Duquesne man ordered to stand trial in wife’s death

The way James Karr told it to a detective, the death of his wife — found wrapped in wire and dead inside her charred home — was “an accident.” But parts of that story don’t align with physical evidence, according to testimony given in court Friday morning. Officials located Mr. Karr, 47, shortly after they […]

Garfield man to stand trial on charges that he killed potential witness

January 23, 2015 11:45 PM Share with others: The woman recalled clearly Friday the day when she said Charles Stevens confessed to killing a teenager whom he expected to testify against his brother. “His eyes were really red, like he had been crying. He just wasn’t himself,” she said. The woman, whom police asked reporters […]

State police raid bars, issue citations across the region

State police are blitzing bars and private clubs throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania and the rest of the state, handing out citations for various alcohol and records infractions that have occurred over the last few months.  This week, the Pennsylvania state police Bureau of Liquor Enforcement issued citations to: • Italian Village Pizza on McKnight Road in Ross, […]

Leon Ford will not face second trial, DA decides

The Allegheny County district attorney announced Friday he would not retry a man shot and paralyzed by Pittsburgh police, saying the decision was made partly to aid police-community relations. “It is my hope that not proceeding to a second trial will assist both the Chief and our community in this regard,” District Attorney Stephen A. […]

PWSA launches assistance fund for storm water repairs

January 23, 2015 4:21 PM Share with others: Nine years after the Pittsburgh City Council made it illegal to sell homes without evaluating them for storm water compliance, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board has launched a financial assistance program intended to help homeowners with what can be pricey repairs. The authority’s board approved […]

First round of snowfall hits region, more to come this weekend

January 24, 2015 2:28 PM Share with others: PHILADELPHIA — Forecasters have some advice for the Pennsylvania residents digging out from as much as nine inches of snow — don’t put the shovels away yet. City roads were mostly cleared this morning after the city received an overnight belt of snow, but the next few […]

Ex-COO of Indiana County drilling firm gets 8 years for $9 million embezzlement

January 23, 2015 4:22 PM Share with others: A former top executive of an Indiana County gas drilling company was sentenced today to eight years in federal prison for stealing $9.2 million from the company over an eight-year span. As his adult children cried and hugged in the gallery, U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry imposed that term on […]

Former Indiana County gas drilling executive sentenced to prison

January 24, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: A former top executive of an Indiana County gas drilling company was sentenced Friday to eight years in federal prison for stealing $9.2 million from the company over an eight-year span. As his adult children cried and hugged in the gallery, U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry imposed […]

Police: Penn Hills man killed in Friday night shooting

January 24, 2015 9:07 AM Share with others: Police are investigating the fatal Friday night shooting of a 33-year-old Penn Hills man. The man, identified as Eric Hammond, was shot in the stomach, possibly inside his home, according to Post-Gazette news partner KDKA-TV. The shooting, police said, happened shortly before 11 p.m. Friday along Joan […]

Second arrest in Tarentum home invasion on New Year’s Day

January 23, 2015 7:28 PM Share with others: Related Media: Teen arrested in Tarentum shooting Dorian Smedley was looking for some “green” when he broke into a Tarentum home, hit two people in the head with a pistol and shot one of them in the stomach on New Year’s Day, according to a criminal complaint. […]

Shoppers injured when gun goes off in store

January 23, 2015 9:58 PM Share with others: Two people left a Giant Eagle with wounds instead of groceries this afternoon after a gun fell out of a fanny pack and accidentally went off inside the store. The gun owner, Gerry Good, 58, of Gibsonia, has been charged with two counts of assault and two […]

Report: Citizens Bank in Hampton robbed at gunpoint

January 24, 2015 12:16 PM Share with others: Police are investigating a Monday morning gunpoint bank robbery at the Citizens Bank in Hampton. According to Post-Gazette news partner KDKA-TV, two black men robbed the bank shortly before 11 a.m., then fled south on Route 8 in a white, four-door sedan.  At least one of the […]

Man from Honduras to be deported for illegally entering the U.S.

January 22, 2015 11:10 PM Share with others: Related Media: Honduras man to be sentenced, deported in immigration case that caused uproar Pittsburgh judge grants U.S. more time to prepare appeal of immigration ruling Federal judge in Pittsburgh declares Obama’s immigration action unconstitutional A federal judge’s ruling last month roiled the immigration world, but in […]

Growing U.S. economy leaving Pittsburgh behind, report says

January 23, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Related Media: Pennsylvania unemployment drop continues for third straight month Back when the national economy was in free fall, Pittsburgh’s troubles were a comparative stumble. The reason most often given was that the region was not a high-flyer in the economic boom that preceded the bust and […]

Wagner and Peduto clash over paying for reality TV pledge

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto began his reality TV career on “Undercover Boss.” But on Friday, controversy surrounding his appearance on the show resembled an outtake of “Dance Moms.” The mayor’s office on Friday released a list of contributors who supported his recent appearance on the network television program — and a scathing response to an […]

Peters-based organization aims to help nonprofits

Since its founding in 2000, Women of Southwestern Pa. has supported nonprofits that benefit children and women in the region. With a mission of supporting women by gathering socially, working on philanthropic projects and networking, the nonprofit has relied on its sole annual fundraiser, The Symphony of Food, to finance its philanthropic programs. Headquartered in […]

Allegheny County seeks help finding homicide suspects

January 22, 2015 10:21 AM Share with others: Related Media: 2 sought in McKeesport shooting that killed 1 man, hurt 2 women Allegheny County police today asked for help finding two men charged in connection with a Tuesday shooting that left one man dead and two women wounded. Jonathan “BJ” Coles, 20, of McKeesport, and […]

Arrest made in early morning fire that struck Homestead’s main commercial district

Just two days before he admitted to starting a six-alarm fire that on Friday gutted and damaged buildings, displaced tenants and sent two people to the hospital in Homestead’s main commercial district, Edward McDonald told neighbors that he was depressed, hearing voices and worried about the end of the world, according to a criminal complaint. […]

Pennsylvania court places hold on prosecution of Attorney General Kane

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has won a state Supreme Court order barring a district attorney from bringing criminal charges against her until the high court rules on her challenge to the legal status of the special prosecutor who built the case against her. The court announced the freeze Thursday. The hold on any action […]

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board ends ‘special order’ wine and spirits stoppage

Wine and spirits vendors can once again ask the state for permission to sell their hard-to-find products in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has lifted its two-week hold on new submissions to the state’s “special liquor order” catalog, an application moratorium that was installed Jan. 8 due to a months-long backlog of pending items. […]