Briefs: Police Charge Man with Greenfield Holdups

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A Greenfield man has been charged with robbing three businesses within minutes of each other, Pittsburgh police said Tuesday.

Gary Moltz, 39, was arrested Monday afternoon in connection with the robberies at the Greenfield businesses several hours earlier. A picture of Moltz was picked out of a photo array by several people who were inside the businesses when the robberies occurred about 11:30 a.m. in the 4200 block of Murray Avenue.

Moltz is accused of making off with $80 in the holdups at Anytime Tan Salon, New York Nail Salon and Flair Coiffures Hair Salon, robbery detectives said.


Body of bar patron found shot in street

An Arlington man was fatally shot after leaving a Sheraden bar, Pittsburgh police said Tuesday.

The body of William White, 29, was found at 11:15 p.m. Monday in the street in the 3100 block of Chartiers Avenue. Police said White had been in Molly O's bar earlier in the evening and was walking to his vehicle when he was shot several times.

Police do not have a motive for the slaying, said Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki. Anyone with information is asked to call the city homicide squad at 412-323-7161.

North Side

Aviary names new CEO

The National Aviary on Tuesday named Linda A. Dickerson as its new chief executive officer.

Dickerson, 46, of Downtown, succeeds Dayton Baker, who served for 15 years as the North Side bird park's first executive director after it privatized in 1991.

"It is critically important that the National Aviary raise its profile," said Dickerson, who has experience working with local nonprofit organizations, including the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

"If you don't have awareness, there will be no compelling reason for someone to stand up for nature through conservation. You have to touch people's hearts, and the birds can do that."

Brighton Heights

Teen faces homicide charge in Oct. shooting

A Brighton Heights teen has been accused of fatally shooting one man and wounding two others in Northview Heights, Pittsburgh police said.

Dominique Steele, 16, was taken to the Allegheny County Jail after being charged late Monday with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and a gun violation, police said.

Mario Wade, 19, of Northview Heights, died after being shot in the face and abdomen at 3:15 a.m. Oct. 10. The other victims, ages 19 and 21, survived their injuries.


Justice Alito to receive public service award

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. will be presented with the Carol Los Mansmann Award for Distinguished Public Service when he visits Duquesne University next month.

Alito, who was confirmed to the high court in January 2006, served with Mansmann for 15 years on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. The award was established to honor her commitment to public service.

The April 4 event, co-hosted by the Duquesne University School of Law, the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association, is open to the public, but seating is limited. To register for complimentary tickets, visit or call 412-396-1043.

Allegheny County

Green Tree

Student finishes in top 20 of vocabulary tourney

Dan Weber, 17, of Green Tree, finished in the top 20 at the National Vocabulary Championship held Monday in New York City.

Weber, a senior at Keystone Oaks High School, made it to the second round of the competition, which featured 50 high school students from across the country. Weber was the winner of a vocabulary competition held in the fall in Allegheny County and won $5,000 toward college tuition.

This is the first year for the National Vocabulary Championship, sponsored by Comcast and GSN -- formerly known as the Game Show Network. …