Metro Beat: Arrest warrant issued in Goettman Street homicide

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PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Squad has obtained an arrest warrant for Theodore Smedley for the murder of 18-year-old Rasheed Strader.

On March 24, 2014 at 9:25 p.m., Zone 1 officers responded to a call for a man shot in the 1100 block of Goettman Street. Officers arrived on scene and found Rasheed Strader lying on the street between two parked vehicles with multiple gunshot wounds. Family members and officers attempted to revive the victim by performing CPR but their efforts proved to be unsuccessful. Strader died at the scene at 9:37 p.m.

During the course of this investigation, detectives developed information and analyzed evidence that produced Smedley as one of the prime suspects in this case.

Smedley’s is known to frequent the Troy Hill neighborhood where he lives and the East End sections of the City of Pittsburgh and may be driving a blue Chevy Malibu or a tan Dodge Avenger.

Smedley is 20 years old, approximately 5’7”, thin build, and appears to be a bi-racial male or a light skinned black male.

If anyone has information on Smedley’s whereabouts, please call 911 or the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Squad at 412-323-7161. Smedley is considered armed and dangerous, and should not be approached if located.

 

Mother gets 3 to 6 years in Pa. fire that killed 2

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A western Pennsylvania woman who pleaded guilty to leaving her 3-year-old twins unattended before an early morning fire killed them has been sentenced to three to six years in prison.

Thirty-three-year-old Dalawna Berran-Lett of North Braddock pleaded guilty in December to involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment stemming from the Jan. 4 fire that killed Ky’heir (KY’-heer) and Dy’heir (DY’-heer) Arthur.

Police say the boys turned on a burner on a grease-covered stove, sparking flames that soon engulfed the house. Investigators say the boys had previously almost started a fire the previous December when they tried to cook ribs while they were also left alone

Authorities said the defendant, who was sentenced Monday in Allegheny County Court, told them she had left the house in search of stolen marijuana.

 

Mount Washington landslide closes RR tracks, no injuries

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A landslide on a steep Pittsburgh hill has blocked a train track, but no injuries have been reported.

Pittsburgh public safety Director Michael Huss says the “substantial” landslide on Mount Washington was reported Tuesday at about 5 a.m. That’s right across the river from the point of downtown Pittsburgh.

Heavy equipment crews are working to clear the Norfolk Southern tracks, which are expected to be closed for the day.

Huss says the Le Mont restaurant on top of the hill has been closed as a precaution, and buildings inspectors are checking to see if any businesses along nearby Grandview Avenue were affected.

The nearby Duquesne Incline, a near-vertical public train that goes up and down the hill, was closed for several hours but re-opened at about 9:15 a.m.

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