Friday, March 15, 2013
Joseph Manning faces the charge after his wife was found dead inside of their home by police.
UPDATE (April 25, 2013): Manning's plea hearing has been continued to Sept. 23. UPDATE: Manning is scheduled for a plea hearing at the Allegheny County Courthouse on April 25, 2013, according to an online court document. UPDATE: Manning is scheduled for a pretrial conference at the county courthouse on March 15, 2013, according to an online court document. ... Joseph R. Manning, 75, of 1146 Brant Dr. in Whitehall Borough, is facing a criminal homicide charge after an incident at Manning's home on March 31, 2012. Whitehall police were called to Manning's residence along Brant Drive at around 3:30 p.m. that day, WPXI reported. Brant Drive sits just off of Teal Drive near Streets Run Road and the Route 51 Eat'n Park. That's where officers …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
While it is widely believed that serial killer Edward Surratt is responsible for their deaths, he never admitted to the slayings nor was he ever charged in their deaths.
Richard Hyde, the principal of Fern Hollow Elementary School in Moon Township, was talking with a friend on the phone in the bedroom of the home that he shared with his wife, Donna, and two daughters. That was at about 1 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, 1977. During the conversation, he heard glass break in a window on the other end of his ranch home. After hanging up, he walked past a nightstand that contained a loaded gun and proceeded to the hallway, according to a story in the Beaver County Times. A 12-gauge shotgun blast ripped through his chest/abdomen area. He staggered to the kitchen, past his wife who was in a bathroom off of the hallway, and died in a pool of blood on the linoleum floor of the kitchen. Donna, a beautician who had a shop…
Friday, February 1, 2013
The trial is expected to begin on April 22.
UPDATE (Friday, Feb. 1, 2:09 p.m.): Nothing of major significance in this case changed with today's status hearing, according to an available docket sheet. Conway Jr. remains in the Allegheny County Jail. UPDATE (Friday, Jan. 4, 11:50 a.m.): Conway Jr. will have a status hearing at the Allegheny County Courthouse on Feb. 1, followed by a jury trial to begin on April 22. UPDATE (Tuesday, Dec. 18, 4:59 p.m.): Conway Jr. will have a pretrial conference at the county courthouse on Jan. 4. UPDATE (Friday, Nov. 16, 11:15 p.m.): Conway Jr.'s homicide charge has been held for court, and he faces a formal arraignment at the county courthouse on Dec. 18. ... Police are charging Benjamin Conway Jr. with criminal homicide in the killing of his wife…
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Family and friends gathered in Brookline to remember Kunco, a Baldwin Borough resident who was killed last year.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Erin Faulk
Sunday, January 13
It has been one year since the death of a young woman who friends say could light up a room with her smile. On Saturday evening, as they did a year ago, friends and family of Karissa Marie Kunco, who had been residing in Baldwin Borough with her father before she died, gathered at the cannon monument on Brookline Boulevard to remember her. "We're trying to do more on the positive side," said Kunco's aunt, Debbie Ryce. "A year ago today, God received an angel in heaven. We're here to keep her memory alive and be her voice and spread the message against domestic violence." Kunco was reported missing on Jan. 11, 2012, when she failed to meet a friend in Castle Shannon Borough to go tanning. Her body was found one day later in a heavily wooded…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Chief Michael Scott reveals some incredible details of the encounter, praising his officers.
Baldwin Borough police Chief Michael Scott said that his officers showed remarkable restraint and judgment during a homicide incident in south Baldwin on Nov. 4. Scott praised his officers during Tuesday night's Baldwin Council meeting while revealing some details of the encounter. After Benjamin Conway Jr. shot his wife in their home on Meadowcrest Road, Scott said, Conway lost the gun that he used to commit the act during a tussle with his half-brother, who was also in the home at the time. The brother then ran from Conway and away from the home, where police officers were stationed nearby, Scott said. "He came outside, running with the gun still in his hand," Scott said of the half-brother. "He could have been shot by our officers but …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
The 22-year-old Dormont woman was killed in 1989 on her way home from a party in Mt. Lebanon—her mutilated body found in the backyard of a house on Voelkel Avenue near the light rail transit tracks.
