Shooting In Burgettstown
A shooting was reported last night in Burgettstown. Police were called to 5 Hillcrest Avenue shortly after 9 p.m. where they discovered one man had been shot outside the residence. The victim was flown to Allegheny General Hospital and later died. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner identified the victim as 38-year-old Brian Wilbert of Pittsburgh. Investigators said a gun and a knife were found at the scene, in front of the home of Wilbert’s ex-girlfriend. They are looking into a dispute that happened before the shooting, as well as how the ex-girlfriend’s father might be connected to the incident. Police questioned several people early Thursday. McDonald police are handling the investigation and said a person of interest was taken into custody, but no arrests have been confirmed. (Photo: WPXI)
CVS Robber Arrested
A Greene County man is in jail after allegedly robbing a CVS in German Township and demanding drugs. Police say 34-year-old Charles Otto of Carmichaels was arrested outside a residence after demanding OxyContin while holding employees at gunpoint Wednesday morning. Police say victim interviews and surveillance video pointed to a motorcycle that Otto rode to and from the store, as well as a "V for Vendetta style movie mask" that he wore during the alleged robbery. That bike and other items from the robbery were found in the residence where Otto was arrested. Police say he exited the home after they created a perimeter while waiting for a search warrant. No one was hurt in the robbery. (Photo: WPXI)
Police Sniper Shoots Suspected Bomber at TV Station
BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore police say a department sniper shot a man who walked into a TV station lobby wearing a full animal costume and surgical mask and displaying what appeared to be an explosive device on his chest.
Department spokesman T.J. Smith said the man is alive and conscious and communicating with authorities through a robot designed to detect explosives.
Smith says officers and paramedics cannot approach the man until they can determine he doesn't have an explosive device or until any such device has been neutralized.
Smith said the man walked into the lobby of a Fox television affiliate on Thursday and made a complaint about the government. Police say the suspect walked outside, followed by heavily armed officers.
Smith says the suspect was shot after he refused repeated demands to show his hands.
Vindictive Prosecution Kane's Lawyer Claims
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Lawyers for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane say she was unfairly targeted over a grand jury leak by "vindictive" political rivals. Kane's lawyers have filed a motion Wednesday to dismiss her criminal leak case based on "selective and vindictive prosecution."
Two Men Indicted on Separate Child Porn Charges
United States Attorney David Hickton says two Pennsylvania men have been indicted on separate charges related to child pornography. Beaver County resident Randolph Gum, 22, was indicted on several charges related to producing and distributing images and videos of sexual exploitation of a minor. Hickton says Gum faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $3 million fine. In addition, 59-year-old Robert Paladino of Millvale was indicted on charges of possessing kiddie porn, including some images of children under 12-years-old. If convicted, Paladino would face at least 10 years in prison, with the possibility of up to 20 years and a $250,000 fine. Both men were indicted yesterday.
No Action From Fed
WASHINGTON (AP) - Expect a rate increase when the Federal Reserve decides to make its next move. Following the end of a two-day meeting, the Fed said Wednesday that it was not raising a key interest rate right now, but it made clear that one would come in the near future. The Fed notes a slowdown in the U.S. economy, with subpar readings on consumer spending, business investment and exports.
FBI Won't Share Details on iPhne Hacking Method
The FBI has decided that it will not disclose the method it used to gain access a suspected terrorist's locked iPhone. The $1.4 million technique was used to gain access to an iPhone 5C used by a suspect in the San Bernardino attacks last year. The FBI, however, says it purchased the rights to use the method from an outside party, and officials don't have access to the technical details of how the hack worked. Privacy experts say even if officials had the information, there's an internal policy against disclosing hacking methods so they aren't abused by the public. Representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union argue that such behavior clouds governmental transparency.
Former House Speaker Sentenced
CHICAGO (AP) - Prosecutors say that because the statute of limitations had run out on alleged sexual abuse committed by former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, they decided instead to charge him with dodging bank reporting requirements when he withdrew money to pay one of his victims to keep quiet.
On Wednesday, Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison.
Prosecutors say Hastert had agreed to pay $3.5 million to one of five people he's accused of molesting when Hastert was a high school wrestling coach decades ago in Illinois. (Photo: AP)
The Meadows Racetrack and Casino has been fined $40,000 for allowing two people who excluded themselves from gambling to make wagers anyway, and cited for mailing promotional materials to other problem gamblers.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board fined the casino on Wednesday.
Pennsylvania allows people who believe they have a gambling addiction to enter a self-exclusion list. Casinos are supposed to monitor the list and make sure those people aren't allowed to gamble or otherwise be targeted with casino marketing.
The casino has issued a statement say it "understands the seriousness of compulsive gambling and has in place a variety of programs to help minimize its impact on consumers." The casino says it is "taking additional measures" to prevent similar problems in the future.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Carnegie Mellon University says 15 students have diarrhea, nausea and vomiting and 13 of those cases have been directly linked to a cafe on campus.
Thirteen of the students who are ill ate soup or sandwiches from La Prima Expresso on the Pittsburgh school's campus on Monday or Tuesday. The owner of the business hasn't commented, but school officials say certain menu items have been removed from the cafe as a precaution.
The school's University Health Services is working with the Allegheny County Health Department to determine what's causing the illnesses.
The school plans to post student alerts as more information develops.
Companies Accused of Telemarketing Violations
A man and his three businesses face civil charges in a telemarketing scheme. The State Attorney General's office has filed a civil suit against Adam Joyce and his business, Interstate Ventilation Inc. Officials say Joyce also operated Lysco Contracting and Lysco Chimney, which allegedly used telemarketing to sell their services. But Kane's office says starting in 2012, Joyce and his companies' representatives made hundreds of calls to numbers registered on the state's Do Not Call list. The workers allegedly used spoofing technology to disguise the numbers they were calling from, and failed to properly identify the reason for the call. The lawsuit seeks to prevent Joyce and his companies from telemarketing in the state, as well as levying between $1,000 and $3,000 for every violation.
Legislators Seek Change in Sodomy Law After Ruling
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Outraged Oklahoma lawmakers say they'll move quickly to change a loophole in the state's forcible sodomy law after the state's highest criminal court found it doesn't apply to cases where the victim is unconscious or intoxicated.
Rep. Scott Biggs said Thursday he is drafting language that legislators could consider as early as next week.
Oklahoma's highest criminal court ruled unanimously last month that while the state's rape law addresses unconscious or intoxicated victims, the forcible sodomy law does not. The court said it could not expand the "fair meaning" of the law to justify someone's prosecution.
The ruling came after a 17-year-old boy was accused in Tulsa County District Court of forcing a heavily intoxicated girl to perform oral sex. A lower court judge had dismissed the case last year.
Man, Horse Killed By Lightning
MANTACHIE, Miss. (AP) - Authorities in Mississippi say a man and the horse he was riding were struck by lightning and killed. Itawamba County Coroner Sheila Summerford tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal 37-year-old Tim Edge of Mantachie was riding horses with his father Wednesday when lightning struck him and his horse. Summerford said Edge's father had gone into the barn while Edge stayed outside. While in the barn, he heard a loud boom and that's when the lightning hit. Both Edge and his horse were killed.