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The Pitt News launches Interactive Crime Map

By The Pitt News Staff

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From underage drinking to robberies, the Pitt police answer dozens of calls per day. Yet short of leaving a police scanner on all day, students often wonder why they hear so many sirens.

For years, The Pitt News filled its pages with a daily listing of crime and other activity of the Pitt police. But when we shrunk the size of our papers, printing the often lengthy blotter didn’t make sense.

This semester, The Pitt News is introducing an interactive crime map, a tool we will use to show Pitt police activity each week. Updated each Sunday at pittnews.com, The Pitt News Crime Map will place a pin wherever police have reported a crime. Readers can click on the pins to view the details of the police reports for the previous week. The Pitt News will not publish the names or exact addresses of anyone the police charges with a crime.

The Pitt News will collect the reports from the police throughout the week and will compile them to make the map. A text version of the reports will appear below each new map.

Here is the crime and other Pitt police activity for Dec. 22 – Jan. 5:

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2015

Burglary

3:46 p.m.

3600 block of Parkview Avenue

Pitt police assisted city police with a call for a burglary.

Possession of drug paraphernalia

8:49 p.m.

Intersection of Baum Boulevard and Melwood Avenue

Pitt police issued one summons arrest to a homeless man for possessing drug paraphernalia.

Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015

Driving under the influence

Midnight

Intersection of Fifth Avenue and Craft Avenue

Pitt police arrested a man who lives on the 2000 block of Forbes Avenue for driving under the influence.

Assist

2:02 a.m.

3442 Forbes Ave.

Pitt police assisted city police with a domestic incident. No one was arrested.

Vandalism

3:05 a.m.

Oakhill Commons 32

Pitt police responded to a call of criminal mischief. An investigation is ongoing.

Assist

10:21 a.m.

UPMC Presbyterian

Pitt police assisted city police by transporting a warrant suspect from UPMC Presbyterian Hospital to the Allegheny County Jail.

Friday, Dec. 25, 2015

Driving under the influence

5:56 p.m.

3500 block of Terrace Street

Pitt police arrested a West View man on the 3500 block of Terrace Street for driving under the influence.

Theft

11:58 p.m.

200 Block Atwood

Pitt police arrested a Munhall man for robbing a store, falsely identifying himself to police and possessing drug paraphernalia. Pitt police also cited, but did not arrest, a Mifflinburg woman for robbing the store.

Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015

Assault: Terroristic threats

4:31 p.m.

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Police responded to a report of an individual making a terroristic threat.

Disorderly conduct

8:23 p.m.

UPMC Mercy Hospital

Pitt police cited a woman for disorderly conduct.

Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015

Smell of marijuana

12:15 a.m.

Bouquet Gardens – Building H

Pitt police responded to a report of the smell of marijuana. Police will refer the students who live in the room for judicial action through Pitt after they complete an investigation.

Friday, Jan. 1, 2016

1:04 a.m.

Forbes Avenue and Schenley Drive

Pitt police issued one summons arrest to a female Pitt student for falsely identifying herself to an officer.

2:33 a.m.

Bates Street at 376 On-ramp

Pitt police arrested a Penn Hills woman who had a pending arrest warrant.

3:57 a.m.

3500 block Forbes Avenue

Pitt police arrested a Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, man for disorderly conduct and possessing contraband.

Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016

8:33 p.m.

South Side Sports Complex A

A security guard reported damage that was done to a gate between 6:30 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. to the police.

Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016

12:22 a.m.

Intersection of Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard

Pitt police arrested a Penn Hills man for receiving stolen property, possessing narcotics and unlawfully driving a car.

2:31 a.m.

3500 block Forbes Avenue

Pitt police arrested a Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, woman for possession with intent to deliver, possession of a narcotic, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police also arrested a Hill District man for possession of a narcotic at the same time.

Monday, Jan. 4, 2016

1:39 p.m.

Litchfield Towers Lobby

Pitt police received a report of a female Pitt student’s mail being stolen. An investigation is pending.

10:25 p.m.

Nordenberg Hall

Pitt police received a report of a student who was verbally harassed. An investigation is pending.

11:47 p.m.

300 block of Oakland Ave.

Pitt police assisted city police for a report of an armed robbery.

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

2:27 p.m.

Litchfield Tower C

Pitt police cited a female Pitt student for underage drinking.

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