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Reboot fixes surveillance system at East Pittsburgh housing complex

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 2:51 p.m.

A simple reboot by the Allegheny County Housing Police has restored the video surveillance system at the Prospect Terrace public housing complex in East Pittsburgh, scene of a man pointing a weapon at people last week.

Housing Police Chief Mike Vogel said Wednesday that a power outage had affected the 16 cameras scattered throughout the complex on Friday evening, when police officers sought video evidence that would show Donte Ethridge, 17, pointing a stolen firearm at women and children.

An anonymous woman came forward with cellphone footage of the incident, which police say was enough to arrest him on 16 counts, including aggravated assault, riot, reckless endangerment and firearms violations.

On Monday, the county fixed the system and was able to recover more evidence of the incident, Vogel said.

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