Sunday, February 10, 2013
The girl reportedly was found in Washington County.
A suspect in the kidnapping of a 2-year-old girl from Preston County, WV, was taken into custody by police on Friday in a parking lot outside of Italian Village Pizza in Baldwin Borough, not far from the Route 51 cloverleaf. The suspect was caught by a Pleasant Hills Borough police officer after police pursued his vehicle on Route 51 North. According to Baldwin police Chief Michael Scott, police units from Baldwin, Pleasant Hills and West Mifflin Borough were able to box the suspect in the parking lot. Baldwin police also deployed "spike strips" (tire deflation devices) about 300 yards farther north on Route 51, but the suspect turned into the parking lot before ever reaching those strips. "We also took the crash report for Pleasant Hills …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Ritter was the fourth young woman killed in seven months in Washington County in 1976-77.
The rape and strangulation death of Brenda Lee Ritter, 18, of North Strabane Township on May 18 or 19, 1977, is a case that still haunts police. Ritter's death occurred as the fourth in a series of slayings of young women in Washington County. The murders of Deborah Capriola, Mary Irene Gency and Susan Rush left county residents on edge. The death of Barbara Lewis in Penn Hills within the same time frame left investigators wondering if Ritter's strangulation death was at the hands of the same killer. According to a Sept. 28, 2003, story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ritter left her boyfriend's home in Chartiers Township at about 10:10 p.m. on May 18, 1977, during a raging thunderstorm. The boyfriend, Larry Bonazza, and his mother made …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Clemons is accused of killing Baldwin Borough's Karissa Kunco in January.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Washington Observer-Reporter reports that Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone will seek the death penalty against Jordan Clemons, the man accused of killing Karissa Kunco in January. Kunco, who grew up in Pittsburgh's Brookline neighborhood, was living with her father in Baldwin Borough at the time of her disappearance. Her body was eventually found in Mt. Pleasant Township. Clemons was arraigned on Tuesday on criminal homicide charges, as well as several charges stemming from other unrelated incidents, according to the Observer-Reporter's full story. --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for the daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tell us why you voted—or chose not to—in the primary election that included candidates for U.S. president and legislators, and key state offices.
What was it that kept voters from the polls Tuesday? The number of registered voters who came out to cast their ballots yesterday hovered at around 20 percent for both Allegheny and Washington counties. The dry and typically spring weather can't be blamed for the light voter turnout. So was it apathy? Being disenfranchised with the slate of candidates? Convinced it wasn't worth effort since Romney and Obama were 'going to win' the party nomination anyhow? Not worried about federal and state legislative offices? Unhappy with the tone of politics? In Allegheny County, which has 888,686 registered voters, a mere 19.34 percent turned out to cast their ballots, according to the county's Division of Elections website. Of those 171,916 voters, 37…
Monday, April 23, 2012
See who's running on the Democratic and Republican slates on Tuesday for national and statewide posts.
Pennsylvanians will be going to the polls from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the April 24 primary election to choose who will be on the ballot this fall for the U.S. presidency, U.S. Senate and a number of other statewide offices. Below are your choices, in ballot order. Of course, if you're looking for guidance in the local elections, click here for Baldwin-Whitehall Patch coverage. U.S. PRESIDENT: Republican: Democrat: U.S. SENATOR FROM PENNSYLVANIA: Republican: Democrat: STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Republican: Democrat: STATE AUDITOR GENERAL: Republican: Democrat: STATE TREASURER: Republican: Democrat: Is there a particular race listed here that you're heavily interested in? Who has your vote in that race? Tell us in the comments …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
D. Raja, Sue Means and Rep. Mark Mustio discussed property reassessments, health care, education, Marcellus Shale and more on Tuesday night.
The three Republicans vying for the 37th Senatorial District seat being vacated by state Sen. John Pippy convened at Peters Township Middle School on Tuesday night for a debate moderated by Peters Councilman David Ball. Sue Ann Means, a Republican state committeewoman from Bethel Park; Mark Mustio, a state 44th House District representative from Moon Township; and D. Raja, a former Mt. Lebanon commissioner and recent candidate for Allegheny County executive, answered questions—both broad and specific—concerning their role if they took office and their stance on issues concerning residents of the 37th Senatorial District. Besides Whitehall Borough, the 37th District includes includes part of Washington County, namely, all of Peters Township…
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Sue Means, D. Raja and Mark Mustio will discuss issues at Peters Township Middle School.
As part of a state Senate race that impacts Whitehall Borough residents and others who reside largely in parts of Allegheny County, Republican challengers for April 24's 37th Senatorial District primary will discuss hot topics on April 10 at a 7 p.m. debate at Peters Township Middle School. The winner of April's primary will be an unchallenged nominee on November's general election ballot, as there are no candidates from opposing parties, including no Democrats, competing for that district's state Senate seat. The Republican candidates are Sue Ann Means, a Republican state committeewoman from Bethel Park; Mark Mustio, a state 44th House District representative from Moon Township; and D. Raja, a former Mt. Lebanon commissioner and recent …