Thursday, April 25, 2013
The road reopened at around 11:30 a.m.
Route 51 in Pittsburgh's Overbrook neighborhood—near the Maytide Street intersection—is back open after police closed down the state road at around 10:40 a.m. on Thursday due to a suspicious package found there, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The device was described as a small transformer with copper wiring around the top "which most likely alarmed people," Pittsburgh Bureau of Police spokeswoman Diane Richard told the paper. The road reopened at around 11:30 a.m. Our newsletter subscribers received this story first. --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for the daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Mary Ann Verdecchia's disappearance rocked the Pittsburgh area in 1962.
One of the oldest and most memorable missing person cases in southwestern Pennsylvania is that of Mary Ann Verdecchia, who disappeared from Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood on June 7, 1962. The 10-year-old had lived with her aunt in the five years after her parents separated. She had returned home after a half-day of classes at Immaculate Conception School, changed out of her school uniform and went outside at about 12:30 p.m. Witnesses saw Mary Ann go into the Martinique Apartments along Baum Boulevard. A woman resident for whom she ran errands sent her to the store. She was seen going back into the apartments at about 2:45 p.m. That was the last reported sighting of her. At about 6 p.m., Mary Ann's relatives began looking for her. …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
The Pittsburgh resident has been missing since September 2006.
More than six years ago, Devin Janelle Brown-Bousetta, 25, disappeared from her Mount Washington residence in the City of Pittsburgh. She has not been seen since Sept. 5, 2006, and that was at her home near Southern Avenue and Natchez Street. Her vehicle—a white, 1995 Chrysler Cirrus LX—was later located in Pittsburgh. Brown-Bousetta is described as a 5-foot-2 black/Hispanic woman weighing 115-120 pounds. She has black hair, brown eyes and a medium complexion. She has a flower tattoo over her right breast, the name "China" on her left arm and "chinese woman" on her back. Authorities say that she also has a scar on her earlobe from a tear injury, a burn scar on her upper right thigh, pierced ears and a gap between her upper front teeth. …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
She was last seen or heard from in June 2011, just after she moved back to Pittsburgh from Florida.
Amanda Marie Koller had moved back to the Pittsburgh area from Orlando, FL, in May 2011. The 23-year-old did not establish or maintain a permanent address in the few short weeks after her return, according to her mother. On Sunday, June 12, 2011, she was stopped by Pittsburgh police and cited for operating a vehicle without a valid inspection and also without an emissions inspection. Her car, a purple 2005 Scion TC, has a Pennsylvania license plate and also one from Florida, both of which expired in 2011. The license numbers are Pennsylvania GLH 0116 and Florida ANA 4580, according to the Pennsylvania Missing Persons website. Following the police stop, Koller has not been seen nor heard from since. She is described as 5-feet to 5-foot-5 …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
The North Huntingdon man had a fight with his girlfriend in the Strip District and then vanished.
Jacob "Jake" Lipp, 27, did what many young adults do on the weekend—head to Pittsburgh's Strip District for the night life. Lipp left his home in North Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland County, at about 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, and ended up with his girlfriend at the Static bar on Smallman Street. The couple left the bar and then had an argument in the early morning hours of Dec. 16. The girlfriend drove off, leaving Lipp in the parking lot. He walked in the opposite direction, back toward the bar. She circled the block and went back, but Lipp was already gone. He was last seen at about 3 a.m. in the parking lot outside of the McDonald's restaurant at 1630 Penn Ave. in the Strip District, about two blocks from where his …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
The 16-year-old has been missing since Oct. 23, 2012.
Courtney Baltimore, 16, has been missing from her home in Pittsburgh since Oct. 23, 2012. According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, she might have traveled to Hazelwood (in Pittsburgh) or Philadelphia. She is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds and having black hair and brown eyes. She has a heart tattooed on her right hand. Anyone with information regarding Baltimore's case should contact the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police at 412-255-2937 or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678). For more information about this and other missing person cases, visit the websites for Pennsylvania Missing Persons, NamUs and The Doe Network. --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on…
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Jackson took only her ID and Social Security cards when she left her Hazelwood home.
When Lonnett Myer Jackson left her home some time after 11 a.m. on April 11, 2006, she left behind her cellphone, keys and money. Relatives think that Jackson took her identification and Social Security cards with her, though. But she has not been seen or heard from since that day when she left her home in the 5100 block of Chaplain Way in Pittsburgh's Hazelwood neighborhood. At the time of her disappearance, Lonnett was 46 years old, weighed 192 pounds and was between 5 feet 3 inches and 5 feet 6 inches tall. She had graying black hair, brown eyes, a surgical scar on the right side of her head near the hairline, a scar from a Caesarean section and pierced ears. She was dressed in a white undershirt; black, sleeveless hooded jacket; dark …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Pittsburgh police found Krull in the Oakland area.
Pittsburgh police have arrested a woman wanted for committing fraud and thefts in the South Hills. Amanda Krull, 23, was arrested on Thursday at a hotel in the city's Oakland area, interviewed by Pittsburgh police Zone 6 detectives and taken to the Allegheny County Jail. Krull, who had been known to frequent Whitehall and Brentwood boroughs and the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Carrick, Brookline and Sheraden, was wanted by the Pittsburgh police, West Mifflin Borough police and the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office. Krull was charged with theft and writing bad checks. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 17. While a Brentwood resident in April, Krull was charged by Whitehall police with one count each of theft by deception, prohibited…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Amanda Krull, 23, is known to frequent Whitehall, Brentwood, Carrick and Brookline.
Pittsburgh police and other local law agencies are looking for a South Hills woman accused of theft and writing bad checks. And her name may be very familiar to Baldwin-Whitehall folks. Amanda Krull, 23, who, while a Brentwood Borough resident in April, was charged by Whitehall Borough police with one count each of theft by deception, prohibited acts in charitable solicitation and soliciting without a permit, is currently wanted by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, West Mifflin Borough police and the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office. According to a report by Pittsburgh police Zone 6 detectives, Krull has multiple prior arrests for theft-related crimes, including going door-to-door to collect money for a fake charity, as was the case in …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
'Out of respect for the community and for the Derkosh family, the observation platform of the exhibit at issue would be removed.' - Mike Manko, district attorney's office
The observation platform at the Pittsburgh Zoo from which 2-year-old Maddox Derkosh of Whitehall Borough fell into an African painted dogs exhibit will be removed, according to a spokesman at the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office. "In an effort to facilitate the ongoing review of the circumstances surrounding the death of Maddox Derkosh at the Pittsburgh Zoo, District Attorney (Stephen A.) Zappala (Jr.) met this morning with Dr. Barbara Baker and the City of Pittsburgh police officers who responded to the scene," said spokesman Mike Manko in an email to reporters. Maddox was visiting the zoo with his mother on Nov. 4 when he fell from the top of a platform railing to the ground inside of the dogs exhibit and was mauled to death…