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Police seeking public’s help in Oakland investigation

Police seeking public’s help in Oakland investigation

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

July 8, 2019

City police detectives have released photographs of a man they are seeking information about in connection with an alleged burglary and sexual assault in Oakland.

Police respond to attempted burglary on Oakland Avenue

Police respond to attempted burglary on Oakland Avenue

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

June 30, 2019

Pitt police alerted students Sunday to an attempted off-campus burglary that occurred in the early hours of the morning.

Former Pitt professor now charged with kidnapping third woman

Former Pitt professor now charged with kidnapping third woman

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

May 20, 2019

Richard Lomotey, 36, was initially charged with harassment, kidnapping and false imprisonment following a report from two women on May 11.

Pitt, Penn State Beaver professor charged with kidnapping Uber riders

Pitt, Penn State Beaver professor charged with kidnapping Uber riders

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

May 12, 2019

A part-time instructor in Pitt’s School of Computing and Information has been charged with kidnapping two women in Pittsburgh after he picked them up for an Uber ride early Saturday morning. Police reported the arrest of a suspect in the incident later that afternoon. Richard Lomotey, 36, was charged with two co...

Recent CMU graduate found guilty of sexual assault against female Pitt student

Recent CMU graduate found guilty of sexual assault against female Pitt student

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 1, 2019

A recent CMU graduate was found guilty of a second degree sexual assault felony against a female Pitt student Tuesday morning.

Pitt police identifies men involved in Tuesday incident as students from Denison University on ‘scavenger hunt’ who had to ‘scare someone’

Pitt police identifies men involved in Tuesday incident as students from Denison University on ‘scavenger hunt’ who had to ‘scare someone’

By Christian Snyder, Editor in Chief

April 12, 2019

Breaking: Police identify four individuals involved in Tuesday incident near Hillman Library

Multiple reports of suspicious activity seemingly targeting women in Oakland

Multiple reports of suspicious activity seemingly targeting women in Oakland

By The Pitt News Staff

April 11, 2019

Update 12:36 p.m.: Pitt confirmed there has been no missing persons report filed with Pitt Police, and that it does not believe the incidents are related.

Gunshots fired into office of Michael Rosfeld’s attorney

Gunshots fired into office of Michael Rosfeld’s attorney

By Janine Faust, Managing Editor

March 23, 2019

Gunshots were fired overnight into the office of Michael Rosfeld's defense attorney, Pat Thomassey. The approximate time of the shooting has yet to be determined.

Pitt files response to Rose suit

Pitt files response to Rose suit

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 18, 2019

A lawsuit from Antwon Rose Jr.’s family alleged that negligence from Pitt led to the shooting of the teenager by an East Pittsburgh police officer last year. But Pitt says East Pittsburgh never reviewed the officer’s file.

Racial slurs found on car roofs in South Oakland

Racial slurs found on car roofs in South Oakland

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

January 16, 2019

Racial slurs were found written in snow on car hoods in South Oakland Sunday night.

Body discovered on roof of Lothrop Hall

Body discovered on roof of Lothrop Hall

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

December 15, 2018

A dead body was found on the roof of Lothrop Hall Saturday morning. Pitt Police and Pittsburgh Police officers were at the scene.

Lawsuit dismissed against former police officer Michael Rosfeld, Garage Door

Lawsuit dismissed against former police officer Michael Rosfeld, Garage Door

By Jon Moss, Senior Staff Writer

December 10, 2018

A federal court case alleging an improper arrest of Pitt students at a local bar in December 2017 was dismissed Thursday.

SGB pushes stricter laws on firearm sales

SGB pushes stricter laws on firearm sales

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

December 5, 2018

After more than a month of trying to help Pittsburgh heal from the Tree of Life shooting, SGB has set its sights on making change in Washington.

Pitt professors explore psychology of mass shooting survivors

Pitt professors explore psychology of mass shooting survivors

By Sid Lingala and Hannah Schneider

November 30, 2018

The recent expansion in the DSM–5 of PTSD gives more insight into the general psychology of mass shooting survivors.

Professors examine gun violence, mental health correlation

Professors examine gun violence, mental health correlation

By Maggie Young, For The Pitt News

November 27, 2018

After 346 mass shootings in 2017, 321 have occurred so far in 2018 — and studies continue to show an increasing number of these incidents.

How FBI, journalists prepared responses to violence

How FBI, journalists prepared responses to violence

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

November 27, 2018

From the FBI to WPXI-TV, police officers and journalists alike have to be prepared for unpredictable mass acts of violence. Because of the unpredictable characteristic of mass acts of violence, these organizations must have plans that are ready to be set in place.

