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2 men arrested for Ward homicide

2 men arrested for Ward homicide

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

March 27, 2018


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Crime, News

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Crime, News

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


Filed under Campus, Crime, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News

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


Filed under Crime, News

 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


Filed under 2. Featured, Crime, News

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


Filed under Crime, News

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


Filed under Crime, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Crime, News

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


Filed under Crime, News

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


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Crime, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Crime, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Crime, News

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


Filed under Crime, News, Uncategorized

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


Filed under Crime, News

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


Filed under Crime, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News

  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


Filed under Crime, News

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


Filed under Crime, News

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


Filed under Crime, News

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News

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


Filed under Crime, News

  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


Filed under Crime, News

  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


Filed under Crime, News

  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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News

  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


Filed under Crime, News

  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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News

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


Filed under Crime, News

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Campus, Crime, News

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, Health, National News, News

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


Filed under Campus, City, Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Crime, News

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Campus, Crime, News

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, National News, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News, Uncategorized

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


Filed under Crime, News

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Campus, City, Crime, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Campus, City, Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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 ...

PDAA releases guidelines for officer-related shootings

PDAA releases guidelines for officer-related shootings

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

November 30, 2016


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

Taking a step no other state has yet, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association announced Tuesday its recommendations for the investigation of shootings involving police officers. While the 16 recommendations are not binding for law enforcement agencies or prosecutors, the Association suggests ...

Interactive Crime Map Nov. 17 to 20

By The Pitt News Staff

November 28, 2016


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 7:50 a.m. Mervis Hall. Pitt police are investigating a report from Facilities Management of the theft of a marquee sign. 12:09 p.m. Hillman Library. Pitt police are investigating a report from an individual who said they recieved a disturbing message on their Facebook pa...

Interactive Crime Map Nov. 10 – 14

By The Pitt News Staff

November 21, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 11:30 a.m. Sutherland Hall. An officer took a criminal mischief report. An investigation is pending. 11:30 a.m. Benedum Hall. Police responded to an individual's report of the theft of his laptop. An investigation is pending. 4:26 p.m. Cathedral of Learning. An offi...

20th home burglarized in Oakland

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

November 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

Marking the 20th burglary in the Oakland area this semester, an unknown person entered a home in the 3400 block of Parkview Avenue over the weekend, stealing a laptop and other personal items. Similar to the previous incidents, the intruder acted late on a weekend night, entering the Parkview home...

Report shows rise in inmates, more black inmates in Allegheny County Jail

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

November 17, 2016


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

Rates of incarceration in Allegheny County Jail are rising, partially because large numbers of people are being jailed before conviction, a trend that has caused the region to outpace national averages and that highlights the inequities in the local criminal justice system. Although the Allegheny County Jail houses 70...

Man shatters Sorrento’s front door window

Man shatters Sorrento’s front door window

By Emily Brindley and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

November 14, 2016


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

Police were easily able to track down a man who shattered the front door window of Sorrento’s Pizza Roma early Sunday morning using the drink order from the bar he was just kicked out of. The man, who police have not named, was asked to leave the Garage Door Saloon at about 2 a.m. Sunday morning b...

Pitt police increase patrols after 17 burglaries

Pitt police increase patrols after 17 burglaries

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

November 14, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Crime, News

There have been more burglaries in Oakland since the start of the fall semester — 17 total — than in all of the 2015 calendar year combined.   Yet no one has been arrested after the string of crimes that began in October, even as Pitt police have increased patrols in Oakland and University s...

Interactive Crime Map Nov. 4 – 9

By The Pitt News Staff

November 14, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Here is the Pitt police activity for Nov. 4, 2016, to Nov. 9, 2016. Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 3:32 p.m. North Bouquet Street. Police responded to a report of a theft of a bike. An investigation is pending. 6:47 p.m. 3400 Forbes Avenue. Police responded to a report of a possible overdose. City me...

