Metro Beat Feb. 5 – Woman jailed in 7 store armed robberies

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – A Pittsburgh woman questioned after a candy store robbery earlier this week has been jailed on charges she robbed that business and six others – sometimes while brandishing a handgun – in 17 days.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for 29-year-old Starnita Sloan, who was arrested Tuesday.

Police questioned her after Monday’s robbery at Katie’s Kandy in the city’s Oakland section, only to charge her with that robbery and others since Jan. 18.

In all, police say Sloan robbed the candy store, a Rite Aid, a CVS drug store, a Subway sandwich shop, a Cricket Wireless store, a women’s clothing store and a craft store.

Police say Sloan showed a handgun during the Cricket and craft store robberies, which both occurred Jan. 27, and claimed to have a weapon during some others.

County snow plow drivers avoid striking

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The labor dispute between Pittsburgh-area snow plow drivers and Allegheny County thawed just before the region’s roads turned to ice.

Teamsters Local 249 had threatened to strike as early as Wednesday, when the city and its suburbs were hit with any icy mix of snow and freezing rain – but that was avoided when the sides reached a tentative contract agreement Tuesday night.

The union drivers have been working without a contract since December 2012 and rejected the county’s last offer which included a 2-percent pay increase and required them to pay more for health insurance.

Neither side is releasing terms of the new deal, but union officials expect the drivers to ratify the deal when they vote on it this weekend.

Meanwhile, the drivers were plowing the county’s 640 miles of roads early Wednesday.

2 players sue over bus crash that killed Seton Hill University coach

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Two college lacrosse players who suffered concussions and other injuries when their team’s bus veered off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crashed, killing their pregnant coach, are suing the bus company.

Lawyers for Siiri Mason, of Oxford, Mich. And Abigail Shaughness, of New Windsor, Md. Filed the lawsuits Tuesday against Mlaker (muh-LAH’-ker) Transportation Inc. of Davidsville. Company officials did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

Thirty-year-old Seton Hill University coach Kristina Quigley, her unborn son and 61-year-old driver Anthony Guaetta were killed.

Although the lawsuits don’t specify how, the women’s attorneys claim the March 16 crash was the kind of event “that does not normally occur in the absence of negligence.”

The bus crashed into a tree after veering off the eastbound lanes near Carlisle about 9 a.m.

The suits seek unspecified damages.

County cops seek Spider-Man bank robber

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) – Allegheny County detectives have been searching for a bank robbery suspect who leapt over a counter wearing a Spider-Man mask during a heist in a Pittsburgh suburb.

County detectives say nobody was hurt and no weapon was seen when the suspect grabbed the money, hopped back over the counter, and ran out of the EST Bank in Coraopolis (kor-ee-AH’-poh-lus) Tuesday morning.

Police say the suspect was also wearing a dark hooded coat, light-colored pants and gloves when he entered the bank about 9:40 a.m.

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