Ross Township Police Department

  • Agency: Ross Township Police Department
  • Address: 1000 Ross Municipal Drive, Pittsburgh, 15237 PA
  • Chief: Robert Bellan (Chief of Police)

Ross Township Police Department is located at 1000 Ross Municipal Drive, Pittsburgh, 15237 PA. The Chief of Police of the department is Robert Bellan. The Ross Township Police Department phone number is 412-931-9070.

Ross Township Police Department News

All lanes on McKnight and all lanes on Perry Highway are now back open.

Multivehicle crash McKnight Rd Northbound in front of the U-Haul. Expect delays. Traffic is operating in a single lane.

Two vehicle crash Perry Highway at Rochester. Expect delays. Northbound lanes are still closed. @Perrysville_VFC @RossWestViewEMS #ThanksForTheHelp https://t.co/GIIANVtB0X

**UPDATE** Owner Located. Found Dog. Tally Drive in Ross Township. Female yellow lab. Pink collar with black and polka dot handkerchief. Please share and help us locate the owner.

Attention: Ross West View EMS Phone Scam The Ross Police Department would like to warn area individuals about a new phone scam. Several people have reported receiving a call from a person identifying themselves as a debt collection agency working for Ross /West View EMS. This is not a debt collection agency working for Ross / West View EMS. Also, those who were targeted by the scammer had not received services from Ross / West View EMS, and some do not live in municipalities served by Ross / West View EMS. As such, this applies to everyone in the area and not simply those who have been served by or live in areas covered by Ross / West View EMS. The Ross Police would like to remind the public that phone scams are common and easy money for those who perpetrate these crimes. You should always be on guard for those soliciting cash payments by phone especially for payment with the use of store-bought gift cards. Always verify who you are speaking with by hanging up and calling a number that you know to be used by that person or entity and not a number provided by the person on the phone or leaving you a message. Ross / West View EMS welcomes any phone calls about accounts for confirmation at their business office. 412-931-8200

The Ross Township Police Department would like to express its deep felt sorrow to the family of Officer Brian Shaw and to the members of the New Kensington Police Department. Officer Shaw was killed in the line of duty Friday evening after chasing an armed suspect who shot him. The suspect fled the scene. We ask that you keep Officer Shaw’s family in your thoughts and prayers during these difficult times.

The other day, Ross Police responded to I279 for the report of a dog struck by a vehicle. Officers found that several motorists had already stopped for “Igor” and were attempting to provide aid. One of our K9 Officers was able to determine that Igor had a broken leg and was able to muzzle him and prepare him for transport. A passerby transported Igor to the PVSEC Animal Hospital on Camp Horne Rd where he underwent surgery and his owners were located. Igor is a Ross Township Resident and unfortunately ran away from home the day of his accident. His vet bills have been extensive and a gofundme account has been started to help his human family with the costs of treatment. If you are interested in helping Igor, you can click here: https://www.gofundme.com/9naym-help-for-igor

ROAD CONSTRUCTION: Allegheny County Public Works advised us today that paving will be taking place the week of Monday November 20th on Babcock Blvd. from Siebert Road to Three Degree Road. The paving will be occurring during the daytime hours. Please expect and be prepared for delays.

ROAD CLOSURE: McIntyre Rd. will be closed between Thompson Run Rd. and Byron Rd. until approximately 10:30 PM. Monday 11/13. Allegheny County Public Works will have road closed signs and barricades up in the area.

The Ross Police Department would like to officially welcome our newest Police K9 to the ranks of the department! K9 Jimy was sworn in at the Ross Township Commissioners Meeting on Wednesday November 8th after completing a ten week basic training course with his handler, Ptl. Justin Allenbaugh. K9 Jimy is the seventh police canine to serve the Ross Police Department since the K9 Unit was started in 1995.

