Metro Beat…DA: 2 men arrested with 75k bags of heroin

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – Attorney General Kathleen Kane says authorities have seized 75,000 bags of heroin and arrested two men in Pittsburgh.

Court records show that 33-year-old Price Montgomery of Pittsburgh and 35-year-old James Perrin were arrested Sunday. They’re facing multiple felony drug counts. No home address was listed for Perrin.

Authorities also seized 16 firearms, more than $100,000 in cash and jewelry, and two luxury vehicles.

Both men are being held in the Allegheny County Jail, unable to post bond. No attorney was listed on court papers.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 18.

 

Allegheny General evacuates after power outage

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Allegheny General Hospital evacuated areas including patient clinics and outpatient surgery after a contractor caused a power outage by hitting power lines while digging.

Duquesne Light officials say about 1,500 customers briefly lost power when the incident occurred about 9 a.m. Monday.

The power was quickly restored and hospital spokesman Dan Laurent says the facility was expected to resume normal operations about 10 a.m.

Laurent says the hospital has a backup power system, but officials say the hospital lost enough power to warrant moving the patients anyway.

Duquesne Light says the contractor hit the power lines while digging between the McKees Rocks and West End Bridges on the west side of Pittsburgh.

Allegheny General is on the city’s North Side, a few miles away.

 

Duquesne’s Jones, Mason charged by city police

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Two Duquesne University basketball players have been charged by Pittsburgh police following an argument during which one of them allegedly punched a man in the mouth.

That player, 20-year-old Jeremiah Jones, is charged with simple assault, escape and public drunkenness. The other player, 20-year-old Micah Mason, was charged only with altering his driver’s license to make it appear he is 23.

Police arrested the players about 1 a.m. Saturday after an officer saw Jones punch a man. Police charged Jones with escape because he allegedly ran away when police initially stopped him. Mason was charged after police say he acknowledged changing the birth year on his license using nail polish remover.

The school says it is gathering information about the incident, which will be handled through the school’s judicial affairs process.

 

13 homes damaged in Mt. Oliver; 50 homeless

MOUNT OLIVER, Pa. (AP) – Crews continued to douse hot spots from a fire that damaged or destroyed 13 homes in the tiny Pittsburgh suburb of Mount Oliver.

No fatalities or serious injuries were reported after the fire broke out about 10 a.m. Sunday.

Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Michael Huss says the fire started in one home and spread to several other neighboring homes before flying embers cause the fire to jump to another street.

Mount Oliver is populated with wood-frame homes built closely together, which is common in the city and many of its working-class suburbs.

Roughly 50 people were said to be homeless.

The precise cause of the fire was still being investigated Monday, as crews battled hot spots, which continued to re-ignite.

 

Pittsburgh diocese closing school, 3 worship sites

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) – The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is closing a K-8 school due to low enrollment, and three churches that haven’t been used as worship sites since 2011.

Holy Child School in Bridgeville had only 82 pupils this year, and only 53 enrolled for the fall. It’s $4,100 tuition was about $700 more than the diocesan average, and church official say it would have had to charge nearly $5,800 to maintain staffing levels.

The school will close Friday, at the end of this school year.

The diocese is also closing St. Ignatius church, which was part of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie, and the former Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Barnabas churches, which had been part of Word of God Parish in Swissvale.

Those buildings will close June 30.

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