Allegheny County Department of Human Services and local foundations partner to keep learning hubs open – Pittsburgh Current

By Mary Niederberger
Pittsburgh Current Education Writer
mary@pittsburghcurrent.com

A month ago, the future of the community learning hubs that were serving more than 1,700 students who needed a supervised setting during online school days in the fall was uncertain as initial funding was running dry.

But now, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services has partnered with local foundations to ensure that 60 hubs throughout the county will remain open through the school year if they are needed.

Elaine Plunkett, DHS communications specialist, said the department has already secured $500,000 in foundation funding and is applying for grants with additional foundations at the same time it is leveraging department funds to keep the hubs in operation.

Currently, three foundations have agreed to provide some funding. Those foundations and grant amounts are: the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, $100,000; Jefferson Regional Foundation, $200,000; and McElhattan Foundation $200,000.

“The 60 learning hubs (30 are outside of Pittsburgh) are critical resources for children and families,” Plunkett wrote in an email.

Those sentiments were echoed by James Fogarty, executive director of A+Schools advocacy group.

Source: Allegheny County Department of Human Services and local foundations partner to keep learning hubs open – Pittsburgh Current

Former Pittsburgh Steeler Sam Davis’ Family Sues McKeesport Personal Care Home For Negligence In His Death – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The family of former Pittsburgh Steeler Sam Davis is suing a personal care home in McKeesport, claiming negligence in connection with his death.

A lawsuit was filed against New Life Personal Care Home, Inc. in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

The lawsuit says in 1991 during his football career, Davis sustained a significant head injury that worsened over time. According to the lawsuit, Davis lived on the second floor of the facility and had access to a private staircase, though he was legally blind and “had difficulty ambulating.”

He was reported missing in September when he failed to show up for breakfast, the lawsuit says, and was found 14 hours later, dead at the bottom of the stairs.

“During the entire 14-hour time that Sam was missing, the Defendant facility failed to discover Sam’s body in this stairwell. Sam was alive and capable of being saved after his fall down the staircase, but Defendant’s delay caused or contributed to his death,” the lawsuit reads.

The lawsuit is claiming damages pursuant to the Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Act.

Davis was a four-time Super Bowl champion.

Source: Former Pittsburgh Steeler Sam Davis’ Family Sues McKeesport Personal Care Home For Negligence In His Death – CBS Pittsburgh

Man found dead inside home after shots reported in Allegheny County community

WILKINSBURG, Pa. — A man was found dead inside a home in Wilkinsburg early Thursday morning after a report of shots fired, police said.

Allegheny County 911 was notified just after 3 a.m. of the shots fired on Wright Street.

First responders found a man inside the home who had been shot, investigators said. He was pronounced dead.

Homicide detectives are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Tip Line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS.

Source: Man found dead inside home after shots reported in Allegheny County community

Building collapses in East Pittsburgh

A building started to collapse in East Pittsburgh late Thursday evening.

The building is located along Main Street.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 is working to learn if the building was occupied and if anyone was injured.

Stay with the WTAE mobile app for updates. Download the app now to stay connected with breaking news updates.

Source: Building collapses in East Pittsburgh

Person Found Shot On Side Of Road In Robinson Township, State Police Investigating – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — State Police are investigating after a person was found shot along Maple Grove Road in Robinson Township.

Washington County dispatchers tell KDKA that the person was found shot on the side of the road near Steubenville Pike. Police said a man was airlifted to a Pittsburgh hospital.

Source: Person Found Shot On Side Of Road In Robinson Township, State Police Investigating – CBS Pittsburgh

47-Year-Old Man In Critical Condition After Penn Hills Shooting – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PENN HILLS, Pa. (KDKA) — Police say a man is in critical condition after a shooting in Penn Hills.

On Monday, the Allegheny County Police Department said it was notified of a shooting in the 8800 block of Marion Way. Law enforcement says first responders found a 47-year-old man who was shot multiple times.

He was taken to a local hospital, and police are investigating

Source: 47-Year-Old Man In Critical Condition After Penn Hills Shooting – CBS Pittsburgh

Woman in critical condition after shooting in Wilkinsburg – WTAE

WILKINSBURG, Pa. —A woman is in critical condition after a shooting in Wilkinsburg Saturday afternoon.

Wilkinsburg Police officers responded to a reports of a shooting in the 1200 block of Morrow Street around 3 p.m.

First responders found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck. She was transported to the hospital and is listed in critical condition.

The investigative assistance of the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit was requested.

