The Allegheny County GOP’s chief is stepping down months after losing a bid for the state Senate.
D. Raja, chairman of the Allegheny County Republican Committee, on Friday submitted his resignation, effective June 29 or sooner.
Committee leaders credited Raja with providing “critical ground support for the election of President Trump,” increasing the number of registered Republicans countywide and setting fundraising records during his three years as chair, an unpaid position.
The 53-year-old Mt. Lebanon resident said that his departure shouldn’t come as a surprise.
PITTSBURGH – Bullets flew outside a local church Friday morning, striking woman, and smashing church windows. Police said the woman who was shot has died, and investigators are treating it as a homicide. According to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner, 18-year-old Morgan Dunston was the victim.>>RELATED: Man in custody after Cultural District shooting
It was just after 3 a.m. when police were called to the Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community Church at the corner of 27th and Jane streets in the South Side. “She was dancing in the parking lot and someone wanted to shoot someone else and they shot her instead,” Angela Krimm, Dunston’s mother said.
The state’s department of health has declared a hepatitis A outbreak and Allegheny County is one of the hardest hit counties.
Hepatitis A is a liver infection, caused by the virus and it spreads from person-to-person after someone puts something in their mouth that has been contaminated with the fecal matter of a person infected with the virus.
People at risk for contracting the virus are:
A person that has encountered a person with hepatitis A
People who use intravenous drugs
Men that have sex with other men
Symptoms are mild and can last several weeks. More severe infections could last several months and many people infected do not experience any symptoms.
A 21-year-old woman was shot in the back early Sunday morning as she left a residence along Stilley Street in Jefferson Hills.
Police are now searching for the suspect, identified as Andrew Roberts, who lived in the home. An arrest warrant has been issued charging him with aggravated assault, weapons violations and other offenses.
Police said a second person was also charged in this incident. Gary Kovach was arrested on scene and is awaiting arraignment on obstruction and hindering apprehension.
Anyone with information concerning the incident is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Tipline at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477).
Authorities say charges have been filed in connection with a shooting outside the Monroeville Mall last month that prompted an evacuation.
The alleged gunman, identified as Brandon Noel, 21, of McKeesport, was arrested on charges that include attempted homicide and aggravated assault, District Attorney Stephen Zappala said Thursday morning.
Other suspects were identified as Treysaun Lockett-Tillman and Jared Ogrosky, both 21 and of McKeesport; Jamaal Abdul-Rabb, 22, of Turtle Creek; Fordery Andre Morris IV, 20, of McKeesport; and Brandon Murphy, 23, of McKeesport. Dockets indicate all five are charged with felony riot and misdemeanor simple assault and disorderly conduct. All except Murphy were in custody.
The incline has been out of service since Feb. 4 to repair damage caused by flooding. On Jan. 19, a Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority water main that runs along Grandview Avenue in Mt. Washington broke, flooding the upper station and forcing it to close for five days.
“I want to thank the residents and businesses in the Hilltop communities, especially those in Mt. Washington, who have been extremely patient over the last three months,” Port Authority of Allegheny County Development Officer David Huffaker said in a news release. “Closing the incline for an extended period of time certainly was difficult, but for safety reasons had to be done.”
Inspectors from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry authorized the reopening of the incline Thursday afternoon