Fort Cherry Teacher Facing Charges
MCDONALD, Pa. - A Fort Cherry High School teacher accused of giving a student alcohol and having an inappropriate relationship with the student was charged Friday, police said. David Cook, who has been a Spanish teacher at Fort Cherry High School since 2012 and the advisor for the junior high school's student council and firefighters' club, was arrested Friday on sexual assault charges. (Story and photo from our News Partners at WPXI)
Alex Hribal Wants To Enter Mental Illness Plea
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A teen charged with slashing and stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at a Pennsylvania high school wants to plead guilty but mentally ill. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported that Alex Hribal (RY'-bal)'s attorney filed the document Friday. Hribal is 18 but was just 16 when during the April 2014 rampage at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. Defense attorney Patrick Thomassey has never denied Hribal committed the attacks using two 8-inch kitchen knives from his home, but has argued it was fueled by the defendant's mental health issues. But a judge must agree that Hribal was mentally ill in order to allow the plea. Thomassey didn't immediately return a call for comment and Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck won't say if he'll oppose the move.
Wilkinsburg Ambush Suspects Face Hearing
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Two men charged with ambushing a suburban Pittsburgh cookout and killing five adults and an unborn child face a hearing to determine whether they'll stand trial. Twenty-nine-year-old Cheron Shelton and 27-year-old Robert Thomas face six counts of criminal homicide and other charges in the March 9 shooting in Wilkinsburg. Allegheny County prosecutors say Thomas fired a handgun so the guests would run for cover toward a home, where they were gunned down on a porch by Shelton, who fired an assault rifle from close range. Authorities believe they were trying to kill a cookout guest who the suspects believe killed Shelton's friend in 2013. Nobody has been charged in that killing, and the suspected target of the ambush shooting was wounded but survived.
Battle Between Religious Freedom And Gay Rights
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The conflict between religious freedom and gay rights has a new battleground: California's religious colleges and universities. A bill moving through the Legislature would remove a longstanding exemption from anti-discrimination laws for religious institutions, potentially exposing the schools to civil rights lawsuits from students and employees. The president of John Paul the Great Catholic University in Escondido says the bill tries to force schools to "change 2,000-year-old teachings to be in line with LGBT ideology." The bill faces an upcoming test in the state Assembly after passing the Senate.
Flooded Roads In Washington
Heavy rain swept through Washington County, Saturday. According to the Washington Fire Department, flooding occured on West Maiden Street, trapping a car with passengers inside. The car has since been removed and the occupants are not injured. Flooding also occured on nearby streets, including Jefferson Avenue by the old coke plant. (Photo courtesy of Georgianna Resavage Wytovich)
Four Cases Of Zika Virus In Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Florida's governor says the state has concluded that four mysterious Zika infections likely came from mosquitoes in the Miami area. Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that no mosquitoes in the state have tested positive for Zika. But he says one woman and three men in Miami-Dade and Broward counties likely contracted the virus through mosquito bites. More than 1,650 Zika infections have been reported in the U.S., but the four patients in Florida would be the first not linked to travel outside the U.S. mainland. Scott says health officials believe the infections occurred in a small area just north of downtown Miami. Zika primarily spreads through bites from tropical mosquitoes. In most people, the virus causes only mild illness, but infection during pregnancy can lead to severe brain-related birth defects for the fetus.
Chicago Police Relieve Two Officers Of Powers
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has relieved two officers of their police powers following a police-involved shooting that left a suspect dead. Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says although Thursday night's shooting of 18-year-old Paul O'Neal of Chicago remains under investigation, departmental policies may have been violated by the officers. He says command staff determined a third officer who discharged his weapon didn't violate department rules. The shooting occurred during a stolen vehicle investigation. Authorities say officers exited their vehicle late Thursday after stopping a Jaguar convertible that had been reported stolen. Chicago Police First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante says the driver of the Jaguar, identified as O'Neal, then put the vehicle in drive, sideswiping a squad car and a parked vehicle. Escalante says the officers fired, hitting O'Neal who later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Detective Killed By Off-Duty Officer In Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Officials say an off-duty Indianapolis police officer shot a detective investigating a reported domestic violence incident involving the officer and his estranged wife. The off-duty officer fled to Ohio before being taken into custody. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Major Rich Riddle says a domestic incident was reported at about 8 p.m. Friday. While a detective was at the apartment to investigate, the off-duty officer returned at about 10 p.m. and began shooting, striking the detective at least once. The detective returned fire, but didn't hit the off-duty officer. Authorities say the detective was shot at least once in the elbow and taken to Methodist Hospital. He is expected to survive. The off-duty officer fled the scene. Riddle says police tracked the man to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was taken into custody without incident. Officials didn't immediately identify the off-duty officer or detective. Biddle says the off-duty officer will be suspended without pay, pending termination from the police department.