Allegheny County, PA


Fire destroys house in Elizabeth Twp.

Fire destroyed a vacant house in Elizabeth Township early Thursday. According to acting Police Chief Adam Blake, the Allegheny County Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate the cause of the blaze. “The house was a complete loss,” Blake said. “It was vacant, but it wasn’t abandoned. The electricity...
Washington, PAObserver-Reporter

COVID-19 cases remain low in state, region

The state Department of Health said there were 380 new COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the cumulative total to 1,207,875. There were 19 new virus deaths statewide, none of which involved residents of Washington, Greene or Fayette counties. Fayette reported 15 new virus cases Friday, taking its total to 13,334 since...
Allegheny County,

Attorney who called prosecutors racist battling with judge to remain on case

PITTSBURGH — An Allegheny County judge is threatening to remove a lawyer from a case weeks after that lawyer accused the District Attorney's Office of systemic racism. District Attorney Stephen Zappala sent a memo to his prosecutors ordering them not to do plea deals with attorney Milton Raiford, who has accused Zappala's office of racism. After that memo was made public, Zappala amended his order.
Allegheny County, PAObserver-Reporter

OP-ED: The politics of revenge

“The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.”. The unfortunate developments in the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office recently have turned my attention to the use of revenge in our political system. The Allegheny County controversy stems from an email the district attorney, Steve Zappala, sent to his office staff in May saying they were not to make plea offers to an African American defense attorney, Milton Raiford. This came after Raiford criticized the justice system and the DA’s office as “systematically racist.” Legal professionals have weighed in that should these instructions from Zappala be carried out, this action would be unethical and retaliatory to criminal defendants.