Briefs: RAD board releasing preliminary budget |

Briefs: RAD board releasing preliminary budget

The board of directors of the Allegheny Regional Asset District will release the 2004 preliminary budget during its business meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Simmons Boardroom, 1 Smithfield St., Downtown.

The meeting agenda is posted on the district’s Web site,

Food servers recognized for excellent food safety

Ten food servers received Excellence in Food Protection awards from the Allegheny Health Department last week.

The winners are: Max & Erma’s Restaurant, O’Hara; Billy’s Roadhouse, McCandless; Kleiner Deutschmann, Springdale; Sodexho-Schenley Cafe, Oakland; Wal-Mart Radio Grill, Richland; Harmar Village Care Center, Blawnox; the Presbyterian Senior Care, Oakmont; Bridgeville Meals on Wheels; St. Joan of Arc Church, South Park; and Upper St. Clair High School.

Kleiner Deutschmann also won in 1995 and Harmar Village Care Center won in 2000.

North Side

Man has heart attack in car after Steelers game

A Plum man suffered a fatal heart attack in his car, causing a three-car crash near Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon.

Matthew DeStefano, 55, was driving on North Shore Drive about 4:30 p.m., shortly after the Steelers game let out, when he suffered the heart attack and lost control of his vehicle.

DeStefano was taken to Allegheny General Hospital where he later died.

No one else was injured in the wreck, police said.

Penn HillsTwo injured in home invasion

Two people were injured in a Penn Hills home invasion Sunday evening.

Penn Hills police say three men entered a home along Lincoln Road around 6 p.m. and possibly beat up or hit two occupants. When the men left, they stole the victims’ vehicle.

The two people were taken to UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Oakland. Their injuries were not life-threatening, said Penn Hills police Chief Howard Burton. No further information was available.

RegionBritish balloonist to sally forth on third try

British balloonist David Hempleman-Adams has launched his third attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open wicker basket, this time from Canada after two failed attempts from the Pittsburgh area.

Hempleman-Adams, 46, of Bath, England, launched at 2:37 a.m. Friday from Sussex, New Brunswick, and has been spotted over the Atlantic.

Hempleman-Adams is trying to break the world-distance record for the Roziere class of balloon, which uses hot air and helium, by landing on the other side of the Atlantic. The 3,318-mile record was set more than 10 years ago.

His first attempt in September 2002 from the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin ended in Connecticut after technical problems. He tried again in June, this time from a Pleasant Hills ball field, but landed prematurely in Massachusetts due to decreasing wind speeds.

Fake-check passers given probation

Two Allegheny County residents have been sentenced in federal court in Pittsburgh to three years’ probation for their roles in a counterfeit check-cashing ring, federal prosecutors said.

Pamela Tillman, 48, of Anaheim Street, Hill District, and James Morton, 29, of Eymard Street, Wilkinsburg, were convicted on charges of uttering and possession of a counterfeited security of an organization.

They were among approximately 16 people who passed counterfeit checks made and given to them by Melvin Green, 36, of Munhall.

Green, 36, has pleaded guilty to bank fraud and related charges and is awaiting sentencing.

ShadysideLiteracy council offers math tutor workshop

The Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council is offering a workshop for volunteers in tutoring adult students in math from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Third Presbyterian Church, Fifth and Negley avenues.

Participants also must attend the first session of a basic literacy workshop. For details and registration forms, call Peggi at (412) 661-7323 or visit

KennedyDrug bust nets 3 suspects, $27K cash

Stowe police seized more than $27,000 in a drug bust in which they arrested three people.

After receiving a tip, Stowe police searched a motel Thursday in Kennedy, where they arrested Larry Taylor and two other suspects. Officers seized crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana, heroin and cash.

On Saturday, police searched Taylor’s car and seized $5,000 in cash and another 5 ounces of crack, 4 ounces of powder cocaine and two bricks of heroin.

Stowe police Superintendent A.J. Marx was not available Sunday to provide details about Taylor or the other suspects. They were charged with possession with the intent to deliver narcotics and tampering with evidence.

DowntownCaptured fugitive gets 7-plus years in prison

A Jamaican who was a fugitive for 31/2 years was sentenced Friday in federal court to seven years and three months in prison for violating federal drug, money laundering, immigration and passport laws.

Donald Roy Carter, 43, escaped from police after a chase in Monroeville in 1999 when agents of the Internal Revenue Service, FBI and state police were waiting for him to claim a truck that had marijuana hidden in the tires. He was captured Feb. 3 in Richmond, Va.

Carter participated in a conspiracy that brought nearly 400 kilograms of marijuana into the Pittsburgh area between 1997 and 1999.

The marijuana was delivered by couriers, mailed in packages and hidden in computer terminals and truck tires. Carter had applied for a passport under a false name and illegally re-entered the United States after being deported. He could be deported again.

MoonPedestrian injured by car outside RMU

A pedestrian suffered undisclosed injuries Sunday night when he was struck by a car outside Robert Morris University in Moon, police said.

The 21-year-old man was crossing University Boulevard shortly after 8 p.m. when a car driven by Brian M. Komen, 25, of Crescent, hit him, police said.

The victim, whose name was withheld, was taken to Allegheny General Hospital. His condition was not known last night. The driver was not injured.

The accident was still under investigation last night, police said.

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