Lawsuit alleges Pitt responsible for dropped criminal charges

Lawsuit alleges Pitt responsible for dropped criminal charges

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

November 20, 2018

The owner of Garage Door Saloon says he is intending to prove Pitt's involvement in the district attorney's dismissal of criminal charges against students.

Suspect in Tree of Life massacre pleads not guilty

Suspect in Tree of Life massacre pleads not guilty

By Janine Faust, Managing Editor

November 1, 2018

Robert Bowers, 46, had been indicted on 44 counts by a federal grand jury Wednesday relating to the killing of 11 members of the Tree of Life synagogue last weekend.

Pittsburgh rallies, unites against hate

Pittsburgh rallies, unites against hate

By Dylan Giaccobe, Staff Writer

November 1, 2018

When President Donald Trump visited Pittsburgh on Tuesday in the aftermath of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto stayed far away – as did many other local elected officials. But a student-organized Unite Against Hate rally in Schenley Plaza Wednesday night brought the...

Student Safety in a season of screams

Student Safety in a season of screams

By Andrew O'Brien, For the Pitt News

November 1, 2018

Pitt students who took to Oakland’s streets in costume this Halloween week had reason to think twice before donning a “Scream” mask. The masked killer from that cult classic horror film is fictional, but the “Scream bandit,” who committed at least three armed robberies in Shadyside in September...

President Trump plans Tuesday trip to Pittsburgh

President Trump plans Tuesday trip to Pittsburgh

By Christian Snyder, Editor-in-Chief

October 30, 2018

Despite an open letter signed by more than 60,000 people telling President Donald Trump — in plain terms — that he is not welcome in Pittsburgh in the wake of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre, the White House confirmed today the president and first lady plan to visit the Steel City on Tuesday. ...

Pitt community responds to synagogue shooting

Pitt community responds to synagogue shooting

By Emily Drzymalski, For the Pitt News

October 30, 2018

The sounds of sirens and phone alerts informed Pitt students of the active shooter situation happening a few neighborhoods over in Squirrel Hill at the Tree of Life Synagogue Saturday morning. In the wake of Saturday’s shooting, Pitt students and organizations are taking action. After the shooting that claimed the live...

Trump to visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday in wake of synagogue massacre

Trump to visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday in wake of synagogue massacre

By Christian Snyder, Editor in Chief

October 29, 2018

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the President and First Lady will visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

President Trump responds to Tree of Life massacre

President Trump responds to Tree of Life massacre

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

October 29, 2018

After 11 Pittsburghers were killed in a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill Saturday morning, President Donald Trump publicly renounced the act and pledged his support to the victims. The president responded to the incident on Twitter at at 11:08 a.m, about an hour after the fi...

Affidavit reveals details of synagogue shooting

Affidavit reveals details of synagogue shooting

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

October 29, 2018

After 11 people were killed and six were injured at a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill Saturday morning, the U.S. Attorney’s office filed 29 federal charges against suspect Robert Bowers.

Community mourns shooting victims at weekend vigil

Community mourns shooting victims at weekend vigil

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 29, 2018

At Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, the Pittsburgh community gathered to remember the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre, which claimed the lives of 11 Pittsburghers.

Victims identified in Tree of Life shooting

Victims identified in Tree of Life shooting

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 29, 2018

The names of the 11 people killed by a gunman who opened fire Saturday in the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill were released Sunday morning. Among the victims, who ranged in age from 54 to 97, were a married couple from Wilkinsburg and a pair of brothers who lived in Squirrel Hill. [Re...

Gab: Its history and influence in the Tree of Life shooting

Gab: Its history and influence in the Tree of Life shooting

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

October 29, 2018

Shortly before entering the Tree of Life congregation in Squirrel Hill, Robert Bowers, a Baldwin resident and Saturday’s shooting suspect, posted a message on social media site Gab that said, “I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics. I'm going in.” As details of the massacre unfolded, more anti-Semitic messages that Bowers had posted on his Ga...

Man sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder of Pitt student

Man sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder of Pitt student

By Janine Faust, Managing Editor

October 17, 2018

The DA’s office had originally sought the death penalty for Matthew Darby and withdrew it after he agreed to a sentence of life without parole.

Catholics respond to Pittsburgh diocese scandal

Catholics respond to Pittsburgh diocese scandal

By Mario Cattabiani III, Staff Writer

September 12, 2018

At nearly 900 pages, a sweeping report identified some 300 priests accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children over the past seven decades in six dioceses across Pennsylvania.

