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Police Officer Adopts Rescued Dog + Feds Stop Fake Drug Shipment

Hi friends! It’s Tuesday in Pittsburgh and I’m back in your inbox to update you on the most important things happening locally. Today’s issue includes:

  • A Ross Township police officer adopting a dog he rescued
  • A Call for Christmas Tree Donations for the City-County Building’s 107th Annual Holiday Expo
  • Federal agents dismantle a drug shipment of 10,000 fake oxycodone pills at a local home

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Here are today’s top stories in Pittsburgh:

1) Local Ross Township Police Officer Warren Lillie adopted one of the dogs he helped rescue from dangerous living conditions. Nearly three years ago, 117 dogs were rescued from a home on Ridgeside Road. The owners of the house had hoarded the dogs in a dangerous way, which led to them being forcibly evicted. In the months that followed, hundreds of families applied to adopt them. Officer Lillie was one of them and was allowed to bring home a furry friend from the rescued group. Along with getting a new pet, he was also honored by Animal Friends for his work on the case.

(WTAE Pittsburgh)

2) Even though the Christmas holidays are still months away, Pittsburgh city officials are looking for the 107th annual Pittsburgh Christmas tree. The traditional lighted tree will be displayed in front of the City-County Building on Grant Street throughout the holiday season. The tree chosen by city officials will be transported to its new location in early November, before the Light Up party on Saturday, November 19, and will serve as Pittsburgh’s official Christmas tree throughout the new year. Last year’s tree was donated to the city by the Fuga family of the city’s Lincoln Place neighborhood. Potential trees can be any evergreen variety and must be at least 40 feet tall. Anyone interested in donating a tree from their property can contact 311 or the Forestry Division of the Department of Public Works at 412-255-2621.


3) More details have emerged regarding the Kennywood Amusement Park shooting that happened on Saturday night. Among the injured were a 39-year-old adult male who was shot in the leg, a 15-year-old man who was shot in the leg and a second 15-year-old man who was shot in the leg. . The adult male and two minors were taken to area hospitals. The adult was treated and released, and both juveniles are listed as being in stable condition. Anyone with information or video regarding this incident is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Hotline at 1-833-255-8477; and callers can remain anonymous. The department can also be reached through its social media sites.

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4) One A Mexican national was arrested on Thursday after he accepted a delivery of two pounds of counterfeit oxycodone pills mixed with fentanyl and sewn into a stuffed animal that his Mexican cohorts shipped to a Pittsburgh home. Eduardo Rosario Acosta Montoya, of Sinaloa, is being held in the United States and is facing trial this week in US District Court. Mr Montoya revealed in an interview that his suppliers in Mexico sent a shipment of 10,000 fake oxycodone tablets marked “M-30” to an address he provided on Suncrest Street in the Mount Oliver neighborhood . This is not the first time such an act has occurred. Federal agents and local police have seized thousands of these pills over the past few years in western Pennsylvania. People who buy pills marked M-30 on the street, thinking they are oxycodone, often end up overdosing on fentanyl, postal inspectors report. At that time, officers were still awaiting news from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement regarding his status in the United States.

(Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

5) One The Pittsburgh man was charged after two deaths and several other injuries that occurred during an unauthorized car race in New Jersey. The event, known as H2OI, often involves drag races and cars doing donuts in the middle of the street. Police say Pittsburgh native Gerald White rammed another car and struck two pedestrians Saturday night in Wildwood, New Jersey. He faces a long list of charges, including two counts of death by automobile and assault by automobile. He is also charged with escape, leaving the scene of an accident and breaches of public safety. The Cape May County District Attorney’s Office identified the crash victims as Lindsay Weakland, 18, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and Timothy Ogden, 34, of Clayton, New Jersey.

(CBS Pittsburgh)

Today in Pittsburgh:

  • Table-Top Tuesday (11:00 a.m.)
  • Pittsburgh Architecture Week (PAW) – Youth Activity (4:00 p.m.)
  • Basic screen printing workshop – Public Library of Mount Lebanon (6:30 p.m.)
  • Pittsburgh Police 1969 – A Very First Public Screening (7:00 p.m.)
  • Recreation Board Meeting – Franklin Park Recreational Programs and Events (7:00 p.m.)
  • Teen Game Night — on Discord! – Northland Public Library (7:00 p.m.)
  • Board games evening – Public Library of Mount Lebanon (7:00 p.m.)
  • Yoga Flow – Brentwood Library (7:00 PM)
  • Teen Minecraft – Brentwood Library (7:00 p.m.)
  • Baldwin Borough Democratic Organization Meeting (7:30 p.m.)
  • Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night at Dave and Buster’s – North Hills (7:30pm)

From my notebook:

  • Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium: “We are offering a drive-thru option for the Asian Lantern Festival on select dates! Get ready to admire the light sculptures from the comfort of your car. 🚙 Buy your drive-thru ticket ➡️ /3Lng5MI” (Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium PPG via Facebook)
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: “The installation of our Fall Flower Show: Blooms Under the Big Top has begun! Our horticulture staff are already hard at work bringing these stunning carnival-themed botanical displays to life.” (Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens via Facebook)
  • The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: “Broadway Tony Award-winning musical phenom Hairspray is back on tour! Don’t miss this ‘uplifting, funny and heartwarming musical’ (The New Yorker). Get your tickets before they sell out! be offered for sale to the public!” (The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust via Facebook)
  • Grow Pittsburgh: “🌱LAST CHANCE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT! This year, Garden Get Down will be offering free seed sharing for all guests. See any you can’t wait to bring home?” (Expand Pittsburgh via Facebook)
  • Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures: “In just one week, Anthony Doerr will be on stage at Carnegie Music Hall talking about his latest book, Cloud Cuckoo Land. 📚 We hope you’ll join us in Pittsburgh or online to hear from this Pulitzer Prize-winning author. ⭐” ( Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures via Facebook)

You are now in the loop and ready to start this Tuesday on the right foot! See you tomorrow for your next update.

Rachel Tasker

About me: Rachel is originally from Pennsylvania and stopped at Erie and State College before moving to Pittsburgh in 2020. She has a background in a bit of everything…from newsroom work from media and public health to the 2016 presidential election in Washington, DC and the 2019 Super Bowl where (surprise!) Tom Brady won… AGAIN. She loves good coffee, bad reality TV, attending local events and trying new dishes in the 412. She resides in the South Hills.

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