At the 14th Annual Sen. John Heinz Law Enforcement Awards Day, held at the Sheraton Hotel at Station Square, from left to right: Allegheny county Common Pleas Court Judge Kathleen Durkin, members of the Allegheny County Sheriff's Non-Support Warrant Squad: Sgt Michael Scherbanic , Detective Mark Zimmerman , Sgt. James Klingensmith, Detectives Vincent Longo and Jay Stegena and Chairman Larry Dunn during the "Amen Corner's" .

Allegheny County law enforcement officials honored at awards luncheon

Fourteen law enforcement officials were honored Friday.

about 5 hours ago

State sets Ebola monitoring protocol

The Allegheny Department of Health will be responsible to monitor travelers from West Africa who arrive here for signs of Ebola infection

about 5 hours ago

 Carving pumpkins is a great activity for all to enjoy.

Host a pumpkin carving party this weekend

Pumpkin carving is a simple, fun affair for everyone to enjoy.

about 11 hours ago

 Rivets line the interior of the bridge in September.

Partnership to replace 558 bridges in Pa., dozens of small ones in Allegheny County

Under the agreement, the consortium will design and construct the bridges and maintain them for 25 years; PennDOT will retain ownership.

about 17 hours ago

Police looking for thief posing as Allegheny County district attorney

Police say the man went to at least three stores in Butler County claiming he’s the district attorney or a member of his staff.

about 21 hours ago

 Mazzy Bailey, then 17, of Bedford Dwellings in the Hill District, goes in for a dunk in 2012 at a lowered rim during events at the Bedford Dwellings Community Day as organized by the Housing Authority. The authority won’t release its findings from an investigation into tenant council elections at the housing complex.

Pittsburgh Housing Authority won’t release probe results

The authority’s 76-page report covers allegations over Bedford Dwellings tenant council election procedures.

1 day ago

 "The law-abiding and hard-working people of Homewood deserve safe streets and peaceful neighborhoods," said U.S. Attorney David Hickton.

Feds dismantle powerful cocaine, heroin rings in Pittsburgh

Federal agents are looking for four on the run, including one suspect from San Bernardino, Calif., and another from Clarksburg, W.Va.

about 5 hours ago

Alleged leader of counterfeit credit card ring arrested in Allegheny County

But the Pennsylvania AG’s office says an accomplice in the scheme remains at large.

about 17 hours ago

 The Port Authority board voted without dissent to approve an 18-month agreement with Aetna Inc., which outbid Highmark and UPMC.

Port Authority OKs health plan that will save agency $6.5 million

The agreement preserves employee access to doctors in the Highmark, UPMC and independent networks

about 18 hours ago

 Sen. Mike Stack, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor.

Pa. senator may hold seat, despite lieutenant governor nomination

Wolf’s running mate considers double duty; might retain Senate seat if elected.

about 5 hours ago

 A charred piece of furniture was a small part of the damage left behind that had been burned during Saturday's riots at WVU.

WVU expels three as a result of weekend riots

Eight people were arrested and 24 others cited for various infractions Saturday after the celebration of WVU's football win turned ugly.

1 day ago

 Red-light cameras stand at Roosevelt Boulevard and Grant Avenue in Philadelphia.

Philly red-light camera revenue to fund six Allegheny County projects

Some $6.6 million will be given to 37 municipalities to fund 41 projects across the state.

1 day ago

 Lisa Pellegrini

State attorney general will handle assault of Pittsburgh prosecutor

The district attorney's office asked the attorney general's office to take over the case to avoid the appearance of any conflict.

2 days ago

 The basic ingredients of the "Almost Famous" Primanti's sandwich can be delivered to your door, assembly required.

Get a taste of Primanti Bros. anywhere in the U.S.

The eatery has partnered with a food delivery service to ship sandwich packs nationwide through November.

1 day ago

 Sanjeev Baidyaroy has described the preservation of The Roxian Theater in McKees Rocks as a “success story."

Young Preservationists cite places to save in Pittsburgh region

The Young Preservationists Association’s annual list of 10 preservation opportunities names a McKees Rocks theater and an optical factory.