2 men arrested for Ward homicide

2 men arrested for Ward homicide

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

March 27, 2018

City police arrested two men for the death of the man found on the 3200 block of Ward Street Monday afternoon. The men in custody are 21-year-old Velmon Dowling and 22-year-old Shayne Andrew Craighead. Both are from Pittsburgh and have been charged with criminal homicide. Police have identified ...

Deleted police tweet causes confusion after body found on Ward

Deleted police tweet causes confusion after body found on Ward

By TPN Staff

March 27, 2018

A man was found shot to death on Ward Street Monday afternoon, but it’s unclear where the shooting occurred after University of Pittsburgh police deleted a tweet regarding the incident. City police spokesperson Alicia George said police responded to a report of a body on the 3200 block of Ward ...

Breaking: Male victim found dead on Ward Street

Breaking: Male victim found dead on Ward Street

By Salina Pressimone and John Hamilton / The Pitt News Staff

March 26, 2018

A man was shot Monday afternoon in McKeesport, and then driven and removed from the suspects’ vehicle on Ward Street in South Oakland, according to Pitt police. Pittsburgh police spokesperson Alicia George said police answered to a report of a body on the 3200 block of Ward Street at approximately...

Man found dead on Ward Street

Man found dead on Ward Street

By TPN Staff

March 26, 2018

A man was found dead Monday afternoon on Ward Street in South Oakland, according to city police. The body appears to have been driven to the location after the victim was shot in McKeesport, Pitt police said in a tweet. Pittsburgh police spokesperson Alicia George said police answered to a report...

Police respond to armed robbery at Hello Bistro

Police respond to armed robbery at Hello Bistro

By The Pitt News Staff

March 19, 2018

The City of Pittsburgh Police Department responded to an armed robbery at Hello Bistro Sunday night, according to a Pitt crime alert sent out Monday afternoon. The crime alert from University of Pittsburgh Police said city police responded to the robbery at 11:11 p.m. The store closes at 10 p.m. and...

Alpha Kappa Alpha suspended, police investigating alleged hazing

Alpha Kappa Alpha suspended, police investigating alleged hazing

By John Hamilton, Janine Faust and Christian Snyder | Pitt News Staff

February 28, 2018

Police are investigating an alleged hazing incident after 12 pledges of Pitt’s Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority chapter went to the Penn Hills police department to file a report, the department’s police chief said Wednesday. Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner sent an email to Greek organizations Wednes...

Charges dropped against man accused of spying on students

Charges dropped against man accused of spying on students

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

February 21, 2018

A magisterial judge Wednesday dropped charges against Paul May, a nurse at the Veteran Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System in Oakland who was accused of spying into upper campus dorms. May, 56, was charged Nov. 6 with loitering and prowling, invasion of privacy and possessing instruments of a crime. All charges have been dropped, court documents show. District attorney spokesperson Mike Manko said Magisteri...

DA to seek death penalty in Pitt student’s homicide

DA to seek death penalty in Pitt student’s homicide

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

February 15, 2018

The Allegheny County district attorney's office will seek the death penalty for Matthew Darby, a 21-year-old man accused of killing Pitt student Alina Sheykhet. Sheykhet was found dead in her home in Oakland Oct. 8, 2017. Darby — her ex-boyfriend — has been charged with homicide, flight, burglary, theft, ...

Lawyers navigate the intricacies of assault

Lawyers navigate the intricacies of assault

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

February 14, 2018

Within the first 24 hours of the #MeToo movement going viral in October 2017, there were more than 12 million posts, comments and reactions made by 4.7 million Facebook users worldwide. The movement has since reached more than 85 countries, shedding a new light on advocacy for survivors of sexual harassment...

Police investigating attempted robbery

Police investigating attempted robbery

By The Pitt News Staff

January 26, 2018

Pitt police issued a crime alert about an attempted robbery Thursday night on the 100 block of University Place. A victim told both Pitt police and City police that the attempted robbery happened at 9:30 p.m. when he was walking the 4000-4100 block of O’Hara Street. At that time, an unknown man...

Interactive crime map Jan. 9-16

Interactive crime map Jan. 9-16

By TPN News Desk

January 19, 2018

 Date Time Building Address Summary Jan.9 1:45 a.m. Bruce Hall 3945 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Pitt police issued a student a conduct referral after a campus security authority reported a liquor law violation. Jan. 9 1:39 p.m. William Pitt Union 3959 Fifth Ave, Pit...