Southbound I-279 Overnight Ramp Closure Next Week in Allegheny County: Pittsburgh – PennDOT District 11 is announcing ramp closures on southbound I-279 (Parkway North) in the City of Pittsburgh and Ross Township, Allegheny County, will occur Monday through Wednesday nights, November 13-15 weather permitting. Ramp closures will occur from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. as crews conduct sawing and sealing operations each night according to the following schedule: Monday night, November 13 • McKnight Road on-ramp to southbound I-279 • Bellevue/Westview (Exit 7) off-ramp from southbound I-279 Tuesday, November 14 • McKnight Road on-ramp to southbound I-279 • Bellevue/Westview on-ramp to southbound I-279 Wednesday Night, November 15 • Perrysville Avenue (Exit 5) off-ramp from southbound I-279 Traffic will be detoured. Posted Detours McKnight Road on-ramp • From McKnight Road, continue onto Evergreen Road • From Evergreen Road, turn left onto the Venture Street on-ramp to southbound I-279 • End detour Bellevue/Westview off-ramp • Exit at the Perrysville Avenue exit (Exit 5) • Turn left onto Cemetery Lane • Turn left onto northbound I-279 • Exit at Bellevue (Exit 7) • End Detour Bellevue/Westview on-ramp • From Union Avenue take the northbound I-279 on-ramp • Exit at Camp Horne Road (Exit 8) • Turn left onto Camp Horne Road • Turn left onto southbound I-279 • End Detour Perrysville Avenue off-ramp • Continue southbound on I-279 • Exit at the Venture Street exit (Exit 4) • Turn right onto East Street • East Street becomes Evergreen Road • Continue straight onto McKnight Road • Exit right toward Westview • Turn right onto Babcock Boulevard • Turn left onto Cemetery Lane • End detour The work is part of the $87.94 million I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project which includes concrete patching and overlay, preservation of 30 bridges and 49 overhead sign structures, repairs to 29 walls, ramp repairs, lighting improvements, HOV repairs, sign upgrades, guide rail and drainage improvements, and an anti-icing system installation on bridges at the McKnight Road interchange. Crews from the Trumbull Corporation and Lindy Paving will conduct the work. Please use caution while driving through the area. Work zone safety is everyone’s responsibility. To help keep motorists informed as work progresses, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for I-279 Parkway North traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending email addresses to stcowan@pa.gov. Please write “Subscribe – Parkway North” in the subject line. Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

This program could save your life Announcement Ross Township Police Department Special Programs Division Traffic Division 1000 Ross Municipal Drive Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15237 Please tell your friends - family and neighbors The media is encouraged and requested to distribute this announcement 40% of all teenage deaths are a result of automobile accidents. 77% of these fatal accidents do not involve alcohol or drugs. Our kids are dying at an alarming rate. There is something we can do about it. The Ross Township Police Department Special Programs and Traffic Divisions have teamed up and will present the program What do you consider lethal? This program is fact based and should change the mindset and behaviors of teens while they ride in or operate a vehicle. It is designed to change the culture of driving to one that is distraction free. If a teenager is in your household that rides in or drives a vehicle, that teenage child as well as you, should attend. This program is also very suitable for experienced drivers. You do not have to be a Ross Township resident to attend. We urge all concerned teenagers and their parents to attend, regardless of your residency • The program will be presented on Saturday December 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM • The location is in the Ross Township Municipal Building - 1000 Ross Municipal Drive Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237 in the Board of Commissioners Meeting Room • Our Officers have been certified to instruct the program by Impact Teen Drivers • The program is open to all persons age 10 or older • The subject matter is appropriate for all age groups • Both the teenager and parents are urged to attend this presentation together • The program will last between 60 and 90 minutes This program is NOT just a warning not to text and drive. It encompasses a number of distractions, the Pennsylvania graduated drivers law, visual clips and much more. In other words it is interesting !! Your child’s life, their friend’s lives, and your life is worth the time you will invest !! WILL YOU GIVE US AN HOUR TO SAVE YOUR CHILD'S LIFE ? Please refer any questions to Officer M.J. Thomas Michael J. Thomas Ross Police Department Special Programs Coordinator 1000 Ross Municipal Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15237 412-931-9070 Extension 128

