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Coroner makes ruling in crash fatality

| Wednesday, July 11, 2001

A Monroeville man died of blunt force trauma to the chest Tuesday after a one-vehicle accident on Hillside Avenue near Route 48, said a coroner's spokesman.

Police believe Arnold Wilfong, 76, of Bucknell Drive, lost control of his vehicle, which went off the road into a 10-15 foot ravine near the Gold Rush Restaurant, said Monroeville police Lt. David Palermo. There were no witnesses to the accident, which is still under investigation.

An autopsy was performed by an Allegheny County Coroner's Office yesterday afternoon.

Penn Hills

A Homewood man remained hospitalized Tuesday in good condition after receiving a gunshot wound to his lower back while he was sitting in his car shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday along Travella Boulevard in Penn Hills.

At the time of the shooting, police received calls about multiple gunshots being fired in the area, and they arrived to find Leslie Devaughan, 27, wounded. Several spent .40 caliber casings and an automatic handgun believed to have been the weapon used were also found nearby.

Devaughan told police he had just dropped his passenger off in the 7200 block of Travella Boulevard, located off of Lincoln and Mt. Carmel roads, when an unknown assailant came up and shot him, either through the open car window or door, police Lt. Dennis Poland said.

He was taken to UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital in Oakland where he was held overnight and remained hospitalized in good condition yesterday afternoon, police said.

No suspects have been arrested in the incident, which is still under investigation.

Plum

Plum's third Citizens Police Academy will begin in mid-August and be held on Thursday evenings.

The academy consists of 12 weeks of classes taught by Plum officers and guest instructors on subjects including police stress, communications, traffic laws, vehicle pursuit and accident, criminal and juvenile investigations.

Applications are available by calling the police department at (412) 793-7400 and will be handed out Wednesday through Saturday during the annual festival at St. John the Baptist Church, 444 St. John St.

Participants must be Plum residents and at least 18 years old.

Penn Hills

Charges of attempted criminal homicide against a Penn Hills man have been reduced to two misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person and unlawful possession of a firearm, which is a felony.

Shawn Hunter, 22, of Idlewood Road appeared before Penn Hills District Justice Leonard Hromyak, who ordered him to stand trial on the charges, which stem from a June 29 incident at Hunter's home.

The affidavit of probable cause filed by Penn Hills police states that at about 12:10 a.m. Hunter yelled 'I'll kill you' and fired a shot at one person.

Police said Hunter then turned around after running a short distance, aimed the gun at another individual and fired a second shot before fleeing the area with the gun in his hand. Hromyak also ordered Hunter to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

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