroom.&nbsp; He was taken into custody without incident and transported to police headquarters for questioning. He will be transported to the Allegheny County Jail charged with criminal homicide, robbery &amp; VUFA &ndash; persons not to possess a firearm. &nbsp;</p> <p>No further comment will be made on this arrest.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:54:02 -0400 STATEMENT FROM BUREAU OF POLICE ACTING CHIEF REGINA MCDONALD http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2830 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Acting Chief Regina McDonald issued the following statement today regarding parking tickets that were issued to five individuals Sunday, March 9 near the August Wilson Center for African American Culture on Liberty Avenue in Downtown.</p> <p>&quot;After a thorough review of the matter, I have decided that these tickets were issued erroneously. The tickets have been withdrawn. Those who were ticketed will receive letters of apology and will be notified that the tickets were withdrawn. No further action will be necessary on their part.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:28:43 -0400 ALLEN WADE ARRESTED FOR DOUBLE HOMICIDE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2819 <p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>PITTSBURGH&nbsp;&ndash; Members of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Allegheny County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office arrested Allen Darrel Wade, 43, this afternoon on an arrest warrant for the deaths of Susan and Sarah Wolfe. Wade surrendered to law enforcement this afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m. He was taken into custody without incident at a bus stop at the intersection of Fourth Avenue &amp; Hawkins Street in Rankin, Pennsylvania.&nbsp;</p> <p>Wade was brought to the homicide office for questioning, and he will be transported to the Allegheny County Jail. He is charged with Criminal Homicide (2 counts), Burglary, Robbery, Access Device Fraud, VUFA &ndash; Person not to Possess a Firearm, &amp; Theft of a Motor Vehicle.&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">###</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:24:34 -0500 PITTSBURGH POLICE MAJOR CRIMES UNIT TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2818 <p>FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>WHAT: Pittsburgh Bureau of Police will hold a press conference</p> <p>WHEN: 3 p.m.</p> <p>WHERE: Police Headquarters</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;1203 Western Ave.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:35:12 -0500 ARREST MADE IN HOMEWOOD BAR SHOOTING http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2813 <p>CONTACT: Lt. Kevin Kraus</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;412-323-7800 Office</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</p> <div style="width: 160px; height: 208px; float: right;margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px;font-size: 14px;font-weight: bold;line-height: 1.2em;text-align: center;"><img alt="Corey Clark" src="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dps/corey-clark-3-4-14.jpg" />Corey Clark</div> <p><strong>PITTSBURGH</strong> &ndash; The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Division arrested Corey Clark, 27, Penn Hills, today for the March 1, shooting incident at the Rendezvous Phase III Bar in Homewood. Homicide detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Clark on March 3, 2014. Clark is charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault (4 counts), criminal attempt homicide (4 counts), recklessly endangering another person (4 counts), and VUFA &ndash; person not to possess a firearm. He was detained at the Adult Probation &amp; Parole Office in Pittsburgh earlier today and then transported to police headquarters for questioning.</p> <p>On Saturday, March 1, 2014, at approximately 1:19 a.m., Clark was inside the Rendezvous Phase III Bar, 7232 Hamilton Ave. Investigators believe that Clark was armed with a semi-automatic pistol and approached Vincent Holt, 27, who was standing near the rear bar area of the establishment. Clark immediately shot Holt several times in the torso and arm. He collapsed onto the floor and died at the scene.</p> <p>Responding officers arrived and learned that there were four other people shot during the incident. All four of those victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries.&nbsp;</p> <p>Investigators seized interior surveillance video from the bar and have thoroughly reviewed the evidence. The shooting incident was captured on surveillance video. The video also shows the bar was extremely crowded at the time of the shooting. The investigation is ongoing as detectives are still trying to identify and interview witnesses from the bar.</p> <p>Anyone who witnessed or has information relating to this case, is asked to contact the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Division at (412) 323-7161.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>###</strong></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:08:20 -0500 1 FATALITY SHOT AT RENDEZVOUS PHASE III BAR http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2804 <p><span style="font-size: 12px;">PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; At approximately 1:19 a.m. today, Pittsburgh Police from Zone 5 were dispatched to the Rendezvous Phase III Bar in response to a report of multiple shooting victims inside the bar.</span></p> <p>Officers and paramedics arrived as bar patrons were rapidly fleeing the scene to find four gunshot victims inside the location at 7232 Hamilton Ave. in Homewood. One of the victims was deceased upon their arrival. The other three were transported to UPMC Presbyterian and were conscious and alert.&nbsp;</p> <p>Information on the shooting victims:</p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 12px;">24-year-old male from Penn Hills, who suffered a gunshot wound to the hip&nbsp;</span></li> <li>27-year-old male from Swissvale, who suffered a gunshot wound to the left leg</li> <li>27-year-old male from Homewood, DOA</li> <li>22-year-old male from Penn Hills, who suffered a gunshot wound to the left forearm</li> <li><span style="font-size: 12px;">25-year-old male from Wilkinsburg, who suffered a gunshot wound to the right foot</span></li> </ul> <p>A fifth victim walked into West Penn Hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm and was transferred to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment.</p> <p>No witnesses were identified initially. Homicide detectives did speak with a bartender who stated he immediately ducked behind the bar when he heard the gunshots. Four security personnel who were working at the location left the scene before investigators arrived at the scene. They have not yet been identified. