Public Safety Updates http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/updates.htm Department of Public Safety (c) 2014 | City of Pittsburgh | All rights reserved 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