Thursday, May 16, 2013
Officers responded to 10 shoplifting incidents in just one week.
With so many retail stores along the McKnight Road corridor, it might not be surprising that shoplifting is a common crime in Ross Township. But just how common? According to incident reports provided by Ross Township police, officers responded to 10 reports of shoplifting between April 30 and May 6. The incidents were spread out and included stores inside Ross Park Mall, North Hills Village and McIntyre Square. Several smaller, independent stores were also hit. "With the Ross retail corridor being so big, it brings a significant amount of retail theft," said Ross Detective Brian Kohlhepp. Ten cases in a week might not seem like a lot, but Kohlhepp says the police department's statistics are just a small percentage of the shoplifting …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Police are looking for a white man, in his late 20's, who held up an Exxon Station on McKnight Road Wednesday morning.
Ross Township police are searching for one suspect in the robbery of the Exxon Gas Station just south of the intersection of McKnight and Nelson Run Roads late Wednesday morning. Wednesday evening, Ross police released surveillance video of the hold up. (see video) "It was dead -- this guy came up and he had his right hand in his hoodie pocket and he walked in and looked around to make sure there was no one there with me," Caralin Fohl, the only employee on duty at the time, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "He just told me open the cash register and told me to get on the ground face down," Fohl told the P-G. "It was a very scary experience, to say the least." Fohl told the paper she didn't recognize the robber as a regular customer. …
The hold up occurred shortly around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Ross Township police are searching for at least one suspect in the robbery of the Exxon Gas Station just south of the intersection of McKnight and Nelson Run Roads. The holdup was reported around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. There are no reports of any injuries, and it's not known if the suspect, believed to be a white man in his late 20's or early 30's, carried a weapon. Check back with North Hills Patch for further developments. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter. Check out some of today's other top stories here.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The accident occurred around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon.
One woman was hurt after losing control of her car while driving toward McKnight Road from Ross Park Mall Tuesday afternoon. Ross Township police say the vehicle swerved across both lanes of traffic before coming to a stop on the side of the road. The driver, a woman in her mid 30's, was the only person in the car and was taken to the hospital. No word on her name or condition. Police say it's possible she suffered from some sort of medical condition. Officers say there was no evidence that drugs or alcohol played a part in the accident. The road was closed for a short time, but has since reopened. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter. Check out some of today's other top stories here.
Officer Vernon "Port" Moses is being honored on Peace Officers Memorial Day.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation, which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events, which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Ross Township has lost one officer in the line of duty, and recently several members of the department investigated the circumstances surrounding the murder of Constable Vernon "Port" Moses. Moses died on May 3, 1932 when, at the time, he was the lone Ross Township police officer. Officer Michael J. Thomas, Sgt. Matt Grubb, Detective Brian Kohlhepp and Chief Robert …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Investigators believe Saturday's fire at the now closed lounge was intentionally set.
Ross Township Fire Marshal John Reubi said a fire Saturday at the closed Shadowood Lounge at 4844 McKnight Road was no accident. "It's suspicious for sure," said Reubi. "Fortunately, the fire did not spread very far before firefighters extinguished it." Reubi said it appears the fire started underneath some steps in the rear of the building, but because of recent rains, the area was wet and the fire had not gained much momentum before fire crews arrived. No one was hurt and the incident remains under investigation. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter. Check out some of today's other top stories here.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Event promises a day of fun, and an education in bike safety.
Ross Township police officers and volunteers will be teaching children the fundamentals of bicycle safety at the Bike Rodeo, Saturday May 4, at the North Hills Junior High School. In addition to a safety course, a bicycle mechanic will be on hand to ensure your child's bicycle fit and function. Parents are urged to bring a helmet for their child. A limited number of helmets will be on hand for those who need one. The activities include: The Bike Rodeo is from 10-2 p.m. Saturday. (The rain date is Saturday, May 11). For more information, please contact the Ross Police Special Programs Division at 412-931-9070 extension 128. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook Check out some of today's other top stories here.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The suspect was eventually arrested on Interstate 279 near the North Shore
Ross Township Police have charged a North Side woman with three counts of reckless endangerment after she drove off from officers responding to an harassment call Tuesday night at the Chateau Perry Apartments along Perry Highway. As of Wednesday afternoon, Charmaine Musser was in the Allegheny County Jail awaiting arraignment. "Officers were called around 9:15 p.m. by a woman, who complained that another woman was screaming at her from the apartment's parking lot," said Detective Brian Kohlhepp of the Ross Police Department. "Instead of obeying the officers' orders to stop, the suspect got into her vehicle and drove off." Police followed as the van headed towards West View, then over to the Union Avenue entrance to I-279. When the van …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Four intruders broke into a woman's apartment while she was sleeping.
Ross Township police are looking for four men in their late teens or early 20's who broke into a townhouse on Hilands Place around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. "The woman who lives there was awakened by a noise, and discovered the four suspects in her living room," said Ross Police Sgt. Benjamin Dripps. "They told the woman they were looking for someone else, and some type of property. They kept asking the woman, where is it?" Detectives believe the men were targeting a previous tenant, or simply had the wrong address. One man apparently entered the townhome, perhaps through an unlocked window, and then let in the others through the front door. "These people were very brazen," said Dripps, "They were very intent on getting what they wanted." …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Got prescription drugs left over from a forgotten ailment? Dispose of them safely today with Ross Township Police during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
Ross Township Police will collect unused, unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, April 27 from people who no longer want or need them as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. People with prescription drugs they no longer want or need can dispose of the drugs safely by dropping them between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Highmark Store, 4885 McKnight Road in the McKnight Siebert Shopping center. Police will arrange for safe disposal of the unwanted drugs. The local collection drive is part of the national Drug Take-Back Day organized across the country by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. The previous national Take-Back Day on September 29, 2012 collected 488,395 pounds (244 tons) of prescription medications from …