The Ross Township Police Association in conjunction with the West View Borough Police Association are conducting our second annual toy drive to help needy children in our communities have a Merry Christmas!! In 2016 we donated 447 presents to 149 children in Ross Township and West View Borough who would have had nothing on Christmas morning. We helped quite a few that needed assistance !!!! It is hard for most of us to accept that children in our communities could wake up Christmas morning to find nothing in their stockings or under the tree. From what we witnessed last year, it is true. Our Police Associations have decided once again to take it to you - the public. So here goes . . . . The Ross Township Police Association and West View Borough Police Association are accepting donations of new UNWRAPPED toys. We will also accept monetary donations which will be used to purchase toys. We need your help. We are asking you step up - open your hearts and help a child have a brighter Holiday season. That's what Christmas is REALLY about ! The collection point will be located at the Ross Township Police Station 1000 Ross Municipal Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15237. We will accept any donations beginning Friday October 20, 2017 and will continue the collection until Monday December 4, 2014 at 11:00 PM There will be a box that your donations can be placed in, inside the lobby of the Ross Township Police Station – it is assessable 24 hours a day We will distribute the presents as soon as practical afterwards and will update you with a final report in January 2018 We are also accepting cash donations. This money will be used to purchase new toys For monetary donations in the form of cash or checks: Monetary donations should be in a sealed envelope and can be mailed or hand delivered. Mailing address is: Ross Township Police/Special Programs Division 1000 Ross Municipal Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15237 Checks should be made out to "Ross Township Police Association" and the note on the check should state Toy Drive Any questions can be directed to Officer M. J. Thomas, listed below Thank you ! Michael J. Thomas Ross Police Department Special Programs Coordinator 1000 Ross Municipal Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15237 412-931-9070 Extension 128

The Ross Township Police Department will sponsor a Community Crime Prevention Meeting Location: Ross Township Municipal Building Community Center - Commissioners meeting room 1000 Ross Municipal Drive Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237 Date: Thursday November 16, 2017 Time: 7:30 PM Topic: Safety during the Christmas holiday season We will present tips for personal and property protection. Parking lot safety General tips to remain safe during the Christmas season Tips for hosting parties responsibly Hope to see you there ! Stay Safe ! Michael J. Thomas Ross Police Department Special Programs Coordinator 1000 Ross Municipal Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15237 412-931-9070 Extension 128

Thank you to Ms. Hoerner and all of the other first grade teachers at McIntyre Elementary for inviting Sergeant Dripps and Officer Immekus to come and talk to their students about Halloween safety.

Who says work can’t be fun? One of our Bicycle Officers practicing his stair descents at Ross Park Mall. Follow us on Snapchat at rosspolice.

Perry Hwy closed between Shars Ln and Good Ln due to vehicle collision. #Detour https://t.co/03hY4UzZQ6

