Sept. 25, 2011: The Post-Gazette reports on the relationship between Chief Harper and Robinson entrepreneur Arthur Bedway. Mr. Bedway was involved with the company Alpha Outfitters, which won a $337,000 contract to install radios and computers in city police cars. Mr. Bedway was also chairman of Carnegie-based Victory Security, which employed the chief's wife, Cynthia, for a time.
Nov. 16, 2012: Mr. Bedway, 63, and Christine Ann Kebr, a former systems analyst for the city, are charged in federal court with conspiring to rig the contract won by Alpha Outfitters. Ms. Kebr helped craft both the city's selection process and Alpha Outfitters' bid, then aided the company in getting its inflated bills paid, and was paid a bribe by Mr. Bedway, according to a criminal complaint. Mr. Bedway is charged with conspiracy, bribery and mail fraud.
Dec. 6, 2012: Ms. Kebr, 56, pleads guilty to conspiracy. She admitted to taking two bribes, totaling $6,000 and will be sentenced April 4. Mr. Bedway has pleaded not guilty to related charges of mail fraud, bribery and conspiracy.
Jan. 18, 2013: Mayor Luke Ravenstahl expresses confidence in the chief despite federal criminal charges against Ms. Kebr and Mr. Bedway. "Certainly [Chief Harper] has professed to me that he's done nothing wrong. And at this point he has my full confidence," the mayor says.
Jan. 25, 2013: Chief Harper says in an interview he hasn't received a target letter related to a federal probe of a 2007 city contract, and he didn't get money from Mr. Bedway.
Feb. 9, 2013: The Post-Gazette reports that in 2007, Chief Harper allowed Eric Holmes -- the sergeant whom he would later promote to commander and go into private business with -- to work a second full-time job as interim head of Slippery Rock University's police force.
March 22, 2013: After a grand jury handed down an indictment charging Harper with conspiracy and tax evasion, the former Pittsburgh police chief's attorneys said he would plead guilty to all five counts.