Pittsburgh City Officer Arrested On DUI Charges

Court documents have shown that an officer with the Pittsburgh police department was arrested early Monday morning after being involved in a crash in the West End, following the Super Bowl telecast Sunday evening. The crash occurred while the officer was off-duty, and resulted in the four-year veteran from Westwood being charged with two counts of drunken driving and one count of careless driving.

According to the off-duty officer, he was driving his Ford pickup truck on South Main Street in the West End when he lost control of the vehicle. His fellow officers said in their report that the truck crashed into an oncoming vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle suffered a concussion but no other injuries were reported. The incident occurred just after 3am Monday morning. The officer was given two subsequent breathalyzer tests, upon which he registered blood-alcohol levels of 0.195 and 0.199 respectively.

The officer has no record of previous DUI or DWI arrests. Regina McDonald, Pittsburgh Police Acting Chief, said in a recent statement that the officer has since been assigned to the department’s warrant office doing various administrative duties while the investigation is being conducted. It is unknown at this time whether or not the driver of the other vehicle will press charges or bring litigation against the officer. As of yet there have been no witnesses questioned and no one has come forward claiming to have been a witness to the incident. The Pittsburgh Office of Municipal Investigations is conducting the investigation.

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Pittsburgh Drug Ring Sold Meth as Ecstasy

Pittsburgh authorities allege that drug dealers are going to new and even more dangerous lengths in order to peddle their wares to unsuspecting users. A drug ring in the Pittsburgh area was allegedly selling extremely dangerous methamphetamines to local drug users by claiming it was the club/rave drug known as Ecstasy. Federal officials said last Friday that suburban locations such as the Mall at Robinson, selected for their inconspicuous nature, were used by members of the ring as meet-up locations for their buyers.

A 29-year-old North Fayette man was alleged to be the leader of the drug ring, and is accused of trying to generate an entirely new market in the drug trade by selling meth and claiming it was Ecstasy. According to Michael Christmas, FBI supervisory special agent, the drug ring was being investigated as the result of a 14-person indictment.

Ecstasy is commonly sold to college-age individuals for club and rave parties, and has an entirely different effect on the body and mind than methamphetamines do. The people who took the drug under the auspices that it was Ecstasy told police that they wondered why they remained wide awake for days, a characteristic that is one of the effects of meth. The drug that was being sold was tested as being 90% meth with the remaining 10% being Ecstasy. According to investigators, the indictment began in early 2013, and led to revelations that a group of people headquartered near the Pittsburgh airport was having meth shipped in from Cleveland, as well as heroin and marijuana shipped in from New York City.

The ring leader is likely to be charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamines and heroin, as well as possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

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Pittsburgh Elementary School Teacher Charged With Rape

A music teacher at Avonworth Elementary School was arrested on Friday after being charged with sexual assault on one of his relatives beginning in 2002 when she was 10 years old. The teacher was placed on administrative leave by school officials. The Ben Avon resident is a former high school and middle school band teacher, and has been banned from school property. He is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail on $200,000 bond. The sexual assault was first brought to light in 2009 when the accuser was 17 years old. She confided in officials at a local faith-based organization when she became concerned that her attacker may have gotten her pregnant.

An investigation was launched by police when the organization’s officials reported the abuse, but the girl recanted her statement regarding the attacks – and as a result there were no charges filed. She said that the abuse took place “on and off” for a number of years starting when she was 10 but police were not able to find any evidence to back up her story or the details thereof.

Despite her recantation, the girl insisted in a more recent interview with police that her initial statement was a truthful one and that her attacker had written her a letter expressing romantic feelings for her which she says he personally delivered to her during the fall of 2013. The accused has been charged with rape, sexual assault, and other crimes related crimes, and will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on February 13th of this year. The school superintendent stated in a letter addressed to parents of children within the school district that the district is cooperating with police and the district attorney’s office, but that no further comment could be made for the sake of the integrity of the ongoing investigation.

