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Philly DA says no affidavits claimed by AG Kane in bribery case existed

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — To prove that an investigation of state legislators was racist and too weak to prosecute, Attorney General Kathleen Kane cited key internal documents but never provided them to a Philadelphia grand jury, city prosecutors said. “I can tell you now, there were no affidavits. The evidence indicates they …

In Pittsburgh charges, feds target Uganda-based counterfeiting ring

By Jason Cato 4:37 p.m.
A fake $100 bill used to buy a cup of tea at an Oakland coffee shop set off a international investigation that led to federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh filing charges Thursday against …

Judge dismisses littering charge against City Council president Kraus

By Margaret Harding
A judge dismissed a charge of littering against Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus and literally threw away the plastic bag of evidence Thursday. District Judge Jim Motznik, a former councilman who …

Allegheny

Developer reveals Buncher plans for 400 Strip District apartments, townhomes

By Tom Fontaine 3:07 p.m.
The Buncher Co. and a Cleveland-based developer said Thursday they are moving ahead with plans to build 400 residential units along the edge of the Allegheny River in the Strip District. Buncher, which is based in the Strip, ultimately plans …

Westmoreland

Demolition project at Oliver’s Pourhouse in Greensburg moves ahead

By Jacob Tierney
The owners of Oliver’s Pourhouse in Greensburg are seeking permission to demolish the century-old building adjoining their restaurant to build a modern structure in its ...

Fayette

Fayette County judge refuses to dismiss dragging case against Hiller man

By Liz Zemba
A Fayette County judge denied a motion seeking to dismiss criminal charges against a man accused of dragging a police officer with his car during a traffic stop. James Holcomb Jr., 37, of Hiller is charged by Redstone Police with …

Armstrong

Armstrong man dies in single-vehicle crash

By Leader Times 4:23 p.m.
An Armstrong County man died in a single-vehicle wreck early today. Coroner Brian K. Myers said Robert P. Sweet Jr. 46, of Burrell Township was driving east on Cochrans Mill Road at about 12:10 a.m. when he lost control of …

Beaver

Police hope facial sketch release will help identify woman’s embalmed head found in Economy

By Bill Vidonic
Investigators are hoping that a soon-to-be-released facial sketch will help identify a woman whose embalmed head was found last week in a wooded area of Beaver County, and explain how it got there. “It’s one of those things you keep …

Butler

Butler’s chief clerk files discrimination, retaliation complaint

By Tribune-Review
Butler County’s chief clerk has filed a complaint against the county alleging sexual discrimination and retaliation. Amy Wilson filed the complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Dec. 9. Her attorney, Vicki Horne, would not say who is …

Indiana

Child porn lie lands Clymer woman in jail

By Mary Pickels
An Indiana County woman who was convicted of trying to frame her estranged husband for putting child pornography on a home computer was sentenced Monday to serve up to two years in prison. Meri Jane Woods, 43, of Clymer was …

Somerset

Fire damages shed, barn in Somerset County

By Tribune-Review
A large storage shed and barn in Somerset County were damaged in a fire Wednesday afternoon, state police at Somerset said. The cause of the fire at 190 Sawmill Road in Brothersvalley is undetermined and remains under investigation, Trooper Scott …

Washington

Coroner: Washington County shootings likely murder-suicide

By Tribune-Review
A 49-year-old man appears to have shot a woman and then killed himself inside a Marianna home, according to the Washington County coroner. State police must first complete their investigation to make the finding official. But Coroner Tim Warco said …

Education

Pittsburgh Public Schools adopts no-tax-increase budget for 2015

By Megan Harris 3:18 p.m.
Pittsburgh Public Schools board of directors adopted a new general fund budget Wednesday night that includes no tax increase. The $556.8 million 2015 budget allots for an operating deficit of $27.7 million, up 5.2 percent from the adopted 2014 budget, …

Pennsylvania

Erie man charged with 1990 slaying of Virginia Beach woman

By The Associated Press 3:12 p.m.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Police have charged an Erie man with the slaying of a Virginia Beach woman more than two decades ago. Virginia Beach police said Thursday that 46-year-old Robert William Malick is charged with second-degree murder in the …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - Dec. 17, 2014

Daily images from around the region by Trib Total Media staff photographers. …

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Dialogue needed on sex crimes
No one likes to talk about sexual violence. It’s a cultural taboo and a crime of secrecy that some victims don’t want to report because …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Team in place for possible Santorum run for White House
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum may be inching closer to another run for president. Longtime adviser John Brabender said a team is in place if …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Pittsburgh’s premier clock doctor has little time to spare
Dave McGee traffics in minutes and memories. As owner of Pittsburgh Clock & Lock Co. in Mt. Oliver, he arguably is Pittsburgh’s premier clock doctor. …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Protests changed the world
Every now and again, I get column requests, which rarely go the way the requestors likely expect. So why mess with tradition? A regular reader …

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Obituaries

Farmer admired for hard work, faith, fix-it skills

By Stacey Federoff
Harold Andree worked two jobs and helped to run a 100-acre farm in Hempfield while still keeping family, education and faith close. “We never missed church, even for the farm,” …