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.

about 6 hours ago

Stat-MD on call for Pittsburgh health crises

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

about 6 hours ago

State 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.

about 6 hours 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.

about 20 hours 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.

1 day 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.

about 14 hours 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.

about 17 hours 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

2 days ago

Portion of East Busway set to be closed today

The closure will occur near East Liberty Station.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

3 days 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.

4 days ago

Confidential informants: valuable assets walking a fine line

A federal confidential informant in Washington County broke a corruption case, but also turned gun enthusiasts into convicts.

4 days ago

 Tallmadge police cordon off a home Wednesday in Tallmadge, Ohio, where Amber Joy Vinson stayed over the weekend before flying home to Dallas. Ms. Vinson, a nurse who helped care for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus.

CDC to contact Cleveland flight passengers

Ebola patient Amber Vinson may have been experiencing symptoms the day she traveled from Dallas to Cleveland on her way to plan her wedding.

3 days ago

 Tallmadge police block off a home in Tallmadge, Ohio where Amber Joy Vinson stayed over the weekend before flying home to Dallas.

Ohio mobilizes after visit by nurse with Ebola

The nurse, Amber Joy Vinson, was visiting family in the Akron area from last Friday to Monday.

4 days ago

 Sears has been plagued by falling revenue and chronic losses in recent years.

Pittsburgh Mills to lose Sears store, auto center

Sears has been plagued by falling revenue and chronic losses in recent years.

3 days ago

Health officials in Akron, Ohio, say no Ebola cases reported yet

Amber Vinson, the second health-care worker who treated Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan in Texas, visited Ohio over the weekend.

3 days ago

Kent State classes, homecoming not affected by Ebola news

Amber Joy Vinson had visited relatives, three of whom are Kent State administrators, in the Akron area.

3 days ago

FBI seeks public's help in finding alleged heroin distributor

Agents in May arrested about 30 of 44 people they believe were involved in the ring.

3 days ago

Judge says age discrimination suit may proceed

The plaintiff, a 72-year-old woman, claims she was wrongfully dismissed by Allegheny County court officials because of her age.

4 days ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Women both helped to save turtle in road

Also: A patriotic waitress honored Vietnam vets; young woman quickly helped with car battery

4 days ago

 Cardinal Angelo Scola, left, and Cardinal Baselios Cleemis are reflected on the glass door of the Paul VI hall Tuesday as they arrive for a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican.

Tone of family document energizes Catholics

Many Catholics of varying views on marriage and sexuality were energized by the document’s conciliatory tone and its call for mercy.

5 days ago

 Wearing personal protective equipment, UPMC infection preventionist Ashely Querry looks on as Dr. Carlene Muto, UPMC director of infection prevention, explains how the equipment would keep clinical staff safe if they were to treat someone with Ebola.

Pittsburgh-area facilities fine-tune Ebola controls

UPMC and Allegheny Health Network are training nurses how to follow a strict procedure to avoid infections from the Ebola virus.

5 days ago

Judge allows age discrimination suit against Allegheny County court to proceed

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit on behalf of a 70-year-old woman.

4 days ago

Uber files exceptions to recommendation from PUC judges

Uber's attorney said, "it is beyond dispute that ridesharing network services fill significant gaps in the transportation infrastructure in

4 days ago

Ex-Allegheny College professor enters not guilty plea on child porn charges

Kirk Nesset, 57, was arrested earlier this month after an FBI investigation.

4 days ago

Probing the plight of Allegheny County’s homeless youth

Homeless young adults in Allegheny County lack centralized services and transportation, a study has found.

6 days ago

Ready to mark your calendars for Indigenous People's Day?

Protesters decry Columbus Day as celebration of oppression. Supporters see holiday as celebration of heritage.

6 days ago

 The remains of the Arabia, a steamboat built in Pittsburgh, were found beneath a cornfield more than 100 years after the vessel sank in the Missouri River.

Heinz History center panel to cover robots alongside steamboats

“Interactive panel discussion” at the Sen. John Heinz History Center will bring together experts on shipwrecks.

6 days ago

Accused oxycodone dealers based in Wilkins arraigned

Seven defendants were originally charged this summer following an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI and police.

5 days ago

 The Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s new mobile medical vehicle is shown parked off Ninth Street on the South Side.

Pittsburgh Mercy rolls out mobile health care

The Mobile Health Clinics Association estimates there are between 1,500 to 2,000 mobile medical vehicles operating nationwide.

1 week ago

 Medicare Advantage subscribers who are happy with their premiums would be wise to check for hidden cost increases and other plan changes during the upcoming open enrollment period.

Medicare policy checkup a good idea during open enrollment period

Even seniors happy with their health insurance plans should review their options during the upcoming enrollment period.

1 week ago

Sharon man gets 41 months for 2012 shootout in Farrell

As a convicted felon, Ralph Samuels, 50, wasn’t allowed to possess a gun.

6 days ago

City Calendar 10/13/14

A look at the events coming up for the week ahead.

1 week ago

Columbus Day closings

Federal, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Allegheny County government offices and courts are closed today for the Columbus Day holiday.

1 week ago

 Father Thomas Soroka incenses during the Great Vespers service at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in McKees Rocks celebrating their 100th anniversary.

At 100, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in McKees Rocks on upswing

St. Nicholas, with a priest with a background in corporate training and a social media bent, has seen its parish grow larger and younger.

1 week ago

 A  night view of the Fort Pitt Bridge.

Monongahela River bridges a cultural snapshot of Pittsburgh, its history and industry

Whether made of steel, wrought iron or concrete, they continue to span rivers and centuries, finding new jobs to earn a living.

1 week ago

 David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Brian O'Neill: Visitors benefit Pittsburgh when they’re afoot, not sitting in hotel

There could be no better complement to our ultra-green convention center than to have conventioneers walk or take free T rides from hotels.

1 week ago

 Edward Ozimek

Obituary: Edward Ozimek / Dedicated teacher of blind children, WWII vet

No task was too big for Edward Ozimek in his service to students at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children.

1 week ago

Penn State police respond to shooting threat posted on social media

The post threatened a possible shooting at the HUB -- a dining and social center on Penn State's campus -- on Monday at noon.

1 week ago

 Drivers and passengers get a spectacular view of Pittsburgh as they enter the Fort Pitt Bridge toward Downtown, Pittsburgh.  The bridge opened in June 1959.

Fort Pitt Bridge: Famous for its view

It has lasted longer than its two predecessors, both named the Point Bridge, and is in the best condition of the Monongahela River bridges.

1 week ago

 A  night view of the the top of the Smithfield Street Bridge.

Smithfield Street Bridge: Triumph of innovative design

Its curvilinear form and its 10-foot-tall Gothic finials with spikes make it the reigning queen of Monongahela River bridges.

1 week ago


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