PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — KDKA first showed you how valet car-parks monopolized Market Square and streets throughout downtown.
And how one particular valet company — Tri-State Valet — seemed to get special treatment, including special parking variances, from the chief of police office.
Now, those variances have been subpoenaed and are the subject of a federal grand jury. The city law department would not comment — except to confirmed that documents had been subpoenaed and taken.
KDKA’s investigation found that former Chief Nate Harper seemed to give special treatment to Tri-State Valet — which was owned by his friend Robert Gigliotti.
While there were variances for other valet parking companies in other parts of the city and one other downtown — the chief’s office limited those operations to two, three or four spaces for drop off-only.
In contrast, Tri-State’s variances are for six, eight or — in the case of the Wyndham — 12 spaces.
The Police Bureau has since limited all variance to four spaces and Harper is awaiting trial on charges of diverting $70,000 in city funds and income tax evasion.
But sources confirm that these parking variances are only some of the documents that have been subpoenaed as this investigation into police corruption and more enters a new phase.