Briefs: Would-Be Escapee from Beltzhoover Ordered to Undergo Mental Evaluation

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Briefs: Would-Be Escapee from Beltzhoover Ordered to Undergo Mental Evaluation


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A Beltzhoover man accused of fighting a prosecutor and a sheriff's deputy on the roof of the Allegheny County Courthouse during an escape attempt will undergo a mental evaluation, a judge ruled Monday.

Xavier S. Durah, 28, is accused of running from Common Pleas Judge Lawrence J. O'Toole's courtroom on July 12 after O'Toole revoked his bond. Durah escaped through a hall window onto a 50- foot-high roof, prosecutors said.

Common Pleas Judge Kathleen Durkin ordered the evaluation.

Durah is accused of fighting with Assistant District Attorney Ed Scheid and Sheriff's Deputy Tammy Casto.

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Homewood

Duo with rifle rob credit union

Two men -- one armed with what witnesses said appeared to be an assault rifle -- robbed the A-K Valley Federal Credit Union branch in Homewood on Monday.

The men went in about 10 a.m. and ordered the lone customer to leave, police said. The pair then demanded money from a teller, who complied. The robbers fled, running on Frankstown Avenue toward Sterrett Street.

No shots were fired and no one was injured, said Pittsburgh police robbery Sgt. Aaron Beatty.

Police were trying to determine how much was taken. Initial reports put the sum at less than $1,000.

The suspects, who remained at large last night, wore dark ski masks and gray hooded sweatshirts.

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Private-practice lawyer seeks district judgeship

Attorney Pat McDaniel, of Elizabeth Township, is seeking election as district judge in the magisterial district that encompasses Elizabeth Borough, Elizabeth Township, Forward and West Elizabeth.

The seat formerly was held by Ernest Marraccini, who retired in December. McDaniel's private practice has focused on criminal law, custody, divorce, civil litigation, real estate and estates. He has served as a court-appointed advocate in dependency proceedings and adoption petitions for 22 years.

McDaniel serves on the board of Laurel House, a nonprofit group that integrates physically and mentally challenged adults into the community; and on the board of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Aid Society, which offers free legal service to indigent people.

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