PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Allegheny County district attorney’s office has dropped charges against a man accused of killing one man and wounding four others in a Pittsburgh bar shooting.
Defense attorney Ken Haber says Monday’s decision resulted after video evidence supported his claim that 23-year-old Corey Clark, of Penn Hills, wasn’t the shooter.
Haber says Clark was at the Rendezvous Phase III bar when the shooting happened about 1 a.m. March 1 – but says video shows him diving for cover, not pulling the trigger.
District attorney’s spokesman Mike Manko says the investigation was continuing.
Pittsburgh police charged Clark after witnesses identified him as the shooter. But Haber says the video showed the shooter was larger than Clark and left-handed, while Clark is right-handed.
Twenty-seven-year-old Vincent Holt Jr., of Pittsburgh, died in the shooting.
Police: Pittsburgh teen shot ‘playing army’ dies
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh police say charges against a 16-year-old boy who told police he accidentally shot his friend while “playing army” will be upgraded now that the victim has died.
Online court records don’t list an attorney for 16-year-old Joseph Robinson Jr., who was arrested Sunday and charged as an adult with aggravated assault and other crimes.
Police say Robinson told them he accidentally shot a 16-year-old identified by the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office as Kenneith Lampkin.
Lampkin was shot about 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Robinson’s home and died early Monday at UPMC Mercy Hospital.
Police and paramedics found Lampkin unresponsive from being shot in the head. Robinson allegedly told police he hid two guns after the shooting, which police later found.
Police planned to add a charge of criminal homicide against Robinson.
UPMC questions ex-mayor taking computer home
PITTSBURGH (AP) – An ongoing federal investigation involving Pittsburgh’s former mayor and the city’s lawsuit challenging the nonprofit status of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have intersected – at the ex-mayor’s computer.
Former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl took the computer with him for about 10 days after leaving office in January, but has since returned it. Now UPMC’s attorneys want to know if he did anything with the device that might impact the city’s ongoing lawsuit over its nonprofit status.
Meanwhile, Ravenstahl’s successor, Mayor Bill Peduto, has turned over the computer to the FBI, as part of an ongoing grand jury probe involving Ravenstahl’s office that federal prosecutors have acknowledged, but not detailed.
Attorneys for the city and Ravenstahl say the former mayor didn’t do anything improper with the computer.
Flags half-staff for Pa. firefighter hit by train
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett has ordered flags to half-staff for a western Pennsylvania firefighter fatally struck by a train while crews were searching for a missing woman.
The flags were lowered at the state Capitol in Harrisburg and at state offices in Westmoreland County, where 57-year-old Edwin “Jeff” Wentzel was a volunteer firefighter in Youngwood.
Wentzel was hit by the Norfolk Southern train about 5:45 p.m. Saturday in North Versailles, where the woman’s coat and cellphone were found under a rail yard bridge.
Norfolk Southern had stopped train traffic during an earlier search, but wasn’t alerted to do so before the search resumed Saturday.
Witnesses believe Wentzel heard the train’s whistle but mistakenly thought it was coming from an approaching train before he was hit by another train from behind.
His funeral is Thursday.
Autopsy results pending on body found in Pa. river
AMBRIDGE, Pa. (AP) – Autopsy results were pending on the body of a man found in the Ohio River in southwestern Pennsylvania.
The body was found 2 p.m. Monday near Ambridge by workers unloading a nearby barge at Port Ambridge Industrial Park.
Beaver County Coroner Teri Tatalovich-Rossi says the results of Monday evening’s autopsy were pending the completion of tests on body tissues and fluids.
The coroner says it appears the body was in the water for weeks.
The body is that of a white man in his 30s, about 6-foot-2, 230 pounds. He was wearing a yellow “Livestrong” bracelet and a bracelet that said “Ann Arbor police,” which police in that Michigan department say hasn’t been issued in about 15 years.
Ambridge is about 20 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.
Daughter, aunt charged in Pa. man’s estate thefts
PITTSBURGH (AP) – The district attorney says a Pittsburgh woman stole more than $41,000 from her father’s estate, and illegally transferred ownership of his pickup truck worth $36,000 to her aunt.
The attorney for 23-year-old Brittany Gaither hasn’t commented on the charges of criminal conspiracy, forgery and theft filed against her and her aunt, 46-year-old Darlene DeMarzo.
The Pittsburgh women surrendered Monday on charges that Gaither forged her father’s will and abused her power of attorney to go on a spending binge, before and after he died in October, accessing some of the $1.7 million he won in an asbestos settlement. He died of lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure.
Allegheny County prosecutors say Gaither was trying to keep the entire estate for herself instead of dividing it with her sister.
DeMarzo’s attorney says she denies wrongdoing.
8 boys cited for sexting at central Pa. school
THREE SPRINGS, Pa. (AP) – State police have cited eight teenage boys for harassment for allegedly sending sexually explicit cellphone pictures of themselves to eight girls at a central Pennsylvania high school, in hopes the girls would reciprocate with nude pictures of themselves.
Instead, administrators at Southern Huntingdon County High School in Cromwell Township heard about the incidents and called authorities.
Police on Monday said the boys used the social media application Snapchat, which deletes the photos from phones moments after they’re sent. Experts are still able to retrieve the images later, however – a lesson the boys learned too late.
The boys involved were 13 to 15 years old and are not being identified because of their ages.
None of the girls was cited.
The school is located about 100 miles east of Pittsburgh.