According to police, detectives responded to the scene and have initiated an investigation.

Source: Woman in critical condition after shooting in Wilkinsburg

Firefighters battle flames inside Monroeville Mall on Sunday morning –  WTAE

MONROEVILLE, Pa. —Investigators said a fire broke out inside the Monroeville Mall early Sunday.

The first was reported extinguished around 8:30 a.m.

Firefighters said the fire started in the back of a tenant space near the rear of the food court.

The system sprinkler was activated and doused the flames.

Crews spent time ventilating smoke circulating inside the mall.

Minor water damage was reported.

It’s unclear what caught fire in the tenant space.

Source: Firefighters battle flames inside Monroeville Mall

Daniel Pastorek died in the Allegheny County Jail but he shouldn’t have been there in the first place – Pittsburgh Current

“There was not a single violent tendency in that man, you can tell by looking at his record. And his entire criminal record is because of alcoholism and substance-use disorder, homelessness and poverty.”

For days, members of the Allegheny County Jail Oversight Board did not know who had really died within the walls of the jail on November 26. That is because they were emailed an old notice, a death copy-and-pasted from before, from another death that took place inside the ACJ earlier this year.

Jail administrators didn’t realize their error for nearly a week, according to Allegheny County Councilor at Large Bethany Hallam, who is also a member of the jail oversight board. She couldn’t believe what she was seeing:  administrators had mistaken the jail’s most recent death for another, a suicide that occurred in June. To Hallam, it felt careless.

(The Allegheny County jail has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. There were nine suicides at the facility between 2016 and June of this year.)

Source: Daniel Pastorek died in the Allegheny County Jail but he shouldn’t have been there in the first place – Pittsburgh Current

Man acquitted in Wilkinsburg massacre pleads guilty to federal gun charges | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man acquitted in the slayings of five people and an unborn baby at a western Pennsylvania cookout more than 4 1/2 years ago has pleaded guilty to a firearms charge in an unrelated case.

Cheron Shelton, 33, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. He was accused of having possessed a rifle and ammunition although a felony drug conviction barred him from owning a firearm.

The firearm charge came less than two weeks after Shelton was acquitted of first- and third-degree murder in the March 2016 shootings in Wilkinsburg. Charges in that case had been dismissed earlier against 31-year-old Robert Thomas. Authorities had alleged that he opened fire and Shelton then gunned down victims running onto a porch. Authorities alleged they were targeting someone Shelton believed was involved in the 2013 murder of a friend.

Source: Man acquitted in Wilkinsburg massacre pleads guilty to federal gun charges | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Source: https://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/pa-man-acquitted-in-cookout-slayings-pleads-in-firearms-case/

Body found in Allegheny River in Shaler Township

Allegheny County homicide detectives are investigating the death of a person whose body was found in the river near Pine Creek.

Allegheny County police are investigating the death of a person whose body was found in the Allegheny River on Wednesday morning.

Police said 911 was notified of the body near Pine Creek in Shaler Township shortly before 8:30 a.m.

“First responders found a middle-aged white male in the river with no signs of trauma. The victim was pronounced dead on scene. Homicide detectives are initiating the investigation,” police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call county police at 833-ALL-TIPS. Anonymous calls will be accepted.

This is a developing story. Stay with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for updates. Download the WTAE mobile app to stay connected with breaking news.

Source: Body found in Allegheny River in Shaler Township

Video From Inside Allegheny County Jail Raises Concerns Among Elected Officials Over Food Service – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A video gaining attention on social media is raising concerns about the quality of food at the Allegheny County Jail.
Teresa Brown says she was video chatting with her nephew, an inmate at the jail, Saturday. He showed her what was on his tray for dinner and asked her to record it.
“This is the dinner that they’re serving us in the jail tonight,” the man says in the video. “Bologna with applesauce in it and Teddy Grahams. That’s the only thing that’s on our tray for dinner tonight.
”The man also asks his aunt to “make this go viral.
”Brown posted the video on social media where it has received attention from the public and local leaders.
“Animals eat better than the way my nephew was eating yesterday,” Brown said.
Someone sent the video to At-Large Allegheny County Councilwoman Bethany Hallam who also sits on the county’s jail oversight board.
Hallam says she’s heard from several inmates’ relatives about conditions inside the jail and received more complaints than usual on Saturday.

