Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Morning Briefing | Clinic victim wanted bulletproof barrier - The Tribune-Democrat

PITTSBURGH â€"

A receptionist wounded during a shooting rampage at a Pittsburgh mental health clinic claims in court papers that she asked whether a bullet-resistant barrier would be installed around her desk during a remodeling project.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/PmxZu6 ) reports Tuesday that 65-year-old Kathryn Leight made that claim in a recent filing against the estate of gunman John Shick, who was shot dead by University of Pittsburgh police during the March 8 rampage at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Paul Wood, a spokesman for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, disputes Leight's contention that the entry area to the clinic was remodeled two years ago, which is when she says she asked about the barrier. Wood says UPMC can't and won't comment about any conversation Leight may have had with a person she cannot now identify.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

 

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice to buy David's Bridal

NEW YORK â€" Private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice says is buying David's Bridal Inc. in a deal that values the private company at about $1.05 billion.

Additional financial terms were not disclosed.

Private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners, which bought the retailer in 2006, will remain a minority partner in the company.

David's Bridal produces and sells a variety of bridal and special occasion apparel and accessories through a network of over 300 stores in North America.

Paul Pressler, a Clayton, Dubilier & Rice operating partner and a former Gap Inc. CEO, will become the company's chairman. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Goldman Sachs Bank USA, and Morgan Stanley are providing financing for the deal.

David's Bridal has a location in Altoona's Logan Town Center.

 

Judge denies smartphones to Pa. cyber suspect duo

PITTSBURGH â€" A federal judge has denied a western Pennsylvania couple's access to their smartphones while they await trial on charges of hacking into the computer server of a law firm who fired the woman in question.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/U7X7Jv ) says a defense attorney argued Monday that taking away 28-year-old Jonathan Cunningham's smartphone was a "severe limitation on his liberty" because he is a computer web designer. Meanwhile, 24-year-old Alyson Cunningham needs her phone to find a new job.

But U.S. District Judge David Cercone agreed Monday with federal prosecutors that the couple can still have web access if it's monitored by the government until their charges are resolved. Cercone made the couple give up their phones, however, because probation officers say monitoring web access isn't possible.

Cercone says people have survived for thousands of years without smartphones.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

 

Ohio man faces 'Anonymous' Pitt threat charges

PITTSBURGH â€" An Ohio man is set to appear before a federal magistrate in Pittsburgh to be arraigned on charges that he claimed to be part of the computer hacking group "Anonymous" and posted a YouTube threat to release confidential computer information belonging to the University of Pittsburgh.

Twenty-four-year-old Alexander Waterland, of Loveland, Ohio, has denied wrongdoing and is scheduled to appear Tuesday.

Federal authorities say Waterland and another Ohio man, who is scheduled to surrender next month, posted the threats in April and May.

Pitt officials say their computer information was never hacked. The threats claimed it was and that it would be publicized unless Chancellor Mark Nordenberg apologized for not safeguarding students from dozens of bomb threats that plagued the campus from February through April.

The Ohio men aren't charged in the bomb threats.

 

W. Pa. school district confused on first day

MONESSEN â€" At least 10 students showed up a day early for the new school year in one Westmoreland County school district and now the school superintendent is trying to trace the source of the miscommunication.

Tara Yorty tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/NuoRcr ) that the Monessen City School District told parents in the spring that school would resume Monday.

Since then, the district had alerted parents that school was to begin on Tuesday â€" but that message got lost in the shuffle because different dates were posted on four web sites used by the district and its individual schools.

Yorty's fourth-grade daughter was one of several who didn't get the message until she showed up at her empty school on Monday, though most of the district's 950 students stayed home.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

 

Jury selection begins in wildlife officer's death

LANCASTER â€" An out-of-county jury is being picked for the murder trial of a man accused of killing a Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife officer almost two years ago.

Jury selection began Monday in Lancaster for Christopher Lynn Johnson's upcoming trial in the November 2010 killing of wildlife conservation officer David Grove.

Officials say Grove was patrolling a dark stretch of rural road near Gettysburg when he confronted a poacher and was shot four times. Police say Johnson admitted the killing, saying he was a felon in possession of a gun and didn't want to go back to prison.

Johnson has pleaded not guilty. Adams County prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty if he's convicted of first-degree murder.

Johnson's trial is scheduled to open Sept. 24.

 

2nd suspect in officer killing in custody in Phila.

PHILADELPHIA â€" A man charged in the fatal shooting of an off-duty police officer is back in Philadelphia to face charges after surrendering to federal agents in Alabama.

Chancier McFarland was flown back to Philadelphia on Monday, the same day Officer Moses Walker Jr. was buried.

Investigators say the 19-year-old McFarland and 23-year-old Rafael Jones are responsible for the Aug. 18 robbery that left Walker dead. Walker was heading home in street clothes after his shift when police say Jones and McFarland approached him and announced a robbery.

Police say Walker drew his weapon before he was shot three times.

Jones was charged last week after lengthy interviews with police. McFarland turned himself in to the FBI in Montgomery, Ala., on Sunday.

Court records don't list attorneys for either man.

 

Pa. man pleads in 2008 Halloween shooting

ALLENTOWN â€" A Pennsylvania man could face up to 40 years in prison for fatally shooting a man who confronted him over helping an ex-girlfriend move on Halloween 2008.

Twenty-six-year-old Ruben Rivera pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree murder in the shooting death of Armando Ramos. Rivera told a Lehigh County judge he shot Ramos on an Allentown street after Ramos confronted him over "standing with" his former girlfriend.

Ramos' ex-girlfriend told the court Rivera and another man were helping her move before the argument broke out.

Rivera told the court he pulled a gun after Ramos attacked him. Police say Ramos tripped while fleeing and Rivera shot him six times in the head, chest and arm.

Trick-or-treaters were in the area when the shooting happened.

Sentencing is scheduled for October.

 

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