Immigration officials make arrest on Craig Street

Immigration officials make arrest on Craig Street

By John Hamilton, Janine Faust and Salina Pressimone

January 11, 2018

Immigration officers arrested a person on Craig Street Thursday afternoon as part of a targeted raid in the Oakland area, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Thursday night. ICE officials said the Pittsburgh sub-office conducted an operation that lead to the arrest of one person at the Un...

Police issue crime alert after burglary on Meyran

Police issue crime alert after burglary on Meyran

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

December 16, 2017

Pitt police issued a crime alert after a burglary Friday evening. Pitt Police and City police responded to a crime that occurred between 3 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Friday on the 300 block of Meyran Avenue. According to the alert, the victim said someone entered the building through an open door between...

Police issue crime alert after burglary on Juliet

Police issue crime alert after burglary on Juliet

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

December 9, 2017

Pitt police issued a crime alert after a burglary was reported early Saturday morning. Pitt and city police responded to the crime at 1:37 a.m. Saturday on the 3300 block of Juliet Street. According to the alert, the victim stated that an unknown person or multiple people entered his first floor apartment b...

Police arrest man after continued harassment claims

Police arrest man after continued harassment claims

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

December 6, 2017

Pitt police arrested a man Tuesday night after issuing a bulletin alerting students of his potential presence in Oakland and citing several female students who said he “made them feel uncomfortable.” “We would like our community to be aware of a suspicious subject identified as Daniel Dintin...

Interactive crime map Nov. 21 to Nov. 28

By The Pitt News Staff

November 30, 2017

Date Time Building Address Summary Nov. 21 12:49 a.m. Fifth Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Pitt police confiscated a small amount of marijuana during a traffic stop. Nov. 21 1:30 a.m. Lothrop Hall 190 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 ...

Student arrested in Hillman

Student arrested in Hillman

By Janine Faust and Caroline Bourque | News Editors

November 16, 2017

Pitt police charged a student with obstructing administration of law or other government function and tampering with evidence at Hillman Library Tuesday night, according to University spokesperson Joe Miksch. Miksch said officers were investigating suspicious activity on a computer on the first floo...

Possible peeper arrested in VA Hospital parking garage for spying on students in dorms

Possible peeper arrested in VA Hospital parking garage for spying on students in dorms

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Editor-in-chief

November 7, 2017

A nurse at the Veteran Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System in Oakland was charged Monday with spying on Pitt students in upper campus dorms. Paul May, 56, a nurse at the hospital near Pitt’s upper campus, was charged with loitering and prowling, invasion of privacy and possessing instrume...

Oakland victims robbed at gunpoint

Oakland victims robbed at gunpoint

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

October 28, 2017

Pitt police issued a crime alert after two suspects were involved in an armed robbery Friday night. Pitt and city police responded to the crime, which took place on the 300 block of Ophelia Street, Oct. 27, at 11:24 p.m. A black male approached the two victims and asked them where a party was, according...

Ex-boyfriend suspected of killing Pitt student arrested in South Carolina

Ex-boyfriend suspected of killing Pitt student arrested in South Carolina

By Rachel Glasser and John Hamilton | The Pitt News Staff

October 11, 2017

The ex-boyfriend charged with homicide in the death of a Pitt student was arrested Wednesday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Matthew Darby, 21, was charged with homicide Tuesday after his ex-girlfriend, Pitt junior Alina Sheykhet, was found dead in her Oakland apartment Sunday. Myrtle Beach police...

Attorney calls on Darby to turn himself in for questioning

Attorney calls on Darby to turn himself in for questioning

By John Hamilton | Managing Editor

October 10, 2017

David Shrager, the attorney of Matthew Darby — a 21-year-old for whom the police have obtained an arrest warrant in connection to the murder of a Pitt student — called for his client to turn himself in during a press conference Tuesday at noon. Latest: Police charge Darby with homicide Tuesday night] Shrager spoke to his client through members of the media gathered in his office, rea...

Pitt student found dead in Oakland homicide, police charge ex-boyfriend

Pitt student found dead in Oakland homicide, police charge ex-boyfriend

By The Pitt News Staff

October 9, 2017

A homicide investigation is underway after Pitt student Alina Sheykhet was found dead in her Oakland apartment Sunday morning. Pittsburgh police have obtained an arrest warrant for 21-year-old Matthew Darby — Sheykhet’s ex-boyfriend whom she filed a protection-from-abuse order against in September. His...

