Saturday, May 25, 2013
Do you know the seat belt laws in Pennsylvania? It changes for children under four, four through eight and eight through 18.
PennDOT will partner with more than 600 law enforcement agencies and the Pennsylvania State Police to participate in a national “Click It or Ticket” seat-belt enforcement effort through June 9. The effort will focus largely on nighttime enforcement, using traffic safety checkpoints and roving patrols. Police will also use Traffic Enforcement Zones, which combine roving patrol and checkpoint tactics on roadways with high numbers of unbuckled crashes. “As the start of the summer travel season approaches, I strongly encourage everyone to buckle up every time, no matter how far you’re traveling,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “The majority of crashes happen within 25 miles from home, and you are 60 percent more likely to survive a …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Reports of suspicious activity in the area has nearly doubled since the Boston Marathon bombing.
Allegheny County Chief of Emergency Services Alvin Henderson, Jr. and Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffatt urge residents to continue to remain vigilant in their communities and if they see something, say something. With efforts by the Pennsylvania State Police, residents can now send something too. “With the recent explosions in Boston, we are reminded once again that we must remain vigilant and aware of what is going on around us in our communities,” said Henderson. “Federal, state and local officials continue to work together with first responders and the private sector to protect our communities, but the residents are really our eyes and ears.” While many reports are for harmless items that were left behind or …
Friday, April 5, 2013
State troopers have already issued more than 130 citations.
Pennsylvania State Police troopers are conducting enforcement on the Parkway East in the area of the Squirrel Hill Tunnel, focusing on speeding and construction zones violations. Troopers have issued 131 citations and 15 written warnings since Jan. 1. Additionally, troopers have made 10 DUI arrests in that time frame. Enforcement activities will be ongoing through the duration of the Squirrel Hill Tunnel construction project. The speed limit through the Squirrel Hill Tunnel construction zone is 45 mph. Motorists could face a 15 day driver’s license suspension if caught driving 11 miles per hour over the speed limit in an active work zone, or are involved in a crash in an active work zone and are convicted for failing to drive at a safe …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
District Judge Thomas Caulfield also hears cases involving DUIs, narcotics.
Mark Long, 18, of Swissvale waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Thomas Caulfield on charges of riot-intent to commit felony, conspiracy-riot-intent to commit felony, simple assault-mutual consent fight, disorderly conduct-engage in fighting, obstruction of highways and two counts of conspiracy-disorderly conduct-engage in fighting. According to a criminal complaint, the charges filed by Swissvale police stem from the large brawl at the intersection of South Braddock and Woodstock avenues on Jan. 8. Police reported that the fight among 40-50 people blocked traffic, causing a traffic jam in the busy intersection. The group failed to disperse despite police orders. On Jan. 8, police learned that a video of a fight …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
The man's death was ruled a homicide.
An Avella resident was hitchhiking on Old Route 40 in Donegal Township, Washington County, about 9:20 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 18, 1972 when he spotted the badly decomposed body of a man. The man was down an embankment, about 65 feet south of the roadway. His skeletal remains were found in a briar thicket, near a small trash dump, about two miles west of Claysville. It was estimated that he had been there for about 8 to 10 weeks. The man's death was ruled a homicide, according to the Pennsylvania Missing Persons website. The man had gunshot wounds in his left torso, possibly from a .22-caliber weapon. While details about the man's appearance and clothing are many, there are no clues as to who he was, where he came from or why he died. The man …
Monday, January 14, 2013
The new 'See Something, Send Something' app allows suspicious activity to be captured as a photo or written note and sent to the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center.
A new smartphone application has been developed to help the Pennsylvania State Police receive reports regarding suspicious activity that may be linked to terrorism. The new "See Something, Send Something" app allows suspicious activity to be captured as a photo or written note and sent to the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center. "This app provides concerned citizens with an effective communications and reporting tool," State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said. "The 'See Something, Send Something' mobile app, developed by My Mobile Witness, sends terrorism-related tips directly to PaCIC where tips are evaluated by analysts and assigned for investigation as warranted," Noonan said. The application, which is available at no …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
If the snow can't keep you at home, read and heed these reminders from Pennsylvania State Police in Moon before getting behind the wheel.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Cindi Lash
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Not letting the snow keep you cooped up at home? Planning a driving trip today or before the New Year? Pennsylvania State Police in Moon Township offer these tips and suggestions for safe highway travel during this holiday week, when traffic traditionally is heavier than usual: Troopers also remind motorists who are involved in a fender-bender crash to merge safely to the right berm, exchange information there and proceed to their destinations. If a vehicle cannot be driven or someone requires medical attention after a crash, please dial “911” for assistance. _______________________ Forest Hills-Regent Square Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Monday, December 24, 2012
The accident, caused when one driver was traveling in the wrong lanes, happened early Monday morning and shut down westbound traffic for more than an hour.
A 26-year-old Pittsburgh woman is hospitalized with severe head injuries resulting from a two-vehicle accident on the Parkway East in Wilkinsburg early Monday morning. According to Pennsylvania State Police, at about 4:23 a.m., Carrie Marie Mammay was traveling east in the westbound lanes of the Parkway East when her 1990 Chevrolet Metro struck a 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Paul Tavella, 47, of Greensburg, which was traveling west in the westbound lanes. Mammay was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, suffering from severe head injuries. Tavella and his passenger, Jeanne Tavella, 45, of Greensburg, were taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital with minor injuries. As a result of the collision, both westbound lanes of the Parkway were closed …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Pennsylvania State Police say Apple users are the target of a phishing scam.
Pennsylvania State Police warn Apple users to safeguard their login and user information after a series of reported phishing scams. Police said Apple users have been targeted in the scam, which involves receiving emails informing them that their Apple ID has been suspended, and directing them to a remote site that requests their account and password information. The scam appears to be an effort to collect personal information from Apple users, according to a police statement. The typical message reads: Your Apple ID has been temporarily suspended! Somebody else just tried to sing [sic] in into [sic] your Apple account from another IP address. Please re-confirm your identity today or your account will be suspended due to concerns we have…
Friday, August 31, 2012
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort will target impaired drivers this holiday weekend.
Everyone wants to enjoy the upcoming long weekend, but if you drink and drive, hand over the keys. State and local police, along with PennDOT, will take part in a national enforcement effort through Labor Day, Sept. 3, targeting motorists driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort will target impaired drivers in the Forest Hills-Regent Square Patch area and elsewhere in the state. The worsening problem of drugged driving will be highlighted. “As we remind motorists to drive sober for the Labor Day holiday, we also want to raise awareness of the growing safety threat that drugged drivers present,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “While overall DUI crashes are trending downward, we’re…