Sunday, January 13, 2013
Fear of gun control measures and safety concerns after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings have triggered gun sales.
As some people push for gun control, more stringent background checks on gun buyers or reinstituting the assault weapons ban, others are doing just the opposite—buying guns for the first time, adding more guns to their arsenals or at least stocking up on ammunition. Since 2008, when Barack Obama was first elected president, an estimated 67 million firearms have been purchased in the United States, according to the Kansas City Star—more than were sold in almost seven years before his first election. Nationwide, more than 2.7 million of those checks were recorded for December 2012, according to statistics kept by the FBI. Since late 1998, when federal law began mandating checks for prospective gun buyers, the only other month that exceeded …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The free FBI application is available on both the iTunes and Android systems.
Information provided by the FBI. Local police departments are spreading the word about the FBI's Child ID App. The application can be downloaded for free from the Android Apps section of Google Play or through iTunes. The Child ID App for iPhones provides parents with an easy way to electronically store pictures and vital information about their children in case they go missing—whether it’s a toddler wandering away at the mall or a teen who has been snatched by a stranger. Using the app, you can show pictures of your kids and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. You can also quickly and easily email the information to authorities with a few clicks. The app also includes tips on …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Patch analyzes the 2011 uniform crime statistics for Sewickley-area communities.
Property crimes and larceny-thefts increased slightly in Aleppo and Leetsdale, while Sewickley Heights and Ohio Township decreased from 2010 to 2011. The Federal Bureau of Investigation's recently released Uniform Crime reports also show the same or a slight decrease in the number of burglaries for local communities. The FBI and U.S. Department of Justice publish the annual crime report yearly, featuring statistics for individual communities across the country. According to the latest report for 2011: 0 According to the report from 2010: 0 *NA means no statistics available for that year. Click here for more information from the F.B.I.'s uniform crime report.
Friday, June 22, 2012
The FBI arrested a 24-year-old Wednesday who is charged with making Internet threats via YouTube against the University of Pittsburgh.
A 24-year-old Ohio man faces federal charges for posting a video and comment on YouTube that threatened the University of Pittsburgh, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton has announced. Alexander Waterland, of Loveland, is charged with making Internet threats and violating the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Hickton said. He was arrested Wednesday morning by special agents of the FBI’s Pittsburgh and Cincinnati field offices and made an initial appearance in federal court in the Southern District of Ohio. The charges carry a maximum penalty of seven years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both; however the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. Waterland posted the video on April 26 titled “Anonymous …
Friday, May 4, 2012
The Condor Lane home needed to be cleared of hazardous materials after an investigation Saturday, according to police.
The Treesdale home that was investigated Saturday by a multitude of law enforcement officers for potential explosives and drugs is now safe for habitation, said Northern Regional Police Chief T. Robert Amann. "The house is safe; the neighborhood is safe," Amann said Friday afternoon while awaiting the arrival of a truck that would transport chemicals from the home in the 2000 block of Condor Lane in Pine Township. Signs had been posted on the front door of the home, which is owned by model Theresa Gaugler, that prohibited anyone from entering until a hazardous materials team cleaned it. Those signs were removed today. "A clandestine laboratory for the manufacture of illegal drugs and/or hazardous chemicals was seized at this location on …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Do you think this unprecedented situation is damaging Pitt’s reputation nationally and with prospective students?
The bomb threats at the University of Pittsburgh are continuing at a feverish pace, which makes us wonder how are students, teachers and other workers coping with the scary situation? There have been threats nearly every day for the past week, piled on numerous other false alarms that began in mid-February. They continued over the weekend and are now targeting multiple buildings. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that a bomb threat was also found shortly after 6 p.m. Monday written on a bathroom wall at Point Park University. Are you a student from this area who is attending Pitt or Point Park, or a Quaker Valley High School student considering studying in Pittsburgh? Do you know someone who works or teaches on campus and has been …
Friday, April 6, 2012
The Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating 16 bomb threats made on Pitt's campus in the past month.
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is asking for the public’s help as investigators try to find who is initiating the numerous bomb threats on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus over the past month. David Hickton, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, said the safety of students, staff and faculty at Pitt is “a top priority” and investigators are working aggressively to stop the multiple bomb threats that are becoming a daily occurrence. He said the Joint Terrorism Task Force and Pitt police are “actively pursuing the source or sources of (the) threats,” but he would not expand on any leads investigators might have. The campus in Oakland has received at least 16 bomb threats since Feb. 13 in multiple buildings …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Moon Police identify a Brentwood man as the suspect in the armed robbery Sunday of a bank in Giant Eagle.
A Brentwood man suspected of robbing a Moon grocery store barricaded himself in his home Sunday night and slit his own throat before SWAT officers took him into custody. Moon Police said Christopher Lyons, 31, is a suspect in the holdup Sunday afternoon at Giant Eagle on University Boulevard. Police said Lyons walked into the grocery about 12:15 p.m. and presented a note to a teller at the Citizens Bank in the store. The note said a robbery was underway, police said. Police said the teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash, which contained an exploding dye pack. The robber fled with the cash, which exploded in the store parking lot before he drove away in a Cadillac Escalade. Witnesses later saw the car on Ohio River Boulevard, …