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 07:00:28 -0500 PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS WARN RESIDENTS OF THE POTENTIAL OF SEVERE WEATHER THIS EVENING http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=2298 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 12, 2013 &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>Residents are urged to be prepared for the possibility of widespread severe weather later this evening and into early tomorrow. The National Weather Service has indicated that there is a high probability of dangerous storms that may hit the Pittsburgh area, causing the potential for flash flooding and wind damage.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The storm is scheduled to begin around 8 p.m. this evening, and continue into early tomorrow. Winds of up to 65 MPH are possible.&nbsp;Both public safety and public works departments have added additional personnel, and public safety has directed the prepositioning of units and equipment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Residents are urged to err on the side of caution, stay indoors, and check on elderly and disabled neighbors and family. Additionally, stay tuned to local media and your national weather radio to be alerted of any possible new developments.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The City is prepared to respond to a worst possible storm scenario, but needs the public to exercise extreme caution. Do not drive into flooded water, and look out for downed trees and power lines.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In the interest of public safety, various Citiparks events have been cancelled for this evening. A full list is available at&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/">pittsburghpa.gov</a>. Those planning to attend any events this evening, such as the Three Rivers Arts Festival, are asked to follow any emergency safety instructions provided by event staff and/or City public safety officials.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:59:23 -0400 MAYOR UPDATES PUBLIC ON CITY PREPARATION FOR HURRICANE SANDY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=1816 <p><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Oct. 29&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Public Safety Director Michael Huss today briefed the media and public on the City&rsquo;s preparation for Hurricane Sandy. The Mayor informed residents that Halloween will be moved from Wednesday to Saturday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Public safety and public works crews are prepared to respond to damage caused by high winds and heavy rains - including downed power lines and trees, and flash flooding.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;City crews are prepared to respond to the worst possible case scenario from this unpredictable storm, but we are hoping and praying for the best,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.</p> <p>City crews, including PWSA spent the weekend cleaning catch basins and culverts. DPW readied snow plows, and all City bureaus prepared personnel plans in advance of the storm.</p> <p>&ldquo;Police officers, firefighters and paramedics are more equipped than ever to deal with swift water, after receiving significant training and resources,&rdquo; Public Safety Director Michael Huss said. &nbsp;&ldquo;We need residents to exercise common sense and to not drive or walk through standing water.&rdquo;</p> <p>Starting&nbsp; at 3 pm today, the Emergency Operations Center will be activated. &nbsp;Due to the high wind the national weather service is predicting, residents should expect power outages, downed-trees and power lines. If rain persists, flash flooding may occur in low-lying areas.Public works crews have forestry crews on 24-hour shifts to deal with downed trees and firefighters will be deployed to clear and open roads.</p> <p>&ldquo;All public safety bureaus are working together,&rdquo; Huss said. &ldquo;As the storm approaches, we are nimble and ready to adjust our response appropriately.&rdquo;</p> <p>What Residents Should do:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Stay Informed. &nbsp;Stay Home. Check on Loved Ones</strong>. Follow the City&rsquo;s Facebook or Twitter pages for updates, or the City&rsquo;s homepage at <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov">www.pittsburghpa.gov</a>. Stay tuned to local media updates or your weather radio.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Have basic provision items on hand now to deal with possible power outages &ndash; including batteries, flashlights, water and food.</li> </ul> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:40:11 -0400 MAYOR, PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR WARN RESIDENTS OF THE POTENTIAL OF SEVERE WEATHER THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING<arg> http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=1598 <div style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <p><strong>(PITTSBURGH)&nbsp; JULY 26&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></strong>City officials urge residents to be prepared for the possibility of widespread severe weather this afternoon and into the evening. The National Weather Service has indicated that there is a high probability of storms that may hit the Pittsburgh area, causing the potential for flash flooding and wind damage.</p> <p>&quot;We urge residents to err on the side of caution, stay indoors, and check on your elderly neighbors and family. As always, stay tuned to local media and your national weather radio for new developments,&quot; Mayor Ravenstahl said.</p> </div> <p style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Both public safety and public works departments have added additional personnel. Emergency Management has directed the prepositioning of units and equipment.</p> <p style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">&quot;We are prepared to respond to a worst possible case scenario storm, but we need the public to help us by remaining vigilant and exercising extreme caution.&quot;Residents must use extreme caution, especially during their rush hour commute. Do not drive into flooded water, and look out for downed trees and powerlines,&quot; said Public Safety Director Michael Huss.