Source: Video From Inside Allegheny County Jail Raises Concerns Among Elected Officials Over Food Service – CBS Pittsburgh

15-Year-Old Boy Shot and Killed In Penn Hills; Allegheny County Police Investigating – CBS Pittsburgh

PENN HILLS (KDKA) — Police are investigating a deadly shooting of a 15-year-old boy outside an apartment complex in Penn Hills.

The person or persons responsible for shooting and killing the boy is still out there as of Tuesday afternoon. As of right now, there are no suspects and no motive.

The medical examiner identified the teenager as Jafar Brooks.

“At about 12:41 a.m., the Penn Hills Police were called to the 1900 block of Garden Drive,” said Allegheny County Police Department Inspector Michael Peairs.

(Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Brian Smithmyer)

That’s where they found a male victim lying next to a black Escalade in the parking lot of the Leechburg Garden Apartments. He died on the scene after being shot multiple times. The Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit stepped in.

“We believe it to be an approximately 15-year-old male. We believe that male drove to the scene in that vehicle from a neighboring community,” said Peairs.

KDKA spoke with neighbors who say they heard at least six gunshots.

(Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Brian Smithmyer)

Peairs says multiple people were involved.

“We have evidence to believe that there were several individuals that had an interaction with him at that time, so we’re working on that,” he said.

 

Police are also focused on the Escalade. It was towed to the police department this morning. Its passenger and back windows were shattered by bullets.

Stay with KDKA for more on this developing story.

Source: 15-Year-Old Boy Shot and Killed In Penn Hills; Allegheny County Police Investigating – CBS Pittsburgh

Allegheny County, Pittsburgh companies among list of best places to work | TribLIVE.com

Four companies in Allegheny County have been named among the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania.

Ryan LLC, a consulting firm in Downtown Pittsburgh; Total Quality Logistics, a logistics firm located in Kennedy Township; Maher Duessel, an accounting firm on Pittsburgh’s North Shore; and KU Resources, Inc., an environmental consultant in Duquesne all made the list, which is made up of companies from across the state.

Source: Allegheny County, Pittsburgh companies among list of best places to work | TribLIVE.com

Allegheny County’s Disturbing COVID-19 Case Upswing Continues

The county reported 603 new cases over the weekend. There have been 29,007 cases since the outbreak began in March. That’s up from 28,404 from Monday.

There have been 2.015 hospitalizations in the county during the outbreak.County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen again said she was worried about the ongoing spike of coronavirus cases in the county.”

I expect to see a rise in new cases of COVID-19 from Thanksgiving and remained concerned that if our cases continue to rise at this rate, it will strain the capacity and staff of our region’s hospitals,” she said.With 9,261 cases in Westmoreland County, 4,609 in Washington County, 4,532 in Butler County and 4,024 in Beaver County, that brings the total number of cased to 51,533 when Allegheny County numbers are included. That’s up from 50,115 on Monday.

Source: Allegheny County’s Disturbing COVID-19 Case Upswing Continues

60 county jail employees infected or quarantined following large social gatherings; Activists say symptoms of incarcerated women ignored – Pittsburgh Current

By Charlie Deitch
Pittsburgh Current Editor
charlie@pittsburghcurrent.com

Ten employees of the Allegheny County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19 and another 50 are currently quarantined as a result of community exposure and are not exposures from the workplace. The quarantines have left the jail short staffed.

“While these steps will impact staffing levels at the facility, we have worked with the union leadership to ensure the proper staffing to maintain the safety and security of all inmates and employees. We are confident that these measures will ensure the necessary levels of staffing for the continued security of the facility.

“We also continue to follow the advice of the facility’s medical provider as it relates to precautions for inmates. As has been done since the very beginning of this pandemic, those measures are in line with the guidance provided by the CDC, PA Department of Health, PA Department of Corrections, and the Allegheny County Health Department.”

But, according to sources inside the Allegheny County Jail and sources familiar with the massive exposure, employees were exposed at two recent, large social events — a party and a wedding — where many employees were in attendance.

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Source: 60 county jail employees infected or quarantined following large social gatherings; Activists say symptoms of incarcerated women ignored – Pittsburgh Current

Pittsburgh Weather: Wintry Conditions, 1-2″ Of Snow Expected – CBS Pittsburgh

From midnight and through the day Tuesday, we will have snow showers leaving many with 1-2″ and areas north of I-80 and along the ridges picking up around 3″ of snow.

(Photo Credit: KDKA Weather Center)

Our highs will struggle to make it to 40 degrees on Tuesday.

For the rest of the week, it’ll be cold with lows in the upper 20’s and highs in the low 40’s.

