0 Crime & Safety The University of Pittsburgh's former emergency management director has been indicted for selling the masks on eBay. Eric Heyl , Patch Staff Posted Reply PITTSBURGH, PA – The University of Pittsburgh's former emergency management director has been indicted for allegedly stealing personal protection equipment from the university and selling it on eBay. Christopher Casamento, 42, of Ross, is charged with interstate transportation of stolen property, acting U.S. Attorney Stephen Kaufman's office announced Wednesday. According to the Indictment, Casamento allegedly stole more than 13,615 respirator masks and surgical face masks meant for Pitt employees and students and sold them on his "steel-city-motor-toys" eBay vendor page. According to the indictment, Casamento earned approximately $18,783 from the eBay sales of the stolen masks. "At the start of the pandemic, when supplies of PPE were low and … [Read more...] about Ex-Pitt Employee Charged With Stealing, Selling COVID-19 Masks
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BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese depositors, including a retired police officer, stormed at least four banks in the cash-strapped country Tuesday after banks ended a weeklong closure and partially reopened. As the tiny Mediterranean nation's crippling economic crisis continues to worsen, a growing number of Lebanese depositors have opted to break into banks and forcefully withdraw their trapped savings. Lebanon's cash-strapped banks have imposed informal limits on cash withdrawals. The break-ins reflect growing public anger toward the banks and the authorities who have struggled to reform the country's corrupt and battered economy. Three-quarters of the population has plunged into poverty in an economic crisis that the World Bank describes as one of the worst in over a century. Meanwhile, the Lebanese pound has lost 90% of its value against the dollar, making it difficult for millions across the country to cope with skyrocketing prices. Ali al-Sahli, a retired officer who served in … [Read more...] about Depositors storm 4 Lebanese banks, demanding their own money
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 Callie doesn’t feel comfortable going outside. The 3-year-old hovers close to her mother and ventures out into her family’s small front courtyard, but only if the metal gate is locked. Just around the corner and up the hill is where a notorious coyote bit and scratched her back, leg and buttocks on Feb. 17. It was the fourth attack by a wayward coyote that has bitten at least five people since July in the Moraga and Lafayette areas, prompting an all-out hunt by local, county, state and federal officials and rattling residents and hikers around the Lafayette Reservoir open space. “She’s beyond scared. She’s scared in the house and she’s scared outside the house,” mother Jackie B. told The Chronicle in an interview at their Moraga home, as Callie, wearing a blue princess dress, tugged on her leg. The mother wanted to use only her first name and last initial to protect her child’s … [Read more...] about The same coyote has bitten 5 people since July in the Moraga and Lafayette areas: ‘It came quietly from behind and pounced’
3 Crime & Safety "I'm guilty and I just want to get my life back," Jennifer Heinl told a federal judge. Eric Heyl , Patch Staff Posted Replies WASHINGTON, D.C. — A suburban Pittsburgh woman has pleaded guilty to participating in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Jennifer Heinl, 55, of Ross, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. to one count of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. She faces up to six months in prison when she is sentenced in March. “I just need to get over this and get kind of like some normalcy,” Heinl told U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, according to the Courthouse News Service website. “I’m guilty, and I just want to get my life back.” Heinl initially had been charged parading; knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or … [Read more...] about Pittsburgh Woman Pleads Guilty To Capitol Riot Charge
0 Crime & Safety Two Florida residents have been charged with stealing the inspection stickers from three businesses in Ross. Eric Heyl , Patch Staff Posted | Updated Reply ROSS TOWNSHIP, PA — Police have charged two people with the November theft of Pennsylvania inspection stickers from a Jiffy Lube and Midas, both on McKnight Road, as well as a Meineke on Babcock Boulevard. Jose Enrique Torres-Molinary, 41, from Bethlehem PA but who has been living in Florida, and Kelly Mercedes Acosta, 46, from Lakeland FL, were charged with three counts each of burglary, criminal conspiracy and criminal mischief, township police said. Torres-Molinary is in custody. Acosta has a warrant out for her arrest. Police said the investigation included numerous surveillance cameras and traffic cameras as well as vehicle information. Be the first to know what's happening in your community and region. With a free Patch … [Read more...] about 2 Charged With Stealing PA Inspection Stickers
Millennials are in peak nesting mode. We want the outdoor space many apartments lack, or the room to grow that a starter house doesn’t offer. There’s just a not-so-small problem. (Gestures broadly at everything.) The median existing home sales price of U.S. homes was $389,500 in August, according to the National Association of Realtors. That’s a 7.7% increase from August 2021. The average interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages topped 6% as of Sept. 15 this year, according to Freddie Mac. Compare that with an average rate of 2.86% just one year prior — that’s a 110% increase. It can be hard to compete when an open house feels like a cage match. It’s enough to make anyone retreat to a rental for a while. “We’re seeing that those who were thinking of buying a home just aren’t interested anymore,” says Natalie Slagle, a certified financial planner and founding partner of Rochester, Minnesota-based Fyooz Financial Planning. “People aren’t as willing to make big financial … [Read more...] about Millennial Money: You nixed your homebuying plan. What now?