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Briefs: Diocese in need of superintendent

| Monday, May 28, 2012, 11:33 p.m.

Diocese in need of superintendent

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is seeking a new superintendent to oversee nearly 100 schools serving 22,000 students in the six-county area of Western Pennsylvania.

Bishop David Zubik announced the promotions of Superintendent Robert L. Paserba to secretary for education and Rev. Kris Stubna, secretary for education, to pastor and rector of St. Paul Seminary in East Carnegie, effective July 9. The Rev. Joseph Mele, the rector at St. Paul, will become the first Secretariat for Leadership Development.

candidates for superintendent must have a doctorate in education and experience as a superintendent or central office administrator. The diocese hopes to fill the position by Sept. 1.

Mom of wandering boy claims carjacking

City police were trying to determine whether the mother of a child who was found wandering the streets in Bloomfield overnight had been abducted, Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard said.

The 3-year-old boy was found wandering alone on South Millvale Avenue at 2:20 a.m. Monday. Police located the child's home, but nobody was there, Richard said. Officers later learned that the mother was seen in a tavern buying beer, Richard said.

The child, who was examined at Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville and found to be in good health, was turned over to Allegheny County's Office of Children, Youth and Families.

The mother later went to police and said she had been carjacked, Richard said. "This is being checked out," Richard said.

Coroner: Woman died of heart disease

A North Side woman who was found dead in her backyard during the weekend died of natural causes, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.

The body of Anna Lorenz, 84, was found Sunday evening in her yard on Goehring Street in Spring Garden, the spokesman said. An autopsy showed she died of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

$4.7M project on Banksville will reduce lanes at night

PennDOT contractors will start a $4.7 million project next week to repair nearly 2 12 miles of Banksville Road in Pittsburgh, Dormont and Mt. Lebanon, officials said.

Starting Monday, traffic between the Parkway West and McFarland Road will be reduced to a single lane in each direction from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights, and from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday as needed.

Lane Construction Co. will mill and resurface the road and improve culverts, drains, guiderails, curbs, traffic signals and signs.

Man gets probation for benefits fraud

A New Salem man was sentenced in U.S. District court to three years of probation because prosecutors said he had lied and hidden assets to qualify for Social Security benefits.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Samuel J. DelSignore, 51, hid his one-third interest in his father's estate, the money in his bank accounts, his ownership of two tri-axle trucks and a classic car in order to qualify for disability benefits. In addition to the probation, he will have to pay more than $29,000 in restitution.

Senior U.S. District Judge Gustave Diamond said the probation was appropriate, given that DelSignore was a first-time offender who had been a responsible person for most of his life.

Carrick fire victim is identified

A man whose body was found inside his burning home in Carrick was identified on Monday as Dwight Means Jr., a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Fire crews who were called at 2:30 p.m. Sunday to the two-story brick house on Owendale Avenue found the body of Means, 68, in a kitchen at the rear of the home, firefighters said. Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire.

An autopsy was conducted, but a determination on a cause of death will not be made until blood tests are done to reveal the carbon monoxide level, the spokesman said.

South Union robber uses gun to assault store manager

State police are seeking information after an early morning robbery on Monday in which a convenience store employee was assaulted.

Police said a man entered the Sheetz on New Salem Road in South Union at 12:30 a.m. and struck the female manager with a gun.

The man grabbed cash and fled on foot, police said.

The unidentified 27-year-old employee was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., for treatment of a head injury. Her condition was unavailable yesterday.

The robber was described as white, in his 20s, with a medium to heavy build. He was dressed all in black, including a hooded sweatshirt and beanie cap, police said.

Several customers were inside the store at the time of the incident, police said. Anyone who may have witnessed the attack or has information regarding the robbery is asked to contact police at 724-439-7111.

Man charged in assault, church robbery in West Wheatfield

A Westmoreland County man has been charged and an arrest warrant has been issued for a second in a November assault and robbery at an Indiana County church.

State police filed charges of aggravated assault, robbery, conspiracy and theft against Christopher Ludwig, 26, of Seward with District Judge George Thachik.

Similar charges await Ronald Stephenson Jr., 25, also of Seward, upon his arrest, police said.

The charges stem from a Nov. 29, 2011, incident at the Robindale Union Church in East Wheatfield. Police identified the victim as a 62-year-old woman.

Charges were filed earlier this week, police said, after they received a tip about the incident and Ludwig gave a statement about his involvement.

Ludwig was arraigned and placed in the Indiana County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Police are looking for Stephenson, whose last known address was 1137 Walnut St., Seward.

Anyone with information regarding Stephenson's whereabouts is asked to contact police at 724-357-1960.

Victim in fatal Westmoreland fire identified

Penn Township police on Monday identified Doreen D. Labor, 54, as the woman who died in a fire in her home on Grable Lane.

Labor, 54, who used an oxygen tank, punched an emergency alert button to contact 911 at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, Claridge fire Chief Bob Bankosh said.

When crews arrived at the home, flames were coming from the front of the structure, and heavy smoke rose from another side, Bankosh said. The fire was confined to a living room, he said.

The state police fire marshal and township police are investigating the cause of the fire.

The Westmoreland County Coroner's Office could not be reached yesterday.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the James E. Lindsay Funeral Home Inc. in Harrison City.

Indiana man who killed himself charged in molestations

The body of a former Little League volunteer from Indiana County who took his own life was found on the same day he was charged with molesting two boys on an overnight trip to Pittsburgh, state and city police said.

The body of Theodore Amick, 36, of Indiana, was found on Saturday on a dirt lane in a remote area outside Tionesta in Forest County, said state police, who called his death a suicide. The Associated Press reports he died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

State court records show that Amick was charged with indecent assault and related crimes. Pittsburgh police Lt. Daniel M. Herrmann said a boy who is now 12 said he and a friend took a trip with Amick two years ago to Pittsburgh where they shared a room.

Amick's attorney said that his client didn't know about the charges and that he was never tried or convicted of anything.

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