INFORMATION RELEASE: Canine Distemper Found In Ross Township Raccoon Cases The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Allegheny County Health Department recently confirmed that five strange-acting raccoons removed from Ross Township in September have tested positive for canine distemper virus. The samples were collected by the Ross Township Police Department and the Humane Animal Rescue Wildlife Center, and tested for canine distemper by the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS), a regional diagnostic facility in Athens, Georgia. The Allegheny County Health Department also tested samples for rabies. “Canine distemper is an often fatal disease caused by canine distemper virus. It is a common cause of mortality in several species of wildlife, such as gray foxes, raccoons, skunks, and coyotes. Clinically, the virus can cause disease with symptoms that appear identical to rabies” said Dr. Justin Brown, Wildlife Veterinarian with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The raccoons were collected in Ross Township after public attention raised concerns about unusual behavior among raccoons and ground hogs. Local law enforcement euthanized almost 40 suspect animals in August and September. When they became aware of the situation, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Allegheny County Health Department, with coordination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program, initiated a plan to collect affected wildlife from local authorities and submit them for disease testing. Wildlife Services also provided a freezer to the police department that will allow collection of non-rabies exposure suspect wildlife for storage and rabies surveillance testing in the future. Two separate testing methods (fluorescent antibody and histopathology) confirmed positive results for canine distemper in five raccoons. In addition, these five raccoons and seven other raccoons from the Ross Township area were tested for rabies. All twelve animals tested negative for rabies. Canine distemper is a highly contagious and serious animal disease caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems of several wildlife species, including raccoons, foxes, skunks, and coyotes. Canine distemper is also an important disease of domestic dogs. The virus is shed in most bodily excretions from infected animals and does not survive long outside of the host. Consequently, transmission typically requires close contact with an infected animal or their recent environment. The disease in domestic dogs is preventable through vaccination. While canine distemper virus does not affect people, the Ross Township Police would like to remind the public to make sure their pets are current with vaccinations against the disease, and have their required rabies vaccinations. Initial media reports had suggested the unusual wildlife behavior might be related to an oral rabies vaccine (ORV) distributed in the area by Wildlife Services in conjunction with the Allegheny County Health Department. However, the ORV baits distributed in Allegheny County cannot cause rabies and are not harmful to wildlife or domestic animals. They have been shown to be safe in more than 60 animal species, including raccoons, dogs and cats. ORV bait distribution has been conducted in western Pennsylvania since 2001, as part of a larger regional effort to prevent the spread of and eventually eliminate raccoon-variant rabies from the eastern U.S.

All lanes of McKnight Road are now open. Thank you @RossWestViewEMS @Station247

All Southbound lanes of McKnight closed at McIntyre due to accident. Seek alternate route. #Detour #BePatient https://t.co/4JVGlD1pe9

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TRAFFIC INFO FROM PENN-DOT: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 15, 2017 Revised Schedule: Southbound I-279 Ramp Paving in Pittsburgh Pittsburgh – PennDOT District 11 is announcing a revised schedule for ramp paving operations on southbound I-279 (Parkway North) in the City of Pittsburgh, and Ross and Ohio townships, Allegheny County. Due to inclement weather, ramp paving operations have been altered and will occur according to the revised schedule below: Thursday, September 14 • Perrysville Avenue off-ramp - Closure from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday morning • East Street off-ramp - Closure from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday morning Friday, September 15 • Bellevue/West View on-ramp – Single-lane restriction from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Full closure from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday evening. • Bellevue/West View off-ramp – Closure from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday evening. • Camp Horne Road on and off-ramps – Single-lane restriction from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additionally, a single-lane restriction will occur on southbound I-279 between the two ramps. This work could extend into Saturday morning. Traffic will be detoured. The work is part of the $87.94 million I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project which includes concrete patching and overlay, preservation of 30 bridges and 49 overhead sign structures, repairs to 29 walls, ramp repairs, lighting improvements, HOV repairs, sign upgrades, guide rail and drainage improvements, and an anti-icing system installation on bridges at the McKnight Road interchange. Crews from the Trumbull Corporation and Lindy Paving will conduct the work. Please use caution while driving through the area. Work zone safety is everyone’s responsibility. To help keep motorists informed as work progresses, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for I-279 Parkway North traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending email addresses to stcowan@pa.gov. Please write “Subscribe – Parkway North” in the subject line. Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The following information is being sent out due to resident concerns and multiple media requests and to clarify information in a previous news story which aired yesterday: In August 38 animals were euthanized and to date in September an additional 28 have been euthanized by Ross Township Police. These mostly consist of sick raccoons and groundhogs brought to our attention via 911 calls from residents. The Township contracts with a private service to pick up and dispose of the carcasses upon notification from the Police Department. Due to recent concerns and the number of calls for sick animals in the township we have been in contact with Department of Agriculture and Wildlife Services and The Allegheny County Health Department. We will be working in conjunction with these agencies to test deceased animals for disease.