February 14, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The FBI seized documents Tuesday from the headquarters of the Pittsburgh Police Department. Police spokeswoman Diane Richard said the FBI removed documents, but did not provide details of what was taken. Police Chief Nate Harper has been under scrutiny since a former friend of his was charged last year in connection with a bribery scheme on a contract to install radios and computers in police cars. Last week it emerged that Harper helped form a private security consulting firm with a civilian clerk and three city officers, including one he promoted from sergeant to commander.
March 27, 1991 |
Despite charges of police brutality by abortion opponents, the U.S. Justice Department has determined that Pittsburgh police officers broke no laws when they arrested 124 abortion opponents at a 1989 demonstration. The ruling has prompted an outcry from the anti-abortionists, who say their civil rights are being ignored. And they hope that the national uproar over the recent bludgeoning of a motorist by Los Angeles police officers will give credibility to their allegations and prod authorities to reconsider their case.
February 19, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - A former Western Pennsylvania prosecutor has been hired to review Pittsburgh police policies and procedures concerning officers who hold other jobs or own businesses not regulated by the police bureau, the city announced Monday. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's appointment of Steven Toprani, former district attorney of Washington County, follows the FBI's seizure of boxes of documents from police headquarters this month. Officials said records involving secondary employment, training, and travel were taken.
April 11, 2012
University of Pittsburgh police on Wednesday arrested a man at Pittsburgh International Airport and charged him with one count each of making terroristic threats and harassment by communication. Campus police officers assisted by Allegheny County police executed an arrest warrant on Mark Lee Krangle at 1:30 p.m., Pitt spokesman John Fedele said Wednesday night. Fedele said he did not have the nature of the alleged offenses, but a two-sentence statement released by the university made no connection to the string of more than two dozen bomb threats targeting more than 50 buildings that have left the Pitt campus of nearly 29,000 students on edge weeks before final exams.
February 17, 2012
PITTSBURGH - A city police officer offered to provide assistance to several women in exchange for sex, authorities said Thursday. Adam Skweres, 35, was charged with bribery, coercion, indecent assault, and related charges. He has been suspended without pay. In one instance, authorities said, Skweres allegedly told a woman with a child-related case he could write a favorable letter to Children, Youth and Family Services if she had sex with him. In another case, Skweres is accused of saying he could influence a woman's boyfriend's case in exchange for sex. The charges are the result of an investigation by the FBI and Pittsburgh police.
March 9, 2012
PITTSBURGH - A man armed with two semiautomatic handguns entered the lobby of a psychiatric clinic at the University of Pittsburgh yesterday and opened fire, killing one person and wounding several others before he was shot dead, apparently by campus police. Six people were wounded by gunfire, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said. He stopped short of confirming the gunman was fatally shot by at least one University of Pittsburgh police officer who responded. But he said "police acted admirably and did engage in gunfire.
September 26, 2011 |
PITTSBURGH - A company that makes the Long Range Acoustic Device that Pittsburgh police used to control protesters during the Group of 20 economic summit two years ago disputes the scientific claims contained in an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit filed last week. San Diego, Calif.-based LRAD Corp. wasn't named in the suit which claims a visiting college professor suffered hearing loss when the loud device was used to issue police commands and to amplify loud sounds meant to disperse protesters.
July 9, 2010
PITTSBURGH - A Pennsylvania woman has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the suffocation of her 1-month-old granddaughter after, police say, she sat on the baby. Elane Springs, 49, did not immediately notice she had sat on the baby, who was sleeping on a couch Sept. 18, 2008, Pittsburgh police said. Instead of calling 911 when she got up, police said, Springs changed the baby's clothes and then called her son about an hour later. Police say she left a message asking her son to tell his sister, the baby's mother, that the baby had died.
July 27, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - A University of Pittsburgh medical researcher was charged with homicide in the death of his wife, a neurologist at the university's medical school, authorities said Thursday, and Pittsburgh police were in Florida to arrest him. Robert Ferrante, 64, allegedly laced an energy supplement with cyanide before giving it to Autumn Klein, 41, hours after they exchanged text messages about how the supplement could help them conceive a child, according...
June 25, 1988 |
Muriel Rehrer was asleep in back of the Greyhound when the bus pulled into the Pittsburgh station. But her strange, solitary odyssey was far from over. It would not end for almost three weeks - not until a linguist at the University of Pittsburgh identified her regional accent, and a police dispatcher in Pennsauken recognized her misspelled name on his computer screen. The 14-year-old Rehrer apparently was in good health when the driver of the bus, which had come from Harrisburg, woke her up. But she said that she didn't know where she was. And she didn't know where she came from.