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Briefs: 4 law enforcement officers to be honored

| Thursday, October 13, 2005 12:00 a.m

Four law enforcement officers will be honored Oct. 22 by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives at the fifth annual William H. Moore Awards and Scholarship Banquet.

The event will be held at the Marriott Pittsburgh City Center, 112 Washington Place, Downtown.

The recipients are Trooper James Boyd of the Pennsylvania State Police; Deborah Jackson, deputy city attorney of Concord, N.C., and a former Pittsburgh police officer; Lt. Bradley Flood of the Allegheny County Jail; and Thomas T. Swan, deputy district attorney for Allegheny County.

The banquet is named in honor of the first black police chief in Pittsburgh. The event, which costs $45 a person and $80 a couple, begins with a 6 p.m. reception. Dinner is at 7 p.m.

Port Authority accepts fact-finding reports

The Port Authority of Allegheny County on Wednesday unanimously accepted fact-finding reports that will serve as a basis for forging contracts with two police unions.

The Port Authority Transit Police Association also accepted the reports. Seven police sergeants and lieutenants are represented by one unit and 36 officers by another.

The reports recommend a 14 1/2 month wage freeze and then wage increases averaging less than 2 percent a year for nearly three years.

The authority board on yesterday unanimously rejected a fact-finding report for nearly 190 supervisors represented by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85. Also, talks continue for about 2,300 drivers and maintenance workers.

East LibertySeminary hosts reflective retreat

The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will offer “Journey Inward Journey Outward,” a semi-annual retreat for church educators, starting at 9 a.m. Oct. 27 at the seminary, 616 N. Highland Ave., East Liberty.

Church educators, pastors and Christian education volunteers will spend the day in worship, reflection and sharing. The keynote speaker is Alice Fisler, resource director and educational consultant for Washington Presbytery.

The fee is $15 and does not include lunch. To register, call 412-441-3304, ext. 2196, or e-mail .

Allegheny CountyProspective foster parents invited

Anyone interested in exploring the possibilities of becoming a foster parent is invited to attend one of the informational meetings offered this fall by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Foster Care Division.

The meetings will take place at the Office of Children, Youth and Family Foster Care Office, 400 North Lexington St., Point Breeze. They will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 26, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15.

To register, call 412-473-2400.


Penn Hills schoolsBoard agrees to hire principal

The Penn Hills school board voted unanimously this week to hire a principal for the district’s high school.

Nancy J. Hines of Penn Hills, the principal of Steel Valley High School, will replace Richard Kruglak, who resigned last month. Hines’ salary will be $90,000 a year. Her start date hasn’t been determined yet. Hines used to be a teacher in the Penn Hills School District.

North VersaillesBoy accused in car theft nabbed after accidents

A 13-year-old boy who escaped from a McKeesport youth home Wednesday is accused of stealing a car, ramming a police car and hitting two other vehicles before crashing into a building in Pitcairn and being captured, said North Versailles police Sgt. Vince DiCenzo.

A car that was stolen from Shady Lane in North Versailles was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Wilmerding before it was stopped at the Spring Hill Bridge in Wall, said DiCenzo. The vehicle backed into an East McKeesport police car twice before fleeing and becoming involved in another hit-and-run accident in Monroeville. The woman whose car was struck in that incident was taken to the hospital with leg and shoulder injuries.

The juvenile then crashed the stolen car into a building in Pitcairn before he fled on foot, authorities said. He was reportedly captured in a creek by police from Monroeville, North Versailles and East McKeesport.

Highland ParkTeams needed for Zoo’s Penguin Bowl

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium in Highland Park is seeking teams of high school students to compete in the Penguin Bowl, the regional component of the National Oceans Science Bowl.

The Penguin Bowl is an academic tournament consisting of oral and written questions about the oceans that will be held Feb. 11 at the zoo. Each team consists of five students and a coach. Teams usually represent their high school, and coaches are teachers.

The winning team will receive an all-expense paid trip to Monterey, Calif., to compete in the national championship.

For further information, call Margie Marks at 412-365-2520 or e-mail .


CarnegieDiesel fuel spill closes southbound I-79

The southbound lanes of Interstate 79 were closed between the Carnegie and Pittsburgh exits for several hours Wednesday because of a diesel fuel spill.

A trucker driving south shortly after 11:20 a.m. struck an object on the road that punctured his fuel tank about a mile from the Carnegie exit, state police said. The vehicle lost about 200 gallons of fuel and the highway was closed until the spill could be cleared.

One lane reopened shortly after 4 p.m. and all lanes were open by 5:45 p.m., troopers said. One motorist suffered a minor injury after being involved in a traffic accident on the slick roadway.

Allegheny Valley

HarrisonTwo-vehicle crash kills wife of one motorist

A Westmoreland County woman was killed Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash on Freeport Road in Harrison.

Officials said Nancy Gazarik, 77, of Lower Burrell, died in the accident that occurred about 12:45 p.m. at the intersection with Mile Lock Lane. She was a passenger in a car driven by her husband, Edward A. Gazarik. Their car was involved in a collision with a sport utility vehicle driven by Richard Golgan, of Tarentum.

Golgan was released following treatment at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison. Edward Gazarik also was injured, but the extent of his injuries were not known last night.


Western PennsylvaniaFall Foodshare drive begins Oct. 22 and 23

The sixth annual Fall Foodshare Food Drive kicks off Oct. 22 and 23 and continues until Nov. 6.

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Giant Eagle team up with other sponsors to collect food and cash donations to help stock up the food bank’s Duquesne warehouse for the winter. Donations can be left with volunteers or in bins at Giant Eagle stores in six counties. Donations will go to food banks in the county where donations are made.

The length of this year’s food drive has been extended because donations and warehouse inventory are down.

Cambria CountyPersonal care resident accused in stabbing

A resident of a personal care home in Cresson is accused of stabbing one caregiver and pushing a second employee down a flight of steps, police said this week.

Police aren’t identifying the 46-year-old man, who was removed from the Stepping Stones Personal Care Home after the incident Saturday and will not return there. Cresson police didn’t release details about the incidents until this week.

Authorities said the worker who was stabbed was treated at Altoona Hospital and has been released, The other worker wasn’t hurt.

The man is in the custody of the Cambria County Mental Health-Mental Retardation department and has been moved to another “custodial environment” while police continue their investigation, District Attorney David Tulowitzki said.


Oakdale: The 21st annual Retiree Information Days for military retirees will be held Friday and Saturday at the C.E. Kelly Support Facility in Oakdale. Call 412-693-2477 for reservations and meeting hours.

Brentwood: Flu shots will be administered from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Brentwood Public Library, 3501 Brownsville Rd., for persons between 18 and 64 years of age. The vaccines cost $25 each. For further information call 412-882-5694.

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