Saturday, April 13, 2013
Pittsburgh police officer Morgan Jenkins, a native of the Twin Boros, was shot in Homewood Thursday.
A Pittsburgh police officer who is a native of the Twin Boros continues to recover after being shot in the line of duty on Thursday. Morgan Jenkins, 33, was shot by James R. Hill, 24, of Homewood after he and his partner attempted to stop his vehicle in Homewood. Jenkins, an Oakmont/Verona native and a 1997 Riverview High School graduate, underwent surgery at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital after the incident. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jenkins remains in the intensive care unit after a bullet fragment near his spine was removed. The newspaper reports that a bullet struck him in the back of his left biceps, went through his chest and cut through his lung before stopping near his spine. However, Pittsburgh police Lt. Daniel …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Pittsburgh police officer Morgan Jenkins, a 1997 Riverview grad, is in critical condition.
A City of Pittsburgh police officer with ties to the Twin Boros is in critical condition after being shot early Thursday. According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, officer Morgan Jenkins, 33, was shot by James R. Hill, 24, of Homewood after he and his partner attempted to stop his vehicle near North Lang and Upland streets at 1:30 a.m. Jenkins, an Oakmont/Verona native and a 1997 Riverview High School graduate, was shot in the shoulder and another bullet went under his vest. He underwent surgery at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital and remains in critical condition. Hill, who also was shot during the exchange and is in the hospital in serious condition, faces several charges including fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, aggravated …
Sunday, March 17, 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…
Sunday, February 17, 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 …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
A Verona man was caught stealing from cars in the area of Jacob and Whited streets.
A Verona man was arrested in Brookline on Tuesday morning after a witness told police he saw the man breaking into cars in the area of Jacob and Whited streets. Pittsburgh police responded to the 2000 block of Jacob Street for a report of a suspicious person. A witness told officers that he'd seen a man enter two cars that did not belong to him, then leave the area and walk toward Whited Street. Police and a K-9 unit conducted a search in the area. Mark Cahill, 47, was found in a vehicle in the 1900 block of Jacob Street and was arrested. According to the police report, officers found Oxycotin, money, and items believed to have been stolen from vehicles on the street. Cahill was charged with theft from vehicle and possession of a …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force caught a bank robbery suspect on Milltown Road in Penn Hills—very close to the Plum border.
A Squirrel Hill bank robbery suspect has been arrested in Penn Hills. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Joseph Francis Guiney, 33, Thursday at 10 a.m. on the 1000-block of Milltown Road in Penn Hills, near the Plum border. Guiney was identified by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police as a suspect in both the March 27, 2012, bank robbery of the First National Bank and the Oct. 31, 2012, bank robbery of the First Niagara Bank, both on Murray Avenue. Police had obtained warrants for his arrest. Guiney also is a suspect in two additional Squirrel Hill bank robberies. According to a press release, Guiney attempted to escape into a back bedroom of the Milltown Road residence as task force officers attempted to arrest him. Pursuant to …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
A Dormont man arrested Tuesday is accused of stealing a motorcycle from Verona, and was found with Zip Lock bag of drugs.
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Thursday, November 1, 2012
A Dormont man accused of stealing a motorcycle from Verona was arrested by Pittsburgh police Tuesday night in Brookline. Pittsburgh police conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Northcrest Drive and Pioneer Avenue in Brookline just after 8 p.m. on Oct. 30. According to the report, it was determined that the motorcycle had been reported stolen out of Verona. Police also seized a gallon-sized Zip Lock bag of marijuana and pills. The driver, Ashley Stokes, 27, of Dormont, was charged with receiving stolen property, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and driving without a license. Stokes currently is being held in Allegheny County Jail. _______________________ …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Pittsburgh police Officer Andrew Baker almost was run over in Verona last month, and he was honored for his work during the 2011 Washington Boulevard flood.
A Pittsburgh police officer who was shot Friday morning almost was run over in Verona last month, and he assisted during the 2011 Washington Boulevard flash flood that killed four locals. According to police, Officer Andrew Baker was responding to a domestic in Stanton Heights when he was shot in the chest. Baker was not seriously injured by the gunfire because he was wearing a bullet-proof vest. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, this is Baker's fourth incident this year in which he narrowly escapes serious injury. In September, Baker almost was run over on the Verona hilltop—around Third Street. Police had cornered Melvin Taylor Solomon, 41, in a one-way alley after a chase that began in Point Breeze, when Solomon put his vehicle …
Monday, October 1, 2012
A Troy Hill man has been charged with attempted homicide following the Saturday incident.
A Troy Hill man is facing charges after leading police on a high-speed chase from Point Breeze to Verona Borough early Saturday. The Pittsburgh Police Department has charged Melvin Taylor Solomon, 41, with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, attempted criminal homicide, driving without a license, speeding, two counts of recklessly endangering another person and two counts of aggravated assault. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the chase occurred at about 2 a.m. in Point Breeze, when officers attempted to stop Solomon for speeding. Solomon took off and led police through Wilkinsburg, Penn Hills, Oakmont and Verona. According to WPXI, the chase came to a stop in a dead-end alley on the Verona hilltop. Solomon nearly hit…
Friday, September 21, 2012
Follow Patch for a timeline of events as the hostage situation unfolds at the Gateway Center complex, Downtown.
Update: The stand-off ended peacefully. Here for a full story. An armed man continues to negotiate with police as he holds a hostage onthe 16th floor of Three Gateway Center, Downtown. No shots have been fired, and no one is hurt in the hours-long standoff, though one to two individuals are being held hostage in the offices of law firm Breitsman Associates, police said. The suspect is identified as Klein Michael Thaxton, 22, according to KDKA and WPXI. Police initially said he is from Altoona, Blair County, but court records show his address as McKeesport. Authorities have not determined his motivation for the stand-off. Pittsburgh Police negotiators are speaking to Thaxton, who police said had served in the military They have described…