Thursday, May 23, 2013
Maddox Derkosh, 2 years old, fell into a wild African painted dogs exhibit last year and was killed.
The parents of 2-year-old Maddox, who was killed after falling into a wild African painted dogs exhibit last fall, have filed a lawsuit against the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, according to WPXI. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Jason and Elizabeth Derkosh of Whitehall Borough claims that zoo officials had ample warning that parents routinely lift their children onto a rail overlooking the exhibit so that the children can see the dogs better, according to the report. The lawsuit states that zoos across the country have more and better safeguards in place to keep children safe. The family is asking for damages in excess of $50,000 on each of six counts, citing wrongful death, negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress, among …
Douglas Barbour's attorney said the couple needs to move for financial reasons.
A Franklin Park couple accused of physically abusing and starving two children they adopted from Ethiopia last March are moving to Mercer County, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning Wednesday approved a change-of-residence request by Douglas and Kristen Barbour, who plan to live with Mr. Barbour's parents in Mercer County. Mr. Barbour's attorney, Charles Porter, told the P-G the family needs to move for financial reasons. Barbour, a deputy Pennsylvania Attorney General, was suspended without pay after the couple's arrest on Oct. 4. According to the criminal complaint, the Barbours are accused of starving their adopted 6-year-old son and leaving him with lesions from being kept in …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Police in Sewickley, Leetsdale, Edgeworth and other surrounding communities will be out for Memorial Day weekend.
The West Hills DUI Task Force will be conducting enforcement operations over Memorial Day weekend. These operations will be in the form of sobriety checkpoints and/or roving DUI patrols between May 24 and 26. Taking part in the operations are officers from Edgeworth, Leetsdale and Sewickley boroughs. Also part of the effort are officers from Avalon, Bellevue, Carnegie, Coraopolis, Edgeworth, Leetsdale and Sewickley boroughs; and Moon, Robinson, Crescent, Findlay, Kennedy, North Fayette, Ohio and Stowe townships. To find out how much alcohol you can safely consume, click here. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Police responded to the following recent calls.
Two Sewickley Valley YMCA patrons recently reported wallets stolen from their lockers while they were working out. Police said a 54-year-old Moon Township woman reported at 3:15 p.m. May 7 that her wallet was taken from an unlocked locker near the swimming pool area. A staff member later called to notify her that the wallet was found in the trash. Police said $12 was missing. Police said the victim was worried about identifty theft because her wallet also contained credit cards and a driver’s license. Shortly after 3 p.m. the same day, a61-year-old Moon Township woman also reported a theft from her locker. Police said the woman secured her locker only to come back and discover the padlock opened and her wallet missing from her purse. She…
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Pick a reputable contractor with these tips from the Better Business Bureau.
With the warm weather finally here, many people are considering having work done on their homes. The Better Business Bureau also offers a number of tips on avoiding construction scams and choosing the right contractor Signs of a Possible Scam These indicators, while not necessarily deceptive in nature, point to potential problems and are red flags warning you to exercise caution. Does the contractor: • Solicit door-to-door? • Just happen to have materials left over from a previous job? • Only accept cash payments? • Ask you to get the required building permits? • Not list a business number in the local telephone directory? • Tell you your job will be a “demonstration?” • Pressure you for an immediate decision? • Offer an exceptionally long…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
As part of her sentencing, Orie Melvin must write letters of apology to state judges, her former staff and her family.
Convicted former State Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin was sentenced Tuesday to house arrest followed by probation and must send written apologies on photographs of herself to every judge in the Commonwealth, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. An Allegheny County Common Pleas Court jury convicted Orie Melvin in February on all but one count of using her former Superior Court staff and that of her sister to run campaigns. Orie Melvin was sentenced to three years of house arrest followed by two years of probation and must serve in a soup kitchen three times a week, the P-G said. Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Lester Nauhaus also ordered that Orie Melvin have her photo taken with an official county photographer so…
Friday, May 3, 2013
Officers from several local departments, including Sewickley, Leetsdale and Edgeworth, will take part in the operations.
The West Hills DUI Task Force will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and/or roving DUI patrols during the weekend of May 3 through 5. The task force includes officers from Sewickley, Leetsdale and Edgeworth. Officers from Avalon, Bellevue and Carnegie boroughs; and Robinson, Crescent, Moon, Findlay, Kennedy, North Fayette, Ohio and Stowe townships will also be taking part in these operations. In April, the task force made eight arrests for driving under the influence and other charges—and issued 15 citations and 43 warnings. Want to know how much alcohol you can consume safely? Click here. Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter Check out some of today's other top stories here.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Police said the first report came in the early morning.
Sewickley police are investigating after someone vandalized nine cars over the weekend in a borough neighborhood. Police received an initial report of a damaged car in the 200 block of Henry Avenue. Officers spoke to a resident who noticed that his Mercedes Benz had been spray painted down the driver’s side of the car. Police checked the general area for other damage and noticed seven other vehicles spray painted on Henry Avenue and an eighth on Thorn Street. Police were able to reach the owners of most of the vehicles to inform them that a criminal mischief report would be filed. Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter Check out some of today's other top stories here.
Monday, April 29, 2013
The following people were charged and scheduled for preliminary hearings.
The following people were charged and scheduled for preliminary hearings April 23 at District Judge Robert Ford's office in Leetsdale: Held for Court Chuck Nacke, 55, of Franklin Park, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Franklin Park police reported officers received a report Feb. 5 that Nacke was trying to leave a bar on Brandt School Road and drive home while intoxicated. Police said officers found Nacke at home slouched over the driver's seat of his vehicle, which was parked in his garage. The vehicle was off, but was still mking a ticking sound from being driven. Police reported a blood-alcohol content of 0.239 percent. Waived Keith Stewart, 66, of Franklin Park, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Runners should arrive early for the extra security measures and attendees will see K-9s that detect explosives along the course.
Pittsburgh and marathon officials held a news conference Thursday morning to ensure safety at the May 5 race. "I feel it's important to emphasize the actions being taken to ensure the safety for runners and spectators," Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said. "We're making sure the terrible acts in Boston don't deter the spirit of the marathon in Pittsburgh." "The show is going on. It's going to be a great day. It's going to be a safe day," said Patrice Maramoros, director of the Pittsburgh Marathon. Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Michael Huss told runners to arrive to the race early. "There will be things in place that weren't there before," he said. He said attendees could expect to see K-9s along the course that detect explosives. He …