PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Three Pittsburgh police officers and a K-9 were injured Tuesday night while police tried to arrest a wanted man.
According to police, while driving in Lawrenceville, an Allegheny County Deputy Sheriff recognized a man wanted on probation/parole violations in the area of Penn Avenue and Butler Street.
He tried to arrest the man, later identified as John Rush, but Rush resisted, reached for the deputy’s gun and was Tazed by the deputy.
That still didn’t stop Rush, who fled the scene. He was later found to be hiding in a building in the 3700-block of Butler Street.
While searching the building, Pittsburgh Police officers, a K-9 and his handler located Rush hiding in the basement.
Police say Rush lunged forward at the three officers and the K-9, wildly swinging a pocket knife.
By Liz Navratil / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh officials are investigating the cause of a fire that damaged a Lawrenceville salon and the two apartments above it early this morning.
Firefighters were called to 5112 Butler St. about 3:15 a.m. for the two-alarm blaze.
Chief Darryl Jones said in a news release that police were attempting to knock open the front door when a person in the second-floor apartment awoke and was then able to leave the smoke-filled building. Medics transported that person to a local hospital to be evaluated for possible smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Chief Jones estimated that it did about $85,000 worth of damage to the building, which did not have working smoke detectors.
[WTAE] is reporting a firefighter, Vincent Manzella, is being accused of setting false alarms while off-duty in the Lawrenceville section of the city. While the crew from Engine 6 were out investigating, he allegedly went into Station 6 and stole small amounts of cash from his fellow firefighters.
Investigators knew it was an inside job since there was no forcible entry made. After reviewing the county 911 tapes of the false alarm cars, investigators recognized Manzella’s name on the tapes.
The motive behind his actions were reportedly to fund a heroin addiction. He was caught performing the false alarms and thefts on three different occasions. He admitted taking small amounts of cash, just enough to purchase some heroin,$10 off a kitchen counter, $25 from two firefighters, an $50 from a firehouse water fund collection.
The thing that struck me as odd was Manzella was still on the job stationed in the Sheraden station. At first, I was surprised to find he wasn’t suspended, but I’m sure Chief Jones is still reviewing the whole situation to get both sides of the story. Hopefully PBF can give him the help he needs to get off the heroin and straighten his life out. Sometimes the wrong choices are made in life, and hopefully people can be supportive of our fellow brother to get him the help he needs.
Here are your western PA fire headlines for Friday June 26th, 2009
- A 3 year old was hit and killed after darting onto the street in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh yesterday. [Tribune-Review]
- Four South Connellsville VFD firefighters were fined for having 8 illegal video gambling devices. The state Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement also seized the machines. [Tribune-Review]
- A man from Houston, Texas lost his truck and belongings to a fire in Hermitage, PA. [The Herald]
Hermitage Tractor Trailer Fire - photo by David E. Dale/Herald
Pretty slow news day, lets hope it stays that way over the weekend!