CRIME & SAFETY
Driver nearly hit spectators at local Christmas parade, led officers on high-speed chase, police say
A driver is accused of nearly hitting several people during Freeport Borough’s Christmas parade and then leading officers on a high-speed chase.
Jury views surveillance video that shows New Kensington slaying
A group of armed men and teens gathered in the lobby of a New Kensington apartment building and tussled just minutes before 39-year-old Jason Raiford staggered outside and was gunned down, according to video shown to jurors on Tuesday. During the first day of the murder trial of three men...
Pittsburgh attorney arrested trying to meet underage girls
A Pittsburgh defense attorney was arrested Saturday, accused of trying to meet underage girls. 814PredHunters tipped police about Paul Luvara, saying the lawyer contacted what he thought was an underage girl.
Monroeville parents whose 5-year-old killed younger sibling get probation, house arrest
The parents of a 5-year-old Monroeville boy who shot and killed his 3-year-old sister in 2021 were sentenced to probation on Tuesday. Martaz Colvin, 31, who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering another person, and Brea Sanders, 29, who pleaded guilty to recklessly endangering another person were sentenced by Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Randal B. Todd.
Tuesday Marks 43 Years Since Saxonburg Police Chief Was Shot
Tuesday marks 43 years since an infamous shooting that left the Saxonburg area in shock. It was a sunny Sunday afternoon in the heart of Saxonburg, when police chief Greg Adams spotted a vehicle running a stop sign on Water Street. After blocking the vehicle near the Agway Feed Store, the suspect who was later identified as Donald Eugene Webb handed Adams a fake ID.
Former Pittsburgh VA worker pleads guilty to embezzling $17,000 from veteran accounts
A former Veterans Affairs Medical Center worker from Pittsburgh pleaded guilty to embezzlement and mail fraud on Tuesday, after federal prosecutors said he stole money from disabled veterans and receive undue pandemic benefits. Corey Mizell, 51, of Pittsburgh pleaded guilty to four counts of embezzlement and one count of mail...
Legal Challenges in Citizen-led Sting Operations Against Child Predators
• A lawyer named Paul Luvara was arrested for attempting to solicit children for sex after a sting operation conducted by a group called 814 Pred Hunters. • The group provided police with messages between Luvara and a 15-year-old decoy that were sexual in nature.
Person stole packages from Butler County community mailboxes Saturday, police say
Pennsylvania State Police say someone stole mail in a Butler County community Saturday afternoon.
Suspect in deadly Carrick bar shooting turns himself in
A Pittsburgh man suspected of fatally shooting a man over the weekend in Carrick turned himself in on Monday. Corey Anthony Rall, 25, Pittsburgh, was arraigned on a charge of criminal homicide and taken to Allegheny County Jail after being denied bail. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the...
Man steals running car with baby inside, Wilkinsburg police say
A man is in custody after Wilkinsburg police say he stole a car with a baby inside.
11 Investigates Exclusive: Pittsburgh police officers set resignations record
Forty-five officers have resigned so far.
Man accused of fleeing from traffic stop, assaulting and trying to disarm Arnold police officer faces charges
A Pittsburgh man accused of assaulting and trying to disarm an Arnold police officer told investigators that he fled from a traffic stop because he was wanted on a drug warrant and had a large amount of crack and heroin in the SUV he was driving, according to authorities. Tyrone...
Pittsburgh police chief calls for juvenile detention center to reopen
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Pittsburgh's chief of police is calling for the reopening of the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center, whose future is now up in the air. Pittsburgh Police Chief Larry Scirotto decried the absence of a juvenile detention center after a 17-year-old was released to his mother for allegedly making threats against a Pittsburgh high school and being arrested with an AK-47 rifle. "Without a detention center, without available beds, we know that this juvenile is a serious threat to the health and wellbeing of every member of our community, and yet we cannot place them in a facility to mitigate that...
Pittsburgh looks to extend police headquarters lease for $1.3M
Pittsburgh officials are considering a six-year lease extension for the police bureau’s headquarters for more than $1.3 million per year. The city has leased the Western Avenue location in Pittsburgh’s Chateau neighborhood since it sold the prior police headquarters building in 2002. The old site is now a parklet near the Boulevard of the Allies ramp and PNC’s corporate building in Downtown Pittsburgh.
How to protect your packages from porch pirates
The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and more people are buying stuff online and getting it delivered to their homes, which means there's also a threat of porch pirates. Home security experts say more than 119 million packages were stolen around the country last year, and this holiday...
Pittsburgh PD to be honored for thwarting potential attack on school
PITTSBURGH — The Uvalde Foundation for Kids announced it will honor the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for its work in recovering high-caliber weapons from a suspect who brought a gun into a school, KDKA reported. During a Nov. 20 incident, police responded to reports of someone carrying a firearm...
Small fire in Pa. county jail cell sends 3 to hospital: reports
Three people were transported to the hospital after a small fire broke out at an Allegheny County jail Monday night, according to news reports. Pittsburgh Fire responded to the jail around 10:30 p.m. due to reports of smoke inside. Once inside, officials discovered smoke conditions which led to a small fire in a cell located on the sixth floor.
Tragedy in Pittsburgh's Carrick Community Exemplifies the Growing Challenge of Gun Violence in America
The tranquility of Pittsburgh's Carrick neighborhood was shattered in the early hours of a peaceful Sunday when a fatal shooting claimed the life of 28-year-old Cole Kerns. The incident, which occurred behind Sophie's Saloon on Brownsville Road, drew immediate attention from the Pittsburgh Police, with witnesses and surveillance footage playing a crucial role in the unfolding investigation. The suspect, Corey Rall, was seen in a chilling confrontation with Kerns before the shooting, and after a brief pursuit by witnesses, Rall has been charged with criminal homicide. This local tragedy is a stark reminder of the broader epidemic of gun violence plaguing American communities.
Package thefts in Butler County under investigation
PROSPECT, Pa. (KDKA) -- State police in Butler County are investigating after packages were allegedly stolen."It was my Christmas present to myself," said Brenda Betseh.Investigators told KDKA-TV's Mamie Bah on Dec. 2, between 5 and 8 in the evening, an unknown suspect opened mailboxes on South Franklin Street and North Franklin Street in Prospect. State troopers say items were taken out of the box they came in and the box was tossed. In other cases, the packages were stolen entirely."There's always an increase now just because there's an increase of deliveries, they do happen throughout the whole year," said Trooper Bertha Cazy.Officials call it a crime of opportunity, one that could land you in prison depending on the value of the property stolen."It is people's hard-earned money who are buying their packages so you're depriving people of their items," Cazy said.Troopers said there are steps you can take so your package doesn't go missing: require a signature, schedule a delivery time, have it dropped off at your neighbors if they are home and get a motion sensor on your porch or camera.
Crews called to massive house fire in Pittsburgh area
SHALER, Pa. (KDKA) — Crews responded to a large house fire in Shaler on Monday evening.First responders were called to the house on Hawthorne Road for the large blaze at around 5:30 p.m. No one was home when the fire broke out, and there were no injuries.Firefighters from Cherry City and seven nearby volunteer crews came to help fight the flames on Monday. "It went to a second alarm. We had multiple crews from Shaler, Ross, Millvale, Etna that assisted us," said Nick Skalos, chief of the Cherry City Volunteer Fire Company. "We appreciate their help."The garage was the first part of the home to be completely engulfed by flames. Then, a vehicle in the garage exploded. "The explosion was from the gas tank of the vehicle inside," Skalos said.It took crews about 90 minutes to stop the flames. The fire is under investigation.