Pitt student found dead in Oakland, police confirm homicide

Pitt student found dead in Oakland, police confirm homicide

By The Pitt News Staff

October 9, 2017

Pittsburgh police are investigating a homicide in Oakland after finding a deceased Pitt student Sunday morning. The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Sunday night that the student was Alina Sheykhet, a 20-year-old woman. University spokesperson Joe Miksch said her family is aware...

Pitt student’s death being investigated as a homicide

Pitt student’s death being investigated as a homicide

By The Pitt News Staff

October 8, 2017

Pittsburgh police are investigating a homicide in Oakland after finding a deceased Pitt student Sunday morning. The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Sunday night that the student was Alina Sheykhet, a 20-year-old woman. University spokesperson Joe Miksch confirmed she was a Pitt stud...

Interactive crime map Sept. 23 – Sept. 29

Interactive crime map Sept. 23 – Sept. 29

By The Pitt News Staff

October 3, 2017

Date Time Building Address Summary September 23 12:11 a.m. Litchfield Towers Lobby 3990 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Pitt police cited a student for underage drinking. September 23 12:15 a.m. Holland Hall 3990 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Pitt police cited a ...

Pitt police issues alert after robbery on Forbes

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

September 17, 2017

Pitt Police issued a crime alert Sunday after a man was robbed on Forbes Avenue late Saturday night. The suspect — described as a black male with dreadlocks, wearing a white shirt and black zippered pants — approached the victim and implied that he had a gun by motioning as if he were wearing a shoulder hols...

Suspects invade, rob Oakland home

Suspects invade, rob Oakland home

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

September 10, 2017

Pitt police issued a crime alert after three men robbed a home on Dawson Street early Saturday morning. The suspects — a white male, African-American male and Hispanic male — entered the house on the 3400 block of Dawson Street through a back door at approximately 3 a.m. The African-American male bran...

Interactive crime map July 5 – July 11

Interactive crime map July 5 – July 11

By The Pitt News Staff

July 12, 2017

  Wednesday, July 5, 2017 11:45 a.m. 3700 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted City police with a retail theft. 3:58 p.m. 3800 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police arrested a non-affiliated individual for recklessly endangering another person, tampering ...

Interactive crime map June 28 – July 4

Interactive crime map June 28 – July 4

By The Pitt News Staff

July 5, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:59 a.m. 12 Melba Pl., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police issued a citation to a male student for disorderly conduct. 7:06 p.m. 200 Atwood St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police issued a citation to a non-affiliated individual for carrying an open container of alcohol in...

Interactive crime map: June 21 – June 27

June 30, 2017

Wednesday, June 21  12:36 a.m.  Semple St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police arrested a non-affiliated individual for simple domestic assault. 10:59 a.m.  4199 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police arrested a non-affiliated individual using a warrant. 4:43 p.m.  3700 Forbes Ave, ...

Interactive crime map: June 14 – June 20

Interactive crime map: June 14 – June 20

By The Pitt News Staff

June 27, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 3:39 p.m. 3800 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police arrested a non-affiliated individual using a warrant. 5:14 p.m. 3700 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  Pitt police issued a citation to a non-affiliated individual for panhandling. 7:41 p.m. 200 Atwood ...

Two burglaries in two days at the same Bates residence

Two burglaries in two days at the same Bates residence

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

June 27, 2017

Pitt police issued a crime alert Tuesday after responding to two burglaries at the same residence on consecutive days. The burglaries occurred in the 3600 block of Bates Street — one Monday at approximately 3 p.m. and the second Tuesday at 2:13 a.m., according to the alert. In Monday’s burglary, a suspe...

Interactive crime map June 7 – June 13

Interactive crime map June 7 – June 13

By The Pitt News Staff

June 14, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 7:58 a.m. McKee Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted city police with a report of a domestic incident. 1:49 p.m. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic 3811 O'Hara St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted UPMC security with an assault. 7:55 p.m....

Interactive crime map May 30 – June 6

Interactive crime map May 30 – June 6

By The Pitt News Staff

June 7, 2017

  Tuesday, May 30, 2017 3:22 p.m. 3900 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police issued a citation to a non-affiliated person for disorderly conduct and violating a city ordinance. Wednesday, May 31, 2017 4:01 a.m. 200 Chesterfield Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police arrest...

Interactive crime map: May 24 – May 29

Interactive crime map: May 24 – May 29

By The Pitt News Staff

May 31, 2017

  Wednesday, May 24, 2017 8:51 a.m. Robinson St Ext, Pittsburgh, PA. Pitt police responded to an individual's report of the theft of three traffic cones. 1:02 p.m. Nordenburg Hall 111 University Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted county police with a warrant arrest. 1...