Interactive Crime Map Oct. 28 – Nov. 4

By The Pitt News Staff

November 7, 2016


Filed under Crime, News

Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 4:49 p.m. 3700 Forbes Avenue. Police arrested an unaffiliated man for sale or use of certain solvents and noxious solvent, possession of drug paraphernalia, defiant trespass and public drunkenness. 10:43 p.m. 3600 Fifth Avenue. Pitt police assisted city police with a possible custody. One person was tak...

Pittsburgh Chief of Police Cameron McLay resigns

Pittsburgh Chief of Police Cameron McLay resigns

By Alexa Bakalarski and Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editors

November 4, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News

After two years with the force, Chief of Pittsburgh Police Cameron McLay resigned from his post Friday. McLay took the chief of police position in September 2014 after previously serving as a captain with the Madison, Wisconsin, police force and a consultant with the International Association of Ch...

Pennsylvania Innocence Project opens in Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania Innocence Project opens in Pittsburgh

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

November 2, 2016


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

Law students from the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University are learning to look at cases differently — guilty until proven innocent. The Pennsylvania Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization that works to exonerate wrongly convicted people and prevent future wrongful convictions, rece...

Police respond to report of sexual assault on Semple Street

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

October 31, 2016


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

On Sunday morning, Pitt police responded to a report that a woman had been sexually assaulted. University of Pittsburgh police and city police responded to a call on the 300 block of Semple Street from a woman who said a man had sexually assaulted her at about 4 a.m. Sunday morning. Police said in ...

Interactive Crime Map Oct. 21 to 28

By The Pitt News Staff

October 30, 2016


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 3:32 p.m. S Craig Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police arrested a male non-affiliate on a warrant. 6:31 p.m. Bellefield Hall. 315 S Bellefield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police responded to a report from a campus security authority of a possible sex offense....

Dimling Way home burglarized Wednesday night

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

October 27, 2016


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

An unknown person broke into a home on Dimling Way Wednesday night in the most recent of at least seven burglaries in Central Oakland this month. Pitt and city police responded to the break in, which took place between 9:20 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Like many of the other robberies this month, the victim said the unkno...

Burglaries continue, Oakland locks up

Burglaries continue, Oakland locks up

By Alexa Bakalarski & Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

October 27, 2016


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

An unknown person broke into a home on Ward Street Tuesday night, the most recent of at least six burglaries in Oakland this month. This latest burglary took place on the 3300 block of Ward Street between 5:40 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, according to a crime alert from Pitt and city police. The res...

Interactive Crime Map Oct. 14 – 21

By The Pitt News Staff

October 23, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 6:31 p.m. Cathedral of Learning. Police responded to a security guard's report of finding graffiti. An investigation is pending. 8:43 p.m. Bouquet Gardens. Police conducted a drug investigation and charges are pending. No other details were immediately available. 11:...

Fifth home in Oakland burglarized

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

October 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, Crime, News, Top Stories

For the fifth time this month, an unknown person robbed a central Oakland home, the latest in a string of robberies that police say are not connected. This time, an unknown person broke into a home on the 3700 block of Dawson Street late Wednesday evening, stealing multiple valuables. Pitt and city...

More body cams to come for Pittsburgh police

More body cams to come for Pittsburgh police

By David Robinson / Staff Writer

October 20, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News, Tech Science

Adding to the 170 wired body cameras Pittsburgh police are already wearing, the Bureau said at a public safety meeting Wednesday that it ordered another 500 wireless body cameras to use in the coming year. The new cameras have higher video quality and storage capacity, officer Garrett Bickmore sa...

Two homes robbed in Oakland

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

October 18, 2016


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

After two burglaries last weekend, Pitt and the city police responded to calls that two more residences in southern Central Oakland had been robbed. No one was injured in either incident, but residents of each home told police that valuables were missing. None of the victims saw a person around t...

