PITTSBURGH (AP) – Five western Pennsylvania county jail employees that were suspended without explanation last week no longer work for the county.
Allegheny County spokeswoman Amie Downs confirmed their status Tuesday, but says the county won’t comment further.
Downs last week declined to say whether the employees – a captain, two sergeant and two guards – were suspended because of an incident in which an employee violated policies at the Pittsburgh lockup by bringing a handgun into the facility.
That employee self-reported that she had entered the jail with her personal handgun May 1. All contraband items including handguns are prohibited in the jail.
Downs said last week that employees are subject to a strict security protocol while entering the jail, but that “employees responsible for the oversight had violated policy.”
Woman crashes car into Pittsburgh hospital door
PITTSBURGH (AP) – A woman just discharged from UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh was being treated again in the emergency room after police say she hopped into someone else’s car and drove it into the main entrance, where several people dove out of the way to escape injury.
Police were not immediately releasing the woman’s name or explaining why they believe she crashed the car about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Police spokeswoman Sonya Toler says the car in question either belonged to someone delivering something to the hospital or dropping someone off.
A University of Pittsburgh Medical Center spokesman says the entrance is closed and door must be repaired. Patients, visitors and others were being asked to use other entrances.
Toler says police expect to file criminal charges against the woman.
Housemate charged in Pennsylvania woman’s death
LAUGHLINTOWN, Pa. (AP) – County detectives have charged a man with criminal homicide and first-degree murder in the death of his housemate in western Pennsylvania.
Online court records don’t list an attorney for 57-year-old Gregory Randall, who police previously described as a “person of interest” in the death of 52-year-old Angela Cavalero.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported that a search warrant indicates Westmoreland County detectives believe she had been bludgeoned before her body was found Friday in the Laurel Mountain home she shared with Randall.
According to online court records, detectives believe Cavalero was killed on May 3, six days before she was found.
District Attorney John Peck confirmed that police found Randall Monday evening and he agreed to be questioned. Based on that questioning and other evidence detailed in the search warrant, detectives charged him early Tuesday.
School principal on trial in health club sex case
PITTSBURGH (AP) – A suspended Pittsburgh Public Schools principal is on trial on charges he exposed himself to a 17-year-old boy in a health club sauna and asked if he could perform sex acts on the youth, along with similar alleged advances toward two older men.
Defense attorney Phil DiLucente contends 37-year-old Alfonzo DeIuliis (dee-aye-OO’-lis) is innocent and wasn’t even at the LA Fitness in suburban McCandless Township during two of the alleged incidents.
But Allegheny County Assistant District Attorney Kevin Chernosky told a jury Monday that the “disturbing” case is about “what you can and can’t do in a public space.”
The defendant has been on unpaid leave as principal of the Brookline PreK-8 school since the charges were filed in August. The alleged incidents occurred between February 2013 and his arrest.
6 could face charges for pot brownies at school
HARMONY, Pa. (AP) – Police say students at a western Pennsylvania high school could face drug charges after two of them baked a batch of brownies containing $140 worth of marijuana then sold them at school for $15 each to at least four students.
Jackson Township police say they’ll consult with the Butler County district attorney’s office before deciding what charges to file against the Seneca Valley High School students.
Police say an 18-year-old senior who baked the brownies could face adult charges, while the 17-year-old helped him and four minor students who bought them will likely be charged in juvenile court.
Police say the brownies were sold in the school, about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh, on Thursday.
School district officials say they’re cooperating with police and that the students also face school discipline.
Probation for taking Pennsylvania DA’s wallet
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania man will spend a year on probation for stealing the district attorney’s wallet from a county-owned car, which was parked in the prosecutor’s driveway.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Vhttp://bit.ly/SWRPps) reports 19-year-old Jonathan Alle-Brown, of Penn Hills, was sentenced by a Westmoreland County judge on Monday after pleading guilty to forgery and access device fraud.
Those charges stemmed from the fact that Alle-Brown used District Attorney John Peck’s credit card to buy cigarettes and a meal at Denny’s after taking the wallet July 2 from the unlocked car parked at Peck’s New Kensington home.
Peck says it was a different, but not entirely foreign, experience to be a crime victim saying, “It was a minor inconvenience. I was a little familiar with the process.”
Peck says he doesn’t leave his wallet in the car any longer.