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By Austin Vaught
Contributing Writer 

Carrick/Overbrook hears recap of safety issues, Big Brothers, Sisters


Food and gifts donated from more than 40 local businesses accompanied this month’s crime update as the Carrick/Overbrook Block Watch celebrated its annual holiday party last Monday in the Concord K5 cafeteria on Brownsville Road.

Prior to the meeting, residents and city officials enjoyed a buffet, door prizes, raffle baskets, and holiday music while socializing in the elementary school cafeteria.

After dinner was served, Zone 3 police officer Christine Luffey announced the results of the annual Get Stuffed With Love program. Pittsburgh police delivered 3,120 Thanksgiving meals to people in Pittsburgh which is a new record and a significant increase from last year’s total of 2,630.

“They were so grateful,” officer Luffey said. “Right up to the day before Thanksgiving we took food orders for people.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters Chief Community Affairs Officer Tom Baker also provided an overview of the area’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Mr. Baker said the program is the region’s largest one-to-one mentoring program for kids, and the organization is looking to recruit volunteers in Carrick and the Pittsburgh area.

“The goal is to get good adults and good people in the lives of kids in our community,” Mr. Baker said.

All volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one year with the program while meeting with their “Little Brother” or “Little Sister” on a bi-weekly basis. The program also offers volunteers free tickets to sporting events, plays, and other events across the city.

Prior to a brief monthly crime update, officer Luffey emphasized the significant impact the Big Brothers Big Sisters program has on the community and encouraged residents to get involved with the program.

“With all the good in the world, there are bad things going on to,” Officer Luffey said.

Officer Luffey’s monthly crime report provided detailed descriptions of notable criminal incidents occurring in Carrick and Overbrook during the previous month.

The first incident discussed was the arrest of a suspect by narcotics detectives on November 15 at 1:30 p.m. Detectives were investigating an unrelated incident in Carrick when they noticed sheriff’s officers serving a warrant at residence in the 2000 block of Brownsville Road.

When the suspect attempted to flee, narcotics officers tracked down the suspect after a long foot chase.

A suspect was arrested after officers responded to a 911 report of an injured person. The victim was found lying on the ground at the intersection of Brownsville Road and Stewart Avenue with a gunshot wound to the lower abdomen. According to the victim, the incident began with a verbal argument at Milestone Bar & Grille on Brownsville Road.

On November 11 at 9 p.m. detectives were conducting surveillance of a residence in the 100 block of Calhoun Avenue following multiple block watch complaints of drug activity.

Detectives observed a suspect exit the residence and get into a white Ford Taurus. Police pursued and pulled over the vehicle when the driver failed to use a turn signal. Police discovered that the driver had a suspended license and was wanted on an arrest warrant.

A man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment, simple assault, and terroristic threats following a home invasion on November 28 at 2 p.m. on Carrick Avenue. Police obtained a description of the suspect and were able to arrest him while patrolling the neighborhood.

Following the crime report, Carrick/Overbrook Block Watch Chair Carol Anthony honored Liz Style, Safer Together Pittsburgh coordinator, for her recent retirement on November 30. Ms. Anthony also honored Officer Luffey for her work and dedication to the Carrick/Overbrook Block Watch.

“This block watch would not be the success that it is without Officer Luffey,” Ms. Anthony said.

The next Carrick/Overbrook block watch meeting will be Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Concord K5 auditorium.


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