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Jury acquits Ford of assaulting police, deadlocks on other counts

By Aaron Aupperlee
Leon Ford held up his arm and flexed his bicep in victory on Monday from his wheelchair, moments after an Allegheny County jury acquitted him of assaulting Pittsburgh police officers during a traffic stop. A judge’s gag order prevented him from speaking, but his smile, unchanged through the weeklong trial …

Pa. Education Department attempts to block release of emails to Tomalis

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The Corbett administration is trying to block the release of emails from top officials in the governor’s office to former Education Secretary Ron Tomalis when he was the point man …

Wheel separation incidents can prove deadly; NTSB doesn’t track them

By Tom Fontaine
At least two Pennsylvania men died in the past month when wheels came loose from trailers and smashed into vehicles going the opposite direction. The latest incident happened on Sept. 8 on …

Allegheny

New Pittsburgh police chief gets familiar with surroundings on first day

By Margaret Harding
Pittsburgh police headquarters got a new boss and a new sign on the same day. Workers erected the sign on the side of the North Side building as the new …

Westmoreland

Coroner: Heart attack caused Norvelt crash

By Tribune-Review 11:11 a.m.
A 72-year-old Mt. Pleasant woman who died in an auto accident Monday in Norvelt probably had a heart attack just before the crash, according to the Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office. Nancy T. O’Shea lost control of her car as she …

Fayette

Uniontown woman charged in robbery spree

By Mary Pickels
A Uniontown woman has been charged with robbing two city businesses and attempting another robbery on Sunday night. Amber Jane Reinhart, 31, was arraigned before District Judge Michael Metros on numerous counts of robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, terroristic threats, …

Armstrong

Drug use, medical problems cited as cause of West Kittanning crash

By For The Leader Times
State police are awaiting lab results to confirm that drugs or alcohol caused a driver to run his car into another waiting at a red light, which started a chain reaction of crashes involving two other cars on Saturday night …

Beaver

Beaver County man admits to stealing hundreds of thousands from employer

By Brian Bowling
A Beaver County man on Monday admitted in federal court to stealing money from his former employer by submitting invoices from a fake company. Peter A. Kalemon, 45, of Aliquippa pleaded guilty to five counts of mail fraud. As a …

Butler

New BC3 classes prepare students for energy industry jobs

By Rick Wills
Butler County Community College is adding four energy classes to its curriculum this fall, part of a strategy to prepare students for employment in the booming natural gas industry. The …

Indiana

IUP student charged in stabbing attack

By Tribune-Review 12:45 p.m.
A Virginia man was charged Tuesday with stabbing an Indiana man near the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus. William A. Rivera, 21, of Reston, Va., is charged with aggravated assault and tampering with evidence by Indiana Police Detective John Scherf. …

Somerset

Windber man pleads to stealing from church’s African fund

By The Associated Press
A Windber man has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $60,000 from a church charity that benefits Sudanese children. Twenty-eight-year-old Justin Wirick pleaded guilty Monday in Somerset County to taking the money from Angels of East Africa, a charity founded …

Washington

Attorneys spar over evidence in case of judge accused of impropriety

By Aaron Aupperlee
Attorneys arguing the case of a former Washington County Common Pleas Judge accused of stealing cocaine evidence filed briefs on Monday arguing whether a judge should throw out evidence in the case. Paul Pozonsky is charged with conflict of interest, …

Education

Propel Hazelwood charter school in Pittsburgh plans open house

By Megan Harris
About 200 families will get their first glimpse inside Propel Hazelwood charter school on Tuesday, about a month since its inaugural academic year began. The K-4 school, the neighborhood’s first since Pittsburgh Burgwin closed in 2006, will host an open …

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania fiscal officers say budget in dire situation

By Brad Bumsted 1:47 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s general fund balance dipped below zero on Monday, the first such occurrence this early in the fiscal year in at least 14 years, the state’s Democratic auditor …

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Monday - Sept. 15, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Highmark site causes confusion for some doctors’ patients
It’s no secret that Dr. Steve Shapiro is no fan of health insurance giant Highmark Inc. He appeared on one of those UPMC commercials that jammed …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Wolf campaign pulls ad with Charleroi attorney who starred in torture film
Democrat Tom Wolf’s staff pulled a campaign ad on Monday on learning that an actor who touted Wolf’s stint in the Peace Corps appeared in …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Tipping really isn’t RB’s field
They aren’t just batterers, they’re also cheapskates. It’s not fair to paint an entire group of athletes with such a broad brush. Still, anyone monitoring …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Of Rice and Men: NFL fails
Oh, for heaven’s sake, NFL, just take him back already. You know you want to. You know as well as I do that Ray Rice’s …

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Obituaries

Caring Realtor eased stress of moving for clients

By Rick Wills
When Joan Rosselle’s out-of-town clients visited Pittsburgh to look for a home, she would go beyond what was necessary to make them feel comfortable. “She cared about people. She wanted …