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Community crime reports are part of Carrick holiday party


December 12, 2017

Food, door prizes, and an update on neighborhood crime were the highlights of the annual Carrick/Overbrook Block Watch holiday party last Monday in the Concord K5 cafeteria.

Residents enjoyed buffet-style dinner donated by local businesses and residents while Zone 3 community relations officer Christine Luffey provided several community updates and a monthly crime report.

Officer Luffey announced the results of this year’s “Get Stuffed with Love” program. City police officers and volunteers prepared and delivered nearly 3,000 free meals to Pittsburgh residents on Thanksgiving morning.

“We made Thanksgiving a happy day and a special day for people who really needed it,” officer Luffey said.

Officer Luffey also announced that her daughter, Katrina Luffey, will receive a city proclamation for her annual program that provides coats and blankets to homeless individuals throughout the city every Christmas Eve.

She will receive the award at 10 a.m. on December 19 at the Pittsburgh City-County Building.

Katrina Luffey announced she is organizing the program again this year. Coats, blankets, hats, gloves, or cash donations are being accepted at the Zone 3 police station. Any items donated should be in new or good condition.

“My goal is to see the smiles on people’s faces when I deliver to them,” Katrina said.

Officer Luffey also provided her monthly crime report which detailed several criminal incidents in Carrick and Overbrook that occurred between November 6 and December 4:

According to the report, police investigated a 911 call regarding a suspicious vehicle parked near an abandoned house on Kingwood Street in Overbook on November 25 at 11 p.m.

When police approached the vehicle, the driver failed to provide identification and instead, stated a wrong name and date of birth. The suspect was arrested and charged with providing false information to law enforcement.

Narcotics detectives and SWAT officers executed a search warrant in the 200 block of East Meyers Street on November 16 at 6:10 a.m. Officers confiscated $8,361 in cash, several digital scales, marijuana, crack-cocaine, and Xanax.

Officers were proactively patrolling Brownsville Road on November 7 at 4:25 p.m. when they observed a male suspect jump into the backseat of a blue Hyundai Elantra on Brownsville Road.

According to the report, when officers stopped behind the vehicle, the suspects drove off and led officers on a short chase before exiting the vehicle and entering a home in the 500 block of Giffin Avenue.

The suspects were discovered in the home along with 57 stamp bags of heroin separated into six bundles. The suspects were arrested at the scene and two of the three suspects had pre-existing warrants.

A drug arrest was made on November 15 at 1:30 p.m. when city narcotics detectives staged a controlled buy on Merritt Avenue after exchanging several text messages with a female suspect.

According to the report, a vehicle arrived at the scene and officers observed the female suspect in the passenger seat. After noticing the officers, the driver of the vehicle attempted to flee, but police stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Merritt Avenue and Windfall Way.

Both suspects were arrested after police discovered large quantities of heroin.

Police administered Narcan to an unresponsive female while responding to a report of an overdose in the 300 block of Copperfield Avenue. According to police, conditions inside the residence were described as “deplorable” and minors were also living inside the home.

A male suspect was charged with endangering the welfare of children and possession of a controlled substance.

Police responded to a 911 call about suspicious activity near the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on November 17 at 2 a.m. Officers charged multiple suspects after they were observed multiple suspects smoking marijuana near a parked vehicle.

Carrick Block Watch organizer Carol Anthony announced future block watch meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. and will likely be shortened to an hour.

Meetings will still take place on the first Monday of every month with the exception of next month’s meeting, which will be held on January 8 due to the holiday.


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