2013: Local News Year In Review

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2013 Year In Review
An ongoing problem of Legionnaire’s disease at Pittsburgh’s VA Hospital gained nationwide attention. An investigation was launched and brought about changes by lawmakers in Washington DC. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
A large fire in North Braddock claimed the lives of twin 3-year-old boys. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Ronald Robinson, the man accused in the shooting death of Penn Hills Police Officer Michael Crawshaw, was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
It started as a bank robbery investigation, but when police dug a little deeper they realized it looked more like a case of domestic terrorism. Nathaniel Washington is accused of robbing the First Niagara Bank on Perrysville Avenue with two bombs stuffed into his pockets made of gasoline and shrapnel. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
As the Pittsburgh Police investigation into corruption continued, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced he would not run for re-election and became the focus of an FBI investigation. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Ricky Smyrnes, the alleged ringleader of the “Greensburg 6” who is accused of torturing and killing Jennifer Daugherty, was sentenced to the death penalty. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Armstrong County natives, Jim and Karen Reynolds, were tied up by ex-police officer Christopher Dorner during a killing spree in Southern California. They were eventually able to get free and call police. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Trent Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond, two Steubenville High School football players, were found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl and were sentenced to at least one-year in juvenile jail. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
The Seton Hill University community mourned the loss of their beloved women's lacrosse coach, Kristina Quigley, and her unborn child, following a devastating tour bus crash on the Pa. Turnpike. Click here for more!
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2013 Year In Review
A normal shopping trip turned into chaos when a man with a knife stabbed multiple people inside the East Liberty Target. Click here for more!
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2013 Year In Review
A runaway Rhea caused quite a stir in North Sewickley when he escaped from his farm. Click here for more!
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2013 Year In Review
Police arrested three men in connection with a shooting at Edgewood Towne Centre. Click here for more.
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James Hill is accused of shooting Pittsburgh Police Officer Morgan Jenkins in Homewood. Hill waived his right to a preliminary hearing in July. He is being charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Workers at the Pitt-Mon Auto Salvage Yard in Monongahela were cutting parts when their tools created sparks that caught the strong winds and caused a massive fire in April. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
CONSOL Energy Center was packed for the Frozen Four, a college hockey tournament. Yale, UMass-Lowell, Quinnipiac & St. Cloud State all competed for the national title. The Yale Bulldogs reigned victorious. Click here for more!
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2013 Year In Review
Kylee Barletto was accused of leading police on a high-speed chase that resulted in Shenango Township Officer Jerry McCarthy’s death. She faces more than a dozen charges. Click here for more!
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2013 Year In Review
In June, indecent exposure charges were dropped against 19-year-old Katherine O’Conner, who dressed up as the pope, but was naked from the waist down for a parade on campus. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Millvale couple, Abbey Carlson and Thomas Fishinger, got into hot water with police after they allegedly let their daughter ride home in a dog cage in the back of a pickup truck. They were ordered by the court to complete parenting classes. Once the classes are completed, the charges will be dropped. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
In September, Pa. Rep. Jesse White apologized for posting negative comments online under other people’s names to attack gas drilling supporters. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
A family of eagles caught the attention of sightseers on a bike trail in Hays. Click here for more!