Interactive crime map: May 17 – May 23

Interactive crime map: May 17 – May 23

By The Pitt News Staff

May 24, 2017

  Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:18 a.m. LIS Building 3471 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police responded to a report from an affiliated person of harassment by communication. 2:56 a.m. 100 Robinson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police arrested a non-affiliated person for po...

Man sentenced for homicide of Pitt administrator

Man sentenced for homicide of Pitt administrator

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 18, 2017

More than a year and a half after a fatal crash led to the death of Pitt faculty member Susan Hicks, the man who pleaded guilty to causing the crash received his jail sentence this Thursday. David Witherspoon, 51, who plead guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and drug offenses when court...

Interactive crime map: May 9 – May 16

Interactive crime map: May 9 – May 16

By The Pitt News Staff

May 17, 2017

  Tuesday, May 9, 2017 12:46 a.m. Atwood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted city police with a retail theft 2:13 p.m. Hillman Library 3960 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Pitt police responded to a report of an indecent exposure. 2:17 p.m. Benedum Hall 3700 O'Hara St...

Interactive crime map: May 1 – May 9

Interactive crime map: May 1 – May 9

By The Pitt News Staff

May 10, 2017

  Tuesday, May 2, 2017 12:42 a.m. Meyran Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police cited a student for underage drinking. Wednesday, May 3, 2017 10:08 a.m. Public Safety Building 3412 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted city police with several judicial refer...

Suspects arrested in connection with Meyran vandalism

Suspects arrested in connection with Meyran vandalism

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

April 20, 2017

Pitt police arrested two women Tuesday in connection with graffiti painted on sidewalks, vehicles and houses on Meyran Avenue. Pitt police noticed freshly painted graffiti at 4:05 a.m. Tuesday while on foot patrol, according to Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch. They chased and eventually apprehended t...

Person robbed at gunpoint on Semple

Person robbed at gunpoint on Semple

By Janine Faust / Senior Staff Writer

April 19, 2017

Two assailants, armed with a black handgun, robbed a person Monday night on the 200 block of Semple Street. The victim was an adult unaffiliated with the University who said two men robbed him of his wallet, phone and electronic equipment before fleeing down Semple Street — possibly going south ...

Interactive crime map April 7-April 14

Interactive crime map April 7-April 14

By The Pitt News Staff

April 17, 2017

April 8 1:44 a.m. Semple Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Pitt police arrested a non-affiliated person on a warrant. 2:59 a.m. 1400 Inverness Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217 Pitt police assisted city police with a burglary involving a student. Police arrested and referred one student for judicial action. 5:29 p.m. Fifth and Meyran avenues, ...

Interactive crime map: March 31 – April 6

Interactive crime map: March 31 – April 6

By The Pitt News Staff

April 9, 2017

March 31 2:55 p.m. Posvar Hall 230 S. Bouquet St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Pitt police responded to a report of a stolen coat. An investigation is pending. 3:40 p.m. Public Saftey Building 3412 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Pitt police assisted Port Authority police with an assault that occurred o...

Interactive crime map: March 23 – March 30

Interactive crime map: March 23 – March 30

By The Pitt News Staff

April 2, 2017

March 23 12:10 p.m. Ruskin Hall 120 Ruskin Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213: Pitt police cited two students for marijuana/disorderly conduct. 11:43 a.m. Music Building 4337 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213: Pitt police responded to a report of a criminal mischief. An investigation is pending. March 24...

Interactive crime map: March 17 – 23

Interactive crime map: March 17 – 23

By The Pitt News Staff

March 27, 2017

March 17 7:54 a.m. Clapp Hall, 4249 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Pitt police responded to a report of a stolen laptop. An investigation is pending. 11:42 a.m. Trees Hall, 140 Allequippa St., Pittsburgh, PA 15261. Pitt police responded to a report of a criminal mischief. An investigation is ...

Interactive crime map: March 9 – March 17

Interactive crime map: March 9 – March 17

By The Pitt News Staff

March 20, 2017

March 9 10:14 a.m. Mervis Hall, 3950 Roberto Clemente Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Pitt police responded to the theft of two office chairs. An investigation is pending. 12:28 p.m. 51 Boundary St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted city police with serving a warrant. Two actors were taken ...