</p> <div style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <p>All 2,000-plus public safety employees have completed the City&#39;s recent Swift Water Rescue Training program. The new initiative, launched by Director Huss, better prepares public safety personnel on how to stay safe and make rescues during flash flood situations. In addition, the program equips every first responder with throw bags, adds more rafts to flood prone areas and creates an elite square of swift water rescue teams, among other strategies. Pittsburgh is the only city in America that has received such a comprehensive training, which proved successful during last week&#39;s flash flood on Rt. 88 and 51. Public safety personnel were equipped with throw bags and life jackets and responded swiftly making several rescues.</p> <p>In the interest of public safety, the following city events will be cancelled:</p> <p style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">OUTDOOR POOLS CLOSED<br /> * all 18 Citiparks swimming pools closed at 2 p.m.</p> <p style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">MAYOR&#39;S CUP CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES AT PNC PARK POSTPONED<br /> * BIG League Sports basball games at 4, 6:30 and 9 p.m. postponed (new date to be announced)</p> <p style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">DOLLAR BANK CINEMA IN THE PARK CANCELLED<br /> * movie at dusk in Brookline Memorial Park cancelled</p> <p style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">PLEASE NOTE:&nbsp; &quot;Cooling centers&quot; at four Citiparks Healthy Active Living Centers WILL REMAIN OPEN until 7 p.m. this evening.</p> <p style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Scheduled BIG League championship games at PNC Park&nbsp;on Friday, July 27, will take place as planned at 4, 6 and 8 p.m.</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:03:01 -0400 RISING TEMPERATURES AND HUMIDITY PROMPT HEALTH ALERT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=1029 <p> The <a href="http://www.achd.net" target="_blank">Allegheny County Health Department</a> is warning that the extreme heat and humidity forecast for the next few days can pose serious health problems for the elderly, infants and children up to the age of four, the overweight, people who work or exercise outdoors, and people with heart or respiratory problems.</p> <p> Heat-related illness occurs when the body&rsquo;s temperature control system is overloaded.&nbsp; The body normally cools itself by sweating, but sometimes this cooling mechanism breaks down and the body temperature rises rapidly, triggering heat exhaustion or heat stroke.</p> <p> Heat exhaustion is the body&rsquo;s response to an excessive loss of water and salt contained in sweat.&nbsp; Warning signs include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, fatigue, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting and fainting.&nbsp; Seek medical attention immediately, if the symptoms are severe or if the person has heart problems or high blood pressure.&nbsp; Otherwise, help the victim cool off, and seek medical attention if the symptoms worsen or last longer than one hour.</p> <p> Heat stroke, a more serious and potentially life-threatening condition, occurs when the body is unable to control its temperature and the sweating mechanism fails.&nbsp; Warning signs may include an extremely high body temperature (above 103F); red, hot and dry skin, due to no sweating; a rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea, confusion; and unconsciousness.&nbsp; Death or permanent disability may result without emergency treatment.&nbsp; Cool the victim rapidly by any means available until paramedics arrive.</p> <p> These precautions are recommended to minimize the risk of heat-related illness:</p> <ul> <li> Stay cool indoors, preferably in an air-conditioned environment.&nbsp; Fans don&rsquo;t help much when temperatures are in the 90s.&nbsp; A cool bath or shower is a more effective way to cool off, if you don&rsquo;t have air conditioning.&nbsp; Better yet, visit someplace that does, such as a senior center, theater, mall or neighbor&rsquo;s house.</li> <li> Drink plenty of fluids, at least eight cups a day, but not alcoholic or caffeinated drinks which actually cause you to lose more fluids.&nbsp; Avoid hot foods and heavy meals, which add heat to your body.</li> <li> Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.&nbsp; A wide-brimmed hat provides shade and helps keep the head cool.&nbsp; Sunscreen can prevent sunburn, which can affect your body&rsquo;s ability to cool itself and also cause a loss of body fluids.</li> <li> Avoid strenuous physical activity, particularly during the hotter part of the day.</li> <li> Never leave a child, or a pet, in a vehicle alone on a hot day.&nbsp; A child may become disoriented in just five minutes, unconscious in 10 and brain-damaged in 20.</li> <li> Use the buddy system and check on the elderly and the infirm who do not have air conditioning and are less able to take care of themselves.</li> </ul> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 12:54:15 -0400 MAYOR URGES RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR EXTREME WEATHER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=572 <p> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl urged residents to use extreme caution this afternoon and evening as severe winds and thunderstorms may affect the Pittsburgh area. The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Allegheny County until 9 p.m. tonight.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I urge residents to use extreme caution during their evening commutes and at their homes,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;It is possible that our City will experience dangerously high winds which may cause downed trees and power lines.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The Mayor is preparing the City for the possibility of extreme weather and has directed the City&rsquo;s Public Works Crews to prepare for emergency tree removal services and barricades in the event of downed trees and power lines. The Fire Bureau has activated their Severe Storm Plan.&nbsp; In addition, the Mayor&rsquo;s 311 Response Line will be operating extended hours this evening as the situation requires.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re doing what we can to prepare for the worst to keep our residents safe, and we need the public to take this approaching weather seriously as well,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Stay away from downed wires, check on your neighbor, stay informed &ndash; and stay safe.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a Tornado Watch means that tornadoes are possible. Residents should remain alert for approaching storms, and stay tuned to the NOAA weather radio and local news stations for more information.