Allegheny County, PA

Turtle Creek man accused of assaulting and strangling 3-year-old nephew

TURTLE CREEK, Pa. (KDKA) — An Allegheny County man is charged with assaulting and strangling his 3-year-old nephew.James Ryan of Turtle Creek is facing a list of charges, and the alleged incident was caught on camera. The victim's mother, Sarah Ryan, believes had she not had video proof that her brother hit her son, he wouldn't be in jail."I'm sad that he's in the Allegheny County Jail, but he has to take ownership for his actions," Sarah Ryan said.It was 7 a.m. on Saturday when Sarah Ryan said she had an argument with her brother. She said he stormed out...
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Governor Wolf Announces More Than $2 Million in Funding to Support Business Growth in Allegheny and Cumberland Counties

Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of two new low-interest loans through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) to support business growth in Allegheny and Cumberland counties that will help create and retain 24 jobs. “The PIDA loans approved today will provide the support needed for these businesses to create...
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Dozens of misconduct complaints filed against Allegheny County judge

A legal rights group in Pittsburgh says it has filed dozens of misconduct complaints against Allegheny County Judge Anthony Mariani. In a report from the Abolitionist Law Center, the group says it filed 62 complaints to the state judicial conduct board against Judge Anthony Mariani. They say he engaged in misconduct and biased behavior.

Pittsburgh man found in Allegheny River identified

A man found deceased in the Allegheny River near Pittsburgh’s Strip District has been identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner. Jonathan Earl Nupp, 56, of Pittsburgh, was found around 5:15 p.m. June 29 at the 33rd Street landing in the city, the medical examiner said. A cause of...

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Anthony Mariani facing misconduct complaints

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony Mariani is facing dozens of complaints related to alleged misconduct.An advocacy group has filed more than 60 misconduct complaints against Judge Mariani after reviewing criminal proceedings over the past two years.The Abolitionist Law Center released a 48-page report with the complaints.The allegations against him include:Using racist language with defendants in front of himDepriving defendants of due processInsulting defendants who try and defend themselvesThe report includes and is dedicated to Gerald Thomas, who died of natural causes while in the Allegheny County Jail on a probation violation.The Medical Examiner's Office says Thomas died from a blood clot in an artery in his lung.Thomas' family blames Judge Mariani for his death, saying that he should've been out of jail before that time because the charges against him had been dropped.Instead, court records show Mariani put Thomas back in jail, for what he claimed was Thomas' own safety.The Abolitionist Law Center wants Mariani's behavior reviewed to see if he's fit to serve.The report also suggests potential reforms to prevent this from happening in the future.

Police: Nurse attacked by patient at Allegheny General Hospital

PITTSBURGH — A Tarentum man is facing charges after police said he attacked a nurse at Allegheny General Hospital. The incident happened Tuesday. According to a criminal complaint, the nurse was called into Dakota Guerre’s room after Guerre, 22, was allegedly attempting to leave the hospital. Guerre allegedly...

NAACP East Chapter President accused of stealing nearly $194,000

Kenneth Huston, the president of the local NAACP East chapter, is accused of stealing from the organization. Huston turned himself in at district court in Monroeville Tuesday. The president of the local NAACP chapter is accused of stealing from the organization. Allegheny County investigators say he took nearly $194,000 from...

Victim in critical condition after being stabbed in Penn Hills

PENN HILLS (KDKA) - A man is in critical condition and fighting for his life after being stabbed in Penn Hills early this morning. According to police, a man was found stabbed in the chest on Frankstown Road, all while neighbors looked on. Allegheny County Police said the stabbing took place just after 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning and they found the man bleeding heavily once they arrived. He was immediately rushed to the hospital in critical condition. One neighbor that lives nearby said knowing what happened so close to her home is nerve-racking and unsettling. She said she believes Penn Hills has become more and more violent over the years but still believes it's safe. "It seems like now the violence has really picked up. You're hearing about shootings; you're hearing about people being found on the side of the road," she said. "I only do this during the day, I don't come out at night. But during the day there is a police presence."Allegheny County Police are investigating and are asking anyone with information to call their tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Stay With For More Details

Council bill fails to gain hold over Fitzgerald’s Rich friends

A bill seeking to strengthen council oversight of county salaries fell a vote short of clearing the chamber on July 5. The bill was introduced earlier this year after several councilors raised concerns about a pattern of salary hikes granted to high-level Allegheny County staffers. According to records first published by the Pittsburgh Independent, Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s chief of staff, Jennifer Liptak, County Manager Willy McKain, and Director of Performance and Analytics M. Joanne Foerster, have all seen their salaries boosted by 40% or more since 2019.

Editorial: Courthouse error will demand answers

We tend to think of accidents as a car crash or a fallen electrical pole — something with physical presence and possibly injury. But accidents happen everywhere, including government and bureaucracy. They might happen more there just because of the volume of people involved. Those can be the ones that slip under the collective radar when they impact only one person.

Allegheny County Council votes to ban fracking in parks

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Allegheny County Council has voted to ban fracking in parks, but County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said he will veto the bill when it comes to his desk.In an 11-4 vote on Monday, the council approved an ordinance that bans new natural gas drilling and other industrial activity inside and underneath county parks."No one has ever kayaked in North Park and thought the experience would be better with a convoy of diesel trucks," said Zachery Barber with PennEnvironment. "So, Allegheny County residents are going to be celebrating tonight that we have protected our parks from fracking."For the last...