(Photo Credit: KDKA Weather Center)

Our next round of rain and snow is possible late Thursday and through the day Friday.

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Source: Pittsburgh Weather: Wintry Conditions, 1-2″ Of Snow Expected – CBS Pittsburgh

2 shot in Avalon; SWAT situation concludes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County police are investigating a shooting Thursday in Avalon that injured two men, one of them critically.

On Thursday, Avalon police responded to a report of a shooting at about 12:05 p.m. at the 500 block of Girard Avenue, according to a news release. Officers found a 23-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Police said he was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

County police Lt. Venerando Costa said another person, who Lt. Costa said was responsible for the shooting, was also shot and was taken to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Police said he is 17 years old and had an apparent grazing wound to his head; he was treated and released, police said.

Lt. Costa said a SWAT team was called to search a house in the nearby 600 block of California Avenue for a possible third person. The SWAT situation concluded at about 3:30 p.m., and Lt. Costa said early Thursday evening that there is not a third person involved in the incident.

Allegheny County homicide detectives were called to assist Avalon officers and learned both individuals were in a dispute over a handgun when the shooting occurred. Police said they have recovered the gun and that the investigation is ongoing.

Police said the county District Attorney’s Office will be consulted to determine if criminal charges will be filed against either the 23-year-old man or the 17-year-old.

Anyone with more information is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Tip line at 833-ALL-TIPS (833-255-8477). Callers can remain anonymous.

Source: 2 shot in Avalon; SWAT situation concludes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Homicide detectives investigating fatal North Braddock shooting | TribLIVE.com

Allegheny County Police Department homicide detectives are investigating the Saturday afternoon shooting death of a Pittsburgh man in North Braddock.

Authorities said police responding to the call of shooting shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday found Theodore B. Jones, 52, of Pittsburgh, along the 1500 block of Beech St., suffering from gunshot wounds.

Jones was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital. According to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner, Jones was pronounced dead at the hospital at 3:59 p.m.

Source: Homicide detectives investigating fatal North Braddock shooting | TribLIVE.com

Line to get a license to carry a firearm wrapped around Allegheny County Courthouse

To apply for a new license to carry a firearm, or a renewal or replacement, applicants need to print out and complete an application from its website. You’ll also need your Pennsylvania identification and $20.

firearms division of the Allegheny County Sheriff’s office is also responsible for issuing licenses to sell firearms.

You can find more information on the Allegheny County Sheriff’s website.

Source: Line to get a license to carry a firearm wrapped around Allegheny County Courthouse

NEW, RENEWAL, & REPLACEMENT APPLICANTS MUST COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING STEPS 

STEP 1: Download, complete and print an application ready to be submitted upon arrival at Firearms.

STEP 2: Arrive with a completed application, valid PA ID or Driver’s License and $20.00 cash. 

A new Goodwill store is coming to Penn Hills and it has set its grand opening date for the first week of November – Pittsburgh Business Times

A new 15,000-square-foot Goodwill store is slated to open in the Penn Hills area with a grand opening date set for Nov. 5.

The store, located at the Penn Hills Shopping Center along Keleket Drive, is expected to create 30 new jobs.

“We are so pleased to move to into this new community. We’ve had many of our shoppers tell us it would be a good location for a Goodwill Store,” Andrew Marano, vice president of donated goods retail at Goodwill SWPA, said in a statement. “We also know there are many donors from the area who will help make this an excellent spot for a Goodwill thrift store.”

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the new store will offer contact-free delivery options for donated goods via a designated drop-off point behind a nearby Giant Eagle location.

Source: A new Goodwill store is coming to Penn Hills and it has set its grand opening date for the first week of November – Pittsburgh Business Times

2 injured in rollover crash overnight in Mount Oliver | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The crash occurred around 1 a.m. in Mount Oliver, according to Allegheny County emergency officials.

One person was trapped inside and had to be rescued by first responders on the scene, Post-Gazette news partner KDKA-TV reported.

That person and another passenger were taken to the hospital. Their conditions have not been released.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Source: 2 injured in rollover crash overnight in Mount Oliver | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

More Than 200 Ballots Being Challenged In Allegheny County – CBS Pittsburgh

Allegheny County says it learned Friday evening that 237 ballots have been challenged in the county.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Allegheny County says it learned Friday evening that 237 ballots have been challenged in the county.

A letter sent to the county says the Republican Committee of Allegheny County submitted “approximately 236” challenges about absentee/mail-in ballot voter eligibility.