</p> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 17:15:25 -0400 CITY OFFICIALS ENCOURAGE FLOOD-PRONE RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES TO REMAIN VIGILANT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=62 <p> Although Pittsburgh did not experience a severe flooding event this past weekend, the City is still at risk and officials are encouraging residents and businesses to remain vigilant.</p> <p> &quot;Only a small amount of the historic mountain snowpack has melted,&quot; Public Safety Director Michael Huss said. &quot;Due to this fact, if we get the right mixture of warm temperature and moderate to heavy rainfall our low-lying areas still have the possibility of flooding.&quot;</p> <p> Officials remain in close contact with the National Weather Service as they are monitoring a developing storm that may hit the area this weekend.</p> <p> Residents should continue to monitor the situation and be ready for action as they have this past weekend.</p> <p> Officials will continue to provide information and warnings to keep the public safe.</p> Mon, 15 Mar 2010 14:59:00 -0400 MCARDLE ROADWAY REOPENED http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=61 <p> The City of Pittsburgh advises that P. J. McArdle Roadway is now open in both directions, between the Liberty Bridge at the Liberty Tunnels, up to Grandview Avenue on Mt. Washington.</p> Fri, 12 Mar 2010 14:41:00 -0500 MCARDLE ROAD CLOSURE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=60 <p> McCardle Roadway from the Liberty Bridge to Grandview Ave. is closed due to a landslide. Crews and equipment are on the scene securing the landslide and working to clear the roadway. The road will be closed for rush hour and will open as soon as conditions are safe.</p> <p> Greentree Road from Woodville Avenue to Ridgemont Drive is still closed due to a landlslide.&nbsp; One lane will be open during rush hour only with flagmen directing traffic.</p> Thu, 11 Mar 2010 16:32:00 -0500 MAYOR VISITS FLOOD PRONE AREAS, INFORMS RESIDENTS OF EVACUATION PROCEDURES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=59 <p> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl along with City council members and emergency response officials today will be visiting the flood prone neighborhoods of Esplen, North Shore and Duck Hollow.</p> <p> &quot;We&#39;re going to be talking to our residents about the real flood risk that is right around the corner and preparing them for the fact that they may be urged to evacuate,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;Hopefully, we get through this without that happening, but we are ready to take every action necessary to keep our residents safe. We need them to be ready to protect themselves and their neighbors and to evacuate immediately if the order is given.&quot;</p> <p> City firefighters today will also be canvassing the neighborhoods of Esplen, North Shore, Duck Hollow, Becks Run and Saw Mill Run to make sure that residents and businesses are aware of their flood risk and prepared to evacuate if needed. A one-page sheet of evacuation information and safety tips will be handed out. Firefighters will take note of citizens who are unable to evacuate due to transportation or medical needs.</p> <p> &quot;If somebody needs help, we&#39;re going in to help them,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;We have some sandbagging resources available for businesses and residents who are in need.&quot;</p> <p> If businesses or residents are in need of sandbagging resources, they may call 311. Public safety officials will evaluate and determine the distribution of those materials based on the need.</p> <p> <a href="http://publicsafety.pittsburghpa.gov/evacuation.htm" target="_blank"><b>Click Here for Evacuation Plans</b></a></p> Thu, 11 Mar 2010 16:26:00 -0500 MAYOR ISSUES EMERGENCY DECLARATION http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=58 <p> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl urged those who are located within the low-lying areas as indicated by the <a href="http://publicsafety.pittsburghpa.gov/map.htm" target="_blank"><b>flood plain maps</b></a> to prepare now for an increased threat of flooding this weekend and to be ready for possible evacuation. The City is taking steps to ensure that public safety personnel are ready to respond and the Mayor today issued an emergency declaration. Residents located in the low-lying areas may be urged to evacuate. Evacuation shelters are being identified in the key areas of the North Side, Esplen and Hays.</p> <p> &quot;We have been given as much advanced warning as possible that a flood is highly likely to occur this weekend,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;If you haven&#39;t already done so, elevate items in your basement, protect your utilities, prepare your <a href="http://publicsafety.pittsburghpa.gov/kit.htm" target="_blank"><b>72-hour All-Emergency kit</b></a> and be ready to evacuate if the order is given. Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly and help to make sure they have the support that they need to get through this very serious situation.&quot;</p> <div class="sect"> <h3> Prepare Now</h3> <ul> <li> In the event that you lose power, know how you will stay tuned to the latest emergent information</li> <li> Have a <a href="http://publicsafety.pittsburghpa.gov/kit.htm" target="_blank"><b>72-hour All-Emergency kit</b></a></li> <li> Be ready to evacuate if the order is given</li> <li> Start moving valuable items out of basements to prevent loss of property</li> <li> Elevate furnaces, water heaters and electric panels to higher floors if susceptible to flooding</li> <li> Protect your utilities from water; turn them off if they&#39;re compromised</li> </ul> </div> Wed, 10 Mar 2010 17:07:00 -0500 BE AWARE OF POSSIBLE FLOOD EVENT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=57 <div class="sect"> <h2> Mayor Urges Residents, Businesses To Prepare For Possible Flood Event</h2> <p> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl warned those who are located within the low-lying areas as indicated by the <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/map.htm" target="_blank"><b>flood plain maps</b></a> to prepare now for an increased threat of flooding this weekend.</p> <p> &quot;We have been given as much advanced warning as possible that a flood is highly likely to occur this weekend,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;If you haven&#39;t already done so, prepare now, elevate items in your basement, protect your utilities and prepare your <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/kit.htm" target="_blank"><b>72-hour All-Emergency kit</b></a>. Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly and help to make sure they have the support that they need to get through this very serious situation.