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2013 Year In Review
In June, Mayor Ravenstahl’s former bodyguard, Fred Crawford, testified before a federal grand jury investigating possible corruption; but in September, entries on time cards raised some red flags. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Police believe a mother of four fell asleep at the wheel of her minivan and crashed the vehicle into a tree. Kim McLaughlin, her boyfriend, and their 3-year-old son died in the tragic accident. McLaughlin’s two daughters were injured. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Steelers’ lineman Mike Adams was stabbed on the South Side by men attempting to rob and carjack him. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
In May, former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin was sentenced to three years of house arrest after being found guilty in a corruption trial. In mid-November, Orie Melvin’s house arrest sentence was dropped and now she faces the possibility of jail time. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
An armed man robbed the Citizen’s Bank inside the South Strabane Giant Eagle and fatally shot the Good Samaritan, Vincent Kelley, who tried to stop him.Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
There was major damage and destruction after severe storms caused flash flooding on July 10. A EF1 tornado touched down in Lawrence County. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Rescue crews were called to help 92-year-old Mary David who drove her car into a water hazard at the Valley Brook Country Club in McMurray. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
In July, four people survived a 40-foot plunge from the Liberty Bridge in a truck. The driver of the vehicle said he lost his brakes. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
In addition to the severe storms, July brought on a severe heat wave that left us with temperatures in the 90s and above! Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Scott Murphy, 46, held police at bay during an 18-hour standoff. Murphy was killed and an officer was injured. Police say Murphy’s girlfriend provided him with the weapons. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band played a show at Stage AE drawing in thousands. The show benefited Sgt. Doug Vitale, who was severely injured in Afghanistan. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
In August, three men were arrested in the October 2012 murder of 21-year-old W&J student Tim McNerney. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Union Township officials investigated after a cat was found emaciated and badly burned in August. Neighbors had been overheard saying the cat was strung up, and then set on fire. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Logan Stevenson, 2, touched hearts nationwide when he served as his parent’s best man at their wedding in Jeannette in August. The toddler, who battled a terminal illness, passed away a few days after the ceremony. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Police say Jim Edwards, 52, turned the gun on himself during a shooting rampage at his Shaler Township home left his daughter and family dog dead on Aug. 22. His wife and son were injured. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Earl Weygandt, 67, was found dead in a car along Route 31 in Donegal. He was covered in blood with stab wounds to the neck and chest. Weygandt’s son-in-law Michael “Tony” Martin is charged with the murder. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Rubber Ducky, Pittsburgh became awfully fond of you this fall. The giant duck sailed into town for a month and docked at Point State Park! Click here for more!
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2013 Year In Review
Pa. Judge Dan Pellegrini ordered a suburban Philadelphia clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Shaler Area School District teachers hit the picket lines on Sept. 3 after contract negotiations broke down. After more than a week of the strike, a tentative agreement was reached. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
This fall, 21-year-old Jonathan Hewson caused a stir when he tried to rob an Oakland store while dressed in a Spiderman costume. The charges were later withdrawn. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
In September, Wheeling Jesuit University student Kevin Figaniak was killed when he was attacked off campus. Two men were arrested days later at a campsite frequented by workers in the oil and gas industry. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
A house explosion rocked the neighborhood of Follansbee, W. Va. in October. Hannah Mozingo, 13, was killed in the blast. A day later, in Moon Township, Pa., another home was leveled in a separate explosion. Click here for more on the Follansbee explosion. | Click here for more on the Moon Twp. explosion.
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2013 Year In Review
In October, former Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper pleaded guilty to federal charges that he conspired to steal city police funds deposited into unauthorized credit union accounts and willfully failed to file income tax returns. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Thousands were impacted by a precautionary boil water advisory in several communities in Westmoreland, as well as Allegheny and Armstrong counties, in October after a problem was discovered in the water filtration system. Click here for more,
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2013 Year In Review
In May, Dr. Robert Ferrante was arrested in connection with poisoning his wife with cyanide, leading to her death. In August, Ferrante lost custody of his daughter with his late wife, Dr. Autumn Klein. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
A homeless man was arrested after police found him asleep in the presidential suite of the Omni William Penn Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh. Watson is charged with theft of services and criminal trespass. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
An Amber Alert was issued for 9-month-old Carter Speelman when a man who claimed to be his father took him from his grandmother’s home. The child was found safe. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Three people were found dead in an apparent double homicide-suicide inside the Hempfield Heights apartment complex on Nov. 6. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Anjohnito (A.J.) Willet, Jr., 16, was arrested after a shooting outside of Brashear High School that left three teenagers injured. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Democratic Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto is elected the next mayor of Pittsburgh. He led the polls by a wide margin of 85 percent. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
Police say Jarred Brown Garnham, 21, was killed by police after he abducted his girlfriend’s 8-month-old baby and used her as a human shield in December. Click here for more.
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2013 Year In Review
In December, police arrested 18-year-old Andrew Bullock in the alleged beating and sexual assault of an elderly nun in Aliquippa. Click here for more.
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