The letter says the Republican Committee of Allegheny County submitted the challenges “after comparing the voter ID numbers on Allegheny County’s publicly available list of individuals who have requested absentee ballots against the voter ID numbers on the Commonwealth’s publicly available close of business voter file.”

According to the letter, the voter ID numbers don’t appear on the Commonwealth’s publicly available close of business voter file, and it says this suggests those challenged might not be registered Pennsylvania electors.

A county spokesperson says the elections office received the money required to file the challenges from the Republican Committee of Allegheny County.

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Source: More Than 200 Ballots Being Challenged In Allegheny County – CBS Pittsburgh

Man shot while leaving Halloween party in Penn Hills dies

PENN HILLS, Pa. — A man died after shots were fired as he and two other people were leaving a Halloween party early Friday morning in a neighborhood in Penn Hills, police said.

The 20-year-old, who has not been identified, was shot shortly after midnight along Curtis Street.

Multiple people were trying to help the man when police got to the scene, authorities said. They were with him when he was shot.

Source: Man shot while leaving Halloween party in Penn Hills dies

1 Person Killed, 1 Injured In Crash Between Tractor-Trailer And Car Along Interstate 279 – CBS Pittsburgh

At least one person is dead following a late-night crash along Interstate 279.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — One person is dead following a late-night crash involving a tractor trailer along Interstate 279.

Pennsylvania State Police say the victim was in his 30s and was driving the car involved. Police also said that the impact was so intense that the tractor trailer itself was damaged, which they say is rare.

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

According to state police, the driver of the car was traveling the wrong way in the northbound lane of I-279. The tractor trailer, which was a Pepsi truck, was traveling northbound.

It was around midnight when the two crashed head-on.

“Struck each other head-on,” State Police Tpr. Melinda Bondarenka said.

Watch as KDKA’s Lindsay Ward provides the latest updates:

The car was crushed underneath the tractor-trailer.

“After impact, the vehicle at fault caught fire. The operator of the semi-trailer was able to get out and extinguish that fire,” said Tpr. Bondarenka.

(Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Brian Smithmyer)

I-279 was closed for several hours overnight, forcing early-morning drivers to take detours. It finally reopened around 6 a.m.

At this time, state police say they do not know if speed or alcohol was a factor.

As for the driver of the Pepsi truck, he’s expected to recover.

“Was transported to a local area hospital with minor injury,” Tpr. Bondarenka said.

At this point, it’s being investigated as to why the driver of that blue car was traveling the wrong way.

Stay with KDKA for more on this developing story.

LINDSAY WARD

Source: 1 Person Killed, 1 Injured In Crash Between Tractor-Trailer And Car Along Interstate 279 – CBS Pittsburgh

Man shot, killed by girlfriend after domestic altercation near Pittsburgh | WKBN.com

TURTLE CREEK, Pa. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a man near Pittsburgh by a woman after a domestic altercation that lasted for hours.

Allegheny County police said officers and paramedics in the borough of Turtle Creek were called to the home shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday and found the man shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The county medical examiner’s office identified him as 24-year-old Nigel Broadus.

Police said the 28-year-old woman told them the man refused to leave her home at about 2 a.m. Saturday and she was repeatedly assaulted and held against her will for about three hours. Police said he threatened to kill her and began looking for her firearm, but she was able to retrieve the weapon and fired as he came toward her.

Source: Man shot, killed by girlfriend after domestic altercation near Pittsburgh | WKBN.com

Tractor-trailer crashes into Primanti Bros. restaurant in Allegheny Co., front lobby severely damaged

ALLEGHENY CO., Pa. — A tractor-trailer crashed into a Primanti Bros. restaurant in Allegheny County early Sunday.

According to emergency responders, the crash happened around 4 a.m. at the chain’s location on Steubenville Pike (Route 60) in Crafton.

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Source: Tractor-trailer crashes into Primanti Bros. restaurant in Allegheny Co., front lobby severely damaged

Man shot in Swissvale, in critical condition

SWISSVALE, Pa. —A 21-year-old man was found shot in Swissvale and taken to a hospital in critical condition Thursday morning, police said.

Allegheny County homicide detectives said the victim was found with a gunshot wound to the abdomen when police responded to a report of a shooting at Woodstock Avenue and Ardmore Street just after 10:40 a.m.

No suspects have been identified. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 833-ALL-TIPS. Anonymous calls will be accepted.

This is a developing story. Stay with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for updates. Download the WTAE mobile app to stay connected with breaking news.

Source: Man shot in Swissvale, in critical condition