&quot;</p> </div> <div class="sect"> <h2> Prepare Now</h2> <ul> <li> In the event that you lose power, know how you will stay tuned to the latest emergent information</li> <li> Have a <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/kit.htm" target="_blank"><b>72-hour All-Emergency kit</b></a></li> <li> Be ready to evacuate if the order is given</li> <li> Start moving valuable items out of basements to prevent loss of property</li> <li> Elevate furnaces, water heaters and electric panels to higher floors if susceptible to flooding</li> <li> Protect your utilities from water; turn them off if they&#39;re compromised</li> <li> Store important documents in a water-proof box</li> </ul> <p> <b>Visit <a href="http://publicsafety.pittsburghpa.gov" target="_blank">publicsafety.pittsburghpa.gov</a> for more information on flood preparedness.</b></p> </div> <div class="sect"> <h2> Weather Forecast</h2> <p> According to the National Weather Service, extensive snowmelt is expected from Tuesday through Friday. The ground will be saturated from the melting snow when significant rain is anticipated to begin Thursday into the weekend. The rain combined with melting snow in the mountains will raise river levels.</p> <p> The extent of the flooding will greatly depend on the amount of rainfall that occurs across the forecasted area. Flood watches and warnings may be issued later in the week.</p> </div> <div class="sect"> <h2> Know Your Flood Terminology and Prepare Now for Possible Evacuation</h2> <ul> <li> <b>Flood Watch</b> - Flooding is possible. Stay tuned to local media for updated information.</li> <li> <b>Flash Flood Watch</b> - Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground.</li> <li> <b>Flood Warning</b> - Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.</li> <li> <b>Flash Flood Warning</b> - A flash flood is occurring or will occur soon; seek higher ground by foot and evacuate immediately.</li> </ul> </div> Tue, 09 Mar 2010 16:42:00 -0500 CARSON STREET - UPDATE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=56 <p> <strong>PITTSBURGH</strong> &ndash; Carson St. is open Westbound from Station Square to the West End Bridge.&nbsp; &nbsp;Carson is still closed Eastbound with traffic being diverted into Station Square.&nbsp; Fire Trucks will stay in position to monitor hot spots.</p> Wed, 03 Mar 2010 15:40:00 -0500 CARSON STREET CLOSED FOR A SHORT TIME http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=55 <style type="text/css"> <!--{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%0A%09%09%40page%20%7B%20margin%3A%200.79in%20%7D%0A%09%09P%20%7B%20margin-bottom%3A%200.08in%20%7D%0A%09%2D%2D%3E--></style> <p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> <b>PITTSBURGH</b> &ndash; Chief Harper has reported that Carson Street between Smithfield and the West End Bridge is closed and is expected to open with the next hour. A few hot spots in the building have rekindled and the Bureau of Fire is on the scene. It is hoped that the road will be opened before rush hour.</p> Wed, 03 Mar 2010 15:22:00 -0500 CITY RESTORES SIDEWALK CLEARING ORDINANCE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=48 <p> Starting Monday, the Department of Public Works will restore the sidewalk clearing ordinance. Inspectors will issue warnings first, followed by citations. Residents are reminded to avoid shoveling snow into the streets. The Mayor encourages young people to help their elderly neighbors in clearing sidewalks and reminds residents to stay safe.</p> <p> &ldquo;In this weather, everything is harder to do and much more dangerous,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;I urge our young people to get out there and help your elderly neighbors. Often times, our seniors are our most conscientious residents, and we must pitch in to help them clear sidewalks.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 26 Feb 2010 15:14:00 -0500 MEDIA ADVISORY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=47 <p> (PITTSBURGH) Feb. 25, 2010 - Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today urged City residents to prepare now for hazardous weather conditions in anticipation of another major winter storm event that is expected to impact Pittsburgh Thursday through Friday evening. The Mayor urged residents to stay aware and be prepared for deteriorating road conditions and downed wires and trees. Residents are encouraged to stay tuned to their local news and City emergency page, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/" target="_blank">www.pittsburghpa.gov</a> for updates on the latest road conditions. Citizens may also sign up for emergency alerts on the webpage.</p> <p> &quot;Our residents must stay aware and prepared. If road conditions become dangerous, we will alert residents to stay off of the roads unless it is an absolute emergency,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;In particular, I strongly encourage residents to reconsider any trips they have planned to the eastern part of the state.&quot;</p> <p> The Department of Public Works will have crews working on 12-hour shifts and if needed contractors are ready to assist with 48 pieces of additional equipment. The Mayor has directed public safety bureaus and the City&#39;s 311 line to be on standby for increased staffing and operations.</p> <p> &quot;We already have nearly 30 inches of snow and with even more expected coupled with strong winds we must prepare for possible power outages and downed trees,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;I urge residents to be careful and to stay away from any downed wires and trees.&quot;</p> <p> Residents should report any downed wires to 911 as it is an extreme danger. Downed trees should be reported to 311.</p> <p> The City Parks Department has prepared a plan to activate senior centers as &quot;warming&quot; centers if necessary. Firefighters are ready to assist with tree removal.</p> <p> The Mayor also urged citizens to check on the elderly and to help them clear sidewalks when snow conditions allow.</p> <p> &quot;Currently, we are not in a state of emergency, but we are preparing for the possibility of dangerous winter weather,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;In the meantime, I&#39;m encouraging residents to clear the sidewalks when possible, and to help their elderly neighbors in this task. We are all in this together, and we all must help each other get through this winter weather and its dangerous after effects.&quot;</p> <p> The Mayor reminds the public to only call 911 in the event of an emergency, not to check on road conditions. If travel is an absolute must, drivers must be prepared with an emergency kit. Information on interstate road conditions and how to prepare for emergency travel is available on the City&#39;s emergency website.