Friday, April 26, 2013
Pittsburgh police purchased drugs at the home of the football player.
A former Woodland Hills High School football player, who now plays for Pitt, got caught up in an undercover drug bust. Pittsburgh narcotics detectives made an undercover buy Thursday night at the South Oakland house Khaynin Mosley-Smith, 21, resides in, according to the Pittsburgh Police spokesperson. Detectives arrested the man they bought drugs from, Darnell Reed-Young, 22, of the North Side, and charged him with possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance, possession wit intent to deliver controlled substance and use or possession of paraphernalia. Mosley-Smith, Eric Williams, 20, and Andrew Carswell, 21, also Pitt football players according to the roster, are charged with use or possession of …
Monday, April 15, 2013
The undercover investigation was initiated after complaints of open-air sales by the Smithfield Street McDonald's.
Police officers have charged 34 individuals in an undercover drug investigation in downtown Pittsburgh, including three Wilkinsburg men. Davon Loveings, 19, Brandon Taylor, 21, and Joe Middlebrook, 40, are all charged with possession of a controlled substance, intent to deliver a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance. The investigation was initiated in response to numerous complaints of open-air drug sales downtown, but more specifically, the sale of prescription pills at the Smithfield Street McDonald’s during the early morning hours. During the investigation, Pittsburgh police officers personally witnessed the rampant sale of prescription pills inside and around the McDonald’s restaurant located in the 500 block …
Friday, March 22, 2013
A grand jury indicted former Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper on Friday.
Former Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper was indicted by a grand jury Friday, WPXI reports. According to WPXI, Harper faces five charges, including four counts of failure to properly file income tax returns and one count of conspiracy to commit theft from an agency receiving federal funds. The federal grand jury reports that Harper illegally diverted more than $70,000 that was received by the police bureau's special events office and he spent more than $31,000 of that on himself. A judge reportedly signed an arrest warrant following the announcement of the indictment. To read the full report from WPXI, click here.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Mary Ann Verdecchia's disappearance rocked the Pittsburgh area in 1962.
One of the oldest and most memorable missing persons cases in southwestern Pennsylvania is that of Mary Ann Verdecchia, who disappeared from Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood on June 7, 1962. The 10-year-old had lived with her aunt in the five years after her parents separated. She had returned home after a half day of classes at Immaculate Conception School, changed out of her school uniform and went outside about 12:30 p.m. Witnesses saw Mary Ann go into the Martinique Apartments on Baum Boulevard. A woman resident who she ran errands for sent her to the store. She was seen going back into the apartment about 2:45 p.m. And that was the last reported sighting of her. About 6 p.m., her relatives began looking for her. They called police…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has fired Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper, according to a report by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has fired Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper, according to a report by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Post-Gazette reports that Ravenstahl received information from the FBI that led him to fire Harper. To read the full report from the Post-Gazette, click here. ______________________ "Like" Patch on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter . | Sign up for our daily email newsletter.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Ashanti Montgomery was taken into custody on Sunday.
Wilkinsburg police arrested Ashanti Montgomery on Sunday in connection with a homicide that occurred in Pittsburgh on Jan. 10. Ashanti Montgomery, 18, of Homewood had an outstanding arrest warrant obtained by the Pittsburgh Police Homicide Squad in connection with the shooting death of Deondre Pace, which occurred in the 300 block of Beltzhoover Avenue on Jan. 10. After the arrest, Wilkinsburg police notified the city homicide division that Montgomery was in custody. Montgomery is charged with criminal homicide, firearms not to be carried without a license, and criminal conspiracy. He is being held in the Allegheny County Jail. Bail has been denied. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled at 10 a.m. Feb. 22 in Pittsburgh Municipal Court …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
She was last seen or heard from in June 2011, just after she moved back to Pittsburgh from Florida.
Amanda Marie Koller had moved back to the Pittsburgh area from Orlando, FL in May 2011. The 23-year-old did not establish or maintain a permanent address in the few short weeks after her return, according to her mother. On Sunday, June 12, 2011, she was stopped by Pittsburgh police and cited for operating a vehicle without a valid inspection and also without an emissions inspection. Her car, a purple 2005 Scion TC has a Pennsylvania license plate and also one from Florida, both of which expired in 2011. The license numbers are Pennsylvania GLH 0116 and Florida ANA 4580, according to the Pennsylvania Missing Persons website. She has not been seen nor heard from since. Amanda is described as 5-feet to 5-foot 5, about 100 to 150 pounds with …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
A backpack with the words "time bomb" printed on one of the straps was found on an apartment building stoop on Forbes Avenue—but no explosives were found inside.
Pittsburgh police bomb squad responded to Regent Square this morning after a backpack with the words "time bomb" printed on one of the straps was found at an apartment entrance at the corner building on Forbes Avenue at South Braddock. No explosives were found inside the bag. Nina Wolf, who owns Animal Nature, which shares the building with apartments and a restaurant that was empty, was headed up South Braddock from Regent Square when she saw the emergency lights at the building. She was worried the building might be on fire. "I arrived to find I couldn't get to the store," she said. She tried coming up the back way on Flotilla Way but was stopped. Wolf said she was a bit upset because she was not permitted to get the shop's two guinea …
Friday, December 7, 2012
'Out of respect for the community and for the Derkosh family, the observation platform of the exhibit at issue would be removed,' said Mike Manko, district attorney's office.
The observation platform at the Pittsburgh Zoo from which 2-year-old Maddox Derkosh of Whitehall Borough fell into an African painted dogs exhibit will be removed, according to a spokesman at the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office. "In an effort to facilitate the ongoing review of the circumstances surrounding the death of Maddox Derkosh at the Pittsburgh Zoo, District Attorney (Stephen A.) Zappala (Jr.) met this morning with Dr. Barbara Baker and the City of Pittsburgh police officers who responded to the scene," said spokesman Mike Manko in an email to reporters. Maddox was visiting the zoo with his mother on Nov. 4 when he fell from the top of a platform railing to the ground inside of the dogs exhibit and was mauled to death…
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Two people are in critical condition after gunfire erupted at a midget football game between East End and Wilkinsburg.
The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is seeking witnesses or persons with information about a shooting incident Saturday morning in East Liberty during a midget football game between the East End Raiders and Wilkinsburg. At approximately 10:08 a.m., police responded to the Pittsburgh Obama School football field, 515 N. Highland Ave, where three people in the stands had been shot. According to police, a 27-year-old male from Wilkinsburg was shot in the chest, a 64-year-old female from Verona was shot in the stomach and shoulder and a 33-year-old female was shot in the hand. All were transported to UPMC Presbyterian hospital by paramedics. The female shot in the hand was in stable condition and the other two victims were in critical condition and…