Today, 23 years after her death, people in Dormont Borough are still talking about what happened to Catherine Corkery. The 22-year-old left a party in Mt. Lebanon at the Academy Avenue home of Sam Amado in the early morning of July 22, 1989, and headed home to the apartment that she shared with a boyfriend, Tim Rooney, on Ordinance Avenue. But she never made it. Somewhere along the light rail transit tracks where the "T" runs, Corkery met her attacker. She was just 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighed just 100 pounds. The attacker twisted a rope-like restraint around her throat and pulled her to the tracks, splitting her head open when it struck a rail, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. In a 1997 story, the newspaper quoted Allegheny …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Howard Hanna has listed the Brant Drive house at $154,900. Joseph Manning faces an Aug. 31 hearing.
Joseph R. Manning, 75, is still waiting to face Allegheny County Judge Donna Jo McDaniel on Aug. 31 on a criminal homicide charge, but in the meantime, Manning's home is for sale. Nothing terribly special there, except that his home—1146 Brant Dr. in Whitehall Borough—is the site of the homicide. Whitehall police were called to Manning's residence at around 3:30 p.m. on March 31, where, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, his 71-year-old wife, Mary Manning, was found dead. "Mrs. Manning appeared to have suffered massive head trauma, and investigators found a blood-stained pipe wrench near her feet, according to a police criminal complaint," the Post-Gazette's story reads. Brant Drive sits just off of Teal Drive near Streets Run Road …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
There have been no arrests in the murder of the owner of a Ross Township beer distributor more than five years ago.
Sheli Heller does something that few people do. Heller works every day in the same building—sometimes just feet away—from the exact spot where her husband was fatally wounded in what police believe was an apparent robbery attempt. Joseph Krainc Jr., 33, was closing up Joe's Beer Distributor on Lowries Run Road on Friday, Oct. 13, 2006, when someone came inside of that Ross Township business and apparently demanded money. Minutes later, Krainc lie dying in the distributor's parking lot—his killer, gone, and so far, unknown. "He chased them out," said Heller, who goes by her maiden name, "and he collapsed in front of the building. "But he was shot inside of our building. Everything leads to believe that it was a robbery attempt. It seems …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Jordan Clemons was held on homicide and other charges related to the death of Karissa Kunco.
Family and friends of Karissa Kunco—clad in T-shirts bearing her name and the phrase 'Forever Young, Young Forever'—burst into applause on Wednesday afternoon when a judge declared that her ex-boyfriend, Jordan Clemons, would stand trial for her homicide and related charges. Paul Kunco, who lived with his daughter Karissa on Oakleaf Road in Baldwin Borough, called Clemons, 22, of Canonsburg Borough, "scum" after the hearing and called the preliminary hearing a first step to justice. During the more-than-two-hour hearing before Judge Joshua Kanalis, one of Clemons' friends, Randy Taylor, said that the defendant had been staying with him and his girlfriend in Pittsburgh's Carrick neighborhood on Jan. 11, when he took Taylor's cellphone and …
Monday, January 23, 2012
Jordan Clemons was charged with that and other offenses on Monday.
State police in Washington, PA, charged a Canonsburg Borough man with homicide on Monday, online court records show. Jordan Clemons, 22, was charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, access device fraud and other offenses. Clemons' attorney, Peter Marcoline III, confirmed to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the charges stem from the death of Karissa Kunco—a Baldwin Borough woman who was reported missing on Jan. 11. Kunco was found stabbed to death in a wooded area in Mt. Pleasant Township on Jan. 12. Her death was ruled a homicide, and Clemons was sought as a person of interest in the case. Clemons turned himself into police on Jan. 13 and was jailed on robbery and burglary charges …