3 days ago

 Passengers move through the security line at Pittsburgh International Airport in December.

Sun Air to offer commuter flights out of Pittsburgh International Airport

The Florida-based airline will be flying to Lancaster, Franklin and Bradford from the airport.

2 days ago

Headshop owner should remain jailed, prosecutors argue

Mayank Mishra, 33, owner of Rock America in the old Northway Mall, is in custody on federal drug paraphernalia charges and wants out.

3 days ago

 The Environmental Protection Agency’s website says air toxics, or hazardous air pollutants, are known or suspected to cause serious health issues including reproductive or birth defects.

University of Pittsburgh study correlates autism with air pollution

Researchers discovered links between increased levels of chromium and styrene and children with the disorder.

2 days ago

 In this Sept. 1, 2014, file photo, Jeffrey Fowle, an American who was detained in North Korea, speaks to the Associated Press in Pyongyang, North Korea.

North Korean detainee lands back home in Ohio

Jeffrey Fowle arrived in North Korea on April 29 and was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at the nightclub.

2 days ago

 The honor guard marches in  front of the new Commissary  during the grand opening ceremony in Moon Township.

New commissary, department store open in Moon for military personnel, vets

The commissary sells groceries at discounted prices to military personnel, veterans and their families.

3 days ago

Morgantown police using social media photos to nab rioters

Morgantown police have arrested five people in connection with what they described as “riots” after WVU’s victory Saturday against Baylor.

4 days ago

Legal claims settled in abuse cases at Johnstown Catholic high school

Students said they were abused by Brother Stephen Baker, who worked at the school from 1992 to 2001.

3 days ago

 U.S. Attorney David Hickton

Experts offer solutions to confidential informant problems

Critics say confidential informant decisions should be subject to oversight in addition to Department of Justice process.

4 days ago

 Larry Demas, a worker at the Westmoreland Supply Paint & Decorating Center in Ross, displays paint colors in this 2009 photo.

PPG turns to Westmoreland Supply sale to boost brand

PPG hopes to further grow its retail paint network in region with acquisition of Greensburg-based Westmoreland Supply’s 12 stores.

4 days ago

 Gary Moorefield

An award-winning bust used multiple paid informants

Prosecutors say confidential informants are crucial to prosecuting large drug networks, while concerns linger about fairness.

5 days ago

Poll says Pittsburgh accent is 'America's ugliest'’s bracketed competition came down to Pittsburgh vs. Scranton. Pittsburgh prevailed with 54 percent of the vote.

4 days ago

 T.J. Doyle is the medical director at the State-MED communications center at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

Pittsburgh service advises airlines on health crises like Ebola

Airlines internationally consult with UPMC’s STAT-MD to treat ill patients during flights or divert the flight for medical emergencies.

5 days ago

 In this 2011 file photo, Range Resources workers stand near a rig that drills into shale at a well site in Washington, Pa.

Pa. studies on shale-site air emissions incomplete, according to court documents

The state’s oft-cited shale gas air pollution studies do not include data on some pollutants, according to depositions from DEP employees.

5 days ago

 Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery

Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspends Justice McCaffery

The justice is entangled in a controversy over pornographic emails and accusations that he tried to blackmail a fellow justice.

4 days ago

 A charred piece of furniture shows part of the damage left behind in some of Morgantown, W.Va.'s streets during Saturday's riots at WVU.

WVU warns students those involved in weekend riots will face sanctions

University officials said they will be reviewing social media posts and videotapes regarding the incidents, which ended in several arrests.

4 days ago

Parkway West schedule of overnight closures revised this week

The inbound side will be closed from Interstate 79 to Green Tree starting at 10 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

4 days ago

 Nick Trombetta leaves the Federal Courthouse in Pittsburgh on Aug. 28, 2013, after he pleaded not guilty to an 11-count indictment in U.S. District Court.

You too could be a confidential informant: four case studies

Business pals, a handyman, a thief and bodybuilders became confidential informants in Pittsburgh-area federal cases.