Interactive crime map Feb. 24 – March 7

Interactive crime map Feb. 24 – March 7

By The Pitt News Staff

March 13, 2017

Feb. 24 12:55 p.m. Victoria Hall, 3500 Victoria St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police responded to a report of a fire panel that was tampered with. An investigation is pending. 5:01 p.m. 3800 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police cited a student for underage drinking and public drunkenne...

Interactive Crime Map Feb. 17 – Feb. 24

Interactive Crime Map Feb. 17 – Feb. 24

By The Pitt News Staff

February 27, 2017

Feb. 17 12:03 p.m. South Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted city police with a sexual assault report at a private residence. Feb. 18 12:08 a.m. 100 Atwood Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police cited a student for public urination. 12:39 a.m. Forbes Avenue and Atwood St...

Islamic Center: Investigate motivations in Beltzhoover beating

Islamic Center: Investigate motivations in Beltzhoover beating

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 24, 2017

A member of the Somali Bantu community in Pittsburgh was found in critical condition, beaten and potentially robbed in Beltzhoover at about 5 a.m. Tuesday morning in what the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh thinks could have been a hate crime. The man, a cab driver of about 30 years old, was going to...

Backlogged

Backlogged

By Nikita Karulkar, Staff Writer

February 23, 2017

Thousands of sexual assault kits around the nation have been left untested. One lab in Allegheny County found a short-term solution. Natasha Alexenko is an advocate. Alexenko is an activist. Alexenko is a former museum scientist. And in 1993, after Alexenko was raped and robbed at gunpoint, she became...

Interactive crime map Feb. 10 – Feb. 15

Interactive crime map Feb. 10 – Feb. 15

By The Pitt News Staff

February 20, 2017

Feb. 10 4:03 p.m. Sutherland Hall, 3725 Sutherland Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police arrested a student on charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. 4:51 p.m. Peterson Events Center, 3719 Terrace St., Pittsburgh, PA 15261. Pitt police responded to a report of harass...

Interactive Crime Map Feb. 3 – Feb. 9

By The Pitt News Staff

February 13, 2017

Feb. 3 12:52 a.m. Clapp Hall 4249 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Pitt police responded to a report of a missing laptop. An investigation is pending. 3:56 p.m. Wellness Center 119 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Pitt police responded to a report of a counterfeit $20 bill. 8:02...

Students tackle gun-toting assailants on Friday

Students tackle gun-toting assailants on Friday

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

January 31, 2017

Joseph, a Pitt sophomore, was staring straight into the barrel of a black revolver handgun on McKee Street Friday night. A Pitt police crime alert detailing Joseph’s experience noted that the gunman holding the revolver used it to hit the student in the back of the head — but it did not list ...

Two violent crimes reported in Oakland over weekend

Two violent crimes reported in Oakland over weekend

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

January 30, 2017

Multiple instances of violent crime in Oakland this weekend left one victim with minor injuries and another in critical condition. One person was robbed and assaulted at gunpoint by three unidentified suspects while walking along the 300 block of McKee Place Friday night at about 10:07 p.m. The vict...

Interactive crime map Jan. 20 – 24

By The Pitt News Staff

January 30, 2017

Jan. 20 8:18 p.m. Bouquet Gardens Building B. 300 S. Bouquet St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police responded to a report of harassment. An investigation is pending. 9:22 p.m. Phi Kappa Theta House. Fraternity Housing Complex, University Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police cited a s...

Shots fired near Magee Hospital, one man injured

Shots fired near Magee Hospital, one man injured

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Senior Staff Writer

January 26, 2017

According to city police, multiple shots were fired on the corner of Hamlet Street and Boulevard of the Allies in Oakland Wednesday evening, leaving one man injured. City police who responded to the call said an unidentified male was shot in the right pinky finger and arm near Magee-Women’s Hospi...

Five Pitt students arrested at inauguration in D.C.

Five Pitt students arrested at inauguration in D.C.

By Amanda Reed and Rebecca Peters / The Pitt News Staff

January 26, 2017

The morning of Inauguration Day, before Trump took his presidential oath, Americans filtered onto the National mall. Among them, Anika Mavinkurve, a senior neuroscience major, noticed that the inauguration was calm — not a crowbar, brick or act of violence in sight. “When we first walked in there was 100 max...

Man assaulted on Forbes and McKee

Man assaulted on Forbes and McKee

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

January 24, 2017

Pitt police assisted city police with a reported assault on the corner of Forbes Avenue and McKee Place Sunday afternoon. The fight, which took place at about 3:52 p.m., involved two individuals — one of whom had a knife. The victim reported that while he was crossing Forbes, the perpetrator dro...

