Monroeville Municipal Manager Threatened After Firing Former Police Chief

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Allegheny County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Allegheny County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Police are investigating a threatening letter left at the home of municipal manager Lynette McKinney last week.

Police Chief Steven Pascarella said police are awaiting results from the crime lab.

“It’s credible enough that we’re taking additional precautions,” he said without elaboration.

Ms. McKinney said today she was “disturbed” by suggestions in the community that the letter was placed by Ms. McKinney herself.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-east/monroeville-manager-threatened-after-firing-former-police-chief-703720/#ixzz2fC1VIqCa

Man With Gang Ties Is Shot To Death In Hill District

A map of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with its nei...

A map of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with its neighborhoods labeled. For use primarily in the list of Pittsburgh neighborhoods. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pittsburgh police knew Harold Cabbagestalk because they had charged him with two killings, although he was never convicted. Now, they are looking for the person who killed him.

Cabbagestalk, 40, once a member of the notorious Hazelwood Mob street gang, died at UPMC Mercy at 9:22 a.m. today, according to the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office. Pittsburgh police said he was shot the night before at the Flamingo Bar on Wylie Avenue in the Hill District.

A woman called 911 about 11:35 p.m. Monday and asked the call-taker to send medics to the bar.  When police arrived, they found Cabbagestalk lying on the floor with eight gunshot wounds, including one to the center of his chest, Major Crimes Lt. Daniel Herrmann said.

It was the second serious shooting that night.  Pittsburgh police were on the scene of a fatal shooting in Homewood when they learned that Cabbagestalk had been seriously injured.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/man-with-gang-ties-is-shot-to-death-in-hill-district-703721/#ixzz2fBzJkwqo

Two Men Arrested In West Hazleton Shooting

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WEST HAZLETON, PA — Police have arrested two men and charged them in the shooting of one man and pistol whipping another man last week.

Rafael A. Comacho, 21, of Hazleton, was arrested at about 2:45 a.m. Monday when Hazleton police spotted him in the area of East Diamond Avenue and Ceder Street. Christopher Vega, 21, of Hazleton, was arrested Sunday night when found at 455 Samuels Ave. in Hazleton.

Police allege Comacho and Vega were involved in shooting Joshua L. Crutch, 20, inside 227 E. Broad St. and assaulting Leshawn Williams, 21, who was beaten and pistol whipped in a car.

Comacho was arraigned Monday by District Judge David Barilla in Swoyersville on charges of robbery, simple assault criminal conspiracy to commit robbery and unlawful restraint.  He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail.

Read more: http://www.timesleader.com/news/local-news/836513/Two-men-arrested-in-West-Hazleton-shooting

OJR School Board Settles Lawsuit By Ex-Superintendent Myra Forrest

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SOUTH COVENTRY TOWNSHIP, PA—The Owen J. Roberts School Board has closed a lengthy legal chapter by approving a settlement agreement with former Superintendent Myra Forrest.

The agreement puts an end to a legal battle that spanned four years, following Forrest’s 2009 termination.  Forrest had filed a suit with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, seeking damages, although an amount was never made public.  Defendants in the case were the Owen J. Roberts School District, the school board and five former board members.

The matter had been scheduled to go to trial several times, but was postponed each time.  A settlement agreement was reached in June and the case was formally dismissed by the court last month.

Under the terms of the settlement agreement and release, Forrest was given $315,000, to be paid by the district’s insurance company.  That money is intended to cover losses and damages “related to the lawsuit, the superintendent’s contract and/or the employment relationship, or (Forrest’s) separation from her employment and affiliation with defendants,” the language of the agreement states.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20130917/ojr-school-board-settles-lawsuit-by-ex-superintendent-myra-forrest

Pottstown National Penn Bank Robbed Again

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  Just another day in delusional paradise for Pottstown’s leadership who think there isn’t a crime problem.

POTTSTOWN, PA — Police are investigating a bank robbery which allegedly occurred late Tuesday afternoon

The National Penn Bank branch at the intersection of East High and North Franklin streets closed around 4 p.m. after it was reportedly robbed.

An active investigation was ongoing around 5 p.m. and Pottstown Police did not divulge a suspect or a description.

Read more:  http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20130917/pottstown-national-penn-bank-robbed-again

Reading Visitors Bureau Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In April 1963, a group of forward-looking business and civic leaders organized the Reading-Berks County Pennsylvania Dutch Travel Association.

The region’s rich history and cultural heritage, they believed, could draw tourists whose dollars would strengthen the region’s economy.

The association has undergone several name changes and had several homes, but 50 years, later the founders’ vision still guides the Greater Reading Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“It’s still our history, art, architecture and the sheer beauty of our region that attracts visitors,” association president Crystal A. Seitz said Monday.  “Tourism touches everybody’s life in Berks County.”

Read more: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=511449

State Agency OKs Millions More In Loans For Projects In Downtown Reading

English: Downtown Reading, Pennsylvania; with ...

English: Downtown Reading, Pennsylvania; with Berks County courthouse on left; July 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A state agency has approved an extra $5 million in low-cost loans for new projects in downtown Reading, as well as an extra $1 million for the planned Doubletree Hotel on Penn Street.

The loans, sought months ago and already part of the hotel’s financing package, were formally approved today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

Both packages will go through the Greater Berks Development Fund.

The $5 million will be available for as-yet-undetermined downtown projects, said Edward J. Swoyer, Greater Berks executive director.

Read more: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=511616