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Bus fare on the rise

AP—The head of the Pittsburgh area’s mass transit agency says one-way bus fares could rise from $2.75 to $6 or $7.

Chief Executive Officer Steve Bland says the Port Authority of Allegheny County faces a $51 million budget deficit despite service cuts and other reforms in the past three years that have saved $52 million annually.

State aid accounts for about half of the authority’s budget, but is scheduled to decrease by $25 million because the federal government won’t allow tolls on Interstate 80 that the state was counting on to fund transit.

The authority faces rising personnel and fuel expenses and doesn’t want to raise fares for urban riders, whose per-rider costs are generally less than the $2 fare they pay. That means suburban riders might have to make up the difference.

Meet the pharmacist

Hill District residents are invited to meet their new neighborhood pharmacists on Saturday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Bethel AME Church on Webster Avenue. Residents will have an opportunity to discuss medications and get answers to questions from the pharmacists who will be working at the new pharmacy, which is scheduled to open by Duquesne University in the Triangle Shops Plaza on Centre Avenue, across from the Hill House Association.

Gone but not forgotten

Longtime Pittsburgh Police motorcycle officer and jazz musician Thomas T. McDaniel recently was laid to rest after his death May 24 at the age of 68. He is well known for his performances with the Walt Harper Quintet during the late ’60s and ’70s, before joining his brothers on the force. He is remembered by his companion Delores Pearl, his brothers Ralph and Horace, his sister Rebecca Bush and  family and friends.

Drug bust claims three

Pittsburgh Zone 2 officers arrested three individuals during a drug bust in the 2000 block of Elmore Square in the Hill District last Thursday.

While plainclothes officers were patrolling the area they observed drug activity and arrested Teante Hill. While placing him in custody, Hill ingested the narcotics and attempted to disarm an officer by grabbing his firearm. He was finally arrested, taken into custody and taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, where they found 28 grams of cocaine that he had ingested.

While officers were securing the scene, two individuals approached and refused to obey orders to move back from the scene. Officers say after ignoring the orders again, Jayda Bolden attacked the officer and was Tasered. While subduing Bolden, a male identified as James Bolden II jumped in and began assaulting the officers. After finally being subdued, they were both taken into custody and taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital.

All three have been arrested and each is facing numerous charges.

Convention in town

Pittsburgh is the host of the 62nd Pennsylvania Recorders of Deeds Association Annual Conference, which will run through June 18 at the Sheraton Station Square hotel.

The hosts for the convention are Allegheny County Department of Real Estate Manager Valerie McDonald Roberts and Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds Tom Murphy.

“We are pleased to co-host this year’s conference and share some of our accomplishments. It has been two and a half years since we successfully consolidated our elected row office into the administration,” McDonald Roberts said in a press release. “We now include property database maintenance and mapping, and we’ve instituted deed certification and an expanded certificate of residence form to ensure the integrity and accuracy of Allegheny County property addresses in our database. We also have a number of green initiatives, and we’re eager to learn about other counties’ best practices.”

The conference will welcome 41 counties of recorders and staff and educate them on pertinent legal and legislative matters affecting their respective operations. They will also learn about the latest technology in recordation, document management and document preservation.

There will be several presentations, business sessions and more. Space is limited and will be filled on a first come basis. For more information on registration, call Jim Uziel at 412-350-4226.

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