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Western Pennsylvania Sex Traffickers Arrested in Philadelphia

As a follow-up to last week’s story where it was reported that a former prison guard and her accomplice turned a 16-year-old girl into a prostitute, it has been confirmed that two Pittsburgh area residents, a 33-year-old female and a 32-year-old male, the latter having been a former inmate at the prison where the female worked as a guard, are being federally charged with sex trafficking of a child and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking. The victim, who was 16 at the time of the alleged incidents, is from Western Pennsylvania and had fled from a juvenile placement program when the defendants found her and began their alleged crimes.

The defendants were respectively a guard and an inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Greensburg, where they met. The inmate was serving a sentence for drug-related offenses and the two began living together upon his release from prison. The victim met them during the summer of 2012 and was invited to move in with them, which she did. Soon after moving in the victim was allegedly told by the defendants that she would need to become a prostitute so that they could have money.

The victim claimed to federal agents that the male defendant physically assaulted her and made threats on her life by indicating that he owned several guns. He also is alleged to have held her hostage inside the apartment, telling her that she couldn’t leave because she was on the run from authorities and would be sent back to the juvenile program if she left.

The defendants are in the process of being transported back to Pittsburgh after having been located and arrested in Philadelphia. They have not yet been appointed legal representation.

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

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Ross Township Man Accused of Theraflu Selling Laced Heroin

A man from Ross Township was arrested for allegedly selling heroin laced with fentanyl, a mixture which he then labeled “Theraflu.”

Ross Township and Springdale Township police coordinated with the Allegheny County Narcotics Team to make the arrest. Police sources indicate that the suspect, who is from Glenshaw, has been arrested and charged with multiple counts relating to the possession and sale of heroin and cocaine. Police allege that the man sold the drugs to undercover police agents on multiple occasions.

Heroin laced with fentanyl has been implicated in heroin overdose deaths in at least 14 states. The drug cocktail rose to prominence after the recent overdose death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The suspect in this latest case is alleged to have sold the drug mixture across the northern sections of Pittsburgh. For his part the man, who was arrested at his parent’s house, proclaimed his innocence. As he walked to a waiting police cruiser he was quoted as saying “Not guilty, I’ll tell you that.”

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Hidden Compartment inside Car Reveals 2,500 bags of Heroin

While searching for a suspected drug dealer in the Tarentum area, police discovered a car that the suspect allegedly used to transport the drugs. A search of the car yielded thousands of bags of heroin.

Police from Tarentum and Harrison Township joined forces with the State Attorney General’s Office in the search for a 34 year old man who is suspected of drug dealing. After obtaining a search warrant the group raided an apartment in the 200 block of Seventh Avenue, but did not locate the suspect inside. But police were able to make arrests on two other individuals who were in the apartment, and also were able to confiscate a car that the suspect had been seen driving.

With the help of a drug sniffing dog, police were able to locate a hidden compartment in the car which held approximately 2,500 bags of heroin and a handgun. Police have estimated that the group headed by the suspect may have sold as many as 2,500 bags of heroin per week from the car.

The two individuals who were arrested within the apartment were booked on drug related charges. The original suspect is still at large.

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Arrests Near in Card Cloning Scheme

Police are close to arresting multiple suspects as a result of a scheme to clone the new electronic fare cards which the Port Authority has issued.

In an investigation which he describes as ongoing, Detective Kevin Atkins said that at least four of the new electronic fare cards, called ConnectCards, were duplicated. He declined to comment on just how many copies were made or how often the cards were used. According to Detective Atkins police have identified several suspects who police believe are involved in the scheme, and arrests are pending.

The ConnectCards, which are part of a $41 million dollar upgrade to the transportation system, are thought to be far more secure than previous fare systems. The cards have computer chips which store fare information, and can hold value for travelers who wish to purchase a weekly, monthly, or annual passes. The cloned cards are said to be of the weekly, monthly, and annual variety.

One benefit of the new system is that it allows authorities to better detect abnormal usage patterns. Authorities believe that the counterfeit cards are being sold for a profit.

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

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