Interactive crime map Jan. 13 – 20

By The Pitt News Staff

January 24, 2017

Jan. 13 1:20 p.m. 100 to 300 block of Oakland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted with a theft from Peter's Pub. 11:34 p.m. Centre Plaza apartments. 5032 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police cited a student for underage drinking. Jan. 14 12:34 a.m. Litc...

It’s Dogg’n It victim of armed robbery

It’s Dogg’n It victim of armed robbery

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

January 13, 2017

It’s Dogg’n It, a beer and convenience store, was robbed Wednesday evening by an unknown suspect with a handgun. Pitt police and city police responded to the store, located on the 200 block of Atwood Street, around 6:10 p.m. for a reported armed robbery. Emily Schaffer, a spokesperson for ci...

Two thefts continue Oakland crime streak

Two thefts continue Oakland crime streak

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

January 12, 2017

A home on the 300 block of Meyran Avenue was burglarized early Tuesday morning, making it the second burglary this semester and the 25th this academic year. According to a Pitt police crime alert, the burglary occurred sometime between 5:30 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. The burglar broke the front door, entered the apartment and stole a laptop. Th...

Interactive Crime Map Dec. 8 to Jan. 4

By The Pitt News Staff

January 9, 2017

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 8:42 a.m. Detre Hall. 3811 O'Hara St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted an individual who wanted to file a harrassment report. 12:20 p.m. Desoto and O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police responded to a report of a domestic dispute. Both parties w...

Semple Street home burglarized over winter break

Semple Street home burglarized over winter break

By Alexa Bakalarski and Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editors

January 5, 2017

While Pitt’s campus shut down for the holidays, a home on Semple Street was burglarized, marking the 24th burglary of this academic year. The resident of the home, a Pitt student, returned to his hometown for the winter holidays on Dec. 22. He realized his items were missing when he returned to sch...

Reading to pass time: Book ‘Em turns a new page for inmates

Reading to pass time: Book ‘Em turns a new page for inmates

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

January 4, 2017

On Cherokee Street in the Upper Hill District of Pittsburgh, drugs passed daily between neighbors and visitors. And on Aug. 5, 2008, Frank Johnson got caught in the cycle. By sunset that day, at 34 years old, Johnson’s freedom was no longer guaranteed. Convicted by a jury in October 2010 for c...

Interactive Crime Map Dec. 2 – 7

By The Pitt News Staff

December 12, 2016

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 10:05 a.m. Off campus. Pitt police assisted a female student who reported fraudulent charges on her credit card. 10:13 a.m. Darragh Street Apartments. Pitt police are investigating a report of a package theft. 12:22 p.m. 3700 block of Parkview Avenue. Pitt police ...

Peace, love and tax evasion: donut shop founder sentenced

Peace, love and tax evasion: donut shop founder sentenced

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

December 9, 2016

Though the founder of Peace, Love, and Little Donuts was sentenced Thursday for bankruptcy and income fraud, the Oakland franchise will remain open and unaffected. The donut chain’s co-founder Ronald Razete, who founded the chain with his wife, was charged with underreporting his income on the...

Man exposes self on Oakland Ave. and Bates St.

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

December 8, 2016

After several people reported that a man was inappropriately exposing himself in Oakland, Pitt police issued a crime alert Thursday afternoon notifying students they were searching for him.   Officers responded to complaints at about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday night at the intersection of Oakland Avenue ...

Police arrest two men for Meyran Avenue burglary

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

December 7, 2016

After the 23rd burglary in Oakland this semester occurred last week, police have arrested two men for this most recent incident. Pittsburgh police arrested 18-year-old Jamal Kyte-Saverly and an unnamed 17-year-old man in connection with the Dec. 1 burglary in the 300 block of Meyran Avenue. Kyte-Sa...

For the 23rd time, burglars break into Oakland home

By Amanda Reed / Contributing Editor

December 5, 2016

After a burglar broke into their house in the 3400 block of Ward Street on Halloween, Jacky Chen and his five roommates made a house rule to lock their door at all times, even if another roommate was home. But several of the roommates forgot to lock the door on their way to a track workout with the Ultim...

Interactive Crime Map Nov. 23 – Dec. 2

By The Pitt News Staff

December 5, 2016

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 11:11 a.m. Lawrence Hall. Pitt police responded to a report of the theft of a bicycle. An investigation is pending. 6:03 p.m. Detre Hall. Police arrested one person on charges of terroristic threats. Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 3:28 a.m. McKee Place and Fifth ...

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