Metro Beat…Police seek 2 who wounded man in Wilkinsburg barbershop

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WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police have been seeking two gunmen who burst into a western Pennsylvania barbershop and critically wounded a customer who managed to return fire.

Allegheny County detectives aren’t releasing the name of the victim, and say they don’t yet know who shot the man as he sat getting his hair cut at Meachez Y2 Kutz barbershop in Wilkinsburg.

Police say the shooting happened about 2:25 p.m. Thursday and that the victim was shot at least seven times.

He was taken to an undisclosed hospital in critical condition.

Police don’t know if the victim was able to wound either of the gunmen.

Police say the barber ran for cover and wasn’t hurt.

 

Man shot to death in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Police say a 35-year-old man was shot to death in a Pittsburgh neighborhood.

Authorities say officers responded to a 911 call in the Beltzhoover neighborhood at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday. The victim has been shot multiple times, and a 15-year-old girl who was also in the house suffered a minor injury when her arm was grazed by a bullet. The victim was from Natrona Heights, just outside Pittsburgh.

Detectives say that the victim and his girlfriend had walked to a convenience store, and as they went up the front steps of the house a man began shooting at them from the street.

Police are investigating and no arrests have been made.

 

‘Ghost’ workers charged in W. Pa. welfare scheme

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A woman who used to work for a company that contracted with the Department of Public Welfare to pay caregivers is among several charged in a counterfeit check cashing scheme involving “ghost” workers.

Online court documents don’t list an attorney for 31-year-old LaShawna Wilson, of Swissvale, who is charged with theft and related counts, along with 12 other people involving checks totaling more than $55,000.

The Allegheny County district attorney’s office says Wilson worked for the contractor, Christian Financial Management, when she created six ghost employees, including her aunt, uncle, mother and dead stepfather.

Paychecks were issued to the ghost employees and others, who cashed them at a Penn Hills supermarket where an employee was also allegedly in on the scheme.

The company isn’t accused of wrongdoing, but another firm has since been hired to pay welfare providers.

 

4 suspects sought in fatal W. Pa. home invasion

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) – County police have been searching for as many as four suspects after a man was fatally shot in a home invasion in a Pittsburgh suburb.

Allegheny County police say there were two children home when the shooting occurred about 3 a.m. Friday, but they weren’t hurt and have been sent to live with other family members.

Police say 39-year-old Thomas Cassano was found dead in his kitchen in Coraopolis (kor-ee-AH’-poh-lus). It wasn’t immediately clear if he was the biological father of the children.

Police say they have some leads in the case, which they wouldn’t discuss.

Police in the borough about 10 miles west of Pittsburgh were also investigating.

 

Cal U. student held in campus heist with fake gun

CALIFORNIA, Pa. (AP) – A student at California University of Pennsylvania has been jailed on charges he robbed another student of $250 in his dorm room while using a toy gun.

The robbery about 11 a.m. Wednesday prompted the school about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh to issue a campus-wide lockdown until 18-year-old freshman Khari Hicks, of Wilkinsburg, was arrested about an hour later.

Police say witnesses recognized Hicks who was arrested near the student union and agreed to let officers search his room. Police say they found the toy gun police believe was used in the robbery along with four individual dose stamp bags of heroin in Hicks’ backpack.

Police charged Hicks with robbery – theft with the threat of force – because the victim believed the gun was real.

Court records don’t list an attorney for Hicks.

 

Pa. police arrest woman who allegedly kicked girl

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh police have identified a woman who is allegedly seen in cellphone video kicking a 15-year-old girl in the head and back during a street beating involving two other girls.

The video shows two girls hitting the victim with metal locks that appear to be attached to a chain or a rope, then a woman joins in.

Police spokeswoman Diane Richard says 24-year-old Andrea Bennett of Pittsburgh has been arrested in connection with the assault. Police say the incident happened about 4 p.m. Oct. 10 in the city’s Elliott neighborhood.

Police released the video in an attempt to identify the woman who kicked the 15-year-old.

Court papers hadn’t been processed so it’s not clear if Bennett has an attorney. Authorities say she’s being taken to the Allegheny County Jail.

 

Former Pa. Heinz worker charged with forgery

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Authorities allege a Pittsburgh-area woman who worked for ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Company forged paychecks using the names of former company employees in Texas, Oregon and other states.

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday charged 33-year-old Nora J. Marsh with theft, receiving stolen property, forgery and identity theft involving more than $12,000.

Marsh began working as a payroll administrator for Heinz in 2010. According to the criminal complaint, she told detectives she was in a financial bind and knows what she did was wrong. She no longer works for the company.

Marsh was released without bond. No attorney was listed on court papers, and a message left at a number listed in her name wasn’t immediately returned.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 13.

 

Local races are the draw in Tuesday’s Pa. election

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Tuesday’s election ballot lists only one race for all Pennsylvania voters to decide – the contest for an open seat on the state Superior Court.

A low voter turnout is anticipated, perhaps only 20 percent of the state’s 8.2 million voters, but an abundance of local contests may spur voter interest some areas.

Philadelphia voters will decide whether to re-elect the city’s district attorney and controller. Voters in communities that include Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Scranton, Lancaster, York and State College will be electing mayors. Hundreds of municipal offices, school board seats and local judgeships also will be up for grabs.

For the third consecutive Pennsylvania election, local officials will be allowed to ask voters to show photo identification but cannot require an ID in order to cast a ballot.

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