Public Safety en MAP: Multiple Injuries Reported At Franklin Regional High School <p><iframe height="500" src="" width="600"></iframe></p><div><p>Officials say four students were believed to be the most seriously injured Wednesday morning by a fellow student who stabbed or slashed others at Forbes Regional Medical Center, injuring as many as 20.</p><p>Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens says not all of the 20 injured were cut by the knife, though most were. Some suffered scrapes and cuts in the mayhem that ensued.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:41:07 +0000 90.5 WESA 27270 at St. Patrick’s Day DUI Enforcement Going Full Force <p>St. Patrick’s Day is Monday,, but the Steel City’s celebration will take place Saturday, starting with a parade and continuing with partying and revelry throughout the city.</p><p>The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced a joint DUI enforcement effort with the Pennsylvania DUI Association, the PA Liquor Control Board and local law enforcement.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:29:06 +0000 Deanna Garcia 25866 at St. Patrick’s Day DUI Enforcement Going Full Force Peduto Seeks Quality Over Speed in Filling Public Safety Positions <p></p><p>Mayor Bill Peduto said he is not rushing to fill two of the most high profile vacant positions in the city: public safety director and police chief.</p><p>In a <a href="">Monday interview with Essential Pittsburgh’s Paul Guggenheimer</a>, Peduto said it is more important to find the right person for those positions than it is to get them filled right away. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:28:13 +0000 Liz Reid 24921 at Peduto Seeks Quality Over Speed in Filling Public Safety Positions Mayor Peduto Adding Ranks to City’s Public Safety Agencies <p>Pretty soon there will be more police officers, firefighters, paramedics and building inspectors on the ground in Pittsburgh.</p><p>Mayor Bill Peduto announced this week he has authorized one class of police officers to begin training in March followed by another class in the fall, with the possibility of a third, one class of firefighters to begin as soon as possible and the hiring of more paramedics.</p><p>“Right now, at this moment, we need police officers, we need firefighters, we need medics and we need building inspectors,” Peduto said. “We’re making that our priority for hiring.”</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:58:49 +0000 Deanna Garcia 22589 at Emergency Responders Prepare for Deep Freeze <p>As the region begins to experience low temperatures not seen for nearly two decades, city and county officials are preparing for the worst.</p><p>Allegheny County has joined up with city officials to staff the Emergency Operations Center.</p><p>The Associated Press reports temperatures will continue to fall throughout the day and will not stop until hitting an expected low of nine below zero. Wind gusts of up to 30 miles an hour will result in wind chills of 31 below zero.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:14:52 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 22396 at Ending Street Harassment in Pittsburgh <p>Street harassment is a public form of sexual harassment that many people have witnessed, experienced, or engaged in.</p><p>For the most part, women are told to ignore cat calls and lewd behavior when walking down the street, but what if it happens on a daily basis?</p><p><em><a href="">Hollaback</a></em> is an online initiative that was created in New York City to give people a place to vent or talk about their experiences with public harassment.</p><p>Now four Pittsburgh women have formed a<a href=""> local chapter</a> of <em>Hollaback</em>. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:50:43 +0000 Nick Frost 20954 at Ending Street Harassment in Pittsburgh 16-Year-Old Charged in Shooting of 3 Students Outside Brashear High School <p><strong>Update: 7:39 a.m. Thursday</strong></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:56:35 +0000 Mark Nootbaar, Kevin Gavin & The Associated Press 19762 at 16-Year-Old Charged in Shooting of 3 Students Outside Brashear High School New Public Awareness Program Reminds Motorists to Share the Road With Cyclists <p>On July 20, 17-year-old Emily Jancart of Moon Township was struck and killed while riding her bike in that community.</p><p>This most recent bike-related death is the fifth in the Pittsburgh area in the last two years, prompting Bike Pittsburgh to sponsor advertisements around the city as part of a public awareness program to protect cyclists.&nbsp;</p><p>According to Bike Pittsburgh Executive Director Scott Bricker, they just want to remind motorists to be more alert while sharing the road with cyclists.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 15960 at Drug Bust in Wilkinsburg Nets 18 Arrests and 13,500 Bags of Heroin <p>Eighteen people alleged to have ties to a violent drug gang based in Wilkinsburg have been arrested in what is being called a major bust. The suspected drug dealers were taken into custody as part of a joint effort involving the PA Attorney General's Organized Crime Section and the Allegheny County Police.</p><p>The "Operation Wilkinsburg Crew" was launched, according to Attorney General Kathleen Kane, in reaction to a series of homicides and shootings in Wilkinsburg believed to be related to heroin trafficking.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:56:21 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 15678 at The Future of Law Enforcement and Sentencing <p>Opponents of the New York City Police Department’s controversial “stop-and-frisk” policy have long accused the program of having a racial bias. On Monday, their accusations were validated, as U.S. Judge District Shira Scheindlin <strong><a href="">ruled </a></strong>that the city’s implementation of such searches violated both the 4th and 14th Amendments of the US Constitution.</p><p>According to University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris, this ruling does not mean that there will be an end to the city’s stop-and-frisk policy. Instead, the policy must be altered so that it can fall in line with pre-existing standards for civilian searches. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:28:53 +0000 John Lavanga 14790 at The Future of Law Enforcement and Sentencing Security at Public Meetings in Focus Following Township Shooting <p>The head of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors says the shooting this week at a township’s public meeting in Monroe County will refocus officials on safety and security.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br>Dave Sanko said additional funding to boost municipal safety measures would be nice, but it’s unlikely to come from the state, and it shouldn’t necessarily be the first thing on every township official’s mind.<br> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:29:20 +0000 Mary Wilson & WESA Staff 14514 at As Technology Advances, 911 Centers Struggle to Keep Up <p>State lawmakers want Pennsylvanians to be able to contact 911 via Skype on their computers or Facetime on their smartphones, but they haven't figured out how to pay for it.<br><br>A hearing on Tuesday will bring county emergency responders into the mix as lawmakers discuss how to change the funding mechanisms for the statewide network of county-run 911 response centers.<br><br>Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Delaware) said the scheduled end of one revenue source for the centers is prompting the evaluation of the overall funding model.<br> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:27:53 +0000 Mary Wilson 13916 at Councilwoman Rudiak Calls for More Traffic Safety <p>Cars are buzzing by faster than the posted speed limit.</p><p>Groups of children are dodging cars trying to make it to the other side of the street.</p><p>All of this going on over the shoulder of Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak.</p><p>The councilwoman, joined by representatives from Bike Pittsburgh and community residents, stressed the need for an upgraded traffic safety system Wednesday outside of the Carrick Regency High Rise along Brownsville Road.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 19:14:50 +0000 Michael Lynch 12514 at Harper Out as Pittsburgh Police Chief <div class="field-item even"><p>Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper resigned from his post late Wednesday afternoon after Mayor Luke Ravenstahl learned some confidential information from the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office regarding their investigation into Harper. &nbsp;Ravensthal asked Harper to leave – and he&nbsp;did.</p><p>“It’s a sad day and one that has been tough for a lot of people but we’ll pick up the pieces and we’ll move on,” said Ravensthal on Wednesday evening speaking to a roomful of&nbsp;reporters.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:32:17 +0000 Erika Beras 1335 at