</p> <p> The City is responsible for plowing and salting nearly 2,000 miles of City roads. About 45 percent of those roads are primary roads, or main arteries; about 50 percent are secondary roads or residential thoroughfares; and the remaining are side streets and alleyways known as tertiary roads.</p> Thu, 25 Feb 2010 12:07:00 -0500 MEDIA ADVISORY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=41 <p> <strong>(PITTSBURGH) Feb. 17, 2010</strong> - City Public Works Crews tonight and throughout the week will be focusing their efforts on widening primary roads and hauling snow piles from the city&rsquo;s neighborhood business districts.</p> <p> In addition to plowing and salting when winter weather calls, City Public Works Director Rob Kaczorowski said that crews will be aided with 12 pieces of equipment from contractors.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re trying hard to get everything back to normal, and you will see us working in business districts throughout the week,&rdquo; Kaczorowski said.</p> <p> <strong>Crews may be spotted on the following streets beginning at 10 p.m. this evening: Penn Avenue; Liberty Avenue; Butler Avenue; Murray Avenue; Forbes Avenue.</strong></p> Wed, 17 Feb 2010 17:48:00 -0500 MEDIA ADVISORY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=40 <p> <strong>(PITTSBURGH) Feb. 15, 2009</strong> - City Public Works Crews will be working 12-hour shifts today and tomorrow gearing up for the next winter weather storm which calls for four to eight inches of snow from noon today to 6 p.m. tomorrow.</p> <p> DPW crews will have all 53 pieces of equipment out on the roads, plowing and salting streets, beginning with the most traveled roads known as primary streets.</p> <p> &ldquo;We have the equipment and the manpower to deal with this next storm,&rdquo; DPW Director Rob Kaczorowski said.</p> <p> The City&rsquo;s 311 response line will operate on its regular hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., but with additional staff to process the still above normal call volume. Many residents are calling today requesting snow piles be removed for residential and business district streets.</p> <p> &ldquo;We are using all of our resources to battle this next snow event,&rdquo; Kaczorowski said. &ldquo;After this storm, we will remove the piles of snow in business districts and residential streets.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 15 Feb 2010 11:51:00 -0500 MEDIA ADVISORY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=39 <p> <b>(PITTSBURGH) Feb. 12, 2009</b> - Refuse AND recycling collection will resume its regular schedule Monday as well as all City services such as senior and recreation center operations.</p> <p> Residents are asked to set out their garbage where it is most accessible and visible for DPW crews.</p> <p> City residents who cannot hold their trash or recycling until next week, and have no other alternative, may bring their materials to the Environmental Services Building, located at 3001 Railroad St. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday, February 14th.</p> <p> Residents may call Environmental Services at <strong>412-255-2773</strong> for directions and information.</p> Fri, 12 Feb 2010 16:17:00 -0500 MEDIA ADVISORY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=38 <p> <b>(PITTSBURGH) Feb. 12, 2009</b> - Neighborhood snow removal &quot;blitzes&quot; will continue throughout the City today and through the weekend as needed. Today crews are focused on the Regent Square, Point Breeze, and Beechview neighborhoods. Crews will also be working in all neighborhoods hitting streets that are in the worst condition, working from a list compiled from 311 calls and the police and fire bureau.</p> <p> Duquesne Light has informed the City of Pittsburgh that all customers affected by the snow storms should have power restored as of noon today. If a customer isn&#39;t home, the company asks that they check with a neighbor to see if power has been restored. Should they find power still out, they are asked to please call 1-888-393-7000 or visit <a href="http://www.duquesnelight.com/" target="_blank">www.duquesnelight.com</a>.</p> <p> The Parking Authority will not be enforcing fees or citations on authority parking meters or surface lots until Tuesday.</p> <p> <b>Public Safety</b></p> <p> Bureau of Building Inspectors today will be going through the City&#39;s business districts advising business and building owners how to safely remove overhanging icicles. <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/images/assets/Icicle_Safety_Tips_2-12-10.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for Icicle safety tips.</a></p> <p> <b>311</b></p> <p> 311 will remain open through the weekend from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p> <b>City Services</b></p> <p> <b>Refuse collection will resume its regular schedule Monday.</b> Recycling collection is still suspended until further notice. Residents are asked to hold on to their recyclables or drop them off at one of the City&#39;s recycling drop-off centers.</p> Fri, 12 Feb 2010 15:52:00 -0500 MEDIA ADVISORY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=37 <p> <strong>(PITTSBURGH) Feb. 11, 2009</strong> - City Public Works crews and contractors will continue to &ldquo;blitz&rdquo; the city&rsquo;s worst snow-covered neighborhoods throughout the night.</p> <p> For live shots, crews will be working in Squirrel Hill and the South Side throughout the night and early morning.</p> <p> <strong>Public Safety</strong></p> <p> At the request of the City, the Parking Authority will be suspending fees and enforcement on Parking Authority surface lots and metered parking through Tuesday.</p> <p> With the improved roads, the Pennsylvania National Guard (PANG) demobilized their mission in assisting residents with transportation. Since their deployment last Sunday, they have been paired up with City firefighters and have responded to nearly 300 calls dispatched from 311, transporting residents to dialysis and picking up prescriptions.</p> <p> &ldquo;We are so grateful for the support that the people of Pittsburgh received from the Pennsylvania National Guard,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;They have assisted our paramedics, officers, and firefighters in our mission to keep our residents safe during this blizzard and we will be forever thankful for their partnership.&rdquo;</p> <p> A limited number of PANG HumVees and Guard men and women will remain to assist public safety efforts if they arise.</p> <p> The Pennsylvania Air National Guard will be sending six vehicles to assist with resident needs tomorrow, namely dialysis transport.</p> <p> <strong>311</strong></p> <p> The City&rsquo;s response line has been beefed up with 16 lines and operating 24-hours. Representatives took more than 2,000 calls today, ten-times their normal daily call volume. Throughout the evening hours today, call volume reduced dramatically.