4 days ago

 Andrew McGill at Terror Town in the Strip District.

Video series / Haunted houses in the Pittsburgh area: Which one is the scariest?

Andrew McGill and Andrew Rush from the Post-Gazette’s visuals department have been checking out haunted houses deemed the scariest.

2 days ago

Intermittent traffic stoppages set today for Interstate 279 in the North Hills

Traffic will be stopped in the southbound lanes intermittently for 10 minutes or less for a two-hour period.

5 days ago

 United States Attorney David J. Hickton with Gary Davis of the DEA on the right, announce a large drug bust of 19 individuals charged with prescription drug trafficking.

Confidential informants are an integral but problematic part of federal law enforcement

Federal agents in Pittsburgh area turn drug dealers, murderers and liars into informants that build cases, both good and flawed.

6 days ago

WVU issues statement in response to riots following win against Baylor

“The focus should have been on celebrating our team, coaches and their achievement," the statement reads.

5 days ago

 Pittsburgh's skyline and bridges often are revered for their beauty. But the Pittsburgh accent? Not so much, according to a contest.

Pittsburgh trumps Scranton for 'America's ugliest accent' title

Pittsburgh finished with 10,404 votes to Scranton's 8,748 to win by a margin of 54 percent in the contest.

5 days ago

How data on confidential informants was gathered and analyzed

Affidavits show that confidential informants aided in two of every five federal cases filed in Pittsburgh in recent years.

6 days ago

How the federal confidential informant system works

Department of Justice guidelines set standards for use of confidential informants who are paid, or given leniency, in return for help.

6 days ago

 Mel Harris went to trial based on DEA use of a confidential informant but was acquitted July 14. Here he holds a sign created by his wife for his landscaping business.

How an informant torpedoed a cocaine case

A DEA task force used an Aliquippa informant without doing the recommended federal assessment, leading to Hill District man’s acquittal.

6 days ago

 Assistant District Attorney Lisa Pellegrini

Prosecutor hurt, boyfriend charged with assault

Lisa Pellegrini, lead prosecutor in the Robert Ferrante cyanide poisoning case, was injured in an alleged domestic violence incident Friday.

6 days ago

Major airlines say Ebola not affecting bookings

“I’m not afraid of the disease but the overreaction to it,” said one man flying Saturday night to Africa.

1 week ago

 Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., speaks at a news conference at UPMC Presbyterian about funding for the Hospital Preparedness Program and the region’s preparedness for an infectious outbreak as Donald Yealy, UPMC chair of emergency medicine, listens.

Ebola risk ‘very, very low’ for Pittsburgh region, officials say

Carlene Muto, UPMC director of infection prevention, said one effort to improve response is an Ebola executive committee to organize care.

1 week ago

Franklin Park child abuse case draws protest, counter-protest

The protest came after the sentence given a mother of two adopted Ethiopian children was changed.

1 week ago

Monroeville symposium offers help to people who help hoarders

Among the 50 attendees were code enforcers, disaster response groups, insurers and therapists who participate in a county task force.

1 week ago

 Sunset against at the Pittsburgh skyline.

Pittsburgh Today study shows city's vibrancy has returned

A high rate of home ownership is strong because of employment and educational opportunities, the study found.

1 week ago

Portion of East Busway set to be closed today

The closure will occur near East Liberty Station.

1 week ago

 Stoke Hole Pottery in Indiana, Pa., is one of the several stops on the annual Potters Studio Tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Potters Studio Tour an open door to a timeless art form

The annual tour runs in Indiana County from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

1 week ago

 Twilette Miller, a nurse arriving from Dayton, Ohio, and concerned about Ebola reports, wears a precautionary surgical mask at Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

Panic over Ebola surfaces across the country

On social media, on cable television, in political campaigns and at work, discussion is increasingly centered on Ebola.

1 week ago

 The Port Authority of Allegheny County's new real-time bus tracking system TrueTime has been experiencing some glitches.

Real-time Port Authority bus tracking system not always real

TrueTime is supposed to let riders know to the minute when a bus will reach a certain stop. A two-day sampling found some flaws.

1 week ago


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