Interactive Crime Map Oct. 7 – 14

By The Pitt News Staff

October 18, 2016


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 10:21 p.m. Forbes Hall Pavilion. Police responded to a report of the smell of marijuana and referred one student for judicial action. 11:42 p.m. Pier Street, Pittsburgh, PA. Police issued a citation to a female student for underage drinking. Saturday, Oct. 8, 201...

Pitt police make arrest in Forbes Hall

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

October 14, 2016


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Pitt Police arrested a previously convicted sex offender in a University-owned apartment building on Tuesday. According to a criminal complaint, Pitt police officers were dispatched to Forbes Hall Pavilion at about 8:27 a.m. Tuesday after receiving a report that a homeless man was inside the lobby. T...

The men behind the streets: the history of campus street names

The men behind the streets: the history of campus street names

By David Robinson / Staff Writer

October 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News, Uncategorized

The historical reporting in this story is from information found in the University’s Special Collections at Hillman Library, unless otherwise noted. Every day, Pitt students wake up in bedrooms on Neville Street or dine at restaurants on Craig Street or head to class by way of Bates or Bouquet st...

Two residences in Oakland robbed

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

October 10, 2016


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Pitt and city police responded to calls within one hour of each other Sunday morning that two South Oakland homes — one on Semple Street and one on Meyran Avenue  — had been robbed. No one was injured in either incident, which occurred about a block away from one another, but residents of e...

Interactive Crime Map Sept. 23-Oct. 4

By The Pitt News Staff

October 9, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Here is the Pitt police activity from Sept. 23 to Oct. 4. Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 8:42 a.m. UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. Police issued a warrant for an arrest to a man not affiliated with Pitt. 3:48 p.m. 400 block of Atwood Street. Pitt police assisted city police with a report of simple ...

Interactive Crime Map Sept. 23-Sept. 30

By The Pitt News Staff

October 3, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Here is the Pitt police activity for Sept. 23-29: Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 6:36 p.m. Litchfield Tower A. Police arrested a male student on charges of posession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphenelia and public drunkenness. 7:39 p.m. Schenley Park. Police responded...

Interactive Crime Map Sept. 16 – 23

By The Pitt News Staff

September 26, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Here is the Pitt Police activity from Sept. 16 - 23. Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 1:11 p.m. UPMC Mercy. Police arrested an unaffiliated person on charges of simple assault. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 2:06 a.m. Holland Hall. Police issued a citation to a female student for underage drinking. 2:29 a.m. Nordenberg H...

Pittsburgh Police alter response policy

Pittsburgh Police alter response policy

By Rachel Glasser / For the Pitt News

September 21, 2016


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

In cases of simple assault, harassment and terroristic threats, a Pittsburgh police officer will now be required to respond to the scene of the incident. Before, they didn’t always have to. Under the rules governing the city police’s crime response system, a 911 operator could relegate 14 crime...

Interactive Crime Map Sept. 9 – 16

By The Pitt News Staff

September 19, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Here is the Pitt police activity from Sept. 9 to 16 Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 4:35 p.m. Litchfield Towers Lobby. Police responded to a student's report of stolen clothing. An investigation is pending. 6:35 p.m. Schenley Plaza. Police responded a student's report that he left his backpack...

Chief McLay addresses no-confidence vote, community relations

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

September 15, 2016


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

The day after more than half of his officers voted they have no confidence in his leadership, Pittsburgh Police Cameron McLay admitted that it hurt. On his two year anniversary with the department, McLay, speaking at a town hall meeting in Hazelwood Thursday evening, said that he misspoke when he called th...

Fraternal Order of Police survey indicates “no confidence” in Pittsburgh police chief Cameron McLay

Fraternal Order of Police survey indicates “no confidence” in Pittsburgh police chief Cameron McLay

By Alexa Bakalarski and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

September 13, 2016


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

The Pittsburgh police union released results from a survey it conducted on Monday, showing that the majority of officers in the union would make a vote of “no confidence” in Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay. Shortly after the survey results came out, McLay responded in a Pittsburgh Departmen...

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