</p> <p> <strong>City Services </strong></p> <p> <em>All refuse/recycling services continue to be suspended until further notice. </em></p> <p> The City takes care of 2,000 miles of City roads. About 45 percent of those roads are primary roads, or main arteries such as West Liberty Avenue; about 50 percent are secondary roads or residential thoroughfares; and the remaining are side streets and alleyways known as tertiary roads.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Feb 2010 09:16:00 -0500 MEDIA ADVISORY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=36 <p> <b>(PITTSBURGH) Feb. 11, 2009</b> - The Department of Public Works today will be teaming up with contractors to &ldquo;blitz&rdquo; neighborhoods in snow removal efforts. Approximately 25 pieces of equipment will be in each neighborhood during these &ldquo;blitzes.&rdquo; This will result in periodic street closures and rolling closures.</p> <p> The PBP along with the PANG (Pennsylvania Air National Guard) will assist with the street closures during the period of snow removal.</p> <p> During this task of clean up we are asking the public for their continued patience in our efforts to make streets safer for travel.</p> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 12:54:00 -0500 MEDIA ADVISORY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=35 <p> <b>(PITTSBURGH) Feb. 10, 2009</b> - City Public Works and Public Safety personnel continue to work around the clock to keep residents safe and streets treated.</p> <p> <b>Public Works</b></p> <p> Crews today are operating with 130 pieces of equipment.</p> <p> <b>Public Safety</b></p> <p> Pennsylvania National Guardsmen (PANG) will continue to support public safety efforts, ensuring that paramedics, firefighters, and officers can get to the most hard-to-reach calls. Paramedics and officers are all working extended shifts. All City firefighters have been called in to their station and are out on the streets when not on a call helping residents in any way they can.</p> <p> City police officers yesterday knocked on the doors of about 200 homes of residents who are still without power, checking on their needs and letting them know the services available. They will continue to do this today.</p> <p> City senior center staff are working with Allegheny County&#39;s Agency on Aging to ensure that seniors who are registered for programs like meals and wheels and who are disabled are delivered their services.</p> <p> PANG will continue responding to 311 calls from residents who need assistance with critical pharmacy pickups and dialysis treatments.</p> <p> <b>311</b></p> <p> The City&#39;s response line is operating 24-hours. Since 8 a.m. today, 311 has facilitated rides for more than 65 residents. Yesterday representatives took more than 2,000 calls and organized transportation for more than 100 residents in rides to dialysis, pharmacy pick ups, and help with shoveling and the like.</p> <p> <b>Warming Centers</b></p> <p> The South Side Market House will operate until 8 p.m. tonight. Four residents stayed there last night and the City is working with the Red Cross to provide shelter tonight.</p> Wed, 10 Feb 2010 12:13:00 -0500 MEDIA ADVISORY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=34 <p> <strong>(PITTSBURGH)</strong> Feb. 9, 2009 &nbsp;&nbsp;City Public Works and Public Safety personnel are working around the clock to execute their plan to keep residents safe and streets treated throughout this upcoming storm.</p> <p> <strong>Tonight&rsquo;s Snow Plan </strong></p> <p> Public Works are being assisted by 20 contractors who have added an additional 50 pieces of equipment to supplement the City&rsquo;s 60-truck fleet. Those contractors will be working through this storm to help PW crews who will continue working extended 12-hour shifts. City procurement specialists continue to receive calls from contractors. Any additional contractors will be sent to the staging location. From there, they will be dispatched to divisions based on need.</p> <p> &ldquo;Personnel will be out in record-numbers to deal with this storm,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;I am confident that with this additional equipment, we will be able to keep our residents safe. Part of this plan is taking care of our emergency routes so that we make sure hospitals are reachable in the time of need. Secondly, we have a plan that makes sure that every resident, even if they live on the City&rsquo;s steepest hill, can be reached by public safety personnel in the unfortunate case of an emergency.&rdquo;</p> <ul> <li> DPW crews and contractors with smaller equipment will continue their neighborhood routes to make sure that every street receives public works service.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> When the storm begins, DPW plows will move into emergency primary routes, plowing and salting using larger equipment. <ul> <li> These emergency routes ensure that critical infrastructure such as hospitals remain reachable and that workers can get in and out of town.</li> <li> Smaller snow fighting equipment, such as pickup trucks with salt spreaders and plows, will be dispatched to critical neighborhood hill routes which serve primary arteries.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> PennDOT will assist the City in plowing all City state routes. These routes include many primary roads and will allow DPW to better utilize resources.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Contractor service will continue to flow in through the evening hours and will be utilized as needed.</li> </ul> <p> <strong>Public Safety</strong></p> <p> Pennsylvania National Guardsmen (PANG) will continue to support public safety efforts, ensuring that paramedics, firefighters, and officers can get to the most hard-to-reach calls. Paramedics and officers are all working extended shifts. All City firefighters have been called in to their station.</p> <p> PANG will continue responding to 311 calls from residents who need assistance with critical pharmacy pickups and dialysis treatments. They are also patrolling neighborhoods where power is still out. As of 10 a.m., 225 residents were still without power. Guardsmen have responded to 70 calls for service from 311.</p> <p> <strong>Warming Centers</strong></p> <p> The City&rsquo;s warming centers will close at 4:30 p.m. tonight. In case the need arises, the City will open the South Side Market House senior center as a warming center and shelter. &nbsp;The Market House will operate from 8 p.m. tonight to 8 p.m. tomorrow.</p> <p> <strong>311</strong></p> <p> The City&rsquo;s response line has been beefed up with 16 lines and will be operating 24-hours.