Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Police say they're cleaning up a block in Homewood where abandoned homes have been used to stash weapons and drugs. Thirty pistols, hunting rifles and assault weapons were on display at Pittsburgh Police Headquarters today. And authorities say there were many more seized from the homes over the last year and a half. One of the weapons is believed to be the one that killed 12-year-old Jolesa Barber on the North Side in an alleged gang-related dispute last month. This block of Inwood Street in Homewood is right across from Westinghouse High School. U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan says drug dealing has gone on there between noon and 2 P.M., not long before school lets out. Now that an abandoned church and homes have been cleared of weapons, the city plans to demolish them. But Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala says there are many more Inwood Streets. And although eight men were arrested in connection with the weapons and drugs in Homewood, one man remains on the loose. Zappala says that man has connections as far away as Uniontown. He's asking for more cooperation from anyone who knows about similar activities on their streets.