</p> <p> <strong>City Services </strong></p> <p> All refuse/recycling service continues to be suspended until further notice. City non-essential employees have been directed to stay home tomorrow.</p> <p> The City takes care of 2,000 miles of City roads. About 45 percent of those roads are primary roads, or main arteries such as West Liberty Avenue; about 50 percent are secondary roads or residential thoroughfares; and the remaining are side streets and alleyways known as tertiary roads.</p> Tue, 09 Feb 2010 16:35:00 -0500 TAX DEADLINE EXTENDED http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=33 <p> <strong>(PITTSBURGH)</strong> - Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that due to the current snowstorm emergency, the City of Pittsburgh has extended the date to pay 2010 City and School Real Estate Taxes at discount from Wednesday, February 10, to Monday, March 1, 2010, pending Council approval.</p> <p> &quot;We know that it&rsquo;s been difficult for some folks who prefer to pay their taxes in person to get Downtown,&quot; said Ravenstahl. &quot;Right now all of our residents have other pressing matters to address due to the storm, and this extension will give them one less thing to worry about.&quot;</p> <p> Legislation was submitted to council this morning.</p> Tue, 09 Feb 2010 13:28:00 -0500 WINTER WEATHER UPDATE - 11 PM http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=32 <p> (PITTSBURGH)&nbsp; Feb. 8, 2010 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;City Public Works Crews continued their snow removal operations throughout the evening today and by noontime tomorrow they will have reached nearly all of the City&rsquo;s secondary roads.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;Our employees have worked so hard, and our plan to bring in additional resources to help them get the job done has worked,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Throughout the night we will be using additional contractors in helping us get to more streets and I believe we will be well positioned to deal with tomorrow&rsquo;s storm.&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Since the Mayor called publicly for individual contractors, City procurement specialists executed several contracts.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> City 311 staff will continue to work with public safety personnel and PA National Guardsmen to take care of citizens in need of transportation. Today, 17 citizens were taken to dialysis appointments, 8 were assisted in prescription refills, and several more were checked on to assure well being.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;We will continue to check on our seniors to make sure they are getting to any urgent medical appointments, and assisting them with anything else they need to stay safe and healthy,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <u>Warming Centers</u></p> <p> The following facilities will serve as senior warming sites tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> NorthSide Senior Center</p> <p> 5 Allegheny Square</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> GreenfieldSenior Center</p> <p> 745 Greenfield Ave</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> SheridanSenior Center</p> <p> 720 Sherwood Ave.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> South Side Market House</p> <p> 12th and Bingham St</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> BeechviewSenior Center</p> <p> 1555 Broadway Ave.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> HomewoodSenior Center</p> <p> 7321 Frankstown Ave.</p> Mon, 08 Feb 2010 22:54:00 -0500 Public Safety Director Michael Huss Recommends Universities Close Tomorrow http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=31 <p> Due to continued snow removal efforts and in addition to tomorrow&#39;s anticipated weather event, Director Huss encourages universities to close tomorrow.</p> <p> The Mayor has directed all non-essential City employees to stay home. Garbage/recycling pickup will remain suspended.</p> Mon, 08 Feb 2010 19:42:00 -0500 MEDIA ADVISORY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=30 <p> <strong>(PITTSBURGH)</strong> - Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today held a press conference, updating the public on efforts to clear City roads.</p> <p> All Public Works Crews have been ordered to focus their efforts on plowing the City&#39;s secondary roads in a maximized effort to resolve access into all neighborhoods. As of 4 p.m., crews cleared roughly 50 percent of the City&#39;s secondary roads. At 10 a.m., that number was at roughly 15 percent.</p> <p> &quot;We&#39;re doing everything we can to get a handle on our roads in order to position ourselves for this next storm,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;Our goal is to have every secondary street touched by tomorrow&#39;s storm. In addition, it&#39;s all hands on deck. Firefighters, police, paramedics, and PA National Guardsmen will be out in the neighborhoods assisting the elderly and anyone who needs support.&quot;</p> <p> The City has brought in additional resources - including PennDOT plows, Airport Authority equipment, outside contractors, and the Pennsylvania National Guard. DPW is currently operating with more than 80 pieces of equipment.</p> <p> In addition, the Mayor has asked that any contractors with heavy equipment or snow removing capabilities call 412-473-2550.</p> <p> The National Guard has assisted public safety efforts since 6 p.m. yesterday. As of 4 p.m. today, they helped police with 75 calls, EMS with 42, and transported 10 citizens to warming centers.</p> <p> The City has contacted all senior citizens who are registered at the City&#39;s senior centers to check on their well being. Firefighters and National Guardsmen will begin patrolling neighborhoods to help any citizens who may need assistance.</p> <p> The City&#39;s 311 line is now operating 24-hours until further notice. Staff will double from eight to sixteen tomorrow in order to handle the above-normal call volume. Residents may also submit requests to 311 for tree removal or necessary transport by logging onto www.pittsburghpa.gov and clicking on &quot;311.&quot;</p> <p> Residents may also sign up for critical public safety alerts at this site.</p> <p> Residents are reminded to only call 311 if they have a non life-threatening emergency or to report downed trees. For example, if you need to get medicine tomorrow by 3 p.m. - call 311. If your condition worsens call 911.</p> <p> <strong>Garbage and recycling pickup for City residents is still suspended until further notice. In addition, the Mayor has ordered all non-essential employees to stay home tomorrow.</strong></p> Mon, 08 Feb 2010 18:34:00 -0500